img_9102Asia-Pacific Region: General Superintendent Dr. David Busic and his wife Christi arrived in Manila on Friday, January 3rd, for their first ever visit to the Asia-Pacific Region.


It was a busy week as Field Strategy Coordinators, Ministry Coordinators, and the Regional Director also arrived and began meeting with Dr. Busic on Saturday morning for a time of regional briefing.

The Annual Board of Trustees Meeting for Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary was held from January 6th through 8th,  as well as the inauguration ceremonies for Dr. Im, Seung An who was installed as the 6th President of APNTS on January 7th.  Click here for coverage of the inauguration ceremonies.

While it was truly a whirlwind of activities, it was also an excellent opportunity for Dr. Busic to meet leaders from across the region and to have the opportunity to see first-hand the strategy, passion and vision of the regional team.

img_3871 Although almost every hour was scheduled with meetings, there was an opportunity for Dr. and Mrs. Busic to visit the Rowenas Community Development Project (RCDP), a visit they stated was, “truly a highlight of their visit to the Philippines.”

The RCDP is an outreach envisioned by faculty and students here at APNTS as a strategy to go “beyond the walls” to reach those who are hurting.  Literally, the community of Rowenas, which is home to nearly 3,000 individuals,  is built up against the outer wall of the Seminary.  The outreach, which started out as a project to alleviate Dengue Fever, has grown to include community restrooms, a small pharmacy, health center, children’s community center, fresh water projects and now an organized church and child sponsorship program with more than 130 students currently sponsored.  Click on this link for a full story about Rowenas.

Dr. Busic was elected as the 40th General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene, at the 29th General Assembly in June of 2013.  Prior to election as General Superintendent, Dr. Busic served as the President of Nazarene Theological Seminary as well as senior pastor of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.

On Wednesday afternoon, the World Mission Communications – Asia Pacific team had the rare opportunity to spend personal time with Dr. Busic and Christi in studio for a unique, informal interview (which will be airing on the World Mission Communications News Channel) January 17th.  Be sure to watch this candid insight into the life of one of our newest General Superintendents!