Mission Administrators, Directors, Pastors, Office Staff, Brethren, Children unitedly took part in the HOPE IMPACT Tract Distribution at Northeastern Mindanao Mission in Caraga Region of South Philippines.
October 2, 2010 was the HOPE IMPACT PHILIPPINES Tract distribution nation-wide. (NEMM) Northeastern Mindanao Mission had its distribution activity in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte with guests coming from South Philippine Union Conference, the Sabbath School Director Pr. Ephraim O. Paquibo together with his wife Dr. Lilia M. Paquibo.
The program started at the Gym, attended by a Provincial Board Member, and one of the Municipal councilors representing the municipal government, The Chief of police with his men, Bureau of Fire Personnel, Mission Administrators and directors, Brethren of Buenavista- Nasipit district under the leadership of Pr. Jose Conrado Hermoso. A motorcade followed with the Police car on the lead, Fire Truck, Mission Van, Workers’ cars, and Brethren’s vehicles passing through the busy main streets of the town. Group of Brethren followed handing tracts and Books “Living with Hope” to people standing beside the streets watching the parade. After the parade the program continued at the Gym for the Divine service program with the Hope-Filled message presented by Pr. E.O.Paquibo.
On October 4, NeMM workers were divided to attend the flag ceremony in 2 different Police stations within the city to distribute books and tracts. Pastor Solomon V. Mongaya, the Mission President headed the first group in the distribution at the Regional Police Station, Libertad, Butuan City while Pastor Bernabe C.Caballero, the Mission Executive Secretary and Cirilo S. Ba-al, the Mission Treasurer were leading the Team at the Central Police Station in front of the City Plaza. A devotional message was given to the Policemen for their Moral Recovery Program from Pr. Caballero before books and tracts were given to them. One of the Police Officers said, “ We hope to have another message like this for our moral recovery.” All Police officers and their men gladly accepted the books and went back to their post busy reading them.
The next round of the HOPE IMPACT was done on October 14 on the occasion of the Small Group Reaping Festival. Delegates coming from every pastoral district who have vehicles joined it. Those who joined were wearing white T-shirt uniform marked Hope Impact Philippines. This is the color assigned to all brethren of south Philippines who will join the tract distribution. The motorcade left (NEMA) Northeastern Mindanao Academy at 7:30 A.M. with Police Officers on their vehicles who directs the traffic on the highway. The route is from NEMA to Bancasi Army Camp then back to the SPORTS COMPLEX grandstand to conduct a short program before each group of delegates was assigned to distribute tracts in nearby barangays of the city.
Then the final Hope Impact tract distribution was on the Sabbath morning of October 16. Master Guides of NEMM Caraga Chapter in their spic and span Type A and A-1 uniform set out to distribute books and tracts in Butuan City riding on vehicles with Hope Impact streamers.
The united involvement of each in this program made many people aware of what really Adventists are especially as they read those printed pages that would give them hope for a bright tomorrow with Jesus as their Savior. We hope that the seeds of Hope we have sown will grow in their hearts to make them ready for Jesus coming.