Edifying and strengthening the faith of one another never stops. This is the paramount and harmonious theme that rings loudly in the hearts of NEMA teachers. On the onset of the month of July, Pr. Agapito Orendain, the dynamic school principal of Northeastern Mindanao Academy, urged and encouraged all the teaches and the rest of the school’s administrators to make a move in conducting and initiating church visitations every Sabbath day, visiting around the adjacent places and cities of Butuan City. Its prime purpose is to uplift the languishing souls of some of our brethren in faith and to promote the Adventist Christian Education to every bona fide Seventh-day Adventist member.
Every Sabbath day seems to be a wonderful prerogative for them to visit new Churches and to acquaint within themselves new and unfamiliar faces from walks of life. They were clustered into several groups, specifically into three major groups, where they were permeated and deployed into the respective churches of a particular place or town. They were able to share actively in the various parts of the Sabbath services and had accumulated plenteous memories and quality time with the brethren while feasting with them in front of their sumptuous foods prepared during lunchtime.
As the pandemic COVID-19 escalates in number and in every border, the steadfast spirit and the unflinching dedication of the NEMA teachers to God’s ministry enflamed and proliferated the more to keep on visiting different churches every Saturday amidst the strict traveling ban all around, and the high risk of being transmitted with the contagious and juvenile virus as they kept on meeting people during church outings. Yet they anchored their trust in the Lord to shield them from the devastating effect of the COVID-19 which enabled them to visit more churches until the present time. For the past five months, Northeastern Mindanao Academy faculty and staff were able to reach out and visited incessantly a staggering number of more than 30 churches and traversing around Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur provinces. They embellished the weary souls with vibrant and melodious songs, and sufficiently fed their famished souls through the inspired messages from God. From the biggest to the smallest congregational church, or from the smooth cemented road to the indescribable trails of the jungle, NEMA teachers and staff never missed to spare and shed seeds of hope and joy to every one of them. No human restraints, traveling inconveniences nor uncontrollable pestilences could cease the zeal of God’s workers in fulfilling His great commission entrusted to all humankind. (Kevin Jones Remotigue – Math Teacher, NEMA)