ATHENS, TEX. – The Southwestern Union’s annual Filipino Convocation on October 5-7, 2018, was an inspiration for more than 250 attendees. The Convocation was organized by the Southwestern Union Asian-Pacific Ministries Coordinator Rolando Baysa, D.Min. With the theme “Revived, Renewed and Ready For His Coming,” the importance of developing a closer relationship with Christ was a common thread among the speakers throughout the weekend.
Southwest Region Conference President Calvin L. Watkins emphasized the necessity of returning to the very basic instruction found in God’s word and the gift of the Spirit of Prophecy.
Southwestern Union Vice President Elton DeMoraes likened the Christian walk to a lifetime training to be like Him during his devotional. DeMoraes quoted the apostle Paul, “Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable,.” (1 Corinthians 9:25).
In another devotional message, Texico Conference Executive Secretary/Treasurer Phil Robertson emphasized the importance of daily prayer and Bible study, saying that when we sit quietly with the Lord it gives Him a great opportunity to speak to us and give us the wisdom we need to make the right choices.
The Southwest Region’s Vanston Archbold carried the theme in his telling the story of Gideon, who was outnumbered by a well-equipped army but was given victory without a fight because of faith and obedience.
In addition to many inspiring messages, attendees enjoyed a family seminar presented by Southwest Region Family Ministries Directors Willie and Wilma Lee. There was no shortage of inspirational music featuring musical groups from different churches as a part of the afternoon service “Filipinos Got Talent” for the Lord. Saturday night was devoted ftor marching and games, and Sunday for water sports on the camp’s lake.
For information on upcoming Asian-Pacific Ministries events, including a summit on Leadership in Church Growth presented by the Pacific Institute of Christian Ministry on February 8-10, 2019, contact Rolando Baysa at RBaysa@swrgc.org or visit: SouthwesternAdventist.org/multicultural.
By Laurence T. Gayao