They came to be revived, reformed, and re‐affirmed ‐‐ because they believed that their marriages deserve the best!
February 13-14, 2015 | Philippine Trade Training Center
The North Philippine Union Conference FESTIVAL OF COUPLES on February 13‐ 14, 2015 held at the Philippine Trade Training Center brought together 170 couples from all walks of life. They came to celebrate the two institutions established by God in the Garden of Eden—Marriage and Sabbath! They came and met other couples, from the four Missions and two Conferences of Luzon, who shared their testimonies of God’s transforming power in their relationships. They came to learn from other couples as they talked about the ministries they are involved in that have kept them closer to God and to each other. They came to be equipped to minister to other couples who turn to them for help. They came to be an inspiration to other couples. They came to be revived, reformed, and re‐affirmed ‐‐ because they believed that their marriages deserve the best!
In his keynote address on Friday evening and sermon on Sabbath morning entitled Serving the Lord Together‐ Part I & Part II, Pastor Francisco Gayoba, president of Adventist University of the Philippines, emphasized that, “Marriage is more than a couples’ love for each other, or for their children. Marriage in the Bible is also the couple working with God to fulfill His mission of bringing people into a salvation experience with Jesus Christ. We can see such a marriage in Aquila and Priscilla – where their migrations, ministry, and commitment to the mission of the Church served the purposes of God.”
Pr. Jose Orbe Jr, NPUC director of Communication, together with his wife Joyosthie imparted tips on how to be Partners With A Shared Ministry in the Sabbath morning Plenary Session; Ma. Rizaline Ciron‐Alfanoso, NPUC director of Health Ministries, discussed in the afternoon Plenary Session how couples can be involved in the Comprehensive Health Ministry.
Breakout sessions on Sabbath morning and afternoon led the attendees to focus on other areas where they can fulfill God’s mission. In her topic Revolutionary Parenting, Miriam Liwanag‐Andres, director of the Dept. of Family Ministries of the Southern Asia‐Pacific Division, reiterated that the home is the first mission field. Pastor Mark Monreal, head of the Chaplaincy Dept. of Adventist Medical Center‐Manila and his wife Sharon, mentioned in their presentation The Ministry of Counseling in the Local Church, “When people who are in crisis seek your help
and you respond by giving your opinion or a thought, in that moment you are probably God’s instrument to be a channel of divine guidance.”
Medel & Vigie Cueto from Tiaong, Quezon shared this observation: “Before the NPUC Festival of Couples, we thought that we are “fulfilled” as a couple when we are physically intimate. Little did we know that having a mission or ministry, where we put somebody else’s needs before ours, makes our joy complete!” Most of the attendees asked , “When will be the next Festival of Couples? We were not only blessed with the timely presentations, but more so with the sharing we had with the other couple attendees.” Wendell, wife of Oemer Daquila, mentioned to another attendee, “After listening to Pastor Frank Gayoba’s messages (Friday night and Hour of Worship), we are more inspired to be Aquila & Priscilla! By God's grace and guidance, we dream to be like them as well... Partners With A Mission!
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