Our Short History
Sometime in February 1978, at the age of 38 Mariano Zuniega Velarde, now popularly known as Bro. Mike Velarde, a geodetic engineer and real estate developer, was confined at the Philippine Heart Center for Asia Hospital due to heart enlargement and multiple heart artery blocks.
One evening, a nurse whom Bro. Mike believed might have been an angel, brought to his room the Word of God--1 Cor. 10:13 Meditation on this verse miraculously healed him. After a thorough examination by his doctors, his operation was cancelled and he was discharged from the hospital with a clean bill of health. His healing transformed him from being a fisher of dollars and pesos to a fisher of men for the Lord Jesus Christ.
In August of 1983, Brother Mike started to share with others his miraculous healing and the goodness of God over DWXI (1314 kHz) AM, which he owns. After a few months of airing his weekly Gospel broadcasts, miraculous healing and conversions were being reported by its listeners, and people from all walks of life started to troop to his office for prayer and counseling.
In the following year, on August 20, 1984 Bro. Mike formally organized the El Shaddai DWXI Prayer Partners Foundation International as an institution wherein he could channel his tithes and offering derived from his real estate business to support the Gospel broadcasts of DWXI Radio Station. In addition to the Gospel broadcasts, Bro. Mike launched a weekly mass and healing crusade centered on the Eucharist and the preaching of the Gospel, which attracted thousands upon thousands weekly, mostly listeners to his DWXI Gospel broadcasts.
Today, in Manila alone, the weekly attendance has reached to half a million, more or less. The Movement has now gained the support of the Catholic bishops and priests in other countries all over the world where the El Shaddai DWXI-PPFI Centers are established.