God’s Faithfulness Editor’s Thoughts: ................................... “Piece of Cake” ................. Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan, AB Eng’91
Featured Items: 1. “Saved To Be A Leader” ...................................................................................... Marlou D. Ordoña, BSE’75 2. “Doing Great Little Things” ............................................................ Pastor Elmer D. Pagunsan, AB Theo’76 3. Dr. Allan R. Magie: Family’s Perspective .............. Michael Magie at the Memorial Service on October 21
SULADS Corner: ..................... (No Sulad Story Received This Week) ..................................................... Patch of Weeds: ............................................................................................................ Jesse Colegado, BSC’80 Life of a Missionary: ...................................... “Diwali” .................................................. Romy Halasan, BSBA’86
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Editor’s Thoughts: “A Piece Of Cake” Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan, AB Eng’91
ometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this", or "Why did God have to do this to me"? Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong. She's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack. The daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake." "Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers. "Yuck," says her daughter. "How about a couple raw eggs?" "Gross, Mom!" "Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Mom, those are all yucky!" To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!" God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart. I hope your day is a "piece of cake!" Author unknown Source: http://www.lookinguntojesus.info/Devotional/CompiledChristianArticles.html#Footprint
Melodie Inapan Negros Occ, Philippines
Saved To Be A Leader By Marlou D. Ordoña, BSE’75 Psalm 60:5 says, “Save us and help us with Your right hand, that those You love may be delivered.”
uring our elementary days, camping was the most exciting event. Aside from cooking contests, swimming was the most eagerly anticipated part of the day. After our healthy breakfast, the megaphone would sound, announcing the next activity which was swimming – not in a swimming pool but in a river. Without any bathing trunks, we would jump into the water with our buddies. Some would swim while others just took a dip and stayed in one spot. One morning during camping, we went swimming again. As usual, I eagerly jumped into the water with my friends. A few minutes after, I pulled myself out of the water and watched my fellow campers enjoy themselves. All of a sudden, I noticed a boy drowning. It was obvious he was struggling to keep his head above water. Every time his face broke the surface, he screamed desperately for help. I rushed to where he was and pulled him out to safety. That boy went on to college and finished ministry. He worked in the mission field and was promoted as a president to a local conference. Several years later, he was called by God to serve a wider field of service. The boy that almost drowned became the president of Central Philippine Union Conference in Cebu City. He is no other than Pastor Agapito Catane. My friends, God has a plan for each of us. Just as Moses was saved by Pharaoh’s daughter because God had a special purpose for his life, He has a wonderful purpose for yours and mine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marlou D. Ordoña (BSE’75) is a retired principal of Negros Mission Academy in Taculing, Bacolod City, Philippines.
Doing Great Little Things By Pastor Elmer D. Pagunsan, AB’76
familiar phrase holds great truth. “Nothing is lost in God’s economy.” This means that God uses even our littlest, but genuine efforts, when they are motivated by goodwill flowing from generous and faithful hearts. In return, He never fails to reward us. Sometimes the reward comes immediately, sometimes it takes a lifetime, but one thing is for sure, the reward will most definitely come. For instance, if you had a handful of seeds, would you expect the seeds to actually sprout and produce juicy and sweet rambutan, just by keeping them in a container? The answer would definitely be a no. The only way for the seeds to grow into trees and bear fruit is to plant them. What is true in planting trees is also true in doing good to others--you will never know how great the impact of a small act of kindness and generosity will have on someone else until you do it. When my wife, Mrs Pagunsan, was teaching in Ibajay SDA Multigrade School in Colong-colong, Ibajay, Aklan way back in the 1980s, she sponsored a pupil named Vincent Alcayde. His mother was a widow with five children, including Vincent. She raised her family on a meager income as a simple seamstress. We were reassigned to a different place and lost contact with Vincent’s family. Many years later, we were glad to learn from someone that Vincent had continued his studies and had become a seafarer, and was also sponsoring pupils studying in the church school. Presently, he is working as a Chief Engineer in an overseas vessel. We personally confirmed this information when I was invited by the family to conduct the necrological service of his mother. We were told that Vincent’s eldest son is studying medicine at the Adventist University of the Philippines. People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. Kindness and generosity move people and inspire them. Sometimes what we do for others might seem insignificant. But we should never underestimate what God can do with the little we wholeheartedly offer. Even small sacrifices have big heavenly rewards. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pastor Elmer D. Pagunsan is the ministerial secretary of Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) in Cebu City, Philippines. This article was gleaned from Mizpah, the official newsletter of CPUC.
Dr. Allan R. Magie: Family’s Perspective By Michael Magie at the Memorial Service on October 21, 2017
he only music Dad allowed us to listen to growing up was classical and hymns. Thank you, Deborah, my brother Greg and his wife Hillary, and true apologies to Donna Kline for her beautiful organ music and whose name I neglected to put in the program. Thank you also, Herb, for sharing your thoughts about Dad and there sure were a lot of life that occurred during that dash. I think it can be summed up in this: his service for his Savior, Jesus Christ. Several things set that in motion early on in his life and I will share that with you in a moment. Allan Rupert Magie was born in Florida on July 21, 1936 to George and Margaret Magie. When he was 8, his family moved to California and bought the property across the street from his Grandfather’s farm. I think that is when he grew his green thumb. I remember our fruit trees and garden at home in Calimesa and years of competition in growing tomatoes between him and Michelle. Dad definitely passed on his green thumb to both my brother and sister. I am still waiting for mine to turn green. One thing I saw over and over in post cards sent home to his parents was how much he enjoyed his summer adventures. He would spend several weeks with his mother’s parents in Kentucky and then several weeks with his Boy Scout troop at different camporees and events. One taught him how important family is and that you need to appreciate every moment you have with them. The other taught him discipline and honor which set the foundation for who he would become. Dad excelled in education and seemed to want more knowledge as he went through his education. Dad graduated valedictorian of his high school class of 1954. He went on to college and graduate school, graduating Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a PhD in plant pathology. I was always told that he was a straight A student through graduate school and that we needed to be one also. This did not happen though my brother almost achieved this. My sister sent me some pictures and other things of Dad’s this past week and in there was his 5th grade report card. I am proud to tell you that he actually got 6B+’s during that year and that he wasn’t perfect as I was told. Though Dad was highly educated, I was reminded by Lori of Dad’s humility. He asked her to introduce him just as Allan or Mr. Magie and not Dr. Magie. Dad didn’t seek after honors or awards. His greatest honor was in serving Christ by serving others. I think that the only award that would be hanging on his wall today would be his adoption papers, being adopted into the family of God.
Though he was raised in a Christian homed, he hadn’t fully given his heart to the Lord. Just before Dad graduated from college, his grandfather introduced him to the Adventist church and I think that this changed his ultimate perspective on life. Dad married my Mom, Louane, in 1961, and took a job as a professor of biology at Pacific Union College. He taught for three years, from 1962 to 1965, at which time my sister was born. Dad quickly became one of the students’ favorite teacher (I guess it was partly because he was only a few years older than they). He had a real passion for teaching and it showed, both in the classroom and outdoor activities. While teaching at PUC, his Adventist calling for missionary work kicked in, and in preparation for service, he obtained his pilot’s license. Dad took a call to the Philippines and landed at Mountain View College, the School of the Light. There he continued teaching biology and took over teaching some of the nursing courses. Dad loved the Filipino people, doing what he could to help their lives and alleviate suffering. This was time where there was a lack of health education; a lack of knowledge mixed with poor hygiene. He worked hard with the native peoples, working to improve water supplies, separating drinking water from washing areas and teaching them to not pen their pigs and chickens under their nipa huts. He also followed the Adventist teaching of making man whole by introducing them to God that he loved so much. I had asked my sister for stories before I wrote this. She shared with me how on Sabbath afternoons or Sundays, Dad would take his “two sidekicks” and some nursing students and drive out to remote barrios where he would take the naked boys and girls down to the river and wash them, cut their hair and treat their sores with hydrogen peroxide. These were very primitive areas, local natives that had just recently stopped head-hunting but had no idea of what hygiene and cleanliness was about. This was Dad’s way of getting into their territories to eventually lead to branch Sabbath schools years later. While he was there, he also learned to operate on goiters and removed many large goiters from the necks of Filipinos. During his time in the Philippines, my brother and I joined the family. Dad started a zoo while at the college and animals to it every few months. One more memorable story was when the natives came to him and told him of a 15-foot python that they had found in the jungles outside their village. They told him that if he “jumped on the head, they would jump on the tail.” This he did and the snake became part of the exhibit. Many may not know, but Dad also had a collection of butterflies, moths and beetles that would make a museum of natural history jealous. He had hundreds of varieties of that, and for years we were privileged to examine and learn from. Upon returning to the United States, he settled in Calimesa and started working at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. While teaching a full schedule he completed his Masters in Public Health. He taught at the University from 1970 until 1985. Visiting Dad’s office was always a delight for those who enjoyed the unusual. His desk had a large plastic cube with a human brain
in it and another one with a human heart. He had dissected sections of lungs from a healthy person and a smoker which was always an object lesson to healthy living. He had a lab with the unique mutations of nature of which I will not share in a public setting. Thinking back to unique things, there was a basement in the wing where my father had his office. I remember that my sister had pet hamsters but Dad had little white mice. The difference was, the mice were not pets. They were food for his enormous collection of rattlesnakes that he had scientific experiments on. He also milked them regularly, selling the venom to the medical center and using the money for other projects at the school, one of which was the nutrition department. Many an afternoon or evening after school, Greg and I would meet Dad in the kitchen where he was cooking food for the university functions, meetings, and award ceremonies. Homemade gluten, Filipino pancit and 4-layered dessert were among his specialties. Dad also was a prolific writer. Many an evening after dinners, Dad would be sitting at the head of the table writing article after article for public health magazines and the Adventist magazine, Life and Health and Ministry. What we all remember was his fluid, bold handwriting. It looks like it could have come from the tops of the old-fashioned blackboards. Page after page of yellow paper tablets were used during those years in Calimesa before we left for college. As I shared earlier, Dad discovered the joy of nature and adventure through the Boy Scouts and excelled in honors and survival skills. Dad’s competitiveness shown in letters sent home to his mother while on scouting trips. In one letter he talks about completing a 150-meter swim without stopping and earning his troop 125 points and putting them up 1000 points over the other two troops. On another trip, he shares the activities that he was doing, going to church, visiting historic sites and then adding a casual P.S., “I cut my knee and got two stitches put in, but don’t worry.” Dad earned his Eagle Scout honor at the early age of 15.
Because of his love of nature, we spent most of our school vacations camping, hiking and travelling, to love and respect nature, and most importantly, about the great God that created such wonders for us. He also taught us to appreciate other cultures and what we could learn from each other. We hiked up mountains (Michele made it to the top of Mt. Whitney) and down into the Grand Canyon. We hiked deserts and jungles, manicured gardens and fields of wild flowers. Dad was hard to keep up with. One day in the early 70’s, Dad surprised us with a new pet. He told us that he had been driving down Yucaipa Blvd. when he encountered a mother skunk that had been killed and her babies, three of them still alive, eyes barely open. He wrapped them in a blanket from the trunk and used his new skills of surgery and operated on them. He brought one home for a pet and for the next year or two, we had “Flower,” a most unique pet we could have had. Dad took his Adventism calling to be a servant of God quite literally. He was always looking for ways to serve others. One of his great passions I mentioned earlier was cooking. Not only at the university but also at his home church where he catered weddings for a couple of members present here today, and helped start a soup, vespers, and game night tradition that lasted for several years. As Dad aged and his body couldn’t keep up with the desire to do so much more, so he helped start a food ministry at Azure Hills Church, learning who was in need, shopping for food, packaging boxes and organizing a large group of deliverers. This continued as he moved to Cherry Valley where he would go to Stater Bros., buy a large box of bananas and make his rounds, visiting friends at numerous local businesses, spreading cheer and the love of God. One such business was our special mechanic, Sam, who when Dad learned that he loved bananas, would bring weekly, if not daily, a banana and a smile. Dad was all about family. Greg tells me that when went back east for school and then again years later when he moved back to California, Dad drove him there and helped him get his vehicles back. When Michelle became deathly ill, Dad spent several months caring for her during her rehab. Dad also loved the “daughters” that joined his life. Two daughters-in-law and after marrying Lori, two more daughters. He would go out of his way to show each one how important they were to him. And Hillary, if Dad had been himself before his injury in the last year of his life, I am sure that he would have done this for you, too. He would shower them with their favorite See’s candy, take them out for lunch and show each one how much they were loved and appreciated, and he made sure they felt special on their birthdays. I know that each one will miss Dad very much. Dad died on September 23, 2017 in Redlands, California. He is survived by his wife, Lori, daughter Michelle, sons Michael and Greg, step daughters Kris and Kathryn, two daughters-inlaw, Tammi and Hillary and six grandchildren that he adored, Andrew, Elizabeth, Mathew, Nicholas, David and Jacob.
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Facing Adversity Over and Over
id you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on? He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked and, sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on -- this time on the right feet. He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off. He then said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them." She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again. She said, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots." As I read that, I thought about how many of our frustrations come about as the result of having to do something over and over. Let me give you an example. A number of years ago, I was having some back trouble and the doctor told me I needed surgery. I counted down the days until I could find some relief. The surgery went well (in fact, I went home less than 12 hours after surgery), but the recuperation didn't go as planned. Instead of getting relief, I found myself back under the doctor's knife six weeks later. I remember that the greatest source of frustration wasn't the surgery itself. It was the fact that I thought I was getting better, but I had to start all over again. Just when I thought I was making progress, I encountered a setback. I was able to easily muster the emotional strength to face the
first surgery, but it was much tougher the second time. I've seen the same thing happen in a number of different areas. I suspect you have, too. Maybe you were hoping to get bills cleared up only to be hit with an unexpected dentist bill or car repair. Maybe it's harsh criticism you're dealing with, a situation at work that's making it difficult to maintain your Christian standards, or perhaps the struggles of dealing with a rebellious child. You think, "I can handle the difficulty I'm going through as long as I can see the light at the end of the tunnel". Only just when you're about at the end of the tunnel and you taken about all you can take, you realize that there's more adversity ahead and the light is barely visible. I understand; I've been there. The Christian life is long and sometimes difficult. There are times we feel we just can't take it anymore and we want to give up, especially when we've had to face the same adversity over and over and over again. May this passage serve as a source of comfort and strength to you: "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isa. 40:29-31). I pray that your strength will be renewed this day as you wait upon the Lord. Hang in there! Alan Smith www.TFTD-online.com
ack had been a compulsive worrier for years, to the point it was ruining his life. He saw a psychologist who recommended a specialist who could help him. His friend, Bob, noticed a dramatic change and asked, "What happened? Nothing seems to worry you anymore."
"I hired a professional worrier and I haven't had a worry since," replied Jack. "That must be expensive," Bob replied. "He charges $5,000 a month," Jack told him. "$5,000!!? How in the world can you afford to pay him?" exclaimed Bob. "I don't know. That's his problem." (from Mikeys' Funnies)
flight instructor was sent out to help a trainee who had radioed that he was about to make a forced landing a few miles from the base. The instructor spotted the plane standing in a field small enough to present a real challenge to his professional reputation.
With determination, full flaps and engine just above the stall, he maneuvered into the field. Climbing out, he shouted angrily to the trainee, "Just how did you manage to get into such a small field?" "I landed in the big field over there," the trainee pointed, "but in order to leave room for you, I had the farmer tow me here." (from Da Mouse Tracks)
ur army physical-training program requires us to run two miles every other day in platoon formation. Being somewhat older than the other soldiers, I have trouble running faster than a ten-minute mile.
During a recent run, I was finding it difficult to complete the two miles without stopping, so I raised my hands high above my head to expand my diaphragm and gain my second wind. Suddenly I heard a voice from behind me say, "Forget it, sergeant, we don't take prisoners." (from Da Mouse Tracks)
Quotes for Challenges
he ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King Jr.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. â€“ Viktor Frankl I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet. - Nadia Comaneci Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.
God Has A Plan In Our Difficulties
ee Stroble, author of A Case for Christ, felt compelled to go visit an old friend he once worked with and invite him to Easter service. He dreaded going. He knew the man to be hardened to the Gospel and an unlikely candidate for church attendance. As Lee expected, the man snapped back at him totally uninterested. Lee left wondering why God sent him to someone so unreceptive. Years later, after speaking at a conference, a stranger approached Lee and asked if he recalled coming to a certain office and inviting a man to come to Easter service. He did, indeed. "Well, I was standing in the back where you couldn't see me working on some equipment, but I listened to your conversation and got to thinking that I should be in church on Easter. So I went, and I became a Christian." When we can see no purpose for what is happening and we feel God is oblivious to our difficulties, God still has a plan. But we must be prepared to wait on God's timing. His timing is precise, for He does things at the very time He has set. Often, though, much time passes before God's good plans unfold. In the meantime, it may appear His plans failed or even that He had no plan. I recently saw a sign in front of a church that was a welcome reminder: "God has a plan and He can make it happen." Perhaps that morning the author of that sign had read Job's acknowledgment to God: "No plan of yours can be thwarted" (42:2). Lord, I praise You that no power or combination of powers can thwart Your plans and purposes. "The Lord's plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken" (Psalm 33:11). Aletha Hinthorn (as seen in Come to the Fire)
ccasionally we encourage our 11-year-old son, Ivan, to host a "friends" night and to invite a mix of boys and girls from his class. One time he asked the class brain, Elsa, though he did not know her well.
After swimming, dinner and a movie, I asked him who had the most fun. "Elsa!" Ivan said enthusiastically. "She's like a closet. When you look at it, it's okay, but when you open it, it's full of color!" (from Da Mouse Tracks)
Weight Loss Breakthough
T LAST - Breakthrough in Weight Loss. I finally figured out why I'm overweight. It's the shampoo I use in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning: "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." No wonder I have been gaining weight!!! Well, no more of that for me! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start using Dawn dish soap instead. Its label clearly reads, "DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE." Problem solved! If I don't answer the phone... I'll be in the shower! (from Doc's Daily Chuckle)
Whatâ€™s Your Address? There is a family nobody likes to meet, They live, it is said, on Complaining Street. In the city of Never-Are Satisfied, The River of Discontent beside. They growl at that, and they growl at this; Whatever comes there is something amiss; And whether their station be high or humble, They are known by the name of Grumble. The weather is always too hot or too cold, Summer and winter alike they scold; Nothing goes right with the folks you meet Down on that gloomy Complaining Street. They growl at the rain, and they growl at the sun; In fact, their growling is never done. And if everything pleased them, there isn't a doubt They'd growl that they'd nothing to grumble about! And the worst thing is that if anyone stays Among them too long he will learn their ways, And before he dreams of the terrible jumble He's adopted into the family of Grumble. So it were wisest to keep our feet From wandering into Grumbling Street. And never to growl whatever we do, Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers too. - By L. M. Montgomery (from Cybersalt Digest)
reetings from Penang Adventist Hospital.
This week let me share with you 'Diwali,” a major national holiday celebrated by the 2 million Indians in Malaysia. Diwali falls in either October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. This is like Christmas and New Year for the Christians. Diwali
The word itself is derived from the Sanskrit word "deepavali," meaning "series of lighted lamps." Diwali is also known as the “Festival of Lights” held in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Part of the celebration include million of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities. The significance of the festival may carry differences according to region and within the traditions of Hinduism. However, despite all the differences, a common symbolism remains – it's an important occasion that marks the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Deepavali is a five-day celebration and is looked upon as a busy shopping period and a lucrative time for retailers. Preparations for this festival happen within five days of the actual day. Preparations include making homes spic and span, shopping for gifts, clothing, food and other home necessities. The fourth day of Deepavali is the Hindu New Year. As it marks the beginning of a New Year for Hindu believers, people ensure that their houses are cleaned or renovated, new clothes are bought and donned, lamps are lit in homes while puja or prayers are offered. Bright lights are everywhere and a feast is prepared to take part in the start of new beginnings.
At the dawn of Deepavali, Hindus perform a ritual oil bath which signifies a cleansing of the body and soul, don new clothes and observe prayers at home and in temples. As in most important festivals in Malaysia, once the religious rituals are completed and satisfied, celebrants hold open houses where family and friends are encouraged to drop by to share conversation, enjoy a snack or meal and celebrate the beginning of a New Year together. For some, a gift exchange takes place among members of family and their close friends. This year, Diwali took place on October 19 according to the Hindu lunar calendar. What really amazes me are the Diwali decorations made from rice (rice art) colored with different colors which they call â€œKolamâ€?. This rice art uses different rangoli patterns. Rangoli is a very popular folk art origin that has several religious connotations across the expanse of India.
colored rice used in Rangoli art patterns Penang
Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. It comprises of two parts--- Penang Island, the most populous island city of Malaysia and Seberang Perai. George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang, is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. It is the main shopping destination in northern Malaysia due to its fast development with many new skyscrapers. While many newer landmarks have started to dominate the city, several centuries-old shophouses are still operating alongside flea markets. Medical Tourism
Medical tourism is now famous in Malaysia. People come to Malaysia to have medical treatment and at the same time come as tourists. The majority of the foreign patients seeking medical treatments in Malaysia are from Indonesia, with smaller numbers of foreign patients coming from India, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, southern China, Australia, Europe, the USA and the Middle East. So why are medical tourists flocking to Malaysia? Both Penang and Kuala Lumpur are serviced by airlines from around the world; have a plethora of reasonably-priced hotel rooms; an excellent public transportation system (second to none in the region); and upon arrival in Malaysia, most nationalities are given a three-month visa. All of which help to make your stayâ€”in a hotel, hospital or short term letâ€”easy. Given Malaysiaâ€™s reputation for graceful and attentive service, it is not hard to see why Penang and Kuala Lumpur has quickly become the medical tourism hubs of Asia. At the forefront of medical tourism in Malaysia is Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH). The hospital's main medical tourists are Indonesians. According to Dr. Jeremy Low Keng Hoong, PAH's director of business development and marketing, Indonesian patients amount to more than 92% of its medical tourists. Of all patient encounters, 40% are foreigners. That is staggering, considering that every year PAH receives almost 100,000 medical tourists who contributed about US Dollar 28 million in revenue to the hospital. Thank God! Of the many fine hospitals in Malaysia, PAH receives the highest number of medical travelers.
Penang Adventist Hospital History
Penang Adventist Hospital began as a small clinic on 108 Muntri Street. On December 12, 1924, Dr. Earl Gardner, an American missionary set up the first Adventist clinic in Malaysia and named it, the â€œSeventh-day Adventist Clinic.â€? Dr. Gardner devoted his life to helping the poor and sick. He also participated in numerous community services for the needy. The large sign outside Dr. Gardner's clinic read "Seventh-day Adventist Clinic. Poor Treated Free." Five years later, the clinic expanded and a sanitarium was built on the premises at 465 Burma Road, where the hospital is currently located. For the next twenty years, the clinic continued its work in the community, caring for patients and training ambulance unit personnel.
Adventist Church in Panang, Malaysia
Panang Adventist Hospital, Panang, Malaysia
In 1941, the Japanese invaded Penang and six months later, they took over the hospital and renamed it 'The Love Hospital'. Through the dedication and influence of several doctors, the hospital remained open during the Japanese occupation. After the war, 'The Love Hospital' was renamed 'Penang Mission Hospital' and eventually returned to its original name, â€œPenang Sanitarium and Hospital.â€? During the 1950s and 1960s, the hospital underwent further expansion. The hospital received its current name in the late 60's when Penang Sanitarium and Hospital (Rumah Sakit Peranginan dan Rumah Sakit Pulau Pinang), was changed to Penang Adventist Hospital (Rumah Sakit Advent). In the early 2000s, a new wing was added to the original building to cater to the growing needs of the various clinics. This year, the new Oncology building with radiation therapy was added. Penang Adventist Hospital is the second hospital in Penang to earn full 3-year accreditation from Malaysian Society For Quality in Health in 2002. During this year, the hospital was also awarded International Full Accreditation by The Adventist Health Services Asia. In 2000 it became the first Rotary International Gift of Life hospital in Asia. In 2005, the hospital was awarded the Baby Friendly status. In November 2007, the hospital marked another milestone when it became the first hospital in Malaysia to receive JCI accreditation. PAH is one of the two hospitals that was featured in the government promotion for Medical Tourism. Penang Adventist Hospital is also one of the two hospitals in Penang who enjoys tax free status due to its service of treating poor patients, sometimes free of charge. Eighty percent of our more than 1,000 hospital workers are Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu and only 20% are Adventists as there are only a few Adventists in the Peninsular Malaysia. As Seventh-day Adventists, we are proud to have a world class hospital that is considered as one of the finest hospitals in the world. In one of my visits to PAH, I was invited to witness how a robotic equipment mixes medicines. It is a one-of-a-kind equipment which reduces hiring workers in the pharmacy department. Although we do not adhere to the beliefs of the Hindus, we Adventists respect their religion. There are formerly Hindus who are now baptized members of Seventh-day Adventists and there are several Indian Adventist churches in Malaysia. Please pray for our Adventist Medical Work in Malaysia and our evangelism program for the Hindus of Malaysia.
Romy Halasan Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
In Closing … Announcements | From The Mail Bag | Prayer Requests | Acknowledgment Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts
Memorial Service Info MVC School of Nursing Pioneer Dr. Allan R. Magie passed on September 23, 2017. There will be two (2) memorial services for him. To those alumni members who requested information on how to get in touch with the family, see info below. Thank you Enoch Montalban for this info!
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FAMMA (Filipino Adventist Ministers & Members Asso) Deadline: submit JrDevotional MVC Alumni Asso Reunion GYC SULADS 50th Anniv. Reunion MVC 65th Anniv. Reunion MVC School of Nursing North American Chapter. Reunion
Loma Linda Fil-AM Church. 11180 New Jersey St. Redlands, CA 92373. See Ad for more details Online Rancho Mirage, CA Elbert Moralde (in Facebook) Phoenix, AZ www.gycweb.org Joy Caballero-Gadia (in Facebook) MVC Campus Gladden Flores MVC Campus (in Facebook) Ed Eresmas, Nonoy Orlando, FL
MVC School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Reunion Int’l Pathfinder Camporee
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2019 Summer NEW! (tentatively July 15-20)
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From The Mailbag From the CF Editors: In the CF20171020, it was mentioned that Borneo is a country. We regret this error. It is in fact a big island shared by three different countries, namely, Brunei, Indonesia (Kalimantan), and Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak States).
MVC School of Nursing Announcements • 2018 REUNION @Florida. 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. • 2019 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY REUNION @MVC Campus. MVC School of Nursing was established in 1969 producing her first graduates in 1972. On 2019 (tentatively July 15-20) 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!
MVC Alumni Asso. Western USA • 2017 ALUMNI REUNION @California. MVC Alumni Association and the Mindanao Mission Academy Alumni Association are having a joint homecoming reunion which will be held at OMNI Resort at Rancho Mirage, California. This will be on December 15-17, 2017. More info will be announced as arrangements get ironed out. But for now – SAVE THE DATE! • SOUVENIR PROGRAM/BOOK for the MVC ALUMNI + MMA ALUMNI joint reunion will need to be a unique and meaningful souvenir to commemorate such an unusual event. The team of alumni members have begun working on this project. Now here’s where you come in! SUBMIT your ad(s) which will be added to this souvenir book. Remember to add a highquality photo or more of your choice. Deadline to submit is November 10, 2017. Submit with this accompanying FORM which, incidentally, has the additional information you might need. Proceeds from this will go towards defraying the cost of the event. • LODGING @Reunion – Wait for group-rate details. Under negotiation! • NEAREST MAJOR AIRPORT – Ontario International Airport (80 miles). For more info on airports near the venue CLICK HERE
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Needed: MVC Junior Devotional Authors STORIES FOR JUNIOR DEVOTIONAL – still needed by MVC. They need 360 but they received less than 80. Deadline has been moved (once again) to Dec 30, 2017. (End of this year) Send your stories to email@example.com 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.
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org SAVE THE DATE! PLAN to be there! June 24-July01, 2018. Next year. 8 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.
Prayer Requests 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, and other families who recently lost their loved ones.
Meet The Editors This week’s issue of Cyberflashes was by Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan. 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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Acknowledgment A special thank you to the following who helped make this week’s issue of CyberFlashes: Marlou D. Ordoña, Pastor Elmer D. Pagunsan, Michael Magie, and to • • • •
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 & Evelyn Tabingo for help in the editing; Joy Caballero-Gadia for the layout
Closing Thoughts: “Your Duty and Mine” By The Editor
And finally…. Turning away from the world and sin, Striving each day some lost one to win, Keeping ourselves pure and clean within; This is your duty and mine. Lighting the way for the toiler worn, Binding the wounds of those who are torn, Drying the tears of the ones who mourn; This is your duty and mine. Giving of warmth to the stranger cold, Guiding the feet of young and of old, Helping with kindness the wise or dold; This is your duty and mine. Yes, duty, but give it with ready grace, Give it with pleasure and smiling face, No matter what your station or place; Yes, this is your duty and mine. by Burton Castle
Happy Sabbath, MVCians!
Cyberflashes, October 27, 2017