Adventist educators gather in Samal

June 18, 2018 • in News & Events

More than 50 Adventist teachers from public school or Department of Education (DepEd) in the Davao region gathered for a Sabbath Fellowship at Brgy. Anonang, Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal on June 16 (Saturday).

The Seventh-day Adventist DepEd Educators Association (SDADepEdEA), a group of Adventist teachers who work in the government, particularly in Davao City Division were convinced that Kaputian is the perfect place to hold such event. The objectives of this kind of gathering are to strengthen the bond of the group and help the Adventist teachers in Samal Division and mobilize them.

Mr. Ernie S. Miape of Davao City National High School and president of the SDADepEdEA, narrated how the group came up with this idea. He mentioned that the group was only intended for their action plan research until someone suggested that they will make it as an association so that Adventist teachers in public school will be united especially in bringing Jesus to their colleagues and students.

“This group was organized to cater the needs of Adventist teachers in public schools especially the Sabbath issues,” Miape said.

During the divine worship, the teachers were reminded by the message of the guest speaker Mr. Melvin Paul, School Director of Southeastern College of Padada that teachers must speak of the same language for heaven. It emphasizes the attitude of the teachers towards their teaching environment, co-teachers, and to the students. He also encouraged the fellow workers to be an example and a light to the world.

“Obedience is the number one factor that a teacher must have”, Paul emphasized. “Those who wanted to be a leader must know how to obey because a good leader is a good follower.”

In response to the call of other teachers, Mr. Bethuel Marojenos, Principal of Kaputian Elementary School shared his thoughts about the fellowship. During interview he mentioned that he was very happy because the SDADepEdEA helped and informed them in organizing this kind of group.

It is very helpful for us, this fellowship gave us the chance to show the unique approach of teaching as Adventist. It will strengthen our relationship as well as the ministry which is to proclaim the message,” he added.

The fellowship was indeed remarkable for the teachers, listening to the inspiring messages and music made them more energized. On Sabbath afternoon, different teachers of different schools shared their testimony about their teaching and how they handle the pressure in their workplace. (Vecente Macalua/Photo by AdventistMedia)

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