Southern Mindanao Mission is an administrative unit of the Seventh-day Adventist Church covering the following territory: the provinces of Maguindanao, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, the Butulan barangay in Davao del Sur Province, and the province of Cotabato except for portions of the Arakan and Tulunan municipalities. First organized inSouthern Mindanao Mission was reorganized in Its headquarters are in General Santos City, the Philippines.
One of the oldest Adventist missions in the island of Mindanao, Southern Mindanao Mission SMM traces its origin as part of the mission activity in Mindanao that from until came under the supervision of the East Visayan Mission. Robert E. Steward who were working in the East Visayan Mission, were the first foreign missionaries to start an organized work on the Islands of Mindanao in The medical work of the Fatteberts created many Bible study interests.
We of course told them that we could be glad to have them come, and since then we have a good Sabbath service. Toward the later part of the year, Singuillo requested for a minister to come to Zamboanga to baptize his interests. Pastor G. Hugh Murrin went to Sindangan and baptized the 21 candidates. Later, the Sindangan church organized with a membership of 29, and Singuillo served as an elder for quite some time.
Up the coastline twelve kilometers, at the town of Clarin, we found another flourishing church; and out in the country still another. South of Misamis there is a group of believers that will soon be formed into a fourth church; across the peninsula, at Sindangan, in the province of Zamboanga, there is a church with a membership of about thirty.
To meet the needs of growth and expansion, in the Mindanao Mission MM organized as a local mission 7 under the supervision of the Philippine Union Mission in Manila.
William B. Riffel served as its first president. The church growth in Mindanao was even faster than that of the North and Central Philippines.
The first church organized in the area was in at Libungan, Cotabato Province. At that time, it fell under the supervision of the Mindanao Mission. The Southern Mindanao Mission became a separate institution inand the records for show 35 churches with a combined membership of 2, Ana Avenue and Adriatico St. Because of the growing of young people in the territory of SMM, leadership saw the need to build a new academy. Beginning operation as Digos Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School init was upgraded into a junior academy in Induring the tenure of A. Davao, City.
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Sabrine, reported 74 churches and 6, members. Beside the officers, the mission employed 7 ordained ministers, 2 credentialed missionaries, 2 d ministers, 3 d missionaries, 1 d Bible instructor, and 14 church school teachers.
In response to the expansion of the work and to provide better supervision, church leadership reorganized Southern Mindanao Mission in 19 and divided it into two missions. The new Davao Mission retained the original headquarters and covered the provinces of Davao del Sur, del Norte and Oriental and the new provinces of Campostella Valley. General Santos City. Another reorganization took place in Lamera became president.
Nebres, and Daniel J. Celiz, served as secretary-treasurers. During that time SSM had only 58 churches, 5, members, 6 ordained ministers, 3 d ministers, 15 d missionaries and elementary teachers, and 56 literature evangelists.
InIsaias C. Ladia, was elected president but served only for two years. In Alejandro G. CamagayBenjamin L. SullanoRuben M. Alavanza and Pablo G. Frasco served as secretary-treasurers. Again inSMM relocated its headquarters to a two-hectare lot in Purok Manga, City Heights, General Santos, City 30 where it stands until today but ificantly bigger and better than the early years.
During that time, the mission renovated an unfinished building to serve as its office. Another makeshift building served as the stock room. As early asBofetiado, together with all the mission employees, dreamed of having a more presentable building to house the mission work for southern Mindanao. However, tight finances prevented any progress.
At this time that church membership had increased to 18, with 90 churches, 13 church schools, and 70 church employees. Adil, Sr. LigsayDavid O. Salarda served as secretary-treasurers. In Augustthe SMM office building burned down, but in spite of the setback, the staff and membership rallied together to fulfill the long-awaited hope of a new mission office.
When Adil left the presidency for another responsibility at the enda new concrete building stood as a monument of the unity and sacrifices of both the mission workers and the church members. In SMM reported churches and 30, members. Salarda 32 and Malakias D. Ferenal as secretary-treasurers. FromSMM registered a steady growth both in finances and church membership.
The SSM had originally intended the site for a school, but the proximity of Southern Mindanao Academy led to the shelving of the plan. They resulted in 3, baptisms.
At the end of the year, the mission could report organized churches, companies, 47, church members, 19 ordained ministers, 12 d ministers, 33 credentialed missionaries, 38 d missionaries, and literature evangelists. That year alone the churches added 6, new members.
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In October, Tabo died from illness. Tabo Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church was erected as a memorial of his dedication to the ministry. Donato J. Generato, Jr. Ahser P. Ortaleza served as secretary- treasurer from until December of Inconstituents elected Wendell M. Serrano as president.
Chemuel U. Almocera served as secretary-treasurer from June to December, The work of evangelism continued to progress, reaching out to the tribal communities in the territory. The mission built more churches and hired more workers, enabling it to lessen the of churches each pastor had to shepherd. In the statistical report, SMM records churches, 73, church members, 37 31 ordained ministers, 55 credentialed missionaries, 10 d ministers, 49 d missionaries, and 62 credentialed and d literature evangelists. BySMM could report churches with a membership of 92, members, 39 31 ordained ministers, 60 credentialed missionaries, 11 d ministers, 33 d missionaries, 63 credentialed and d literature evangelists, 40 17 academy teachers, and 55 church school teachers.
The start of the new millennium saw the election of Virgilio Sagabay as president, and the mission added a new position of executive secretary in the person of Wilson Catolico.
In the mission inaugurated a chapter of Adopt-a-Minister International. Reva Moore, its sponsor, hired ministerial graduates to assist the different churches in the mission.