The Department of Education of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific Division organized a conference between Adventist scientists and science educators in the Philippines to take up the challenge of integrating faith and learning with an emphasis on the building worldview. This prestigious body represents 1,100 Adventist schools, with 11,661 teachers nurturing 1,36,000 students. The conference was held at Mountain View College from August 4-6, 2022 with the theme “Integrating Creation Science in Teaching and Mission”.
A total of 148 science teachers and scientists from the Tri-Union representatives of the Philippines participated in the meeting.
Dr. Benvenido Mergal, Director of Education, South Asia-Pacific Division, presented an overview of the conference during the opening ceremony. The ultimate goal is primarily to prepare students for the great work of life in this world and for higher and more joyful service in the world to come. Also, the main focus is on transforming the characters of the students into divinity in order to save them in his kingdom.
“To achieve this ultimate objective, our teachers need to know the foundations of our existence by adopting a creation worldview. A teacher cannot understand the essence of the gospel until they understand the truth and reality of biblical creation. understand,” says Dr. Mergal.
The event also included the participation of Dr. Ronald Nalin and Dr. Timothy Standish of the Geoscience Research Institute of the General Conference, with Dr. Monte Fleming of Loma Linda also participating in the video format presentations. Several distinguished Filipino Adventist scientists—Dr. José Oclarit, Dr. Ronelli Salvador, Dr. Alma Mohgan, Dr. Laurcelli Tacklen, Dr. Orlex Yellano, Dr. Vicky Mergel, Dr. Jorge Rezmerita, and Dr. Rowena Antemano – have contributed to many rich subjects in their respective fields of zoology. have been presented. , biology, geology, behavioral science, and theology – all point to the loving and infinitely wise Creator of this vast universe.
The celebration of the Sabbath was highlighted by the powerful exhortation of SSD Treasurer Sir Jacinth Adap, who spoke of the Most Loving God, who placed his highest honor upon mankind in spite of sin. The meeting ended with Dr. Brian Sumendup leading the commitment service.