SPUC Celebrates 50th Anniversary

50th anniversary

November 18, 2015 the South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC) of the Seventh-day Adventist celebrated their 50th Anniversary with the theme “Serving God, Loving Each Other, Caring for Others.”  The event started with a motorcade led by the officers of the SPUC, together with the CARS – an organization of motor riders under the Adventist Community Service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of North Central Mindanao Conference, and the delegates from different missions and conferences composed of pastors and elders of the church.  The opening program was held at the SPUC Garden Church with Pastor Violeto Bocala-the former president of the Southern Asia Pacific Division as the keynote speaker.

In 1951, the request to divide the country into two union missions was granted by the General Conference.  The North Philippine Union Mission for Luzon and South Philippine Union for Visayas, Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago.  In 1965, SPUM was divided into two missions.  Central Philippine Union Mission for the Visayas South Philippine Union Mission for Mindanao.  In August 4-6, 1995, the General Conference and the Asia Pacific Division decided to upgrade the South Philippine Union Mission to a conference status.

Let us continue to worship God and be a part of His ministry till Jesus comes.  To the South Philippine Union Conference, Happy 50th Anniversary.



Mangagoy: Women’s Ministries Feeding Program


The Women’s Ministries department in coordination with the church’s Health department and the family of Atty. Alfredo Carmelo sponsored a feeding and clean up drive program to reach out to the community. The group already started several  areas of Mangagoy and neighboring barangays.

On August 30, 2015, the group visited Purok 9 and 11 of Kalubian, Brgy. Tabon, Bislig City for a feeding program.  It started with songs, character-building stories, and health tips about diet – to promote healthy lifestyle. Parents and children were very happy in participating the program.

The Women’s Ministries served to more than a hundred children and adults that day.


Introducing Gospel Outreach


What is Gospel Outreach?

Gospel Outreach is a non-profit corporation dedicated to international ministry—with a two-fold goal:

  • Provide funding for local workers, employing them in evangelism for a fraction of the cost it would take to send an evangelist from North America.
  • Provide all administrative direction to Gospel Outreach voluntarily—thus reducing operating costs and directing to evangelism the largest possible portion of monies collected.

The Gospel Outreach Ministries are sending missionaries to the 10/40 window which includes Philippines.  “There are 13 Gospel Outreach Workers here in Caraga Region.  They are now working in 13 different mission fields,” said Pr. Nimrod V. Saramosing – the coordinator of the ministry here in Caraga region.

To know more about this ministry and how to be a part of it, you can visit their website or you can contact our Gospel Outreach Coordinator:

Pastor Nimrod V. Saramosing
Gospel Outreach Coordinator
Northeastern Mindanao Mission
Km. 3, Baan Highway, Butuan City

Discipleship and Nurturing Workshop


“Bible study and baptism are not the end of our labor but the beginning of discipleship and nurturing says Pr. Bernabe M. Dahunan, the director of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the Adventists in Caraga  Region.  Our training to the leaders of the church will continue in helping the newly baptized adventists to be a matured Christian.  The Office of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries department in connection with the Discipleship and Nurturing Department is conducting a series of workshops here at Caraga Region.

Pr. Bernabe M. Dahunan emphasized the importance of discipleship and nurturing program. It aims to develop matured Christians that would spread the gospel message not only in words but also in action.  We are blest to have Pastor Rogelio Nomus – the director of the Discipleship and Nurturing Department as our guest lecturer/speaker on this workshop.

The intention is to provide workshops to four strategic areas to encourage the churches in Caraga to send their delegates.

These are the four strategic places, the date and the participating districts.

July 8-11, 2015 Barobo

  • Hinatag
  • Bislig
  • Mangagoy/Lingig
  • San Francisco

July 22-25, 2015  Butuan City

  • Butuan Sub.
  • Ampayon
  • Cabadbaran
  • Buenavista
  • Las Nieves / Tungao

July 29-August 1, 2015 Trento

  • Veruela/Sta. Josefa
  • Loreto
  • Rosario
  • Trento

August 19-22, 2015 Bayugan East

  • Sibagat
  • Esperanza
  • Olive
  • Carmel
  • New Moriah
  • Prosperidad I & II
  • Talacogon
  • Lapaz
  • Salug

“I am inviting the church elders, care group leaders, laymen and personal ministries leader to join the workshop,” said Pr. Dahunan.  The delegates must prepare Php100.00 to avail the workshop materials.

For more information contact your district leaders/pastors or your church elders.

Preach the Word Seminar a Success


Since the launching of the Integrated Evangelistic Lifestyle last year, the Adventists Church in Caraga region are equipping the church to be more effective, spiritualize and loving.  Last month, the head office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Caraga region has called for a “Preach the Word” seminar intended for the church elders, treasurers and care group leaders of the church.

Many attended the seminar conducted by the ministerial department headed by Pr. Asterio Maloloy-on with resourced speakers coming from South Philippine Union Conference in Cagayan de Oro City which serves as the main office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mindanao.   Pr. Ephraim Paquibo – shared his expertise on the topic of Integrated Evangelistic Lifestyle while Pr. Danielo Palomares discusses christian leadership.  The highlight of the seminar was the recognition of the church elders and treasures that serve the church for two years and above, the ordination of three pastors to the ministry of the gospel and the baptism.

23 Adventists Church Officers Donate Blood to Save Life


Twenty-three (23) church leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, donated blood through the services conducted by the Red Cross and the Health Department of the Northeastern Mindanao Mission (NEMM) at Northeastern Mindanao Academy (NEMA) in Butuan City, Philippines.  This happened during the “Preach the Word” seminar for the elders, treasurers and small group leaders of the adventist church last April 23, 2015.

Pr. Nimrod V. Saramosing – the Health Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Caraga region, emphasized the need of blood and how the Adventists as a church, can help supply that need.  This is a regular activity of the church to promote and facilitate the blood letting every mission wide meeting.

Shepherdess International Gives Back to the Community


The Shepherdess International (SI) give back to the community of Surigao City last April 19-25, 2015.  It was the time for the wives of the pastors and mission workers of Northeastern Mindanao Mission to to preach the word of God.  The seminar is packed with livelihood, health and spiritual lectures from different speakers.  Aside from the nightly lectures, the SI reached out to the children through a “A day of Compassion.” It is a feeding program and giving of t-shirts and slippers at Balibayon, Surigao City.



Mrs. Merna E. Pamunag (SI Director) is thankful to adventists in Surigao City district represented by Pr. and Mrs. Nerlou Montero – the district pastor, the speakers/lecturers and to the Shepherdess International (SI) who devoted their time and effort to make this activity possible.

The Holy Spirit touched the hearts of 120 people who came and accepted Jesus as their personal Savior through baptism. 

For more photos visit and like Northeastern Mindanao Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Facebook page.

NEMM: Four Ministers Ordained


Last December 4, 2014 during the opening of the Spirit of Prophecy and Leadership seminar held at Northeastern Mindanao Academy in Butuan City, four pastors – Pr. Ariel Bagnol, Pr. Robert Goyo, Pr. Victor Ligsay and Pr. Nilo Seda were ordained as ministers to the gospel.

The ordination ceremony was performed after the keynote message of Pr. Leonardo Asoy – the president of the South Philippine Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SPUC) that supervise Mindanao. Ordained ministers led by Pr. Ven Bermudez – the Publishing Director of the Southern Asia Pacific Division (SSD), Pr. Leonardo Asoy and Pr. Danielo Palomares – the Ministerial Secretary of SPUC carried out the ordination ceremony. After the ordination, Merna Pamunag – the Director of the Shepherdess International welcomed the wives of the newly ordained ministers to the Shepherdess International – the organization of ministers’ wives.


L-R: Pr. and Mrs. Robert Goyo, Pr. and Mrs. Ariel Bagnol, Pr. and Mrs. Nilo Seda, Pr. and Mrs. Victor Ligsay

The ordination was a result of the approval of the executive committee based on the decision made by the Council of Ordained Ministers of Northeastern Mindanao Mission (NEMM) chaired by Pastor Antonio V. Pamunag, the president of the Mission.

Pr. Ariel Bagnol and his wife are now serving Mt. Olive District. Pr. Robert Goyo and his wife Pr. Victor Ligsay and his wife are serving Prosperidad I District and Pr. Nilo Seda and his wife are serving Siargao Island

Adventist Single Professionals’ Convention


Butuan City – Pr. Max Dante Obbus – the youth director of the Seventh-day Adventist in Caraga Region (Northeastern Mindanao Mission) is inviting every Adventist Single Professional to join the convention this coming October 10-12, 2014 at Marihatag Tree Park Resort, Marihatag Surigao Del Sur.

This purpose of this convention is to enhance and equip the Adventist Single Professionals for ministry that God has entrusted to us.  It is also a great chance to meet other professionals and exchange ideas on different fields.

Things needed:

  • Registration (Php 1,375) – this include food, room, boat, and other materials.
  • Worship Materials (Bible, Songbook, Sabbath Clothes)
  • Plate, glass, spoon and fork

How to get there?


Registration will start at 1:00 in the afternoon, October 10, 2014.

For more information you may contact your district pastor or contact:

Pr. Max Dante Obbus – NEMM, Youth Director
0998 510 9117


NeMM President Calls for a day of Prayer


Butuan City – Elder Antonio V. Pamunag – the president of Northeastern Mindanao Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist that serves the Caraga Region answers the call of the Adventist World President Elder Ted Wilson to make October 11, 2014, a day to pray for the Ebola Virus victims.  He is calling all the Adventists in Caraga Region to pray not only on October 11, 2014 but also during personal prayers and  777 prayer.  He believes that there is great power in prayer.

Here is the excerpt of Elder Ted Wilson’s message to the world:

Ted Wilson

Photo Credit: ANN

On behalf of the leadership and membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in its 13 world divisions, and indeed the more than 18 million members in 215 countries, I would like to express my deep concern for the people in West Africa who are living under the threat of the Ebola virus—particularly in the countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria.

I am urgently imploring all Seventh-day Adventists around this globe to make Sabbath, October 11, 2014 a special Day of Prayer for our brothers and sisters in West Africa and for the entire population in that region as they face this virtually unprecedented tragedy. Let us pray that God will put a halt to the spread of this virulent virus.

Having had the wonderful privilege of living and serving in West Africa with my wife and family for nine years, our hearts go out to the families of the more than 2,800 people who have already died from the epidemic. After news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which projects that by January cases could number between 550,000 to as high as 1.4 million, coupled with a 71 percent fatality rate according to the World Health Organization, we are devastated by the potential of this outbreak to destroy lives.

I especially want the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide and specifically the church members of the West-Central Africa Division to know that we who serve at the Church headquarters are praying for you, and we are joined by a global family of hope in God’s power to save.

There are many initiatives that are taking place on the part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its entities to assist in this extremely challenging crisis in West Africa. You will see or hear about these through ANN, Adventist Review, Adventist World, Hope Channel, Adventist World Radio and elsewhere.

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency hosted a prayer event in the Atrium of the General Conference building and were joined by many others via Google Hangout.

On October 1, 2014, the General Conference Ministerial Association will launch a global prayer campaign for those impacted by the Ebola virus. People around the world are expressing their support via social media through the hashtag #UnitedinPrayer.

On October 11, during 2014 Annual Council, there will be a live connection between the many world leaders who will meet at the General Conference headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Pastor James Golay, the president of the West African Union in Monrovia, Liberia. He will be staying in Liberia with our church members to encourage and support them during this very traumatic time instead of attending the Annual Council but will be connected electronically with the meetings. He will share with the world leadership a first-hand report about the critical situation in his territory of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where we have 33,000 Seventh-day Adventists. After the report from Pastor Golay there will be a special prayer emphasis for those living facing this devastating situation.

Please remember the special Day of Prayer on Sabbath, October 11, 2014, for West Africa as the population confronts the rapidly expanding Ebola challenge.

In all of this we want those in West Africa to know that, not only during the Sabbath prayer emphasis, but day-by-day, hour-by-hour, the people affected by this crisis will be lifted up in prayer to our Creator, Savior and Master Physician. Let us earnestly pray for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit and the proclamation of the three angels’ messages, which will point people to Christ’s soon coming when illness, diseases, the Ebola virus, fear and death will be conquered through God’s almighty power to save for eternity. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

With kind Christian regards and sincerely yours,

Ted N. C. Wilson
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists