June 27, 2017. SMO partnered with Cosmopolitan Evangelical Church (San Jose, California) in a Missions Outreach to Grade 5 and 6 students of Pandanon-Silos Elementary School (Murcia, Negros Occidental). CEC brethren gave away slippers and shirt for their Physical Education subject to 200 students at a special gathering at the school’s covered court with teachers and parents as witnesses. There are students who go to school barefooted with no means to buy their own slippers. Before the distribution of gifts, a program was organized by SMO which included the preaching of the Gospel. The children, parents, and teachers were grateful of the blessings that the children received. CEC mission representatives said it was a heartwarming experience for them seeing the children’s smiling from ear to ear. SMO has been conducting regular Bible studies at the school for quite some time already.
May 8-10, 2017. Seventeen youths participated in the SMO Summer Leadership Training held at SMO Promised Land, Murcia. Nightly challenges focused on The Call, Challenges, and Commitment of a Leader. Other topics discussed were: How to Start a Campus Ministry, Developing your Spiritual Disciplines, and Doing Evangelism and Discipleship. The speakers and lecturers were: SMO Director Nenita del Mundo, Pastor Elmer Genol, Pastor Darryl Roque, and SMO Board Chair Xerwin Ceballos.
April, 2017. SMO National Director Nenita del Mundo visited SMO-partner churches Naga Harvest Baptist Church and Arip Harvest Baptist Church where she gave a mission report. She also met with students of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture and gave a talk on “Relationships.”
April 3-12, 2017. SMO together with Biblical Counseling Worlwide (BCW) visited cities of Naga, Bacolod, and Gen. Santos, for a lecture on “Reaching Out to Hurting Families.” BCW Director Pastor David Meengs was the lecture speaker. He was ably assisted by SMO Director Nenita del Mundo in visiting these places. He spoke to students, teachers, parents, pastors and church workers, and prison inmates. Pastor David will be back in the Philippines on November, 2017 for a lecture on “Excelling in Relationships” to various churches, organizations, and schools.
April 1, 2017. The 13th Commencement Exercises of SMO Bible Training Institute (SMO-BTI) welcomed two students who finished the four-year course in Bachelor of Theology in Church and Youth Ministry, and nine students who received a Youth Worker’s Certificate (accomplished in three years). The message titled “Looking unto Jesus” was given by SMO Board Chair Xerwin Ceballos. The closing challenge was given by SMO Director Nenita del Mundo.
March 31, 2017. SMO staff had an overnight Retreat, Evaluation, and Planning at Don Salvador Benedicto. SMO Board Chair Xerwin Ceballos gave a challenge to the staff. One of the activities that were discussed is the 40th SMO Anniversary set on September 24, 2017.
March 29, 2017. A Dinner Fellowship with SMO Bible Training Institute (SMO-BTI) faculty, staff, and third and fourth year students was held at L’Sea. This is an annual tradition given by SMO to students where the students give their testimonies, and teachers give their encouragements and prayers to them.
March 13, 2017. School season ends, SMO held an overnight Closing Fellowship with students from different high schools, colleges, and universities. SMO Director Nenita del Mundo gave a final challenge to the students.
February 24, 2017. SMO staff and SMO Bible Training Institute (SMO-BTI) students enjoyed a day of the annual Watergames at Mambukal Mountain Resort.
February 20, 2017. Third year students of SMO Bible Training Institute (SMO-BTI) were welcomed back in their return from an 8-month internship in different locations. The students were assigned in Metro Manila, Quezon Province, and Leyte as part of their Bible school training.
January 20, 2017. Taking time-off from the hectic December, Camp Forever staff enjoyed their time boating, hiking, and swimming at Mambukal Mountain Resort.