By Bernie C. Maniego
The Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission (NSM) held its annual week of spiritual festivity at NSM Headquarters in Tubtubon, Sibulan, Negros Oriental on January 22-27, 2018.
The spiritual festivity was participated by the NSM workers (administrators, directors, staff, district pastors and leaders, and some of the church school teachers of Metro Dumaguete SDA Elementary School) with the theme, “The Journey to Happiness through the Teachings of Jesus.’’
Pastor Solomon Mongaya, ministerial secretary of South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC) for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was the guest speaker during the week-long event. Pastor Mongaya’s message was taken from the book of Matthew chapter 5, including chapters 6 & 7 and the Sermon on the Mount.
The different topics discussed and presented during the morning and afternoon devotionals were the following: Be Sure to Know the Path of Happiness, The Basis of Happiness (Part 1 &2), The Purpose of Your Life (Part 1 & 2), To Love Beyond Limits, Help Given in Purity, The Fundamentals of Forgiveness, The Truth About Treasures, Gaining Victory Over Worry, and The two Travelers.
To maximize the time, the NSM Family Ministries Department conducted the first level of Family Certification Training for NSM workers. The training was coordinated by Pastor Eliezer Patricio, president and the Family Ministries director of NSM. It was done after the
morning devotionals from January 22-25, 2018, with the theme, “Reaching Families for Jesus’’.
Letecia D. Pagunsan, Central Philippine Union Conference Family Ministries director; Pastor Rodulfo F. Ceniza, NSM ministerial secretary and Sabbath School director; Pastor Elly S. Abejero, NSM Publishing and Youth director; Analy Joy L. Patricio, a licensed Psychometrician; Pastor Eliezer G. Patricio, NSM president; and Ervin M. Mandalupa, NSM treasurer, served as the lecturers and facilitators during the training.
It was successfully concluded with a commitment message by Pastor Patricio, who stressed the importance of commitment by faithful family ministries of educators and advocators. Certificates of recognition were awarded to all the participants who completed the training.
On January 23, 2018, NSM Health Ministries Department scheduled the 2018 Annual Health Workers Profile (HWP). All NSM workers were obliged to undergo different assessments and tests for health profiling to determine good health, strength and endurance for them to be ready to face greater challenges and responsibilities ahead.
The Health Ministries Department also administered the basic health assessments such as health screening, health age/fat assessment, stress and vascular age/index tests. However, the
blood lipid profile test was administered through a special arrangement with the personnel of the Health Care Diagnostic laboratory center in Dumaguete City to get blood samples at the mission headquarters for laboratory examination.
The workers’ health profile is scheduled every January as a way of monitoring the health condition of the workers. The Health Ministries Department will make health recommendations to the workers based on the actual results of the health assessments and laboratory tests to follow the healthy lifestyle principles based on ‘’NEWSTART/CELEBRATION’’ or to seek medical advice.
To further take advantage of the presence of the district pastors and leaders, Mr. Ervin Mandalupa, the NSM treasurer, requested Pastor Mongaya to share his stewardship knowledge and experience to all.
Therefore, on January 25, 2018, a half-day orientation on stewardship was realized. Pastor Mongaya strongly emphasized that the district pastors and leaders should give priority in giving stewardship education and information to the local churches and encourage them
to be faithful in their obligation to God in returning their tithes and love offerings.
He even challenged the workers to set themselves as a model in practicing double tithing and experience God’s special blessings. He said that the first tithe is our obligation to God to show our loyalty and faithfulness to him and the second tithe is our love to Him.
The week of prayer was highlighted with a communion service on Friday evening, January 26, 2018, and it was concluded with a delightful Sabbath worship participated by spouses and family members.
“It is really heart-warming to have this wonderful activity every start of the year. It makes me ponder the marvelous things that God has done for me and my family. It helps me to renew my relationship and commitment to Him as our Father who calls me to work for Him,” said one of the district pastors.
About the writer:
Bernie C. Maniego is the health and communication director of Negros Oriental –
Siquijor Mission, Sibulan, Negros Oriental.