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Humble Beginnings Editor’s Thoughts: ……………………………….. “Humble Beginnings” ……………. Evelyn Porteza Tabingo

Featured Items: • My Life in MVC As A Student ………………………………………………………………….. Dr. Gladden Flores • My Humble Beginnings …………………………………………….….. Dr. Julie Mirriam Demafiles Rizardo • Dr. Gerundio U Ellacer as MVC President ………………………….……..….. Ermelinda A. Tambalque • A Story of God’s Leading ………………………………………………………………….…. Agapito J. Catane, Jr. SULADS Corner: …………………………….……….. “God Sent His Angels” ……………………………..….. Semi F. Velasco Patch of Weeds: ……………….……………………………………………………….…..…….……………….…….. Jesse Colegado LIFE of a Missionary: …... “Krakatoa and the Bandar Lampung Evangelistic Effort” ……….. Romy Halasan

CLOSING: Announcements |From The Mail Bag| Prayer Requests | Acknowledgements Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts | Miscellaneous

“Every army has a beginning, no matter how humble” Amy Aguirre “Learning is a GIFT, even when pain is the teacher” unknown “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will life you up!”

Editor’s Thoughts: “Humble Beginnings” Evelyn Porteza Tabingo


often ask children the question, "What would you want to be when you grow up? It is amusing to hear some of their answers. One child replied, "I want to be a policeman." Another said, "I want to be a firetruck!"☺ Others want to be like Superman, Cinderella, Spiderman and other super heroes they see on TV. Some children mention the profession of their parents, such as a doctor, pastor or a teacher. When asked, my grandchild replied, “I want to be a cheerleader. Cheerleaders are beautiful. Won't that be cool?" Then she turns to her "senior citizen" grandfather and asked, " How about you, Lolo, what do you want to be when you grow up?" Kids and their dreams. You may chuckle at some of their fantasies. But at least in their childish minds, they know what they want to be when they grow up. I believe students come to MVC with their goals and dreams. Some students come from affluent families who are able to supply their needs with ease. Other students have to work really hard to obtain a Christian education. Parents who share their children's goals at MVC do their utmost. For the students who work their way through school, years of perseverance and the encouragement of their family, mentors and friends, finally pay off. Read the stories of these MVC graduates and be inspired by their journey from "humble beginnings," and how their experiences at MVC have helped prepare them to be leaders in our institutions. Like them, be content in whatever circumstances that befall you. Let your thoughts be: "Here I am Lord, use me for Thy service.”

Lyn Tabingo Photo from Rod Tabingo

My Life in MVC As A Student By Dr. Gladden Flores, AB Theo’79


irst of all, I would like to thank God for giving me a humble part in serving my Alma Mater for the next five years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would lead another prestigious Adventist tertiary educational institution, particularly here in Mindanao.

Almost four decades ago, I came to this campus as a student, “simple, reserve and unassuming,” as my high school teacher used to describe me. I came here, not because I wanted to but because of my paternal grandmother’s desire for her grandson to become a minister. I enrolled in the Theology department, took up AB Theology and Health, and finished my course within 4 years. As a student, I focused more on my studies and engaged in extra-curricular activities, especially, in work education program of the college. During those early days in MVC “No-work-no-eat” was strictly imposed and everybody, whether rich or poor, was required to work. It was not a problem for me: as a child, together with my other siblings, I was trained to work. The value and dignity of manual labor were strongly emphasized and instilled in our heart and mind by our parents. During my first year at MVC, I worked in the Janitorial Department scrubbing and sweeping the classrooms as early as 4:00 a.m. Then, during the 2 nd semester I transferred to the Park and Grounds Department. Later, I moved to the Security Department. Towards my junior and senior years, I worked in the Music Department first as a janitor and later as a violin instructor. I took up voice lessons and lessons in trumpet and trombone. I spent most of my free time singing, either with the group or quartet.

I would say that the training I had at home and the college made me what I am today. To God be the glory and honor for His guidance and sustaining grace over my life and my family despite the many odds and challenges we faced through the years. Please continue to pray for MVC so that it will continue to shine till Jesus comes. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Gladden Flores' article was written for CyberFlashes on April 2, 2017. On April 8, he was admitted in Valencia Sanitarium for severe headache and inability to swallow. He was diagnosed with tetanus infection and was heavily sedated to enhance healing. After several weeks in the hospital, Dr. Gladden was discharged to home. He continues to serve as MVC president. I met Dr. Gladden a couple of weeks ago and requested him to write a post-hospitalization article. Due to his busy schedule, he is unable to write. For more information on his near-death encounter, go to Facebook where his testimony is featured in "Let's Pray Pilipinas."

My Humble Beginnings By Dr. Julie Mirriam Demafiles Rizardo, PhD., BSSA’82


am the daughter of Julito Edroso Demafiles, Sr. and Emerenciana Estoquia Alojado. My father was a fisherman, tailor and farmer while my mother was a housewife. I was the 10th of 12 children. Being the "tenth", I consider myself as the "tithe" in the family. Growing up in the small town of Culasi, Antique, was not easy. We did not have the luxuries in life. What money we had was used mainly for food. When I was in Grade V my brother asked me to live with him and his wife. I stayed with them for one year, doing the work of a house girl. I took care of the children, did the cooking and cleaned the house before going to school and again after coming home from school. For my graduation from the elementary grades, although I was the class valedictorian, my parents simply could not afford to buy me a new dress or pair of shoes. So my sister gave me a pair of hand-me-down shoes while my graduation dress was made from the cheapest material sold by a trader in town. We helped with the chores at home. Whenever he saw us reading our lessons at home, my father would remind us that “reading of lessons should be done in school, but when you are at home, you should do the share of the work.” Thus, we learned to manage our time more. When we were home we did the cooking, laundered the clothes, and cleaned the house. We also helped in the farm and in fishing especially when there were not enough people to help. Inspite of my circumstances, God allowed me to be consistently on the honor roll - from my elementary grades to high school.

My father did not accompany me up the stage to receive my award. It was my mother or one of my sisters who went with me. After high school, I quit school for four years to give chance for my older sisters to go to college. During that time, I helped my parents in our tailoring shop. I could only wish and dream to have a better life someday. After my sister Emmie (De Ocampo) came home from taking her nursing board exam in Manila, she got assigned to do her "rural training" in Balila. She talked to me about going to Mountain View College. I was not ready to make the move but she persuaded me saying, “in the future, would you like to see us enjoying and having better lives while you luha and sip-on naga mix tungod sa kalisod sa pangabuhi?” This statement had a big impact on me. So, I decided to go with her to Bukidnon. I was a working student at MVC since day one. I experienced being a “villager,” working in the Sugarcane Department where we used to weed the sugarcane and the soybeans plantation. I also worked in the Registrar’s office and later became the student secretary to the Financial Consultant, the Business Manager, and the Treasurer. After my graduation in college, Dinah Tabaranza left for Africa so the Administration hired me to take her place. My experience and exposure to the administrative or leadership level as an administrative secretary to the Financial Consultant, the Business Manager and the Treasurer prepared me for my present position. In addition, my work experiences as a teacher, registrar, and administrative assistant, department chair in different educational institutions in Africa, the U.S. and the Philippines also groomed me to face the challenges as a leader in Central Philippine Adventist College (CPAC). I cite my two greatest mentors and role models at Mountain View College. First, is the late Dinah Tabaranza. She instilled in me the values and work ethics as a secretary. Her attention to detail, commitment and dedication to the work as well as her loyalty to the institution are worthy of emulation and have really contributed to what I am now. Several times, we would work until late in the evening to prepare/type (using a manual typewriter) the documents (letters and project proposals) that our boss would need. Sometimes we would sleep on the wooden floor of the office because it was too late to go home. Second, is Don Christensen. He also instilled in me values and work ethics. He is a person who does not count the hours he puts in toward work. His commitment and dedication toward work is beyond doubt. I always heard from him the words, “be objective in whatever decisions you make." First of all I would like to give God the glory and honor for what I have achieved thus far. And I want to acknowledge my sister Emmie Demafiles De Ocampo who persuaded me to go to

Mountain View College. Despite her meager allowance in her rural nursing assignment, Emmie helped me with my financial and personal needs. I also acknowledge my brother-in-law, Levi De Ocampo who, together with my sister Emmie, helped me in school and continue to do so. I want to acknowledge Don and Sharon Christensen. I praise God for giving me the opportunity to work closely with this couple from the start of my professional journey until the present. They have been my close advisers and have generously given their moral and financial support. They willingly agreed to help us find donors/funding for our projects here at CPAC. Most importantly, I acknowledge Elier Rizardo, my college sweetheart and my husband, who provided me with moral and financial support during my last year in college. He has always been so patient, understanding, and supportive in my plans and in my work, putting my needs above his own. He has greatly helped me become a better person. I fully believe that God orchestrated the events in my life and provided me opportunities to prepare me for this position. I did not dream to be a president of a college because I am just an ordinary person with no extra ordinary skills. But God has His own plans. He allowed me to experience different types of “wilderness� as a worker in Mountain View College, Solusi University in Zimbabwe, (South Africa), Bugema University in Uganda, (East Africa) and Weimar Institute of Health and Education at Weimar, California, USA. Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (where I was a student), played a vital part to prepare me for the work I am doing now. What sealed my decision to heed the call to be president of CPAC as I struggled whether to accept the call or not, are the assurances God gave me as found in the statements I read from the writings of Ellen G White, "The Faith I Live By."

“Let us remember that while the work we have to do may not be our choice, it is to be accepted as God’s choice for us. Whether pleasing or unpleasing, we are to do the duty that lies nearest….If the Lord desires us to bear a message to Nineveh, it will not be as pleasing to Him for us to go to Joppa or to Capernaum. He has reasons for sending us to the place toward which our feet have been directed. At that very place there may be someone in need of the help we can give.” (FLB, 169) ”God is the source of all wisdom. He is infinitely wise and just and good….The Lord can do but little for the children of men, because they are so full of pride and vain glory. They exalt self, magnifying their own strength, learning, and wisdom. It is necessary for God to disappoint their hopes and frustrate their plans, that they may learn to trust in Him alone. All our powers are from God; we can do nothing independent of the strength which He has given us… Where is the man or woman or child that God does not sustain? Where is the desolate place which God does not fill? Where is the want that any but God can supply?...Instead of speculating in regard to His nature or His prerogatives, let us give heed to the word He has spoken: ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46:10” (FLB, p. 61). “The Lord God omnipotent, who reigneth in the heavens, declares, ‘I am with you.’ He assures His people that those who are obedient are in a position where He can bless them, to the glory of His name….He will be a present help to all who serve Him in preference to serving self.” (FLB, p. 62) One principle which guides me in my decision-making process and as I do the Lord’s work which I learned again from Mrs. White is: “Only one lease of life is granted us; and the inquiry with everyone should be, How can I invest my life so that it will yield the greatest profit? How can I do most for the glory of God and the benefit of my fellow men?” (FLB, 167) There was a time when I felt so discouraged because of the challenges I face. I poured out my emotions to the Lord, and he made me feel His presence when as I opened my Bible He inspired me with His words: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 An experience occurred during my early days as the president of CPAC. The wage factor was a bit low compared than the other institutions so a recommendation was made to the CPAC Board to increase the living allowance of the workers. The recommendation was not approved because of the financial situation of the school. I felt so bad that I cried so hard. I called for a special faculty meeting and told the faculty, “We have no items for discussion at this meeting but I want all of us to present three petitions to the Lord. I can do it personally however, I want all of us to do it corporately. The three petitions were: 1) for us to have a change of heart so that the Lord can bless us, 2) to send the college more students,

3) to multiply our harvest of sugarcane and rice (we were about to harvest the rice for that cropping) since these are the tangible things I can see that the Lord can bless.� I cannot measure the result of the first petition. In the second petition, the decrease of student enrollment was minimal (10 students.) Normally the number goes down for the second semester. For the third petition, I was later informed that the harvest we just had was the best compared to the last three years! Yes, God is so great! He is worthy of our praise, worship and love. EDITOR’S NOTE: MVC Alumna Dr. Julie Mirriam Demafiles Rizardo writes from the campus of Central Philippine Adventist College where she SHINES ON as the College President.

Dr. Gerundio U. Ellacer as MVC President By Ermelinda A. Tambalque


hen the late Pastor Anastacio B. Gayao was the president of Mountain View College (MVC), assigned me to be his secretary. I felt a bit hesitant to accept the challenge because for me, it meant entering into teamwork with the rest of the administrators and with other administrative secretaries. Though new to the assignment, I learned meaningful skills working with President Gayao.

When President Gayao retired in 1984, Dr. Gerundio U. Ellacer, who was our academic dean at that time, was elected as the next president of the College. As a boss, Dr. Ellacer coached me how to be more professional in executing office administration including my dealing with clients, the students’ parents, the students and fellow workers. He taught me how the office of the president should function effectively and efficiently with or without his presence. As president, Dr. Ellacer’s top priority was the development of personnel’s spiritual and professional growths. The faculty colloquium, for example, that he organized for all college workers that year was one to be considered high in its spiritual drive. The reporting, group discussion, and the interaction parts of it brought us all to a renewed commitment to God’s calling at its conclusion. As a result, our spiritual vigor and mental preparedness bolstered our courage to face a new academic year looming with varied challenges. As an educator, Dr. Ellacer’s obsession to develop teaching faculty was incessant. While serving as MVC president, he, too, was the president of the Association of Christian Schools and Colleges (ACSC) nationwide. In several ACSC conferences, he realized the urgency of faculty development. So, he aimed at elevating MVC’s faculty in their respective field of specialization by upgrading them as much as the college can afford in order to make “The School of the Light” comparable with other private Christian tertiary schools in the Philippines. That was a noble ambition of a leader that’s why the rest of those who followed him perpetuated the program with passion. Dr. Ellacer’s declaration of ‘moment of prayer’ was an enduring legacy. Whether people were in the playground, classrooms, workplaces, and residences, all were encouraged to pause for a few moments of prayer to God for the deliverance that Heaven gifted the campus dwellers when close to a hundred armed rebels encroached the college campus and systematically looted important departments such as: the medical clinic, college store, cafeteria, and disabled the radio station DXCR by cutting vital connections, at the same time holding the administrators hostage for an hour. Business office workers at that time were told to stay in place, students at the ramps and walk ways were forbidden to go to their dormitories, and those in the dormitories were locked in while some of the encroachers were busy doing robbery at the business office. This event took place on July 5, 1983. That fearful afternoon was unforgettable. Though communication gadgets, as we have them now, were still inventions of the future that time, news of the event spread like wild fire in the immediate vicinity and even beyond. Parents were scared to their bones as the news progressed to scatter all over. The good news was, no one got hurt or lost his or her life that very historic afternoon. When Dr. Ellacer assumed presidency, he declared a moment of prayer for all campus dwellers to breathe a prayer of gratitude to God for giving us complete deliverance from those evil men. He encouraged every students and workers, (visitors, too) to pause for few moments and send a prayer of thanksgiving to God in unison as soon as they hear the siren sounded at five o’clock in the afternoon daily.

A Story of God’s Leading By Agapito J. Catane, Jr., AB Theo’75


s a young child in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Norte, Agapito Jr., fondly called Nne by his loved ones, dreamed of being a minister. His father, Agapito Paglinawan-Catane Sr. a farmer, and his mother Cresencia Jamito-Catane, a teacher, contributed to his desire of finishing a ministerial degree. As a church elder in the local church, Agapito Sr. lived to see his youngest son reached their collective goal together. Because of their support for Adventist Education, they sent him to take up the ministerial course at Mountain View College. His elder sister, Forsythia Catane-Galgao, also an MVC alumna, studied there ahead of him. His experiences at Mountain View College were not easy, but these prepared him for his future ministry. As a working student, he did manual jobs such as planting in the swamps and harvesting vegetables for the college cafeteria. He also learned production in the hollow block factory. Scrubbing the wooden classroom floors at 4:00 am was also part of his tacks. And even the printing press was not missed. Professionalism and socialization also developed when he served as secretary to different offices and organizations, such as editor of the College Orchid in 1974. As a

result, he was elected as Class Pastor in their Senior Theology class and graduated in AB Theology in 1975. His parents and especially his sister, Forsythia, who toiled hard as a teacher-registrar at Western Mindanao Academy to support his scholastic needs, served as his role models. For their sacrifices, he is eternally grateful. Pastor Catane serves a colorful career that spanned from 1975 until the present. His ministerial work kicked off as a district leader in Leyte. Pili SDA Church in Almeria, Biliran holds a special place in his heart as the venue of his ordination to the gospel Ministry. From the district, he rose the racks of director in Stewardship & Family Life in East Visayan Mission (EVM) now East Visayan Conference (EVC). He was catapulted to the Central Philippine Union Mission (CPUM) as Stewardship, Youth, Family Life & Church Ministries Director. In 1994, he was elected as President of the Central Visayan Mission (CVM) now Central Visayan Conference (CVC). He also served at the healing ministry as Chaplain & Personnel Director of the then HW Miller Sanitarium & Hospital, now Adventist Hospital Cebu (AHC). He was elected as Executive Secretary of the Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) in 2003 and served for three years. In 2006 Constituency Meetings, he was given the solemn responsibility as CPUC President until the present. This year 2017 is his 42nd year in the denominational work. His service to the ministry was made stronger and better because of his lifetime partner, Glenda Cordero-Catane. As an MVC alumna herself, sacrifices in the field were not new to her and she proved to be faithful and supportive wife and a co-laborer together with Pastor Catane. Her own career in the organization is a story of her own. Presently, she is serving as the Director for Women’s Ministries & Shepherdess International in CPUC since 1993. Their faithful marriage was blessed with three daughters: Glenice May Catane-Punay, Forsyth Gay Catane-Ramos, and Junette Faye Catane-Dandoy, all registered nurses. They live and work in London, Hawaii and California, USA, respectively.

SULADS’ Corner: “God Sent His Angels” By Simi F. Velasco, Principal. SULADS High School “It is the Lord who goes before you, He will be with you, He will not fail you or forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed.“ – Deuteronomy 31:3


ULADS Comprehensive High School for the Lumads is a boarding school. The students come from different places and from different tribes. The opening of the classes for school year 2017-2018 came right after Martial Law was declared. The Martial Law throughout the land of Mindanao is intended to stop the war that is now going on in some parts of this area. Because of this declaration police or army checkpoints can be seen in different designated places along highways and public roads. All travelers are required to show their identification card or ID when asked. Students coming from Esperanza, Agusan del Sur want to continue their studies at SCHSL. It is their greatest desire to be in an SDA Christian High School which cares for the lumads (natives of Mindanao). For their dream to be fulfilled, their first step is to ride a bus without an ID. It is no joke to travel without an ID because the officers might mistake the student for a bad person and they might be detained. This could be very scary for grade 7 students. Having a real passion to be enrolled in SCHSL, they dared with brave hearts to travel without IDs. They had a strong faith that the Lord would intervene in their behalf. While riding the bus they feared that the officers might detain them. They did not know what to do if this happens. Each time a bus was stopped and the passengers showed their IDs, they did not have anything to show. The officers interrogated them and asked them several questions. During the interrogation, the students really felt afraid because they were thought to be rebels and not students. Despite telling the officers that they are Seventh-day Adventists believers and they will be students at SULADS COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE LUMADS they were still charged to be rebels. With this allegation of their identity the bus left without them. They were afraid and were wondering what would happen to them. But in their fear they never failed to remember to pray. They offered a fervent prayer for God’s intervention. As soon as they finished praying, to

their surprise, somebody came and asked if they could sing Christian songs, and recite Bible verses. They were products of our mission schools and by God’s grace they rendered a beautiful song and sang it beautifully for God. They were able to recite Bible verses too. All who heard them were in great awe of their talents. That person who came and asked them to sing and recite Bible verses then told the officers, “I can testify that they are good people and faithful believers in their religion.” After this statement, they were all released by the soldiers and immediately boarded another bus and they arrived safely at our Mountain School. Now they are officially enrolled at SCHSL. Who that person was they did not know? They did not even see him after they were released. Our school is filled with stories and miracles of how the Lord had brought our students to this Mountain School. This is just one inspiring story that as the father of this little mountain school would love to share and retell. My students in SCHSL are sent not by anybody else but by God and God alone and I, with the entire teaching staff, are in the most holy calling to feed them, care for them, love them and most important of all, to teach them lessons of righteousness. © SULADS International, Inc. If you would like to support this mission program dedicated to taking the Gospel to the people of Mindanao, please write a check to Gospel Outreach. Mark it for the SULADS and send it to: Gospel Outreach P.O. Box 8 College Place, WA 99324 You may also donate to the SULADS using your credit card by logging on to Gospel Outreach's donation site ( and follow the directions. Again, mark it for SULADS. If you would prefer, you may write your check to the General Conference of SDA and mark the donation for SULADS and send it to: General Conference of SDA Donations 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 Thank you for your support of this very important project. If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, Unsubscribe To update your preferences and to unsubscribe visit this link Forward a Message to Someone this

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successful businessman knew it was time to choose a successor to lead his business. Instead of appointing one of his directors, or one of his children, he decided to call the company's young executives together. He said, "It is time for me to choose the next CEO. I have decided to select one of you." The young executives were shocked, but the CEO continued. "I am going to give each of you a SEED today - a very special SEED. Plant the seed, water it, and one year from today bring what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will judge the plants you bring, and choose our next CEO." One of the leaders, Jim, excitedly told his wife about the plan. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost, and he planted his seed. Every day, he watered it and watched to see if it had grown. Soon some of the other executives began talking about their seeds and the plants beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Weeks went by, but still nothing. Everyone else was talking about their plants, but Jim had no growth and felt like a failure. Six months passed, but still nothing in Jim's pot. He concluded he had killed his seed, but said nothing to his colleagues. He continued watering and fertilizing the soil - he desperately wanted his seed to grow. When the year ended, the young executives were instructed to bring their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife he refused to take an empty pot to his workplace, but she urged him to be honest about what had happened. It was going to be Jim's most embarrassing moment, but he knew his wife was right. Jim took his empty pot to the boardroom. When he arrived, the variety of plants the other executives had grown amazed him. They were beautiful - in many shapes and sizes. When Jim put his empty pot on the floor, many of his colleagues laughed. When the CEO arrived, Jim attempted to conceal himself in back. "My, what wonderful plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" Then the CEO noticed Jim. He invited Jim to the front with his empty pot. Jim was terrified. "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to

the front, the CEO asked what had happened to his seed. Jim explained despite his best efforts, nothing had grown. The CEO turned to the group and asked everyone to sit down, except Jim. He then looked at Jim and announced, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is Jim!" Then the CEO explained: "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back in a year. But I gave you all boiled seeds; it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought healthy plants and flowers. When you found the seed would not grow, you substituted a different one. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!" It is said: If you plant honesty, you will reap trust. If you plant goodness, you will reap friends. If you plant humility, you will reap greatness. If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment. If you plant hard work, you will reap success. If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation. If you plant faith, you will reap a harvest. So be careful what you plant now: it will determine what you will reap later. "The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out" (Proverbs 10:9). "The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity" (Proverbs 11:3) (from Cybersalt Digest)



recent prayer request was the shortest prayer request that I can remember reading. It consisted of one word. "Windfall.� That was it. That was the entire prayer request. I knew what they were asking, but I wonder if they knew.

The dictionary has two definitions for "windfall." #1. A sudden, unexpected piece of good fortune or personal gain. #2. Something, such as a ripened fruit, that has been blown down by the wind. I am sure they "meant" definition number one, but the exact request could apply to either definition. They didn't specify. I have learned my greatest lessons, gained my greatest wisdom and insight, had my horizons broadened the most, not by definition number one but by definition number two. When I am flying high with plenty of money and great success, the problem is remaining humble. No matter who you are, success can go to your head. Pride makes you ripe for a fall. I've seen it in other men, and I've seen it in myself. Sometimes we need to fall to be able to truly rise. The word spirit in scripture is "pneuma," it means breath or wind. That's why the word for breathing is respiration. Sometimes we need the wind to make us fall so we won't be so high and mighty. So we understand we are not fully in charge. What prayer did I pray? I prayed for God to send the right windfall. Sometimes the only way that we can realize some things is with a windfall.

Not So Humble


was once a legal secretary to a young law clerk who passed the bar exam on his third try. This fledgling attorney worked hard on his initial pleading, which should have read "Attorney at Law" at the top of the first page.

After I submitted the finished document for his review and signature, I was embarrassed when he pointed out a critical typing error. "Must you rub it in?" he asked. I had typed: "Attorney at Last." (from Donna Grieve via Reader's Digest as seen in Doc's Daily Chuckle)

Humble Beginnings By Joy Caballero-Gadia


n Southern USA, the oak tree is a symbol of strength. The U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest American commissioned warship. Its hull was made of live oak. During the war of 1812, the warship defended America against Britain. Its hull was so tough that it not only withstood the cannon balls from the British warships but these said cannon balls literally bounced off it earning the warship the nickname, “Old Ironsides” Oak trees are so hardy many live up to 200+ years. In Lewisburg, Louisiana, near Lake Pontchartrain, there is a living oak tree nicknamed “Seven Sister Tree.” Carbon dating studies indicate that the tree is more than 1,200 years old. Its trunk is 38 feet in diameter. Like all oak trees, this tree started from an oak seed also known as acorn. Acorns are small, many can fit inside your hand. Truly an example of humble beginnings!

Krakatoa and the Bandar Lampung Effort


his week let me share with you another beautiful city of Sumatra called Bandar Lampung

The province of Lampung is on the southern tip of Sumatra Island, Indonesia. It is strategically located and easily accessible, particularly from Jakarta. The province has its own traditions and is quite well known for its highly valued art and handicraft especially their “tapis” which is their unique type of woven cloth interwoven by golden thread. The province of Lampung is also famous for its natural animal inhabitants, particularly Sumatran elephants, tigers and hundreds of species of birds. It is home to the Rafflesia, the world’s biggest flower which can be found at Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, on the southern coastline of Sumatra. The province has a great potential in agriculture, however, its population is small. Agriculture provides the main income to its population, from farming, fishery and plantations. Clove, coffee and coconut is grown extensively along the southern coast, while they cultivate pepper, coffee, cassava, cacao and rice on the eastern part and hinterland. In the northern part, especially around the Lake Ranu area they grow tobacco. And in Bandar Lampung they have plenty of native durian and many other fruits similar to what we have in Davao, Philippines. The Way Kambas Elephant Training, an elephant training center, is also located inthe province of Lampung. This is an international project which is partly funded by the World Wildlife Fund. The aim of training is to make the captured elephant useful to mankind. Most visitors come to Way Kambas to see the training center and to have an opportunity to ride on an elephant. The provincial capital Lampung is Bandar Lampung (Lampung City in Malay). It is a major economic hub and, along with South Lampung Regency, is a major transmigration recipient. The Indonesian transmigration program is their government’s strategy to decongest Java Island, which is the world’s most populous island with 120 million people, and to provide respite for those in areas of

Bandar Lampung

crushing population densities and traffic nightmare like Jakarta. As such, the population composition in Bandar Lampung is far more cosmopolitan for a provincial capital of its size. Bandar Lampung formerly had two separate towns, Tanjungkarang and Telukbetung. In the course of development these towns have spread out to one another to become one single city. It has several interesting places such as the Museum and the Monument of the Krakatau Eruption. It is worthwhile to see the weaving process of Tapis textile, the art and dance performances or just to sunbathe on the beach.

Krakatoa Eruption The uninhabited island of Krakatoa is located on the southern part of the Bay of Lampung. Krakatoa can be reached in three hours by boat from Canti, a fishing village in South Lampung. It is part of a group of four islands and one of them is called Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa) which is growing higher every year. Anak Krakatau has emerged from the bottom of the sea between three other islands in early 1928, 45 years after Krakatoa's 1883 formidable eruption. Krakatau erupted in 1883, in one of the largest eruptions in recent time. Krakatau volcano (also often referred to as Krakatoa) is best known for its catastrophic 1883 eruption which resulted in at least 36,000 deaths, primarily due to the resulting massive tsunamis inundating the surrounding coastlines. The eruption reshaped Krakatau, destroying most of the pre-1883 edifices. Krakatau is located in the shallow waters of the Sunda Strait. If you ride a boat from Bandar Lampung to Jakarta passing by the Sunda Strait, you will see the Anak Krakatua . Krakatau is an unusual stratovolcano. In 1927, submarine eruptions marked the birth of Anak Krakatau which has since risen out of the sea as a result of multiple eruptions, reaching a height of around 300 meters (about 980 feet) today.

Above: Anak Krakatau in action. Below: Krakatoa today, and Krakatoa erupting.

Here are some highlights about the 1883 eruption of the Krakatau volcano: • The explosions were heard on Rodriguez Island, 4653 km distant across the Indian Ocean, and over 1/13th of the earth’s surface. • Giant waves reached heights of 40 m above sea level, devastating everything in their path and hurling ashore coral blocks weighing as much as 600 tons. • At least 36,417 people were killed, most by the giant sea waves, and 165 coastal villages were destroyed.

• Ash fell on Singapore 840 km to the north, Cocos (Keeling) Island 1155 km to the SW, and ships as far as 6076 km west-northwest. Darkness covered the Sunda Straits from 11 a.m. on the 27th until dawn the next day. • When the eruption ended only 1/3 of Krakatau, formerly 5×9 km (16,400 ft x 29,520 ft ), remained above sea level, and new islands of steaming pumice and ash lay to the north where the sea had been 36 m deep. • Every recording barograph in the world documented the passage of the atmospheric pressure wave, some as many as 7 times as the wave bounced back and forth between the eruption site and its antipodes for 5 days after the explosion. • Tide gauges also recorded the sea wave’s passage far from Krakatau. The wave “reached Aden in 12 hours, a distance of 3800 nautical miles, usually traversed by a good steamer in 12 days”. • Blue and green suns were observed as fine ash and aerosol, erupted perhaps 50 km into the stratosphere, circled the equator in 13 days. • Three months after the eruption these products had spread to higher latitudes causing such vivid red sunset afterglow that fire engines were called out in New York, Poughkeepsie, and New Haven to quench the apparent conflagration. Unusual sunsets continued for 3 years. • Rafts of floating pumice--thick enough to support men, trees, and no doubt other biological passengers--crossed the Indian Ocean in 10 months. Others reached Melanesia, and were still afloat two years after the eruption. • The volcanic dust veil that created such spectacular atmospheric effects also acted as a solar radiation filter, lowering global temperatures as much as 1.2 degree C in the year after the eruption. Temperatures did not return to normal until 1888. The book is full of many more amazing bits of information. Hopefully these small excerpts will be interesting and useful to you. Today, Krakatau is still an active volcano. The active vent has formed a small island in the middle of the ocean-filled caldera that developed during the famous big eruption of 1883. The island is called Anak Krakatau, which means child-of-Krakatau. It is pretty much erupting all the time at a low level, but once or twice a year it has larger eruptions that people notice and sometimes report in the news. Of course, none of these are anywhere near the size of the famous 1883 eruption.

The Evangelistic Effort It is in this backdrop that we conducted our 5th Evangelistic effort in Indonesia. We held it in a rural area called Kacematan Tanjung Sari (District of Cape Sari). The land is flat and fertile, thousands of hectares of rubber trees flourish here. Most of the people are farmers. Many, if not

most, migrated to Sumatra from the island of Java. Most of our Adventist members here are former Muslims who were converted to Adventism through friendships. The evangelistic effort Kacematan Tanjung Sari was supported by 3 pastors from South Sumatra Mission and 6 neighboring small churches. This is the first time that there was a big evangelistic effort in the area. We are the first foreigners who have spoken to them. We could see how even our brethren where thirsty for the message. So it was Wednesday last week that we travelled overnight for 9 hours by train from Palembang to Bandar Lampung, then from Bandar Lampung we drove another hour to reach the district of Tanjung Sari. There, for four days my wife Lucy spoke about family life and for four nights my Indonesian colleague Mardie Marpaung and I spoke the word of God. As with Muslim countries, there are many limitations making baptism quite difficult but praise the Lord, last Sabbath at the culmination of our evangelistic effort last Sabbath, 14 souls accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and were baptized, 3 of them former Muslims while the others were from other religions. It is touching to see these 3 former Muslims accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It is hard for a Muslim to be converted because that would mean their family members will no longer accept them. Most of the time, the new converts from Islam will move to another place to find employment because they will have had lost their job and livelihood too.

This week I met brother Widodo who, like most Indonesians, carry only one name (no surname). He and his wife were former Muslims and even his wife studied in a hardline Muslim school. They invited us to their house for dinner. I asked him how he was converted to Adventism. He said an Adventist pastor lent him an Alkitab (Bible) and he studied it for one year comparing the Bible to the Koran. Later he asked for formal Bible studies. Truly, people here are hungry for the word of God. In October of this year, our team will hold an evangelistic effort in Sorong Papua. The area is near Papua New Guinea but is part of Indonesia. Let us pray for this coming endeavor. Let us also pray for the newly baptized in Tanjung Sari, those who are still receiving Bible studies and havenot yet accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and our church members there. Till next time!

Romy Halasan Bandar Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Scenes from last weekend

With Brother Widodo and his wife

Musicians at church

The children’s choir

Newly baptized brethren

Bible and hymnal for newly baptized

Audience: worshiping believers

Overflow: brethren listening outside

Some of the newly baptized

Dolphins along the coast of Lampung

Announcements SULAD KAAMULAN in Canada: an Ethnic Cultural Festival, Thanksgiving and SULAD Reunion with the Gitxsan Nation. Where: Gitwangak Village in Canada. When: August 4-6, 2017 All sulads, MVCians and friends are invited. For info: Limwel Ramada (reachable in Facebook) Email the group at SULAD 50th ANNIVERSARY GRAND REUNION (Yes, we’re celebrating a few months early)

When: June 24,2018 – July 01,2018 (12 months away) Where: MVC Campus. Bukidnon, Philippines. Who: sulad pioneers, new sulads, sulads from all over the world and products of the sulad mission schools will be there to celebrate God’s goodness, to get spiritually recharged, to fellowship with each other, to hear sulad reports first hand, and receive continuing education training! Outstanding speakers and trainers. Visits to mission schools. A SULAD FAIR with booths and exhibits. Food tasting. Parade of Tribes. Authentic presentation from various tribes. Meet new friends. Network with fellow sulads. Cool activities for sulads’ kids. So, save the date and plan on being there! For more info : Joy Caballero-Gadia (Facebook) or email:

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu “It is not earthly rank, nor birth, nor nationality, nor religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity. ” ― Ellen G. White “He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination” - Jose Rizal

Needed: MVC Alumni write-ups (articles) for Junior Devotional 2019 MVC is tasked by the PPH (Philippine Publishing House) to coordinate the making of the Junior Devotional for 2019. Inviting alumni around the world to participate in this endeavor. Guidelines from PPH: 1. Write in conversational manner. 2. Write to describe not to prescribe. 3. Be specific. 4. Dwell on a single lesson, trait or action. 5. Have a creative title of not more than six words. 6. Include the Bible text/passage your story tries to point out. Suggested Bible versions: NIV, ESV, NKJV, NLT and NASB. 7. Must be 350 words or less, including the memory verse which is indicated below the title of the article. 8. Include your biodata. 9. Observe proper citation. Contributors whose articles are chosen to be included in the devotional will receive Php 350/article upon the release of the devotional. MVC EXTENDED the deadline for submission to August 30, 2017 Submit articles to Reasons for rejection: 1. Contradicts SDA beliefs and practices. 2. Misses to emphasize the devotional theme. 3. Too preachy 4. Invades other's right to privacy. 5. Fails to comply with the requirement for the number of words. Suggested topics to write about: Spiritual matters, family, friends, studies, values, health, dating, social concerns, technology, hobbies, answered prayers, and nature.

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Acknowledgement A special THANK YOU to the following MVC alumni members: To Agapito Catane, Jr. Gladden Flores and Julie Rizardo for the inspiring stories of their "Humble beginnings." To Ermelinda Tambalque for her article on Dr. Ellacer. To Nelson & Nympha Osano whose photo of the Florence Kern Auditorium we used as this week’s banner. To Rod Tabingo whose photo I used in my “Editor’s Thoughts” and to Joy Caballero-Gadia for her help in putting this issue together. Thanks also to… • • • •

Jessie Colegado for the chuckles in “Jessie’s Patch of Weeds”; Romy Halasan for the stories about Missionaries’ LIFE the SULADS and Gospel Outreach for “SULADS’ Corner”; Eddie Zamora for editing; Joy Caballero-Gadia for the layout

Meet The Editors This week’s issue of Cyberflashes was by Evelyn Porteza Tabingo. Next week’s issue will be by Eddie Zamora. Please direct all entries to him or any of the editors. NAME: Eddie Zamora Evelyn Porteza-Tabingo Jessie Colegado Joy Caballero-Gadia Lily EscaraLare Melodie Mae Karaan-Inapan Raylene Rodrigo-Baumgart Romulo ‘Romy’ Halasan

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Prayer Request FOR THE CONTINUED HEALING OF: Pat Caballero, Leonora Gagatam, Jerusalem Era, Ruth Fabella & Ellen Fabella (wife and daughter of Dr. Armand T. Fabella), Felix Sareno, Elmer Aguro, Rayelch Modillas, Rebecca Antemano, Roxie Pido, Virgie Osita, Pastor Oseas Zamora, Pastor Remelito Tabingo and members of the MVC Alumni & Friends who are sick. COMFORT FOR THE BEREAVED FAMILIES OF: JB Mendez, Ronnie Enero, Theodoro Inocellas, Pastor Antonio Dandoy, Vizminda Brion Murcia, Asher Ortaleza, Federico Blaza, Araceli Arit, Jovita P. Solis, Wayne Chavit, Nanette Chio, Kerry Tortal, Elmore Jornada, Rolly Boniales and other families who recently lost their loved ones.

Closing Remarks: By The Editor "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10 TLB

Photo credit: Rod Tabingo


Cyberflashes, July 28, 2017

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