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Year End Report: Shepherdess International

By Delba B. de Chavez

January 2018 |

Ministerial Wives: Sisters In Service

NPUC Shepherdesses are of different shapes,sizes, temperaments, profession, gifts, and perspectives. Nevertheless, they are one in mission—Sisters In Service: Seeking Intentionally for souls – SIs. Likewise, Preachers’ Kids are also committed to be used in the Lord’s work throughtheir talents, financial support, and presence.

SPOTLIGHT 2017: SHEPHERDESS EVANGELISM

Palawan Adventist Mission

With the collaboration of the elders’ wives, the Women’s Ministries, and the Shepherdess International at the Central Church of Taytay (Palawan), Pastor Dan and wife Glenda Matulac, launched an evangelistic meeting on May 21-28, 2017. Glenda was the main speaker. Prior to the nightly meetings, the team rendered the following services: Barangay Clean Up, Healthy Cooking Demonstration, Nutrition Drive, Storytelling, and Organized Games for the kids.

Three families and seven more individuals accepted Jesus Christ through baptism. To house the new congregation, the CARE Group who was responsible in preparing them for the evangelistic meeting, started the church building project.

Teresita Rongo, a staff worker of Palawan Adventist Mission (PAM), responded to the need of sowing the gospel seeds as early as July 2017. She was supported and encouraged by her fellow workers and her children working abroad, and the Narra District. Prior to the meetings, a medical rally was sponsored by the Adventist Hospital- Palawan (AHP) and PAM’s Health Ministries Department headed by Lanieflor Deapera-Malabad. More than two hundred people received free medical consultations, medicines and food supplements, and dental services offered by the unified team of doctors, dentists, nurses, and medical technologists from AHP.

Through the Total Member Involvement of the Narra District brethren and sisters, 19 precious souls received Christ as their personal Savior and were baptized by Pr. Ortham Ronggo.

South-Central Luzon Conference

South-Central Luzon Conference Shepherdesses held a reaping campaign at Sta. Monica Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 22-28, 2017. Twelve precious souls were baptized from the CARE Groups of Sta. Monica and San Roque in San Pablo City.

Nightly speakers were SIs Ellen Panaglima, Bing Panghulan, Elizabeth Fofue, Sharon Lipit, and Analyn Fiecas. They expounded the Word of God using health and family principles. The team, composed of 19 Shepherdesses, visited and held Bible studies with the interests daily. Some of the SIs served as health lecturers; others were in-charge of the music; and several conducted prayer sessions during the evangelistic campaign.

A one-day community service was conducted and they served a total of 90 patients: Dental – 40, Carada Scan – 25, and Optical - 25.

PAM-wide Shepherdesses, Deaconesses, and Elders’ Wives Retreat

After months of much prayer and preparation by the Shepherdess International Coordinator, Lanieflor Malabad and her team of pastoral wives, the PAM-wide Shepherdesses, Deaconesses, and Elder’s Wives Retreat took place on October 20-21, 2017 at Palawan Seaview Resort, with the theme: “CONNECT – Building Relationship With God and With Each Other.”

The retreat aimed to create bonding among the pastors’ wives, deaconesses, and elders’ wives in the whole province of Palawan, where 125 participants represented all the districts, except Coron and Cuyo (separate islands). Aside from bonding with each other as co-laborers for God, it allowed the women Time Alone with God (TAG) amidst nature. This was a time for everyone to relax and reflect on God’s goodness in their lives as the Bible says in Psalm 40:10, “Be still and know that I am God”.

The retreat was planned in such a way that the participants would have enough time for sharing and reflecting. The attendees were divided into 21 groups, each consisting of 5-6 members, with the Shepherdesses as facilitators. The retreat started with “Kiddush” – a “welcoming the Sabbath” program. In her sermon during the Hour of Worship, Delba de Chavez, SI Coordinator of NPUC, expounded on the life of Sarah and Hagar. Both were victims of trauma, but found refuge in the Lord. The Sabbath day was filled with workshop and meaningful sharing.

At the closing hours of the retreat, a representative from each group was asked to reflect on the different activities during the weekend. One participant said, “through this retreat, I met new friends.”

Many of the participants mentioned that they have been blessed, inspired, and revived. Some shared, “this retreat exceeded our expectations because the joy we had with our group was more than what we paid for!”

At closing, Delba de Chavez challenged the participants: “Go back to your churches and districts--and organize prayer groups. Make a difference in your community
by living Christ-like lives. Commit to share Christ to everyone—to family, relatives, friends, workmates, and neighbors.”

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