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4/4/2019

Happy Araw ng Kagitingan! (4/9) {commemorates WWII battle of Bataan/Corregidor}

PLEASE NOTE: For those who desire to send funds for our 3 new BCA school buses, I (Paul) have registered to compete in an Ironman triathlon (swim, cycle, run) this fall. If you plan to sponsor me per mile (all proceeds go toward the buses). The race is 70.3 miles. Thanks! The race is in Atlantic City, New Jersey: September 15, 2019. For the buses, we need $30,000. So far, we have $5,925.

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Please pray for 7-yr-old CJ, one of our orphan kids. While double-riding a bike with 16-yr-old Augustine, they wiped out & CJ’s foot got stuck in the chain. Digging into his heel, the sprocket fractured his heel bone & besides stitches, he’ll be having surgery on Monday at Tim Tebow Cure Hospital here in Davao City.

Praise God that the Ironman triathlete who had borrowed my extra pair of sneakers during the recent race looked me up on Facebook & drove over to my house to return them! His story was that the 1.9km swim cutoff time was 70 minutes, which he had exceeded by 25 seconds. So, he was disqualified for the bicycle & run portions of the race. The race marshals had confiscated his sneakers while he was on the cycling portion. He asked to use mine. Although he lost the race, he wanted to complete it anyway. He had quite a few blisters, since he wears a size 11 & my sneakers are size 8.5. My swim time was well under the cutoff, at 51 minutes, a great improvement over last year’s 65 minutes! Yet due to the strong ocean current I still swallowed my good fair share of seawater though.

“We are too blessed to be stressed!” Elvie, dressed in her Master’s graduation cap & gown, was guest speaker in half a dozen graduation ceremonies at various Christian schools within a hundred-mile radius of Davao, across Eastern Mindanao.

“Just as my husband finished the grueling Ironman triathlon last week, you likewise have completed the grueling studies of years of education. What a blessing!” Since Elvie had used the illustration in her speaking, I decided to do likewise. Sunday evening, I was invited to share a Bible message at the 50th “Golden” birthday celebration of a church member’s sister.

“We run for the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ,” I challenged. “At 50, you are at the half-way point in your life. For 5 decades God has been building within you a solid foundation for the remainder of your lifetime ministry.” After scrumptious birthday food & Abby’s solo of “You Raise Me Up,” the celebrant’s younger brother was so challenged during the message, that he insisted that we anoint him with oil & pray, both for his healing (he was sick) & for the rededication of his life to Christ.

A few days later at the Bible college graduation, the teacher I was seated next-to on stage whispered over to me, “I was one of your students in this college 20 years ago!” Searching my memory banks, I could not place him. However, he had succeeded well & was a favorite among the faculty. When one of my students received the distinct honor of being “cum laude,” and the announcer pronounced it “come loudly”, I whispered to my former student, “And is there an award for ‘come softly?’” Guess I taught him too well, for he didn’t crack a smile. Not even a grin. Hmmm.

After the awarding of diplomas, the well-kept secret of where each of the 16 pastoral interns was to serve over the next 12 months, was announced. Elvie already knew who would go where, since she is on the board that decides. Some would fly across the country while others would be serving just down the street. Some to rural farm communities & others to the middle of the urban sprawls.

This year I had challenged my students to type a 12-page research paper & present orally their report on their imaginary church, were they to serve by planting one. Sure enough, over half (9 of the 16) were to be church planters! Some of them serving in the same churches together!

Meanwhile at BCA, Teacher Jesa Mae was preparing her 6th graders for their upcoming graduation ceremonies. “Students, it is almost time. After nearly a dozen years at BCA [grades1-6 and PS/N1,2 & K1&2], you are super smart. As I have taught you science & math especially, I also have learned a lot. In essence YOU have been MY teacher!”
“You get an A+!” called out Erwin, from the third row back. As different students called out grades, Jesa just overlooked the few Cs and Ds. Mostly As & Bs though.
Then she tested them on their grammar skills. “Now use a word, instead of a letter, to describe my grade!”
“Interesting! Improvement shown! [hmm, wonder what THAT means] Exceptional!”
Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

April 4 (Thursday) PJ in classes at New York college. Abby sings in worship team at High School weekly chapel service. Graduation ceremony at BCA. Elvie at 3-day national CAMACOP board meeting to plan on sending missionaries out to dozens of Asian countries.

April 5 (Friday) Paul leads Community Prayer Group (DCL) in Davao- leads study on the cults “Moonies”. Abby & PJ in classes at college & high school. FIA Elementary concert. Elvie on day #2 of CAMACOP board meeting.

April 6 (Saturday) Elvie on day #3 of CAMACOP board meeting. Abby & Paul attend a wedding in Panabo City. Abby at evening Bible study with fellow high school students.

April 7 (Sunday) Elvie shares a challenging message at church on the inerrancy of Scriptures. PJ on worship team at Albany (NY) church. Church board meeting, focus: annual budget & upcoming Easter events.

April 8 (Monday) Paul in language class. Abby & PJ in High school & college classes.

April 9 (Tuesday) Abby & PJ in High school & college classes/ Kiwanis meeting / Abby in day #1 (of 4) of Terra Nova schoolwide testing. / Holiday: Araw ng Kagitingan

April 10 (Wednesday) Abby in day #2 (of 4) of Terra Nova schoolwide testing. // Paul & Elvie drive 2 hrs to Mt. Apo College for wedding of former assistant pastor, Callem. // Prayer Meeting.// Elvie attends Day # 1 (of 4) of CAMACOP Teacher’s Convention in Koronadal City.

BCA’S New Campus Fund (Phases B, C & D): Present Goal $87,000:

Phase B: Administration Bld. /Temporary Classrooms/Multipurpose Wing-East:
Need: $37,000 Raised: $37,000 Remaining: $0 Awaiting Government Survey of new (previously agricultural) campus, which may take as long as three years.
Phase C: Classrooms Phase One (First Floor South Preschool Wing/Cafeteria)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $25,000! Remaining: $0.
Phase D: Classrooms Phase Two (First Floor Elementary Wing-West/Library)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $11,700 Remaining: $13,300.

Present need: $346 for BCA’s for Bus “M”: kingpin $55, tie rod end $48, 2 tunggal tires $175, 2 gallons oil $48, oil filter #43v2 $20.

Number of students sponsored at BCA and its affiliate schools: 465.

Missions Team Visitors:

Now through May ’19 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- “Grandma” Trish
April, 2019 NY- PJ// IL- Shannon & Nelia// KY- “Grandma” Flo
May, 2019 NY- Phil & family

 

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OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES:

Abby- Youth Group President, Church Music team, High School Varsity Volleyball team

PJ- University of Albany Student

Elvie- National Board of Trustees for CAMACOP, Principal at BCA, Sunday School teacher

Paul- Senior Pastor at FAF church, Board of Trustees Recording Secretary & Professor at FIA Missionary School, Spiritual Aims Chairman at Kiwanis Club, Vice President at DCL Prayer Foundation, President at BCA, Honorary Member of PI Eagles FOE, President of PMBMI, Half-Ironman Triathlete

Paul & Elvie- Founders & Directors of 25 churches & FHF orphanage, Kiwanis members, DCLFI Community Prayer team members & vice president, Professors at DABC College, Board members at FAF church.

Rev. Paul, Elvie, PJ and Abigail Barner
Philippine Missionary Church Planters
Barner Christian Academy of Davao City, Inc.
PO Box 82,224
8000 Davao City, Philippines 011-63

Philippine cell phones: Elvie: (63) (946) 258-4259; (63) (926) 939-4357 
Paul: (63) (947) 955-4541
Abigail: (63) (926) 939-4289
Barner Christian Academy Landline: (63) (82) 234-4000
PJ’s USA cell phone #(845) 587 7344
Magic Jack Computer phone: (518) 772-2359 (presently works to receive messages, but not to send them)
Barner Family’s new Philippine home landline phone# 63 (82) 287-3806

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3/28/2019

Please pray for Teacher Dibbie and nearly the entire 3rd grade, as they are all out with very itchy Chicken Pox & graduation is less than a week away.

Praise God that, during my recent Ironman race, four hours into the race, when I returned from the 56-mile bicycle portion, a man was stealing my sneakers. I informed him that I needed them for the running portion of the race, so he borrowed my other pair. Although he did not return the other pair, at least he didn’t steal anything else! Also, praise God that I completed the race in only 8 hours & 8 minutes…15 minutes faster than last year (8.23)!

Praise God as well for one of the 2,067 racers, as his tri-outfit sported the words, “Isaiah 40:31: Run & not be weary, walk & not faint, soar on wings of eagles!” What an inspiration! Many came to watch & cheer us on: 10,000 soldiers & fifty thousand spectators/ volunteers. The road was closed for over 30 miles, lined with thousands of spectators! I came in the top 2/3rd of my 55-59 age group (11 dropped out). 79 overall finished behind me, but the rest did not make it in before the cut-off. God gave me an extra burst of speed for the last 200 meters for a sprint to cross the finish line.

“Students, if you are a Christian, you are a winner for Jesus!” As I spoke at the local missionary High School’s Chapel this week, my outfit was the IRONMAN shirt that represented my recent race, as well as the huge finisher’s medallion & towel. “This race we call life requires 3 P’s, as seen in Hebrews 11 & 12: Persecution, Perseverance & Perspiration!”

Meanwhile, our BCA secretary Faith was attending a 3-day government-required seminar (Republic Act #1040: “Early Years Act”) for all institutions which offer preschool courses for kids aged 0-4 yrs old. BCA is building 2 new preschools this year for a total of 9 more classes of 15 students each. We will bring this “waiting-list” of 135 brand-new students to the USA during our 14-month speaking tour, starting in June, 2019, with the goal of finding sponsors (at $30/month) for each & every needy child.

While at the seminar, Faith took copious notes & “re-echoed” these to BCA’s staff & faculty. Yet to begin, she also re-emphasized (in her presentation to the staff) this year’s theme: “Pursuing God’s Excellence: God’s excellence is best illustrated in the cross of Calvary. The ultimate sacrifice of the one & only Savior Jesus Christ.”
As in my Bible message for the “Ironman chapel,” Faith’s message to the teachers included three points: Similar to my 3 Ps of “Persecution, Perseverance & Perspiration” Faith said:

1. [Persecution]: The government will close down the program if we do not include within our own curriculum a strong foundation for development & learning. It includes health, nutrition, early education & social development programs for survival, development & special protection with developmentally-appropriate experiences to address their needs, supporting parents/ families in their roles as primary caregivers & as children’s first teachers.

2. [Perseverance]: BCA’s “System Framework” shall convince parents that their children, (including kids with special needs), have basic human needs & must be provided quality programs for optimum growth & development.

3. [Perspiration]: With a multi-process-approach for development, teachers are trained for physical, cognitive, emotional, social & spiritual guidance to cover the period from pregnancy through the transition from home into pre- & primary school. This is to ensure that each child, without exception, is ready to learn. Also, non-institutional activities and/or services will be provided for students & the parents, such as dental & medical checkups (monitoring height/weight/health with assistance from professionals & civic clubs such as hospitals & Kiwanis) on campus. In this way, the school is a pillar of strength for the community & a center for community health.

And then Faith picked up where she had left off in her office, sorting out students’ documents & filing them into their individual folders. 19 of the poor students had defective information (which needed correction) in their handwritten birth certificates, since they had been born at home & not in hospitals.

3/21/2019

Please pray for my 70.3-mile Ironman race this Sunday 3/24. Last Sunday was St Patrick’s Day when many quoted the Irish blessing, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, & rains fall soft upon your fields. & until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand." We definitely need a nice, cool day for the 8.5-hour triathlon, as last year’s race was in 110-degree sweltering heat!

Praise God that on Sunday after church, President Abby led her church youth group (over 20 of them packed into the back of our pickup truck) to the mall to distribute 500 Gospel tracts. During their outreach, Elvie & I brought another church couple to the hospital to visit one of our church members there. Praise God that when we arrived at the patient’s room on the 4th floor, she was already healed & en route home! While she was “out of harm’s way” regarding her heart troubles, her husband’s dengue symptoms had returned. Returning to the mall, Elvie & I treated the youth group & leaders to McDonalds ice cream, then loaded them back into the pickup to the home of Deanne, whose family had invited the whole crew to their place for her fifteenth birthday party, where I shared a Bible lesson.

“Second graders, are you excited?” YES!!!

BCA’s Teacher Jeza wanted her students to see the significance of being in the last few weeks before graduation at the school.

“God, in His faithful compassion, has protected us & guided us this whole school year, & now, each & every one of you (after just a few more exams), are ready to say goodbye to 2nd grade & enter 3rd!” Once again, another resounding cheer went up from her entire classroom.

“Kids, how do you know that God always loves us?” In unison the class responded, “Because He sent JESUS to us!”

Two days later as I preached at church, I challenged the congregation with nearly the same question, “Friends, how do we know that Jesus always loves us?” To which they responded, “Because He sent His Holy Spirit to Teach us!”
Both the BCA students & the members at church understood that for God’s Trinity just to be close to us is not enough to fully encourage us. We need to constantly learn more about Him & grow closer to Him every day. One morning this week I reached over for the cold pot of coffee still on the counter from the night before.

Pouring a cup of “cold joe,” I felt something tickle the end of my nose. Figuring it was just a hair that had fallen into the cup, I set the mug down & as I brushed my hand across my face, saw movement in the mug. The brew was stirred from within, & up from the brown stillness came two antennae, a head, & a very large thumb-sized cockroach. Eeewww! I guess even nose-tickling roaches need their morning caffeine. But our shared cup’s contents quickly made their way down the drain. Proof: close proximity does not equal intimacy!

During our weekly community prayer meeting, the cult researched was the “Moonies”. Their leader (a self-proclaimed messiah) had claimed that his followers did not have to think, since he was their brain! The researcher shared, “When two people think exactly the same thought, one of them is not thinking!” We also researched how one young lady escaped from the Moonies when she saw how satanic and brainwashed she had become. Closeness did not equal intimacy!

Further proof that closeness does not necessarily always lead to real intimacy came when the Philippine president cancelled school in all of Mindanao due to Typhoon (Tropical Depression) Chedang, on Tuesday. Chedang dumped floodwaters on a thousand square miles in this Northeastern portion of our island. Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day…preferably during the 2nd-half of this Sunday’s race!

3/14/2019

Happy 90th birthday, Dad! (3/20) Happy St Patrick’s Day (3/17) IRONMAN DAVAO 70.3-mile (3/24) [Paul’s “racing bib” #: 1276]

PLEASE NOTE:
For those who desire to send funds for our 3 new BCA school buses, I (Paul) have registered to compete in two Ironman triathlons (swim, cycle, run) this year. If you plan to sponsor me per mile (all proceeds go toward the buses). Each race is 70.3 miles. Thanks! The races are: Davao: March 24, 2019 & New Jersey: September 13, 2019.

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Please pray for FIA (Faith International Academy of Davao City). While graduation is just around the corner, needs for the next school year include:

  • Secondary English Teachers (grades 6-12)
  • Secondary Social Studies Teacher (grades 6-8; grades 9-12 electives or AP)
  • Elementary Teachers (various in grades K-5)
  • Secondary World Languages (Spanish, French, German, etc.) (grades 9-12)
  • Secondary Math Teachers (grades 6 - 12)
  • Librarian (K-12)
  • Special Education Teacher / Coordinator (K-12)
  • Computer/Technology Teacher (grades K-5; 9-12)
  • English Language Learner Teacher (K-12) SUPPORT POSITIONS (NON-INSTRUCTIONAL)
  • Recruitment Coordinator (all school; supported staff)
  • IT Staff (all school)
  • HR Coordinator (all school; supported staff)
  • Development Director.

Also please pray for the USA postal service. They have been making hundreds of errors lately, even claiming (on returned envelopes) that sponsors are deceased. Also claiming that people who have lived in the same location from over half a century have moved, when we know they haven’t. Also, when an address is changed, the forwarding address is often unreadable.

Praise God that Jenny Mae, a sixth grader at BCA and daughter of our church elder, was only in the hospital one day with dengue fever. Many in the church & school were praying for this little one. A virus epidemic of measles & dengue is passing through the Philippines & has already taken the lives of many kids.

Praise God as well that Abby successfully applied to her chosen college’s honors program & also sent in (online) the detailed financial aid information (including over twenty applications for scholarships).

“Parents,” Teacher Mae began, “The performance of your child depends on YOU!”

During PTC (Parent-Teacher Conferences), Mae explained that God would help them to read, write & spell with their kids, even if they never learned these skills themselves. “To say, ‘Do this’, or ‘Do that’ isn’t enough. Guide them in small projects around the house which need to be done to be helpful, & then transfer this idea to their studies.”

Parents helping their kids to study (& to learn responsibility) is just one way in which students are growing in wisdom here. Another is through the courses that Elvie & I are teaching at DABC, the local Bible college. Yet while teaching we are also learning. I was making up the final exam (in our living room) for my 18 students, & Abby rushed out of her bedroom. “Dad, are you rickrolling?” I hadn’t the foggiest idea what she was taking about, so she explained that the song I was listening to in the background (by Rick Astley) while working was a common “trick-song” that people often use when sending fake prank-links to friends.

After administering the exams Tuesday, Elvie & I took our Senior students out to our favorite barbecue place. Later that evening I was correcting the tests & was amazed at the insight that these future pastors had…

Based on their fellow classmates’ oral presentations of their research papers, they were to solve some of the dilemmas presented in the papers. One common challenge was to increase membership in the churches, be they urban, suburban or rural. Also, they needed to itemize the expenses & tell how they raised those funds. Evangelistic movie crusades, tract distribution, basketball leagues/tournaments, door-to-door evangelism & Christian concerts were all mentioned.

Since this is a “Church Economics & Finance” class, I was blessed to consider that these very students will be pastoring churches in just a few years. One that really caught my eye was “Approach the community leaders & volunteer the congregation to do the village’s periodic census for them. Train the church members to take their own notes & then follow-up personally on a separate visit to invite them to church.” Now, there is a thinker for you! Helping the church to become an active community problem-solver! As a preacher once said, “Faith that does not work is faith that does not work.” Martin Luther’s wife Katherine once heard him preaching in his sleep, took notes & showed them to him when he awoke. He used those notes to preach the same sermon later on that day. Oh, if only our Bible College students would even preach in their sleep!

As BCA’s Teacher Mae had mentioned to the BCA parents, “Help your children in their studies & they will be more likely to become “team players” in life.” On Saturday I was headed out the door early in the morning for my 3am 12-mile cycling “loop”. Topping-off some air into the tires, I was shocked when the tube valve’s inner core had unscrewed into the pump, releasing the air. This had never happened to me before. I was stymied. I hooked-up our Magicjack (international phone) & called five of my “stateside” relatives, who each gave great advice on what to do. Trying most of these, the one that did the trick was to changehe tire, grateful that this hadn’t happened in next week’s race.

So, even as the college students learn from each other, & as the BCA students learn from their parents & teachers, & as I learned form my relatives, so we become team players as we welcome others in the privilege of our plans.

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

March 14 (Thursday) BCA’s final 3-day achievement tests (day 2) // PJ in classes at New
York college // Abby sings in worship team at High School weekly chapel service// Paul’s triathlon training: 2-mile swim and 30km cycling.

March 15 (Friday) BCA’s final 3-day achievement tests (day 3) // Paul in language
class & leads Community Prayer Group (DCL) in Davao- leads study on the cults “Moonies”// PJ & Abby in classes at college & high school// Paul & Elvie submit final grades for their Senior Bible college students.// Abby with senior class for their “casual” group pictures// Davao city anniversary: Araw Ng Dabaw

March 16 (Saturday) Paul in early-morning 12-mile bike triathlon training// Elvie is
main speaker at Cogon jungle church for women’s seminar: “Relationships”// Paul & Abby fill-out online college forms.

March 17 (Sunday) PJ on worship team at Albany (NY) church // Abby leads worship
team at church/ Paul speaks at Panantungun jungle church plant: Topic: Holy Spirit. Communion Sunday// St Patrick’s Day

March 18 (Monday) Paul in language class// Abby on Spring Break at HS: Personal
Graduation Picture photoshoot// Paul’s triathlon training: 1-mile swim and 30km cycling// Paul buys groceries for BCA week of free lunches (200 students).

March 19 (Tuesday) Abby on spring break at HS// Kiwanis meeting// Paul’s triathlon
training: 1-mile swim and 30km cycling// PJ’s midterm exams

March 20 (Wednesday) Abby on spring break at HS// PJ on Spring break// Prayer Meeting// Paul’s triathlon training: 1-mile swim and 30km cycling// BCA National Achievement Test (NAT)// Vernal Equinox// Dad’s 90th birthday…Yay!

BCA’S New Campus Fund (Phases B, C & D): Present Goal $87,000:

Phase B: Administration Bld. /Temporary Classrooms/Multipurpose Wing-East:
Need: $37,000 Raised: $37,000 Remaining: $0 Awaiting Government Survey of new (previously agricultural) campus, which may take as long as three years.

Phase C: Classrooms Phase One (First Floor South Preschool Wing/Cafeteria)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $25,000! Remaining: $0.

Phase D: Classrooms Phase Two (First Floor Elementary Wing-West/Library)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $11,550 Remaining: $13,450.

Present need: $70 for BCA’s “Bus C” to repaint a damaged rear quarter panel.

# of students sponsored at BCA and its affiliate schools: 468.

Missions Team Visitors:

Now through May ’19 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- “Grandma” Trish
April, 2019 NY- PJ// IL- Shannon & Nelia// KY- “Grandma” Flo
May, 2019 NY- Phil & family

3/7/2019

PLEASE NOTE: For those who desire to send funds for our 3 new BCA school buses, I (Paul) have registered to compete in two Ironman triathlons (swim, cycle, run) this year. If you plan to sponsor me per mile (all proceeds go toward the buses). Each race is 70.3 miles. Thanks! The races are: Davao: March 24, 2019 & New Jersey: September 13, 2019.

Please don’t forget: When you order anything online from Amazon.com, please use “Amazon Smile” & designate Paul M Barner Ministries as the recipient of a portion of Amazon’s profits.

Please pray for Elvie’s and my senior Bible college students who will be taking their final exams this next week. Also please pray for us as we make these exams).

Praise God that the engineers arrived this past week to review our plans to demolish and rebuild the house next to BCA’s campus, so that we can dump truckloads of dirt and build an elevated garage for our BCA buses. This way while we are “stateside” we will not have to worry about the vehicles being flooded.

“Pastor Paul, what were those two signs that you said can reflect the status of our walk with God?” This college student at church was diligently taking notes Sunday as I preached on the work of the Holy Spirit in believers’ lives. I clarified for her, “These 2 signs are the presence of the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.), & the active use of the Spirit’s gifts in our lives (teaching, helping, encouraging, etc.), for God’s evangelistic outreaches at church, to lead the lost to Him.”

After emphasizing the power of following the Holy Spirit’s daily teaching in our lives, Elvie & I hung around for the next six hours while Abby & the youth group had a “Praise Music Marathon” jam session. Imagine, singing for six hours! Whew! I guess that the youth group was carrying out what they had learned that morning about bringing glory to God through the gifts that He has given.

While the Holy Spirit is our daily teacher, we have other teachers too. BCA’s Teacher Anajean was challenged by her first graders this week as she mentioned in her journal diary, “Lord, You must truly love me. After all, didn’t you say that you chasten the ones you love?” She was referring to the ups and downs of the day. “Now please do not get me wrong, Lord, but really? Are you serious? How is anybody supposed to get math into the heads of this little human bodies? Give me guidance please Lord, just to be sure that I am on the right track.”

That Wednesday evening God guided her in her devotional Bible reading to the following five reassuring points: 1) UNITY- We are not alone in this exciting work. God has called all the BCA teachers to work in our respective classrooms, toward the goal of doing our part to reach the multitudes. 2) JOY- God is always with us. Nothing can take away from our happiness when we feel His presence by our side. 3) PROTECTION- Satan always is trying to distract us from God’s plan for shaping the minds of these kids. Let’s keep focused, knowing that, if were doing nothing important, then Satan could not care less.

Then for the last two: 4) SANCTIFICATION- We are teaching truth, & Scripture says that we are sanctified by the Truth which comes from the Bible. 5) OUTREACH- As we live for Jesus, others are watching our example & drawn to the Image of God seen in our lives.
“Thanks, God. I now feel privileged to be a teacher, showing the world a reflection of Him in my life!”

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

March 7 (Thursday) PJ in classes at New York college // Abby sings in worship team at
High School weekly chapel service// Paul & Elvie teach last college classes before final exam. // Abby’s brother PJ & Aunt Ginger stand-in as proxies for Abby at college Honor Scholar info mtg.

March 8 (Friday) Paul in language class & leads Community Prayer Group (DCL) in
Davao- leads study on the cults// PJ & Abby in classes at college & high school

March 9 (Saturday) Paul on five-hour bicycle trip over the mountain to Calinan.

March 10 (Sunday) Daylight Savings Time Begins.// PJ on worship team at Albany
(NY) church // Abby leads worship team at church/ Paul speaks at Communal church plant: Topic: Holy Spirit. Communion Sunday

March 11 (Monday) Paul in language class// PJ on Spring break// Abby in classes at HS

March 12 (Tuesday) PJ on Spring break// Abby in classes at HS// Kiwanis meeting

March 13 (Wednesday) BCA Achievement testing 3/13-15// Abby in classes at HS// PJ on Spring break// Prayer Meeting

BCA’S New Campus Fund (Phases B, C & D): Present Goal $87,000:
Phase B: Administration Bld. /Temporary Classrooms/Multipurpose Wing-East:
Need: $37,000 Raised: $37,000 Remaining: $0 Awaiting Government Survey of new (previously agricultural) campus, which may take as long as three years.
Phase C: Classrooms Phase One (First Floor South Preschool Wing/Cafeteria)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $25,000! Remaining: $0.
Phase D: Classrooms Phase Two (First Floor Elementary Wing-West/Library)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $11,500 Remaining: $13,500.

Present need: $530 for various headlight & signal-light replacements for BCA’s Buses.

# of students sponsored at BCA and its affiliate schools: 470.

Missions Team Visitors:

Now through May ’19 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- “Grandma” Trish
April, 2019 NY- PJ// IL- Shannon & Nelia// KY- “Grandma” Flo
May, 2019 NY- Phil & family

2/28/2019

Please pray for 500 Badjao Sea Gypsies in Davao who lost their homes (ocean shacks on stilts) in a massive all-consuming fire this past week. These homeless refugee beggars are now living on open-air gymnasiums throughout the city.

Also please pray for our son PJ & his Aunt Ginger as they “proxy” on an event March 7 for Abby at the local community college in NY State, for the HonorScholar program into which Abby has been invited, when she begins classes this fall.

Please pray for our 13 year old Panuntungun “jungle” church which was demolished this week. It was made of coconut leaves, cement & rusted corrugated tin sheets, & was dangerously starting to fall down of its own volition. The church has been saving up over the years & is planning to have a new building with iron beams built & dedicated before our family leaves the country for our American speaking tour this June. The Panuntungun church may also host a daily tutorial preschool center for rural children, sponsored by BCA. Also, an elevated bus garage will be built next to BCA over the same time period.

Pray for the effectiveness of increased PNP (Philippine National Police) security in Mindanao (we are still under Martial Law), as we are on “red alert” due to Muslim attempts to extend their area of property holdings by taking it from Christians through the efforts of MLIF, MNLF & ISIS. Many expect a second war (similar to the previous one in Marawe) during the upcoming month-long Ramadan season May 5- June 4. This will likely begin with hostage-taking (by the Maute terrorist group) in the area of Pagadian, northwest of Davao City.

Please pray for the planning of an upcoming seminar series for BCA parents, teachers & pastors on the topics of Human Trafficking & Terrorism.

Praise God that our “Father’s House” orphanage received five 6-wk-old piglets to raise. “Grandma Trish” also named the 3 ducks Quacker (One & Two) & Cheddar. Also, a young widow friend stopped by after church to treat the kids to a chicken dinner at a local restaurant. “Maya Cacao Philippines” is the kids’ new chocolate-making enterprise, to teach them to be self-supporting. They each have their responsibilities: 1) roast the cacao nibs, 2) peel off the shells, 3) tend the processor, 4) "mold" the chocolate paste & put in the fridge. Also, there is now barbed-wire along most of the back of the property, which has eliminated the neighbors’ animals grazing in the kids’ gardens for daily banquets.

Praise God as well that Elvie was one of 8 speakers at a series of Pastors’ conferences throughout the island of Mindanao during the months of February & March. Here in Davao this week, the forum’s theme was “Intensify the Work of God!” Hundreds of pastors were present as Elvie clearly explained the national Christian Education Policies which include the announcement that none of the pastors in our affiliation will be allowed to perform the anti-biblical practice or officiating same-gender weddings, or else they will lose their license to run a church.

Praise God that, after Dan’s six years as director of our church’s youth group, since his daughter is graduating, the baton of leadership was smoothly passed on to Engel, a dad of two young kids who are just entering the youth group.

“Blood on the aerobars…” As I (Paul) leaned on the pads of the 2nd set of handlebars for my bicycle, the slimy blood told me that I hadn’t come from my “accident” unscathed.

Wednesday morning, I awoke at 2am, an hour before my alarm clock. I then went back to sleep & ignored the 3am alarm, waking at 4. Perhaps since I was in a hurry, or perhaps because my headlight was too dim, about six miles into my morning bike-loop, I hit a recessed manhole in the road. Recovering without falling, I didn’t see the black, 3-ft-long 4x4 block of wood in the middle of the road. In hindsight, I guess a lumber truck had hit the same bump, which had dislodged the lumber from his vehicle.

While flying through the air, I considered, “This is gonna hurt!” A few minutes later, I had re-straightened my handlebars, untangled my headphone cord from the bike cables, picked up my water bottles, threw the board out of the road & fixed the chain. But then body parts started hurting. Nothing serious, just scrapes & bruises…lots of them.

Realizing that the accident had caused me to skip part of the “Bible-on-Tape” I was listening to, I rewound to the part I had missed- Psalm 71. It began, “In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.” As I pedaled, I prayed (without closing my eyes), “Lord, there is nobody here, but You are here. Thanks for protecting me in this time of need.”
Meanwhile our daughter Abby had just returned a few days earlier from her high school field trip in the mountains. She & 59 other international high schoolers had traveled the 5-hour bus trip to Malaybalay to carry out humanitarian aid work, teaching children, building a church and carrying over a thousand bundles of bamboo. Abby was recognized for her leading the entire group in rousing Christian songs.

While back in Davao, BCA’s 4th grade teacher Angel was praising God for an incredible day. Being a new (1st-year) teacher, she is learning new things every day. Other teachers have come alongside of her & have both encouraged her & also have offered some pointers on what works best for them in their classrooms.

“Okay God, passion. I need to have passion today. Give me passion, please!” Yet when the students noticed her “new-ness” and tried to stretch the rules a tad, Angel’s passion was more of a negative passion than a positive one!

Trying her prayer again the next day, she revised her wording a tad. “Lord, how about giving me the deep desire to lead these kids to a successful life?” During Wednesday, little by little Angel discovered more about the depth of personalities in her students; by their attitudes & even in the clever ways they communicated with each other.

“I got it, Lord. Passion, by example, in love & respect for the incredible adults you want them to become. Thanks, God. I wonder if, in teaching at BCA, who is learning more: the students from me (their teacher), or me, from You (my Teacher)?”

On Friday, Angel had a wonderful day. All of the students actively participated. “Lord, I love being a teacher. It must be one of the highest callings in the world!”

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

2/14/2019

Happy Valentine’s Day (2/14), Happy President’s Day (USA: 2/18)

Please pray for the fifteen church members who were baptized last week. Each one chose a few seasoned believers to direct them in their Christian walk. These will be their godparents for life. Each godparent stood behind the candidates as they were asked 4 questions: 1- name, 2- date he/she prayed to become a Christian, 3- Location where he/she prayed the prayer of repentance, and 4- changes that have occurred in his/her life since becoming a believer. Please pray for their chosen church responsibilities, now that they have seriously proclaimed their faith before the public.

Please also pray for the full recuperation of Dr Tom, a retired psychiatrist who is doing missionary work in Davao. He recently was released from the hospital after a serious bout with dengue fever.

Praise God that Elvie was very understanding when, on Valentine’s Day morning, instead of giving her flowers which would eventually die, I bought her a brand-new blender (which she has been begging for over the past few years) and filled it with chocolate candy bars of all brands and flavors and sizes! I hope she shares them with us! Chocolate tastes so very much better than flowers do!

Praise God as well that a family in Missouri has decided to sponsor three BCA students and has paid the full year in advance for all three!

Praise God as well that Dave, a fellow missionary (a single dad from Ohio) was just recently engaged to marry a very godly woman from our island of Mindanao this summer.

Praise God also that the Missionary school (FIA) which Abby attends (and on whose board I am the secretary) has approved the sending of next year’s board to Papua/Indonesia for a week for a board training seminar on how to maintain a strong Christian focus in each Christian school.

“Lord, thank you for giving me delightful students to teach at BCA!” Teacher Dibbie was starting a new day with her third graders.

“You know Lord,” continued Dibbie, “you do not really have to let my kids act-up today. I wouldn’t really mind all that much if they were all little angels, following carefully ever word I say with rapt attention…”

“…On the other hand, challenges make me feel lively, so whatever You have in mind for today is more than ok with me. I’ll just remember Romans 8:28, that all things work together for good to them who love God and are called according to His purpose!”

Then a joy flooded Dibbie’s soul as she had a mini vision of a few decades into the future, with her 3rd graders as already adults. They all soared high with their dreams, some as doctors and missionaries and others as dads and moms. But all of them were thankful for their memories of a teacher who loved them and cared for them.

“Wow, God. these kids. They are true future leaders!” That day as the kids came into the classroom, she did not see them as rambunctious elementary kids with a metabolism at the speed of light. Instead she saw one little boy as a preacher to the lost tribes in Africa, while another little girl was reading the Bible to her six children as an adult. What a joy to work with these future dignitaries!

“Lord, like a road with two choices, I thank you that you are directing me to direct these little ones to make the right choices now, with a strong foundation, so that their futures are bright and shiny!”

A few days later, on February 14 (Valentine’s Day) BCA had our annual “Teacher Appreciation Day”. Hundreds of students from every grade level came up to the stage to present carefully choreographed songs and memorized speeches (some with tears), as they gave little tokens of their appreciation, many being hand-made.

I smiled as one of Teacher Dibbie’s students stated in his speech before parents, faculty and fellow students, “Teacher Dibbie, you are the best because you brought out the best in us!” After the program was completed with prayer, Bible message & lots of pictures, the parents treated the teachers to lunch. Then I left to teach my Bible college class while Elvie brought the teachers and staff out for a few hours of bowling. Then before dismissing them for the evening to go to their respective homes, we all met together, treating them to diner at our favorite open-air barbecue restaurant. What fun!

The previous Sunday was our church’s 22nd anniversary celebration. I gave the history of when we started the work, and how God had increased them ministry over the succeeding decades. Then fifteen members of the church came up to the stage to give their testimonies. These were the ones whom I had just baptized the day before.

A few of the baptismal candidates had been a challenge to “dunk” since the tide was coming in and they were kind of short in stature. I wanted to be sure that the water was shallow enough to give them “somewhere to go” and yet also deep enough so that they would be fully submerged. I have baptized around 300 over the years since being ordained 27 years ago, yet I have never lost a one!

On Sunday after church, we had a church board meeting and I invited a man who faithfully attends and yet is not involved with any church ministries. I asked him to be head usher, to keep people off their cellphones during worship and keep dogs away from the altar and also to keep kids in their Sunday school classrooms, as well as to direct his usher team to take the offering.

“When were you baptized, Salri?” He hadn’t, but responded, “Next Saturday my two daughters are joining the church youth group in going to the beach. Can we have another baptismal service then? I and the other potential ushers will go through training this week with the elders, and we’ll all be baptized together!” Yay, praise God for touching this man’s heart to be so very willing to be obedient to God’s call on his life. Salri even brought his family with our team at 8pm-midnight to our orphanage on nearby Samal island to deliver the new rabbits and piglets which the orphan kids will be raising!

Like with Teacher Dibbie, we can see that God has an incredible future for these who have chosen to follow Him!
Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

2/7/2019

Please pray for the brand-new Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) at FIA which I & the rest of the “PTF Committee” am designing. We approached the FIA parents in the school’s three largest cultural groups (Korean, Spanish & Other) for a merienda snack for Friday’s talent show. Many participated! Please pray that the dozens who are joining the PTF will effectively work with the new Australian Head of School (HoS) who is arriving in May, to install multi-language signs on campus, as well as other “Internationally-friendly” accommodations for the various cultures represented on campus.

Praise God that, after leaving on my 3am ten-mile bicycle loop, I got a flat tire. After fixing it, cleaning up and getting breakfast ready, a few hours later I was about to drive Abby to school in our pickup truck, & that too had a flat tire! So, I sent her to school in a $4 taxi while I stayed home, jacked up the truck & fixed that flat tire as well. The good thing is that both vehicles are now ok, & not due for another flat for quite a while… I hope!
Praise God for a friend in Kentucky who sent funds for us to buy new chairs for the kids in our orphanage. The old chairs had been falling apart, & thus some kids had to stand during mealtimes.
Praise God also for an agreement that FIA (the missionary school of which I am board secretary) has now signed with neighboring SIL (a major international Bible-translation group). FIA is in desperate need of more space, so FIA is converting its offices & nurse’s medical station into classrooms, & transferring those offices to the unused first floor of the SIL building. A win-win situation, as some of the parents of FIA students work in the 2nd-floor SIL offices already. By the way, FIA has been named one of the top ten International Schools in the Philippines & was the cover story in the “Knowledge Review Magazine” LINK: http://magazine.theknowledgereview.com/The-10-Best-International-Schools-In-Philippines-2018-December2018/#page=1 Our daughter Abigail is in two of the pictures in this article. See if you can find her!
Praise God that a very nice fringe benefit occurred after losing 35 pounds* from my 28-day January fast: my blood pressure was great! 100/70. Is that awesome, or what?
“We prayed with hurting people every place we went!”

Elvie is now home, safe & sound, back from her week-long road trip to the recently bombed southwestern section of Zamboanga in Muslim Mindanao.

Whenever their team of five stopped along the two-day road-trip, be it for meals or gas or to stay overnight in a church to sleep on the pews, they would find a local pastor & pray for God’s ministry in that town, as well as for that pastor’s family.

When they had arrived in the recently-bombed city of Zamboanga, the team also counselled local residents, for whom this was not the first time that Christians had been targeted by the local militant Al Qaeda group.

Tanks, soldier-laden jeeps & military security checkpoints became more frequent the closer they came to their destination. But this was no ordinary vehicle. Along with Elvie were the bishop of a nationwide Protestant denomination & other leaders of the faith. Millions of believers worldwide were praying for this God-empowered team. Elvie received a Facebook message on her phone, “But the Lord is faithful, & He will strengthen you & protect you from the evil one. (2 Thes. 3:3)”

To which Elvie responded, “This place is saturated with terrorists, yet Muslims who have converted to Christianity are all over the place! It is no wonder that Satan is upset!”

After the Jolo cathedral had been bombed during the morning mass (with 21 killed & 95 hospitalized), Philippine President Duterte singled out the Ajang-ajang group in Patikul, an Islamic kidnap-for-ransom group, to “crush them.” A regional military spokesman described the “fierce 2-hour-long firefight” commandeered by the First Scout Ranger Battalion which resulted in many of the local ISIS ringleaders being eliminated. However, the suicide bomber couple leaves behind an orphaned ten-yr-old daughter in the town they bombed. Another five-minute firefight in a neighboring province resulted in the local bandits’ fleeing.

The cathedral bombing had come just days after voters' resounding backing for giving the Muslim minority in the south more control over their own affairs, seen as a significant step toward bringing a measure of peace to a region battered by decades of separatist strife.

Then, terror stuck again. At midnight, the night before Elvie’s team was about to fly to the next city (Tawi-Tawi), someone threw a grenade through the window of a mosque. Elvie could hear the explosion from the tiny guest house where they were staying (all hotel reservations had been cancelled due to the military unrest).

“Praise GOD for His hand of protection!” exclaimed Elvie. The hundreds of delegates to the conference were housed in the church compound, surrounded by very high walls. They slept, side-by-side on fold-up bamboo mats in the large church, & nobody would travel at night, for their safety. Daily meetings were highlighted by testimonies of those who “fought” with weapons of love: The Bible in one hand & tools of peace (food, clothes, aid) in the other. One would be hard-pressed to find a believer who was not grieving the loss of a newly-converted husband, child or other relative who had made the “ultimate sacrifice” for his Lord Jesus & now resides in Heaven in eternal peace with Jesus.

This past Sunday, Elvie was back at church, giving testimony to God’s amazing protection. “I counseled & prayed with these persecuted believers, many of whom face each day with their lives threatened due to their faith in Jesus Christ.”

Having just returned from the front lines, Elvie’s senses were battle-alert & therefore she announced, after discussing the prospects with our daughter Abby (president of the church youth group) that an emergency “peace talk” would take place immediately following lunch. Thirty of the teens gathered together as two young ladies who have had difficulties getting along for the past six months, “had it out.” For two hours, accusations, confessions, yelling, tears, & intermittent hugs & prayers of forgiveness ensued. No bombs. No grenades or tanks. But spiritual warfare took place last Sunday after church…and yet another gate of Hell was shattered.

Daily, every single believer in Jesus Christ faces a battle. Are your weapons sharp? We have the BELT of truth. The SHIELD of faith. The HELMET of salvation. The BREASTPLATE of righteousness. The SWORD of the Word of God. The SHOES shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. And covered over all by a BLANKET of prayer. (Eph 6:16-18).

“Oh, I have a special gift from one of the Muslim-born converts to Jesus…a hymnal in the Muslim language!” As Elvie handed me the songbook, I found in the index, Jesus, Name Above All Names. Oh, what joy it must be when a former Muslim sings in his/ her own dialect that the One they formerly thought of as an unreachable Muslim God is actually their newfound, intimate Savior:

Isa, on kallogan ku, ------------Jesus, Name above all names
maglalappas Iya satu------------Beautiful Savior, Glorious Lord
Immanwel, Tuhan tabi Iya, ----Immanuel, God is with us
kalam sin Tuhan, hinang Aa. ---Blessed Redeemer, Living Word!

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

1/31/2019 Happy Chinese New Year (2/5)

Praise God for one of the parents in BCA. Each Sunday I distribute index cards & pencils for people in the church to write prayer requests. On Monday morning as I was praying through the cards, one especially caught my attention. Often people pray for personal needs, & rightly so. But occasionally they intercede for others in need. This particular parent wrote, “Pray for protection for my family, good health for my mom, & I also pray for the sponsors of my child’s schooling!” How delightful, that while sponsors are praying & paying for their kids’ schooling, the circle of blessing shows the parents & kids also praying for their sponsors!
Praise God for sustaining me through my 28-day fast (which is now completed) to bring my weight back down to normal & also prepare me for the upcoming March 24 Ironman Triathlon.
“20 churchgoers killed and 80 injured in Sunday’s Jolo Cathedral explosion!” Philippine newspapers headlined that two bombs were detonated by Bangsamoro Muslim terrorists because two Al Qaeda militant groups could not agree on whether or not they were satisfied with the Philippine government’s concessions to their demands of autonomy. The Philippine military has the entire city of Jolo on “total lockdown”.

“I am going to Jolo.” Elvie said, “Lockdown or no lockdown. The hurting Christians need me there. Besides, our conference is on the outskirts of Jolo, in Bagao Tawitawi, thus exempt from the military restrictions.” Elvie is on a national missions board & she & the other leaders were to drive on a two-day trip from Davao to the other side of the country for a conference of a few hundred delegates. The event had been planned months ago, but the timing of the explosion & the conference have occurred during the very same week.

Meanwhile at BCA, I was curious while looking through the list of yet-unsponsored students. I approached Inday, the BCA sponsorship secretary. “Why do these two 6th grade boys have the same name & birthday, next month? Are they twins, or are they the same guy?” One was named “Antonio One” & the other was named “Antonio First”. They are twins! Yikes! What a choice for the names of these brothers! Can you imagine their home life? “Here, Tony One & Tony First, time for dinner!” And what about the 6th Grade teacher? “First, you can answer….Who first? …Yes!” Kind of like Abbot & Costello’s “Who’s on 1st” comedy routine! Talk about a need for teamwork!

Disagreements due to similarities in purpose are not always necessary. This week I (Paul) also helped to plan & supervise the very first Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) at a local international school, of which I am on the board. We divided into different cultural groups so that each one would have clarity of language. These different groups vary from Korean to Spanish to Caucasian. Yet each group had uniquely exciting proposals.

Of the many great ideas, one that really shown brightly & was pursued further included: to start giving increased benefit packages to the volunteer faculty. There are now free lunches, subsidy for airfare, discount for children’s tuition, & all kinds of other perks to remind the teachers that they are incredible people who transform the lives of their precious students.

Over Christmas break, one of the staff flew to Illinois, USA where 16,000 young people attended the Urbana missions conference. A booth was set up to take information on those interested in teaching here in Davao. Now the school is following-up these dozens of interested contacts. These great ideas happened because of teamwork.

A final example of teamwork was seen in BCA’s Teacher Jessa Mae’s 6th grade class. The class was studying Math, Science & Bible. In Bible, they read aloud 1 Corinthians 1:10 which ends with, “…be perfectly united in mind and thought.” Jessa then asked a related math problem. “If you have a basket of mangoes & your friend has a knife to cut them, how many slices should you make to feed both families, if each family has six members?” As the students answered “At least 12,” they also realized that neither family would have been fed, had there not been teamwork between the child who had a knife & also the child who had the basket of mangoes.

Teamwork. Perhaps if the Bangsamoro Muslims had learned this simple 6th grade Bible lesson, then 20 citizens of Jolo might still be alive & worshipping today.

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!


1/24/2019

Please pray for Waway, the manager at a local Yamaha dealership, whom we prayed with this week to become a Christian.

Please also pray for the new potential chocolate making ministry at our BCA orphanage. Equipment has already been purchased, & now the kids will be trained.

Praise God that Abby's basketball team won second place among 7 teams in the nationwide basketball tournament in Manila. Her team was the only Christian team and they played hard in a godly way, although others were tough & rough. In one of the games they won by a one-point foul shot! God was honored in their spirit of sportsmanship & testimony! The games were so close that they often went into overtime. They brought home to Davao a trophy! This was Abby’s last game in her high school athletic experience.

Praise God too that at last week’s DCL breakfast community prayer meeting, one member, Gerry’s, bills were raised for cataract surgery by both the club and a local church.

Praise God also that, in just a few days there have already been three interested parties who have responded to the potential Davao retirement village which our associate missionary Dave is planning.

Praise God that both our children, PJ & Abby have been invited to join the honors society/ programs in their respective colleges for 2019-20. (PJ- Tau Sigma).

Praise God for six boxes shipped from a church in Kentucky, filed with pillowcase dresses for poor kids, and also school supplies, Bibles, medicine and evangelism tools.

Praise God that (septuagenarian) Trish, our “resident grandma” at the orphanage, received funding from her home church in Arizona to buy a motorscooter to get around. She now has a pink Yamaha MIO…with black helmet…motorcycle mama!

“When you can say a word with 2 syllables, why not complicate things and use four syllables instead?”

In our Cebuano language class, the growing vocabulary list is becoming overwhelming for fellow missionary Delloyd & I. For instance, the word for “parents” is “ginikanan” & yet the Cebuano word “paryente” means “relatives”. Kind of like in English: “cargo” is for ships & “shipment” is for cars!

While in another country, differing language & culture can get complicated, so in teaching at the Bible college this past week, I simplified for my “Church Economics” students the concepts of “Production Process & Division of Labor”, as they pertain to running a church.

“Gina, let’s say you run a factory. What do you sell?” She decided she’s merchandize “Gina’s Candied Peanuts”. We walked through the process of cooking, buying supplies, hiring, selling & what to do when the demand requires expansion. My senior students had such fun participating, that when Gina offered to give her “Deliveryman Blair” a raise, the other students were asking Blair if they could borrow money from him!

“Now, let’s bring these concepts into the church realm. You cannot plant a church without planning how to use funds to build, live & expand.” When the kids took their quiz at the end of class, almost all received perfect scores!
Meanwhile our 18-year old daughter Abby was on the other side of the country planning out a different type of management: how to win a basketball tournament against six other teams, some to them extremely vicious, since Abby’s was the only Christian school. The last day saw Abby’s team not only make it to the final championship, but also to bring the game into overtime so that the winning team had to work pretty had to get that first-place trophy!

Meanwhile in Davao at Barner Christian Academy (BCA), our communications secretary Inday was preparing envelopes for mailing to hundreds of donors who sponsor BCA kids. Inside each envelope was to be a Valentine made by the student, so that it would arrive in his/her sponsor’s mailbox in February.

When she got tired of printing envelopes, Inday would shift to collating the future months’ files so that the work would run smoothly, especially when the parents came upstairs (later) to her office to assist.

“Oh Lord,” Inday prayed, “This computer is so old, and often shuts off. If only I had a new one...” When another secretary mentioned to me Inday’s prayer, I decided to give up our house computer so that Inday’s work would run smoothly. At first she was ecstatic, but then she had to weed through all the rigmarole of transferring files, some of which were incompatible & needed revision. Yet in the long run, the headaches were lessened and the office once again ran smoothly, even more so than before.

So…management. Of churches. Of the office. Of Christian sportsmanship. Of learning capacity. Of business & churches. And finally, of Bible study…

It has been a few months, & now a few days ago our weekly morning DCL “Community Bible Study/Prayer Meeting” has completed its study of the Old Testament Jewish Festivals, with the Feast of Purim, which commemorates how God rescued the Jews from annihilation by sending Queen Esther to plead their case before King Ahasuerus.

Next week we begin an analysis of various denominations’ interpretation of Scriptures. Planning out these classes has been a joyful learning experience which has caused us all to grow in our faith.

Ending the week with preaching on Sunday at our Panantungun jungle church plant, I challenged the members, “God is a Spirit, and we His worshippers must worship Him in spirit & in truth. Let us plan out our lives in such a way that Go is our focus 24/7!”

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

January 24 (Thursday) Paul teaches at Bible College. Paul at organizational Parent- Teacher Fellowship at Abby’s school, Faith International Academy.

January 25 (Friday) Paul in language class. Paul leads Community Prayer Group (DCL at McDonalds Restaurant) in Davao.

January 26 (Saturday) PJ on worship team at Schenectady (NY) Messianic church. January 27 (Sunday) PJ on worship team at Albany (NY) church // Abby leads youth group and music team at church, Theme: God/Trinity // Paul at Jungle church plant

January 28 (Monday) Paul in language class. BCA Sponsorship Committee Meeting. Elvie teaches at DABC

January 29 (Tuesday) Elvie teaches at DABC

January 30 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting

BCA has 459 sponsored students. As God sends new sponsors, we will add more out-of-school children to the sponsorship program.

BCA’S New Campus Fund (Phases B, C & D): Present Goal $87,000:
Phase B: Administration Bld. /Temporary Classrooms/Multipurpose Wing-East:
Need: $37,000 Raised: $37,000 Remaining: $0 Awaiting Government Survey of new (previously agricultural) campus, which may take as long as three years.
Phase C: Classrooms Phase One (First Floor South Preschool Wing/Cafeteria)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $25,000! Remaining: $0.
Phase D: Classrooms Phase Two (First Floor Elementary Wing-West/Library)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $11.200 Remaining: $13,800.

Present need: $819 for Bus Fuel in November: Bus “C” $161, Bus “Fi” $60, Bus “M” $189, Bus “N” $155, Bus “Ph” $159, Bus “O” $95.

Missions Team Visitors:

Now through May ’19 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- “Grandma” Trish
February, 2019 KY- “Grandma” Flo
April, 2019 USA- Shannon & Nelia
May, 2019 NY- Phil & family, PJ

1/17/2019

Please pray for the ongoing project of Dave, a very dear friend missionary who is planning to start a retirement village in the Philippines for foreigners. Here is his info: "Some friends are concerned about the high cost and often poor care for retirement options in the U.S. Many don't have the funds to afford good retirement options. Nice retirement options with wonderful care in a very kind and respectful culture in beautiful beachfront locations could be available and affordable in the Philippines. In addition to the beaches there are many wonderful things to see and do here. Retirees could just visit for weeks or months at a time or stay long term. Those leading the project would like input from a large group of Americans of retirement age to help guide their plans. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a Christian Retirement village in the Philippines please ask them to visit this website and fill out the survey."

Praise God that, even though a retired sponsor in Paradise, California lost her home to the huge wildfires, she has decided to continue sponsoring her BCA student, from her new address.

Also praise God that another retired sponsor, whose husband recently passed away, has decided to continue sponsoring her student for one more year on her decreased lower income, before having her student transferred to another potential sponsor.

Praise God that, Joni & Friends, a global ministry which reaches out especially to the disabled, has sent us a personal letter thanking us for the Christmas card we sent them and glowingly commended us for the excellent work that we are doing for the poor Filipinos. A quote from their letter: “Paul & family, thank you for your years of service to the least, & often the last, in this world of ours by providing an education, a health-giving atmosphere, & sponsorships for a growing number of children. What a joy it was to read about your exciting programs. May many more children come under the covering of your academy & learn of their value to the God who loves & created them…just as they are.”

Praise God too that at last week’s DCL breakfast community prayer meeting (at McDonalds Restaurant), one of our members responded to the dusty beggar children’s constant knocking on the plate glass windows, by doling out to them from a bag of rolls which he had purchased from the bakery that very morning for just that purpose.
“Where will we have our church board retreat?” Last December, after debating the expense of renting an overnight lodging for our church board members & ministry leaders, we finally decided on having it at BCA’s “FHF” orphanage. During the retreat, we had to schedule the church for our family’s upcoming 14-month absence (June ’19 thru August ’20).

While there, the FHF house parent mentioned that the local public school was trying to baptize all the students into the Catholic faith since many students had no birth certificates, & that baptismal certificates also suffice. The church board decided to train the kids who were old enough, to be baptized.

Ten of our orphan kids were baptized the next day in the Pacific Ocean, after an hour-long pre-baptism training meeting! PTL! Typically, I try to have parents & relatives present for baptisms, but since these kids are orphans, the 39 church people (& board members) present were their surrogate parents! It has been a joy to watch over the years as these kids have grown both physically & spiritually.

Meanwhile at BCA a sports competition was about to start. Torches, flags, programs, & alternate games needed to be prepared. Teacher Hazel tapped parents to help prepare. Students’ dads designed & built the torch.
When the games began, Hazel was tasked to be the announcer (which she had never done before) She was a natural and loved it! After the lighting of the torch and flag raising, was the series of tournaments (basketball, volleyball, interactive kid games & relay races). The entire student body (with guests) then came back to BCA (from the community outdoor gym) for the closing awards & doxology (thanking God for the good sportsmanship).

Our daughter Abby is in yet another sports competition, as she flies up to Manila with her Faith International Academy teammates to play basketball against other International schools. Since Abby is also student teaching 4th graders at her school, the kids created incredibly well-planned cards. Some had pop-up figures, and others had laminated look-thorough windows, all in various colors with phrases like “Win your competition, Miss Abby!” This is Abby’s fourth & last International “ISAC” tournament before she graduates from High School in May.

Elvie had a much different tournament to tackle. Her older brother Dodo (his nickname) needed life & death surgery (he is coughing up blood) & their family was frantically searching for a few gallons of type B blood. All blood banks were depleted. They came up with half of what they needed and were about to lose hope.

But then a man from our church who works with the military contacted the soldiers & police force & found a whole slew of servicemen willing to give! Yay! As the pastor at our Communal Church plant’s 4-hour-long. 1st-year anniversary celebration recently quoted, “TEAM= Together Everyone Achieves More!”
Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

January 17 (Thursday) Aby in Manila, competing at “ISAC” International Basketball tournament. Paul teaches at Bible College.

January 18 (Friday) Aby in Manila, competing at “ISAC” International Basketball tournament. Paul in language class. Paul leads Community Prayer Group (DCL at a local stationery store) in Davao. Paul in language class. Possible visit to BCA’s orphanage by another American Mindanao missionary couple.

January 19 (Saturday) Aby in Manila, competing at “ISAC” International Basketball tournament. // PJ on worship team at Schenectady (NY) Messianic church.

January 20 (Sunday) Aby returns from Manila competition at “ISAC” International Basketball tournament. // PJ on worship team at Albany (NY) church // Elvie leads Women’s Sunday at church// Paul preaches at Panantongun jungle church plant. Theme: God/Trinity

January 21 (Monday) Paul in language class. BCA Sponsorship Committee Meeting. Martin Luther King Jr Day (USA)

January 22 (Tuesday) Elvie teaches at DABC.

January 23 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting.

BCA has 461 sponsored students. As God sends new sponsors, we will add more out-of-school children to the sponsorship program.

BCA’S New Campus Fund (Phases B, C & D): Present Goal $87,000:
Phase B: Administration Bld. /Temporary Classrooms/Multipurpose Wing-East:
Need: $37,000 Raised: $37,000 Remaining: $0 Awaiting Government Survey of new (previously agricultural) campus, which may take as long as three years.
Phase C: Classrooms Phase One (First Floor South Preschool Wing/Cafeteria)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $25,000! Remaining: $0.
Phase D: Classrooms Phase Two (First Floor Elementary Wing-West/Library)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $11.150 Remaining: $13,850.

Present need: $799 for BCA Bus Repairs: BCA Bus “N”: $407 for: $83 for 1 pc starter assembly, $12 for 1 pc clutch cable, $19 for ignition switch, $19 for rrl buckle, $40 for clutch disc, $146 for 2 tires #500x12 @ $73, $25 for 1 gallon engine oil, $7 for oil filter, $14 for 2 liters gear oil, $35 for 2 sets of leaf springs “leaf up”, $7 for differential oil seal// BCA Bus “L”: $212 for 2 batteries #3smf @$106// BCA Bus “M”: $69 for: $49 for 2 gallons diesel engine oil, $20 for oil filter #4032// BCA Bus “Ph”: $64 for: $25 for 1 gallon engine oil, $7 for oil filter, $14 for 2 liters gear oil, $18 for ignition switch wire// BCA Bus “Fi”: $47 for: $7 for acceleration cable, $8 for 1 quart brake fluid, $22 for clutch sleeve, $10 for clutch sleeve brace.

Missions Team Visitors:

Now through May ’19 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- “Grandma” Trish
February, 2019 KY- “Grandma” Flo
April, 2019 USA- Shannon & Nelia
May, 2019 NY- Phil & family, PJ

1/3/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019! (1/1)

PROJECTS:

1. STATUS OF 2018 BCA “CHRISTMAS SHOES” PROJECT: Of the $7,500 needed for 500 pair of shoes (with accompanying gifts & BCA printed t-shirt): NEEDED: 7,500 by 12/25. Received: $7,315. Only $185 still needed!

2. Support BCA through Amazon Smile! Go to smile.amazon.com and type "Paul M Barner Ministries Inc" as the charitable organization you want to support. That's all you have to do! Now when you shop, 0.5% of the purchase price will be automatically donated to our ministry, at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

3. Donate your laptop- Are you upgrading your laptop computer & wondering what you will do with your old one? BCA has been directed by the DepEd (Department of Education) to build a new computer lab with units for all the 6th graders. We need 16 computers. If you do send us your computer, please use this address: Ginger Bruce 5 Eileen Drive Rensselaer, NY 12144. BCA will send you an in-kind receipt to which you will insert the fair market value of your donation. Thank you!

4. Reminder: BCA child sponsorship is now $30 per month. A few sponsors have requested online communications instead of normal mail. If this applies to you, please inform BCA (via email) at blcKids@yahoo.com.

Please pray for Mindanao’s missionary school, Faith International Academy (FIA). FIA still has need for the following nineteen personnel: 1. Secondary English Teachers (grades 6-12) 2. Secondary Social Studies Teacher (grades 6-8; grades 9-12 electives or AP) 3. Elementary Teachers (various in grades K-5) 4. Secondary Bible Teacher (grades 6-12) 5. Secondary World Languages (Spanish, French, German, etc.: grades 9-12) 6. Music Teacher (vocal/instrumental: K-12) 7. Physical Education Teacher (K-12) 8. Computer/Technology Teacher (grades K-5; 9-12) 9. Librarian (K-12) 10. Full-Time Substitute Teacher 11. Special Education Teacher / Coordinator (K-12) 12. English Language Learner Teacher (K-12) 13. Athletic Director 14. IT Staff (all school) 15. Recruitment Coordinator (all school; supported staff) 16. HR Coordinator (all school; supported staff) 17. Business Manager 18. School Counselor 19. Development Director (all school)

Praise God that Elvie, Abby & I have been blessed during our one-week visit to Guam, as the local Salvation Army, as well as a manager at the local Kmart, & some people in a local church, have donated items (clothing, school supplies, games & food) for us to ship back to Davao for our orphanage & BCA faculty.

“Where can we hide a motorcycle?” Christmas was just a few weeks away, & Abby & I had been secretly saving up for months for a special gift for Elvie: a motorbike/moped which she could use to get around since her car was destroyed in a flood this past May.

Since we are good friends with the admin in another school, the new bike was ok there for a few days. Then, at 3:30am on Christmas morning, while Elvie was still sleeping, Abby & I snuck out to the other side of town to get the bike.

A few hours later Elvie went out to water her plants & rushed back into the house. “There is something in the back of your pickup truck!” She exclaimed. To which Abby & I responded, “Surprise! Merry Christmas!” She was awestruck & thrilled! When we had to leave the next day for our flight to Guam, the motorbike found its safe place…in our living room!

Recently BCA’s Teacher Angel was herself trying to find a place to hide…herself. She is a brand-new teacher & just getting used to a classroom full of students. “Oh Lord,” she’d pray each morning before class, “Thank You for this wonderful day! I am excited & a little nervous knowing what to do for today but thank You for Your guidance!”

During the day she noticed Ronie & Andria were looking up at the clock & sticking out their lips. Another student, raised her hand. “Yes, Mailyn?” inquired Teacher Angel. “Do you have a question?” To which Mailyn tattled, “You told us to pay attention to our work, but Ronie & Andria are talking.” Teacher Angel asked, “But I did not hear them talking, Mailyn.” Mailyn continued, “But they pointed with their lips to the clock!”

Suddenly Angel got an angelic idea. “Tell you what. Since these two students have perfected body language, let is study how people in different cultures communicate.” She had Ronie & Andria come to the front of the classroom. “Now they will demonstrate how to point with their lips!” For the rest of the day the class had an incredibly fun time demonstrating how to communicate nonverbally & creatively, with their hands, feet, shoulders, & yes, even with their lips!

At the end of the day before releasing the students, Angel prodded her class, “Oh, & before you leave, you can use another kind of body language to show your desire to stay clean…you can only leave when your desk (& the area around it) is clean” The students’ response was not nonverbal! “Awwww…”

One other thing that was impossible to hide this last few days has been floodwater. Our Davao church had experienced a series of 5-& 7-strength earthquakes & aftershocks on Friday, which affected a 200-mile radius of its epicenter, 100 miles form our church. Our deaconesses removed the church’s brand-new speakers & guitar from their stands, placing them safely on the floor so they would not fall.

Yet late on Saturday night, a massive waist-deep flood hit Davao City. Soldiers strung up ropes so that residents could cross the roads which had become small rivers. Some troops were seen carrying residents on their backs & shoulders to get them freely out of their homes. A few people drowned. Although our church is surrounded by three-inch-deep mud due to the flash flooding, the congregation would not be deterred from their final worship service of the year.

Slipping & sliding, they made their way up to the second floor & had church there. A year ago we only had a 5 ½ string (one string was broken) guitar & an old drum set for worship time. However, during the year we purchased new speakers, electric guitar, & other instruments, including a nice surplus piano from Japan.

Yet since everything was destroyed in this flood, our worship a few days ago involved, as with this time last year, a 5 ½ string guitar & a muddy drumset. When believers want to worship, they will worship, come Hell or high water. The City Social Services & Development Office (CSSDO) has already sent a mobile kitchen to serve hot meals to affected residents.

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

January 3 (Thursday) Paul, Evie & Abby in Guam. School resumes at BCA.

January 4 (Friday) Paul, Evie & Abby fly back to Davao. Meanwhile Doug leads
Community prayer group (at McDonalds) in Davao.

January 5 (Saturday) PJ on worship team at Schenectady (NY) Messianic church.
Barners help clean up from 2019 flood.

January 6 (Sunday) PJ on worship team at Albany (NY) church// Paul preaches on the
Trinity at church in Davao, and also lead in members setting personal goals.

January 7 (Monday) Paul in language class. School resumes at FIA. Elvie at ministry in
Kidapawan.

January 8 (Tuesday) Elvie teaches at DABC.

January 9 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting.

BCA has 460 sponsored students. As God sends new sponsors, we will add more out-of-school children to the sponsorship program.

BCA’S New Campus Fund (Phases B, C & D): Present Goal $87,000:

Phase B: Administration Bld. /Temporary Classrooms/Multipurpose Wing-East:
Need: $37,000 Raised: $37,000 Remaining: $0 Awaiting Government Survey of new (previously agricultural) campus, which may take as long as three years.

Phase C: Classrooms Phase One (First Floor South Preschool Wing/Cafeteria)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $25,000! Remaining: $0.

Phase D: Classrooms Phase Two (First Floor Elementary Wing-West/Library)
Need: $25,000 Raised: $11.000 Remaining: $14,000.

Present need: $187 for BCA bus repairs on Bus “Fi”- $35 for 1 set piston ring #25 // $17 for 1 pc cylinder head gasket // $24 for 1 set valve seal // $12 for 3 pcs spark plug $4 each// $7 for 1 pc oil filter // $3 for 1 pc silicon // $18 for 1 pc oil seal flywheel // $21 for 3 qrt oil $7 each // $38 for 2 pc ball joint $19 each // $2 for sandpaper.

Missions Team Visitors:

Now through May ’19 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- “Grandma” Trish
January, 2019 KY- “Grandma” Flo
February, 2019 USA- Shannon
May, 2019 NY- Phil & family, PJ


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