Special offering for building a Sanatorium in Philippines

Philippines is a country in South East Asia located primarily along the Pacific Rim. It is composed of 7100 islands with beautiful white sand beaches like El Nido, Palawan and Boracay in central Visayas. It is the home of the giant eagle known as "the Philippine monkey eating eagle", and of the Tarsier one of the world's smallest monkeys. In the South East are found exotic fruits in like durian, mangosteen, marang, lanzones, jackfruit, mangoes, star apples, pineapples, bananas and sour soup which are available in abundance.


The Reform Movement activities started way back in 1958 when Bro Lavrik arrived in Southern part of the Country. Few years later Bro D. Nicolici arrived in that same place and made the follow up and finally organized the work.


Today the Country has almost 1400 members with five fields that comprise the Philippine Union Conference. It has a two year curriculum Missionary school, a complete elementary school and a radio station that operates in the campus.


Our brethren are deeply engaged in Medical Missionary work and many of them used it as source of their living. They operate private natural health clinics and manufacture herbal medicines. This venture has helped the tithe revenue of the church grow within these past few years. However many of their patients' need extra care and in-house treatment which they do not have. This prompted the brethren to dream of building a sanatorium.


"In the night season I was given a view of a sanatorium in the country. The institution was not large, but it was complete. It was surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubbery, beyond which were orchards and groves. Connected with the place were gardens in which the lady patients, when they chose, could cultivate flowers of every description, each patient selecting a special plot for which to care. Outdoor exercise in these gardens was prescribed as a part of the regular treatment. {CH 171.2}


"Scene after scene passed before me. In one scene a number of suffering patients had just come to one of our country sanatoriums. In another I saw the same company, but, oh, how transformed their appearance! Disease had gone, the skin was clear, the countenance joyful; body and mind seemed animated with new life." {CH 172.1}


Following the inspiration above, the GC Health Department Director visited the Philippines several times and together with the local brethren planned to search for a place in the country to build a sanatorium to serve not only the Filipinos but also the brethren around the world. They have found a 4.8- hectare property that will cost as around US$65,000.00. It is about two hours driving from the airport of Davao city.

To make this project possible the Philippine Union needs assistance from our brethren around the world, therefore the General Conference Council has designated a special offering to be collected for this purpose in all our churches during the Sabbath School on the third Sabbath of April, 2017 (April 15, 2017).


We hope and pray that when the collection of the Special Offering for this project will come, you will remember the Sanatorium project in the Philippines.


Your brethren from Philippines and GC Health Department

 

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