Adventist educators gather in Samal

June 18, 2018 • in News & Events

There were more than 50 Adventist teachers from public school under the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Davao region who 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 working in the government, particularly in the Davao City Division was convinced that Kaputian was the perfect place to hold such an event. The objectives of this gathering were to strengthen the bond of the group and help in any way possible the Adventist teachers in Samal Division and to mobilize them for service.

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 originally intended for action plan research. However, it evolved into an association of Adventist teachers in public school, which could be a rich forum for unity among them as they engaged into becoming ambassadors for Christ in their workplace among their colleagues and students.

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

During the Divine Worship, the teachers were encouraged by the message of the guest speaker, Mr. Melvin Paul, school director of Southeastern College of Padada. He emphasized that teachers must speak the language that heaven desires for each of them. He emphasized that right attitude towards their teaching environment, their co-teachers, and their students is much needed. He encouraged them to be model and 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 their fellowship. During the interview, he mentioned that he was very happy because the SDADepEdEA helped them organized this group.

“It is very helpful to us. This fellowship gave us the chance to show the unique approach of teaching, being Adventists. It strengthens our relationship, as well as engaging us into the ministry of proclaiming the everlasting message,” he added.

The fellowship was believed to be remarkably inspiring to the teachers, as they listened to messages and music. On Sabbath afternoon, teachers from different schools shared their testimony about their teaching and how they handled the pressures in their workplace. (Vecente Macalua/Photo by AdventistMedia)

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