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NSD Staff Holds Retreat for Unity and Mission
February 27, 2012

On February 16~20, 2012, the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD) held a staff retreat in the Philippines.  The purpose of the retreat was to unite the NSD family and to inspire mission spirit. The NSD Social Committee prepared a wonderful itinerary and program for the staff and their spouses. During the retreat, the NSD staff was able to visit Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP), the 1000 Missionary Movement (1000MM) Training Center, Aurora Church (one of the mission fields on Mindoro Island), Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS), and the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD). They also visited places to refresh themselves such as Villa Escudero, Taal Volcano and Canyon Cove Beach.

During their visit to the 1000MM Training Center, the NSD staff was able to see how the Lord began the Movement and how He continues leading it in marvelous ways. The NSD staff joined the vespers service with the 39th group of missionary trainees. During the vespers service Dr. Jairyong Lee gave two laptop computers to Pastor Park, Kwang Soo, the Director of the 1000MM, as gifts for the Movement. During his sermon, Dr. Lee said, “I am sure that the Holy Spirit is specially working on this campus in a mighty way”.

On February 18, the NSD staff visited Aurora Church in Mindoro Island. This church was planted and built by the 6th group of the 1000MM missionaries. The way to the mission field was not an easy way. The NSD staff left their guesthouse at 5:30 in the morning. They took a bus, a ferry and a Jipney to get there. At the mission field, the NSD staff was able to see how our young missionaries are serving the church and preaching the gospel messages to the people. Dr. Jairyong Lee and the NSD staff presented two bicycles and donations to the missionaries for the ministry.

Through this retreat the NSD staff and their spouses were able to take time to be united for mission and to refresh their minds for better mission service.