Preach the Word Seminar a Success

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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

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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.

NEMM: Four Ministers Ordained

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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:

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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
President
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The Voice of Youth: 14 Accepted Jesus

With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world! (Education, p. 271).

August 17-22, 2014.  Six days, twelve gospel speakers, 5 health lecturers and the whole forces of the youth of Mangagoy SDA Central Church together with the church elders and members, successfully celebrated the goodness and the power of the Holy Spirit that leads 14 people to Christ. The Bible Seminar was held at Dampingan-the site where the CASAYO 2 did their community service.

The Preparation.

The youth had spent many nights studying the word of God, harnessing their skills for personal evangelism through the help of Elders of the Mangagoy SDA Church and Bro. Edison Villarente who shared their expertise in different aspects of evangelism.  The youth learned to mark their Bibles, answers different questions about the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine and learned the most important aspects of evangelism and that is prayer.

The Challenges.

The area chosen doesn’t have a gym or a hall.  The youth decided  to use the road, praying that God will not let it rain.  God answered our prayers and it didn’t rain the whole week.  There was a problem with the sound system, but God had solved it through the ministry of Elder Dapiton.

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Pr. Nimrod Saramosing – giving instruction to the candidates for Baptism

 

God Calls and They Answered.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 14 people decided to accept Jesus as their personal Savior.  Pr. Nimrod Saramosing-the Health Director of the Northeastern Mindanao Mission officiated the baptism and reminds the Adventists to take care, nurture and train newly converts to be a good disciple of Christ.  It was a life changing experience for the youth looking at the fruit of their labor.

You can visit their Facebook page to see their activities and view their photos during the Bible Seminar.

Hope Radio Listener Baptized

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I am DINDO PALA LASALA Residing at Emenvil Subdivision, Butuan City Magsaysay.  I am going to share with you how God called me.

I was once a student at a Bible College in Butuan City.  I am taking BTh (Theology) to be a Pastor in one of the Religious Organization that went to church every Sunday.  But I stopped studying; instead I worked draftsman at Las Nieves Municipal Engineer’s Office.

I was a leader in a Rebel group that aims to separate people from Mindanao from the Imperialism of Manila.   Last 1997, I was chosen to be a leader in a Tribe of Higa-onon in Bunaguit, Ezperanza, Agusan del Sur as “Datu, Manlauman.” I stand as one of the active leaders in that tribe and continued my vices.  As a leader in a big group I need to ask God for wisdom as King’s Solomon did in His time.

While I continued my vices, my wife kept on praying that I may be enlighten for the truth that my wife believes, because she was once a Seventh Day Adventist but stopped to go to church when we got married.

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Dindo Lasala and his wife with Pr. German Ramos and Family

I could say I am a successful man.  I had a lot of accomplishment, I have a power to control everything surrounds me, but I felt the emptiness in my life.  In the wee hour of January 2, 2014, God talked to me by my conscience.  He says, YOU ARE ALWAYS ASKING ME FOR A WISDOM, BUT YOU CAN NO’T RECEIVE IT BECAUSE OF YOUR VICES, I HAVE GIVEN YOU ALL  THAT YOU NEED, I ANSWERED YOUR REQUEST BUT YOU NEGLECT IT AND CONTINUE DOING THINGS THAT YOU ENJOYED AND THAT IS NOT  IN ACCORDANCE TO MY WILL.  YOU HAVE BLINDED ON YOUR OWN SMOKE.  At that time, I realized God answered my wife’s prayer.  Then, I knelt in prayer asking God to forgive me for all my shortcomings and promise to get back to Him to trust Him and obey Him.

I was so thankful to God for giving to me my wife Merlyn that prayed for me, helped me and guide me to know His living God.  All the things of this earth God gave to his beloved sons and daughters.

I was an avid listener of the Hope Radio Program and I was enlightened by one of the programs hosted by Pr. Jerson P. Arellano, Sukdanan Sa Kamatuoran that time I was eager to study more of God’s word.  I continued to study the Bible with Pastor German Ramos in their residence and also during the Sabbath School Congress in Mountain View College..

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Personal Savior through Baptism on my birthday on May 24, 2014 together with my wife during the Sabbath School Congress in MVC.

Experiencing God in One Week

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What can possibly happen in one week?

I remember, it was the 25th of April, 2014 when I had this question ringing in my mind. I was in my room, packing up the stuffs I need for the weeklong Friendship Camp, which, for the first time, would happen in our district. I remember feeling excited and yet at the same time, a bit anxious of what might happen at the camp, or what might not.

Then came Sunday, the arrival day at the campsite.

Being one of the officers of our Districtwide AY Association, I couldn’t help getting worried about the possibility that not many young people would actually show up for the event. I mean, I knew we’d done our part in inviting the youth—both SDAs and non-SDAs—to the camp beforehand, and I thought, we were pretty successful at it. But what if, just what if, our invitees change their mind at the last minute? All the effort we put forth for the activity will surely go down the drain.

What I failed to realize at that moment was that it wasn’t our work, it was God’s. And when God does something, He perfects it.

First Day at the Camp

Twelve. That’s the exact number of tents I counted when I got to the campsite.

Not really a lot, I thought.

That’s when I closed my eyes and started praying to God to send more young people to the camp. And sent more, He did. After all, it was His work, not ours. So little by little, campers were coming. More tents were set up, and the camp was starting to get noisy… in a good way.

The opening ceremony went on smoothly, with all the young people obviously excited about the activities in store for them for the week.

Before I drifted to sleep that night, I had three things to say to God—first, I thanked Him for the camp’s successful start; second, I was sorry I doubted what He is capable of doing; and finally, I asked Him to keep everyone safe at the camp.

The Facilitators

Of course, the Friendship Camp wouldn’t materialize without the active force behind it. Under the supervision of our District Pastor, Ptr. German B. Ramos and the young camp director Clinton Dumangcas, we had a battalion of dynamic young people who rose up to the challenge of leading the camp which we all knew wasn’t an easy task— there was the obligation of getting up before everybody else does, staying up late to prepare for the next day’s activities, and then there’s facilitating a group of young people with different temperaments.

But once again, God proved me how He can make anybody His living vessel at His will, even those people who I thought weren’t capable enough.

Many of the facilitators were so young and admittedly first-timers, yet it was amazing how everyone rose up to the occasion when they were called to. They were young, yes; but not young enough to take part in God’s work.

Friendship Evangelism

I remember an inspiring statement I heard somewhere, “people will not care how much you know about God unless they know how much you care about them”.

This was pretty much the case during the Friendship Camp. Because there were quite a number of non-SDA campers, I couldn’t help wondering how we can introduce Jesus to them without them feeling like they’re being pressured to join the Seventh Day Adventist denomination.

I was thinking that if ever these young people would decide to join the church, I wanted them to do it out of pure and holy conviction and not out of pressure or just a spur-of-the-moment decision.

But God has His ways, as always.

With His blessings, everyone started building friendship at the camp. Even now, it still amazes me how people with different upbringing and character can connect with each other in such a short span of time. And then little by little, as the friendship grew, it became surprisingly easy to talk to them about Jesus that it was almost effortless.

The Decision

Before the camp started, I was feeling vexed by the idea that we’re obliged to bring souls to Christ’s fold at the end of the weeklong event through baptism. I worried too much about the numbers and became so nearsighted that I forgot that it was the Holy Spirit’s job to convict souls, not man’s. But just every time my faith fails, God reminds me of what He is capable of doing.

Just before the Sabbath came, we popped the big question to the non-SDA campers— will you accept Jesus as your Saviour and be baptized? The response we got astounded me.

Then it hit me. While I was busy doubting God, His Spirit was actually working and subtly converting souls.

Accepted Jesus through Baptism

It was holy Sabbath afternoon by the beach and everyone was gathered together for the baptism. Those who were about to be baptized were nervous, I was sure about that. After all, it was to be the turning point of their lives.

One by one, the brethren shook the hands of our new church members and warmly welcomed them. While we were on it, I was silently thanking God for such a wonderful miracle.

I thought it was good enough that we were able to convince those young people to join the Friendship Camp, but God had a greater plan and purpose— a plan to remind everyone how much He loves people and the ultimate purpose to save His children.

New Life in Christ

It was the 4th of May when the camp finally concluded. But not really, I realized.

For the new young Seventh Day Adventists, their real Christian journey has just begun. Surely, there will be a lot of obstacles in their path, but I know that God, in all His greatness and mercy, will carry them through.

As for me, and all others who fell short of their faith, we rediscovered Him and His amazing grace.

So what can possibly happen in one week?

Now I have figured out the answer.

Written by:

Glyzza Mae F. Bergado

Northeastern Mindanao Mission Organizes a Rescue Group

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RESCUE-SDA 13, a newly organized rescue group base in Caraga Region starts their 9-day training which covers the areas of Fire Prevention and Suppression, Basic First Aid, Disaster Management, Water Rescue and Basic Life Support Training.

This training is designed to provide with the necessary skills and knowledge to the trainees to help serve the community better.

Representatives from the Bureau of Fire, Philippine Red Cross, Philippine National Police – 13 and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office shared their expertise during the training.

The organization of the RESCUE-SDA 13, which is also known as Adventist Rescue 13, is a joint effort of the Adventist Community Service / ADRA headed by Pr. Bernabe M. Dahunan, the  Youth Department headed by Pr. Max Dante B. Obbus and the Health Department headed by Pr. Nimrod V. Saramosing.

On Friday, March 7, 2014 – the mock water rescue was held at the Agusan River.  The trainees demonstrated their skills on water rescue and were supervised by their instructors.

The RESCUE-SDA 13 is thankful for the CDRRMO, DOH-Caraga, HEMS, PNP-Regional Public Safety Batallion, Bureau of Fire and Protection – Butuan, Red Cross – Agusan Del Sur, and for the administrators of Northeastern Mindanao Mission Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist in Caraga Region for their support of this training.

The RESCUE-SDA 13 is planning to have four (4) provincial trainings, which aim to organize one rescue team in each district in Caraga Region.

A Radio that Leads a Friend to Church Again

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Pastor Jerson Arellano and Fernando Butlig

Fernando Butlig was baptized about 20 years ago through a Bible Seminar called Radiant Life by Pastor Jethro Calahat.  Trials had shaken his faith and he stopped going to church.

After many years he moved to Bit-os, Butuan City to settle down.  He lived close to his friend Guesepo Arrubio, an Adventist and an avid listener to Hope Radio Philippines, a radio station managed by the Seventh-day Adventist in Caraga Region.

Brother Guesepo invited Fernando to attend church with him but Fernando didn’t think he was ready yet.  Guesepo decided to lend him his radio transistor instead.  Sometimes they would listen together, enjoying the replay of the program “Tulonghaan sa Kahanginan” (School on the Air) by Pastor Jerson Arellano and “Sukdanan sa Kamatuoran” (Measurement of Truth) by Pastor Jerson Arellano and Kapaglaum Charlie Ranes.

Fernando became very interested in the program, started to ask questions, and began his quest of studying the Bible again.

Through God’s guidance and the work of the Holy Spirit, Guesepo and Fernando contacted the host of the program who visited them at their house and offered a prayer for Fernando.

A few months ago Fernando decided to go with his friend Guesepo to the church to renew his commitment to the Lord, to serve Him and to be a part of his family.  It was an answered prayer said Guesepo, who was very happy for the decision of his friend. “God called Fernando back and I am happy He used my small radio transistor as instrument,” he said, his eyes a little teary.

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