New Beginnings Devotional: ………………………….…….…..….….… “Springtime!” ………….……….…………….……….. Lillian Javellana Editor’s Thoughts: ………………………………… “New Beginnings” ………………….……………………. Lily Escara Lare
Featured Items: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
MVC Alumni & Cherry Blossoms ……………………………………………………………… Variety From Facebook What Class of 2016 Thinks …………………………….………………………………… coordinated by Jimmie Solis Detours ………………………………………………………..………………………………….….. by Ruth Dumapig-Arroyo God Saves ………………………………………………………………………..………. by Medyline Claveria-Gerapusco New Beginnings …………………………………………………………………….……………… by Sally LaSage-Saberola Major C ………………………………………………………………………………………by Dr. Verna Lynn Ong-Peduche Determination Brings Success …………………………………………………..…………….. by Dr. Alfredo Agustin
SULADS Corner …………………….….. “Report From Southern Luzon Mission” ………………..…. By Dr. Fred L. Webb Patch of Weeds: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Jesse Colegado LIFE of a Missionary: …………………………....…... “Cyclone Winston” …………………….….………. Romulo M. Halasan
CLOSING: Announcements |From The Mail Bag| Prayer Requests | Acknowledgements Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts | Miscellaneous
Today’s banner: Is a photo of cherry blossoms. We decided on using a cherry blossom theme this week in honor of the beautiful spring weather we have been having and the breath-taking cherry blossoms that are in full bloom this week making a new season and new beginnings for these trees. To God be the glory for the beauty and wonders of His creation.
Devotional: “Springtime!” "For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." Isaiah 61:11
pringtime is here! There is no denying it. We see it. We smell it. We feel it. We hear it. We taste it. Springtime activates all our senses… that burst of new life, that mark of many NEW BEGINNINGS!
As I to go to work each day, almost everything I see reminds me that spring is really here. The desert hills are turning greener each day. They give me a warm happy feeling as I watch them give a warmer glow as the sunlight slowly and lightly creeps upon them and kisses them. The lavender blossoms of the rosemary bushes along our roadsides seem to wave at me, reminding me that spring is really here. They seem to encourage me to take a deep breath, and to inhale the calming, soothing minty scent of a rosemary. I cannot help but smile. While the hills and the rosemary bushes announce spring in a calm quiet way, others express it more flamboyantly! I see the ornamental pear trees everywhere: their branches all covered with white blossoms like snowballs and the ground around them covered by a thick carpet of white petals. They seem to scream at me and shake me excitedly to let me know that spring is here. This experience brings me unexplainable joy. As life awakens and stirs up around me and within me, I feel excitement bubbling. Spring is here. I stand under the apple tree at my backyard; the mild sweet scent of its blossom bathe me. I hear the chirping of the finches perched on my pomegranate tree. I notice the pine trees standing tall behind our brick wall, their branches swaying. I see many butterflies fluttering in my garden. All are in agreement that spring is here! Nature is expressing gratitude and praise to their Creator, teaching me to do the same. I praise God for springtime. For many, spring is just a season that comes year after year. But can you imagine what happens if spring does not come? That thought probably never crossed your mind but for a moment imagine a year without springtime! How would that make you feel? No gentle awakening of nature from its restful winter sleep. No gentle stirring, allowing nature to fall back to sleep for a moment before gently stirring it awake and coaxing it to stretch till fully awake. Sometimes I wonder what have become of the spiritual seeds I have sown and scattered. Then springtime comes and I am assured and inspired. I see the explosion of seedlings of chard, mustard, cilantro, chamomile and lamb quarters in my garden. They have responded and awakened to the call of spring. This reminds me that the spiritual seeds I have sown will not remain dormant forever. They will respond and be awakened when the Sun of righteousness will shine upon the fertile hearts and when the Holy Spirit will rain down and water them! I am awed as I watch the vibrant colors of the chard growing in my garden. I think and look up to my creator God who makes all things beautiful. Just as the tiny little seed turned into a vibrant beautiful plant when it received the life giving power of the sun, so will our lives be when we allow the "Sun of Righteousness" to shine upon us and through us. We will become that beautiful image of Him. Thank You, Lord Jesus! "Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yeild its increase. Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway." Psalm 85:11-13 NKJV Lillian C. Javellana (BSN’81) writes from Palmdale, California where she SHINES ON! as a nursing administrator and where she enjoys her passion for gardening and for sharing God’s Word. In her backyard, she has a collection of fruit trees that she personally tends to. From these God-given blessings she gets so much inspiration, happiness, blossoms … and fruits! However, she attests that nothing gives her more joy than worshipping God. She loves introducing Him to those around her.
VC is having a graduation weekend right now. We all can imagine how the campus comes abuzz at a time like this. There was only one guesthouse during our graduation time and I cannot remember how MVC housed all the visitors. I cannot even recall where my Dad stayed but he was there from Consecration till Commencement, happiness and pride written all over his face. Graduation Day has some kind of magic but then, time came when we had to bid each other good-bye. It is at this time when reality kicks in. We have to find work and support ourselves because we know that we cannot depend forever on our parents. We may have other siblings they need to support, or we need to support. Although there are some parents who still want their children to stay home for as long as they want, we graduates just cannot wait to try our wings and fly…and so we dared to find “Something New”. It was the day before the school year 1985-86 started. I had prepared my classroom and all the materials needed to make a “big bang” introduction to my chosen teaching profession. I was all set. Students trickled in from all directions throughout western Visayas and I was ecstatic. As an alumna of West Visayan Academy, I too had my first moments of being a freshmen and the feeling of ownership of an upperclassman. As the students were milling about in the girls dormitory, I joined the crowd. I felt their joy and joined in the laughter and the banter. Excitement was in the air. There were some girls who were taller or shorter than me, but others were just my size. Everyone was busy introducing each other and I looked upon the happy sight with a smile. My, oh my…I wish I were a student once more. At that moment, a tall girl came towards me with a special twinkle in her eye. She introduced herself and then she asked my name. I told her, “Lily”! “Oh, Lily, I am so happy to be here at last! I am a freshman. Are you a freshman, too? ” I was unprepared for her question so I only smiled. The next day, that charming girl blushed when I entered the classroom as their Science teacher and Homeroom Adviser. Graduation Day and the events that come after are filled with fond memories. Many of my friends, whom I have invited to share their experiences, told me that they wish they could tell the world about their memorable moments but life is just too busy. I can understand. Some say they are not writers. So am I. (I only write from my heart). But a few of them shared their “something new” moments. I am very thankful! Through the help of Mr. Jimmy Solis, CF has received some smile-enhancing and heart-warming messages from some candidates of Class 2016. It is always a joy to “hear” the wisdom of the young whose class philosophy is “Molded to Serve.”. We wish to extend our sincere and warm Congratulations to all the members of Class 2016. May they continue to SHINE ON! wherever they find their “something new” of which they are “Molded To Serve”
n the spring when the trees and vegetation wake up from its winter slumber and grow new foliage and twigs to make a new season and the new beginnings of life, many trees burst in splendor with blossoms. Cherry trees do that hence the cherry blossoms. Apple trees, pear trees, pistachio trees, peach trees, and many other trees do. That is their nature. That is how God created them. And humans never fail to be astounded but their beauty, year after year as the cycle of life continues. Beauty and New Beginnings. MVC alumni members have also felt the pull of the beauty of these blossoms. The following photos were gleaned from Facebook this week. Hope you enjoy these photos of our fellow alumni members and of the blossoms they admired! Again I must say it â€“ oh what a wonderful Creator God we serve!
(Left): Jan Michael & Yul Batiller. Washington DC.
(Right): Wilmer Rosalita. New Jersey.
(Left): Cherry Blossoms at the US Capital.
(Right): Paul & Sheryl Penaranda. Washington DC
(Left): Cherry Blossoms with Mt. Fuji in background.
(Left): Alger & Alma Jane Prajes. California.
(Right): El & Sharon Suite. Japan
(Right): Regin Reyno. Japan
NEW BEGINNINGS: “What Our Graduates Say” Coordinated by Jimmie P. Solis MVC’s class of 2016 graduates this weekend. To get to know a few of them and to get a feel of what they think about their new beginnings, Jimmie Solis interviewed a few of them. Below are the results.
Sunshine Pangatungan, BSAT 2016 Name: Sunshine I. Pangatungan Degree you are finishing: Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology From what place do you come from? Lapu-lapu City, Cebu How long have you studied at MVC? Five years Inclusive Years: 2011-2016 Now that you are graduating, how does it feel? I feel relieved from all the pressures and at the same time nervous of what will happen to me in the future but I believe that there is nothing to worry because I am safe in God’s hands. What non-academic group/s were you a member of? I served as a Pearl Hall Auditor, during the first Semester of 2015-16, I was a member of the Prayer and Friendship Circle, Prayer Warriors, AY Council, Ministerial Seminar and Peer Facilitators Do you think this had helped you in your stay at MVC? How?/In what way/s? YES. I believe that these organizations helped me to extend my patience and develop my leadership skills. Being a member and a leader means a lot of responsibility because you have to deal with different people from different family backgrounds with different beliefs and you have to unite them to make goals work. Have you been a working student while studying? If yes in what work departments? No. It is my parents who supported my studies. Thanks to them. What significant event/s do you have in MVC that you will never forget? Why? I cannot forget getting zero in a quiz. I was not used to that. I usually get 50% and above from my quizzes and exams. I also cannot forget winning the level 6 Auditing Cup at Central Mindanao University. The chances were very slim but God intervened and I won. Moreover, I will not forget how God would intervene during exam days by allowing us taking exams without exam pass. Any regrets of your stay at MVC? What/Why? I have a few but I do not want to tell it.
What are your plans after graduation? I plan to graduate again next year finishing BS Accountancy, Take review to pass the CPA board exam, take up LlB, be a flight attendant and others. What do you think had MVC contributed to your life? MVC taught me that each day begins and ends with God; my first love. So each day should be spent not only learning the academics but also knowing the Creator the source of love to save us, and also gives us His blessings. Moreover, I learned to completely surrender myself to God’s plans for we are nothing without Him.
Deonnel A. Peren, BEEd 2016 Name : Deonnel A. Peren – 2016 Class President Degree you are finishing: Bachelor of Elementary Education From what place do you come from? Kalibo, Aklan How long have you studied at MVC? Nine years – with 3 years in the SULADS and 2 years in the urban mission Now that you are graduating, how does it feel? I feel happy that MVC Has been instrumental in molding me to be an effective missionary in the field through my academic and non-academic training. The degree I finished would give me opportunities to serve God more. It has widened my sphere of influence. But I feel a little bit sad that I have to leave the school of my spiritual comfort. What non-academic group/s were you a member of at MVC? I was a member of the Campus SULADS, Central Student Council – President, Peer Facilitator, Adventist-Muslim Relations, Student Association of Literature Evangelists, Ministerial Seminar, Master Guide Club, Lights and Friends, CHEVRON, Flies Do you think this had helped you in your stay at MVC? Yes. How?/In what way/s? MVC upholds the principles of wholistic SDA education. Joining several non-academic groups put the theories I learned into practice in which it reinforced much of what I learned in the classroom. I was able to internalize ideas and principles because of the different situations I was involved with. Those frontline experiences “is where the rubber meets the road”. Have you been a working student while studying? If yes in what work departments? Yes. I worked in the Beautification department (now Park and Ground Dept.) and worked as a “villager”. What significant event/s do you have in MVC that you will never forget? Why? 1. During my first semester, I had to adjust in many things including my survival methods while on campus without money. 2. While in the SULADS I was like transformed from boyhood to manhood in just two months staying on the mountain. 3. In one of the semesters where I have to balance my study and work when I stay with a faculty member. Can’t even have just 10 minutes for sports activities.
4. A week of prayer with Pastor Gayoba in which the altar call for revival was very strong and even caused the evil spirits to disturb many students. 5. A semester when poverty and sudy played a significant role in molding me. Like when I had to go to school without underwear because I have only one left that I need to wash and wear everyday. Any regrets of your stay at MVC? What/Why? My only regret is that I have to grow old, graduate, and leave MVC. What are your plans after graduation? My plan is to pursue Masters degree in Divinity at AIIAS to fulfill my dream of serving the church as a pastor. God willing. What do you think had MVC contributed to your life? MVC had contributed a lot of good things to me. But let me cite one. MVC had molded me to learn principles that I have to uphold wherever, whenever, and whatever situation I would be in. The leadership experience I have on-campus became my practicum for leadership opportunities off-campus. I learned not to conform to worldly pursuits but instead be focused on things that have eternal values. Is there anything more that you would like to say? I hope that MVC would be a progressing school but not compromising the principles/blueprints in which it was founded. May it continue to be a missionary school even in times of prosperity.
Keremkleroo Jym L. Adil, BS MedTech 2016 Name: Keremkleroo Jym L. Adil (Son of Pastor Jimmy Adil MVC faculty) Degree you are finishing: BS Medical Technology From: Mountain View College How long have you studied at MVC? 4 years in High School in MVCA and 4 years in college with a total of 8 years Now that you are graduating, how does it feel? Happy and sad. (I do not know how this makes sense). What non-academic group/s were you a member of? I was a member of the Advent Philomels and the Hilltop symphonic Band Do you think this had helped you in your stay at MVC? YesHow?/. In what way/s? I’ve met people who became my second family. It’s hard to find people you can be comfortable with in college. I guess with the AP, the journey through college became les excruciating, less awkard, less boring. What significant event/s do you have in MVC that you will never forget? Why? The internship. It was my longest time to be away from my parents (4 months). There were times that I wanted to go home but my schedule wouldn’t allow. But somehow the internship helped me mature. I have become
more responsible and independent. I grew more fond of my classmates. Every moment spent with them – fun times, sad times, scary tmes, lazy times, hungry times – I will always remember. Any regrets of your stay at MVC? What/Why? Yes. I wish I had more time with everyone since I finished my course in only 4 years. What are your plans after graduation? My plan is to train in a hospital and review for the board exam. What do you think have MVC contributed to your life? Creativity and innovation are the things I learned from working with the Sabbath School Council. And The Views (school paper) in MVC. Is there anything more that you would like to say? I do hope everyone finds happiness in college and after college. Life is either fast or slow. You’re the driver. You are the one who would decide_
Sarah Mae Domacia, BS Accountancy 2016 Name: Sarah Mae Domacia Degree you are finishing: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy From what place do you come from? Zamboanga City How long have you studied at MVC? Four years’ From 2012-2016 Now that you are graduating, how does it feel? As of the moment, I do not know. What non-academic group/s were you a member of? Singing group. I was a member of the Singing Ambassadors Do you think this had helped you in your stay at MVC? YES How?/In what way/s? The group became my second family, and I gained more friends. What significant event/s do you have in MVC that you will never forget? Why? It was when I was enrolling and I had difficulty deciding whether I will graduate in the Accountancy or the Accounting Technology curriculum but when I decided, I said I should stay and be focused. So I was able to reach my goal in for years. Any regrets of your stay at MVC? What/Why? None at all. Because all things worked according to God’s plans. What are your plans after graduation? My plan is to review for the CPA board examination. What do you think had MVC contributed to your life? MVC had given better perspectives in the realities in life. Is there anything more that you would like to say? May God bless all the graduates in their pursuits in life.
Dave A. Estrellon, BS Agriculture 2016 Name: Dave A. Estrellon Degree you are finishing: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Crop Science) From what place do you come from? Lower Lilingayon , Valencia city, Bukidnon How long have you studied at MVC? Almost 7 years Inclusive Years: From 2007-2010 and 2012 to 2016 Now that you are graduating, how does it feel? I feel excited and at the same time pressured for what I will do after graduation. What non-academic group/s were you a member of? I am a member of the Blaze Ministries Valencia Chapter Do you think this had helped you in your stay at MVC? YES How?/In what way/s? It has helped in my social aspect because it has members who are young and adults who are Seventh-day-Adventists where we fellowship always. What significant event/s do you have in MVC that you will never forget? Why? When I had to shift to be an Agriculturist because it meant my future. Any regrets of your stay at MVC? What/Why? Sometimes there are some rights that I think I have been denied but they are not significant What are your plans after graduation? I already have plans to be married after graduation. Of course I will pursue my plans to be a Registered Agriculturist and be employed in agricultural companies nearby. With the lady I fell in love. What do you think had MVC contributed to your life? Thereâ€™s a lot but this is what is on my mind. MVC to serve not only humanity but most of all the Lord. Is there anything more that you would like to say? All of my life, I now understand that no matter what it takes, God is really good to me.
Ian Alfer Ba-al, BS Information Technology 2016 Name: Ian Alfer Ba-al- Best Research Awardee of the Student Research Forum AY 2015-2016 Degree you are finishing: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology From what place do you come from? Butuan City How long have you studied at MVC? Since 2012 to 2016 that is Four years. Now that you are graduating, how does it feel? By this time I feel so exhausted because of the requirements and the responsibilities to be accomplished but yet so excited. What non-academic group/s were you a member of? I have been a part of DXCR “Hope Radio” work force. Do you think this had helped you in your stay at MVC? YES very much. How?/In what way/s? The radio station has helped me a lot. It is there where I learned how to write scripts and also announcing. I realized how important is to share information that is true. DXCR helped me in a way where I can serve God in spreading the good news. What significant event/s do you have in MVC that you will never forget? Why? One of the experiences I will never forget while at MVC is the Week of Prayer. And one of this is when Pastor Ekoto was our speaker. He spoke to us boldly emphasizing the power and the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Any regrets of your stay at MVC? What/Why? I regret that I will be leaving the portals of MVC. Four years is not enough because I could see and feel the joy of serving God even while here in the campus. What are your plans after graduation? I am just waiting for God’s plan and His calling and I am asking for His guidance since I already have received a few “calls”. What do you think had MVC contributed to your life? MVC has taught me how to be contented, patient, humble, and to trust in Divine power. Is there anything more that you would like to say? I sum up everything on a Bible verse: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33. This has been my guide while here at the Hilltop.
Editors’ Note: A few trivia points on this graduating senior: Photographer Ian Baal did the official portraits for MVC’s class of 2016. KBP certified radio announcer, he is the voice behind DXCR’s “Lines of Inspiration” A technical buff, he is one of the key persons who each day made sure that DXCR continuous to stream 24/7 so that alumni and friends around the world can hear the station via internet. Lastly, Ian Baal is the only MVC student who served as a guest editor for CyberFlashes. See the September 14, 2014 issue which he coordinated and put together.
NEW BEGINNINGS: Stories From Alumni Members “Detours” by Ruth Dumapig-Arroyo
ooking forward to "Something New" after receiving the diploma is the ultimate goal of every college graduate. Finding a new job that can lavishly sustain one for a lifetime is usually the first and foremost. That particular job that makes one look forward to having a new house that will give freedom from living together with parents and siblings. One that will help buy a brand new car that will conveniently take you to your workplace and go places. And also included in the list is to help you find a new girlfriend or boyfriend and gain new friendships with those who have the same accomplishments with you. And the list can go on… While a student, I also had those dreams but they were not materialized. After graduation, I planned to work in the city, particularly in Manila, but due to some circumstances, I was not able to. My next move was to have a new degree so I took some units in education in the nearby state college where I reside. I was able to finish a total of 21 units. I was excited to fill up the teachers board examination form only to receive a response from the DECS office with this notation, "Application withheld lacking 3-unit subject: Test and Measurement". I again enrolled during summer because the classes are shorter than the regular semester, but unfortunately, that particular subject is offered during the first and second semesters only. My search for a new degree still continues and I again enrolled at Philippine Union College (PUC), now Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) where I took up 9 masteral units for one summer. The registrar of that school called my attention and told me to get my 3 unit undergraduate subject "Test and Measurement" if I really plan to finish my master's degree. I was stuck again! Even though I was not able to pursue and finish my new degree as a teacher or hold a master's degree, I was able to teach in one of our church schools in my home mission for 3 school years as church board hired and my only qualification is " I am an MVC graduate". It does not matter that one is not a BEED or BSE graduate as long as he or she is an MVCian. The brethren think that every MVCian is a "jack of all trade". The funny thing is when I found my new job, I was not again able to apply my degree because the nature of my work is different from my course. It was the 30-unit subjects from BSC that were
required for my course that qualified me for my job now. Instead of using typewriter, I am using calculator and adding machine. And instead of typing letters and transcribing through shorthand, zi am issuing official receipts to my clients and submitting reports and recapitulating collections. This new job required an eligibility and I praise the Lord that He helped me pass the Civil Service Career professional Examination that qualified me for the position. Presently, I am living a simple but contented life. I own a humble house, married a God-fearing and wonderful husband, and have a son who is my pride and joy. I also assist my husband in his missionary endeavor as a local church officer as we wait for Christ’s soon return. Those "Something New" that this world offers that we look forward to after graduation slowly fade away as time passes, yet God is always giving us "Something New" and fresh every morning because "Great is His faithfulness". He sustains us everyday. By trusting in His Divine Providence, we can always look forward to that something new that the Lord has promised us--the New Heaven and the New Earth--that will inspire us and help us triumph and survive in the real world. Ruth Dumapig-Arroyo, (BSSA'85) SHINES ON! in the local government unit of Pontevedra, Capiz as the Local Revenue Collection Officer 1
“God Saves” by Medyline Claveria-Gerapusco
y "Something New" after graduation was our review for Nurse Licensure Exam. Then we went to remote towns of the country for Rural Health Practice program for 6 months, from June 6- December 6,1976, at Tabina Rural Health Unit, Zamboanga del Sur. We received 300 pesos as our monthly stipend from which 100 Php went for food,100 Php for rent, and 50 Php for the allowance of my younger sisters: Diadem and Elnorie at MVC. If we survived that financial drought, we cannot fathom how God spared us from the August 17,1976 earthquake and tidal wave that swept houses, boats, and trees in nearby villages and Pagadian City. One niece of the house owner in the very house we stayed is was crushed to death by one pillar of the house. Esther Aguilar (Mar) and I just sat on our bed as it slid from the third floor to the ground floor while the whole house was slowly crushing down. Our landlady with her 14-year-old son and one and 1/2 yr old daughter who were sleeping at the ground floor were saved by cowering under the tables and benches, but were trapped from midnight until the morning as our landlord and neighbors struggled to remove the debris that fell on them. Until now, I still cannot imagine how we got out of that seemingly impossible situation scratchfree. We two just took three steps down then we reached the ground. Policemen and friends prodded us towards the top of the hill in haste telling us that a tidal wave (tsunami) is coming.
At that instant, we could hear the loud horrendous roaring sound from the distance. Barefoot and in our night dress, with nothing in our hands, we ran as fast we could not minding the rough stones under our feet and not remembering our other companions in the house even. I was praying that God would save us from that danger but trusting in His care for we had our first formal worship together before sleeping that very night. I can relate that event with our salvation because it reminds us that we cannot save anybody else when the final day comes. When the tremors became far apart and of low intensity in the morning, it was the time we went back to gather our belongings and clothes not destroyed during the excavation of the trapped family. about two weeks we spent caring for the injured and wounded, homeless people in the area with the military medical team helping our local RHU team to alleviate the fear and hunger of the whole town and nearby barrios casualties. Government aid of food, clothing, household wares, blankets, medicines and temporary shelters came and seriously injured patients(3 excavated from landslide) were evacuated to Pagadian city provincial hospital. At that critical time we slept on benches of the small old health center,then the landowner facililitated to build a new small house of two rooms with one bed for the two of us nurses in one room and his family in the other room.we had that place until we ended our term.
“New Beginnings” by Sally La Sage-Saberola God blessed us with so many new beginnings …. 1982- a blessing weeks before graduation was an employment at MVC Music Dept. 1984-married to Arturo Saberola who became a college physician (Strahle Clinic) 1985-member of MVC Singers. US Choir Tour. Sang at Gen’l Conf Session New Orleans 1985-Art Roo was born. He finished Nursing-AUP in '09 and Medicine-MCU in'13. He married Laura, his classmate in medicine and they now have a daughter Leanne Rielle. 1988-Lyl Asyll was born. She finished Nursing-AUP in '11 and Medicine-MCU in '15. At present, she's finishing her PGI at MAMC. 1989- I finished my MA in Music Ed at the Philippine Women's University and got employed at Palawan State University. 1993- finished Ed.D, Ed. Adm. At Philippine Normal University. - Chairperson, Professional Educ. - Director, University Choir - Associate Dean - US Choir Tours (PSU Choir and Kammermusik) 2001-present/ US SDA Schools (Milpitas, Miramonte, Fresno Academy) Owner, SLS Music -member, Prayer Warriors(Central California Conference, CVSDA Church Prison and Music Ministries.
“Major C” by Verna Lynn Ong-Peduche
anuary of the year you'll be graduating brings mixed emotions. Two months to go and you're done. You'll leave friends you've made strong ties with, no more allowances, no more 5am buzzer for worship, no more being locked up in the dorm for being late for church but sometimes able to bribe some dorm mates on the first floor to wait for us so we could jump from their window after throwing our high heeled-shoes out first. Some of my classmates started formulating application letters for part time jobs while waiting for the next non-Sabbath board exams What we as classmates were looking forward to as our “something new” was our "Boracay Tour." It would be our graduation gift to ourselves as a class after raising enough money by caroling on the last Christmas season before we graduated. It would be a dream come true for most, if not all of us. It would be remembered as our "first time." For some, first time to sail on a ship, but for most of us, first time to travel to Bacolod, Aklan, Cebu, and most of all to the beautiful paradise, Boracay. None of us in our class made it to the honors list because all of us got C in Clinical Chemistry, thus our name, "C Majors." “Unity” was our lived motto. We were proud to wear our t-shirts, “C Majors”. About half of the class planned to go to medical school and I was one of them. I have always wanted to become a medical doctor so I could be a missionary to Africa. Our Boracay trip was an unforgettable experience. Boracay then I would imagine was far better than it is now, very natural. This trip was the first of its kind. Our seniors and super-seniors did not have a graduation tour and our juniors were getting envious. Even if we were C Majors, we were unique. Soon after we got back from Boracay, my "first-trips" continued. I told myself, I should make use of this time before going to medical school. My parents were not even sure where I was after our class tour to the Visayas. I made my first visit to The Hundred Islands and some resorts in Cavite. I was taking as much time to relax because the next 5 years will be tough, I know. Medical school was never easy but as one writer says, "You're never a loser until you quit trying." And of course lots of prayers even from family and friends. By God's grace, I managed to even get scholarship grants. When things sometimes got rough, never did it occur to me to quit and take the board exam and join some of my classmates in the US or UK. After medical school, I wasn't sure what to specialize in. But the Lord works in mysterious ways. I didn't like very much the specialty I have, but the Lord somehow must have impressed me unknowingly cause He sent me and my family to Africa less than a year after I was inducted diplomate in the society. God is good all the time! I can testify!
“Determination Brings Success” by Dr. Alfredo Agustin
came to MVC in 1985. I was a working student at the Kisalom Rice Project; Mr. Ernesto Grande was my Supervisor. I started working in Kisalom on May 9, 1985. My first duty was to clean dikes. It was so hot because it was summer. The rate per hour was 2 pesos and 40 centavos, but the overall tuition and board and lodging in MVC was 2700.00 only. As I calculated, I came to realize that I could not study full-time next semester if that was the rate with an 8-hour a day work. I was so discouraged especially since I got sick the following week. I decided to go home. I told Mr. Grande that I want to go home. But he encouraged me to stay and to persevere. He asked, “if you go home, will you be able to finish your degree after 10 years? If you stay and persevere, keeping an eye on your goal, then after 8 to 10 years for sure you will get your college degree.” He added, “the quitter never wins and the winner never quits.” His words kept ringing on my ears every time I felt discourage. The following week, I had fully recovered. That week we also started harvesting the ripe rice. I realized that the rate for harvesting and threshing rice was not the regular P2.40/hour, but the payment of our labor was based on per can of biscuit. It was P2.00/ for harvesting and another P2.00/can for threshing. At the end of the week I realized that we had a good pay. After harvesting the rice, then came the planting season. After 100 days was the time for harvest rice again. After a semester of hark work in Kisalom, I was able to enroll the next second semester of 1985. But still I worked part-time in Kisalom for another 3 semesters while studying. After 2 years, I worked as a full-time layman in Laligan, Valencia City, for 1 semester so that I could have money for my tuition for another semester. I again reflected on this situation and I decided to write my sister in Germany for financial support. Good enough the response was positive. She shouldered all my expense until I finished my degree AB Theology on October 1990. What was encouraging was that God blessed my efforts and I graduated Magna Cum Laude despite the fact that I was a self-supporting student for 2 years. My mother came to MVC to attend my graduation. That made my graduation and the receiving of that distinct honor even more memorable. As I looked back a little more than 25 years ago, I just thanked God for giving me strength, good health, faith and determination to go. Indeed! Determination brings success.
SULADS’ Corner: “Report from Southern Luzon Mission” By Fred L. Webb. March 20-22, 2016
e arrived in Legazpi about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20, and were met by Pastor Eliseo Garrado, president of Southern Luzon Mission. They took us directly to the mission offices where lunch was awaiting us. After a rest time, we left for the town of Tabaco where Gospel Outreach Worker (GOW) Greg Olivan has been working for two years. We met there 37 persons that have accepted Jesus as their Savior. We greeted them and I gave a brief overview of GO and a short inspirational talk. After a prayer, we assembled for a picture and then enjoyed the snacks prepared for us. It appears that Greg has done a good job here of telling people about Jesus. They are badly in need of a place to worship as they have outgrown the house where they currently worship. From there, we went on to Malilipot where GOW Edgar Pardo has been working. We visited three different places where Edgar has small companies of members and interested persons. The first group we visited was in the home of a family with a great name—de Jesus. This is a young couple who live in a humble home but are learning about the King of the Universe. The second group was in a nicer home where the lady of the house had prepared some snacks for us. The final visit was to a very nice home designed to look like a northern European home with a thick thatched roof and shaped like an octagon. This was a young couple with a 4 month-old baby who have been convicted to donate a piece of property for the construction of a church. While we were there, the lady presented Pastor Garrado with a properly notarized deed of donation for the property. We arrived back at the mission compound about 7:00 p.m. Monday morning, March 21, we had our breakfast and met with the officers and the GO workers where we went over the new MOA and discussed the work that the GO is tasked to perform. We also took a short report from each GOW and updated their profiles. This being completed by noon, we left after lunch to visit Nobua, the assigned territory of GOW Albert Dichoso. Albert has brought together a group of about 40 who worship in a house. One of the means of outreach used by Albert is a feeding program. They demonstrated this program for us by feeding a group that assembled that day. They also have developed a livelihood program where the ladies
(Left): Young ladies at Tabaco City. (Right): Group of believers at home church.
(Left): The de Jesus family. (Right): Another interested family.
(Left): Home of the donor. (Right): Presentation of the Deed of Donation.
prepare snack foods which they sell to earn a little money. Among the assembled group was a gentleman who was 87 years old. Before we left, he called my attention and recited for me the 66 books of the Bible in order. What a memory for an elderly man. We then drove to the Naga View College located at the base of the Naga Volcano. This school is 50 years old and has served the constituency of Southern Luzon Mission well. The main purpose of going to Naga View College was to meet GOW Bobby Nacario. When I visited last year, Bobby had just recently recovered from a case of shingles. These had been very painful but he had completely recovered and was doing well. About 3 months later, he began to be unable to digest food. When he would try to eat, he would vomit it up. This was coupled with diarrhea. This situation has deteriorated until Bobby is reduced to skin and bones. At times, he has asked God to give him rest from his illness but again, he remembered that he has 3 young children aged 15, 11, and 7. We visited Bobby and his loyal wife and prayed with them asking God to restore Bobby to his work. Bobby has been very successful in raising up a church of over 60 members in Tobogon. Let us join in prayer for Bobby and his wife and family that they will remain faithful and bear up under this severe trial. We returned to the mission office about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday morning, March 22, we left the mission compound about 9:15 a.m. bound for Oas where is assigned. We arrived about 10:30 at the barangay hall and were greeted by the barangay captain and a group of those whom Joey has interested in studying the Bible. Joey has GOW Joey Verdan been in Oas for only 2 months. There has been one baptism on March 5 with a 74 year-old man. This man has had previous contact with Adventists back in 1970 when his brother became an Adventist. This man was a Mormon elder and later belonged to Iglesia ni Cristo. He has also studied with Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses. I asked him why he chose to become and Adventist. He said he wanted to discover the truth and the Sabbath is the day of worship in the Bible, not Sunday. We returned to the mission compound for lunch and a short break. In the afternoon of March 22, we drove to Santo Domingo. GOW Jonathan Fernandez is assigned there since last June. He took us to a community where all the men in the households work at a factory that turns abaca fiber into Manila hemp rope and burlap. A few women and a number of children were present. The children sang several songs that Jonathan had taught them. I told the story of Baby Moses as the children listened. After prayer we attempted to move on. One little boy reached out to me so I took him and held him for a little and started to hand him back to his mother. He turned his head away from her and held on to me. After several attempts, I walked away with him thinking he would then call for his mother, but no. There is one Adventist lady in the group. She invited us to her house for refreshments of a drink and pan de salâ€”a favorite bread of the Filipinos. We arrived back at the mission headquarters about 4:30 p.m.
(Left): Food ready for distribution. (Right): Children awaiting their portion.
(Left): Children assembled to receive food. (Right): Old man recited the books of the Bible.
(Left): Bobby & his wife in 2015. (Right): Bobby & his wife today.
(Left): The group in Oas. (Right): Former school teacher is first baptized in Oas.
(Left): Group who greeted us in Sto. Domingo. (Right): Fred with little boy; mother sits behind us.
ÂŠ SULADS International, Inc. If you would like to support this mission program dedicated to taking the Gospel to the people of Mindanao, please write a check to Gospel Outreach. Mark it for the SULADS and send it to: Gospel Outreach P.O. Box 8 College Place, WA 99324 You may also donate to the SULADS using your credit card by logging on to Gospel Outreach's donation site (http://www.goaim.org/) and follow the directions. Again, mark it for SULADS. If you would prefer, you may write your check to the General Conference of SDA and mark the donation for SULADS and send it to: General Conference of SDA Donations 12501 Old Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20904 Thank you for your support of this very important project.
armer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company responsible for the accident to court. In court the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe.
"Didn't you say at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,"' asked the lawyer. Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the..." "I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted, "just answer the question. Did you not say at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?" Farmer Joe said, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was driving down the road..." The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the highway patrolman on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question." By this time the judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe's answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say." Joe thanked the judge and proceeded, "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ol' Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me." He said, "Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?" (From Mikey's Funnies)
“A Jewish Father’s Concern”
Jewish father was concerned about his son who was about a year away from his Bar Mitzvah but was sorely lacking in his knowledge of the Jewish faith. To remedy this he sent his son to Israel to experience his heritage.
A year later the young man returned home. "Father, thank you for sending me to the land of our Fathers," the son said. "It was wonderful and enlightening, however, I must confess that while in Israel I converted to Christianity." "Oy vey," replied the father, "what have I done." So in the tradition of the patriarchs, he went to his best friend and sought his advice and solace. "It is amazing that you should come to me," stated his friend. "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian." So in the tradition of the patriarchs, they went to the Rabbi. "It is amazing that you should come to me," stated the Rabbi, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian. What is happening to our sons? Brothers, we must take this to the Lord," said the Rabbi. They fell to their knees and began to wail and pour out their hearts to the Almighty. As they prayed the clouds above opened and a Mighty Voice stated, "Amazing that you should come to Me. I, too, sent My Son to Israel....." (From Laugh & Lift)
ome years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco. Mensa, as you know, is a national organization for people who have an IQ of 140 or higher.
Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe. When they sat down, one of them discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper, and their pepper shaker was full of salt. How could they swap the contents of the two bottles without spilling any, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly, this was a job for Mensa minds. The group debated the problem and presented ideas and finally, came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw , and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over, ready to dazzle her with their solution. "Ma'am," they said, "we couldn't help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker." But before they could finish the waitress interrupted, "Oh, sorry about that." She leaned over the table, unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them. There was dead silence at the Mensa table. (From Mikey's Funnies)
nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts.
Their eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal four-year-old David's. She placed the disk over his heart. "Listen," she said, "what do you suppose that is?" He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up, as if lost in the mystery of the strange taptap-tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin. "Is that Jesus knocking?" he asked. "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20) (From Scott Neville via GCFL)
“I Know To Be True” by rhymarhyma
Is it the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning Can an angel truly rise from within a sinner sinning Can a blackbird change, and soar like a dove Can a cold-hearted man be cradled in love Can the echoes be heard from a lost soul screaming Can Salvation be real...or am I just a dreamer dreaming I took tomorrow for granted, because tomorrow always came and I thought Heaven and Hell was just another game Always a stone's throw away from drowning again in the lake that consumes so many hollow men I would follow, I would wallow in the waters of fire thinking something to be feared was actually something to desire An empire of illusion spiraled out of control as the venom of the world finally took its toll The poison was slow before it firmly took hold I vaguely remember being alone and feeling cold
The paralyzing lies of a world gone mad introduced me to the greatest fear I ever had Fear of myself and what I had become Never realizing the love of whom I came from and in the darkest moment of a life already black I saw the light of life, and I never looked back Exploding like the sun, consuming like the earth Scaring me to death while showing me my worth I cried to God "I love you" as I was running away I screamed to God "I need you" as I was drowning in decay I prayed to God "I want you" as I was going astray and God whispered "I hear you" as he showed me the way With blood-stained tears raining down my face I reached up with both hands and I could feel God's grace I could feel God's mercy and I could touch God's love I could hear the drums beneath me and the trumpets above I saw the Water of Life, I saw the depths of the well I touched the edges of Heaven and the boundaries of Hell All these things happened in a blink of an eye and in the very next instant I would watch myself die I cried a happy cry while I breathed a sigh of relief Reborn a lover not a fighter, but I'll fight for my belief Eternal internal joy born from temporary internal strife You're not just reading my rhymes, man, you're reading my life A testimony to my Father that I know to be true and I'm only alive today so I can share it with you. (As seen in Cup O'Cheer)
â€œI Donâ€™t Love My Husband Anymoreâ€? by Lysa TerKeurst
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure. Hebrews 13:4
was saddened by what my friend was sharing. She was tired of her husband, and because she had found the man she dreamed of being with, she was leaving her spouse. I was shocked by her decision.
I had been in their wedding and heard the lifetime promises made from their hearts. I had been with them to celebrate their first anniversary. I had been with them just after the births of their first and second child. I had shared their laughter, encouraged them through their tears, and enjoyed doing life with them. While their relationship had not been perfect, they did love one another. But something was broken in their relationship, and neither of them knew how to fix it. This brokenness led to a stale quietness that seeped into their home and made each feel lonelier and more isolated than they ever knew was possible for a couple. He had grown distant. She had grown frustrated. Life was busy and finances were stressful, and they stopped making time for the romantic conversations they used to enjoy. They used to be a team and felt they could beat anything life sent their way. Now they just fought against each other. Then she met an attentive, financially secure man who seemed to be the answer to all of her unmet longings. She traded her life for the thrill of something new, the lure of something she perceived would be so much better. But just two years later I ran into this friend and was stunned by her confession. With tears in her eyes she admitted that she'd discovered that fairy tales don't exist. Every relationship feels exhilarating at the beginning, but then real life happens and marriage is hard work no matter whom you are married to. When I asked her to tell me about her new husband, she smiled shyly and said, "Well, he's hairy." What? What did she just say? My mind was spinning. Of all the words, all the descriptions, all the romantic terms I expected her to use, "hairy" was nowhere on the list. How telling that the man who was once so irresistible that she traded everything for, had now been reduced to one word... hairy! I'm convinced that in marriage the grass isn't greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water and fertilize it. Dear Lord, please help my husband and me to see our marriage for the sacred gift that it is. May I always understand that being married was not meant to make me happy but rather holy. Being married is less about having the right partner and more about being the right partner. Shape me into the wife my husband not only needs but deserves. Help me to pause before I speak or react out of anger, frustration, or selfishness. Show me how to respect, love, and give to this man in a way that honors You and brings joy to our home. In Jesus' name. Amen. Application Steps Write a list of all the things you love and admire about your husband. Find some time today to share the list with him. Spend some time in prayer for your marriage and for your husband (As seen in God's Purpose For Every Woman)
pickpocket was appearing in court for a series of petty crimes. "Mr. Brewster," the Judge said, "you are hereby found guilty and fined the sum of $150."
After consulting with his client, Mr. Brewster's lawyer stood up and said, "Your Honor, my client is a little short at this time. He has only $125 in his pocket, but if you would allow him a few minutes in the crowd..." (From Colorado Comments)
“Climbing The Walls”
ith some misgivings, we left a young babysitter in charge of our three energetic youngsters. When we returned a few hours later, she was sitting alone watching TV. I went to check on the children and found them in our narrow hallway. By bracing their arms and legs against the walls, two of them had climbed up to the ceiling. "The babysitter taught us how," they said gleefully. The sitter joined me, her face a deep red. "Since they had me climbing the walls, I figured they might as well be too," she stammered. (From Clean Laffs)
“A Thousand And One Cherry Blossoms”
herry blossoms are planted in a variety of numbers and arrangements, ranging from the stately single tree at Miharu Takizakura to the innumerable and awe-inspiring "thousand cherry blossom trees" at Kitakami Municipal Park. There are also many different ways to enjoy cherry blossoms.
Miharu Takizakura – Fukushima Prefecture Kitakami Municipal Park – Iwate Prefecture
“Night Time Cherry Blossoms”
ne of the many ways cherry blossoms can be enjoyed is viewing them at night for a special, mystical beauty, brought to life by illumination.
Hirosaki Park – Aomori Prefecture Takada Castle – Niigata Prefecture
“The 100-Yen Coin”
herry blossoms are deeply embedded in Japanese culture, and this is reflected on the face of the 100-yen coin, which depicts cherry blossoms. The next time you have one in your hand, impress your friends with this little fact about Japanese culture!
“Cherry Blossoms As Food”
fter enjoying the cherry blossoms visually, you might want to see what they taste like. A great many culinary delights are produced in Japan using cherry blossoms, including confections with cherry blossom motifs, cherry blossom teas, and cuisine that incorporates the flavor of cherry blossoms, available only during the blossom season, and even Japanese sake made with cherry blossoms. We invite you to look around and see how cherry blossoms suit your palate.
“Yoshino Cherry Trees”
he Prunus × yedoensis, or Yoshino cherry tree, is the type of cherry blossom tree most often seen in Japan, but did you know that it is a hybrid? Unable to reproduce naturally, they are treated with great care by their cultivators so they produce splendid blossoms year after year.
Eboshi-yama Park – Yamagata Prefecture Kitakami Municipal Park – Iwate Prefecture
reetings from the Fiji Islands! Fiji is a beautiful island nation of the South Pacific composed of more than 330 islands with 2 major islands. For many years Fiji was spared from major cyclones however last month cyclone Winston, a category 5 cyclone, passed through two of Fijis major islands – Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. It destroyed about 70 of Fiji’s more than 250 Adventist churches/congregations and also destroyed seven schools. Fiji Mission president Pastor Luke Narabe called all church members all around the world to pray for his nation because of the destruction the was brought about by cyclone Winston. “The Mission desperately needs a project manager to bring all of this together” Pastor Narabe said. Despite the devastation, general secretary Pastor Joe Talemaitoga said the people are still smiling. “They are bearing up, life has to go on”. Pastor Talemaitoga has travelled to many of the damaged sites, filming short videos that can be viewed on the “My Mission-Fiji Mission of Seventh-day Adventists” Facebook page. One of the videos shows fattened churches and school buildings missing roofs. Navasau Adventist School, Lewa Adventist Primary School, Peni Tavodi Memorial, Naqia, Navolau and Namara Churches were either destroyed or suffered extensive water damaged. John, a teacher at Navesau, sheltered with his wife and two old daughter in the kitchen of the partially flooded school dining hall after his house was destroyed. “It was terrible”, he said, describing the cyclone. I could say I’ve never experience something so devastating. Broken glass (flying) and the sound of rushing wind, all this corrugated iron…It was like in a movie, a horror movie. Much more than that because I’m experiencing it firsthand. The school, which has about 300 students from Fiji, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea needs Fijian 450,000 dollars to fully functional again In the meantime, students will live and study at the old Fulton College campus at Tailevu.
Fiji has provided 2,100 food parcels for cyclone survivors, committing $F 60,000 aid. Many Adventist Students, church members and staff are helping out with the clean-up effort. ADRA Fiji is at the forefront of the emergency response and has distributed food and hygiene kits to more than 1,000 families. Food packs containing rice, lentils, tuna, sugar and biscuits were distributed to 501 families in Ra Province –one of the worst hit province along the northern coast of Viti Levu, Fiji Main Island. “This is not a disaster that people recover quickly” said Iliapi Tuwai, country director for ADRA Fiji. We’ve also begun plans for recovery projects that will help people re-establish their homes and livelihoods. Please pray for our Fijian SDA church members as they recover from Cyclone Winston.
At the Adventist school at Nevesau. (Left): Cleaning up efforts. (Right): Damaged home.
At the Adventist school at Nevesau. (Left): Students at Boys’ Dorm. (Right): Damaged school.
“Prayer Requests” "And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations" (Rev. 22:1, 2). [Have you ever wondered why we will need healing leaves in the Earth Made New? What are your thoughts on this? Readers, please share your thoughts! Write/Submit them to Joy Caballero-Gadia. email: watermankids at yahoo dot com. ]
This week, let us join together in prayer for …..
Healing for the following who are ill and are undergoing treatment and strength & courage for their family members who valiantly minister to them.
Demi Garduque Galileo Villaflores
Flor Samson Oseas Zamora
The safety and the lives spared during the eruption of Mt. Calibo last Sabbath. CPAC is unharmed. The safe travel of the graduates’ families and the alumni & friends who are now at MVC for graduation. The success and growth of the graduates as they studied and learned at The Hilltop Life itself and the many blessings we receive each day.
Heavenly grace & wisdom for the
Adventist Church and Adventist hospital leaders throughout the world. Ministry of the SULADs and of Gospel Outreach. Ministry of the various MVC alumni around the world. Each of the families and individuals represented by the CyberFlashes readers.
May your/our personal walk with God become sweeter and stronger this week. May God find us faithful. May our lives be a constant witness of what Jesus means to humanity.
Comfort For The Bereaved family & friends of the following during this difficult time:
Atty. Eliezer C. Mabao Alex Moralde (Dad of Val) Crisville “Cocoy” Jeminez Eng. Eugenio Porteza
Tatay Panfilo Jacosalem, Sr. Wilbert “Totong” Cagatan The family of Romy & Mike Halasan whose mom passed away.
And others who have recently lost loved ones
“Acknowledgement” A very special thank you to the following who helped put together this issue of CF:
To those who allowed us to use their Cherry Blossom photos: Jan Michael & Yul Batiller at Washington DC, Wilmer Rosalita at New Jersey, Paul & Sheryl Penaranda at Washington DC, Elfred & Sharon Suite at Japan, Alger & Alma Jean Prajes in California and Regin Reyno at Japan.
To those who participated in “What Graduates Say”. To Jimmie Solis who coordinated it and performed the interviews. And to the following who participated in the interview by sharing their story: Sunshine Pangatungan, Deonnel A. Peren, Keremkleroo Jym L. Adil, Sarah Mae Domacia, Dave A. Estrellon, and Ian Alfer Ba-al.
To those who shared and wrote the story of their own New Beginnings: Ruth Dumapig-Arroyo, Medyline Claveria-Gerapusco, Sally LaSage-Saberola, Dr. Verna Lynn Ong-Peduche, Dr. Alfredo Agustin.
To Lillian Javellana for her lovely devotional To Jessie Colegado for “Patch of Weeds”, Romy Halasan for “Life of A Missionary”, Dr. Fred L. Webb, Sulads International and Gospel Outreach for the SULADS update, Andy & Joy Gadia for the cherry blossom in CF this week and the layout.
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“Closing Remarks” By The Editor
omething New” does not only come after graduation. It comes anytime in our lives, too.
Together with my family name change, I experienced a complete “something new”. I had an unimaginable wardrobe change. My diet changed from routine cafeteria food to lovingly prepared homecooked meals. My music career was enhanced because I had a very supportive and strong partner. But when my husband passed away, another kind “something new” was thrust onto my lap. Even my faith was shaken to its very core. But our God is faithful. He gave me “strength in proportion to the strain”. Now my faith had a complete “something new” status once again. As long as life lasts, “something new” is a constant. There may be some negative effects but if we look at every twist and turn in our life’s journey, we can possibly notice that “All things work together for good to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28) During the early years of our marriage, my husband and I used to plead for God to give us more children but He only gave us two. Our first daughter died on the third day after her birth, and one is now a working girl at Makati Medical Centre. Last week, I was handed “something new” on top of my teaching load here at Maxwell Adventist Academy. I believe that God must have seen that I am ready. As the new hostel mom, I now have seven loveable and cooperative children from six countries: Rwanda, Congo, Netherlands, Tanzania, Malawi, and Philippines. I never knew I could be this happy despite being far from my family. I am home. Whatever “something new” God hands to us, let us happily accept it for He always knows what is best for us. HAPPY SABBATH!
Cyberflashes, April 1, 2016