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2/22/2018

Happy Chinese New Year (2/16), Philippine “People Power” Day 2/25

NOTE: 2017 Tax deductible receipts are in the mail. If you need yours sooner, please email me regarding your need & I will send your copy to the address from which you have instructed. Thanks!

Please pray: (as you stay on your knees, we’ll stay on our feet!)

Please pray for PJ this next week. As I am away seven days on nearby Samal Island supervising the work teams volunteering at our orphanage, PJ will be back on the mainland teaching my class by showing movies about the Old Testament kings. Also, please pray for the work teams as they evangelize 240 kids in Samal communities with Bible Clubs.

Praise God that the parents of one of PJ’s former high school classmates donated to him a beautiful mandolin (which he has been constantly playing, along with his sister playing ukulele, ever since…he catches on fast).

"Kiddos, raise your hand if you are awake.”

All hands shot up in Teacher Rea’s Kindergarten class, except one. “Elinor, you did not raise your hand. Are you sleeping?” To which Elinor’s cherubic smile reflected her response, “Nope, just daydreaming.”

This was just the response that their instructress was waiting for. “So, it is possible to dream without sleeping. Yet when does dreaming usually occur?”

There was no need for raising of hands. Collectively the class responded, “Nighttime!”

The students’’ next assignment, after crayons were distributed with papers, was to draw the moon & the stars in the sky to represent nighttime & the sun for the daytime. Kids love to draw so she let them draw things that they can see in day & nighttime.

A few days later, after training in numbers 1-100 & capital letters A-Z, Teacher Rea leaped back to their previous study, to check on her students’ retention. “Kiddos, when do we parilla?” Knowing that this is the word for “grill,” Elinor raised her hand. Teacher Rea, we grill & cook in the daytime!”

Rea was elated & distributed a worksheet for them to bring home as homework to study for their upcoming test, stating, “Awesome work, Elinor. So, I guess you were not really sleeping during your daydream after all!”

My students at the middle school also were wide awake, during my Bible class on Valentine’s Day. “What did the prophet Elijah wear when Queen Jezebel was seeking him out to kill him?” The little guy in back called out, “Gucci underwear!” Well, no. It was a garment of hair with a leather belt. I’d next planned to finish our lesson 20 minutes early to have a fun activity.

Distributing sweet Mento candies, envelopes & blank papers, I had the students each choose a king to make a valentine for his wife. Girls could also make them from queens to kings, & a selected student was Cupid, the Mailman.

After he distributed the valentines to other recipients around the room, each read his/her card. One from King Solomon stated, “Dear wife #362, I do not know your name, but please be blessed by knowing that you are married to the most handsome man in the kingdom!”

A front-row student was anything but sleeping as she laughed so hard that she sat on the floor for the next minute until she got the giggles out of her system!

A few days previous, as I spoke in chapel, a black-haired first grader came in on the praise song a tad earlier than everyone else, ending up with a mini-solo. She covered her face & giggled for the next five minutes.

So Teacher Rea, if you had been there at both meetings, you’d likely have told your kindergarteners, “I guess you can tell if a person is awake or asleep if he or she stops laughing!”

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week’s Calendar:

February 22 (Thursday)PJ teaches Paul’s middle school Bible class/ Paul helps at Samal orphanage

2/21-23: BCA 4th Periodical exams

February 23 (Friday) PJ teaches Paul’s middle school Bible class/ Paul helps at
Samal orphanage

February 24 (Saturday) Kiwanis Club Meeting/ Easter Musical Practice

February 25 (Sunday) Church/ Paul & Elvie preach & teach at three different churches

February 26 (Monday) Paul & PJ attend staff “inservice” at Middle School/ Elvie teaches
college class

February 27 (Tuesday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class (PJ assists)

February 28 (Wednesday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class (PJ assists)/ Prayer
Meeting/ PJ directs Easter Musical Practice

3/14-15: BCA Achievement Testing/

3/17-18: BCA Graduation Ceremonies/

3/25: Paul competes in Davao’s 7-hour Ironman Triathlon/

4/1: Easter Sunday Musical performance

BCA has 420 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: $7,050 Remaining: $17,950.

Present need: $152 for BCA’s Bus “Fo”: $88 for hydrovac set with master, $22 for air cleaner assembly, $19 for spark plug set, $23 for 1 gallon engine oil.

2018 Missions Team Visitors:

Now, through March CO- Dave
Now, through April NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- Trish
Now, through June NY- PJ
March Davao- FIA students
May CA- Linda & team
August KY- “Grandma” Flo
October AZ- Frank & team

Tentative plans for 2018 Speaking Tour (6/13-7/30): NY-PA-OH-IN-IL-AR-MO-IA-MI-NY (estimated 5,000 miles).

OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES: Abby- Youth Group President, High School Basketball team/ PJ- Easter Musical Director/ PJ & Abby- Church Music team/ Elvie- National Board of Trustees for CAMACOP, Principal at BCA, Sunday School teacher/ Paul- Senior Pastor at FAF church, Board Member & Professor at FIA Middle School, Spiritual Aims Chairman at Kiwanis Club, Vice President at DCL Prayer Foundation, President at BCA, Honorary Member- PI Eagles FOE, President of PMBMI, Half-Ironman Triathlete/ Paul & Elvie- Founders & Directors of 24 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

Paul M Barner Ministries 501(c)(3) address: Ginger Bruce, 5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144 [(518) 434-6216].

For online giving: www.christianaid.org CODE: 801-BLC

PLEASE NOTE: OUR PJLILTIM@SKYINET.NET ADDRESS IS DISCONTINUED. PLEASE INSTEAD USE BLCKIDS@YAHOO.COM THANKS!

2/15/2018

USA President’s Day (2/19)

NOTE: 2017 Tax deductible receipts are in the mail. If you need yours sooner, please email me regarding your need & I will send your copy to the address from which you have instructed. Thanks!

Please pray: (as you stay on your knees, we’ll stay on our feet!)

Please pray for safety in the next few days. President Duterte has cancelled school classes around the nation, due to Valentine’s Day “Typhoon Basyang”

Also, please pray for many unemployed OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). After a Filipino maid was found dead and frozen in a Kuwait freezer, President Duterte demanded that all 10,000 Filipinos working in that country be returned to their homeland.

Praise God that the twelve residents in our orphanage were able to dry out 1400 papaya seeds for the upcoming work-week when the seeds will be planted (by a high school team) around the perimeter of the property.

Praise God as well that the church congregation (especially the youth group) are very excited about the upcoming Easter musical. PJ leads practices every Wednesday and Sat/Sunday. His energy, expertise and excitement are contagious!

Praise God for our son PJ who was our guest preacher during our combined worship service, celebrating the church’s 21-year anniversary. Being Valentine’s week, his topic was, “The Virtues of God’s Love.”

Praise God that last Saturday, during my 5-hour early morning bicycle trip, when a motorcycle cut across three lanes of traffic to cross right in front of my lane, we both swerved at the last minute & avoided a collision.

"Slob Gobbles!”

In my attempt to share the Good News with everyone possible, I often will thank those serving (with store cashiers, security guards, etc) with the Filipino “thank you” which is “Salamat,” followed by “God Bless!” The only challenge is, sometimes I am in such a hurry that the three words (Salamat, God bless) sound like “Slobgobbles!”

BCA’s Teacher Hazel was also training her 4th graders to express their thankfulness to others. “What are you thankful for?” she inquired. Followed by, “What would you be thankful to have, that you do not yet own?” The response then came fast & furious. “A cell phone! A bike to ride through the park! An encyclopedia set to learn more about Science!” She then had them write poems to express their desires.

A bike, a bike, a bike, a bike…
With family I could take a hike,
But with a bike we’d pass the dike,
With Mom & Dad & Mark & Mike,
What I’d like is to ride a bike!

Teacher Hazel was praying that the hot & humid weather would cool down, since she was covering two classes. The fifth-grade teacher had been sick & she had a very crowded, sweltering classroom with a hardly-functioning air conditioner. Then, just two days later, two of BCA’s handymen came in to remove the last tiny source of coolness that they had left.

“Be thankful, class, that when our ten-year-old air conditioner comes back from the shop, it may be working better thank it has in the past. But until then, get out your fans and start pumping!” Glancing up at the hole in the wall left behind by the now-removed unit, Hazel wondered how she could bear the wait. Then Junjun, one of the fifth graders gasped, “Teacher Hazel, look!” Sure enough, the workers carried in a large box, & when they unwrapped it, out came a brand-new replacement unit! “YES! Thank you, Jesus!” exclaimed Hazel. “You heard the prayers of your children! You saved our tears & felt out sweat as well! Our suffering has ended. Students, name a sentence that has both the soft and hard C sounds…” She then had them read the words as she jotted them on the chalkboard…”Celebrate COOL!”

On Thursday I was guest speaker at the elementary chapel of the school where I teach 6th & 7th graders. Speaking on Christ’s challenge to His disciples to trust in Him, we read how He instructed them to try again after fishing all night without any catch. “Be thankful even before God provides, knowing that He always will take care of us!”
Then, the next evening was the Valentine Banquet at the college where Elvie & I teach. I was also their guest speaker. During the events of the evening, a “fashion” competition hosted costumes worn by various tribes. I had to laugh however, as the title was “Missionary Attire” and was preceded by a large kettle being brought out with rice for the soon-to-follow dinner. “Guess we are the main course,” I chided PJ. “The kettle is our “missionary attire”!
Fortunately, the kettle was filled with rice. “Slobgobbles!”
Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week’s Calendar:

February 15 (Thursday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class

February 16 (Friday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class/ board mtg for local
Christian school/ Community Prayer Meeting (DCL)

February 17 (Saturday) Kiwanis Club Meeting/ Easter Musical Practice/ Paul leaves for a
week at BCA’s Samal Island Orphanage to help the High School work team

February 18 (Sunday) Church/ Paul helps at Samal orphanage

February 19 (Monday) PJ teaches Paul’s middle school Bible class/ Elvie teaches college
class/ Paul helps at Samal orphanage

February 20 (Tuesday) PJ teaches Paul’s middle school Bible class/ Paul helps at
Samal orphanage

February 21 (Wednesday) PJ teaches Paul’s middle school Bible class/ Paul helps at
Samal orphanage/ Prayer Meeting/ PJ directs Easter Musical Practice/

3/21-23: BCA 4th Periodical exams

3/14-15: BCA Achievement Testing/ 3/17-18: BCA Graduation Ceremonies/

3/25: Paul competes in Davao’s 7-hour Ironman Triathlon/

4/1: Easter Sunday Musical performance

BCA has 420 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: $7,000 Remaining: $18,000.

Present need: $292 for BCA’s Bus “L”: $2 for fixing flat tire, $75 for repairing & welding body, $58 for materials for repairing the seats, $98 for bus registration renewal, $9 for silicon, $3 for gasket cement, $20 for oil pan gasket #700, $7 for crank case gasket, $2 for fuses, $5 for brake fluid, $15 for machining of spindle arm.

2018 Missions Team Visitors:
Now, through March CO- Dave
Now, through April NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- Trish
Now, through June NY- PJ
March Davao- FIA students
May CA- Linda & team
October AZ- Frank & team

Tentative plans for 2018 Speaking Tour (6/13-7/30): NY-PA-OH-IN-IL-AR-MO-IA-MI-NY (estimated 5,000 miles).

OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES: Abby- Youth Group President, High School Basketball team/ PJ- Easter Musical Director/ PJ & Abby- Church Music team/ Elvie- National Board of Trustees for CAMACOP, Principal at BCA, Sunday School teacher/ Paul- Senior Pastor at FAF church, Board Member & Professor at FIA Middle School, Spiritual Aims Chairman at Kiwanis Club, Vice President at DCL Prayer Foundation, President at BCA, Honorary Member- PI Eagles FOE, President of PMBMI, Half-Ironman Triathlete/ Paul & Elvie- Founders & Directors of 24 churches & FHF orphanage, Kiwanis members, DCLFI Community Prayer team members & vice president, Professors at DABC College, Board members at FAF church.

Mission Opportunity: Faith International Academy of Davao City (FIA) is seeking an energetic and dedicated head of school who desires to serve the Lord & missionary families in international, Christian education. The diverse FIA community includes families from over 15 countries serving in a variety of ministries & businesses. The head of school reports to the school board & is responsible to follow board policy. The head of school leads the entire staff, both expatriate & local, & is responsible for all operations & academics in collaboration with school leadership. The head of school should have the appropriate background in education & administration with an appreciation & understanding of cross-cultural ministry & Christian education. Please note: All FIA ex-patriate staff members are prayerfully & financially supported through various Christian mission agencies or are self-funded; they do not receive a stipend/salary. If you are interested in this position, please contact recruiting@fia.edu.ph

   
1/25/2018

Martin Luther King Day (USA) 1/15

Please pray for PJ as he builds excitement among the church congregation for our annual Easter Musical which he is directing. Dave, a missionary from Colorado, will assist him in laying-out the plans, set, lighting, music, etc.

Please also pray residents of Albay, Philippines (about 500 miles from us). The nearby Mayon Volcano spewed a 10km-high ash column into the sky, followed by molten lava cascading down the mountainside, swallowing all in its path. Over 27,000 people have already fled for evacuation. Christian disaster response teams have distributed 7,000 face masks & food packs in evacuation centers.

Praise God that members of the local Eagles Civic Club stopped by our orphanage to ask about helping teach our children how best to raise their animals.

Praise God that four large shipping boxes arrived from the USA this past week, replacing some of the 600 stuffed animals that we gave to needy children over the Christmas celebrations.

Praise God that I completed eleven of my fourteen goals from last year (78% C+) To see last year’s & this year’s goals, please scroll down to the end of this email (18 goals for 2018).
Praise God a swell that this past week strong twin goats, a male and a female, were born at our orphanage/farm.

Praise God also for the visit last year of friends from Massachusetts. While they were here in Davao, they were interviewed on television. Here is a link to that show:
http://cbnasia.org/mediacenter/2018/01/16/kilig-me-softly/ Bernice’s “spot” was about 24-26 minutes into the program. Also, they were interviewed for a magazine upon their return to the USA: http://www.cmalliance.org/news/2017/10/26/hope-and-healing-for-the-harvest-in-the-philippines/Cbn
"Hmm, I don’t remember anything soft and furry in my purse?” After Elvie reached to get her wallet at the grocery store, a mouse leaped out of her purse and skittered across the floor. A few days later when I preached at our jungle church with good friend Dr. Tom, I remembered Elvie’s ordeal & whispered, “Be careful where you place your bag, as critters might sneak into it!”

God has placed lots of surprises along our pathway in this life. As BCA’s Teacher Diana explained to her third graders, “Be Thankful to God in all that you do.” Just that morning her co-teacher Neil (5th grade) was on the schooled as Bible devotional speaker for staff chapel. “Problems are just species of life” Neil had said, “whether things go smoothly or rough, be thankful, for God is in control. Besides that, variety keeps life from being boring!”

Diana had the opportunity of practicing this thankfulness after lunch when the class was to count their savings (they were saving up from their spare centavos, to plan a party later in the year). But the can was empty! Somebody had stolen the class savings! “Class, I need to check all of your bags.” Still, nothing showed up. No money, no party. “What did we learn today? In everything, be what?” Pouting & moping with their heads held low, the class responded, “be thankful.”

Meanwhile I (Paul) was teaching my Bible class at the middle school downtown & I asked the students, “God had the soldiers dig ditches for Him to fill them up with water. But where did the army get the shovels? Why would King Joram’s soldiers have brought shovels into the battlefield?”

They came up with some good answers. “To dig foxholes to avoid flying arrows!” suggested one insightful boy. “To go to the bathroom” spouted another. Then, at the back of the class, an answer came which I hadn’t even considered, from a young female student. “They could use the shovels to hit the enemy with!” Yup, it makes sense. When things are not going well while you dig ditches, being thankful for the Lord’s provision, haul out that shovel & bop the enemy over the head!

I then rushed over to the Bible college to teach economics. Elvie & I both prepare a little something for the students, since college students are always hungry. I’d made triple chocolate & peanut brownies & even brought a few bottles of Coke to wash them down with. My “teacher’s table” is not very large, & when I shifted my laptop computer, the plastic bottles of Coke fell onto the floor & rolled around a bit.

At “halftime” in our 3-hour class, I asked two of the male students to open the Coke, forgetting that they had been thoroughly “shaken up”. Like champagne bottles, the Coke in both bottles spurted up & doused half of the class. “Oops, sorry. I forgot about my mini-earthquake earlier!”

Yet the fireworks had yet to strike, & waited until I got back home. Secure as a family, the four of us sat around the dinner table & I decided to add some after-Christmas spirit by plugging in the Christmas tree lights. I got more than I bargained on, for a mouse had chewed through half the cord. When I plugged in the lights, a loud “POP” shot sparks out from the wall. Yup, be thankful in everything, even when the furry little guys get hungry for plastic cords!

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week’s Calendar:

January 25 (Thursday) Abby, Elvie & PJ in Manila at Abby’s ISAC basketball tournament/ Paul teaches middle school Bible class

January 26 (Friday) Abby, Elvie & PJ in Manila at Abby’s ISAC basketball tournament/ Paul teaches twice: middle school & college Bible classes

January 27 (Saturday) Abby, Elvie & PJ in Manila at Abby’s ISAC basketball tournament/ Kiwanis Club Meeting

January 28 (Sunday) PJ, Abby & Elvie return from Abby’s basketball tourney in Manila.

January 29 (Monday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class & Elvie teaches college class

January 30 (Tuesday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class

January 31 (Wednesday) Paul teaches middle school Bible class/ Prayer Meeting

FebruarY: 2/1: Paul speaks at Eagles Club Anniversary/ 2/4: Church Board Meeting/ 2/8: Paul speaks at elementary school chapel/ 2/8: Midterm exams for Elvie & Paul’s college students/ 2/9: board mtg for local Christian school/ 2/9: Paul speaks for college’s evening chapel/ 2/11: PJ speaks at Combined Church Foundation Day/ 2/14: Valentine’s Day/BCA Tchr & Staff Appreciation Day/ 2/18-24: local Christian School sends 70 to Samal for One-day Bible clubs & a week of working at our orphanage/ 2/21-23: BCA 4th Periodical exams/ 3/14-15: BCA Achievement Testing/ 3/17-18: BCA Graduation Ceremonies

BCA has 426 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: $6,850 Remaining: $18,150.

Present need: $1,186 for BCA’s Bus “C”: $480 for 2 two Yokohama 265/65-R17 tires, $84 to replace front shock absorbers, both sides, with shock mounts, shock lower bushings & seat spring isolator, $62 for 2 mount asm-frt s/absorber, $4 for 2 lower bushings, $96 for 2 spring seat isolators, $230 for absorber asm-frt shk, $230 for absorber asm-frt shk (incls black).

Missions Team Visitors:
Now, through March CO- Dave
Now, through April NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- Trish
Now, through June NY- PJ
March Davao- FIA students
May CA- Linda & team
October AZ- Frank & team

Tentative plans for 2018 Speaking Tour (6/13-7/30): NY-PA-OH-IN-IL-AR-MO-IA-MI-NY (estimated 5,000 miles).

OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES: Abby- Youth Group President, High School Basketball team/ PJ- Easter Musical Director/ PJ & Abby- Church Music team/ Elvie- National Board of Trustees for CAMACOP, Principal at BCA, Sunday School teacher/ Paul- Senior Pastor at FAF church, Professor at FIA Middle School, President at BCA, President of PMBMI, Half-Ironman Triathlete/ Paul & Elvie- Founders & Directors of 24 churches & FHF orphanage, Kiwanis members, DCLFI Community Prayer team members & vice president, Professors at DABC College, Board members at FAF church.

Paul’s Eighteen 2018 goals: 1: Complete Davao Ironman triathlon race (#10!), 2: Turn 57, 3: Make list of goals for 2018, 4: Develop BCA Tribal Foundation, 5: Read thru the Bible 3x cover-to-cover, 6: Help PJ prepare to direct Easter musical, 7: Teach courses at both DABC & FIA, 8: Reach 160 pounds (or lower), 9: Read 18 books in 2018 (at least), 10: Help open new Communal church plant, 11: Dig FHF fishpond to 3 feet (at least) through limestone and rock, 12: Pay-off pickup truck, 13: Swim at least 100 km, 14: Bike at least 2000 km, 15: Sleep at least 8 hours (per night) for ten days, 16: Share Gospel 50x, 17: Bring blood pressure lower than 130/90 at least once, 18: Recite 100 Bible verses in one sitting.

Paul’s Fourteen 2017 goals: (11 OF 14= 78% C+) 1. (YES) Turn 56, 2: (YES) Make list of 2017 goals, 3: (NO) Read Bible cover-to-cover 4x (Total 70 in lifetime), 4: (YES) JOURNAL A: keep daily log of achievement in hitting 129 pounds at least once, and averaging 150 pounds each day (presently 168), 5: (YES) JOURNAL B: keep daily log of achievement in memorizing 200 Cebuano-language words, 6: (YES) JOURNAL C: keep daily log of achievement in attempting “Phase One” in “portioning” a weekly Sabbath- one day a week, spend one hour in Bible-reading & prayer, 7: (YES) JOURNAL D: keep daily log of achievement in swimming/cycling on at least 25% of the days of the year (92 days), 8: (YES) JOURNAL E: keep daily log of achievement in having “Morning Prayer Time” on at least 75% of the days of the year (274 days), 9: (YES) JOURNAL F: keep daily log of achievement in practicing my French horn at least 25% of the days of the year (92 days), 10: (NO) Re-reach 500 sponsors for BCA sponsored students’ education (presently 417), 11: (NO) Build first two buildings of BCA’s new “Mountain Outreach” campus, 12: (YES) Replace damaged laptop computer before this one stops working (parts keep falling off), 13: (YES) Clean my office at BCA, 14: (YES) Speak in at least ten churches on furlough in June/July, 2017.

1/11/2018

2017 Christmas Goal: $9,000 for “BFF- Backpacks for Filipinos” at $15 each x 600 students (both those 425 who have sponsors & those 175 on the waiting list). $5,000 given so far (333 backpacks) & $4,000 left to go…

Please pray for the middle school students to whom I am just now beginning to teach Old Testament at Faith International Academy.

Praise God that our family was able to visit four churches while in Guam. The people were delightful & truly brothers & sisters in Christ, praying for God’s work in the Philippines.

Also praise Gdo for Chrystal, a college-age

"Chex, here is your exam.” Teacher Rose’s first grader had to take his exam while his classmates were milling around, making noise. Chex had been absent on the day of the test, so he took a makeup test. As he mulled over the answers, Rose led the rest of the students in their devotional.

“We need to get into shape, kids. A good way to do that is to look at the word SHAPE: We as individuals have S-Spiritual gifts, H-Heart, A- Ability, P-Personality, E-Experiences & we have to offer up our SHAPE to be used by God for His ministry & for His glory & honor.”

About twenty minutes later, Chex was done with his test. Rose quickly glanced at his paper & immediately brought the paper to the class’s attention. “While we were making noise, Chex was working on his paper. I think he must have been following our lesson, for he has a grade on the top of his paper in the shape of a big red-letter A: for Ability!”

The class then had the chance to try & catch-up with Chex’s adroitness. One-by-one, they came to the front of the classroom to read their exercises in English & Filipino. Most were expert readers.

That evening after the students rode the BCA buses back to their families, Rose joined the other teachers, riding in the back of our pickup truck to our home, a few miles away. While feasting on Coke & pizza, we watched the Christian movie “War Room”.

The story told of a family who nearly was broken & about an old widow woman who introduced Jesus into the life of the young wife. It is all about how prayer conquers the giants in life.

“Lord,” thought Rose in prayer, “Please inspire me to really work on my prayer life to have a relationship with Jesus closer than anybody...so that even my students will notice the change!”

The next day in class, Chex came into class with a big smile on his face. “Teacher Rose, I showed my parents my perfect paper & they were very happy! I told them the A was for Ability. Thanks for praying that I would do well!” Rose silently prayed, “Thanks, God. this will give me more incentive to pray every day in my husband’s & my new WAR ROOM!”

While the teachers & staff were already back in classes after the new year began, it was to be two more days before our family returned from Guam. We were there to pick up our New York son PJ & also for Elvie to renew her American visa. Since the place we were staying in had a small pool on the fifth-floor rooftop, I decided to join PJ for a swim, to help prepare for the Ironman triathlon I’ll be competing in this March.

After half an hour in the pool, I could not find my eyeglasses. PJ noticed that the wind had blown them over the side of the roof, & they were precariously balanced on a narrow fourth-story-high ledge along the edge of the building.

“Guess I should go get them,” PJ suggested, “since you can’t see to get them, without them being on your face.” He then crawled over the railing & glanced down at the cars way below. Pulling him back up, I was awfully glad that our spiritual “War Room” had been visited frequently. God answered prayer & kept him safe.
Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week’s Calendar:

January 11 (Thursday) Attend “Child Safety” class at FIA School

January 12 (Friday) Paul teaches college class

January 13 (Saturday) Kiwanis Club Meeting/ BCA Parent-teacher conferences

January 14 (Sunday) I Speak at 2 churches (2nd is a new church plant)

January 15 (Monday) Paul teaches middle school class & Elvie teaches college class

January 17 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting/ (1/17-19) BCA summative exams

2/14 Valentine’s Day/BCA Tchr & Staff Appreciation Day/

2/21-23 BCA 4th Periodical exams/

2/9 board mtg for local Christian school/

3/14-15 BCA Achievement Testing/

3/17-18 BCA Graduation Ceremonies

BCA has 426 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: $6,750 Remaining: $18,250.

Present need: $1,366 for BCA school buses’ fuel consumption for September & October: Bus “L”: $208; Bus “Ph”: $91; Bus “M”: $454; Bus “N”: $261; Bus “T”: $123; Bus “C”: $229
Paul: (63) (947) 955-4541/Global Magicjack # (518) 772-2359
Philippine cell phones: Elvie: (63) (946) 258-4259; (63) (926) 939-4357
Barner Christian Academy Landline: (63) (82) 234-4000
Barner Family’s Philippine home landline phone# 63 (82) 287-3806

Missions Team Visitors:
Now, through March CO- Dave
Now, through April NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May AZ- Trish
Now, through June NY- PJ
March UT- Don & construction crew
May CA- Linda & team

Tentative plans for 2018 Speaking Tour (6/13-7/30): NY-PA-OH-IN-IL-AR-TX-MO-IA-MI-NY (estimated 6,000 miles).

1/4/2018

Happy New Year, 2018! (1/1)

2017 Christmas Goal: $9,000 for “BFF- Backpacks for Filipinos” at $15 each x 600 students (both those 425 who have sponsors & those 175 on the waiting list). $4,945 given so far (329 backpacks) & $4,085 left to go…

Please pray for PJ as he directs our Easter musical. Using the skills which he has developed over the past two years in NYC performances (West Side Story & In the Heights), he will train Filipino young people in focusing many toward the true meaning behind Christ’s life, death & resurrection.

Praise God that, even though Christmas is already over & all 600 BCA students received backpacks, donors continue to give to pay for these gifts, since we only raised enough funds before the gift-giveaways for a little over half of the (full) backpacks.

Also praise God that I (Paul) was given the opportunity of sharing a New Year’s Eve message & missions challenge at a local church in Guam during our visit, as well as visiting & worshipping with two other churches.

"There is a COW in the middle of the ROAD…& he is NOT budging!”

I was in a great hurry with many errands to make, yet when I turned the corner in my pickup truck I had to swerve to avoid hitting a large cow who refused to move. He just sat there, as if to say, “I dare you to run over me. I am too big. You will have to go around me.”

Often here in the Philippines, we have chickens & cats & large rats in the way as we drive. Even dogs will be sunning themselves on the cement & when they see our car coming, will slowly, if at all, mosey around to getting up & off the road as if to say, “Well, I suppose I may humor you by letting you pass by me...”

Sometimes stubborn objects, animals, & even people, are just where you do not want them, when you don’t want them. But then, there are others who are “true blue” & always faithful…they are there when you need them. One such person has always been MJ.

Before graduating from FIA (Davao’s school for missionary kids) about 8 years ago or so, she was often on stage for chapels, talent show accompaniment & even recitals with her exceptional piano abilities.

Then she graduated. Though busy with church & work, she still brought her incredibly contagious smile onto the campus to help out. Then, just six months ago, God blessed her in her marriage with a handsome fellow church member.

Working overtime just before Christmas, MJ was answering phone calls at a 24-hour call center in the top floor of NCCC, a local mall in Davao. Somehow a fire started on the floor just below her in the furniture department. Nearly forty workers smelled the smoke & felt the heat, but since there were no fire escapes on the top floor, they were all incinerated.

Texting their families & friends, the victims detailed their final moments as they dampened available fabric to place over their blistering faces. But then, even the water was boiling & they knew they were about to meet their Maker. So, they texted their goodbyes to loved ones down on the street below. MJ also texted her newlywed husband, “Goodbye, I love you!” Hours later, according to Presidential Assistant Bong Go (his real name) the remains of the top two floors crashed down upon those below it. Firemen continued to battle the blaze even into Christmas eve, over 24 hours later. On the 26th, Abigail & a few other close former schoolmates of MJ put together a memorial video for the family.

Other calamities have also hit Davao over the holiday season. Two other fires left over 160 families homeless, while Typhoons Urduja & Vinta brought severe flooding, which left families stranded on their rooftops while surging rivers of muddy water coursed over and past their rain gutters.

On the morning that the fire hit NCCC, I cooked eggs for Elvie & Abigail. After removing the pan from the burner, I must have nudged the dial, for ten hours later when we came back home from a very busy day, the flame on our gas stove was still burning. Praise God that our own home did not go up in flames! That evening I received emails from friends in Mexico, New York & Missouri telling me that they were praying for our family’s safety! Wow, our God is so incredible to have touched their hearts to pray when even we did not know what danger was lurking right there in our midst!

Our faithful Lord also directed us on our flight to Guam. The plane had been delayed a few hours and as a result many were concerned they would miss their connecting flights. When we arrived in Manila, a huffy, swearing businessman in a dark suit refused to wait for the shuttle bus to the terminal, & decided to walk instead. As Elvie, Abby & I took the shuttle, we kept asking directions (over five times) & kept getting lost trying to find our way. Yet we had to laugh when we asked two security guards, “Which way to the international gate for Guam?” Both pointed opposite directions! Then the second decided to change his mind & point the other way.

Finally arriving at the security check machine, the huffy business man was still there, putting his jacket back on. After removing my shoes & taking the laptop out of its bag, I ran down the hall in sock feet with my laptop under my arm. “Honey,” called Elvie, “You forgot your laptop bag!” Backtracking, I picked it up & slid down the tiled hallway to our gate, where they had kept the plane waiting for us! Oh yeah!

We will miss beautiful MJ & her incredibly talented piano abilities. While some people, like the huffy businessman & the “sunning cow” stubbornly make life miserable, in contrast, MJ blessed everyone she met, so that the world is a better place because she was here.

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week’s Calendar:

January 4 (Thursday) Barner family flies back to Davao, from Guam

January 5 (Friday) PJ begins directing team for Easter musical

January 6 (Saturday) Kiwanis Club Meeting

January 7 (Sunday) Church: Paul speaks (Switching time of Sunday School & Worship at
church so that families with small children do not get hungry) / Afternoon: First worship service in our brand-new church plant in Communal (Paul speaks).

January 8 (Monday) Paul begins teaching Middle-School Old Testament at Faith
International Academy/ Elvie teaches college class in Church Management at Davao Alliance Bible College

January 10 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting

1/13 BCA Parent-teacher conferences/

1/17-19 BCA summative exams/

2/14 Valentine’s Day/BCA Tchr & Staff Appreciation Day/

2/21-23 BCA 4th Periodical exams/

2/9 board mtg for local Christian school/

3/14-15 BCA Achievement Testing/

3/17-18 BCA Graduation Ceremonies

BCA has 426 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: $6,700 Remaining: $18,300.

Present need: $144 for now-homeless fire victims: $100 for two 50kg sacks of “7 toner” rice, $25 for 100 cans of sardines, $16 for 100 packets of ramen noodle soup, & $3 for 200 plastic bags.
Paul: (63) (947) 955-4541/Global Magicjack # (518) 772-2359
Philippine cell phones: Elvie: (63) (946) 258-4259; (63) (926) 939-4357
Barner Christian Academy Landline: (63) (82) 234-4000
Barner Family’s Philippine home landline phone# 63 (82) 287-3806

Missions Team Visitors:
Now, through March, ’18 CO- Dave
Now, through April '18 NY- Tom & Vangie
Now, through May ’18 AZ- Trish
Now, through June '18 NY- PJ
May ‘18 CA- Linda & team

Tentative plans for 2018 Speaking Tour (6/13-7/30): NY-PA-OH-IN-IL-AR-TX-MO-IA-MI-NY (estimated 6,000 miles).


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