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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).

 

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

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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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