DM Hosts “Mission to the Cities” Training
March 29, 2023 • in News & Events
Ellen G. White, a writer and co-founder of the Adventist church, emphasized in her book Ministry to the Cities, 112,1: “It is Satan’s purpose to attract men and women to the cities and to gain this object he invents every kind of novelty and amusement, every kind of excitement. And the cities of the earth today are becoming as were the cities before the Flood.”
Pr. Joel R. Quipanes, NDR-IEL Director and Field Secretary, welcomed the delegates with inspiring messages “Knowing people, we gain benefits, and in knowing God, we have the best advantage and rewards,” while Pr. Rene Rosa welcomed the delegates as the head of all NDR-IEL Directors /Field Secretaries of the South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC).
The worldwide Adventist headquarters or General Conference (GC) has sent Pr. Robin Willison, Consultant for Adventist Missions and wife Mrs. Zeny Willison, GC Consultant for United Nations (UN), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). They will discuss the comprehensive ministry we should accomplish, the church with community assessment, God’s plan for city work, and our tasks in finishing God’s work reaching the broad spectrum of society by working with the laity.
Southern Asia- Pacific Division (SSD) has sent its NDR –IEL Director /Field Secretary, Pr. Arnel Gabin with his wife, Dr. Irelyn Gabin, the Assistant NDR –IEL Director /Field Secretary. They are tasked to inspire our field secretaries on the urgency of the urban mission and reaching the elite through a psychological and spiritual approach and the importance of a growth mindset and evangelism.
Delegates who will soon conduct more intensive city evangelism are the following NDR –IEL Field Secretaries: Pr. Elmer L. Dulang (Zamboanga Peninsula Mission); Pr. Jerrymil Pamonag (Western Mindanao Conference); Pr. Lonie Cena (Northeastern Mindanao Mission); Pr. Eliezer Bacus (North Central Mindanao Conference); Pr. Penny Garcesa (Southern Mindanao Mission); Pr. Jeiel R. Base (Central Mindanao Mission); Pr. Baby Larry S. Labang (Northern Davao Mission) and Pr. Joel Quipanes of the host Davao Mission.
Also present during the training is Pr. Jimmy Jiamah Adil, Adventist Missions of SPUC, whose significant focus of evangelism is for the indigenous communities or lumads, Muslims, Chinese, and highly vulnerable communities in the mountains, islands, and cities.
Sister Ellen G. White continued to shed light regarding this mission to the cities in Evangelism chap. 32, “Again and again, I am instructed to present to our churches the work that should be done in our large cities. There is a great work to be done, not only where we have churches already established, but also in places where the truth has never been fully presented.” In addition, “mission work should be done in all our large cities. There is special talent among us for this line of labor, and this talent should be educated and trained. Ministry to the Cities, 56, 1. (Dan Florante Callo/DM Communication)