SPUC Wide Teachers’ Convention

It was once a dream turned to reality!

The long-awaited teachers’ convention was planned to be held abroad since the year 2002. Finally, last July 18-23, 2016 the dream came true. It was held at Universitas Advent Indonesia in Bandung.

“Excellence in Teaching Ministry” was the theme of the said convention. The learning experience during that event was really excellent. There were more than two hundred delegates in attendance. Among these group of educators from SPUC, are the 22 elementary teachers and 8 high school teachers from NEMM.

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The president of SPUC, Pastor Edwin C. Gulfan, and the local missions and conferences administrators, especially the NEMM administrators- Pr. Max Dante Obbus, Pr. Nimrod Saramosing and Sir Cirilo Baal are very supportive of the program. The said event has been made possible through the leadership of Dr. Bobby M. Asis, SPUC Education director, with the assistance of Dr. Diosdado T. Catalan and Mrs. Leonor P. Mongaya.

To God be the glory for the wonderful opportunity He has given to his dedicated teachers who are engaged in the Teaching Ministry. (Pearlyn P. Panes)

F-CAMP 2016

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What is F-CAMP?

It is a ministry of the Adventist youth, for the youth by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through camping.

Mechanism

One Adventist youth will invite one or more unchurched youth to join the Friendship Camp which carries the program to develop their physical, mental, social and spiritual.  The devotional speaker will speaks about the fundamental doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist. The facilitators will lead the group into studying other topics that are not covered by the speaker and get the reaction of the campers through an activity called unmasking.

The Results

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These activities were facilitated by FLIES group who also help trained facilitators for the F-CAMP.  These activities happened last summer and the Lord has been so good that he calls the youth to be involved in his ministry. [NM Seda]

PARL Dept. Directors Meet Adventist Candidates for Public Office

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Pr. Mamerto Guingguing Comm. / Parl Director – SPUC

The PARL Department Directors of Northeastern Mindanao Mission and South Philippine Union Conference in coordination with Southern Asia Pacific Division meet the Adventist  candidates for public office last March 19, 2016 at Bayugan Central Church with the theme “Arise and Serve.”

This program was attended by Adventist candidates for public office  from different parts of Caraga Region together with the Officers of NEMM.  The guest speakers are Atty. Rex R. Rosas – SSD Legal and Government Liaison, Atty. Gizzelle Foguzo, and Pr. Mamerto M. Guinguing, II – the SPUC Communication Director & PARL Coordinator.

“The objective of this event is to organize a special consecration program that we can pray for them and remind them of our focus to serve sincerely and with gladness, for God and for government” said Pr. Guingguing.

The PARL Department of Northeastern Mindanao Mission is thankful to Bayugan Central Church for hosting the event. [ER Cubelo]

ACS: My Blood, Your Hope

The department of the Adventist Community Services and Health Ministries Department in coordination with the Philippine National Red Cross would have a bloodletting program with the theme “Dugo ko, Paglaum Mo” (My Blood, Your Hope).  This is a regular program of the Adventists in Caraga region to help those who are in need of blood.

The bloodletting will be at Northeastern Mindanao Mission, Km. 3, Baan Highway, Butuan City this coming February 21, 2016.

These are the qualifications of the donors:

  • Age:  18-65 years old
  • 16-17 years old needs parental consent
  • 60-65 years old needs a physician’s approval
  • Weight:  atleast 115lbs. or 52.5 kg.
  • Blood Pressure:  90-130 systolic, 60-90 diastolic
  • Travel abroad for a period of more than 1 month must have stayed in the country for 12 months before you can donate.
  • Travel abroad for a period of less than 1 month, must have stayed in the country for a month before you can donate.
  • No major/minor surgical procedure within a year
  • Tattooing/piercing:  12 months after the procedure
  • No medicine or alcohol intake for at least 24 hours
  • No smoking: 4 hours prior to blood extraction
  • At least 5 hours of sleep
  • Physically healthy
  • Negative for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Other guidelines for deferral will be assessed during the interview of donor’s personal and medical history and physical examination.

Benefits:

  • Have a personal health check-up
  • You will know your blood type, hemoglobin level and BP
  • The bone marrow will be stimulated to produce younger and active cells (change oil mechanism)
  • More volunteer blood donors would meet the supply of blood
  • It is something that will make you feel good about yourself.

We are asking you to join us this coming February 21, 2016.  Be there!  God Bless You!

For more information you can contact our Health Department Director Pastor Lonie D. Cena and our ACS Director Pastor Jerry E. Taguno.

BCMA: Week of Prayer 2016

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BCMA: Teachers and Students Praying together

Every year the Butuan City Mission Academy (BCMA) Elementary Department continued its spiritual program that teach students to have a closer relationship with God.  The students experienced this week the powerful revelation of “Jesus the Creator” – the theme of this year’s week of prayer.

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Week of Prayer Speaker: Pastor Agapito M. Orendain – Stewardship Director – NEMM

Pastor Agapito M. Orendain spiritually prepared God’s message for the children in a manner that interest them.  He carefully designs questions that brings the children into deep understanding about Jesus as the Creator.  During the culmination program, two students received a devotional book “#PowerUp” for answering questions from his week of prayer messages.

Week of Prayer is a part of the school’s program.  It promotes the development of the spiritual aspects of life.  It is a time where teachers and students joined together to ask for the Lord’s blessings and to delve into the word of God that develops a special relationship with Him.

SSD President, Succumbs to Rare Bone Marrow Disease

Source:  Arlene Collado's FB Page

Source: Arlene Collado’s FB Page

Leonardo R. Asoy, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD), passed away at age 56 at approximately 8:35 p.m. (PHT) on January 12, 2016 at the Adventist Medical Center-Manila, Philippines from complications due to myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare bone marrow disease in which the bone marrow is unable to produce adequate healthy blood cells.

Born on November 18, 1959, Asoy was raised in Mindanao, Southern Philippines and graduated from Mountain View College in 1983 with a degree in Theology.

His dedication and commitment for the Lord led him to serve as a district pastor in the church’s Western Mindanao Conference in Ozamis City in 1983 and then youth director from 1988-1990.  In 1990, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in Cavite, Philippines.

He then served in the South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC) beginning in 1991 as youth director and later became the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director in 1996. In 2003, he was called to an administrative role as president of the Davao Mission but was called back to SPUC after a year to be the ministerial secretary.

Asoy accepted a call to serve as the director for the Southern Asia-Pacific Division Sabbath School/Personal Ministries in 2007. Beginning in 2011 until July 2015, he led SPUC as its president. Under his vibrant tenure, evangelistic initiatives and practical member programs flourished.  At the 2015 General Conference Session, he was elected SSD president.

His wife Elma Vasques Asoy, their grown children, Elnardz and Shawnette, and countless family members and friends mourn his passing and look longingly to the Resurrection.

Source:  Communication Department, Southern Asia Pacific Division

Arise! Shine! Jesus is Coming

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“Arise! Shine! Jesus is Coming” the theme of the 13th General Constituency Meeting of the Seventh-day Adventists.  There are two hundred fifty two (252) official delegates and fourteen (14) special coming from different sectors of the Seventh-day Adventists in Caraga region.   The resource speakers of the devotional are Administrators and department directors from the South Philippine Union Conference – the Adventist headquarters in Mindanao and leaders from Southern Mindanao Mission, Davao Mission, Zamboanga Peninsula Mission, Western Mindanao Conference and North Central Mindanao Conference.

The constituents also elected the department directors that will serve the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Caraga Region from January 1, 2016-December 31, 2020.   These directors will serve together with the newly elected administrators of Northeastern Mindanao Mission.

These are the new set of officers of the Northeastern Mindanao Mission:

President – Pr. Max Dante Obbus
Executive Secretary – Pr. Nimrod Saramosing
Treasurer – Cirilo Baal
Ministerial Secretary – Pr. Rafael de Domingo
SS/PM/ADRA/ASI – Pr. Jerry Taguno 
Stewardship / Legal-Trust Services – Pr. Agapito Orendain 
Communication – Pr. Eugenio Cubelo, Jr.
Health /IEL- Pr. Lonie Cena
SI/Womens/Family Life – Marivic L. Saramosing
ChM/Education – Perlyn Panes
Publishing / Spirit of Prophecy – Samson Andrade 
Youth /MAS – Pr. Nilo Seda

The program ended with the commitment prayer of Pr. Antonio V. Pamunag, asking for blessings and guidance of the new set of officers.

It is a wonderful experience to participate this sacred meeting and appreciate the system realizing that God is in control of everything.

SPUC Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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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

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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

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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