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Answered Prayers Devotional: ....................................... “God’s Promises” ............................. Lillian Javellana, BSN’81 Editor’s Thoughts: .......................... “Answered Prayers” ........... Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia, BSN’91

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God Is In Control.................................................... Nievelyn Reyno Antemano-Sison, BSN’91 God Answered Our Prayers ......................................... Pauline Gerapusco Alavanza, BSN’01 The Prayer That Won the Cold War ....................................................................... The Editor Six (6) Reasons To Pray..........................................................................................Team Effort My Answered Prayer .............................................................................. Milady Sowa,BSN’93

Sulads’ Corner: .......................... “Corrected Perspective” .................. Sulad Elvin Hardy S. Requillo SULADS USA Report ...................................... ...................................... Joy Caballero-Gadia. BSN’91 Patch Of Weeds: .......................................................................................... Jesse Colegado, BSC’80 LIFE of a Missionary: . “Interview With the PM of Solomon Islands”......... Romy Halasan, BSBA’86 CLOSING: Announcements |From The Mail Bag| Prayer Requests | Acknowledgements Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts | Miscellaneous


Devotional: “God’s Promises” By Lillian Javellana, BSN’81

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am a very visual person. I have to see an image in my mind as I read my Bible or any book. As I read, the images appear in my mind and the rest of my senses are stimulated. So, it was very exciting for me to read the book "Steps to Christ" by Ellen G. White, my favorite author and counselor. In the last chapter entitled "Rejoicing in the Lord", she wrote the following: “Are not God's promises, like the fragrant flowers, growing beside your path on every hand? Will you not let their beauty and sweetness fill your heart with joy?" Mrs. White mentioned in one of her books that the Bible is "like a leaf of the tree of life." These words simply stimulate my senses. I am so excited! I have to share it. THE BIBLE IS FULL OF GOD'S PROMISES! I read my Bible every day. It is like my morning "cup of tea." And ever since reading Mrs. White’s comparison of God’s promises to fragrant flowers, each time I read my Bible and come upon a Bible promise, I could feel and see it like a sweet-scented flower that would pop out from the page. Even my olfactory nerves respond! I could smell the stargazer lily, the jasmine, the roses, sweet smelling orchids, the ylang-ylang flowers, the magnolias, the roses, and many more as I read God's word! This is a new experience. And reading the Bible has become more exciting and fulfilling. As I gather these promises, these beautiful, colorful, sweet scented flowers that come in abundance from God's WORD, I am able to create a magnificent, glorious bouquet that only I can create! No one else can. I embrace this bouquet of flowers as I embrace His promises and cling to them. As I continue to read and His promises become so real and personal to me, I take myself to this beautiful and scented garden where the beautiful, lovely, sweet scented flowers spread and grow in abundance. It is beautiful and serene! God's word is beautiful, powerful and so comforting. When we have God's Living Word in our hearts, God's promises grow in our lives. It becomes impossible for others around us not to smell His sweet-smelling savor or to see the beauty of Christ in us. It will show naturally. The sweet scents will permeate our surroundings. Like flowers that perfume and brighten up a room or a little corner, like a flower worn on our hair, or as a corsage on our wrist or upon our chest, let us cling on to God's promises and carry them with us wherever we go so our very lives would be like a sweet aroma to those around us. And just like a bouquet of flowers we would bring joy and love to others, brightening their lives. EDITOR’S NOTE: Lillian C. Javellana (BSN’81) writes from Palmdale, California where she SHINES ON! as a nursing administrator, enjoys her passion for gardening and sharing God’s word. She also creates everlasting “bouquets of flowers” from Bible promises which she faithfully shares with friends as is her habit & mission field.


Editor’s Thoughts: “Answered Prayers” By Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia, BSN’91

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eenage Rhoda excitedly darted in the shadows, nervously looking left and right before rushing as quietly as she could from one building to the next keeping to the shadows, a basket of loaves clutched tightly in her arms – a good prop should anyone question her. Tall for her age and dressed conservatively, she was often mistaken for someone much older. This worked perfectly well for her as it allowed her the freedom to mingle with the women in the courtyard and the kitchens, hearing bits of gossip here and there, or to run errands and bring messages from one believer’s home to the next. These days everyone was nervous. The preacher Peter had been arrested by the Romans; all he did was preach. The new believers were worried for their own safety and were extra alert to hear any information or rumors about Peter and the growing church. Arriving home, Rhoda quietly tiptoed past the praying believers inside. She noticed that all the doors and windows were securely shut and everyone was fearfully quiet. She noticed how they fervently prayed, worry etched in their faces and demeanor. A knock was heard at the back door and she quietly went to ask who it was. They were not expecting anyone and it was very late. Would the Romans be at their door? Spies perhaps? Quietly, she asked who was there. The person outside replied that he was Peter. She recognized his voice. But because there were strict orders not to open the doors, she rushed to the praying group to inform them that Peter was at the door knocking. “Hush child! Don’t you see that we are busy praying?” she was sternly rebuked. “But Peter is at the door!” she replied urgently. “Impossible! Now be quiet so that we can continue to pray for his deliverance!” WHAT?! The answer to everyone’s prayer was right outside their door! The apostle Peter was there! An angel of God released his bonds and opened the prison doors! But the praying believers were too busy praying for his deliverance that they missed the answered prayer! Analyze this: are we guilty of the same? Are we still asking when what we seek is right in front of our own nose? Today, we shall talk about answered prayers. It does our soul good to look back and remember the many answered prayers God has blessed us with. It is our prayer that you will be blessed.

Joy Caballero-Gadia


“God Is In Control” By Nievelyn Reyno Antemano-Sison, BSN’91

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n the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where my family and I live, the official weekend was on Thursday and Friday. Saturday was the first day of the working week - a normal weekday, the first day of business.

In March 2001 when I first held my eldest child in my arms, I was filled with great joy. As she and her younger brother grew, my husband and I started talking about their education. At times, I would feel distressed wondering how our children would fare if they were absent from school every Sabbath. Would that even be allowed? I certainly would not allow my children to go to school on Sabbath! On the other hand, I strongly felt against sending them to the Philippines at such a young age. As parents, we were determined that we would raise our own children and that God would provide a way for us to keep the Sacred Sabbath when the time came for them to start school. In times when distress would start to creep in, I would find solace in prayer. I was confident that the Power of our Most High God can change things (Daniel 2:20-21) so I started to claim His promises. I resolved to truly believe and to trust that our prayers would be answered in His own time, that He would provide a way for us to continue to honor His Sabbath.

(Left) Countries in the Gulf. (Right) The Sison family today: Nievelyn and Rommel at the center and their children Kayla (L) and Kian (R).


With this mindset, I also started to declare openly to others that by the time our daughter Kyla would start school, Saturday will no longer be a school day. People looked at me as though I was crazy – some scoffed – but I believed that God would make a way. According to the educational system in the UAE, in 2005 when Kyla turned 4 years old she would start Kindergarten 2. The following year she would be in first grade. I clearly remember the secretary at her school asking me, “what will happen to Kayla next year? It is impossible for her to miss school every Saturday!” And I remember replying with confidence, “God has already sorted everything out.” I had no idea what God’s answer was going to be but I knew His name would be glorified in whatever solution He would provide. Then on May 17, 2006, a mere four months before the school year was to start and Kyla was to start first grade, the Gulf News Report announced that the school system for Dubai was going to change its calendar week. Instead of a Thursday to Friday weekend, the new law dictated that the new weekend would be Friday and Saturday, and the first day of the work week would be Sunday! The law decreed that all private sector establishments as well as government and private schools were to adapt this new weekend. Schools were to hold classes on Sundays to Thursday! I was ecstatic! To us, this meant no school on Saturdays. It meant God provided a way for us to continue keeping His Sabbath holy. Overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving for this answer to prayer, I dropped to my knees in worship and prayer. Once again, God had demonstrated that He is in control of everything and that nothing is impossible for Him. I was in awe of how He answered our prayers and our desires to honor His Sabbath. He demonstrated His power and might. He kept His promises. Today, many years after, each time my birthday comes around I am always reminded that God answers prayers in mighty ways. 1 Thessalonians 6:17 urges us to “pray without ceasing” but what we often do not realize is, there are blessings and benefits that come with unceasing prayer! Editor’s Note: Nievelyn Reyno Antemano-Sison (BSN’91) writes from Dubai, UAE, where she SHINES ON! both as a skilled registered nurse and a fulltime pastor reaching-out to others, serving in the community, and caring for those around her. Trained and invested at MVC, her Master Guide skills come in handy as she is also involved in Youth Ministries, Women’s Ministries and Health Ministries.


“God Answered Our Prayers” By Pauline Gerapusco Alavanza, BSN 2001

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e experienced answered prayers during our trip to Cancun! God is so good! As some of you may know, MVC School of Nursing held its 2017 alumni reunion at Cancun, Mexico, on the weekend of September 1-5. Alumni association president Ted Llasos did a great job planning and organizing the trip. Like many alumni members, my husband Ruben Jr and I made the necessary payments last January 2017 and booked our rooms at the resort. My husband and my parents planned to come with me to the reunion. Then on April, something happened and our reservations got cancelled for some reason. We were not able to contact our original sales agent and the new agent suggested that we book our stay at another date instead. It got confusing and stressful very quickly. Why would we book at another weekend when we wanted to go to Cancun for the alumni reunion? But God answered our prayers: He prompted us to reach out to Uncle Ted Llasos for help. After speaking with him, we got referred to another sales agent named Camille who helped us sell our previous package which was $1,000+ and then helped find an alternate package for $1,591 for four (4) adults. But when we called to make reservations using the new package deal of two rooms, we learned that there were no more rooms available for us at the Ocean Spa and Laguna Suites where the MVC Alumni were going to stay. We literally had nowhere to stay! The hassle and frustration was at a point that I was ready to give up. If it were someone else, I would have chosen to forego the reunion. But I wanted to go because my mom Medyline Claveria Gerapusco wanted to go to spend time with her classmates. So, despite the difficulties, I persevered working to find ways to get us to Cancun even though we had no place to stay. But God answered our prayers once again: when Uncle Ted heard of our plight, he generously offered for us to stay at his time share. All we had to do is pay for the 4 days of inclusive stay. By now, our expenses were increasing but still we did not cancel our trip. When there is a will – there is a way, right? But God answered our prayers: we were set to leave for Cancun! The day finally came when we were to leave for Cancun. We left home at midnight to catch our 6AM flight. We confirmed our flight but found out at the airport that our flight was rescheduled to 11:47AM. The many hours’ delay caused a domino effect that made us miss our connecting flights as well. But God answered our prayers again: we arrived safely at Cancun to enjoy our reunion.


The Claveria home in Florida

Instead of arriving at Cancun on Friday, we arrived the next day. And instead of staying in Cancun on September 1-5, we ended up staying September 2-4. But hey – at least we got to go and enjoy the reunion, right? And we had a ton of fun. The reunion was everything we hoped it would be – and more! Thanks to the efforts of Uncle Ted Llasos and Auntie Luz Llasos, and thanks to God for the many blessings. We had a bumpy start but God answered our prayers.

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nother answered prayer was we prayed for the safety of our family and friends in Florida.

While we were in Cancun, Category 5 Hurricane Irma was heading towards Florida. My uncle (Mom’s brother) MVC alumnus Ruel Claveria lives with his family in Florida. And as many of you know, Hurricane Irma hit Florida pretty hard. During this entire time, we prayed for their safety. The hurricane was pretty scary but God answered our prayers. My Uncle Boy, Auntie Moting and Meg were safe as were all my classmates and friends. God protected them and their homes. See the photo of Irma’s destruction near my Uncle Boy’s place. See the gigantic trees that fell very close to their home but their home was spared and so were their lives. Thank You, Lord! Editor’s Note: Pauline Gerapusco Alavanza (BSN’01) writes from Loma Linda, California where she SHINES ON! as a registered nurse. Pauline enjoys singing and is an active member of the Inland Empire Chorale in Redlands. She also enjoys ministering to others, gardening and hanging out with friends.


“The Prayer That Won the Cold War” By Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia, BSN’91

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tarting on August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall completely cut off East Berlin, Germany, from West Berlin. The concrete barrier physically and ideologically divided the east from the west. The Eastern Block portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from the fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Germany and in practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the Eastern Block during the post-World War II period. And behind the Wall, stories upon stories tell of what life was like under the communist regime. The 27-mile Berlin Wall was actually two walls with up to 160-yard wide space between them called the “death strip” that contained hundreds of watch towers and miles of antivehicle trenches, guard dog runs, floodlights and trip-wire machine guns. People attempting to escape to the West were shot. In an attempt to increase security, stronger reinforcement was built on the wall. “Border 75” which took 5 years to construct, was 12 feet high and 3.9 feet wide. It had 45,000 sections of reinforced concrete weighing 3 tons each, had 79 miles of fencing, nearly 300 watch towers, more than 250 guard dog runs, 20 bunkers, 65 miles of anti-vehicle trenches. Still more than 5,000 documented individuals escaped to the West by going under or over the Berlin Wall. They drove over through the “death strip”, leapt out of buildings along the Wall, dug tunnels underneath it, and some even made it over using hot air balloons. Many died attempting to escape. In the 1980s, the climate behind the Wall had become far more oppressive. There were strikes, unrest, and Soviet Union-inspired imposition of martial law. The Soviet Union then stationed troops throughout all of Eastern Europe to guarantee Soviet security and an ominous reminder of Soviet dominance.


It was in this climate that Christian Fuhrer, a Protestant Pastor, came to light. In 1980, he organized “peace prayers” as part of a joint action of Protestant youth organizations. Then on September 20, 1982 they held peace prayers every Monday in the Nikolai Church in Leipzig, Germany. The focus of the prayers was to oppose the Cold War. Their prayers were specific. By 1989, more and more pressure was imposed by the government, especially the Stasi, to stop these “Peace Prayers” but the prayers continued. The Soviets closed access to the church and arrested random “suspects” inside and outside the church, but the “Peace Prayers” still continued with an increasing number of attendees. On October 9, 1989, Soviet troops, the police and Stasi officers arrived in the front of the church. About 1,000 members of the Socialist Unity Party (SED) of Germany stormed the church. A manifesto was read written by the SED appealing to all attendees to stay peaceful. The troops were quoted to have said that they were prepared for everything and anything, except to see 70,000 people in prayer. The Berlin Wall was destroyed a few weeks later. That same year, the Cold War ended. By June 1990 the Berlin Wall was completely down. The battle was won peacefully with prayer playing a significant role.

More info on the Berlin Wall: http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-berlin-wall


6 Great Reasons to Pray By Team Effort

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hy do we pray? God knows everything. He is almighty, in control of things, and is everywhere. What could we possibly add to His wisdom? What could we possibly tell Him or persuade Him to do? What is gained by prayer?

When I was a student at MVC, I had a friend who would pause to pray each time he left home or the dorm. Without fail, he would abruptly stop just before stepping out of the door and he would pray. Amused at first, I asked him if we could pray together before going out. He consented and he would pray. His prayer included asking God for protection against reckless drivers who may run us over. I was puzzled because there certainly were no drivers between the dorm and our classrooms. Incidents like those, although it makes one smile at times, makes me pause to wonder – why do we even pray? Here are a few reasons I have come up with.

1. We pray because we are God’s children. He loves to hear from us! (Zeph. 3:17) 2. We pray because it deepens our trust in God. (Philippians 4:6-7) 3. We pray because it makes us depend on God. (Isaiah 40:26) 4. We pray because it gives us the chance to express ourselves completely to the Lord. (Ps. 62:8) 5. We pray because our prayers move the heart of God. (James 4:2) 6. We pray because it’s an amazing way that we get to be involved with what God is already doing in our world. (1 Thessalonians 5:25) I certainly know that prayer doesn’t bring God closer to me – He’s already near. In fact, He’s been the One knocking on our heart’s door, right? And we are the ones who keep wandering off. So wouldn’t it make more sense to say that prayer brings us closer to God? And what a wonderful way to have a closer relationship with this Friend who has been wanting to get closer to us!


“My Answered Prayer” By Milady Dolar Sowa, BSN’93

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had been praying for healing and how to deal with our primary charge nurse who was bullying me since last July when I moved to day shift. He was micro-managing me, saying negative remarks and always watching my every move at the Medical Telemetry Unit. It’s been stressful. I had been praying that God will give me courage and strength daily when I work with him. I had been praying that the Lord will heal my wound, that I could keep forgiving him and to help me deal with this. God has been guiding me and inspiring me to continue to do my best for my patients, their families, and my team. God has helped me to remember that serving is my calling and I'm doing this for Him. Also, I tried to ignore the negativity, facial expressions, negative gestures and keep pressing on with my nursing duties. My nurse manager was aware of the situation and she told him to "leave Milady alone." So in the last 3 months, he has not bothered me anymore. I just keep doing my utmost best, asking God to sustain me "one shift at a time" then I’d go home and enjoy my family. I'd been enjoying work and have peace nowadays. I believe that God has taken away my hurt and healed me. Instead of waiting for him to change, God has changed my heart and mind, making me brave, courageous and not affected by people's negativity and unkind actions. God has taught me to just "focus on Him" and to continue to do my utmost best in all things that I do. I praise God. He is my constant Companion and Inspiration. I thrive in His goodness, forgiveness, unfailing love, mercy and grace. To Him I give the glory and honor forever and ever. Amen Editor’s Note: Milady Dolar Sowa (BSN’93) writes from Northern California where she SHINES ON as a registered nurse working in a Telemetry Unit. A mother of two teenage sons, she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and serving in the community wherever the need is at. During her student days at MVC, Milady served 7 months as a sulad teacher at Bulalang Mission School and later served with 1000 Missionaries. Today, she is part of SULADS USA EDITOR’S NOTE ON BULLYING:

Milady, I am so sorry you experienced being bullied at work! But I applaud you for reporting the bullying. That took a lot of courage and strength! That took a lot of leadership on your part. I am so proud of you for standing up, not only for yourself but also for making your workplace a better place to be at, i.e., less toxic. And I even applaud you more for taking the extra step to attain healing for the damage done, healing through the Great Physician. You are one amazing young lady!


Did you know? Almost ¼ of people at work claim they have experienced or witnessed bullying in the last six months. Of those who experienced or witnessed bullying • 59% cite senior management as being responsible • 37% cite their line manager • 17% report peer to peer bullying • 7% report clients/customers, including internal customers, as being responsible for bullying. Did you know? • 80% of bullying cases go unreported. • 2/3 of cases of bullying go on for a year; 40% of those go on for more than two years. • Why don’t they ask for help? o 17% believe that nothing will change o 21% believe that by reporting they will be seen as a troublemaker o 22% are intimidated by the seniority of the bully o 22% are afraid reporting will make the bullying worse o 18% believe management won’t take action • If they do ask for help, who do they ask help from? o 23% co-workers/colleagues at work o 19% their manager o 17% someone outside of work o 12% no one o 12% another manager o 10% labor union o 7% human resources (HR) • Instead of telling someone, people who are bullied tend to o Reduce their engagement and performance at work o Leave the organization o Lodge a complaint o Take increased amount of sickness absence • In the interest of a high performing team that achieves much, it behooves the organization and leadership to have zero tolerance for bullying in the workplace. Ironically, a lot of bullies do not always realize that they are bullies. They think they are being funny but at the expense of others. They, too, need to be made aware of the effects of their actions. The statistics were taken from http://cmpresolutions.co.uk/the-scale-of-the-problem-of-bullyingharassment-at-work/ but the last bullet is my own.


SULADS’ Corner: “Corrected Perspective” By Sulad Elvin Hardy S. Requillo, Lanas-Lanas Mission School

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became acquainted with SULADS when I was a young man attending Lumbayao SDA Church in Valencia City. SULAD missionaries Sir Bobby Enabong, Sir Lowel Limbagan, the Daguplo brothers and the Luad family worship here. From their testimonies, I leaned that the SULAD work included climbing mountains, crossing flooded rivers, hiking long distances, visiting dangerous areas and a life of hardship in the mountains. With my small body structure and a fractured right clavicle, I realized that I was not cut out for this type of work. My injury caused great pain when lifting heavy objects. And since I did not have any interest, so why join? Due to my physical limitation, my parents showed no interest in sending me to be a SULAD missionary. Personally, neither was I interested to be one. Why should I join? In my youthful mind, choosing SULADS would lead to hardship and sacrifices. However, the Lord corrected my negative thinking and showed me the great ministry of the SULAD to the island and mountain people. Prior to my 2016 college graduation, I thought of joining the SULADS but since I was not fully surrendered to God, I listened to people who discouraged me. I lost my zeal. After graduating, I accepted the call to do pastoral work. I noticed that despite my efforts, I was ineffective in doing my responsibilities. I sought the Lord's will in my life – what He wanted me to do and go. In answer to my prayers, the Lord arranged events and used people to lead me to the right direction. Immediately after my pastoral term ended, SULADS training started. As I listened to Solomon Olantao describe the SULADS work, my earlier impressions changed. It realized that the SULADS ministry is not only about adventures, hardships and sacrifices but it is most of all about touching lives, affecting communities and bringing people to the feet of Jesus. I decided to join the training.


sulads traveling to the mission schools, where travel means crossing rivers a couple times

Today, I am a SULADS teacher at Lana-Lanas Mission School, in Molon, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. Through experience, I learned that no joy can surpass the joy in serving the King. I came thinking of touching peoples’ lives but I experienced God touching my life as well. Now, when someone asks me why am I in SULADS – it does not bother me anymore. Instead, I ask them, “why are you not here with us? Why aren’t you a sulad?” Let us continue to evaluate our directions in life and pray that it is where God wants us to be. That truly makes a great difference!

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ast Sabbath September 15, 2017 at the Loma Linda Tagalog Church in Loma Linda, California, SULADS USA presented reports of the work achieved by the team at the Navajo Reservation at Coppermine/Paige, Arizona thus far, as well as the many needs still needing to be met. The group was invited by MVC alumna Sarah Alvarez Serano (BSN’94) and her family; their eldest son was one of the teenagers who went on the mission trip last July. The purpose of the event was to inform and educate fellow Adventists of the great need at the Navajo reservation and the many opportunities they have to serve and be a blessing. SULAD USA President Asher Himbing (at left) shared the story of how the SULAD work started in 1969 and how it has grown. Projects Director Sammy Salarda (at right) told of how our junior sulads were trained and empowered to lead during the Vacation Bible School. Two different groups of teens have led so far two years in a row. Communications Director Joy Caballero-Gadia (center) explained the 5 biggest needs the Navajos have jointly identified with the team and how we have personally been blessed in kind for having had served. Then the junior sulads each told their own stories of how their lives were changed and how they enjoyed serving no matter the hardships.


Kitten from God The pastor of a local church had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. He did all this, checking his progress in the car frequently, then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went BOING and the kitten instantly sailed through the air -- out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, "Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business. A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. Now this woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?" She replied, "You won't believe this," and told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, "Well if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it." She told the pastor, "I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her." (from Mikey's Funnies)


Hunting Prayer The Wednesday-night church service coincided with the last day of hunting season. Our pastor asked who had bagged a deer. No one raised a hand. Puzzled, the pastor said, "I don't get it. Last Sunday many of you said you were missing because of hunting season. I had the whole congregation pray for your deer." One hunter groaned, "Well, it worked. They're all safe." (from Pastor Tim)

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across a study that said Christians in America spend about two and a half minutes a day in prayer! Here is a strategy for praying an hour a day: spend ten minutes on each letter of the acronym PRAISE. P stands for Praise. Spend ten minutes praising and thanking God for what He's done. R stands for Repent. Ask for forgiveness of your sins. A stands for Ask. Ask for the things you want God to do for you personally. I stands for Intercession. Lift up others and their needs. S stands for Silence. Spend ten minutes listening. You'll be surprised with the results. E stands for Expectancy. Spend the last ten minutes claiming God's promises for your life and the lives of your loved ones. It is through persevering prayer that we become people of prayer. ~From: Everyone Welcome by Roger Hernandez, pp. 94, 95~ (as seen in Devoted)

Pray for Me One Sunday in a Midwest city a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called out loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!" (from the Internet)


Only God Knows How Much a Prayer Weighs Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once. Visualizing the family needs, she said, "Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can." John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store. Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, "Do you have a grocery list?" Louise replied, "Yes sir." "OK," he said, "put your grocer y list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries." Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed. The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down. The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said begrudgingly, "I can't believe it." The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more. The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement. It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said, "Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands." The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence. Louise thanked him and left the store. The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said, "It was worth every penny of it. Only God knows how much a prayer weighs." (from The Christian Challenge and Blessing Email Service)

Conversational Prayers In line at the bookstore, I couldn't help noticing the two bestsellers the person in front of me was prepared to purchase: "Conversations With God" and "How to Argue and Win Every Time." (from Cybersalt Digest)


Prayers Cohen, 5, who may one day be a preacher, was saying his prayers at bedtime. His mama was sitting with him, listening. After he had finished the usual prayers, he asked if there was anything else he needed to pray about. She replied, "You might want to ask Jesus to help you break your bad habit (the current topic of conversation at his house)." He quickly responded, "Don't listen to her, Jesus!" (from Susan M. via Kidwarmers)

Meal Prayer My friend Bob was trying to teach his daughter, Jenny, how to say grace before meals. After a few weeks of coaching, Bob decided Jenny was ready to say grace all by herself. Jenny started out fine, thanking God for her mommy and daddy and brother and sister and for the rolls and the salad, etc. She ended with a big, "Thank you, God, for the spaghetti!" and lifted her head. The tradition in Bob's house, though, was to end each prayer with "In Jesus' name, Amen." So Bob prompted Jenny, "In ‌ " At first, Jenny seemed confused. Then she proudly exclaimed, "In tomato sauce. Amen." (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Prayer Drawl A quotation from an invocation delivered by Rev. J. McCoy opening a prayer meeting in Georgia Camp Meeting. "Oh Lawd, give thy servant dis mawning de eyes of de eagle, and de wisdom of the owl, connect his soul wid the gospel telephone in de central skies. Luminate his brain wid de sun of heaven; turpentine his imagination, grease his lips wid possium oil, loosen his tongue wid de sledge hammer of thy power, lectrify his brain wid de lightenen of thy word, put petual motion in his arms, fill him plum full of de dynamite of thy glory; noint him all over wid de kerosene of thy salvation, den deah Lawd, set him on fire". (from Cybersalt Digest)


Fair Prayer My eight-year-old son, Gilbert, was given a derby-car project in Cub Scouts. I let him do all the work and he was awfully proud of his "Blue Lightning" when he was done, proud because he'd done it all by himself. At the competition, the other boys, with their sleek, polished racers, snickered at Gilbert's lopsided car. But what his car lacked in looks, it made up for in speed. Gilbert's car beat its flashy competitors. Finally we were down to the last race. When it was about to begin, Gilbert asked shyly if they could wait for him to pray. He bowed his head for a moment then announced, "Okay, I'm ready." As the crowd looked on, the "Blue Lightning" zipped across the finish line just ahead of the other car. The scoutmaster said, "So you prayed to win, huh, Gilbert?" "Oh no sir," Gilbert replied. "It wouldn't be fair to ask God to help you beat someone else. I prayed not to cry if I lost." (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Prayer Jonnie had been misbehaving and was sent to his room. After a while he emerged and informed his mother that he had thought it over and then said a prayer. "Fine," said the mother. "Did you ask the Lord to help you not misbehave?" "No,I didn't ask Him to help me not misbehave," said Johnny. "I asked HIM to help you put up with me." (from Laugh & Lift)

Baking Prayer One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on one of his older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, "Lord, I hate buttermilk." The pastor opened one eye and wondered where this was going. The deacon continued, "Lord, I hate lard." Now the pastor was totally perplexed.


The deacon continued, "Lord, I ain't too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix 'em all together and bake 'em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits." He paused, "Lord help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don't like, whenever we don't understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what You are making. After you get through mixing and baking, it'll probably be something even better than biscuits." Amen. (from Mikey's Funnies)

Pray A young boy called the pastor of a local church and asked him to come by to pray for his mother, who was very ill with the flu. The pastor knew the family and was aware they were members of another church down the road. So the pastor asked, "Shouldn't you be asking Brother Simon at your church to come by to pray with your mom?" The young boy replied, "Yeah, but we didn't want to take the chance that he might catch whatever it is that Mom has." (from Mikey's Funnies)

Praying Our 4-year-old daughter's surgery was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. We were becoming anxious as time passed and no one came to get her. Finally at 12:30, the surgeon arrived at her room. Knowing my husband is a minister, the doctor asked us if many people were praying for this surgery. Edgy from the delay, I said, "They were praying for you an hour ago." With a smile, he shot back, "Thanks. That surgery went very well." (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Sinking Ship As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, "Anyone here know how to pray?" One man stepped forward. "Aye, Captain, I know how to pray." "Good," said the captain, "you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets -- we're one short." (from ArcaMax Jokes)


The Prayer That Shocked the World When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities but this is what they heard: "Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot anti-abortionists and called it justifiable We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!" The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright was the pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called: "one nation under God." (from The Christian Challenge and Blessing Email Service)


Raccoon The raccoons were not faring well against the cars on our back road. With each mishap, we would bury the chubby, masked victim in the woods beside our home while saying a prayer to keep the deceased safe and happy in heaven. When we buried No. 5, we followed the same routine. However, at the end of the "service," my five-year-old son added a small prayer of his own: "And please, dear God, keep him this time so we don't have to bury him again!" (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Accident A mom was driving her five-year-old son to McDonald's one day and they passed a car accident. Whenever the Mom saw something terrible like that, she would always say a prayer for those who might be hurt, so she pointed and said to her son, "We should pray." From the back seat she heard his earnest request: "Please, God, don't let those cars block the entrance to McDonald's." (from Mikey's Funnies)

Zuckerberg’s Prayer On Thursday, May 25, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, told the Harvard University graduating class that he sings the following prayer to his daughter when he tucks her in bed at night: “May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing. I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.” —Washington Post

Who Prays Before Their Meals? All Americans Rural Americans Suburban Americans Republicans Democrats Independents Protestants Catholics

48% 51% 45% 62% 43% 41% 60% 52%

Source: Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation (as seen in SignsWatch)


Answered Prayer I once heard a preacher say that our most recent answered prayers are a testimony of God's near presence. If we aren't having daily answered prayers, then we probably aren't daily in His presence. I don't know that this is sound theology, but with this thought in mind, let me share one of my favorite quotes from the Spirit of Prophecy: "It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain." (from Daring to Ask for More by Melody Mason, pp. 59, 60; as seen in Devoted)

An Interview with the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands I would like to continue my article last week about the Solomon Islands or "Happy Isles," as people call it.

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olomon Islands is one of the countries in the Pacific that is not only beautiful but also very culturally diverse. Life in the Islands is laid back, welcoming and often surprisingly untouched. Traditional culture is alive, and there is much to offer. Anywhere you go you can see WWII relics scattered in the jungle and around the leaf-hut villages. The Solomons has a visual appeal with its scenery, volcanic islands, croc-infested mangroves, huge lagoons, tropical islets and emerald forests. There are several action-packed experiences to do like: climbing an extinct volcano, surf uncrowded waves, snorkel pristine reefs or kayak across a lagoon. Beneath the ocean’s surface,


awesome WWII wrecks and dizzying drop-offs will enthrall divers. The best part is, there’ll be no crowds to mar the experience.

ADVENTISTS IN THE SOLOMONS What is interesting in this country is that it is run by Seventh-day Adventist church members. The previous Prime Minister (equivalent to President in the Philippines) is an Adventist. I was told that half of the members of the parliament are Adventist church members. Not only are the current Prime Minister (PM) and his deputy Adventists but also the Minister of Finance, Minister of Urban Development and 3 other departments. The ambassadors to Papua New Guinea and Cuba are Adventists. The current Department of Health is run basically by Adventists from the top positions to the lower rank employees. The Minister of Education is an Adventist who donated a large sum of money as scholarship fund for our Adventist young people. It is said that Solomon Islands has one of the largest Seventh-day Adventist School system of any of the countries in the South Pacific with over 105 Primary Schools, 13 High Schools and 2 Vocational Schools. Last September 16, 2017, I purposely went to the church of the current PM of the Solomon Island, Honorable Manasseh Damukana Sogavare, to interview him. In 1996, PM Sogavare served in the National Parliament as Member for East Choiseul. He served two terms as PM of the country from 2000-2001 and 2006-2007. In 2014, he became the PM once again, a position he presently holds. PM Manasseh built a church named Sogavare Memorial SDA church in honor and memory of his father who served as a pioneer missionary in the Province of Guadalcanal from 1927-1936. The church is near the International Airport of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. PM Manasseh was born an Adventist and is the son of an Adventist Minister. It is no wonder that he handles the lesson study very well. He encourages the church members to go out and share the gospel. He said he could not easily do this because wherever he goes his bodyguards go. I asked if his guards are Adventist members, and he said most of them are not Adventists and they have to go with him during Sabbath to worship. I told him that I was happy to see several billboards in the capital of Honiara reminding people about the danger of smoking and encouraging people to quit smoking. I told him that in the Philippines, our current President Rodrigo Duterte likes Adventism. In fact, he implemented a ban on smoking for the whole country. When asked what is the secret for the length of time he served as PM, Sogovare credits his success to prayer. In the Solomon Islands, the PM most often do not finish their 4-year term. It is because anytime the PM loses the majority, he will be toppled from his government office. He then related to me his recent experience of when the opposition party had 27 members compared to his 23 members. It looked like it was going to be a sure defeat! He prayed that God


The Adventist Church where the Prime Minister worships

With the CFO of the Solomon Island Mission (L) and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands (Center)

WWII relics at the Adventist College (L and R)

The Prime Minister leading in the Lesson Study during Sabbath School


would find a way for him to have more votes to win. At the end and through the power of prayer, he continues to have the confidence of the parliament. He mentioned that many in the parliament do not support him because does not tolerate corruption in the government. It is quite difficult to be an Adventist politician but his Adventist faith and belief sustain him in his position as a PM. He inquired about my work and what brought me to the Solomon Islands. I told him that I visited ADRA Solomon Islands and Atoife Adventist Hospital. PM Sogovare is very supportive of the work of the Adventist in the country. On the 50th anniversary celebration of Atoife Adventist Hospital in 2016, he donated SBD (Solomon dollars) 500,000 to the hospital. At the end of our conversation, I told him that I am happy that he is the PM of the Solomon Islands and wherever I go to preach in the several countries in Southeast Asia, I always mention the Solomon Islands because it is a country led by Adventists. No wonder, it is said that 1 out of 12 people in the Solomon Islands is an Adventist. I assured him that I am always praying for him and his leadership of the country of Happy Isles – the Solomon Islands.

Romy Halasan Solomon Islands

Typical beach @Solomon Islands


SULAD News/Announcements SULAD HEAD COUNT NEEDED – In preparation for the upcoming Sulads’ 50th Anniversary Reunion (June 24 - July 01, 2018) which will be held at MVC Campus, we need a general idea of how many sulads and their families to prepare for. Housing, meals, etc. If you are planning on coming, please drop us a line? Thanks. • Facebook – Melchie Sison Tonog; Joy Caballero-Gadia • Email – watermankids@yahoo.com SAVE THE DATE! PLAN to be there! June 24-July01, 2018. Next year. 9 months to prepare. SULADS Connection – Are you a sulad? Want to be part of the ongoing discussions, planning and reminiscing throughout the week? If you are a sulad and not yet part of the Facebook group “SULADS Connection,” message either of the following FB accounts and ask to be added to the group: Joubert Falcunitin, Dams McFall Mari Ray, Joy Caballero-Gadia, Editha Daguman.

MVC School of Nursing Announcements • REUNION @2018. On September 17,2017, the officers of MVC Alumni Association North American Chapter met via Conference Call to discuss next year’s MVCSN alumni reunion which they voted on will be held at Orlando, Florida, on August 30-Sept 02, 2018 during Labor Day Weekend. The theme is yet to be decided as will the prospective projects. The group’s officers are Ed Eresmas, President; Nonoy Hablan, VP Religious; Judy Teves, VP Social; Darlene Ruado, Secretary; Evangeline Santos, Treasurer; and Connie Calica, PIO. • GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY REUNION @2019. MVC School of Nursing was established in 1969 producing her first graduates in 1972. On 2019 (date to be determined) the 50th Anniversary Reunion celebrations of the school will be held at MVC. Many classes are already planning on traveling together to The Hilltop for this festive and joyous occasion – not just as happy alumni members but en-masse as classmates! (or in batches like cookies). The classes plan to make the occasion a both a class reunion in itself and a reunion with fellow MVCSN graduates! Keep an ear open for upcoming announcements from The Hilltop! You will not want to miss this grand event!


Prayer Request from Elder Wilson Urgent: Please continue to pray for church members worldwide who have been affected by the recent hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. Here’s an important message by Elder Wilson that has been circulated around the world. Review & Herald, Sept 9, 2017 My fellow Seventh-day Adventist Church members around the world, As many of you have worshiped already today and many more will around the world, I am asking you to especially pray for those who have recently experienced devastation and death in the Caribbean from Hurricane Irma. I have prayed for them. Wherever you are pray for God's church and the witness of His people. I am currently on an international trip and have felt strongly impressed to share this message with you today. The deadly storm of Hurricane Irma has ravaged the islands of St Maarten, St Barts, St Thomas, Barbuda, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and now strongly threatens Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Literally millions are fleeing the storm. Now, Hurricane Jose seems to be following in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Please pray for our church members and the general population who have witnessed devastation in the areas just mentioned and the thousands who have gone through devastation in Houston, Texas, and the large surrounding region of southeast coastal Texas. I have prayed for them. Our hearts also go out to our members and the population in Mexico who have been devastated by a powerful earthquake affecting the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Tabasco, and even jolting Mexico City. In addition, Hurricane Katia is bearing down in the State of Veracruz. I have prayed for our people and the country of Mexico. Without being overly dramatic, we need to recognize the times in which we live and ask God for not only protection but the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim God's last-day three angels' messages of warning and hope focusing on Christ and His righteousness especially as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is observed with some people apologizing for the reformation or saying it is over. My brothers and sisters, the Spirit of Prophecy says that the Protestant Reformation was never to end with Martin Luther but was to continue to the end of time. By God's grace, may Seventh-day Adventists worldwide stand firmly for the principles of the Protestant Reformation-only the Bible, only by faith, only by grace, Christ as our only Mediator, and only God to be worshiped. We have witnessed devastating natural disasters and warfare all over the world in recent times and throughout history. Not long ago typhoons destroyed homes and churches in Vanuatu and Fiji. Nancy and I had the privilege of seeing category 5-resistant Seventh-day Adventist churches being rebuilt by Seventh-day Adventist teams on Vanuatu and this November we will witness the same in Fiji. We praise God for the relief and rebuilding efforts around the world for devastated places by ADRA, Adventist Community Services, church organizations, and church members showing the practical love of Jesus. Pray for Seventh-day Adventists as they witness for their faith in helping others in disasters and in great need in these most recent and ongoing natural disasters.


During these troublous times, keep your eyes focused solely on Christ, His Word, and the prophetic mission entrusted to Seventh-day Adventists. Pray without ceasing. Do not be distracted by any divisive issues in your local church or in your region or globally. Pray for God's people throughout the world as we proclaim biblical truth and live lives of Christian service for others. Pray for the young people of God's church as they let the Lord use them in a powerful way to witness to others and combat the evil influences around them. Pray for men and women to unite in the proclamation of the prophetic Advent message of Holy Scripture. Do not be swayed by strange teachings that are not based in the Bible. As you study your Bibles also study the instructions and guidance given in the Spirit of Prophecy. Pray currently for those in the Inter-American Division who have been so affected by the ongoing hurricane situation. Pray for those in the North American Division where devastation has taken place in Texas and is now threatening in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. I have prayed for them. Pray for our church members, organizations, and institutions in those areas. The impending approach to Florida of Hurricane Irma could affect the headquarters of the Inter-American Division, the Southeastern Conference, and the Florida Conference as well as many church buildings and institutions. I have prayed for these organizations. Two Sabbaths ago, it was my privilege to preach at a wonderful South Florida Religious Liberty Rally in the Miami area after a very successful International Religious Liberty Association Congress in Ft Lauderdale and now that whole area may be devastated by another type of persecution of natural disaster. Certainly, as time progresses we will see the oppression of religious persecution and horrible natural disasters. We have been told this in Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy and we should not be afraid......let us place ourselves in God's powerful hands. Jesus is coming soon! I would like to make another special prayer request for the upcoming Annual Council of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist as we focus on Revival and Reformation, Mission to the Cities, Total Member Involvement, Comprehensive Health Ministry, Nurture and Retention of members, unity in our mission and the church, and so much more. Please pray that the leaders of God's church will be humble, faithful servants and that we will humbly carry out the mandates of heaven to proclaim the prophetic warning messages with Holy Spirit power. Please earnestly pray for revival and reformation in our lives and the general life of the church. Pray for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit. My brothers and sisters, Jesus is coming soon and He wants to use all of us to proclaim His last-day message of salvation only in Him. May Christ's focus found in John 9:4 be our focus today and until He comes: "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." May God bless your work and witness for Him as Seventh-day Adventists all over this world as we pray for the latter rain of the Holy Spirit and Christ's soon return.

Ted N C Wilson President General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists


Prayer Request for Alumni & Friends FOR THE CONTINUED HEALING OF: Marie Bingcang, Ching Rivera, Pheobe Cagulada, 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: RJ Buada Naty Caballero-Sanz, Anabel Quilog, JB Mendez, Ronnie Enero, Theodoro Inocellas, Pastor Antonio Dandoy, Vizminda Brion Murcia, Asher Ortaleza, Federico Blaza, Jovita P. Solis, Wayne Chavit, Nanette Chio, Rolly Boniales and other families who recently lost their loved ones.

GOD’S PROMISES THAT WE CAN CLAIM IN FAITH • O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. (Psalm 30:2) • He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Ps 107:20) • He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Meet The Editors This week’s issue of Cyberflashes was by Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia. Next week’s issue will be by Lily Escara Lare. Please direct all entries to her or to 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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Alumni Calendar When

What

Where

Dec 15-17, 2017 Dec 28-31, 2017 2018 Jun24-Jul 1 2018 Aug30-Sep02 NEW! 2019 TBD 2019 Aug 12-17

MVC Alumni Asso Reunion GYC SULADS’ 50th Anniv Reunion Reunion. MVCSN Alumni Asso North American Chapter MVCSN 50th Anniv Reunion Int’l Pathfinder Camporee

Rancho Mirage, CA Phoenix, AZ MVC Campus Orlando, FL MVC Campus Oshkosh, WI

For More Info Elbert Moralde

www.gycweb.org Joy Caballero-Gadia Ed Eresmas, Nonoy Hablan, Judith Teves, Darlene Ruado, Connie Calica

Devaney Bayeta www.camporee.org

Acknowledgment A special thank you to the following who shared their testimony on Answered Prayers: Nievelyn Reyno Antemano-Sison, Pauline Gerapusco Alavanza, Milady Sowa and Michael Caballero whose photo of the MVC’s Florence Kern Auditorium and classrooms were used in today’s banner. • • • • •

Lillian Javellana for today’s devotional, Romy Halasan for “LIFE of a Missionary” Jessie Colegado for chuckles in “Jessie’s Patch of Weeds”, The Sulads and Gospel Outreach for “SULADS’ Corner” Eddie Zamora, Jess Colegado and Evelyn Tabingo for editing

About this week’s banner… Former MVC faculty member Michael Caballero owns the photo used in today’s banner. To the left, at the back of the photo is the recognizable Florence Kern Auditorium which many alumni members remember and love. From the early days of MVC to the mid to late 1990s “The Audie” was where church services were held as well as graduations. Today, both are mostly held at the MVC Alumni Church. To the right, at the back of the photo, are the new classrooms and administrative buildings. A portion of the ramps can still be seen a little bit towards the foreground. But it is the simple tree at the foreground that is of greatest significance in this week’s banner. That tree is an Inyam tree, a much younger version of the tree that the mentioned in MVC History. It was under the Inyam tree where Elder Nelson, Lolo Abesta, and their group knelt down to pray fervently asking God to show them where He would want them to build the Adventist college of Mindanao at. It was under the Inyam tree that they group thanked God for Answered Prayers! And it was under the Inyam tree where they became sure that they were standing on the grounds of God’s future school. The old Inyam tree has long withered and died. In its very place, this beautiful young Inyam tree was planted. It was a sapling a size of a pencil when I graduated in 1991. This tree is a silent reminder that God has personally intervened to show where He wants HIS SCHOOL built.


Closing Remarks By The Editor

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wo weeks ago, Eddie Zamora’s CyberFlashes issue about “looking back” inspired me. It reminded me that when we look back at how God has blessed us and the many answered prayers we have enjoyed, surely our faith in God would be strengthened! In the book Life Sketches of Ellen G. White p196 (1902), the author pens these profound words: “In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step to advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what the Lord has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, through His teaching in our past history.”

Just this week, I had a disgruntled employee ask to speak with me. A key leader in our organization overseeing projects that directly affect our hospital and many other hospitals, the man was beyond unhappy. “I have been testing this software for national use for the past two years and my team and I haven’t even received a thank you from anyone! No mention! No nod of appreciation from leadership! I’ve had it! I want to quit doing them favors!” He ranted. There was really nothing I can do because he was not in my chain of command. All I could do was listen. After a good eight minutes of mindful listening (my mental health colleagues would be so proud!), the man stopped talking and asked me what my thoughts were. I paused before replying. “Dan*, it sounds like you have done so many things beyond your normal duties. It also sounds like you haven’t been recognized for all the efforts. Did I understand you correctly?” I asked. “Yup! That sounds about right,” he replied making a popping sound with his P. I was quiet for a bit longer, thinking. He started to fidget in his chair. Finally, he grinned, “What are your thoughts on this? OH COME ON! I can hear the wheels of your mind spinning – and that’s not always a good thing but let’s hear it. Spill -- ” I laughed. How true. Dan knows me too well.


Turning to Dan and moving closer to him, I looked him in the eye and sincerely said, “You’re so right, my friend. My mind realized a few things just now and you might not want to hear it.” “Spill!” He dramatically rolled his eyes. “Well… you said something that got me really thinking about how God must be feeling. He gives us air, food, water to drink. He protects us. He makes the sun shine for us. Without these we are dead. He gives these to us even when we don’t ask for them! He gives us life. THEN, in addition to that we ask Him for much more sometimes promising that if our prayers are answered we would do this or that. But in the end, often we forget our promises and we often forget to thank Him.” I continued. “I was just wondering right now how He feels about us. Does He feel like you do – disappointed that we have not recognized Him for all that He has done for us? Is He hoping that we will pause to thank Him? To talk with Him? To read His Word? To want to be friends with Him? Does He want to have a relationship with us? Does He ever get tired of us treating Him like an ATM machine? A vending machine? A Santa Claus? That’s what I am thinking about right now. Your coming to see me has blessed me and reminded me that I need to thank God more and to spend more time in prayer and reading His Word. Not because He needs it, but because I need to. Because each day in our busy lives, we have drifted so far away from Him.” Dan blinked in surprise. I don’t think he was expecting that response at all. We were both silent. “WELL!” Dan coughed out as he stood up. “THAT was unexpected! I just now realized that I am fussing over things that are not of utmost importance. We get too busy doing things we lose focus of what has eternal value! Thanks. I have a lot of thinking and praying to do.”

I concur with Uncle Ed about “Reflecting In The Past” (Sept 8,2017 issue of CyberFlashes) and I believe that we do need to look back every now and then and to thank God for all that He has done for us. Let us count our blessings including the answered prayers. Lest we forget how blessed we are and how great our God is! HAPPY SABBATH, MVCians!

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Cyberflashes, September 22, 2017