Adventists in Manila Highlight Community Service
Almost 20,000 Seventh-day Adventists rallied at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines, February 22, 2014, to celebrate the completion of a month-long community service event in the region called LoveinAction, sponsored by the Central Luzon Conference. High-ranking government officials as well as Adventist Church leaders from the conference, the North Philippines Union, and the Southern Asia-Pacific Division attended.
On the previous three consecutive Sundays, the Central Luzon Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Philippines conducted simultaneous community service projects, including a cleanup drive, child guidance and feeding programs, and medical/dental missions to help the government provide for basic community needs for residents. The program reached some 100,000 people in 500 barangays, or neighborhoods. The rally conceptualized the church’s mission to care for the environment and its inhabitants by conveying God’s love through acts of kindness and service. Conference president Romeo T. Mangiliman along with Manila mayor and former Philippine president Joseph Ejército Estrada welcomed the crowd.
Local church members and leaders promoted the event by distributing more than 1 million tracts to those living in the region.
Love-in-Action originated with the Integrated Evangelism Lifestyle program, an evangelism tool for Hope Manila 2014:iCare. It exemplified the gospel message in the lives of Seventh-day Adventist Filipinos in preparation for a two-week evangelistic campaign scheduled for May at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. General Conference president Ted Wilson will be the speaker for the series of meetings.
Benjamin Gonzales, Jr., representative for the Republic of the Philippines vice president Jejomar Binay; Philippines senator Nancy Binay-Angeles; Miss Philippines Earth 2009, Sanda Siefert; and actor/vocalist Cesar Montano also attended the rally.
Gonzales congratulated the church for “choosing to give life to its message and remaining united with a mission to serve the least of its brothers.”
—Information provided by Paula Cecilia D. Borlongan, special assistant to administration, Central Luzon Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists.
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