Si Noe ug Ang Hope Channel

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Sa diha nga gisugo si Noe paghimo og barko (arka), nalibog siya'g unsay iyang himoon. Wala siya'y committee sa Iglesya nga iya maduol. Ang mga tawo dili kaayo matinuhuon. Ang nakalisod og samot kay wala siya'y hinanawan sa maong bulohaton kay wala man siya maka eskwela sa building construction, bisan nalang paghimo og dulaan nga barko - wala gyud.

Apan si Noe misanong sa maong hagit. Gibaligya niya ang uban niyang mga hayop, gibaligya niya ang uban nilang kayutaan ug gigamit kini ingon nga "seed money" sa paghimo og arka.

Sulod sa 120 ka tuig nahimo ang arka. Nakasalbar kini sa usa ka panimalay ug tanang klase sa hayop. Ang investment ni Noe wala nawala kay tua man niya gibutang sa arka.

Ang arka karon nagpadayon sa iya mensahe bisan wala na siya naglutaw sa tubig. Ang iyang leksyon nga gibilin nahimong inspirasyon sa Hope Channel aron tukoron ang nationwide radio ug television broadcasting.

Kon si Noe ania pa karon, siya modasig nga ato suportahan ang proyekto sa Hope Channel. Ang tanang mga tawo nga nagsalikway sa mensahe ni Noe, nawad-an sa ilang tanang kabtangan, salapi ug kinabuhi.

Ang umaabot nga kalaglagan makatabang nga dili moapektar sa tanan nga nagabutang sa ilang investment sa Hope Channel.

Salamat sa inyong suporta, salamat sa inyong pag-ampo, salamat sa inyong salapi. Ang Dios magapilo sa inyong panalangin, Amen!

National Treasurers & Accountants' Seminar

National Treasurers and Accountants' Seminar Updates and upgrades! That's what the treasurers and accountants of the North, Central and South Philippine Union Conferences plus those from our medical and academic institutions flocked to Baguio City for. From April 18 through 20, the attendees learned of new government policies that directly affect the operations of the organization, specifically that of the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission). These and more have been served by the following resource speakers:

And the following kept the attendees inspired by the LORD's presence through the devotionals:

The meeting also unveiled new procedures and policies in our accounting system that increased efficiency. All in all, the gathering, and the city tours after, brought the different Accounting personnel closer together for a better working relationship. Truly an experience that brought fresh perspective only a trip outside the office can bring. Praise the Lord!

Loida P. Aggabao - SPUC Treasury

Women Revived Hearts!

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While summer is just around the corner, some of us may already be fainting for some sunshine in our lives! It would have helped if we were able to attend Western Mindanao Conference's 20th Women's Convention last April 13-16, 2011. Held at the town auditorium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, 523 delegates turned out to be refreshed and inspired once again!

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The opening program included a special appearance and speech from the mayor and a colorful parade around the town. SPUC Women's Director Shirley Aguinaldo with Methyl Almocera joined WMC counterpart Luisa Dulce Jimenez to serve fellow women with Bible truths in their mission themed "Revive A Heart".

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"Women were indeed spiritualized and empowered by the different spiritual banquets they received through devotionals, lectures and special messages. Surely their hearts were revived!" Aguinaldo exclaimed of the said affair. After the convention, sure enough, to attest to their revival, these hundreds of women went out for a community clean-up drive, facilitated a free clinic benefitting hundreds more, and distributed specially prepared gifts to 300 children, 120 prison inmates, 100 widows, 100 elderly, and 86 hospital patients.

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Feeling down and low? Join a church group now and get that heart revived and spread the love like these women did!

99 Baptised in Siocon - Family Seminar

When it comes to Family and Health, people certainly begins to open up spiritually when their needs in these aspects are met. Time and again, evangelistic efforts everywhere succeed using this God-given wisdom to bring the gospel to people who come from all walks of life. Just last April 10 to 23, 2011, a husband-and-wife tandem reaped 99 souls for Jesus in a Family and Health Seminar held at Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. Pastor Ephraim Paquibo gave the nightly Happy Family Bible Seminar to more than 50 couples and his wife and partner, Dr. Lilia Paquibo presented tips to better health and well-being in the early part of the program coordinated by Pastor Oliver Ibarrat alongside district pastor, Pastor Dabalos, Jr.

The effort brought in 259 students who finished their VOP courses as well. The organizing team is also grateful to the following generous sponsors in supporting the said program: South Philippine Union Conference, Jay & Ening Salcedo, USA church members, Zamboanga Peninsula Mission office and the entire Siocon District.

To be "revived" is to bring back the kind of discipling zeal an Adventist once had at the start of his walk with Christ. Some of its presumed ideal fruits are: a character emulating that of Jesus, healthy relationships, an outlook that is heavenward, and active involvement in soul-winning activities, among others.

NEEM's "Journey of Love" Marriage Gets Revamped at the Beach

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The Northeastern Mindanao Mission Office sent in 42 workers and their spouses to a workshop designed by the Union Family Ministries Department to reinforce marriage relationships last April 27 to 29 at picturesque La Vista Beach Resort, Nasipit, Butuan City.

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The couples were all in the mood for love at the seminar-workshop with topics like My Love Story, Appreciation—It's Magic, Basic Needs of Husbands and Wives, Common Faults of Husbands and Wives, Forgiveness, Ways and Means to Improve Relationships presented by Pastor Wilson and Shirley Aguinaldo with Pastor and Mrs. Solomon Mongaya. Couples found themselves writing love letters to their spouses, having dialogues together, laughing, hugging and crying as part of the sessions. As a result, couples exclaimed these activities help settle their long-time conflicts and animosities.

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In closing, these renewed couples washed their spouse's feet and received communion in the Vesper's Program and renewed their vows that Sabbath.

Feeding Program

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The SPUC Family reembarks on a tradition that has been around for three (3) terms of the Presidency: Feeding Program. It is the first lady who spearheads this program started once upon a time by Mrs. Ligaya Tabingo. Now in 2011, Madam Elma Asoy girded up for this challenge and on the 16th of May awarded Maranatha of Barangay Upper Carmen as beneficiary of the 3-month Feeding Program. The registry shows about 50 families signed up for the program and attend its one-day-a-week sessions for health tips, family relationships, songs, activities and free nutritious lunch!

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Adventists & Friends Served Over 300 in Free Clinic

One day. Eighty Volunteers. More than 300 happy beneficiaries!

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More than 300 turned out to avail the medical services offered for free last May 15, 2011 at the SPUC Garden Church of the Seventh-day Adventists, along Masterson Avenue on Carmen Hill. The church organized the Medical Outreach for the residents of Zone 10 and 11 of Upper Carmen, offering blood pressure readings, eye check up, blood sugar screening, pap smear, tooth extractions, circumcisions, medical consultations, general check up, and free medicines for filling the prescriptions issued.

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The members of the Lions Club of Metro Cagayan arrived and lent a big help, side by side with the members of the said Seventh-day Adventist church, and medical volunteers from as far as Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital in Iligan City. Other private practitioners including non-Adventist doctors, friends and medical students throughout Cagayan de Oro City also joined in and completed the medical outreach team for a total of 80 volunteers.

"We feel so privileged to avail this plenty of services for free," cried one elderly woman who came with her daughter and grandson as they received their much needed medicines. "We would be spending so much money if we go to private clinics—money we don't have," added another middle-aged woman who had her eyes checked and two of her teeth extracted.

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The registry is filled with well-served townsfolk, inspiring the organizers to project another medical mission like this in the near future. So, heads up!

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Children's Ministries Teachers' Training

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Straight from the General Conference and the Division office came Children's Ministries Directors Dr. Saustin Mfure and Dr. Miriam Andres, respectively, to give special attention to those who play a major role in our children's education. On May 27 to 29 at Davao Mission Office, Bajada, Davao City, 468 teachers from all corners of Mindanao, as far as Bongao, Tawi-tawi, came to learn how to better train our children in the ministry.

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The training included sharing techniques on how to bridge the "love gap" in the family, the responsibilities of parents, and empowering local churches for Children's Ministries. Our leaders and teachers learned much through group dynamics, role plays and open discussions as they shared experiences and how to cope with challenges as they labored for the church's children. Certainly, newly revived and spiritualized, they brought much back to their territories ready to love and shepherd our children even more.

Hope Channel Receives PhP25M-worth Donation

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April 6, 2011 proved to be a day of celebration for SPUC. On this day, at about 4 in the afternoon, Mr. Manny Billiones, one of the TV network tycoon in the country, signed the documents that made Gateway TV 25 officially belonging to Hope Channel Philippines. This TV 25's frequency covers the major parts of the Mindanao island, home to more than 22 million people. The SPUC headquarters especially is ecstatic to receive the news of the donation which is estimated to cost at least PhP25M.

Hope Channel Gets a Following in Ozamis City

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Hope Channel Philippines owned the headline at the June 2011 Workers' Meeting in Western Mindanao Conference, Ozamis City. Over 50 district pastors and WMC office workers plus young media enthusiasts attended a Video Production Workshop by Hope Channel Philippines Crew that served as the highlight of that workers' meeting from June 21 through 22, held at Naomi's Botanical Garden.

WMC Executive Director, Pastor Mamerto Guingging II who is also the Communication Director and Hope Channel grand advocate in that region wished to instill in the workers and constituents the effectiveness and efficiency of the media in bringing the gospel message. And so at his able command, Hope Channel's Nuelin Sanes (Mindanao Manager), Johnster Calibod (Technical Director), Ramie Gerong (Graphics and Video Editor) and Jade Soreño (Scriptwriter-Host)—all the way from the Studio at Cagayan de Oro City—revealed the intricacies (and joys!) of the media ministry plus top tips on how to produce programs for TV. To say that the brethren is thrilled to join and support Hope Channel is an understatement—they have already organized 2 media groups currently producing for the TV ministry: Blessed Hope TV Ministry directly under Pastor Guingging, and Advent TV sponsored by Engr. Albert Quiza.

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On the 22nd, the Crew recorded the singing talents of the Western Mindanao Conference for a TV-worthy remembrance of the affair. Watch the videos here soon!

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An initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1988, May 31st is commemorated as "World No Tobacco Day". But the Union Health Department embarked to make it a week-long program full of information drives, "How To Quit Smoking" counseling stalls in one of the City's prestigious shopping malls, TV appearances and lecture sessions regarding the fatal effects of smoking, and where to get help to quit.

Department director Pastor Adriano A. Lacapag, Jr. successfully worked together with Department of Health's Regional Tobacco Control Network, or RTCN, with members including schools, hospitals, NGO's and support groups like FCAP (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines). All throughout the week before May 31st, RTCN went all over the city of Cagayan de Oro for the Anti-Smoking campaign which culminated right on the 31st at the Provincial Capitol grounds with no less than the governor himself giving the keynote message to a crowd of students, medical professionals, and government employees from at least a dozen agencies. Governor Oscar Moreno has been smoke-free for over a year and serves as an inspiration to all who also wants to kick the habit.

Hope Channel Simultaneous Launching 2011

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An initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1988, May 31st is commemorated as "World No Tobacco Day". But the Union Health Department embarked to make it a week-long program full of information drives, "How To Quit Smoking" counseling stalls in one of the City's prestigious shopping malls, TV appearances and lecture sessions regarding the fatal effects of smoking, and where to get help to quit.

Department director Pastor Adriano A. Lacapag, Jr. successfully worked together with Department of Health's Regional Tobacco Control Network, or RTCN, with members including schools, hospitals, NGO's and support groups like FCAP (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance Philippines). All throughout the week before May 31st, RTCN went all over the city of Cagayan de Oro for the Anti-Smoking campaign which culminated right on the 31st at the Provincial Capitol grounds with no less than the governor himself giving the keynote message to a crowd of students, medical professionals, and government employees from at least a dozen agencies. Governor Oscar Moreno has been smoke-free for over a year and serves as an inspiration to all who also wants to kick the habit.

LEAD News

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Compelling lectures. Delightful banquets. A timely seminar. Even the venue, it seems, has been groomed literally to host the affair. The Northeastern Mindanao Mission (NEMM) began a major renovation of her office building a few months back and welcomed the guests with a modern architectural reception when they arrived for the LEAD Conference last July 8, 2011.

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The resource speakers from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) office gave relevant and inspiring lectures for this quinquennium's assembly of leaders from all over Mindanao. Held at NEMM's freshly furnished Conference Hall, the attendees experienced a favorable atmosphere for an opportunity at professional growth while enjoying a warm fellowship with contemporaries in the ministry. Division president Elder Albert Gulfan delivered the Commitment service at the affair's conclusion on the 11th. Now our leaders are dispatched for a triumphant term of service in the field!

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God wants Us to Labor for the Cities

(An excerpt from Elder Ted Wilson's message, October 8, 2011 during the Annual Council at GC Headquarters, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA)

One estimate indicates that by the year 2050, approximately 70 percent of the world's population, will live in the world's largest cities. [That's] a projected 10 billion people, living in the cities.

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to out laborers into His harvest."

My fellow leaders of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church. God is calling us to go into the cities of the world where the laborers are few and the harvest is plenteous. God is calling us to have compassion on the multitudes. People for whom He wept, died, rose, and intercedes in the Most Holy place of the heavenly sanctuary for them at this very moment.

People for whom He is earnestly looking forward to, [at His return] to take them to heaven. Are you willing to weep and work for the people of the large cities of this world? He calls for us to proclaim His love, His righteousness, His three Angels' messages, His warning to a dying world, and the powerful announcement of, yes, His soon second coming. He is waiting for us to take up the role, as the uniquely called people of God, His remnant church fulfilling the characteristics of Revelation 12:17, those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

For over 100 years, He [that is] God has been asking His people to work the cities according to His methods. The Spirit of Prophecy is replete with instruction about the work to be done for the cities of the world.

It is a sustainable, careful, and comprehensive work. A work that unites every aspect of church work in its approach to reaching the multitudes of the large cities. And will receive God's blessing, when done according to His will, with a humble heart.

101 years ago, in 1910, God spoke through Ellen White to reinvigorate the work in the cities, and speaks to us today, in the book Medical Ministry, page 304, if you haven't picked up that book lately, I invite you to do so, it is one of my favorite Spirit of Prophecy books.

There is, and I quote, "There is no change in the messages that God has sent in the past." If it was true 101 years ago, I tell you, it is truer today.

"The work in the cities is the essential work for this time. When the cities are worked as God would have them, the result will be the setting in operation of a mighty movement such as we have not yet witnessed." It goes on to say, "As a people we are not half awake to a sense of our necessities and to the times in which we live. Wake up the watchmen. Our first work should be to search our hearts and to become reconverted. We have no time to lose upon unimportant items [issues]."

This is God's message for us today, in response to Revival and Reformation. We are to be reconverted, and to focus on the important issues that God has for His remnant church to address. We are to be completely engaged, in our overall quinquennial theme and mission to "tell the world". We are to be prepared personally, and corporately, by the Holy Spirit, in our devotion and humble submission, to the will of God.

(What is Christ's Method to reach the cities? Elder Ted Wilson's message continued on next quarter's MIZPAH. For full text of his message "Mission to the Cities", log on to www.adventistreview.org)

SPUC Territories Get Revived

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In keeping with the Adventist world church's thrust of a corporate revival and reformation, the Ministerial Secretary of South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC), Pastor Wilson Catolico, was up and about spearheading revival meetings throughout Mindanao.

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On August 15-17, Davao Mission workers received first their dose of additional inspiration for revival, followed by the same treatment in Southern Mindanao Mission on August 25-27 at Gen. Santos City and then Mindanao Sanitarium & Hospital and her College affiliate on August 31 to September 3 at Iligan City.

Other missions, conferences and institutions have been scheduled for their revival meetings the following quarter. Watch for it and be revived yourself!

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"Spirit of Prophecy" Experts visit SPUC

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Last July 20 and 21, 2011 saw a Conference Room crammed with pastors from all over the country with minds full of anticipation. All the way from the General Conference Ellen G. White Estate in Maryland, USA, came the director himself Pastor James Nix and his wife, and his associate Pastor William Fague. From the AIIAS [Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies] branch of the EGW Estate came Pastor Reuel U. Almocera accompanied by our Division 'Spirit of Prophecy' Director Pastor Vern Bermudez.

But it was the GC guest speakers that were the main attraction with their supposedly clear-cut and objective presentations on how to study and interpret the writings of the last-day prophetess. An open forum almost always follows where questions are discussed especially regarding the issues and misconceptions that frequently plague the SOP student and the brethren in general.

The said seminar was taken well by the attendees who wished such mind-opening dialogue was available to more members of the church to help them in their study of White's writings as well.

This 'SOP' seminar is in keeping with the new president's [Elder Ted Wilson's] thrust for the church to go back to the basics of the doctrines of the Advent movement and, in his own words, "to adhere and heed the counsel" of the Spirit of Prophecy.

"ASI meets in Indonesia

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Adventist businessmen of Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD), that is, from 13 countries now, met on September 8 to 11 at Jakarta, Indonesia for the annual Adventist-Laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) Convention.

This group of laypeople come together to preview our church's current programs and see how they can contribute to her endeavors. Our church officers, and sometimes supporting ministries, present these. The ASI members also expect to get updates of the projects they are already supporting.

The affair was attended by many of our administrators and officers including SPUC President Elder Leonardo Asoy and Department Director Pastor Carlos Aganio.

"Pamalandong" - ni Pastor Leonardo R. Asoy

"Magtukaw ug Mag-Ampo

Adventist businessmen of Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD), that is, from 13 countries now, met on September 8 to 11 at Jakarta, Indonesia for the annual Adventist-Laymen's Services & Industries (ASI) Convention.

This group of laypeople come together to preview our church's current programs and see how they can contribute to her endeavors. Our church officers, and sometimes supporting ministries, present these. The ASI members also expect to get updates of the projects they are already supporting.

The affair was attended by many of our administrators and officers including SPUC President Elder Leonardo Asoy and Department Director Pastor Carlos Aganio.