Director's Travel Report: Special Needs Ministries Advisory - Southern Asia Pacific Division - Nov 2017

Philippines

Accompanying me on this historic trip was Elder Jeff Jordan, a pastor who is deaf, serving in the GA-Cumberland Conference and serving as the (Honorary) General Conference Associate Director for Adventist Deaf Ministries International. His interpreter, Elder Thompson Kay, a professor at South Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

We are indeed grateful for the support of the division President, Elder Samuel Sawhill, who attended most of the advisory. We so appreciated the work of Vice President for Special Needs Ministries, Elder Johnny Lubis. It would be a terrible oversight if we did not mention the superb organizational work of Virgie Baloyo, the administrative assistant!

Attending the training advisory were representatives of 7 unions (including 2 union presidents) and 2 attached missions. In total, 10 countries were represented. Also pictured is one of the two Sabbath services conducted in the Pasay church - approximately 1,000 attended. Special Needs Ministries conventions will follow next year in the Philippines and in Indonesia. Once again we were reminded of how important it is for division and union leadership to lend their support to this ministry. We could not ask for more support than what the division leadership in this division showed. The global "movement" continues!!

(Below are images taken during the trip. Each image below can be clicked on to view an enlargement in a new tab)


Filipino Children's Choir

Jeff Jordan (left) signing, Thompson Kay (back) interpreting @ SSD Advisory

Attendees to the Advisory. Division Director for Special Needs is Johnny Lubis - first row to the right of center

Jeff Jordan signing

Gifting Thompson Kay

Gifting Jeff Jordan

Gifting Larry Evans

Speaking at the 2nd Service
of Pasay SDA Church

Pasay Filipino SDA Church

Jeff Jordan speaking at the 1st service
of the Pasay Church

Dr. Jocelyn Gayares, psychiatrist, presents
insights regarding those with
mental/emotional challenges

Group - last day

Jeff Jordan with members of the Deaf Ortigas, Pasig Church

Jeff & Larry at the SSD Prayer Garden