In God’s Service Editor’s Thoughts: ........................... “In God’s Service” ................................................ Lily Escara Lare
Featured Items: Serving The Mangyans ............................................................ Johnn Mark “Pep” Caballero, BSBio’10 Teaching Is Serving ............................................................................. Charity Betonio-Reyno, BEEd’83 Indescribable Joy ............................................................... Elnorie “Inday” Claveria-Caballero, BSC’79 Feeding the Lambs ....................................................................................... Dorothy Fay Nebres-John Driven by a Dream ........................................................................................ Dorothy Fay Nebres-John Almer M. Alfonso, Sr., Civil Servant ................................................................ Eddie and Ellen Zamora
SULADS Corner: ......................... “Accidental Results in Extension” .............. Jedd Calayco, Sulads High School SULADS Corner: ..................... “When Everyone Receives an Award” . Lowel I. Limbagan, SULADS Supervisor
Patch of Weeds ................................................................................................ Jessie Colegado, BSC’80 Life of a Missionary: ......................... “Mount Bromo” .....................................Romy Halasan,BSBA’86 CLOSING: Announcements |From The Mail Bag| Prayer Requests | Acknowledgements Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts | Miscellaneous
Editor’s Thoughts: “In God’s Service” Lily Escara Lare
he word "service" can mean different things to different people. To the mother, it may mean going without the essentials in life as long as her child has everything he needs. To the pastor, it means going about his job even if the salary is low. To the church school teacher, it means moving from one place to another, packing and unpacking of personal belongings, resulting in some things being broken during the move. To the soldier, it means facing danger and even death in the battlefield. I can go on and on and I am sure, so can you! While growing up, every time the word "service" comes up, I think about missionaries in foreign lands. They endure hardships and most especially, loneliness of being away from their families just so they can help spread God's message of love to others without considering skin color, language, and culture. I still believe that missionaries deserve to be appreciated and applauded, but as a missionary here in Kenya, I have seen that there are many more ways in which each of us can do service.It does not require going to a foreign land but doing whatever good our hands find to do wherever we are, as long as we do them with love, and in the spirit of kindness and self-sacrifice. That is service. In this issue, we have some stories about the lives of missionaries, both local and foreign. We will take a peek into their triumphs and defeats; adventures with God and man, but most of all we will find out what prompts them to offer their services to our fellowmen, to our other brothers and sisters from different parents. May this issue serve as an inspiration for us to serve God and our fellowmen wherever we are. In God’s Service,
Serving The Mangyans By Johnn Mark â€œPepâ€? Caballero, BSBioâ€™10
bout a year ago, I had the exciting privilege to go on a tough yet thrilling trek up the mountain ranges of Occidental Mindoro. I was amused to hear that the first and scariest part of the trail was dubbed "The Narrow Way".
It does not take a genius to figure out why that trail was dubbed as such once you are actually on it. On my first trip to Mindoro, it was morning when we passed this area. On my second mission trip, we had to go over this trail in the dark. It was an exercise of faith and prayer. Through the passage of time, the trail has been painstakingly cut into the treacherous slope of a ravine. One side of the trail is the steep bank of a meandering river, on the other side is a steep incline. The trail itself was a challenging angle. It would not have been so bad if we weren't carrying between 10 to 20 kilos each on our backs which weighed like a ton as time and energy was spent. I was thankful for the trees that arched overhead, forming a verdant filter from the sun. They kept us cool despite the laborious early morning hike. This topography continues for about 2/5 of the trail to the first village we were to visit and it took us more than an hour to get through it. It was just a small taste of the demanding paths ahead of us. Once past the lush jungle, it was an easier path. It's an exciting experience for visitors who only have to go through the path once or twice. But for the missionaries assigned at the mission school in Kimale Village, it is a necessary obstacle they must frequently surmount to serve the village.
he desire to visit the Mangyans of Mindoro was implanted in my heart months before the trip. Plans had been laid out and trips were indeed made in 2016 but they were done without me. But this time, the Lord orchestrated circumstances so I could finally go.
Although the only notable mountain I've ever climbed was Mt. Kenya in Africa, I've since then been captivated by them. I imagine myself as a mountaineer at heart and I've always considered climbing mountains a thrilling adventure. This was an exciting prospect of combining my love of the mountains and my profession as a physician. The needs in these mountains are as immense as the mountains themselves. We questioned why these people would choose to live in such unforgiving and hard-to-reach places. It wasn't until my second mission trip there that I learned the sad history.
s outsiders from the north settled in Mindoro, they took up the coastal areas and plains that were suitable farmland. In their desire to preserve their customs and remain separate from the intruders, the natives were left with two choices: they could fight the newcomers or they could move up into the hostile environment of the then uninhabited mountains. They chose to battle with nature. And although they have managed to survive in the mountains as a people, this struggle has not been without its casualties. There is a flimsy truce with nature but the terms have not been easy for them. It is hard enough trying to make a living in the mountains but this is compounded by their superstitious beliefs; leaving their existence among these beautiful mountains unenviable. One particular belief has shaped their way of life. They believe that when they die, they turn into man-eating beings called bulalakaw. In their description of the dreaded creature, it describes a zombie monster. The only way to avoid being eaten by the bulalakaw is for them to leave their village and build new homes each time one of them dies. This gave them a somewhat nomadic lifestyle, unable to settle down long enough to develop the land and plant crops long term. Knowing the truth about death would drastically change their lives for the better. Because of their farming practices, or lack thereof, many of them do not get the nutrition they need. This is where our work comes in.
he children in the mission school often go to school with empty stomachs. For those who have tried to study while hungry, you know how frustratingly difficult this is. The teachers noted that their students had difficulty concentrating and would often look for ways to fill their bellies and ease the headache of hunger.
(L) The author, Pep Caballero, enjoys the sunrise on the hike to the Mangyan Village. (R) the author at a regular day at work
The missionaries would share their food but they have a limited budget themselves. They then decided to start a program where the students would receive one free meal a day during schooldays. This would not only help keep them from being distracted from schoolwork, it would also give them an incentive in coming to school as well as be a huge help to them nutritionally. Before the feeding program began, we were called upon to assess the students' nutritional status. We would then reassess them in a few months to see any improvement. We also asked friends for donations for medicines so we could do consultations and give out free medication. We were glad we did. Although the missionaries have been teaching the students about hygiene, there are those that have not embraced their teachings. Pigs roam around freely, and their animals sleep in their huts with them. In the absence of running water inside their huts, hand-washing before handling food is not often practiced. In their undernourished state, it is harder to fight diseases. The missionaries that work in these areas have many challenging obstacles ahead of them. But I saw their joy in service and we have witnessed the lives changed because of the gospel. It was a life-changing experience for us who participated.
We invite you to partner with our missionaries in the work being done in Occidental Mindoro. There are still many remote villages where clothes-wearing men have not reached. This is a solemn reminder that among our Filipino brothers and sisters, there are still many who have not yet heard about our Savior. While we ate waiting for His Second Coming, there are those who do not know that He has come for the first time. God wants to come again, but the gospel has not been preached to each kindred and tribe yet. If we cannot go ourselves, we can support those who do. If you want to be involved in this ministry, you may contact the Barolo family who have dedicated their lives to this cause. Peter and Jessica Barolo can be reached via their cell phones at +639355889585 and +639090350142. For videos of our mission trips or to learn more about this work, search for "creeytv" (pronounced "creative") in YouTube or Facebook. May this work bring more souls to the foot of the cross. Editor’s Note: Johnn Mark Caballero (BSBio’10), SHINES ON! as a physician currently serving at the Adventist Medical Center in Valencia, Bukidnon. Born to alumni members Michael B. Caballero & Elnorie Claveria Caballero, and a product of MVC’s Faith Elementary School, MVC Academy and Mountain View College, it is no surprise that he embodies the spirit of service.
Editor’s Note2: We looked up creeytv in YouTube as the author suggested and found many videos of the mission school and the work being done there. These 4 are a few of them. We were so touched that we posted 2 of these videos in two MVC alumni pages in Facebook. If you are an MVC alumni member ie: studied, taught or was employed at least one semester or 1 summer at MVC, and you are involved in outreach endeavors like this – please do share your story! CF Editor Lily Escara Lare can be reached via email at LyLare at Hotmail dot com or via Facebook Messenger under her own name.
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Human Ambulance -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJg2EykCQf0 How the missionaries raise funds -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL-QLMC-o8I Kimale Mission School -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt8iRYEd31U Pep Caballero & team’s Mission Trip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux2C-DHWxUE
Teaching Is Serving By Charity Betonio-Reyno, BEEd’83 “True education... has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the wider service in the world to come.” (Education, p. 13)
DA educators have developed a model made up of these three elements--physical, mental and spiritual development, often depicted as an equilateral triangle. In varying degrees, Adventist educational systems have endeavored to implement this balanced whole person perspective. But could it be that there might be a fourth dimension that is crucial to true education? There are indications that there is an added element that is vital for life and learning--one that incorporates time and space, integrates the social arena, and emphasizes service. This fourth element is the social dimension, in which service is the key component. Jesus, for example, "grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52) Later in his ministry, Christ went throughout Galilee, preaching the good news of the kingdom in their synagogues, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. We find four facets: teaching, preaching the gospel, healing and associating with others-in essence, the cognitive, spiritual, physical and social dimensions. Jesus’ life and ministry are our models, and Adventist education has an important role to play in producing Christians whose lives illustrate this integration of faith and learning, and practice. LOVE results in service, oriented first and foremost to God. Love to God also leads directly to serving others, particularly to those in need. Christ instructed His disciples, "Love one another as I have loved you…. By this man will know that you are my disciples." (John 13:34) To illustrate His definition of service, Christ told the story of a traveler on the road to Jericho, which highlighted three basic philosophies of life.
1. The philosophy of thieves: "I will take what you have.” 2. The philosophy of the priest and Levite: "l will keep what I have." 3. The Samaritan's philosophy was outward-looking, focused on others: “I will share what I have.” The Samaritan was the one who truly understood the concept of service and showed it in his life. The inn keeper was instructed by the Good Samaritan to take care of the patient and he will be paid when the Samaritan returns. Teachers are likened to the inn keeper who will take good care of every learner that will be entrusted to them under their class, knowing that they will be rewarded later. This school year in my Grade 1 class, the kids learned to pray to the true God. One mother came to me one day and reported that their idol was found inside their closet. My student revealed that she was the one who hid it. Because according to her it is only made by man using wood. It has eyes but cannot see, it has ears but cannot hear, has mouth but cannot talk, it has nose but cannot breathe, it has hands but cannot carry, it has feet but cannot walk. This little girl told her family that they should only pray to the living God. As teachers we are educating our learners for Eternity. Our ultimate aim is to restore in man (our students) the lost image of God. Editor’s Note: Charity Betonio-Reyno (BEEd’83) SHINES ON! as a church school teacher in Ibajay, Aklan.
Indescribable Joy By Elnorie “Inday” Claveria-Caballero, BSC’79
ur family has lived in Africa as missionaries since 1997 but I have never been directly involved in preaching. My work as a missionary in Kenya evolved around office work.
During a division office morning worship, a call was made to participate in Total Member Involvement (TMI)—a GC initiative to encourage all SDA members to be involved in ministry. I knew I wasn’t a great preacher; but I prayed, “Lord, use me to bring souls to your kingdom.” The TMI Coordinator in our division listed down my name as one of speakers. I asked him why he did that. He replied, “I want you to experience the joy of seeing souls accept Jesus.” I was excited to see that happen. Even before the campaigns started, I was already praying for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the people who were going to attend. I was assigned as a children’s speaker in a church close to our division office. Thirty children came to attend the meetings during the weekdays and about a hundred during the weekends. I encouraged the children to invite their friends, neighbors and classmates. One nonAdventist boy named Steven invited another non-Adventist neighbor, also named Steven, to attend the meetings. At the end of the two-week campaign, a mass baptism was conducted. My heart burst with joy as I saw two young men (a result of our Prayer and Friendship Ministry), seven children, and the two Stevens give their hearts to Jesus, along with thousands of others from the neighboring churches in Nairobi, Kenya. After that experience in Kenya, my husband and I decided to join another TMI campaign in Tanzania. Again, we experienced the joy of seeing people being saved.
After the Tanzania TMI campaigns, the desire to continue the spirit of TMI still burns in my heart. I prayed to God for guidance and God impressed me to enroll the Farm Line workers (ECD park and grounds workers) to the Voice of Prophecy Bible School Lessons. With the help of ECD Maintenance worker, Kevin Amara, we were able to enroll 72 people from the grounds workers, maintenance workers, Construction workers, Maranatha project workers, and friends. Praise God 64 graduated last April 7, 2018 from VOP Discover Bible School. Others are still in the process of completing their lessons and getting ready for the next graduation. Above all, we praise God that out of 72 who enrolled, 10 precious souls have accepted Jesus as their personal Savior. Many more have indicated to be baptized in the next scheduled baptisms in the near future. There are many out there who are just waiting for us to invite them to God's kingdom. Are you ready to go out or look around your neighborhood, or within your household, and invite them for a closer walk with God? I have no talent to preach, I have no talent to do great things for God, but with God's help, and with much prayers, I can do Friendship and Prayer ministry. TMI is indeed a very fulfilling, enriching and life-changing experience. But what I am looking forward the most is the time when we all get to heaven and someone comes to me says, “Thank you. I am here because of you”.
Editor’s Note: Elnorie “Inday” Claveria-Caballero (BSC’79) SHINES ON! as a vibrant witness of God’s love. Last week, she retired from her duties as Administrative Secretary to the President of the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) in Kenya, East Africa and is now commencing a new chapter in her life as a retiree in Bagontaas, Bukidnon, Philippines.
Feeding the Lambs By Dorothy Fay Nebres John Beginnings
ilfredo Tenerife could barely contain his excitement as he and 25 others from Iloilo neared Mountain View College. He had heard so many stories, and now came his chance to experience life and learning from the School of the Light-first hand! It was May 1968. Fred, a fresh graduate of West Visayan Academy, set out for Mindanao, armed with determination and a willingness to work. As the eldest of six children, he knew it to be his responsibility to finish, and then help his 5 siblings (two brothers and three sisters) and parents back on the farm in Oton, Iloilo.
Work First… Since all students had to put in a deposit to be able to enroll, most hopefuls started work on their first summer on campus. Work supervisors Aquino and Aggabao didn’t lose time giving Fred his first work assignment: Empty the septic tank that ran from Ms. Rallos’ and Ms. Diaz’s quarters and the biology wing of the original Administration building. A bucket served as a scoop for the contents of the tank, which were then deposited into a wheelbarrow, to be transported to the pineapple fields behind the boys’ dorm. Fred squared his shoulders. He was used to hard work. As a child, he had been sent off to Iloilo, so that he could attend the first grade in a Seventh-day Adventist elementary school. Each morning he pumped bath water from the well and carried two buckets on his seven-year-old shoulders for the Gayoba children, making as many trips as needed. Bath water was fetched twice on Fridays. Thus, work with the buckets was not new. Mr. Aquino put a plank across the exposed septic tank. “To’, (Short for Toto, a common Ilonggo nickname) you stand on that side while I stand on this side to keep it steady.” Toto Fred stood obediently on the plank for a while, balanced by Mr. Aquino on the other side. His supervisor suddenly stepped off the plank, throwing Fred off balance and into the murky tank! By the time Fred crept back to the dorm after work that evening, it was past
nine, and the water had been shut off. The stench stuck to him tenaciously, and the only recourse left was to immerse himself in one of the barrels of water reserved for flushing the toilets. A few days later, Fred asked Mr. Aquino, “Sir, please stand on the plank to keep it steady.” His supervisor complied with the request. Fred’s turn had come--to quickly step off his side, dumping Mr. Aquino into the septic tank. Mr. Aquino came up spluttering and hurried off to his home in Logger’s Village to try to clean up. At least he would have access to running water. Emptying the septic tank took several weeks of back-breaking work: dip the bucket into the tank; empty its contents into the wheelbarrow to almost full; wheel the barrow over the stony path to the pineapple fields (some of the contents sometimes ‘accidentally’ spilled over when it was too heavy); tip the wheelbarrow over; head back to the septic tank for the next load. That first week of work, Fred had a few friends. By the second week, he had none. No one dared sit by him, because of the unmistakable odor that clung to him and refused to scrub off.
...And Then Eat With that first deposit taken care of from the septic tank work, Fred worked in nearly all the work departments--corn mill, rice, dorm, orchard, sugar mill, cafeteria, etc., for the next 6 years. The only departments he never worked for were the Library and the Registrar’s. During his stint as a guard, he found himself near the Food Factory at 3:00 one morning. “Why don’t you come in?” invited the workers. “We’re short of workers. We could do with some help.” Fred came in and helped mix and knead the dough for cinnamon bread. (The septic tank experience was in the distant past.) He ended up working there for three years. He enjoyed the work and the fact that no one went hungry there. He enjoyed the Food Factory so much that he copied the recipe for cinnamon rolls and slipped it into his wallet, not knowing the charm it would serve in his life.
Preparation As an Accounting major, Fred baked in the Food Factory in the morning, and worked accounts in the Business Office in the afternoons. Business Office workers (to this day) punched meal tickets and collaborated with the Purchasing Department. Fred became a trusted worker in the cafeteria, and a right hand to Ms. (Mommy) Lourdes Rallos. While others trembled at her voice, Fred was told in undertones, “Don’t run away when I’m scolding the workers. You just stand by me.” That’s when he understood that her bark was all bluff and no bite! He learnt short cuts for cooking in large batches, and ways to
save money when making purchases. He knew his place as a student, a worker, and a colleague, and yet kept on the lookout for ways he could help those around him.
The bearer is the owner--not (yet)! “‘To’, come over here and see this.” Some of Fred’s friends called him over. On Friday evenings the young men bent over the tables making “Sabbath greetings”. “We made one in your name and sent it to Merilyn Moreno.” “Sin-o na man?” (Who is that?) Fred was a man of few words and even less artistic abilities to be bothered with this fuss. At this time he was working as a guard, and part of Fred’s ‘job’was to deliver the ‘greetings’ from the boys’ dorm to the girls’ dorm on Friday evenings. By then he had also made it his business to find out who this Miss Merilyn Moreno was. Before each delivery, he picked out the twelve or so greetings designated for her from other aspiring gentlemen, thrown a few out, and those he deemed acceptable, he replaced with his own name as the sender. Miss Moreno, however, was no easy conquest. She, too had set her goals and fixed her eyes on these goals, not on the ‘Sabbath greetings’. Not even the adobong manok (chicken adobo), cinnamon rolls, and other goodies that found their way to her room stood a second glance.
Just Let Me Love You In 1973, Miss Moreno graduated from Nursing, AND gave in to Fred’s courtship of nearly 5 years -- one year of which he sacrificed his education for her, by violating his OP status (On Probation) just to obtain (sans gate pass) her financial clearance and deliver it to the Business Office. He was back in the gates the minute that one year was over, back to work in the college he loved, and back to pursuing the lady he had set his eyes on. He had given her a plaka (vinyl record) of the song “Just Let Me Love You”, and before she left MVC, he had her heart. Fred followed Merilyn to Canada after graduating in 1974 and they were married in September the next year at Willowdale SDA Church, Toronto, Canada.
Back to Beginnings Life for the young couple in Toronto was not easy. Jobs were scarce, and Fred often braved the sleet, snow, and mud of winter, to search ways to support his family. When an opening for dishwasher opened at Branson Hospital*, Fred literally jumped UP, and then jumped AT the opportunity. Work was work, after all; nothing new to him. (*The Adventist hospital was located on the same lot as the Adventist academy and church where Fred and Merilyn were married.) Even as he washed the endless line of trays and pots and pans, Fred never stopped being helpful, never stopped learning.
“My job could be yours not long for now. Why don’t you take some courses?” With this piece of advice from his boss, Fred enrolled at George Brown University. There, he learnt the science behind cooking and baking in large proportions, budgeting, and food preparation. Baking was, well, a piece of cake. (Thank you, Food Factory.) Budgeting was not rocket science. (Thank you, Accounting, Business office and MVC Cafeteria.) Food Preparation was a breeze (Thank you, Mommy Rallos). Fred finished just in time for his boss to hand the reins over. He was now Director of Food Services.
Timely Moves For twenty years, Fred served tirelessly at Branson Hospital. Then, Mr. Ulysses Guarin from the Conference came up to him. “Fred, Kingsway Academy needs a Food Services Director. Why don’t you apply for it?” He did and got the job. Not too long after he left, Branson Hospital was closed as an Adventist Institution, and reopened under the Ontario health system. Kingsway Academy, located east of Toronto, was about an hour’s drive from home. Fred simply left home at 3 or 4 in the morning, arriving at the cafeteria early enough to prepare breakfast, plan meals and do food preparations for the rest of the day. He was at work two or three hours before duty.
“Feed My Lambs” On top of his job as Food Services Director, Fred catered to church gatherings and private events. In the summer when there was no school, he would go on mission trips or go home to the Philippines. These trips inspired him and Merilyn to help rebuild the SDA church in
Marbel, South Cotabato--Merilyn’s hometown. They supported Bible workers to sow seeds of faith in the same area. Fred sponsored some of his siblings to migrate to Canada, and even brought his parents to live with them for a while. He was always feeding people, inside and outside of his job, even baking MVC-style cinnamon rolls for MVC gatherings, and goodies for the school bakery. “Mr. T”, as students knew him, served Kingsway College for 19 years, until August, 2016. Although there was no stopping feeding people, Fred felt it was time to dedicate more of his time to Merilyn, who he had asked to “Just let me love you” more than 40 years before. Work is a norm for Fred Tenerife. From childhood, to college and as family man, he has worked-- 20 years in Branson Hospital, and 19 in Kingsway College. Even in his retirement, he continues to cook, bake, and serve others, be it through baking goodies to give away, cutting brush for his neighbors or helping out in the community. In that quiet but dedicated way of his, he practices Jesus’ feeding of the thousands--not just by multiplying fish and loaves of bread, (or should that be dinner roast, pancit, and cinnamon rolls,) but also by following Jesus’ example of meeting the needs of people, before introducing them to the Gospel. Author’s Note: Fred keeps busy in their retirement in Toronto--catering for different events, going on mission trips (Mexico), serving as deacon in the church he and Merilyn got married in. The church they have been rebuilding in Marbel, South Cotabato is close to completion. They once again make a trip back in June (2018) after attending Merilyn’s Nursing reunion in California. After the building is completed, it will be handed over to the local conference. Their next plans? A church in Fred’s hometown of Oton, Iloilo, where it all began!
Driven by a Dream By Dorothy Fay Nebres- John
erilyn wondered where she was as she and a group of other young ladies walked together. She found herself in a strange new place, apparently, as she recognized nothing and no-one. They came to a shining white marble staircase and proceeded down the first flight. At the landing, they made a hairpin turn to the right, down to the next flight to the next floor. “Miss! Please help me! I need help!” She looked over the railing and saw a man on the ground floor wringing his hands and crying. Feeling the urgency, and almost in tears herself, she called back, “What’s the matter? I’m so sorry, I wish I could, but I can’t help you. I’m not a nurse!” “Not a NURSE?!” Merilyn abruptly sat up in bed. Not a nurse?! What was that dream about? The next morning she walked up to her mother. “Mama, I’m going to be a nurse.” “But child, you know that we cannot afford to send you to nursing school.” “I AM going to Mountain View College and am going to take Nursing.” Even as struggling farmers, Merilyn’s parents were faithful church members and made ways to send their daughters to Mountain View College, the School of the Light. Each girl knew that when she finished, she was to help the next sister through school. At Mountain View College, Marilyn worked hard. Nursing school cost a lot of money, and in those days, every student worked to be able to study. Either one worked in the morning and attended classes in the afternoon or attended classes in the morning and worked in the afternoon. And, “no work” meant “no eat”.
In the cafeteria, Merilyn scalded her hands in the hot water for washing dishes. But nothing stopped her. At times there was no money to clear her balance before exam time, but she kept on. Having set her mind on becoming a nurse, she would not let anything get in the way--not even that young man, Fred Tenerife, who kept sending Friday greetings, and somehow showing up wherever she was. After three years of the main campus Merilyn finally received notice of acceptance into the Nursing program proper, which would be held at Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital, in Iligan City. Iligan lay a long way from Marbel, South Cotabato, where she came from, and she had never been there before, but at last she was going to train as a nurse. The first day of clinical “shadowing” arrived. Dressed in their blue pin-striped uniforms, Merilyn and her classmates excitedly anticipated their first tour of the hospital --the only Adventist hospital in Mindanao at that time. Trying to keep their chatter down, the newcomers trailed behind the Clinical Instructors into the main lobby. Everyone wanted to take as much in of their surroundings. The group turned a corner and started climbing up the stairs to the wards on the second floor. Merilyn looked down at the steps. Somehow, they seemed familiar, although she had never set foot in that building before. She lifted her eyes, and her heart began to beat harder in her chest and in her ears. White marble stairs made a hairpin turn to the left and up to the second floor. She looked over her shoulder, down at the ground floor as she turned on the landing, and a jolt struck her. She was seeing everything EXACTLY as it had been in her dream years ago: the stairs, the horse-shoe like configuration of the building, the nursing stations on both sides, the gleaming white floors. This was it! This was the dream she had woken up from several years ago! Now she knew where she was. She was exactly where she had dreamt she would be and was on her way to becoming what she was not in her dream. She was becoming a nurse. Without a doubt, this was all a part of God’s plan. Merilyn graduated in 1973 with the first batch of MVC Nursing graduates.* (Students who wanted to go into nursing did their pre-clinical subjects on campus and were later sent to PUC (Philippine Union College) for the clinical division, up until her batch.) She went to Canada the following year and worked as a nurse until her retirement in 2017. She and Fred Tenerife live in Toronto (Canada). When they are not visiting her hometown in Marbel, Cotabato, they are busy caring for Marilyn’s parents at home (Merilyn’s mother passed away October last year) and ministering to others through the food ministry. The church they have been helping to build in Marbel is nearing completion. They will handing it over to the local conference once it is finished. *This batch of Nursing graduates will be having a reunion this month (May), in California!
Almer M. Alfonso, Sr., Civil Servant By Eddie and Ellen Zamora
he first time I knew Almer was when I started teaching at Mountain View College in 1966. I was a fresh graduate, and I was called to join the teaching faculty of MVC. Almer was also a fresh graduate from elementary school and had come to attend Mountain View College Academy. He was not entirely new to the region having been born in the municipality of Valencia and have grown up in the town proper. He learned to associate with his peers, young kids like him who came from different backgrounds. Some were children of MVC faculty members, while others were from families living in different localities like Almerâ€™s but were sent to MVCA for their secondary education. The friendships they developed during those four years together have remained very strong. Some of them have come together, here in Loma Linda, California, as well as at the College. They have enjoyed their times together even if they graduated from MVC Academy in 1970, which is almost half century ago. Almer started his college education at Silliman University in Dumaguete but returned to MVC for the remainder of his college education. He was a very likeable student, very friendly but never the boisterous type. He was well known for his prowess in tennis. Even faculty members liked playing with or against him, because their games would always be good ones. He graduated in 1975 with a degree in BS Biology. After graduation he enrolled at Southwestern University in Cebu City at the Matias M. Aznar Memorial College of Medicine. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1982. While at the college of medicine he met a beautiful young lady from the college of dentistry, Dr. Fe Asela Briones. They eventually married and started their practices in Valencia City, Bukidnon. Dr. Almer Alfonso started government service as a Municipal Health Officer at the Rural Health Unit and Family Planning Center in Valencia, Bukidnon in 1984. He held that position until 1992. As a physician in that position he basically helped many who could not
afford medical services. Patients received medical care and medicines but could not afford to pay for these services. At times he even had to give the patients food and monetary assistance. For his excellent service he gained popularity among the populace. He also served as president of the Association of Municipal Health Officers for three terms. Another phase of civil service he ventured into was Sangguniang Bayan member for the municipality of Valencia. In plain English, he was a municipal councilor. He held that position for three terms, 1992 to 2001. One project that he championed was the improving of the public market which used to be a muddy mess due to frequent rains in Bukidnon. It has since become a clean and cemented market place. In recognition of his good performance, Dr. Alfonso also became Regional Chairman, Region X, League of Councilors from 1999 to 2001. Of course his being a good councilor and friend of the masses came at some cost. Some people came to his home for free meals from early morning till late in the day. His being an excellent Municipal Officer was rewarded with a life membership into the Philippine Medical Association and Governor for Northeastern Mindanao in 1992. He has received many awards for his service as Municipal Health Officer, as a Municipal Councilor, as a physician, a professional, and for his work at protecting the environment. In 1998 Mountain View College awarded Dr. Almer Alfonso, Sr., Outstanding Alumnus. Much of his work was done without much fanfare, just because he loves what he did. Another great accomplishment he and his family contributed to was the conversion of their parents into the Adventist faith. Drs. Almer and Fe Alfonso have two children, Aprille Quijada, a Registered Nurse, and Almer Alfonso, Jr., who was a Barangay Kagawad in Valencia City. Almer and his two children have spent some time as students at MVC. At this time their families reside in Southern California. Our family, together with some former classmates and friends are very happy to have known them. We will gladly award them with a Friendship Award if one existed.
SULADS’ Corner: “Accidental Results in Extension” By Sulad Jedd Calayco. SULADS Comprehensive High School
e may sometimes think that the bad things that happen to us are consequences of our evil actions. Simply said, we are cursed if bad things happen on us. I don’t believe in this view. What I believe is what is written in the Bible that everything happens for a reason under the heavens. In all things I shall give thanks and rejoice. It is not always easy but this is what the Bible says. I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and it became the avenue which resulted in me being greatly blessed. May 12, 2017 was the day I was injured in a motorcycle accident. At first, I thought I only had bruises or minor wounds. The accident happened around 3:00PM Friday at Butong, Quezon, Bukidnon. I woke up to see people surrounding me. A rescuer had been called. Sir Simi and Ma’am Jie were worried but I just felt so calm as I was brought to Valencia Sanitarium. We reached the hospital at around 5:00PM. We knew that my X-ray results would be available on Monday or the next day but I asked God to please have it ready that same day. Lo and behold, just a minute after my X-rays were taken the result were there! When I left the hospital, we decided that I should be seen by a “hilot” to see if he could fix my twisted elbow. I prayed, “Lord help me, use me once again.” Without delay, God answered my plea and I felt well again immediately. As I recuperated, I was reminded of the things I had done that were not pleasing to God. The accident was a beautiful reminder of who and what I was at that time. Because of that accident I was called again to serve Him. My accident was not to be the end of my life but rather a fresh start of a Godly life. My life is just borrowed and now I have an extension which I shall use to His glory! © SULADS International, Inc.
“When Everyone Receives an Award” By Sulad Lowel I. Limbagan, (GO-SULADS Volunteer) SULADS Supervisor "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Revelation 22: 12
he closing program is one of the most awaited moments for every student in the school program. Not only can they rest from all school work and assignments, it is also the day when students will know whether they can be promoted to the next higher level. Most of all students will receive their excellence and honor awards. In the SULADS Literacy Centers, I observed something different from other schools every closing program that I have attended. Among all formal private and public schools, only diligent and bright students could receive awards. But in the SULADS mission school, I have noticed that all students receive awards. I see the happy faces of the students as they go on stage to receive ribbons or medals to hang on their chests. I know that culturally, Natives like fair treatment among themselves. They are saddened when they see some individuals receive awards or medals while others don’t. So missionaries have decided that everyone should receive honors. Of course, there are those who will receive excellence awards. I was once touched when I attended a closing program before in Tasaday Mission School where a student was ridiculed by his classmates when he was called to receive an award. They wondered how this boy could receive an award when he was frequently absent in class. The student was very happy as he went to the stage to receive his “MOST ABSENTEE STUDENT AWARD.” He didn’t understand what it meant but was still so happy to have it hung around his neck. I realized that it gave him a good motivation or commendation. Well, when Jesus comes there will be an awarding. The Bible says the Lord will give a reward according to the things we have done. But Jesus is more loving than the missionaries in the mission school. I know that by His grace, He will reward even those who have failed many times but have come to Jesus for forgiveness. I pray that when Jesus comes again all of us, as well as the people we worked for in the mountains, would receive the best reward - EVERLASTING LIFE. © 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
eeding some clothes cleaned in a hurry, a man searched this small Georgia town in which he was visiting until he found a sign which read: "Cleaning and Pressing, 24-Hour Service."
After explaining his needs, he said, "I'll be back for my suit tomorrow." "Won't be ready till Saturday," replied the proprietor. "But I thought you had 24-hour service," the customer protested. "We do, son," the proprietor said reproachfully. "But we only work eight hours a day. Today's Thursday - eight hours today, eight hours Friday, eight on Saturday. That's 24-hour service." (from Mikey's Funnies)
passenger train is creeping along, painfully slow. Finally, it creaks to a complete halt. A passenger sees a conductor walking by outside. "What's going on?" she yells out the window. "Cow on the track!" replies the conductor.
Ten minutes later, the train resumes its slow pace. Within five minutes, however, it stops again. The woman sees the same conductor walking by again. She leans out the window and yells, "What happened? Did we catch up with the cow again?" (from GCFL)
t a diner, I was standing in line to pay my bill behind two women who handed the young waitress a credit card.
After swiping the card, she loudly called out to her manager, "Mr. Allen, what do I do if it says 'reject'?" As the women's faces reddened and customers turned to look, Mr. Allen, also the cook, calmly walked out from the kitchen. "Well," he answered, "the first thing you do is shout it out loud enough to embarrass the customer, who might have been thinking about leaving you a tip." (from Cybersalt Digest)
Full Service Stop
guy comes into a coffee shop and places his order: "I want three flat tires and a pair of headlights."
The waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, goes to the kitchen & asks the cook, "This guy out there just ordered three flat tires and a pair of headlights. What does he think this is, an auto parts store?" "No," the cook says, "three flat tires means three pancakes and a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up." "Oh," says the waitress. She thinks about this and then she spoons up a bowl of beans and gives it to the customer. The guy says "What are the beans for?" The waitress replies "I thought that, while you're waiting for the flat tires and headlights, you might want to gas up." (from Christian Voices)
y husband is a service technician for an exterminating company. One of the rules is that he must confirm his appointments by phone the night before a service call.
One evening, he called a customer and said to the man who answered, "Hi, This is Garry from the pest-control company -- your wife phoned us." There was silence for a moment, and then my husband heard the man say, "Honey, someone wants to speak to you about your relatives." (from Clean Humor Digest)
Customer Service Rep
ustomer-service reps repeat the same tired phrases so often that we can do the job in our sleep. We hear a beep telling us a customer is on the line, and we're on. I never knew how this humdrum routine affected us until a co-worker had heart surgery. She was coming to, following her operation, when she heard the beep of the heart monitor. In her anesthetized stupor, she groggily said, "This is Sue. Can I help you?" (from Da Mouse Tracks)
woman went to a computer dating service and said she didn't care about looks, income or background. All she wanted was a man of upright character.
Then a man came in and told them the only thing he was seeking in a woman was intelligence. The service matched them together at once because they had one thing in common -they were both compulsive liars! (from PearlyGates)
e were standing in line outside a busy restaurant. The harried hostess was checking to find out how many people were in each group. "Party of two," the woman behind us said to her, "and could we please have Michelle?"
Annoyed looks turned to knowing smiles when she added, "Michelle is my daughter, and just once in my life I want her to wait on me!" (from Cybersalt Digest)
utraged by the high charges that the computer service wanted for repair work, one employee asked her co-worker which service she used.
"My sons," was the reply. "They both have degrees in Computer science." "So you get that kind of work done for nothing," the friend marveled. The co-worker smiled. "Actually, I figured that it cost me about $140,000 for my kids to fix my computer for free." (from Da Mouse Tracks)
ne caller to our answering service gave me his name, number and message and then said, "You know my name. What's yours?"
"4136," I replied, since we were allowed only to give our operator numbers. Sounding disappointed, he said, "May I call you by your first digit, or would that be too personal?" (from GCFL)
The Awesome and Spectacular Mount Bromo
n our beautiful planet there are a few places I could confidently call ‘otherworldly’ and Mount Bromo is otherworldly. Fewer still are places that can impose such a profound sense of awe and wonder where the simple act of seeing is enough to satisfy an avid explorer’s wild curiosity and still Mount Bromo gives you that. For atop Mount Bromo you would get a feeling like you were staring at some strange and fascinating alien world... Watching the stars dance above this extraordinary landscape. Mt. Bromo Indonesia’s top adventure destination. And while Indonesia houses many visual treasures, Mount Bromo is widely recognized as one of the most impressive. Part of the Tengger Massif (a smoldering volcanic complex surrounded by a sea of whipping black sand) and situated in a large caldera, Mt. Bromo is the collapsed remains of a once giant
volcano. It last erupted in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Yet at 2,329 m high and endlessly billowing smoke and steam across the barren landscape, it certainly is the most prominent in the volcanic complex. Next to Mt. Bromo is Mt Semeru, Indonesiaâ€™s most active volcano which regularly spews white sulfurous smoke every 20 minutes. It lies in the middle of the Sea of Sand within the massive Tengger Caldera and with a height of 3,676 meters (12,060 feet) it is the largest mountain on the island of Java. The other other volcanos nearby are Mt. Batok (2,470m), Mt Kursi (2,581m), Mt Watangan (2,661m) and Mt Widodaren (2,650m). All these peaks are active volcanos except for Mt Batok which is now covered with vegetation. Mt Widodaren possesses a cave considered sacred by the local Tengger. Together, the Bromo-Tennger-Semeru National Park located in East Java, Indonesia, spans a massive 800 square kilometers. Semeru National Park located in East Java, Indonesia, spans a massive 800 square kilometers..
Mt. Bromo: After seeing incredible photos of Mount Bromo (pronounced by the Javanese as Brahma, after the Hindu creator god), my wife and I decided to explore the magnificent volcanoes ourselves. Armed with the address, a map of Java, sheer determination, and a strong desire to see the place we took on a 2-day journey from our home in Bandung to Probolinggo, East Java. Because we did not know where to lodge, we brought with us an inflatable mattress so that anytime we got tired I could just pull over, park the car, and sleep. My wife brought an electric fan powered by small batteries that can last until the morning. Many people come to Mt Bromo to see the stars, the Milky Way, meteors, zodiacal light phenomenon, sunrise, sunset, Magellanic Clouds and etc. Magellanic Clouds or Nubeculae Magellani are a duo of irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere
including Indonesia. Polynesians of old used these as important navigation markers and the Mauri used this to predict winds. Mt Bromo is one of the best place to view the Milky Way. It has a lot to offer to an avid astro-photographers and stargazers than just the awesome sunrise or sunsets. On a clear sky, you can see the Milky Way appearing as the moon sets in between Mount Bromo and Mount Batok. You might witness the beautiful Milky Way galaxy unveiling itself as the moon setsin. And each year on September from atop Mount Bromo, one can see four galaxies within one night: the Large Magellanic Cloud, Small Magellanic Cloud, Andromeda and the Milky Way. From the City of Probolinggo in East Indonesia, we drove uphill for about an hour until we reached the mountain village of Cemoro Lawang which is on the edge of Mount Bromo. From the village, you need to sleep overnight and arrange a Toyota Land Cruiser that will bring you near the top of Mount Penanjakan (2,770 m or 9,088 ft) on the following day at 2 AM. From there, you have to walk to the view point. On the way, you can find an army of jeeps ferrying tourists to the view point along the narrow road leading to the peak. The temperature at Mt Bromo sometimes drops to 32 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 5 degrees Celsius) and conditions worsened with strong winds. On our visit, it did drop to 0 degrees centigrade while the temperature at the top was below zero. Yet we braved the cold to watch the spectacular sunrise. We saw the wonderful zodiacal light phenomenon which is also known as the “false dawn”, an eerie light looking like a hazy pyramid extending from the eastern horizon sometimes hours before sunrise [Editor’s note: Stargazers in the United States and Canada do not see this.] We saw the Milky Way. And after sunrise, we saw the three volcanoes: Mt Bromo, Mt Batok, and Mt Semeru. It was a spectacular sight to watch the 3 volcanos from the distance.
After watching the sunrise in the view point, we road back on our hired vehicle and went downhill to the â€œSea of Sandâ€?. At the Sea of Sand, near the Hindu temple, you have to ride
a horse to climb to the edge of the dangerous crater. Horseback riding was a new experience for my wife Lucy. We stopped at the foot of Mt Bromo just a few meters to the top and the crater! The landscape at that point felt like you were at another planet or perhaps in the crater of the moon. Meanwhile, I was really afraid I might fall down into the deep crater of Mt Bromo – and it had smoke coming up from below. And in our excitement, we forgot that we had missed both our breakfast and lunch. Our experience at Mt Bromo was very memorable to us. I would want to visit again someday soon.
SDA in East Java Late in 1905 the Fox family – Sarah Fox and her eldest daughter – moved from Singapore to Surabaya -East Java, the second biggest city of Indonesia. They became the first Seventhday Adventists to live in Java. About this time a Chinese woman, Miss Sim Gee Nio, joined the Singapore Mission and began to take a leading role in its missionary activities. She spoke Chinese, English, and Malay. Early in 1908 she, too went to Surabaya to help in mission work. These three ladies, became the earliest missionaries to East Java where Mount Bromo is located. Today, East Java Conference has 70 churches, 7,938 church members, and three schools namely: East Java Academy, Malang Academy, Surabaya Academy and an Adventist Book Center. I never dreamed that I would have an opportunity to visit these placed. If not for the work of the SDA church, I would have not been to these beautiful places. It is my routine that after a long trip abroad, I have to spend time with my family. In Psalms 19:1 says “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork”. The stars in the sky and all that are in the universe reminded us that there is a God who is the creator of all these heavenly things and all these marvelous things of nature are his works. He is worthy of our praise and worship.”
In Closing … Announcements | From The Mail Bag | Prayer Requests | Acknowledgment Meet The Editors |Closing Thoughts
Our Condolences The members of the Pioneer Class of 1972, MVC School of Nursing, and the CyberFlashes staff, wish to convey their sympathies to the Pepito and Tabaranza families on the passing of Rachel Pepito Tabaranza last week. The funeral was held last Wednesday, May 9, at the Maria Cristina Gardens overlooking Iligan Bay. Rachel Tabaranza was a member of the Pioneer Class, the first graduates of MVC School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse at the then Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital. She also spent some time as an OFW nurse in the Middle East. She was married to Leonardo “Boy” Tabaranza. Our sincerest condolences to the family and students of Ruth Reyes Fabella who passed away last Sabbath in the Philippines. A graduate of Philippine Union College, she later became a teacher and mentor of many MVCians who went to PUC/AUP or/and AIIAS for further studies. Mrs. Fabella is survived by her husband Dr. Armand T. Fabella, their children Armand and Ellen, their children’s respective spouses and children, and many loved ones. Her memorial service will be held tomorrow, May 12, at Loma Linda Fil-Am Church where Pastor Fabella had served as church pastor. And our sympathies also to the family of Atty. Nick Baguio who passed away two days ago in Iligan City. Although not an MVCian per se, Attorney Baguio is well respected by MVCSN graduates (who did their clinical rotation at Iligan Sanitarium and Hospital) for his community involvement and influence. He always took time to get the student nurses involved in community outreach and projects and opened his home to them. He is survived by his wife Carol, their three children, extended family members and many friends. Let us remember in our prayers the family members left behind by these dear individuals.
Congrats Glendyle Cayamanda Levinskas!
ongratulations to Glendyle Cayamanda Levinskas (MVCSN Zirconâ€™89) for being recognized as a 2018 AORN Nurse of the Year! The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) represents more than 41,000 RNs in the United States and abroad who facilitate the management, teaching, and practice of perioperative nursing. Organized in 1954, the group was organized by OR nurses who were concerned about standardizing OR techniques, education programs and promoting friendship among OR nurses. For Glendyle to have been recognized as the 2018 AORN Nurse of the Year by her Chapter is truly an honor not only for her but also for Mountain View College School of Nursing and Filipino nurses in general. During the awarding ceremony her passion and dedication to the nursing profession was cited. Her hard work and leadership was mentioned. They mentioned how she was instrumental in getting her AORN Chapterâ€™s membership grow and how she was influential in extending a scholarship/sponsorship, and that her leadership goes far and beyond what she does in the operating room by being a Nurse Research Intern at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Glendyle is the past president of their AORN East Tennessee Chapter. Earlier this week she was inducted as Vice President of the AORN Nashville Chapter (#4304). May she continue to ever SHINE ON! Till Jesus Comes!
From the College President Gladden Flores (This letter is being posted in CF the 2nd time) April 19, 2018 Dear Joy, Greetings to all of you there. Hope everything is going fine with you and your family. We have just finished our youth congress and it was very enjoyable experience for our youth and once youth for the whole week. Around 18K were in attendance. Regarding the home coming activity for next year, July 15-19, 2019, the Nursing faculty and staff have reminded me that the School of Nursing Alumni would like to have this homecoming exclusive for themselves alone. They want to have more time for bonding and recollections of their past experiences on the campus and their life in the clinical division. For this reason, we are giving in to their request to have this gathering solely for the School of Nursing. We hope to have a general alumni-homecoming in the future. The SULADS will have their homecoming this year and those who wish to join are very much welcome to the campus. Hope to see you on campus during that time. May God richly bless you and all alumni worldwide. Kind regards, Gladden
EDITORSâ€™ NOTE: MVC School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Reunion is on July 15-20, 2019. This is NEXT YEAR. The regular Alumni Reunion for the college at large will be rescheduled for the future. Please help pass the word!
From SULADS’ Datu Puti, Don Christensen Joy: As I was updating the MVCollege.org website this evening I noticed that the Cyberflashes nowhere references the www.suladsinternational.org website. I have put all information available for the Sulads event in that site including a more secure way to sign up than with the google documents procedure. You can reference this if you wish. Don Christensen S EDITORS’ NOTE: • Updates on the SULADS Reunion, including Registration for the event, will be found in www.suladsinternational.org th • SULADS 50 Anniversary Reunion will be in 8 weeks: June 24-July 1, 2018
Some of the most nurturing, self-sacrificing service is made by loving parents and dedicated nurses. We take this opportunity to pause to thank all the moms and all the nurses for all that they do
SULADS’ Announcements: 1. SULADS’ 50th Anniversary Reunion – June 24-July 1, 2018 at MVC Campus. (8 weeks away!) This announcement is repeated for redundancy purposes as we continue to receive inquiries as to when the event is to take place. ☺ 2.
To Register – go to http://www.suladsinternational.org/
3. Interested in visiting the SULADS Mission Schools during the reunion or the Comprehensive High School for Lumads (SCHSL) which was mentioned in today’s issue? There will be opportunities for this! Inform the event planners of your interest by completing the portion included in the registration form. 4. Transportation to MVC – if you need someone to pick you up at the Cagayan de Oro airport or the Davao airport, please indicate in the registration form. 5. SOUVENIR BOOK deadline has been moved to May 10, 2018. We welcome all to be part of this unique, SULADS’ 50th Anniversary Reunion souvenir by submitting your photo/message (ad). If you wish, work with your church treasurer in coordination with your local SULADS leaders ie: Asher Himbing (SULADS USA), Chlowe Mantalaba (SULAD Thailand), Limwil Ramada (SULADS Canada), or in the Philippines Mike Halasan or Darlene Sabandal. ( ) Business – Full Page ( ) Business – Half Page
( ) Personal – Full Page $100.00 ( ) Personal – Half Page $ 60.00 ( ) Thanks. I’ll just donate ________ Note: All payments should be equivalent to the local currency of the country where you live. Advertiser’s Name _________________________ Advertiser’s Message: Facebook Acct Name _______________________ Cellphone # ______________________________ Solicited by ______________________________
Pls attach 1-2 good quality photos.
Date ___________________________________ Check payable to: ____________ (check with your local SULADS contact as listed above). Submit ad forms to Asher Himbing: firstname.lastname@example.org (909.206.7778) or to Joy Caballero-Gadia at email@example.com DEADLINE moved to the end of May
Alumni Calendar When
2018. Jun24-Jul 1 2018. Aug31, Sept 1-2 2019. Jul 15-19 To Be Determined 2019 Aug 12-17
SULADS Anniv Reunion MVC School of Nursing Alumni Reunion, N. America MVC School of Nursing 50th Anniversary Reunion (not joint) MVC Alumni Homecoming NEW Int’l Pathfinder Camporee
MVC Campus Florida, USA
For More Info http://www.suladsinternational.org Raylene Baumgart
Dr. Gladden Flores
MVC Campus Oshkosh, WI
Dr. Gladden Flores
Prayer Requests FOR THE CONTINUED HEALING OF: Ching Rivera, Jerusalem Era, Ellen Fabella, Virgie Osita, Pastor Oseas Zamora, Pastor Remelito Tabingo and members of the MVC Alumni & Friends who are sick. COMFORT FOR THE BEREAVED FAMILIES OF: Atty. Nick Baguio, Ruth Fabella, Rachel Tabaranza, Gabby Palapar, Honrado Pamintuan , Joe Cortez & his wife Ruth Generato Cortez, Bella Tawatao, Solpen Solilapsi Pierce, Lydia Hilado Ombiga, and other families who recently lost their loved ones.
Meet The Editors This week’s issue of Cyberflashes was by Lily Escara Lare. Next issue will be in two weeks. It will be by Raylene Rodrigo Baumgart. 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: • Johnn Mark “Pep” Caballero, Charity Betonio-Reyno, Elnorie Claveria Caballero, Dorothy Fay Nebres-John in collaboration with Fred & Merilyn Tenerife, Eddie and Ellen Zamora for writing about service. • 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 By The Editor
close this issue with the announcement that my missionary service here in Africa is about to close, too.
This does not mean that my service to God will end. Rather, it means that I will be serving Him in another mission field after I say my "I do" to the man whom God has chosen for me. We will gladly go where God leads us. As you and I prepare for Jesus's Second Coming, sometimes we may feel that our contribution to God’s work is insignificant. Most of us do not know how to preach, we don’t know how to give Bible studies, and like me, some of us even struggle on how to teach the Sabbath School Lesson. How then can we help spread the good news of salvation? How can we serve the One who saved us and is coming to take us home? There is hope! If each of us will shine like a little candle in our little corner, then the place where we are will be brightened with the rays from the SON of God. Therefore, let us SHINE ON till Jesus comes!
Happy Sabbath, everyone!
Cyberflashes, May 11, 2018