The Edmonton Filipino Seventh-day Adventist is a Christian community that aims to spread the gospel of Christ through community outreach and evangelism, and by providing education for discipleship. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide. There are more than one million members in North America alone, with many different ethnicities and cultures involved.
East Visayan Conference (EVC) was founded in 1914. EVC has operations in the provinces of Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte. Following the doctrine of Seventh Day Adventist, EVC aims to spread the word of God through public service which includes children, youth, family, education, women, and health ministries. As of June 2019, EVC has planted 141 churches and reached 27,876 membership.
In 2013, typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) hit Asia. It was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. It devastated portions of Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines. The cyclone affected more than 13 million people in 44 provinces. Tacloban City was among the most affected areas. In the same year, Edmonton Filipino SDA partnered with Emmanuel Foundation to send relief goods including packaged meals, bicycles, and hospital beds to the people of Tacloban.
“To our brothers and sisters in Edmonton Filipino SDA Church and Emmanuel Foundation, on behalf of the recipients of the relief goods in Tacloban City and beyond, I would like to express my million thanks to all of you. We will never forget you. Your kindness, love, and concern meant so much to us. You demonstrated the real spirit of Christ’s love. Thank you very much!”
-Pastor Victor Porteza