by Jacqueline G. Tagalogon | WMC Newswriter
November 19, 2023
Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte – The WMC Adventist Community Services (ACS) and Adventist Muslim Relations (AMR) of Sapad Lanao del Norte, in collaboration with the Kapatagan Seventh Day Adventist Church in Western Mindanao, have taken an inspiring step towards community outreach. Together, they provided relief goods and monetary aid to the fire victims of Purok 3, Poblacion, Kapatagan Lanao del Norte, a Muslim compound. Led by Kapatagan 1 District Pastor Judy Caimor and Elder Aileen Sanes Nobleza, (Head Elder) of Kapatagan SDA Central Church, along with the participation of Adventist youth and church members, this initiative brought critical support to more than 16 households affected by the devastating fire.
Elder Aileen Sanes Nobleza stated, “During the church board meeting, we discussed what should be given to the fire victims. As a church, we decided to give cash so they can use it for their needs.” She highlighted the steps taken to ensure cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditions and customs of the Muslim community in their outreach program, acknowledging that the Muslim community may not appreciate receiving used clothing, for example, and emphasizing the importance of fully respecting their customs.
The recipients of the relief goods and monetary aid were overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity of the Adventist community. One family, who has a child studying in Kapatagan Valley SDA Elementary School, was familiar with the concept of harvest ingathering and was amazed to find out that their own family was among the recipients. They expressed their sincere appreciation for the unexpected assistance, stating that they never expected to benefit from the outreach program.
The Adventist Youth of Kapatagan SDA Central Church also played an essential role in the outreach program aimed at the Muslim community. Engaging in this fulfilling ministry has left the youth feeling blessed and encouraged. The church is actively promoting and encouraging more youth involvement in similar initiatives, emphasizing the positive impact they can make in the lives of others.
ACS, renowned for its commitment to transformative community service, is demonstrating its impact by reaching across religious and cultural boundaries to extend compassion and assistance to those in need. This initiative is fostering understanding and building bridges between diverse communities in Kapatagan. The act of extending empathy and solidarity transcends religious differences and addresses the immediate needs of those affected by the tragic fire.
The outreach effort by ACS, AMR, and the Seventh Day Adventist community of Kapatagan Lanao del Norte reflects their collective dedication to embodying the spirit of compassionate service. Through this initiative, the message of kindness, support, and solidarity resonates deeply, bringing people together in times of hardship. Regardless of religious affiliation, helping those in need proves that a united community can create positive change and make a lasting impact in the lives of others.
As the Adventist Community Services and Adventist Muslim Relations continue their collaborative efforts, they serve as an example for other communities to follow, emphasizing the importance of unity and empathy in confronting and overcoming challenges together.
photo by: Mark Magallanes and Pastor Judy Caimor