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

Discipleship and Nurturing Workshop

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“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

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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.

Shepherdess International Gives Back to the Community

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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.

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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. 

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