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

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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]

NEMM: Arise and Train

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“Arise and Train:  Jesus is Coming” – the theme of the program that was successfully organized by the Personal Ministries Department headed by Pastor Jerry E. Taguno and Pr. Jerson P. Arellano last March 21-22, 2016 at NEMM Headquarters.  The purpose is to enhance the ability to train future evangelists in the church and successfully mentor others in discipleship.  This is a step to a massive training of evangelists that will be conducted to every districts in the quarter of the year.

Pr. Jerson P. Arellano – an experienced trainer of evangelists emphasized the importance of church growth and the total involvement in having a quantitative and qualitative church growth.  He also added the importance of the dedication of trainers and their conviction to a great responsibility of mentoring, creating a spirit of determination, and above all, a personal commitment to trust on His Divine power and the work of the Holy Spirit.

The training was attended by the district pastors, district leaders, church pastors and gospel outreach workers which at the same time will conduct training to their church members during the second quarter of the year 2016.  The goal is to trained a hundred evangelists in every district – a challenge that every district pastors and leaders accept wholeheartedly. [MR Pepito]

Sison District: Sison Center’s Family Retreat

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The Sison Center SDA Church held its first family retreat in a beautiful Island of Banban, Taganaan, Surigao del Sur.  This is a plan of the church together with Pr. Noel Gerona to apply the IEL program to foster a closer relationship between family members.  It was a three days and two nights events that focus on understanding the role of the members of the family (husband, wife, parents, children).

The invited guest speakers were Mrs. Marivic L. Saramosing – the current Family Life Ministries Director together with her husband Pr. Nimrod V. Saramosing – the executive secretary.  They are both working at the head office of the Seventh-day Adventist in Caraga Region.  Aside from the lectures, the youth prepared a program on Sunday that involves group activities and swimming, while some of the men went fishing.

Pr. Gerona is thankful to the Salvadors for hosting the family retreat and for their kindness to let us used their facilities.  This event was made possible because of them.  May God will continually bless them in their ministry, he added.

Keeping a family plays an important role in keeping the people in the church.

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.

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.