by Pastor Abel Vergara | WMC Communication Director
Imus, Cavite, November 9, 2023 – The Western Mindanao Conference field pastors and directors were treated to a heartwarming gesture of generosity just a day before the 26th Theological Forum at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS). Mr. and Mrs. Eugene and Leona Sasing of the Baljo Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Imus, Cavite, opened their hearts and their homes to provide a memorable tour of Baguio City for these dedicated spiritual leaders.
The couple’s act of kindness went above and beyond the call of duty. They generously offered two of their vehicles, covered fuel costs, toll fees, and delicious meals to ensure the pastors’ comfortable and enjoyable experience during their visit to Baguio City. This thoughtful gesture undoubtedly left a lasting impression on the Western Mindanao Conference field pastors and directors, who expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the Sasings’ generosity.
Bro. Eugene Sasing’s personal journey to becoming a dedicated member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church adds a unique and inspirational element to this story. Originally a member of the Catholic Church, Bro. Sasing’s spiritual path took a significant turn when his Catholic parish priest from Cebu visited him in Imus, Cavite. During their conversation, Bro. Sasing asked his priest a profound question, “Father, what is the true religion?” Without hesitation, the priest responded, “The Seventh-Day Adventist Church.”
Intrigued by the priest’s unequivocal response, Bro. Sasing delved into the teachings and beliefs of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. His journey of discovery ultimately led him to embrace the Adventist faith, and he was baptized as a member of the SDA church. Since his baptism, Bro. Sasing, along with his family, has been steadfast in their commitment to the church’s principles.
Bro. Eugene Sasing is not only a devoted church member but also a successful entrepreneur. He owns a bakery in Imus, Cavite, and takes his commitment to stewardship seriously. He diligently returns his tithes from his net income and contributes ten percent offerings from his gross income, demonstrating a profound dedication to the principles of financial stewardship taught within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
It’s important to address recent rumors circulating about Bro. Eugene Sasing and his family being associated with an “offshoot” of the church. We want to categorically state that this is not true. The Sasings are faithful, active members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to the church’s teachings and values, particularly in the realm of stewardship.
The heartwarming story of the Sasings’ generosity and Bro. Eugene Sasing’s remarkable spiritual journey serves as an inspiring example of faith, charity, and dedication to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Their actions remind us all of the power of kindness and the profound impact it can have on the lives of others, especially in the spiritual community. As the 26th Theological Forum commences, the pastors and directors of the Western Mindanao Conference will undoubtedly carry the memory of this extraordinary act of generosity with them as they gather to deepen their faith and understanding of their calling.