January 3, is the first day of duty to all public and private employees for the year 2011. NeMM officers, directors and staff were previleged to see Mayor Ferdinand Amante, the City Mayor of Butuan through City Councilor Ryan Culima who fascilitated our visit to offer a song and an intercessory prayer for his leadership this year and until the end of his term. .
It was raining cats and dogs that day. People are getting busy and alert and cautious due to the heavy downpour that might affect their residences. Despite of the busy schedule of the mayor to attend to the needs of his constituents he still welcomes us with a great smile who acknowledged our presence with warm greetings by expressing his gratitude to the Seventh-Day Adventists who had helped him so much in his career especially for the city’s moral recovery program.
Our group presented a short program. Ian T. Ba-al played his saxophone. Then a duet of Pastor Ruel Arrogante and Joseph Vicente followed. Then 3 prayers were offered by Pr. Arrogante, Pr. Bernabe Caballero Jr., and culminated by Ptr. Solomon V. Mongaya.
In the midst of us we observed that the Mayor is really a lover of music as he intently listened to the song and even the
saxophone solo. Most of all he thanked the prayers offered for him and for his workers in the city hall.
We went back to the NeMM office after we were served with snacks in the mayor’s office. But as we travel back therewas still heavy rain where most of the barangays in the city were flooded. But we hope that the mayor has all the strength he needs over these great challenges ahead after having been blessed by our visit and of course the wisdom and the strength that never fails that only comes from God.