News From Our Churches – November 8, 2017

                    Pastor Juan with the Baseball Team

MEXICO

In a recent “Whatsapp” chat with Pastor Juan Murua in La Paz, he excitedly reported that they are now serving full-time and living on the church property purchased a few years ago. This has allowed him and his wife, Eva, to minister more effectively in the community. Currently, they are giving guitar lessons and teaching baseball as methods of outreach. They have ministered effectively in the community for many years, but have been unable to live close to the community. Thanks to a trailer purchase, they are able to live on the property that now doubles as a home church and a home for the pastor and his wife.

TANZANIA

The AC Church in Mwanza, Tanzania held a prayer meeting all night on Friday into Saturday (November 3 – 4). Below is a photo of worshipers at a new church in Tanzania.

PHILIPPINES – Advent Christian Conference

PACCI Conference President Efren G. Miranda submitted the following:

When the General Assembly convened in May, we opted to operate as a religious organization after 18 years of being recognized by the government as a Sole Corporation (Bishop of the Philippines Advent Christian Conference, Inc.). To reactivate its former name and recognition (Philippines Advent Christian Conference, Inc. – PACCI), we are advised by the Securities and Exchange Commission to conform to its structure, so our conference staff in the previous months got busy in securing and facilitating pertinent documents with concerned agencies.

   
 Board Meetings

The leadership structure of PACCI is comprised of the board of trustees with 10 members. Each member heads as chairman of a committee, except for the president.

In a meeting called in August, the chairmen agreed to recruit their respective members and establish committee plans. In the past holiday (October 31 – November 1, 2017) the PACCI board of trustees met for the plans consolidation.

The following are the names of the board members with their respective committees:

• Virgilio Pallo – Ministerial
• Arthur Ranque – Christian Education
• Corazon Tejano – Finance
• Melchor Jandayan – Evangelism
• Mario Suan – Aid
• Ruth Graven – Program
• Ariel Abao – Missions
• Manuel Gawangon – Socio-Economic
• Jonathan Navacilla – Youth

Seeing the necessity, the board ruled in its very recent meeting to create an interim committee, the Auxiliary Committee, to focus on the men’s and women’s sectors of the conference. Gedion Compra, member of the Maranatha Bible Church in Cagayan de Oro, was appointed to spearhead. He is now looking for members to work out the plans to be consolidated to the PACCI calendar during a meeting in January 2018.

Another practice of PACCI, to which we have to conform at the moment, is the General Assembly meeting done twice a year. Thus, we are preparing for a convention in May 2018. Although we are thinking of making an adjustment, the primary items to be deliberated are amendments to the PACCI policy, particularly, on the frequency of meeting and the adoption of the guideline for operation.

                        Youth Meeting

Youth Committee

The Youth Committee, under the leadership of Rev. Jonathan Navacilla, called a youth consultative meeting and vision casting on November 3-4, 2017. This is to capture the attention of the youth and direct their activities parallel to the vision of the conference. I was privileged to share PACCI Vision 20/20 to 75 youths representing every Filipino AC church. The same audience will be gathered in March 2018 for leadership training. Vision 20/20 is concerned about shaping every Filipino Advent Christian into an efficient leader to contribute to the fulfillment of the Lord’s Great Commission.