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2/15/2024

Chinese "Lunar" New Year (2/10/24). Brother-in-law John's Memorial Service (2/10/24). Valentine's Day (2/14/24). BCA Teacher Appreciation Day (2/14/24). USA Presidents' Day (2/19/24). BCA 3rd Periodical exams (2/19-21/24). Philippine EDSA Revolution Anniversary (2/25/1986). Faith Felllowship Church's 27th Anniversary Celebration (2/25/24…THEME: 2 Cor. 5:17… "God Is Transforming You!")

Please pray for the survival of our orphanage's 1,050 new "fingerling" catfish, installed into our orphanage's new 10,000 gallon cement fishpond. We also installed a pump to circulate the water so the tiny fish could "breathe". About 2 dozen didn't survive the 80-mile trek (from the mountains) in plastic bags in the back of our pickup truck last week. BCA's fishpond flows down a raised manmade aqueduct stream to the duckpond & then into the garden.

Please also pray for the hundreds of teens who heard the messaage of salvation last Sunday when BCA hosted a "Hearts Banquet" for Valentine's Day. Both believers & unbelievers invited their friends for the enjoyable formal evening. Even our twelve orphans were bussed-in from out on Samal Island, to participate in the event. BCA's church youth group music team had been practicing for this since January, & the adults at church pitched-in to prepare, cook & serve food for all the guests.

Praise God that the youth group from a Baptist church in Guam is considering a short-term missions trip to assist our Davao ministries in June!

Praise God also that our son PJ clearly presented the message of Christ's salvation during the memorial service for my sister Ginger's husband John. He both emceed the event & gave the Bible challenge.

"Adidas? Yes. Wrangler? Size? Yes. Calvin Klein? Size? No…" Elvie's sister Anilyn was in BCA's used-clothing giveaway area, searching through hundreds of garments & announcing to Elvie the brand, etc. to ask if it was ok to give to the survivors of a devastating landslide & flood last week, near Tagum, just an hour outside of Davao.

On the news, one child mentioned that he had gone down the street to the chapel to charge his cellphone, & suddenly saw huge trees swaying on the hillside. He ran & ran, while looking back, as the enormous mountainside just collapsed onto the village, burying his family alive. He was the only survivor, as his small home had collapsed under thousands of tons of gravel, dirt & mud.

A father grabbed his 8-yr-old: one of his four daughters, but his wife & teenage daughter died. Miraculously, rescuers dug up his 3-yr-old, caked in mud yet alive, two days later!

A woman was in a jeepney, after it stopped for people to use the bathroom. When the bus-like vehicle was flipped over by the landlside, she stayed inside, & then it was buried in the gravelly mud. She was the only survivor. Although the lady was buried for three days in dirt & mud & gravel, she wiggled her fingers to grab a small stone, & banged on the metal roof of jeepney (which was now under her) until a rescue party heard the noise & gingerly dug down to where she was.

Amidst this devastation, Davao's mayor cancelled school until the heavy rains subsided. Back on the BCA campus when classes resumed, Teacher Rocel prepared the classroom for her twenty-two 4th Graders. It was good that she had arrived early, since the metal roof over the back chairs & desks had a leaked & standing water made the floor slick. Still, as her students arrived, they helped her with rags & pail & basin to sop up the water & mop the floor. A little while later, BCA's school nurse Lucy brought in gummy vitamins (which had been given by the Utah team) to distribute to the kids. Lucy's cancer causes her great pain, & since her legs are weak, she now uses a cane. But the woman is undaunted, desiring to serve God boldly until He grants her that last breath this side of Heaven.

Even though the classes had been cancelled the day before, Rocel had online classes for her students, so that they could keep up. This year there will be virtually no Sumer vacation, since: #1, After the pandemic, the government changed the school year to be in sync with the USA, & #2, it didn't work, since the classrooms at that time of year are so hot. So, Philippine schools are reverting back to the former Philippine school calendar.

So the day before yesterday, Rocel had taught her students through an online class using the "Google-Meet" platform. It was a tad choppy, as the internet connection was not strong during the storms.

The 4th Graders were enjoying the follow-up research after a recent missions team had visited the school in January. One of the Utah team members, William, was a very tall man, & he grasped their attention while explaining the basic geography of the planet, opening the kids' eyes to God's vast handiwork which extends far beyond the boundaries of this Philippine archipelago. Teacher Rocel continually referred to the world map which William had given to the class as a gift.

Another favorite activity during this school day was in Mathematics. She lined up the class in two lines & hosted a QUIZ BEE. First up was Ariana.

ROCEL: Ariana, your question is, what is 24 divided by six?
ARIANA: The answer is four, Ma'am!
ROCEL: Correct!
Students: YAY!

The kids were incredible sportsmen, & even helped each other along with hints for each other. No winners or loser today…or rather, EVERYBODY was a winner!

At the end of the day, before dismissing her students, Teacher Rocel prepared homework for the healthy kids to bring to the sick kids who had stayed home due to fever, colds, cough, & flu from being outside in the heavy rains.

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

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TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A. PJ's ?? Late Night Worship Master list - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2 ·

B. John Bruce Memorial Service (Paul's brother-in-law) PJ led & brought the Bible message/challenge. 1 hr, 54 min, 6 sec. Albany Alliance Church, Albany, NY February 10, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAoiz-F7Qy4

John Bruce Memorial Service 2-10-2024

Present Need: $300 for: (installment #4 of 5) to purchase and install a 2,000-gallon water tower for the orphanage to have enough water supply for the animals, fish, gardens, clothes washing, bathing, etc. $190 remaining.

3 Ongoing Construction Projects:

1- SUBASTA Tribal campus ($250,000): $78,447. Still needed: $171,553

2- DAVAO Bus Garage/Chapel ($120,000): $65,230.60 Still needed: $54,769.40

(Chapel: 2024 Georgia Triathlon Project)

3- SAMAL ISLAND Orphanage Cottage & Chapel ($150,000): $18,000. Still needed: $132,000

Upcoming (General) Schedule: American short-term work teams:

March, 2024: Arizona: 3 ladies spend time with kids at orphanage, pouring perimeter cement planters & building garden trellises for climbing vegetables

June, 2024: Guam church youth group, coming to teach life-skills at BCA's orphanage.

July, 2024: Pennsylvania youth group, outings with orphans & church stage construction.

August, 2024: Beginning of Paul & Elvie's 2024/2025 USA Speaking tour.

September, 2024: Paul's 16th 70.3-mile Davao Ironman Race (9/29/2024: Augusta, Georgia USA).

This Spring, (between January & June, as the seamstresses complete them), BCA kids are receiving a 2nd uniform. They already get one a year, but now they'll have 2! NEEDED: $20 x 600 = $12,000. Received: $8,703.34

Barner Family 2024-5 USA TENTATIVE Speaking/Singing/Visiting Tour: AUG- NY/ SEP-NY,GA/ OCT-FL,SC / NOV-NY,IL,MO,IN/ DEC-NY,TORONTO,KY/ JAN '25-NC,AL,TX,AZ/ FEB '25-MEXICO,CA/ MAR '25- UT,KS,OH,NY/ APR '25 NY/ MAY '25 WA,AK,Saskatchewan/ JUN-AUG '25 PA,VT,NY,CT/ SEP '25 WI,NM,AR,TN,NY/ OCT '25 NY,NJ/ NOV '25 NY,IL,Davao.

BCA church MPM: "Midweek Prayer Meeting" speakers (9:30 & 10:30am): Feb: Spkr:Budo/ Music: Praca. Mar: Spkr: Tabasa/ Music: Beter. Apr: Spkr: Paciente/ Music: Meneses. May: Spkr: DeJolde/ Music: Chung. June: Spkr: Mr. Viray/ Music: Mrs. Viray.

Preaching themes by month for Davao Church: February: LOVE, March: EASTER/RESURRECTION, April: FAMILY, May: KING DAVID, June: PETER, July: WORK, August: EVANGELISM, September: STEWARDSHIP, October: MISSIONS, November: ESCHATOLOGY, December: ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

 

Churches, Schools & "Safe House" (orphanage): Barner Christian Academy: PHILS: PO Box 82,224 Davao City, Philippines 8000. USA: 18 (or #5) Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY12144

OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES:

Abby- Student Moody Bible Institute

PJ- Minister of Music Auburn Alliance Church (NY)

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

Paul- Senior Pastor at FAF church,President at BCA, President of PMBMI, 70.3-Ironman Triathlete

Paul & Elvie- Founders & Directors of 31 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

BCA Landline: 011-63-82-234-4000

USA cell# (518) 322-5275- PAUL (838) 202-9437- ELVIE

USA Landline: (518) 434-6216 GINGER

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2/8/2024

NOTE: 2023 donation receipts for gifts to this ministry have been mailed out to you. If you prefer as well to receive a "soft copy" via email, I will send it to you asap. Just give me the email address you would like for it to be send to, at this address: blckids@yahoo.com. Also, if you notice any mistake I may have made, please also give me a heads-up & I'll send the corrected version. Thank you!

Please pray for our Philippine FAF church youth group. It will be hosting the young adults from 20 different churches in a six-hour afternoon "Love Fellowship" Valentine's Day worship banquet, Biblical speaker & concert this next Sunday, February 11.

Please also pray for the students in Davao & Davao del Norte. Due to constant, heavy rains this past week, students were not able to get out through the muddy paths around their homes to their school campuses. Some roads became small rivers, with boats carrying aid to stranded families. In one ten mile stretch of road, due to severe flooding, cars could move neither direction for 24 hours! In a mountain village, the paved highway could only be traversed by motorcycle, since the road itself dropped down 3 feet in a 20-ft section. And another area lost a bridge entirely. So, dozens of local mayors & governors agreed together to temporarily cancel classes in all 400 public & private, tertiary, secondary, graduate & postgraduate schools throughout the entire area of Central/Eastern Mindanao on Wed, Thu & Friday. Pray that the online classes will prove advantageous during this time. A few years ago during COVID, Parents complained that, without face-to-Face interactions between teachers, students & classmates, the students could not keep up in the ZOOM-type classes. This was often due to the unstructured distraction-filled home settings, where kids had challenges keeping up in their studies.

Praise God that during PJ & Briana's return flight back to New York (after their 6-week missions trip to Davao), they left the airport in Taiwan to visit the park & many sights in that country during their 14 hour layover. They rode many miles through the country, even though they were kind of on their own, since everybody there spoke Chinese.

Praise God as well that Dr Bill, an octogenarian friend in Pennsylvania, has offered to tutor a crash course online, for some of BCA's teachers in the Bible curriculum of his Christian Literacy Foundation.

"A+!" What could be more exciting for a dad or mom than to see the bright red perfect score on the quiz of their little angel in preschool, elementary or high school?

With yet another bright idea brewing in my mind, I visited the office of Orbina, BCA's sponsorship secretary, to evaluate how to enhance the communications between the students & their sponsors. "How about mailing out one of the kids' quizzes? It'd be in crayon or pencil or pen, depending on the grade level. The sponsor, in Canada or California or Kentucky, could post it proudly on their refrigerator door!"

We still have to present the idea to the teachers, as BCA has hundreds of students, in various grade levels. Such a one-page-quiz would be a project which should represent a microcosm of the type of lessons taught in all subjects (at that grade level)… not an endeavor to take on lightly, yet adventuresome nonetheless!

And speaking of various grade levels, Teacher Jannah, whom we'd hired as a substitute teacher, was teaching this past week in the nursery classroom (before the rains, that is!). She began with an "energizer song & dance" as the kids sang, "Lullalulaley".

After the 2nd song, (which is their favorite Christian song) "Sing High & Low" she asked, "High & low. Are they the same, or different?" Matthan Raised his hand, "They are different, Ma'am!" Correct. And why are they different? Matthan answered matteroffactly, "Well….because high is high & low is…well, low is low." Teacher Jannah couldn't suppress a giggle, but since all the students considered this a totally obvious answer, Joannah didn't dwell on it & pressed onward with the day's lesson of things being the same or different.

She passed out papers pre-printed with dotted lives, straight lines, curved lines & so forth. "These are different types of lines. Now please take your crayons & trace the lines, just like they are on the paper." As she drew each example on the board, she explained the line's name & description.

This activity developed both their writing skills & their fine motor skills.She then called various students to the board to draw the lines as she evaluated & corrected how they grasped the chalk in their little fingers.

After snack & nap "Quiet Time", was a ten-minute "Story Time". The story was entitled "Eli, the Elf" which introduced the short and long sounds for the letter Ee. They then colored the letter Ee on their papers & wrote (as a review) all the letters learned thus far from A to E (capital & small). They then recited in unison the long & short sounds for each letter.

When they were to color the letters, the capital letters were to be traced with blue & the small with red crayons.

"Now, what letter begins the word DOG?" Eunah responded, "Dog starts with the letter B!" Jannah did not want Eunah to feel bad, so she gave her another chance. "Class, please pronounce the sound that B makes." Bah. "And now, the sound that D makes." Dah. Immediately Eunah realized her mistake and corrected herself with "Oops Teacher, I mean D!"

Jannah then showed pictures & had the class recite the first letter of each item.

Jannah then had each student put a red crayon in their right hands & blue in their left, raising the red for short sounds & lower-case letters, while the blue was for long sounds & upper-case.

More than identifying the sounds & shapes was the overall lesson in things being the same & different.

So to close the lesson, Teacher Jannah challenged the preschoolers, "You all did very well memorizing your Bible verse today. Let's recite it again together…" Slowly & with clarity, they quoted from memory, "Matthew 5:8… Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Prompted to raise the red crayon in their right hands for the things that are the same & the blue in the left for what is different, Jannah asked, "These two things…a pure heart & a pure God… are they similar or different?"

A sea of red crayons all over the classroom could be followed down to right arms from all 15 seated students in the midmorning session of class…& then one crayon shot higher in the air as Eunah stood up in victory & did a victory dance singing "Sing High & Low" & crying out, "No OOPS this time Teacher Jannah! I got it RIGHT!"

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

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2/1/2024

Groundhog Day, USA (2/2)

Please pray for a church in Schenectady, NY which is postponing their April, 2024 Philippine Missions Trip to 2026: that they will have God's foresight in the planning for this work team's visit.

Praise God that, yesterday PJ & Briana got on the plane safely for their trip back to New York. These past 6 weeks have been extremely encouraging to PJ & Briana's "kababayan" (compatriots: fellow Filipinos), as they preached twice, sang, assisted in BCA's gift-giving for hundreds of students, & mixed cement at the orphanage (while meanwhile having lots of fun with the kids).

Praise God as well that Elvie & I supported a civic club with their June-planned "Waste Clean Up" community outreach downtown near the city hall, as well as planting trees in barren areas outside the city.

Praise God too that Trish, a friend in Arizona, represented BCA's Philippine ministry at her church last Sunday & a friend there paid for the re-digging of the well at BCA's orphanage!

"WAKE UP!" Elvie drove the school van onto the "cross channel" barge, enroute to BCA's orphanage on nearby Samal Island for a few days, since the kids were on semestral break from school.

But in the morning at 5am when the kids were supposed to be doing their daily chores, they were all fast asleep. So, Elvie their "mom" became their "alarm clock". Within minutes the kids were pulling weeds in the vegetable garden, feeding the animals, raking leaves, scrubbing their clothes, chopping wood for the cookfire & making their beds &/or breakfast.

A half hour later before breakfast, Augustine (the 3rd-oldest of the orphans) led in the daily morning devotional from 1 John 4:8, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

Augustine explained, "Not only does God love, but love is part of God's essential nature. Love is who & what He is, forever & always. Since we follow God who is love, we also should make a point to reflect God's love."

Elvie added, "and you showed your love this morning by helping your brothers & sisters at the orphanage."

The next day at BCA, since the break was ended, school was back in session. Teacher Jerry-Ann began her class with, "What day is today?" Kiarah piped up with, "It's Tuesday, Teacher!" To which Jerry-Ann said, "Yes! And yet so much more, for TUESDAY is CHOOSE-Day!" A quizzical look crossed Kiarah's small, cherubic face as she thought out loud, "chewzday? We can chew gym in school today?"

Teacher Jerry-Ann clarified, "It is choose-day. Today we CHOOSE to smile…we CHOOSE to be happy…we…" An unnamed voice perked up from near the back row with, "CHOOSE…" to which Jerry-Ann replied, "…to love…we…"

And now the rest of the class joined in the chant, "CHOOSE…" Now again, "to be a blessing…we…" & lastly, a resounding kinder-response… CHOOSE…" to be kind.

Since the class was alert now, Jerry-Ann led, "Good morning, Tuesday!" After the opening prayer & exercises, she then dove into her lessons for the day. "Today we will discover the vast universe: the Milky Way & particularly our very special solar system, which we call home: the 8 planets which revolve around our very own star, the Sun."

The discussion took an unexpected turn when one curious student asked about life on the other planets. In a playful moment, the teacher jokingly mentioned aliens living on the 7th planet, which led to a mixture of surprise & fear among her students.

It seemed that Jerry-Ann's attempt at humor had an unintended effect, as the Kindergarteners became reluctant to continue the discussion. Oops! TEACHING: 101. It's a reminder of the delicate balance between education & keeping things light in the classroom.

So she then embarked on an interactive journey through space, exploring each planet's unique characteristics & discussing their significance in our universe. As the activity unfolded, they embarked on a creative endeavor, coloring preprinted images of the planets. There seemed to be a sense of connection & wonderment among the students.

Jerry-Ann then ended the discussion & decided to let the stgduents play outside, because it was almost time for the class to end anyway.

One of her students was looking down at her lap, wondering why her skirt was wet. Jerry-Ann suggested that maybe the girl had spilled water from her tumbler.

Then the student's face got that "Oh yeah" look as she said matter-of-factly, "Oh I remember! I peed when you scared us about those man-eating aliens!"

Well, Jerry-Ann had said nothing about aliens eating people, but the kids' active imaginations had filled in the blanks. What should she say now? "Ah, today we will CHOOSE to love everybody!"

On her way out the door for exercise in the gym, Kiarah said, "aliens included!"

And Jerry-Ann's response: "Psalm 143:8, 'Lord, I am trusting you…Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you…& next week is our pajama party!!!"

Teacher J-A thought silently, "Ah Lord, 'Cast your cares upon the LORD & He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken…Psalm 55:22'; cast your CARES….& your SCARES"

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

1/25/2024

Please pray for January 28 (this Sunday), which is Missions Sunday at a church in Arizona, where a representative from their congregation will share about God's ministries here in Davao. This church is sending a work team to assist at our orphanage for a few weeks in March.

Please also pray for our Davao church's CMT (Church Ministry Team) as they carry-out the goals and plans for 2024, including evangelistic outreaches and benevolence and Bible training. The focus of messages are: January- Goals & Plans, February- Love, March- Easter, April- Family, May- King David, June- Peter, July- Work, August- Evangelism, September- Stewardship, October- Missions, November- Eschatology, December- Advent.

Praise God that a high school friend (from 45 years ago) gave $70.30 ($1 per mile) for BCA's new multipurpose building/chapel (via my September Ironman race). The memo on his check said: "Go Ironman: Health for Paul: spirit, soul & body". Also a New York church thrift store which we had visited last year gave $100 for the BCA students' uniforms!

Praise God also that Augustine, one of BCA's teenage orphans, when challenged by my triathlon competitions, trained and won 1st place in a 50-mile bicycle race on mountain trails, versus 50 competitors.

"Raining? Again?" PJ, Briana, Elvie & I stayed out on the Island at BCA'S orphanage for just under a week, working on construction, painting & planting projects & training the kids to swim.

Yet the rain hit so constantly & so hard that the mayor closed school on Tuesday. While the kids were indoors, Briana taught them to paint blue & purple shaded watercolor sunsets with mountain & palm tree silhouettes. Incredible artists, they are! We prayed that God would make it not rain, & yet it rained harder. Finally, the mayor of Samal Island closed school for the elementary students, but not the high schoolers. I told the kids, "The president is higher than the mayor, & I say, school is cancelled tomorrow!" Just joking, I did make the point that I am a president (of BCA).

Yet sure enough, the mayor cancelled high school classes as well & also God stopped the rain! We all had a fun day together (after washing their clothes by hand) fine-tuning our swimming skills, at the beginning of this four-day weekend.

After getting only a half night's sleep (due to the incredibly loud, baritone bullfrogs competing with the tenors all night long), on the way back to the mainland, we had just fixed the flat tire in the van, but the pickup truck's tire went flat. Since the spare tire was left back at the school on the mainland, we drove around the island & found a motorcycle repair shop that just happened to have a used tire that fit our pickup truck! Awesome.

On Monday at BCA on the mainland, Teacher Romnick's 6th-Grade students were enjoying the brand-new computer lab that a recent mission team had installed. The day's hands-on computer activity was an online typing test. Romnick recorded all the details of those who still need to improve their typing skills. Some students type quickly, while others need more time to familiarize themselves with the keyboard.

After the test, Geneford asked, "Can we stay here for the next period's lesson?" Teacher Romick replied, "Of course. Actually, since the lab is vacant the next hour, I have already prepared a fun project using both computers & Philippine History!"

Romnick had the kids look up on their units a video designed to help them remember the events in the history of the Philippines. Ashley raised her hand to ask, "Why do so many foreigners want to conquer the Philippines?" Romnick said, "The Philippines was colonized by three countries: Spain, America, & Japan. They colonized the Philippines, because they wanted to become an empire, & to expand more. They wanted to expand to have more lands, power, resources, more production, & especially more money."

Another question came from Abby, "What were the reasons countries wanted to colonize?" Their teacher replied, "Based on my research, historians generally recognize three motives for European exploration & colonization in the New World: God…Gold…& Glory."

Rommel asked, "Teach, I thought you said we'd have a computer project?" Rightly so, agreed Romnick. He then assigned Kian & Carlo to pass out papers which Molly read to the class aloud.

Parts were assigned to five students, as they enacted a play about conditions & situations of Filipinos during Spanish & American Colonialism. They recorded it & edited it as a classroom project, with videos & pictures from the internet dubbed in for effect. When a blackout destroyed the unsaved work, the kids didn't to mind, since it had been so much fun.

Before heading back to class, Romnick had the students look up on Bible Gateway.com the Bible verse; Joshua 1:9. The class read it together in unison, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Abby quipped, "the Christian Filipinos must have relied upon that verse a lot during the hundreds of years of colonization!"

When they arrived back in the classroom, to Romnick's surprise, Principal Pernes was there, giving an unannounced evaluation! He was downright nervous. But in his mind, over & over again he consoled himself with the verse,,, "Be strong & courageous!"

The subject was Science. Stammering, Romnick instructed, "We now will st-tt-tudy Evvv…vapppp…vap…oration…evaporation."

To Romnick's horror, he noticed that the oral recitation of the students was terrible. Even though they became participative during the discussion, he wasn't really satisfied, as he really expected perfection. However,Ma'am Pernes was still pleasantly amazed at what they were doing.

Romnick counted off the entire class into 2 groups. Each group had its task. Group 1: observe why the water disappears when clothes are soaked in the sunlight. Group 2: mop the floor, & observe why the floor becomes dry after mopping.

After 10 minutes, Ma'am Pernes left & the nervousness in Romnick's heart disappeared. He assessed the kids' performance with a quiz, which they all aced. Though stressed, Ronick stood before the class as they headed home & announced, "You guys are GREAT! A tad slow on catching up, but I can say that, you guys did your best this day."

Then Kian & Carlo collected papers from their classmates which Romnick hadn't noticed before. As they handed the papers to Romnick they announced, "And Principal Pernes actually had us evaluate you too! YOU TOO, Teacher Romnick, have aced the day!"

With a priceless look of shocked surprise on his face, Romnick was tongue-tied & that look on his face was so precious that suddenly he and the entire class burst out laughing!

"Yup, Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

Present Need: $350 for: (installment #2 of 2) to re-dig up the pump for the orphanage deep well, since the recent earthquake caused a fill-in and the kids were without water for a few weeks. They had to bathe in the stream, a mile away down a dirt road. We also reconnected to city water, which is sporadic.

1/18/2024

Paul & Elvie's 28th "Paper-versary" (1/15/96: 1st-signing of our marriage certificate)

Please pray for the following medical challenges: BCA's Nurse Lucy: breast cancer// Juvy (college student at BCA's orphanage): goiter// Lasang students: extensive dental challenges (some missing ½ their teeth through root-rot). Already Elvie & I have contacted 2 dentists who are willing to join a dental team to the Lasang location.

Please also pray: Once again, the groundbreaking for BCA's new Multipurpose Building has been delayed by Davao's Office of Government Engineers. Since Elvie signed the (once again revised) blueprints this week, the construction team prioritized an alternate project before ours. Thus, they cannot promise when the groundbreaking will actually take place. Pray that it be soon.

Please pray too that our work at the orphanage on the boys' new cottage (painting the walls, building beds, installing tiles & ceiling, etc), will be done by Saturday so the kids can move in before we return to the mainland this weekend.

Praise God for the Surprise! Late at night, before leaving the house for our daughter Abby's midnight Sunday/Monday flight back to Chicago (& college), 15 from the church youth group came to the house to serenade her with songs, prayers & well wishes…even a few games!

Praise God too that the Layton Hills Baptist Church, upon completion of their 2-week missions trip to the Philippines, planned with us a continuance of their medical outreaches, by naming BCA's medical branch, the "Layton Hills Clinic," initiating annual checkups for each of BCA's 600 students (plus some of their siblings)! This will be a branch of PMBMI's DSO (Davao Strategic Outreach), whose main goal is the presentation of Christ's Gospel, encased in strategic empathy.

Praise God as well that our daughter Abigail arrived safely, while traveling alone halfway around the world to Chicago, just 15 or so hours before her Tuesday morning class at Moody Bible Institute.

Praise God as well that our daughter Abigail arrived safely, while traveling alone halfway around the world to Chicago, just 15 or so hours before her Tuesday morning class at Moody Bible Institute...from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to -6 in 2 days!

"Say Cheese!" Last year we started an annual tradition of bringing our 12 orphans to the mainland from their village nearby on Samal Island, to take a professional style "Family Picture".

This year was especially nice, as the 5 Barners (Paul, Elvie, PJ, Briana & Abby) were in the picture with them. It'll be posted on the orphanage wall when the studio is finished printing it next month.

Abby flew back to Chicago for college Sunday night, & the other 4 of us are at the orphanage for the rest of the week, teaching swim lessons, doing cement work, Bible studies, painting, & spending quality time with the orphan kids.

Meanwhile at BCA, Teacher Veoly began her Morning Greetings: responded by a Symphony of Smiles as she entered the kindergarten classroom. With giggles & morning greetings, the students, with backpacks almost as big as themselves, eagerly greeted each other & their teacher. The atmosphere was electric with anticipation; a promising start to a day of exploration: Circle Time…Songs, Stories, Subjects, & finally, hours later; Shared Moments of the Day

As the Day was ending, one of her kindergarteners, Zeon, had a special request: "Teacher Veoly, we are finished early in our spelling lesson!" After Veoly congratulated them, Zeon continued, as a representative for his classmates, "Sooo……do we get a star?"

Veoly could foresee this budding politician in her midst & responded, "Why yes, of COURSE, you ALL get Reward-Stars today!" YAY!

As Veoly presented the students with their homework assignment, she reflectively & poetically considered, "Ah, the heart of the kindergarten classroom: where joy bubbles like a playful stream, & curiosity sparkles in eager eyes! Today I have embarked on a delightful journey: spending a day with the energetic & imaginative world of kindergarten students! Whimsical escapades & heartwarming moments have unfolded during this magical day…"

She then quipped, "…and during gym period tomorrow, we will have a community outreach." YAY again. Then Flora asked the question on every kindergartener's minds that Monday morning: "What is an OUTREACH?"

Teacher Veoly explained that Tuesday, the students & teachers, side-by-side, would be going outdoors with little plastic bags & plastic gloves, to pick up trash & better their community. "Acts of Kindness" showed God's hope through small gestures (like this) of goodwill.

Violy watched Venz & Kishagen exit the classroom. They were excitedly chatting together about the fun outreach that tomorrow would bring. Through their smiles, they inspired one last reflective thought: "We are the teachers:the architects of our collective future!"

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

Link for credit card donations: https://tithe.ly/give?c=6118435

TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A. PJ's Late Night Worship Master list - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2 ·

B. Dynamic Morning music at Faith Fellowship Church in Davao, with PJ & Abby Barner! Sunday, January 14, 2024. 19 min, 9 sec. https://www.facebook.com/elvie.barner/videos/711889637709136/

Present Need: $300 for (installment #113 of 400) $120,000 3-story, flood-proof (9-foot-high backfill) raised parking garage/ school chapel & teachers' apartments next to BCA's present building. $56,000 remaining.

3 Ongoing Construction Projects:

1- SUBASTA Tribal campus ($250,000): $78,397. Still needed: $171,603

2- DAVAO Bus Garage/Chapel ($120,000): $64,000. Still needed: $56,000.

3- SAMAL ISLAND Orphanage Cottage & Chapel ($150,000): $18,000. Still needed: $132,000

Upcoming (General) Schedule: American short-term work teams:

March, 2024: Arizona BCA library & pour cement orphanage driveway.

April, 2024: New York (team #2) build orphanage church.

July, 2024: Pennsylvania further church construction.

August, 2024: Beginning of Paul & Elvie's 2024/2025 USA Speaking tour.

September, 2024: Paul's 16th 70.3-mile Davao Ironman Race (9/29/2024: Augusta, Georgia USA).

This Spring, (between January & June, as the seamstresses complete them), BCA kids are receiving a 2nd uniform. They already get one a year, but now they'll have 2! NEEDED: $20 x 600 = $12,000. Received: $4,483.34

Barner Family 2024-5 USA TENTATIVE Speaking/Singing/Visiting Tour: AUG- NY/ SEP-NY,GA/ OCT-FL,SC / NOV-NY,IL,MO,IN/ DEC-NY,TORONTO,KY/ JAN '25-NC,AL,TX,AZ/ FEB '25-MEXICO,CA/ MAR '25- UT,KS,OH,NY/ APR '25 NY/ MAY '25 WA,AK,Saskatchewan/ JUN-AUG '25 PA,VT,NY,CT/ SEP '25 WI,NM,AR,TN,NY/ OCT '25 NY,NJ/ NOV '25 NY,IL,Davao.

BCA church MPM: "Midweek Prayer Meeting" speakers (9:30 & 10:30am): Jan: Spkr: Embaan/ Music: Tamiana. Feb: Spkr:Budo/ Music: Praca. Mar: Spkr: Tabasa/ Music: Beter. Apr: Spkr: Paciente/ Music: Meneses. May: Spkr: DeJolde/ Music: Chung. June: Spkr: Mr. Viray/ Music: Mrs. Viray.

1/11/2024

Martin Luther King Jr Day (USA) 1/15/24. Abby & Utah team return to USA 1/14/24.

Please pray for PJ & Briana, as we focus the last two weeks they are with us, on training the orphans in swimming & also helping them in cementing flower planters around the perimeter of the property.

Please also pray, as the Utah team flies back to the USA, for the remaining three American work-teams arriving between now & July, from Pennsylvania, New York & Arizona.

Please pray too for a seamless transition, as the BCA teachers utilize the brand-new 15-unit computer lab in a schedule that meshes with their lesson plans.

Praise God that one of our youth group teens, who got pregnant with an unbeliever in her neighborhood during a time of spiritual uncertainty, delivered her baby boy this week, & was still welcomed by her church buddies with whom she grew up. Since the baby is a 7-month preemie, he's being incubated until he gains his strength.

Praise God also that Christ's precious plan of salvation was clearly presented last week by many well-wishers who attended the 2nd wedding ceremony of PJ & Briana, & also at the second & third wedding receptions, here in Davao City, Philippines!

"Computer savvy…" Brad, one of the seven Americans visiting from a Baptist church in Utah, came to the Philippines for a few weeks to set up a 15-unit computer lab & then hosted a three-hour internet & computer training seminar for our eight teachers at BCA.

Multi-talented, Brad also donned makeup & a colorful outfit, along with a few other clowns to present the Gospel in a unique way for our orphans & the hundreds of other students from poor areas of Davao City. The team presented medical checkups, Geography & Bible lessons, revamped & disinfected the school clinic, & even cleaned out a storage room, transforming it into an annex for the ever-expanding library of Barner Christian Academy.

That particular storage room had been filled with new & used clothing to give to the poor. While refolding, recategorizing & transferring these mountains of clothing to another room at BCA, our twelve orphans decided to make it fun by hosting a fashion show! Sweatpants from Alabama on Jonas, & a superman t-shirt from Florida on Jonjon, were competing against a pink knit winter cap from Alaska on Lycka &, with roaring laughter from the rest, a full camouflaged army outfit from Kentucky on Christine…accompanied by a cowboy hat (from friends in Texas, of course) …everybody won the contest!

Watching our dear kids enjoying their project, I commented to Elvie, "While Jesus had His 3-12-500-5000: (3-Peter, James & John), 12 apostles, 500 & 5,000, we have our 3 kids: PJ, Briana & Abby; 12 orphans; our 600 students; & our dear 5,000 prayer warriors & sponsors for students from churches around the world!"

A few days later in her BCA classroom of 5th graders, Teacher Juvy was preparing her 5th graders for an upcoming exam. Grouping the class of 30 students into 6 clusters of 5 each, they had brainstorming sessions, trying to remember the subjects taught in class & also imagine what questions might be asked on the test.

Juvy then called each of the 6 groups of students up to the blackboard (one group at a time) to answer the practice questions which she had prepared. Group #1's topic was PLANTS. #2 was POLITICS. #3 was MUSIC. #4: ETHNICITY. #5: ART & #6: BIBLE.

Group #1: "What are the parts of a plant?" The other five groups applauded their correct answer, as one-by-one, each of the 5 members took turns drawing & passing-on the chalk to the next, for the flower, stem, leaves, etc.

Group #2: "What are the geographical divisions of Davao City?" This group also was applauded as they drew the city with its sections of de Oro, Del sur, & so forth.

Group #3: "Give the hand signals for the respective musical notes". The rest of the class hummed along as Group #3 sang & signed "do-re-mi-fa…".

Group #4: "Show how people of different occupations interact." A drama was created, where a housewife asked her businessman husband for money to pay the plumber who would come to fix their dripping sink. Tied into this, a second drama showed the ethnical grouping typical for each of these professions, with parents training their kids in skills they had themselves learned from their predecessors.

Group #5: "Display & explain your color wheels." These 5 students held up the round pizza-like papers, with the primary colors in slivers of red, yellow & blue, with their blends in-between, forming secondary shades. You'd think that all the wheels would be identical, yet some used darker shades, while others used pastel or neon hues.Also, the tools were varied: markers, crayons, colored pencils & watercolor paints. Groups #1-4 had reps come to categorize Group #5 into an incredibly blended mosaic "Rainbow of Promise". Kian called out, "It's like we are the animals in Noah's ark, looking out the window at God's Rainbow!" Teacher Juvy held her tongue, though tempted to compare deeper the similarities of her students with animals: a nipping alligator here, & a chattering toucan there…

Finally, Group #6: "Please recite yesterday's Bible memory verse, one-by-one." All were word-perfect…that was…until the last one, dear Brix. He just could not fit the memorized words together, &, stumbling & mumbling, finally burst into tears. Juvy quickly assigned another student, Mae Ann, to distribute a worksheet to the others to work on.

Juvy kindly called Brix to a chair next to her desk. "I just can't do it," mourned Brix. "I get a few words together & forget the rest. I am such a failure!" Tears streaked down his 5th-grade cheek. Using the back of her sleeve to gently wipe away his tears, Juvy lovingly explained, "The purpose of making mistakes is to learn how it is not done, & then by process of elimination, to try another approach. Otherwise, you are just wasting good tears! I will now help you." She wiped away his newly formed tears & now with fresh, dry rosy cheeks, they worked on it together. Ten minutes later, to a resounding standing ovation, Brix recited the short Bible verse, almost word perfect.

Juvy explained to her class, just before the bell rang & she collected papers from her students while they paraded out the door, "Quitters never win & winners never quit."

And into Brix's ear so nobody else could hear, she whispered, "And you, my dear one, spoke God's very words today for the entire class. God is smiling upon you, for you are His palangga [dear, dear, loving child]."

Brix came into the class that day an unsure 5th student & left as a prince!

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

Link for credit card donations: https://tithe.ly/give?c=6118435

TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A. PJ's Late Night Worship Master list - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2 ·

B. Late Night Worship #398 PJ Barner is with Abigail Barner and 8 others at Babak Alliance Church- Samal Island. · Samal, Philippines· Join us on T/Th nights! I AM THANKFUL At the last of our churches we visited on Samal Island yesterday, the sponsored kids treated us to a beautiful song they've been working on! Each of these children is sponsored by someone on the other side of the world for $30/month, which not only pays for their education but also their uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, lunches, transportation, and Christmas giveaways. To all our sponsors around the world: we are thankful, thankful! If you want to get involved, go to http://barner.org/ or Barner Christian Academy of Davao City, Inc! January 2, 2024. 3 min, 11 sec. https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/886725356255204/

Present Need: $350 for: (installment #1 of 2) to re-dig up the pump for the orphanage deep well, since the recent earthquake caused a fill-in and the kids were without water for a few weeks. They had to bathe in the stream, a mile away down a dirt road.

3 Ongoing Construction Projects:

1- SUBASTA Tribal campus ($250,000): $78,397. Still needed: $171,603

2- DAVAO Bus Garage/Chapel ($120,000): $63,790. Still needed: $56,210.

3- SAMAL ISLAND Orphanage Cottage & Chapel ($150,000): $18,000. Still needed: $132,000

Upcoming (General) Schedule: American short-term work teams:

January, 2024: Utah (teams #1 & #2) with the NY & IL teams, teach at BCA & build computer lab & library annex, also pour & lay cement & block at orphanage. Plus, evangelistic clown team street ministry, & medical mission. Illinois, New York (team #1) build cement flower planters.

March, 2024: Arizona BCA library & pour cement orphanage driveway.

April, 2024: New York (team #2) build orphanage church.

July, 2024: Pennsylvania further church construction.

August, 2024: Beginning of Paul & Elvie's 2024 USA Speaking tour.

September, 2024: Paul's 16th 70.3-mile Davao Ironman Race (9/29/2024: Augusta, Georgia USA).

This Spring, (between January & June, as the seamstresses complete them), BCA kids are receiving a 2nd uniform. They already get one a year, but now they'll have 2! NEEDED: $20 x 600 = $12,000. Received: $4,019.

Barner Family 2024-5 USA TENTATIVE Speaking/Singing Tour: AUG- NY/ SEP-NY,GA/ OCT-FL,SC / NOV-NY,IL,MO,IN/ DEC-NY,TORONTO,KY/ JAN '25-NC,AL,TX,AZ/ FEB '25-MEXICO,CA/ MAR '25- UT,KS,OH,NY/ APR '25 NY/ MAY '25 WA,AK,Saskatchewan/ JUN-AUG '25 PA,VT,NY,CT/ SEP '25 WI,NM,AR,TN,NY/ OCT '25 NY,NJ/ NOV '25 NY,IL,Davao.

BCA church MPM: "Midweek Prayer Meeting" speakers (9:30 & 10:30am): Jan: Spkr: Embaan/ Music: Tamiana. Feb: Spkr:Budo/ Music: Praca. Mar: Spkr: Tabasa/ Music: Beter. Apr: Spkr: Paciente/ Music: Meneses. May: Spkr: DeJolde/ Music: Chung. June: Spkr: Mr. Viray/ Music: Mrs. Viray.

1/4/2024

Happy New Year, 2024! Goodbye to 2023…Epiphany Sunday (1/6/24)

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MON 1/1/24- New Year's Day: Utah Work Team Arrives In Davao. PJ, Bri & Abby work team at orphanage, PJ & Briana's 2nd wedding 1/5/24.

Please pray for the frequently-postponed groundbreaking ceremony to take place this next Monday (Jan 8) for BCA's new multipurpose building. While the permits' requirements have been submitted, the construction team will be meeting this weekend with the BCA administration to determine the details of road closures, etc. before they start digging for the cement & steel foundation.

Praise God for the work team that is with us 2 weeks from the Layton Hills Baptist Church in Utah, USA. They are helping us distribute hundreds of Christmas gifts to poor children as well as presenting Christ's plan of salvation through drama & skits. They also are teaching & preaching, plus building a computer lab & a library annex for BCA. Also cementing with PJ, Bri & Abby at BCA's orphanage. Thank you Lord!

Praise God too that PJ, Abby & Briana sang/signed for hundreds of youth at a multicity youth conference in Camp Kawayan, Davao, with over a thousand youth attending!

"180 students today?" Our visiting Utah team was preparing the first series of 600 bags of Christmas gifts for the kids in 6 of our 31 churches. Some were very remote: on muddy, deep-puddled dirt roads, & scattered over about a hundred heavily trafficked miles, between hours of driving our BCA buses.

In each church, after the children performed well-practiced Christmas songs, "Mr. Trouble & Grandma Cuddles" (two clowns) gave Bible-based skits & illusion tricks. One-by-one, the kids were taken aside by the nurses for cursory medical checkups. They were weighed, their heights measured, & teeth, eyes, noses, & ears were checked. Notations on index cards were made for regular future checkups, for the children, most of whom had never visited a doctor or hospital in their young lives.

A few days before the team arrived, our family had visited BCA's orphanage, out on nearby Samal Island. I asked one of the girls, "Leah, I see the encyclopedia set & the CS Lewis series, Bibles, hymnals & six other series, but where are the Christian Amish romance novels?" Filipinos do not read books much. Libraries in the Philippines are almost nonexistent. Yet with our twelve orphans, as well as our 600 sponsored students, I really, really want them to start enjoying reading, & carrying books around with them every day.

But it just doesn't happen much. A few days ago, we visited the orphanage to exchange Christmas presents, & when I asked Leah (top honors in her 8th grade class) about the missing series, she blushed a bit & led me to the girls' dorm. There, she reached under her pillow & pulled out not one, but three of the thick novels. Four of her "sisters" in the room also reached under their pillows to show the novels they are reading whenever they have some "downtime".

I was so proud of these girls, that on their own, they already have expressed a love for reading!

Meanwhile back on the mainland at BCA's main school campus, the boys' & girls' chaplains Melvin & Eunice planned the students' return to classes for the 2nd week of January. At each Wednesday morning & noon prayer meetings, different parents were scheduled to lead the songs, prayer & Bible reading. They also were thrilled to give their personal testimonies of God's blessings that week.

Each day, the chaplains had hour-long noon Bible & prayer times with the students: Monday: preschool thru 1st Grade, T-2nd, W-3rd, R-4th. Friday-5th & 6th. They recited memorized Bible verses & books of the Bible & Bible characters. Throughout the week, Melvin & Eunice would take each student aside to evaluate spiritual aptitude for his or her semiannual CSDPR (Child Spiritual Progress Report Card). The two chaplains also interviewed the kids' parents one-on-one, in Bible & counseling sessions.

The chaplains gave away over 100 Bibles in the parents' languages. Chaplain Eunice had confronted a Christian pharmacist who develops medicine from the delicious, tropical dark purple mangosteen fruit, and he considered it a privilege to donate funds for these Bibles, as well as another hundred to the Bible study leaders for their home groups. Using these books, they counseled couples, both married & not yet. Eunice, during her one-on-one counseling times, was thrilled to lead 3 of her pupils to accept Jesus into their hearts, at the rate of one each week!

Even as I am thrilled that Leah & her sisters at the orphanage are reading of positive role models in Christian novels, I'm also ecstatic that our 600 students & their parents are reading and understanding their brand-new Bibles!

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

Link for credit card donations: https://tithe.ly/give?c=6118435

TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A. PJ's Late Night Worship Master list - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2·

B. Barner Missions Moment 2 - BCA Christmas Party! (sent to Auburn CMA). 5 min, 25 sec. December 24, 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bzh7HODtk

C. Barner Missions Moment 1 - Xmas @ Church, Jungle, and Orphanage! (sent to Auburn CMA). 6 min, 41 sec. December 31, 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdL_WFHUTxQ

D.Candlelight Carols (with Abby Barner on French horn) at Moody Bible Institute, (Broadcast on December 21, 2023). 1 hr, 35 min, 23 sec.

E. Late Night Worship #397 Join us on T/Th nights! PJ Barner is with Elvie Egan Barner and 10 others in Davao City, Philippines. 3d· HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make a joyful noise! The Lord brought us safely into 2024!!! 3 min, 31 sec. December 31, 2023-January 1, 2024.

https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/351291457632384

F. Late Night Worship #396 - MDD Annual Youth Camp. Join us on T/Th nights! PJ Barner is with Elvie Egan Barner and 10 others at Brgy. Cawayan, Calinan District. · Davao City, Philippines· MAGPAKAILANMAN • SAYAW • DIOS KA SA AMIN/ HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD/ WALA KANG KATULAD. Every December, youth groups from the Christian and Missionary Alliance churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP) Metro Davao District AYP come together for a time of fun and worship. I'm so proud of our gifted team from Faith Alliance Fellowship for leading over 1,000 people in the gymnasium in singing praises to our God! 24 min, 35 sec. #Tadhana #TADHANA2023 #DistrictAnnualYouthCamp2023 #DestinedForYou December 27, 2023.

https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/683753433603399/

G. Late Night Worship #398. Join us on T/Th nights! I AM THANKFUL. PJ Barner is with Elvie Egan Barner and 8 others at Babak Alliance Church- Samal Island. · Samal, Philippines· At the last of our churches we visited on Samal Island yesterday, the sponsored kids treated us to a beautiful song they've been working on! Each of these children is sponsored by someone on the other side of the world for $30/month, which not only pays for their education but also their uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, lunches, transportation, and Christmas giveaways. To all our sponsors around the world: we are thankful, thankful! If you want to get involved, go to http://barner.org/ or Barner Christian Academy of Davao City, Inc! January 2, 2024 2 min, 11 sec. https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/886725356255204/

Present Need: $300 for: (installment #3 of 5) to purchase and install a 2,000-gallon water tower for the orphanage to have enough water supply for the animals, fish, gardens, clothes washing, bathing, etc. $490 remaining.

3 Ongoing Construction Projects:

1- SUBASTA Tribal campus ($250,000): $78,397. Still needed: $171,603

2- DAVAO Bus Garage/Chapel ($120,000): $63,790. Still needed: $56,210.

3- SAMAL ISLAND Orphanage Cottage & Chapel ($150,000): $18,000. Still needed: $132,000

Upcoming (General) Schedule: American short-term work teams:

January, 2024: Utah (team #2) demolish & rebuild 2 older cottages at orphanage.

March, 2024: Arizona & New York (team #2) BCA library & church & pour cement orphanage driveway.

July, 2024: Pennsylvania further church construction.

August, 2024: Beginning of Paul & Elvie's 2024 USA Speaking tour.

September, 2024: Paul's 16th 70.3-mile Davao Ironman Race (9/29/2024: Augusta, Georgia USA).

This Christmas, BCA kids will receive a 2nd uniform. They already get one a year, but now they'll have 2! NEEDED: $20 x 600 = $12,000. Received: $3,364.

Barner Family 2024-5 USA TENTATIVE Speaking/Singing Tour: AUG- NY/ SEP-NY,GA/ OCT-FL,SC / NOV-NY,PA/ DEC-NY,CANADA/ JAN '25-NC,AL,TX,MX/ FEB '25-CA,NY/ MAR '25- AK, UT/ APR '25 WA,AK,KY/ MAY '25 IN,KS,MO/ JUN-AUG '25 VT,NJ,NY,CT/ SEP '25 OR,NM/ OCT '25 WI, CANADA, IL/ NOV '25 FLY.

BCA church MPM: "Midweek Prayer Meeting" speakers (9:30 & 10:30am): Dec: Spkr: Siawan/ Music:Rosal. Jan: Spkr: Embaan/ Music: Tamiana. Feb: Spkr:Budo/ Music: Praca. Mar: Spkr: Tabasa/ Music: Beter. Apr: Spkr: Paciente/ Music: Meneses. May: Spkr: DeJolde/ Music: Chung. June: Spkr: Mr. Viray/ Music: Mrs. Viray.


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