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Overcoming Challenges Editor’s Thoughts: ................................. “Life’s A Struggle” .............. Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan, AB Eng,’91

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Financial Statement That Works ........................................................... Pastor Jimmy S. Guma, AB Theo’93 The Will To Succeed .................................................................... Pastor Gaudencio Buque, Jr., AB Theo’98 Seven Challenges Successful People Overcome .................................................................. Travis Bradberry 20 Ways To Overcome Life Challenges ............................................................................. Barrie Davenport

SULADS Corner: .................................... “Always Prepared” ...................... Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia, BSN,’91 SULADS Corner: ....................... “We Have Already Passed The Test” ............................Sulad Aica C. Quinoviva Patch of Weeds ............................................................................................................ Jessie Colegado, BSC’80 LIFE of a Missionary: .................................... “Korowai” ............................................... Romy Halasan, BSBA’86

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


Editor’s Thoughts: “Life’s a Struggle” Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan, AB Eng’91 Life’s A Struggle Through your struggle, There will be times, You want to give up, Give in to the challenges, But not you as you must, Learn from what you’re facing, Face through what you go through, Never be discouraged, As you will get through, You will accomplish all, All through what you face, To be the best of who you are, Letting the challenges, Give you strength, To bear through anything, You may face, And as you continue through your life, You will succeed. Source: https://stichrulez.com/motivational-poem-life/

This week’s edition focuses on overcoming challenges. I was lucky enough to convince two very busy pastors to share some thoughts on facing challenges. Read their insights and be blessed.

Melodie


Financial Statement That Works Pastor Jimmy S. Guma, AB Theo’93

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or us, Christians, Adventists in particular, God is faithful and trustworthy and we can always bank on His promises for they are true and unfailing. In fact, the apostle Paul himself said, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4: 19). This is a very inspiring promise to ponder upon. We are living in a world of financial uncertainty. We hear of reports about the world’s financial system crumbling. This predicament is creating worries and fears in the hearts of many even in the ranks of God’s church. In times like this, only God’s financial system works even in the uncertain financial world. His financially viable plan is found in Malachi 3:8-10. His economic plan stabilizes business transactions and endeavor in one’s business journey. God’s economic principles should be taught, accepted and followed by those who want to experience economic greatness. This economic plan is the secret to experiencing God’s blessings and eliminating the curse and setbacks. No other economic plan works. Our economic stability is found in God’s instruction and promises. It is not found in our riches, our bank accounts, or our possessions. Our economy is anchored on God’s goodness and sufficient grace. His promised principles of fiscal stability are ours to believe and follow so we may experience overflowing joy and blessings. Practicing His time-tested principles of financial strength is our only security. Following His economic plan is our lasting assurance that frees us from stress and hustles in a world of


economic uncertainty. Doing God’s will prevents the waste of everything we dearly love and possess. Internalizing the God-given means of financial safety is a wise method of management as stewards of everything in this world. Let us all follow His principles of financial greatness which the world knows nothing about. And together, we shall enjoy His limitless provisions for our needs. God bless everyone. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pastor Jimmy S. Guma (AB Theo’93) SHINES ON! as the Stewardship Director at Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission in Sibulan, Negros Oriental

The Will to Succeed Pastor Gaudencio Buque, Jr., AB Theo’98

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btaining a higher education at a private learning institution like Mountain View College is a challenge for a student whose parents or guardians are financially incapable. For students like me, the travel to MVC meant my parents’ having to loan money to finance my trip. I had to endure all difficulties to attain my childhood dream. The one force that made me fulfill my dream is self-motivation. In grade school, I experienced success as well as difficulties in my studies but I was able to overcome these challenges. These obstacles served as the breeding ground for a stronger self-motivation which I later used in college to reach whatever goal I had in mind. This same self-motivation is what keeps me going today. In a journey largely run by a non-rechargeable battery of self-determination, I realize I need to change my power source to restore my strength that has weakened because of the ‘wear and tear’ brought about by the demands of my job and family life. It’s just like driving a car or motorcycle. I need to shift to that slow but steady gear for an uphill drive until I reach the top. Likewise, when I go through the mind-boggling, bumpy climb of financial inadequacy that gets tougher along the way, I carefully choose my steps, and take time to make sure decisions. The slow movement of the low gear principle at times gets applied to attain success. I credit most of the progress to self-determination. It pushes me to move up the ladder and, through faith, perceive better things ahead. That’s why I don’t waste time and energy looking back. Instead, I move forward to be what and where I should be in the future. I did just that in my MVC days. I still do it today.


I always go for what’s better. Why should I settle for less when I can reach for more? Of course, I have to realize my dreams the right way. This optimistic spirit is formed through the lessons I learned from the success and failures of other people around me. I learned from them the drawback of falling and quitting. Why should I choose to be like the others who fell and had regrets? I used to ask myself. Early on, I learned from other people’s triumphs and pitfalls. Before I left for MVC, by Divine Providence, I enjoyed a company of friends whose vision and plans for the future is to know God and learn more about His plans for our lives. That helped me get redirected to where I should be even if that meant having to work my way to complete a college degree. My hard work paid off because eventually I became an ordained pastor. But no matter how uncertain my future looked those days, a worry-free attitude from my poor Christian parents molded my childhood years with faith in God which kept me going through the rugged path of joy and tears. I never allowed doubt or worry to weaken my already unfortunate financial beginnings or hinder me from achieving my dream of going to MVC to achieve my goal. Since then, I have been enjoying the fruits of my hard labor, savoring the joy of what it is like to be an overcomer from MVC. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pastor Gaundencio Buque, Jr., (AB Theo’98) SHINES ON! as the Communication and Health Director as well as the Hope Channel Manager at Negros Occidental Conference at Taculing, Bacolod City, Philippines.

Pastor Gaundencio Buque, Jr.


Seven Challenges Successful People Overcome By Travis Bradberry

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t’s truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.

Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people back. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania has studied this phenomenon more than anyone else has, and he’s found that success in life is driven by one critical distinction—whether you believe that your failures are produced by personal deficits beyond your control or that they are mistakes you can fix with effort. Success isn’t the only thing determined by your mindset. Seligman has found much higher rates of depression in people who attribute their failures to personal deficits. Optimists fare better; they treat failure as learning experiences and believe they can do better in the future. This success mindset requires emotional intelligence (EQ), and it’s no wonder that, among the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested, 90% of top performers have high EQs. Maintaining the success mindset isn’t easy. There are seven things, in particular, that tend to shatter it. These challenges drag people down because they appear to be barriers that cannot be overcome. Not so for successful people, as these seven challenges never hold them back.

1. Age Age really is just a number. Successful people don’t let their age define who they are and what they are capable of. Just ask Betty White or any young, thriving entrepreneur. I remember a professor in graduate school who told our class that we were all too young and inexperienced to do consulting work. He said we had to go work for another company for several years before we could hope to succeed as independent consultants. I was the youngest person in the class, and I sat there doing work for my consulting clients while he droned on. Without fail, people feel compelled to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do because of your age. Don’t listen to them. Successful people certainly don’t. They follow their heart and allow their passion—not the body they’re living in—to be their guide.


2. What Other People Think When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own destiny. While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to hold up your accomplishments to anyone else’s, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within. Successful people know that caring about what other people think is a waste of time and energy. When successful people feel good about something that they’ve done, they don’t let anyone’s opinions take that away from them. No matter what other people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain—you’re never as good or bad as they say you are.

3. Toxic People Successful people believe in a simple notion: you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Just think about it—some of the most successful companies in recent history were founded by brilliant pairs. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple lived in the same neighborhood, Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft met in prep school, and Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google met at Stanford. Just as great people help you to reach your full potential, toxic people drag you right down with them. Whether it's negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people create stress and strife that should be avoided at all costs. If you’re unhappy with where you are in your life, just take a look around. More often than not, the people you’ve surrounded yourself with are the root of your problems. You’ll never reach your peak until you surround yourself with the right people.

4. Fear Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination. Danger is real. It’s the uncomfortable rush of adrenaline you get when you almost step in front of a bus. Fear is a choice. Successful people know this better than anyone does, so they flip fear on its head. They are addicted to the euphoric feeling they get from conquering their fears. Don’t ever hold back in life just because you feel scared. I often hear people say, “What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Will it kill you?” Yet, death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you... The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while you’re still alive.


5. Negativity Life won’t always go the way you want it to, but when it comes down to it, you have the same 24 hours in the day as everyone else does. Successful people make their time count. Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, they reflect on everything they have to be grateful for. Then they find the best solution available, tackle the problem, and move on. When the negativity comes from someone else, successful people avoid it by setting limits and distancing themselves from it. Think of it this way: If the complainer were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? Of course not. You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with all negative people. A great way to stop complainers in their tracks is to ask them how they intend to fix the problem they’re complaining about. They will either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.

6. The Past or the Future Like fear, the past and the future are products of your mind. No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future. Successful people know this, and they focus on living in the present moment. It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re constantly somewhere else, unable to fully embrace the reality (good or bad) of this very moment. To live in the moment, you must do two things: 1) Accept your past. If you don’t make peace with your past, it will never leave you and it will create your future. Successful people know the only good time to look at the past is to see how far you’ve come. 2) Accept the uncertainty of the future, and don’t place unnecessary expectations upon yourself. Worry has no place in the here and now. As Mark Twain once said, Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.

7. The State of the World Keep your eyes on the news for any length of time and you’ll see it’s just one endless cycle of war, violent attacks, fragile economies, failing companies, and environmental disasters. It’s easy to think the world is headed downhill fast. And who knows? Maybe it is. But successful people don’t worry about that because they don’t get caught up in things they can’t control. Instead, they focus their energy on directing the two things that are completely within their power—their attention and their effort. They focus their attention on all the things they’re grateful for, and they look for the good that’s happening in the world. They focus their effort on doing what they can every single day to improve their own lives and the world around them, because these small steps are all it takes to make the world a better place. They focus their effort on doing what they can every single day to improve their own lives and the world around them...


Bringing It All Together Your success is driven by your mindset. With discipline and focus, you can ensure that these seven obstacles never hold you back from reaching your full potential. Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/07/21/7-challenges-successful-people-overcome/#49dc474f13a3

20 Ways to Overcome Life Challenges Barrie Davenport

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ave you ever experienced challenges in your life — those times when you felt lost and had no idea how to keep moving forward? Perhaps it was in a relationship or a business or maybe even a life and death situation. How would you like to develop a mindset that could help you in overcoming challenges with anything that comes your way? The reality is that at some point in life, we all go through struggle. But we get to choose how we respond to it. We have the power to build an unstoppable mindset. Any successful person alive today is a testament to that infinite capacity of the human potential. Like any other muscle in our body though, the ability to overcome challenges needs to be worked out. This ability is in fact the most important muscle to build, because it gives you the confidence to face any challenge life throws your way.

These 20 methods will help you change your mind-set about overcoming challenges in your life:

1. Seek out adversity Struggle builds character. Often the moments in our life we are most proud of are the ones where we overcame adversity to accomplish something worthwhile. Do something that pushes you to your limits and beyond. Nothing will make you feel more unstoppable than revealing to yourself that you are capable of far more than you ever imagined.


2. Build a team Success is a team sport. No one does it alone, so don’t try and be the first person in the world to do so. Find friends or family to work together with to drive your life forward. Get in a mastermind group or get an accountability buddy that you check in with every single day to monitor your progress.

3. Focus on the positive We are all conditioned with what psychologists call “The Negativity Bias.” Unfortunately our brain has a natural inclination to focus on threats and dangers, even perceived ones we create. To destroy this evolutionary construct, throughout your day focus on what is positive and right about the world around you. Find reasons to appreciate everything around you.

4. Label your emotion The neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Lieberman has shown that the simple act of labeling our emotions reduces activity in the emotional brain and increases activity in the areas of the brain associated with focus and awareness. The next time you are stuck in an emotional pattern that isn’t serving you, label the emotion to separate yourself from the experience. This will allow you to then consciously choose a new one.

5. Choose new stories We all tell ourselves stories about who we are, how the world works and what people are like. More often than not, as a result of the negativity bias at play, those stories are dis-empowering. Even when the economy is bad, many people are still making money. So you can choose to believe the story that the economy is bad, or you can write a new story that the world is ripe for the picking. If we are going to tell stories, we might as well tell ones that empower us.

6. Write a journal Every time you find yourself stuck or facing a life challenge, write down your thoughts in a journal. This allows you to get out of your head and separate yourself from the impact of the experience. It brings the conscious brain into play while reducing the effects of the unconscious, emotional brain.

7. Exercise When Richard Branson was asked about his secret to productivity, his response was working out. For at least three days a week, do some sort of exercise. This has been shown to improve habits in all areas of your life and improve your overall self-confidence. It will also give you the energy to overcome the life challenges you might be facing.

8. Get out in nature Psychologist Marc Berman has shown that interacting with nature improves the quality of a person’s life and their brain functioning as well. Every day, or at least once a week if you live in a big city, get out in nature and spend some time in the serenity of the great outdoors.


9. Celebrate your summits Write down a list of all your successes you have achieved in your life. Every single one. Try to reach at least 50. Moving forward, any time you experience a win, stop and celebrate it. This will drive your brain to keep taking the actions that led to the pleasurable emotion.

10. Seek out new summits Similar to a bucket list, write down a list of all the summits you wish to reach in the rest of your life. This gives you something to focus on. It gives you a reason to push through any struggle that might come up in your journey. Bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, Jack Canfield has found that those who set goals and write them down are far more likely to succeed than those that don’t.

11. Anchor it in Think of a time when you felt more confident than you have ever felt before. Now clench your fist. Keep doing this every day. Your body will start to associate the clenched fist with the feeling of confidence. So the next time you aren’t feeling very powerful, just clench your fist.

12. Time travel Go back in time to all those memories that have robbed you of your confidence and create new meanings to them. Cognitive psychologist, Elizabeth Loftus has shown that memories can be changed and even false memories can be implanted in people. What this means is that you can literally go back in time and change your memories simply by repeatedly picturing the event while anchored into a positive state, so the meaning of the memory will become a positive one.

13. Step into another person's shoes The next time you find yourself stuck and facing a challenge, ask yourself what someone you admire would do in your situation. Do what they would do when they go through struggle. One of the fastest ways to get what you want in life is to find someone who has it and do what they have done. The same can be done for a mental state as well.


14. Stand tall Social psychologist Amy Cuddy has found that a strong body language actually changes the inner workings of your brain. Practice standing tall and embodying a posture of unbreakable confidence everywhere you go. This will ingrain it deep into your mind and your being.

15. Use confident language If every day you use the word depressed, you will become so. Studies have repeatedly shown that when people have been exposed to words relating to old age, they walked slower than those that were exposed to younger words. They saw old words and thus acted old. Use words like powerful, unstoppable and confident as a regular part of your daily vocabulary.

16. Ask new questions All thoughts are questions or answers to questions. If you disagreed with me, it’s because your mind asked, “Is he right or wrong?” Most people ask questions like, “What’s wrong with me?” Or “Why can’t I do this?” If you ask questions like that, your brain will find an answer. Instead, ask yourself questions like, “What is good about this situation?” “How can I make this work?” The questions you ask yourself shape your experience of life.

17. Schedule confidence Tony Robbins says “If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real.” Whatever you want to get done in your life, whatever challenges you want to overcome put it in a calendar and schedule it.

18. Be still In his research, Dr. Andrew Newberg found that brain scans of meditating Buddhists had greater activity in the parts of the brain associated with focus and awareness than those that do not engage in some sort of meditation. For 10 minutes a day, sit in silence without distractions and just be with your thoughts. This will improve your ability to focus on finding solutions to challenges and creating the life you want to live — as opposed to being at the mercy of circumstances.

19. Get something done Who doesn’t love getting results? If you want to figure out an answer to a challenge, take action and accomplish something. No matter how small, set a task related to your challenge and finish it to completion.

20. Make your desired actions automatic The key to mastering self-control and willpower in the face of a challenge is learning how to build positive habits. Keep practicing a desired action for at least 30 days to make your new habit automatic and something you no longer have to think about. Practice building one desired habit a month to help you feel more accomplished and in control of your life. Source: https://liveboldandbloom.com/11/self-improvement/20-ways-to-overcome-life-challenges


SULADS’ Corner: “Always Prepared” By Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia, Communications Director. SULADS USA As of Friday (Today at 3PM) we at CyberFlashes did not receive anything for SULADS’ Corner. Not wanting this week’s issue to be missing the Sulads’ story, I will share a little something not usually found in the SULADS newsletter and is intended for MVC alumni.

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raining to be a Sulad is like boot camp training followed by special forces training: thorough, in-depth, and fully packed with a wide array of topics for any situation that could happen at the field, the training requires that the trainee be fully engaged in what is happening. It is not for the weak-hearted. Realizing that this one-time training will prepare the trainee to all that the village will need their Sulad teacher to be, the trainees put their all in the training, fully engaged and fully committed. Such a big responsibility for such capable youth! During MVC’s first semester in 2014, I “met” Sulad Jinggoy while working on a CyberFlashes project featuring the Ministerial Seminar of the College. He was the Voice of Prophecy (VOP) Coordinator for the Ministerial Seminar at MVC and when interviewed, he spoke with enthusiasm about his experiences serving as a student church pastor in places like Kisanday Church in Maramag, Bukidnon and his experiences as a student evangelist. He explained that being a Theology student is not all about academics but it is about learning more about the God we serve and about how one can best minister to others. We talked about his role at the Master Guide Club and about his dreams of one day becoming a Sulad. Since then we’ve communicated back and forth and I have always been inspired with the depth of his compassion for those around him. Earlier this year, my friend Jinggoy graduated from MVC. I can only imagine how proud his family from Pantukan, Campostella Valley were as the name of Jim Bryle Adrian Estomo Cacho of MVC’s AB-Theology class of 2017 was called. Next thing I heard was that he completed his Sulads training, passed all the requirements, and was getting deployed to the mission school he is assigned to this year. My husband and I smiled as we read the few sentences and photos he sends us now and then. We cheer and get inspired by the behind-the-scenes reports we get. And we pause to pray for this young man and our fellow Sulads around the world as they work to Reach the Unreached in various parts of the world. Sulads training: rigid, indepth, thorough …. And all that. But I wonder if Jinggoy knew how much


of his training would come in handy in the mountain Mission School! I want to state a disclaimer: delivering babies is not standard practice for Sulads. They normally bring the expectant mother to someone who is trained. However, in an emergency when nobody else can help the villagers often ask the Sulads to help. In the following photos it looks like Jinggoy is delivering a large baby and I am not sure if he is performing CPR or is just doing a thorough assessment of the baby. I did notice however that the mom delivered on the bamboo floor and that she is surrounded by a lot of villagers who are sitting all around her.

That newborn is huge! Hope the mom is ok – I wonder what her blood sugar is like.


Times have changed. With the influx of western foods and lifestyles, and with the tribespeople frequenting the lowland markets to sell their produce, “diseases of affluence” like diabetes and hypertension is starting to be found in the tribe, in the villages. Because the SULADS Mission Schools (or Literacy Centers) is fully recognized by the Philippine Department of Education and the name SULAD associated with helpful respectable individuals – many people in the community (both native and non-native) come to the Sulads for help and advice when needed. They learned from experience that Sulads have a knack of explaining health issues and telling them what to do to live a healthier life. These communities need for basic health education has been identified. SULADS Philippines now has a Sulad Nurse (RN) who visits each of the mission schools in Mindanao. Nurse Liz (who I am proud to say is one of our former youth members from Loma Linda!) taught our Sulads how to take Blood Pressure readings – not realizing how many formerly-closed doors this service has opened and how grateful the community is. At this time, we would like to see our mission schools equipped with a sphygmomanometer & stethoscope set to do blood pressure checks with. And an accucheck machine to do blood sugar checks with. For now, we are looking for 40 of each and are planning on sending these to the SULADS office at MVC on March 1, 2018 so that it will arrive there in time for the annual training. I would like to invite individuals and alumni organizations to assist in this opportunity to make an impact towards a community’s improved health. On January and February, let us work together to get these items together and shipped to the SULADS office at MVC by March 1, 2018. To coordinate or for further info, I can be reached at Facebook (account name is Joy Caballero-Gadia) or email (watermankids at yahoo dot com). Pray about this! © 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. If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, Unsubscribe To update your preferences and to unsubscribe visit this link Forward a Message to Someone this


SULADS’ Corner: “We Have Already Passed The Test” By Sulad Aica C. Quinoviva, Kalongbong Mission School Received SULADS story late today. Including it in this week’s issue of CyberFlashes – Editors.

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ULADS—A word I didn’t think I would be joining. A word I didn’t know I would be a part of. But then now, I am.

I’m Aica C. Quinoviva, a SULADS missionary, a parateacher assigned to Sitio Kolonbong Mission School, Brgy. Lamfugon, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. First and foremost, I really dreamed to become a missionary but being a SULAD did not come up in my mind. Actually, I had already chosen where I wanted to join but then God has the last word of where I would go. He has the final decision. And it is irrevocable. In the last four months, there was a battle in my mind as to where I must go. My family, my fellow church members and friends had given me every piece of advice. Some suggested that I join the ministry because for them it is the best work. They told me it would be better if I joined all the different organizations. They presented to me all the pros and cons of every ministry our church has. Their advice had fueled my desire to be a missionary. But then I couldn’t choose. I could not make a choice because I didn’t want to decide for myself. I wanted God to choose for me. I believe my Father in Heaven knows what is best for me. He would make a way for me to know where I must go. And to shorten the story, God chose a place for me, He needed me to be His SULADS Missionary. KOLONBONG--A T’boli word derived from Kolo (cogon grass) and Bong (plenty). This was the place where God sent me. He really knew my limitations and capabilities. He prepared a place, our mission field, in which my partner and I, Ma’am Lovely, could handle. Even though we did not undergo the SULADS training, God still helped us with what we should do. We had comforts in abundance in Sitio Kolonbong; water, comfort or rest room, root crops, upland rice and corn. On our first month of stay we were able to move into our cottage. On June


10, 2017, Friday, our first night at our cottage, we were welcomed by the sound of gunfire. We felt a sense of danger but we kept God in our deepest trust. We did not want to spoil our first night at our cottage. The next morning was the Sabbath. The sitio leader came to ask for our help in drafting a letter to explain the things that happened the previous night. We then learned that two of the villagers’ houses were the target of those gunshots. The people inside the houses were seriously wounded and were brought to the nearest hospital. A threat was then passed around via a text message that another four houses will be shot at. It was one of the many great events that happened on our first month’s stay at our mission school. That was alarming but then our heavenly Father promised, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be ye not dismayed, for I am your God. Yea, I will help thee, Yea, I will strengthen thee, and yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isaiah 41:10 I knew there will be more events that will take place—events we didn’t expect would happen. But then God was with us. He shielded us with His mighty wings. For God will make us strong and be of good courage especially in our faith in Him. I am His SULADS Missionary now, I am His daughter, His princess, His humble servant. He will not forsake what is His. He will bind us with His love always because He is our great and Mighty God as well as our Father in Heaven. SULADS – an organization I am now a part of, a group God chose for me to become one of. Yes, I am a SULAD! © SULADS International, Inc.

Sulads assigned at Cotabato singing special number together at church


Cheap Suit The fellow was being sold a very cheap suit. "But the left arm is a lot longer than the right arm," he complained. "That's why the suit is such a bargain," the sales clerk explained. "Just cock your left shoulder up a little, like this, and tuck this left lapel under your chin a bit, like this." "But the right leg is way too short," argued the customer. "No problem," the sales clerk answered. "Just keep your right knee bent a little at all times, walk like this, and no one will notice. That's why this suit is only thirty dollars." Finally, the fellow bought the suit, cocked his left shoulder into the air, tucked the suit's left lapel under his chin, bent his right knee, and limped out of the store toward his car. Two doctors happened along and noticed him. "Good heavens," the first doctor said to the second, "look at that poor crippled fellow." "Yeah," answered the second doctor. "But doesn't that suit fit great?" (from Marty's Joke of the Day)

Trucking Company Driving down the highway one day, I saw this slogan on the back of a well-known trucking company's vehicle: "We Go That Extra Mile." Then I noticed another phrase scrawled in the dirt just below it: "Because We Missed the Last Exit!" (from Laugh & Lift)


Looking on the Bright Side A large, two-engined train was making its way across America. While crossing the Western mountains, one of the engines broke down. "No problem, we can make it to Denver and get a replacement engine there," the engineer thought, and carried on at half power. Farther on down the line, the other engine broke down, and the train came to a standstill in the middle of nowhere. The engineer needed to inform the passengers about why the train had stopped, and always trying to look on the bright side of things, made the following announcement: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. "The bad news is that both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for some time until the additional engines arrive. "The good news is that you didn't take this trip in a plane!" (via Mikey’s Funnies)

Safety at Work Safety is a major concern at the manufacturing company where I work. So, I'm constantly preaching caution to the workers I supervise. "Does anyone know," I asked a few guys, "what the speed limit is in our parking lot?" The long silence that followed was interrupted when one of them piped up. "That depends. Do you mean coming to work or leaving?" (from GCFL)

Check Your Bill A corporate executive received a monthly bill from the law firm that was handling a big case for his company. It included hourly billing for conferences, research, phone calls, fax, photocopying, and everything but lunch hours. Unhappy as he was, the executive knew that the company would have to pay for each of these services. Then he noticed one item buried in the middle of the list: "For crossing the street to talk to you, then discovering it wasn't you at all -- $125."


Fractions Our school's math teacher was giving a lesson on fractions and wrote an example on the chalkboard. He explained that the numerator was the top and the denominator the bottom. Leaning against the board, he asked the class, "Are there any questions?" When he turned back to face the board, laughter filled the room. "Mr. Alexander," one student giggled, "you have chalk dust all over your denominator!" (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Ears Leigh asked, "Olivia, did you wear your listening ears to school today?" Olivia replied, "I did, Miss Leigh. I like your nail polish." Leigh replied, "Thank you. Where are your ears, Olivia? You're having a little trouble listening." Olivia pulled her hair back and pointed to her ears. "Right here," Olivia said. Leigh continued, "Why aren't they working this morning?" Olivia replied, "I turned the volume down!" (from Kidwarmers)

ID Card The day I immigrated to the United States, I was given an alien ID card that featured a cute photo of me at age 15. Years later, when I went to the courthouse to become a citizen, a clerk confiscated my card. "What will you do with it?" my wife asked. "We burn it," was the answer. "Could you please cut the photo off and let us keep it?" asked my wife. "Certainly not," said the clerk. "This card is official U.S. government property. As such it cannot be mutilated before it's destroyed.�


Carrots At dinnertime, our three-year-old daughter, Dani, was refusing to eat her carrots. She looked at her daddy strangely when he told her that carrots make you see better in the dark. Dani picked up a carrot and started to press it. "No, they don't," she said. "That's what a flashlight is for. See, this doesn't light up." (from Da Mouse Tracks)

Good Robbery The detective was interviewing the man whose clothing shop had just been burglarized. "It's bad," said the proprietor, "but it's not as bad as it could have been if he'd robbed me yesterday." "Why is that?" the detective asked. "Because today everything was on sale." (from Doc's Daily Chuckle)

Pet the Babies My great-grandson, age 5, spends a lot of time with us on our small farm. His big delight is finding the new "babies," whether they be birds or mammals. He also knows the rule, "New babies cannot be petted." He usually waits impatiently until the new babies have grown for a week or so and then he can pet them. Recently our neighbors brought home their firstborn, a beautiful little boy. When I told my great-grandson they had a new baby, he immediately began to ask to go visit them. The second day, very early in the morning, he began to ask to go visit again. I explained to him that it was too early to visit, and that the baby was probably still sleeping. Hands on his hips and head cocked to one side, he informed me, "But Grandma! I don't want to pet him; I just want to look at him." (from GCFL)


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his week, I will share with you the last part of my articles about New Guinea: the Indonesian side of New Guinea Island.

When I think of West Papua in the Indonesian side of New Guinea, two things come to mind. First, the world-famous Rajah Ampat with its beautiful but less visited islands. The second, is the Korowai Tribe, officially recognized as 'tree-dwellers'. The Korowai and Kombi are two of the wildest tribes on Papua. The majority of the Korowai tribe, also called Kolufo, still live in 140-foot (or more) high tree dwellings deep within the jungle on the isolated Indonesian island of New Guinea. The tribe number around 3,000 - 4,000. This remote location meant the tribe’s existence was secret until recently. To build a tree house, called 'rumah thingy' in the Indonesian language, a sturdy Banyan tree is selected to function as the central pole. The top of the tree is then removed. The floor frame, made of branches, is supported by four to ten other poles. The bark of the sago palm is used to construct the floor boards and walls. The roof is made of leaves and the frame of the house consists of branches fastened with rattan bindings. A dry tree trunk with notches is hung from the bottom of the tree house in order to get up to the house. This ladder shakes with each step and warns the inhabitants that a visitor is on his way up. Because of their small muscular frame, the Korowai can easily climb up into the trees. The distinctive high stilt architecture of the Korowai houses, well above flood-water levels, is a form of defensive fortification – to disrupt rival clans from capturing people (especially women and children) for slavery or cannibalism. The height and girth of the common ironwood stilts also serves to protect the house from arson attacks in which huts are set alight and the inhabitants smoked out.


Korowai Tree House Dwellings

building the floor of the house

Halfway up to the dwelling

a not-too-high house

homes above the forest canopy

A marriage is usually a suitable occasion for building a new home. Before the residents move permanently into their new tree house, they perform a simple but very evident night time ritual: with a piece of wood they beat on the walls to scare away any evil spirits.


Traditionally, the Korowai live in small isolated groups, and each group, or clan, has a particular territory. There are usually no more than five tree houses in one settlement. The interior of their homes is divided into two or three rectangular rooms with a fire place in each. Men and women live separately. With their houses in the treetops, the Korowai are traditional hunter-gatherers who use the rainforest’s resources to craft their tree house above the canopy. Most of their activities center on hunting, fishing and the preparation of sago. In Papua, Indonesia, the main food of some locals is sago taken from Sago palm trees that grow well in the island. I visited their market in Sentani and I was amazed to see what seems like white flour and is made from the sago palm. Please watch the video below as to how to cut and prepare the sago of the Korowai.

A short walk from home

Working together

Climbing up to the front door

Climbing to his home


Most Korowai still live with little knowledge of the world beyond their homelands and frequently feud with one another. Some are said to kill and eat male witches they call "khakhua". The practice of cannibalism is also used as a form of criminal justice. These people adhere to age old tradition, sharing myths, folktales, sayings and charms to this day. In times of trouble they sacrifice domesticated pigs to the spirits of the ancestors. The Korowai have an extraordinary and rich oral tradition: myths, folktales, (magical) sayings and charms, and totem traditions. The Korowai believe in ancestor spirits (mbolombolop is what they call them in Korowai). They believe these spirits are their ancestors who have passed into what they call the “realm of the dead”. When a Korowai clan member dies, their spirit travels down the “big road” that takes them to the realm of the dead. Once they reach the realm they are greeted by deceased ancestors in their own territory and are given a new healthy body. The Korowai believe in the existence of a reciprocal type of reincarnation: those who died can be sent back at any time to the land of the living, by their kinsmen in the land of the dead, in order to reincarnate in a newly born infant of their own clan.


Reverence is paid especially to the red headed (Ginger) God, Gimigi. To Gimigi, the creator spirit, the Korowai do not ascribe an important role in their daily lives. Once in a lifetime a Korowai clan must organize a sago festival in order to stimulate prosperity and fertility in a ritual fashion. Due to contact with missionaries the Korowai have been converted to Christianity. However, most still believe in the spirits and greatly respect and fear them just as they always have.

Away from the World The Korowai, unaware of anyone else on earth, were isolated from the rest of the world until in 1974 when Dutch missionaries discovered them. It was said that they are the last active tribes of cannibals. The first documented encounter of these tribes with the Western world was when a group of scientists met with members of one clan in March, 1974. These group of scientists claimed that they were approached by a man who told them his six-year old nephew had been accused of being a witch doctor and was in danger of being cannibalized. However, in 1980’s some of these tribes have moved into the recently opened villages of Yaniruma at the Becking River banks (Kombai–Korowai area), Mu, and Mbasman (Korowai–Citak area). In 1987, a village was opened in Manggél, in Yafufla (1988), Mabul at the banks of the Eilanden River (1989), and Khaiflambolup (1998). In 1990’s since many people were interested to learn about their traditional ways, some Korowai have generated moderate cash income by working with tour companies selling tours into the Korowai region. Within the tourist industry, opportunities are limited to hosting tour groups in villages for tourist-sponsored sago feasts, carrying luggage, and performing traditional displays. In 1996 a local Christian community was established, with the members mainly originating from the neighboring Kombai people. For a long time the Korowai were considered exceptionally resistant to religious conversion; however, by the end of the 1990s the first converts to Christianity were baptized. Many Korowai now have biblical names because of the influence of Christianity on the Korowai culture. In many villages, the locals still wear koteka, horim, or penis gourd, a sheath worn to cover the male genitals. The koteka is traditionally worn by native male inhabitants of some ethnic groups mainly from the highlands of New Guinea. It is normally made from a dried-out gourd, Lagenaria siceraria, although other species are also used. Interesting videos to watch of the Korowai Tree House of West Papua, Indonesia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN4NzaenAGU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzBdLyzGwgk (not in English, but interesting) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M7J1yZTrAQ (not in English, but interesting)


Korowai tribesmen with their Koteka

Adventist Mission In Papua, Indonesia, the West Papua Mission, situated in Sorong, Indonesia was organized 3 years ago. When I visited Papua this year, I was invited by my friend who used to work in Southern Asia Pacific Division as Associate Treasurer. He invited me and my wife to spend a month in the West Indonesian jungle for missionary work. He further informed me that the experience is so unique as there are no roads, telephones nor internet. It would be pure missionary activities with this tribe. Our Adventist Aviation has built more than 1,000 jungle chapels. In some remote villages, we have modern churches built, thanks to our Adventist Aviation who brought the building materials by plane. In some villages, all of the inhabitants are Adventist. This is amazing because without these missionaries, this people of the Western Indonesian jungle would not have known Jesus Christ. Please pray for our work with the jungles of New Guinea.

Romy Halasan


Letter From The MVC President Dear MVC Alumni, We are grateful and thankful to our Lord God Almighty whose unfailing mercy and love has sustained Mountain View College through the years. We give Him all the glory, honor and praise! Good news! Mountain View College will celebrate its 65th Anniversary this coming July 3-8, 2018. The administration, with the blessings of our local alumni, has decided to have a wall where the names of our donors, alumni and friends could be posted, giving recognition to our beloved benefactors, alumni and friends who have unceasingly supported MVC through their prayers, moral and financial support. We also give honor to those alumni who continue to shine their light around the globe, living up to the ideals of their beloved Alma Mater and spreading the message of salvation. This wall will be placed in the lobby of the Library and the unveiling of this wall will be one of the highlights of our 65th Anniversary. The MVC Board has approved this proposal during its last meeting. Each alumni may contribute $200.00 dollars and 10,000 pesos for local alumni and friends. Your contribution will cover the expenses of this special project and other developments on campus (Music Building, Mega Gym, Med Tech and Science Buildings). Due to time constraint and the intricacies in realizing this project, we will limit the project to the first 3,000 Alumni and we will serve on a first-come first-serve basis. Our deadline will be April 2018. For transparency and for proper accounting, we have a separate bank account for this project. Please send your donation for this project to: Address: PNB Dollar Account, Mountain View College, Valencia City, Philippines Account NO. – 28-55582-000-17.


I trust that this project will bring us closer together and make our memories of our yesterdays on the hilltop worth remembering. Sincerely yours,

Signed: Gladden O. Flores President Email Add: gladdenflores7@gmail.com Cell No. 09177069787

CyberFlashes: Stops Weekly Production (second notice to readers) After some deliberations, the CF editors have come to an agreement that the current practice of putting out an issue every Friday, 52 issues a year, is creating some stress among editors. Finding materials to write about has become a burden because not too many alumni and friends are willing to share stories about their experiences both while at MVC and at work as alumni. The work of doing the layout is basically handled by one person, and her regular work which is already quite heavy plus the CF layout which she does so well, takes so much of her time. So we decided to lessen the frequency of putting out the CyberFlashes. Starting in January 2018 we will mail out an issue of CF every other week. So please do not be surprised if you do not receive the CF on alternate weeks. Hopefully this will lessen the pressure on the editors and result in better content in the issues you receive. For the Editors—Eddie Zamora


In Closing … From The Mail Bag | Announcements | Prayer Requests | Acknowledgment Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts

MVC Alumni Asso. Western USA When

What

2017 Dec 15-17 2017 Nov23 NEW 2017 Nov30 2017 Nov24 NEW Fri. Dec 15 Sab. Dec 16 Sat. Dec 16 @6PM

MVC +MMA Joint Alumni Association Reunion Expires Group Rate Discount for Hotel Accommodations Deadline to submit photos for Souvenir Book Ads Deadline to order alumni souvenir T-shirts Alumni Reunion Vespers Alumni Reunion Worship Service Alumni Reunion Banquet – book ASAP! Limited Seating.

• MVC ALUMNI REUNION @2017. December 15-17 will be held jointly with Mindanao Mission Academy Alumni Association at the OMNi Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa at 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270. You and the friends of MVC and MMA are invited to come and join in the fellowship and festivities! • Hotel Reservations: Group Rates$119/night expired on Nov23 so it now $159/night. To book, go to https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/palm-springs-rancho-laspalmas/meetings/mvc-reunion • Tickets for Alumni Banquet. Limited sitting (200). Contact Ben Rosas to get your tickets. • Souvenir Book Ad – Deadline to submit a page was moved to Nov30. • Souvenir T-Shirts and/or Hoodies – available for purchase until Nov 24. • For More info – see the flier in the next page or contact the officers Elbert Moralde (951) 452-2631. Email: elvimor@aol.com Jennilee Luceñara (909) 991.5927. Jerelyn Bocala (310) 866-1671. Email: nenebocs@yahoo.com Ben Rosas (951) 350-3527. Email: rosas.ben5@gmail.com Bing Baliton-Ambaan 909-965-3130. Email: rivyn88@yahoo.com


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AD was extended to: November 30,2017 For Inquiries: Call Ben Rosas (951-350-3527) Email: rosas.ben5@gmail.com Jerelyn Bocala (310-866-1671) Email: nenebocs@yahoo.com

SOUVENIR PROGRAM ADVERTISEMENT CONTRACT Mountain View College Alumni Association-Western USA We/I hereby authorize the following advertisement to be placed in the Souvenir Program of MVCAA.

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ADVERTISEMENT RATES: In full Color Full Page (Back Cover) $300 Full Page (Inside Front Cover) $250 Full Page (Inside Back Cover) $200 Full Page (Business) $150 Half Page (Business) $100 Full Page (Personal) $100 Half Page (Personal) $ 60

Advertiser’s Name: ____________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Phone Number: ______________________ Email Address: ____________________________ Message: ____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ No. of Pictures ( ) are enclosed/emailed (Maximum of 4 pictures for full page, 2 for half page) or ( ) Please use attached layout ( ) Enclosed CD ( ) I’ll email it Please send this FORM together with your Check payable to: MVCAA-Western USA by October 15, 2017 to: Ben Rosas. 36243 Clearwater Ct Beaumont, CA 92223

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MVC School of Nursing Alumni Association When

What

2018 Aug30-Sept2

REUNION. MVCSN Alumni Association North America Orlando, Florida, USA. THEME: Unveiling His Presence Lodging: ParkInn Radisson, a mile away from the entrance of Walt Disney World For more info contact any of the officers in Facebook: Ed Eresmas, Nonoy Hablan, Judith Teves, Darlene Ruado, or Connie Calica

2019 July 15-20

50th Anniversary Homecoming & Reunion at MVC Campus. For more info: contact Devaney Bayeta in Facebook

MVC 65th Anniversary Reunion When

What

2018 July 3-8

65th HOMECOMING & REUNION. Mountain View College MVC Campus, Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines For more Info: Gladden Flores

SULADS Reunion Update When 2018 June 24-July 1

What SULAD 50th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion at MVC Campus

SULAD HEAD COUNT NEEDED – In preparation for the upcoming Sulads’ 50th Anniversary Reunion (June 24 - July 01, 2018) which will be held at MVC Campus, we need a general idea of how many sulads and their families to prepare for. Housing, meals, etc. If you are planning on coming, please drop us a line? Thanks. • Facebook – Melchie Sison Tonog; Joy Caballero-Gadia • Email – watermankids@yahoo.com SAVE THE DATE! PLAN to be there! June 24-July01, 2018. Next year. 7 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.


MORE Announcements … When 2017 Dec 30

What DEADLINE: To submit your stories for the Junior Devotional that MVC is putting together.

2017 Dec 28-31 2019 Aug 12-17

GYC. Phoenix, Arizona. www.gycweb.org International Pathfinder Camporee at Oshkosh, WI. www.camporee.org

STORIES FOR JUNIOR DEVOTIONAL – still needed by MVC. The DEADLINE has been moved (once again) to Dec 30, 2017. Send your stories to sdajuniordevotional2019.ph@gmail.com WHO CAN WRITE? No age requirement. Does not need to be an alumni member. All that matters is that the story written…. 1. Does not contradict SDA beliefs and practices. 2. Is written for the juniors/early teen audience. 3. Is not too preachy 4. Does not invade other people’s privacy. 5. Meets the number-of-words requirement which is 350 words or less. SUGGESTED TOPICS: spiritual matters, family, friends, studies, values, health, dating, social concerns, hobbies, technology, answered prayers, and nature.

GUIDELINES from the PPH: 1. Write in a conversational manner. 2. Write to describe, not to prescribe. 3. Be specific. 4. Dwell on a single lesson, trait or action. 5. Creative title, no more than 6 words 6. Include a Bible Text. Suggest using NIV, NKJV, NLT, ESV, and NASB 7. Include your biodata. 8. Observer proper citation. Contributors whose articles are chosen to be included in the devotional will receive Php 350/article upon release of the devotional book.

GYC FIVE MORE DAYS until the early bird registration price expires and price of registration goes up! If you haven’t registered yet, save $40 and register now HERE Click here to see the PROMO VIDEO Click here to book your HOTEL room. Group discount rates expire on Dec 4 (Hyatt) and Dec 15 (Renaissance) but rooms are filling up quickly!

INT’L PATHFINDER CAMPOREE Did you know? Over a dozen Pathfinders from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have already registered for the camporee? And more than 80 Pathfinders from China are praying/planning on coming. What about you? Are you registered to go? Is your Pathfinder Club registered? If you haven’t, hurry! It’s first come, first served.

In the past International Camporees held at Oshkosh, the tickets (registration) sold out and thousands were turned away. Visit the website to register and/or get more information. www.camporee.org Registration questions? Call (269) 471-8380


Meet The Editors This week’s issue of Cyberflashes was by Melodie Mae Karaan Inapan. Next week’s issue will be by Ardys Joy Caballero-Gadia. 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: Pastor Jimmy S. Guma and Pastor Gaudencio Buque, Jr. • • • •

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 editing; Joy Caballero-Gadia for the layout


Closing Thoughts The Editor And finally ‌

Happy Sabbath!

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