Salvacion Adventist Church Organized

Salvacion Church of Bayugan City Central District was finally organized last May 12, 2018 with 52 church members present, Pastor Jun Mosenabre – the Junior Pastor of the said district, and Pastor Ranillo A. Jagmoc – the district pastor. The church is located at Brgy. Salvacion, Bayugan City of Agusan del Sur Province.

Members of the Salvacion Adventist Church together with Pr. Ranny Jagmoc

It was an extra special day for Salvacion Church that Sabbath morning. Pastor Jagmoc led the review of the church manual and a few of the major Biblical Doctrines of the Seventh-Day Adventists followed by an open forum regarding the reviewed topics. A Santa Cena followed; led by Pastor Jagmoc, Pastor Mosenabre, ordained elders of the church, and, ordained deacons and deaconesses of the church; and, participated by the baptized members of the church.

Right after the symbolic ceremony, the church organization promptly followed. The first members of the church were called, then the next members up to the latest members recorded were called. Then Pastor Jagmoc led a dedicatory prayer for Salvacion Church.

One of the members exclaimed that they are really happy with the church organization as if they have become official members of the family of God all over the world.

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By Jeiel Russel D. Jagmoc

TriMission-wide Shepherdess International(SI) Certification Seminar Level II

TriMission wide Shepherdess International Certification Seminar Level II with the theme “Ablaze with Jesus” was held on May 17-19, 2018 at Davao Mission Headquarters, 5 Palm Drive, Bajada, Davao City. This is participated by the SI’s coming from three missions; Davao Mission, Northeastern Mindanao Mission, and Southern Mindanao Mission.

The seminar was spearheaded by our very own SPUC SI coordinator, Mrs. Rufina  Gulfan supported by the three participating missions’ SI coordinators; namely, Mrs. Beth Rosa of SMM, Mrs. Marivic Saramosing of NEMM and Mrs. Marilyn Moralde of DM. They were also the lecturers of the said seminar and they discussed about the following topics; time management, managing conflict creatively, self-esteem, money management, and dealing with anger. The seminar was supposed to guide the wives of the pastors in becoming effective women leaders, supportive wives in the ministry and faithful servants of God.

Aside from the lectures, there were also invited speakers that gave inspiration to the SI’s during the morning and evening devotionals. We were blessed to have such dynamic speakers: Pr. Edwin T. Magdadaro – President of Davao Mission; Pr. Alex Necessario – Executive Secretary of Davao Mission; and, Mrs. Zenaida Necessario – the wife of Pr. Alex Necessario. They all inspired us to be ABLAZE WITH JESUS.

This trimission-wide seminar enabled the shepherdesses to meet, get acquainted with each other, form a special bond among ministers’ wives, share and inspire each other. The program ended with renewal of commitment where we prayed for each other to always be ablaze with Jesus even with different challenges in the ministry.

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By:  Jeiel Russell D. Jagmoc

Shepherdess International: Continuing Education Program Level 1

“It is hard to be a pastor’s wife when everyone in the church expects you to know everything,” says Linda (not her real name).  The wife of a pastor plays a very important role in the church and in the district.  She is considered a full time mother, expected to raise perfect kids, adviser to women and family departments, expert in telling stories, good cook, pianist, choir director and many others.  These are a few of the many expectations that can often lead to physical and emotional stress.

The Adventist organization provided a place for these ministers’ spouses and it is called Shepherdess International.  It is the objective of the organization to help deal with these situations.  That is why, Mrs. Marivic Saramosing – the Shepherdess International Coordinator for Caraga Region, together with Mrs. Pinky Gulfan – the Shepherdess International Coordinator for Mindanao, conducted the first “Continuing Education Program Level 1 for Shepherdess International of Northeastern Mindanao Mission with the theme “Growing with Jesus.”  The guest speakers are Mrs. Pinky Gulfan, along with her husband Pr. Edwin Gulfan – the new SSD Evangelist.  Their combine experiences in the field for more than forty years as ministers, they shared their knowledge on understanding the life, challenges and role of the wife of the pastor and how to deal with it physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Mrs. Jeiel Jagmoc one of the forty seminarians says that “the lectures were timely and inspiring.  We were able to share our experiences, opinions and expertise on the topics during the workshop which is a good thing because it is a way of learning together.  Pastor Edwin and Ma’am Pinky Gulfan brought out the best we can be as Minister’s Wife and Shepherdess.”  Mrs. Marivic Saramosing is planning to have a Continuing Education Program Level 2 for Shepherdess International in the future.  It is her hope that every wife of the Adventist pastors in Caraga region would “grow into a spiritually mature clergy spouse,” she added. (Meljoie Pepito – Ampayon Padiay District Leader)

Power of Seventy as Literature Evangelists

Pr. Joseph Vicente (far left) together with his delegates prepares for canvasing work.

The Power of Seventy is the Northeastern Mindanao Mission’s system under the banner of Integrated Evangelistic Lifestyle, for the purpose of equipping the members of the church for the ministry.  They are given a curriculum designed by the Theological Education of Adventist Missionaries (TEAM) which is supervised by Administrators and department directors.

Last October 23-28, 2017, the Publishing Department together with the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries department launched+ the second phase of continuing education for the Power of Seventy.  Lecturers from South Philippine Union Conference and from other fields came to share their knowledge of reaching others through evangelism.

Pastor Nildo Mamac – the Literature Ministries Seminary Director of South Philippine Union Conference together with Samson Andrade – the publishing director of Northeastern Mindanao Mission devoted their time and effort in teaching the P70 members the art of introducing Jesus to the community through selling and sharing books that contains the message of salvation.

On the eve of October 25, 2017, all members of the Power of Seventy spent the night in reading God’s promises from the bible and pray – asking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead the way to the people that God has already prepared.  On October 26, 2017, vehicles carried more than 600 members of the Power of Seventy to the nearby cities and barangay with the purpose of sharing and selling books from the Philippine Publishing House, applying what they have learned from the seminar.  Daniel Lipasan the acting manager of the Philippine Publishing House – Butuan Branch reported that the event had sold more than 200 books which cost about forty thousand pesos (Php40,000).

Pastor Ven Bermudez, the Publishing director of the Southern Asia Pacific Division inspired the members of the Power of Seventy to read the Spirit of Prophecy books and continue to share God’s message thru selling or sharing the printed message of God.

The event inspired many members of the Power of 70 to work as full time or part time literature evangelists.  The Publishing and the Personal Ministries Department have already decided to include canvassing work as part of the activities of the Power of Seventy every last Sunday of the month.

In his keynote message, Elder Max Dante B. Obbus – the NEMM President, emphasize the importance of the work of the Literature Ministries as one of the great tools in spreading the gospel message of salvation and it should be practice by every members of the church, a way to create good opportunities for showing God’s love that will eventually lead to interest in studying the word of God, and through the work of the Holy Spirit many will accept Jesus.

Empowering the Power of Seventy

Photo Credit: K. Saramosing

The seats were heated and the Bayugan Comprehensive National High School Gym was about to explode as the 2,323 Adventist missionaries take the challenge with power and zeal in their hearts, during the send-off ceremony of the missionaries trained under Power of Seventy Program of Northeastern Mindanao Mission on the 1st day of the month of July this year.
The North Eastern Mindanao Mission (NeMM) of the South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC), concluded its first step in educating, empowering, and mobilizing of its members thru the initiative called the Power of Seventy, which is meant to complement the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s program for Total Members Involvement (TMI).
The Power of Seventy, is a program formed for the purpose of helping the local church in resounding the message of the good news of Christ’s coming, to establish communities of believers and to safe-guard the church from religious extremism that is so rampant in the Southern Philippines.
After months of prayer and laborious work, the district pastors with the help of the junior pastors conducted classes thru Theological Education for Adventist Missionaries. Included in its curriculum are Church History, church planting, personal and public evangelism, Literature Evangelism, among others.
The Power of Seventy is patterned on how Jesus Mobilized Christian believers 2000 years ago were He appointed the seventy disciples and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whiter He himself would come (Luke 10:1-3). Their mission was to prepare the field for harvest and harvest those who are ripe and ready.
The members of Power of Seventy was being reminded that they will be sent as a lamb among the wolves, but being reassured that wherever they may be, Jesus Himself, whose power on earth and heaven is on Him, will be with you even unto the end of the world. (Mishael I. Monterola – Junior Pastor, NEMM)

New SULADS School Building for Bayabas

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For many years the SULADS teachers and their students met at an old shanty.  “This is a dream come true for the people of Bayabas,” said Bro. Ruben Bernandinos – the Purok President of the village and at the same time an elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bayabas.
The SULAD School was built through the initiative and support of the SULADS teachers represented by Russ A. Dawis – NEMM SULADS Coordinator, the baranggay officials of Padiay, the Adventists of Ampayon-Padiay District.
On September 12, 2016 – the new SULADS School building officially opened.  The inauguration was attended by the villagers, the LUMADS and the adventist community.
The ministry to educate the LUMADS is a tool for us to reach and share the message of salvation.
All of us are called for this ministry, if we cannot go and be with the LUMADS at least we can help send some through prayer and financial support.  Help promote to SUPPORT our SULADS Ministry.

NEMM Admin Secretary Awarded by SPUC

bingdawisawardElizabeth “Bing” A. Dawis, the present administrative secretary of Northeastern Mindanao Mission received an award from the South Philippine Union Conference during the ACMS Training last August 8-11, 2016.
The hardworking administrative secretary was recognized by the South Philippine Union Conference for “Always being the FIRST to submit Quarterly Reports.” This award shows her devotion to her work to meet the deadlines and accomplish the needed documents with precision.
She has been serving as secretary to the Adventist Institutions for 27 years, three years as a medical secretary at Gingoog Sanitarium and Hospital and 24 years as a secretary to Northeastern Mindanao Mission.

Sabbath School, Personal Ministries and IEL Convention 2016

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Elder Rudy Baloyo – Executive Secretary – SSD

More than 500 Adventists from different parts of Caraga Region attended the Sabbath School and IEL convention at Northeastern Mindanao Mission Academy last April 20-23, 2016.  The purpose of this convention is to share the latest direction of the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist in proclaiming the gospel of salvation.  It aims to encourage every members of the church to participate in the different ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The guests speakers are Pastor Rudy Baloyo – Executive Secretary of the Southern Asia Pacific Division, Pr. Segundino Asoy – Sabbath School Director of the South Philippine Union Conference, and Pr. Bernabe M. Dahunan – NDR-IEL Director of the South Philippine Union Conference.

The delegates were delighted to hear the inspirational message of Elder Max Dante B. Obbus our NEMM president which encourages the Adventists in Caraga Region to get involve in the ministry – a way to strengthen the faith in Jesus Christ.

On Friday morning, a surprise visit of Cesar “Buboy” Montano brings life to the crowd as they listen to his experiences on how God brought him back to the church.  He ended his message with a beautiful rendition of the song “Amazing Grace.”

On April 23, 2016 Elder Rudy Baloyo spoke during the divine worship at the fully packed auditorium about the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our responsibility to give an opportunity for others to know Jesus.  The Sabbath School and IEL Convention ended with a musical concert featuring the adventist musicians in Caraga Region.

Pr. Jerry E. Taguno and Pr. Lonie D. Cena are grateful for the support of the district leaders, the elders and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout Caraga Region.

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]

Mission-wide Literature Evangelists Praise and Thanks Fellowship

Photo Credit:  AH Molo

Pr. Ven Bermudez-Publishing Director, SSD Photo Credit: AH Molo

February 18-20, 2016.  For three days, Literature Evangelists all over Caraga Region gathered to give praise and thank to our Almighty Father for the blessings he out poured for the year 2015. Under the leadership of Bro. Samson Andrade, our NeMM Publishing Ministries Director, and Bro. Welly Molo, Butuan Branch PPH Manager, we are able to exceed our 9.5 Million goal to almost 12 Million.

The fellowship started Thursday afternoon with the theme: “Whole World Total Membership Involvement through Literature. It proceeded with devotionals, testimonies, and games.

The Fellowship was not only filled with testimonies but also was visited by guest speakers from our Mission, Union, and Division. Sir Cirilo Baal, our NeMM Treasurer, gave us inspiration to “Forward Ever, Backward Never” during the Vesper’s Meeting. Pr. Rey Cabanero, our SPUC Publishing Ministries Director, gave spark of energy to our Evangelists by promoting incentives and activities for this year and the years to come. Elder Bermudez, our SSD Publishing Ministries Director, lit the fire of hope for everyone emphasizing on this year’s theme: “Reaching the World: World Membership Involvement through Literature by Influence.” During the Hour of Worship, he stressed that Ellen G. White encourages every member – as disciples, that it is a must to be involved in our mission that our work may be finished. He gave importance on us “Reaching the World” and the danger of “the world reaching to us” and he reminds everyone that some of our members have a disease called AIDS – Adventists in Deep Sleep.

There are those who are waiting, watching, and working for the Lord’s coming. There is still so much to do. Here in our field are souls we need to reach. There are so many reasons why we should be involved, but the best of them is because of the love of God. He loves us and we love Him. Hand in hand let us work together. United let us finish the task – the responsibility, endowed upon us. [AH Molo]