Children convene at AANS Campus

By: Nijel P. Galve

ANNS

Hundreds of eager young kids with their enthusiastic parents from the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor stormed the school campus of the Adventist Academy of Negros Oriental-Siquijor, Inc., in Mojon, Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental on May 25 to 28, 2016 to attend the Mission-Wide Children and Children’s Ministries Leaders’ Convention.

The successful event gathered an approximate crowd of 526 and soared to more than a thousand people during the Saturday morning worship.

The presence of Dr. Linda Mei Lin Koh, Women’s director from the General Conference Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventists, Maryland, USA, together with Dr. Orathai Chureson Saw from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventist, Silang, Cavite, highlighted the momentous journey of all attending kids and parents. Their inspirational testimonies and life-changing lectures were openheartedly received by many young Christian parents. Other resource speakers included in the three-day convention also came in full support. They were CPUC Children’s Ministries director, Mrs. Letecia D. Pagunsan; CPUC associate education director, Miss Analiza V. Facon; CPUC Children’s Ministries secretary, Mrs. Editha S. Requillo; NOC retired education director, Mrs. Punay C. Bermeo; NOC retired academy principal, Mrs. Melba C. Caagbay; NOC nurse educator, Mrs. Alith Mercy P. Caagbay and CPUC president, Pastor Agapito J. Catane, Jr.

The multi-dimensional parenting approaches were all anchored toward the theme “Obey to Serve”. Several parents were overwhelmed by the fact that the congress had brought in rich and meaningful information and inspiration over a very limited period of time. Asked as to what were their impressions from the convention, many of them gave their thumbs up.

Meanwhile, the Women and Children’s Department director of the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission, Mrs. Marilou de los Santos, together with the NSM Women’s Ministries president, Mrs. Gloria Tabangin, felt the enormity of the event as it drew closer as they are in-charge of the convention. Tensions started to escalate when they recognized that the number of delegates exceeded from what they had estimated to participate. Preparation and availability of spaces in the venue where to lodge guests for three days were one of the serious concerns met by the organizing committee considering the proximity of time. But with God’s grace, coupled with the generosity of efforts extended by supportive individuals serving as working committee members, the program was able to pull through all odds and even received high commendations from the constituents and guests.

 

Nijel P. Galve is currently serving as the guidance counselor of Adventist Academy of Negros Oriental – Siquijor, Inc., Mojon, Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental.

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