December 2018 |
By Ester F. Fadriquela
Gracing the convention were women who have been successful in their chosen careers and are now serving in their respective fields:
Dr. Jaclynn Huse, a professor at Southern Adventist University, Tennessee, U.S.A. was the main plenary session speaker; Hon. Divina Grace Yu, congresswoman of the 1st District of Zamboanga del Sur shared how godly women raised her; Atty. Gizelle Fugoso, a professor at the Adventist University of the Philippines presented some success reports regarding Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, particularly on Sabbath exemption; Mrs. Helen Gulfan, Director/Coordinator of Women’s Ministries and Shepherdess International of Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) served as the keynote and Sabbath Worship speaker.
“What a great time to be together! What a privilege to bask on God’s goodness as you meet old friends and make new ones! What a blessing to relish on the topics centered upon the theme: ‘Chosen to Bear Fruits.’ This is very timely and appropriate for our dear women in NPUC. The central theme of our gathering is abiding in Jesus,” Mrs. Gulfan cited in her keynote address.
“Chosen to Bear Fruits” was the theme of the convention. The theme speaks of the special calling of God to all women who are chosen to bear fruits (John 15:16), women who responded to live the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:20): love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The theme was exceptionally selected to direct every participant to the calling of God so that they would be productive in serving Him.
“Ladies, God didn't say that if we bear the fruit of the Spirit, life would be easy. Sometimes we are going to encounter things that will help us develop character and we have to call on the Holy Spirit to clothe us in meekness and patience,” Jaclynn discussed in one of her presentations.
Meanwhile, the Vice President of the Philippines sent her video message. “We have always pushed for empowerment, most especially for women and youth. It is through efforts like these that we are able to encourage them to continue working towards inspiring other women in their congregation and in their communities to find their own strengths... Through your efforts, we are confident that you will be able to cultivate more women to become our allies in nation-building.”
The 3-day convention gave time for women to get to know other delegates, share activities in their fields, exchange contact numbers, and take souvenir photos together. Some women brought their livelihood projects and products displayed at the booths.
Breakout sessions featured the different fruits mentioned in Galatians 5: 22-23. Mr. Samuel Casel brought real fruits such as pineapple, banana, watermelon and dragon fruit in his presentations with his wife Beth, Assistant for Philanthropic Services of NPUC.
"There are creative ways how to bear quality fruits in your garden. Proper care and nurture of our relationship with Jesus are very important in order to bear good works and quality of life," Mr. Casel emphasized in his talk.
Mrs. Esther Daquila, retired WM director of NPUC talked on Patience as a Virtue. She said, “As women of God, we are tested in the area of patience whether by our husbands, our children, our families or our work or simply by our own imperfect human nature. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we will become long-suffering and patient.”
Other break-out session presenters were the NPUC lady directors: Norlin B. Cadapan, Mary Jane Zabat, Delba de Chavez, and Irelyn Gabin. Serving as devotional speakers were Amelia Soriano, Retired Women's Ministries Director of Central Luzon Conference, and Jade Hintay, Associate Women’s Ministries Director for Cavite Attached Field.
On Saturday night, delegates from missions and conferences presented their talents. Dressed in cultural attire, women choreographed the unique culture of their respective regions. Cheers and laughter applauded all performers.
A group from South-Central Luzon Conference felt amused by the cultural presentations. "Women are really talented. You see, they can entertain us with their prepared numbers. They are so amazing! This is one of the reasons why we don’t like to miss this convention. We are overjoyed and inspired,” remarked the delegates.
On the third day, the NPUC President, Pastor Romeo T. Mangiliman affirmed women of their contribution to the advancement of God’s mission. In his commitment message, he said, "Continue to be the inspiration of your family and the church as you make use of your spiritual gifts. Women have a significant role in the transformation of lives. With the Holy Spirit’s power, I believe your work will become a great blessing.”
In response, delegates reaffirmed their commitment to the Lord to utilize their spiritual gifts, particularly in getting involved in the Philippines for Christ 2018.
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