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4/15/2021

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: April 11: Inner-Albany, NY. April 12-14: Horseheads, NY. April 18: Watertown, NY. April 25: Nelliston, NY.

Please pray for an end to the brewing tensions caused by the Chinese military along the Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. American & Philippine military are planning a defense since the Chinese now have over 200 vessels amassed there. Col. Brunk said by training together, the two militaries (Philippines & USA) build upon each other & strengthen & add value to their partnership & friendship.

Praise God that, in honor of a friend’s mom turning 80, she wants to give toward the need mentioned last week, for fuel, paint, paper, ink & some other pressing school needs at BCA.

Praise God too that I was able to share at a pastors' conference this week, and my brother’s church hosted me at their “annex” (actually a whole house!).

"Teacher Shela, I disconnected again! Please re-send me the link!” Shela must have received these “emergency” cellphone text messages 20 times during every class day. Out of Shela’s 30 2nd graders, only five of them have internet, and the rest complete piles of daily worksheets and notebook entries at home.

“I feel like three people: a teacher, a technician, and a secretary!” But shela noticed something unexpected during the daily class sessions. Unlike the “normal pre-covid” years (oh, those were the days!), the class was now, not just listening. Rather, they were participating. There was much more interaction, even with the “off-line” students. “It is like we are in a ship, and everybody has their duties to do. I just wish I didn’t have to swab the deck so often when things get a tad messy!”

But on Tuesday, it seemed as though nothing worked right. She shut down the entire program and rebooted it. While waiting (knowing that her students were also at home, waiting for the system to be restored), she opened her Bible to the passage which Teacher Diane had referred to in the morning devotions. Philippians 4: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength!” Well, she thought, God does give ME strength, but it would also be good if He gave this internet some strength as well!

As she looked up form her Bible, the screen clicked back on and the Math lesson she had prepared was right there in front of her. The first lesson was on “Division as Equal Sharing”. In it, a boy had fifteen balloons and five friends. Three times, he gave a balloon to each friend, until there was nothing left. “Students, how many balloons does Mario have left?” None.

How is this like God? God gives to all of us all that we need. Yet how is this NOT like God? Nadya piped up. “God never runs out!” exactly. God has continual supply. Just like my verse, thought Shela. “I can do all things through God whose strength never, ever runs out!”

Nadya then started a poem, “God is the God who always supplies…”
Ann joned in, "Which we will see if we open our eyes..."
Back to Nadya again, “But when we close them and fall into sleep…”

This time it was RJ who finished the couplet, “God’s already provided the next day’s so we don’t have to count sheep!”
All those online applauded, and Shela jotted down the words so she could send them to the students who don’t have internet.
For the rest of the class time, they put the words to music. What fun!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

PJ & Abby’s singalong:

A. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA

B. TU- 23 min, 10 sec April 6, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujjm_Fz4xtI&list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA&index=117

C. TH- 14 min, 18 sec April 14, 2021https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10215330875825522/

D. Message: Sunday, April 11, 2021 “Pray for Mercy” (Genesis 18:16-33) 0 hr, 46 min, 34 sec.
https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224932765775423

Present Need: $1,124 for Printing of modules (bond paper, ink, staple wire), Computer Mouse, Repair of printers (3 units), Hard Drive/external for Sponsorship pictures, Carpentry work materials, repair of ceiling outside offices of principal, registrar & Sk offices -flexiboard for clinic’s office wall, 4th grade exit door, repair of 2nd floor bathroom near science lab, BCA BUSes: Bus “M” fuel Bus “Fi” gas, amper gauge, taggle switch, window riser, wires, jumper/carbueretor space, Bus “Ph” gas, repair of differential & installation of bearing, bearing, axle o/s, cross joint, brake shoe, gear oil, press in/press out, brake fluid, motor oil, hub nut, grease, sure brake, rubber cup, bulb.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 516

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,606.24 received of $20,000 needed.

Wish to sponsor a Filipino BCA student? It's easy! Just send your first monthly $30 check to Barner Christian Academy, 5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144, & you've given hope to a destitute Asian child.

 

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OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES:

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

PJ- University of Albany Student

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

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

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

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

BCA Landline: 011-63-82-234-4000
Paul's Cell Phone: (518) 577-8287
Magic Jack Computer phone: (518) 772-2359

Home address: 18 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144
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4/8/2021

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: April 4 (Easter): Albany, NY. April 11: Inner-Albany, NY. April 12-14: Horseheads, NY. April 18: Watertown, NY.

Please pray for the end of the recent surge of global anti-Asian violence. A video released on Instagram by Diet Prada on March 29, 2021, showed a man punching & kicking a 65-year-old Filipino-American woman, who was on her way to church in Midtown Manhattan in broad daylight. Sadly, the footage also captured guards shutting the doors on her, hence the media site’s caption, “If you see something, do nothing?”

Praise God that, after the death of Alma (one of the BCA moms), the whole school (teachers, drivers, secretaries, etc) along with the church (members, pastors, deacons/esses, youth, kids) came to the house to sing & encourage the family, around the casket in their living room.

“You are my inspiration!” Alnico, a BCA student, was sending a thank you card to his generous sponsor. “I promise I will strive hard to reach my goal & will make you proud. Like I said, you are my inspiration to succeed!”

Alnico, along with 2 of his Eleventh-Grade classmates; Ronavic & Abegail, have been struggling these past 14 months of pandemic to keep up in their studies through reading hundreds of pages, & filling-out weekly worksheets & exams/quizzes designed by their teachers.

“I had finally, after 7 months of modular lessons, started to get the hang of this ‘blended learning’ approach.” If you looked closely, Alnico’s handwriting turned a bit shaky at this point. “But then, calamity struck! On the day before Christmas, my brother was admitted to the hospital & he, myself, mother, father, Tita & grandma were diagnosed with COVID-19.” He went on to explain that they were all isolated from people in quarantine so that the virus would not spread & weeks later they were finally free & healthy, thanks to God.

Abegail added in her note, “I am glad that we are safe. Through it all, you never let me down. You faithfully supported me every month, & as I sneezed, coughed, ran a high fever & found it hard to breathe, I thought about you.”

All three kids inserted the same postscript in their notes as they said, “I hope that you are safe right now. I may not ever be able to show this enough to you, but thank you so much for your kindness with many thanks & prayers.”

God is our refuge during this time of pandemic. Abegail worded it succinctly when she referred to God’s Sovereign plan. “I want to thank the Lord for choosing you as my sponsor. Indeed God is always, always perfect!”

Jhey sent one final word, “I am so sure that, since you have such a kind, generous heart to provide this education for me, God will keep on providing for your every need. I guess you could say, God is your sponsor!”

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

Present Need: $1,010.78 for Printing of modules (bond paper, ink) Cabinet for modules (plyboard, nails, paint, etc), Materials for classroom repainting, Flower pots (cement, paint & brushes), Repair & repainting of kindergarten room , BCA Bus “M” gas, “Fi” gas, repair/ reconditioning of carbueretor, Bus “Ph” gas, motor oil, spare parts (4 pcs bearing, electrical tape, toggle, welding acetelyn, wiper bushing, motor oil, A-wire, A-bulb, A-bulb, starlight switch, Rubber cup, labor and materials of electrical connections, check up, rewiring, Bus “Fo” labor & mechanic, gas, starter 12 volts, hose & hose clips, relay & relay switch, toggle switch, Brake fluid, rubber cap, bulbs, auto wire, silicon, blinker light, non-sng for dashboard, spark plug, oil filter, fuse glas/ plate in, chamois, fuel pump assembly, t/m support, sealed beam, motor oil, labor- tune up of engine, replaced oil seal of transmission & reconditioning of differential.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 516

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,606.24 received of $20,000 needed.

Want to sponsor a Filipino BCA student? It's easy! Just send your first monthly $30 check to Barner Christian Academy, 5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144, & you've given hope to a destitute Asian child.

4/1/2021

Easter (Resurrection) Sunday (4/4)

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: March 28: East Greenbush, NY. March 29: Helderberg Christian School. April 4: Albany, NY. April 11: Inner-Albany, NY. April 12-14: Horseheads, NY.

Please pray for our BCA teachers & students. In a typical year, they would be graduating around now. But the school calendar is off-kilter due to the lockdowns. Please pray that the students will not lose hope, even though they usually would be starting their Summer vacation and Vacation Bible School this week.

Praise God that Pastora Gripo, one of our middle-aged church planters, has accepted a proposal to be married!

Praise God also that our sharing the past few days in church & in a Christian school were blessed times. The kids and churchgoers had thoughtful questions after the Bible messages were completed.

“Teachers, are you ready?” BCA’s very capable 70-yr-old cashier Minmin led the devotional Monday & wanted to know if the teachers had finished their preparations for the upcoming exams. “Yes! We are VERY ready!” Amen for very capable staff.

The next day she had heard on the news that Davao City is back under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) through April 30. She headed downtown to withdraw funds from the bank for the salaries so that faculty & staff can get food ahead of time to prepare for lockdowns.

On the way however, traffic was backed up, due to checkpoints by the police for those who do &/or do not have passes. However, once she got to the bank, there was no traffic, since nobody has any work, therefore no money to deposit nor withdraw. A mini-blessing of the pandemic? She also had Faith help her buy the supplies (like construction paper, etc.) for the fourteen BCA orphans’ school projects.

Back at the school, Minmin prepared the salaries & then assisted in the arranging, checking & stapling thousands of worksheet modules which the teachers had designed & printed for the students who have no computer access.

In a separate pile were the Homeroom Guidance forms. “Why homeroom guidance” asked BCA’s bus driver Ben. “Due to Covid, nobody is in school. So how can you have a homeroom?” Teacher Helen explained, “This is virtual, Ben. Even though they may be at home or online, there is a protocol they must follow, to avoid distractions or cheating.”

Minmin paused & looked around her at the busy-ness of the teachers & staff as they worked together in getting the delivery of papers prepared. Minin thought out a prayer of thanks… “Lord, I am so very blessed to be with these beautiful teachers & staff who are hardworking & supportive. That is why I am always inspired to work, although sometimes I feel weak physically, at seventy. Praise God for this incredible teamwork!

Before heading out the door at the close of the day, the 11 staff & faculty members in the computer lab held hands in a circle & one-by-one prayed for each other & also for the Barners back in the USA.

Minmin closed in prayer. “It is just about time for Holy Week, Lord Jesus. 2000 years ago, You headed up to Jerusalem, knowing full well what awaited you- the cross. Even though the pain was to be nearly unbearable, You never hesitated in your determination. Lord, may we too have that same determination- in preparing our students for a life of service to You!”

Thank you for the kids. Thank you for each other. And especially Lord, thank you for the cross!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

PJ & Abby’s singalong:

Present Need: $1,048 for courier delivery of LBC for Government-required Form 137, Disinfection Supplies, Capacitor – repair of water supply, Painting Materials, Repair of 3rd Grade Door, Dry Stand Pipe- Installation & Materials, Repair & Maintenance for BCA Bus N, M, Ph, L & F.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 518

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,406.24 received of $20,000 needed.

Want to sponsor a Filipino BCA student? It's easy! Just send your first monthly $30 check to Barner Christian Academy, 5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144, & you've given hope to a destitute Asian child.

3/8/2021

"Pi” Day (3/14-3.14159…), “Shakespearean Ides of March” (3/15), “500th Anniversary the Philippines founded by Magellan” (3/16/1521), St Patrick’s Day (3/17/385)

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: March 14: Ohio, NY. March 21: Walton, NY. March 28: East Greenbush, NY.

Please pray for Lucy, BCA’s school nurse. She has been battling cancer for five years. Her younger sister just started having cancer symptoms a year ago and her funeral is this week.

Praise God that I finished filing my taxes (for me & Elvie), both state & federal, and we only owe a few hundred dollars.
Also, praise God that we were able to find a repair shop that was able to pry open our car's hood. Fortunately, we have a back-up vehicle, as the Honda minivan was buried under a snowbank for four months with a dead battery & broken hood latch. AAA towed it for free.

“What a generous heart you have!” Katie is a sponsored child at BCA & her letter to her sponsor glowed with adoration. “Dear Sponsor, your kindness keeps me safe, as I do not have to go out & work to pay for my books, uniform, tuition & food. After all, I am only eight!”

While the entire country is celebrating the quincentennial (500-yr) anniversary of Christianity coming to the country through Magellan in 1521, BCA students are celebrating a nearer item on the historical timeline: their education! Patricia was a 4th grader whose family moved away, so her replacement (Grace) wrote a letter to her new sponsor. “I know you feel sad about losing Patty, but look on the good side: now you have cute lil’ ol’ me!”

Then there is Mordy. “Pandemic or not, you are so very faithful! You are my role model, sponsor. Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!” Mordy went on to say that his sponsor was an answer to his prayers & the prayers of his parents, that he, though really poor, would be able to get a good education. “And BOOM! There you were, like an angel of God! Thanks again.”

Jemmie is a 9th grader. Her thank you card had religious overtones from years of being in such a Christian school as BCA. “Dear Sponsor, God makes no mistakes. Many victims of covid have positive test results in our city. But by God’s grace I am not one of them! I will keep praising God, no matter what.” Jemmie is a great student & really studies diligently. “I had a choice to either have online studies or modular worksheets. I chose the latter since our internet is practically nonexistent.”

Finally, a note from 7th grade Flory. “Boy, are you kind. There is nothing I can give you to thank you, so I will just use my pen. THANK YOU! Because of you, I have hope over the disease. You did not leave me when things started getting so bad around the planet. If God can send such a delightful sponsor from 13,000 miles away just to give me an education, well, I guess that He can help me anywhere I go, & anything I face, in my whole life…even when I live to be a hundred & ten!”

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

PJ & Abby’s singalong:

Present Need: $1,151 for Computer lab aircon repair & freon, Computer lab materials for teachers’ cubicle installation, white boards (7 pcs), curtains & rods, Computer repair (office reinstalling), 7 pcs headsets & delivery charges, Installation of gutter (San Lorenzo St), COVID-19 IATF Photocal requirements, Repair & Repainting of BCA façade, entrance gate & Cashier’s office (outside only), Gas for BCA Bus Fi & Ph, Oil for BCA Bus Ph, Parts for BCA Bus M: renew registration, fuel, hand brake bonding, repair of hand brake, plate light, gear oil, back light, wiring of headlight& replacement of relay switch, brake fluid, rubber bolts, Devcon fluid, silicon, bulb assembly light, 3 gallons castral oil, oil filter, backup horn, auto wire cable, bumper lamp, corner lamp, clutch cable, hand brake cable, electrical tape, socket terminal.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 515

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,406.24 received of $20,000 needed.

Want to sponsor a Filipino BCA student? It's easy! Just send your first monthly $30 check to:

Barner Christian Academy
5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144

& you've given hope to a destitute Asian child.

3/4/2021

35th Anniversary of Philippine Edsa “People’s Revolution” Day (2/24/86)

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: March 7: East Greenbush, NY. March 14: Ohio, NY.

Please pray for the family of a dear 76-yr old supporter who passed away during surgery last week. Francis sponsored 5 BCA students for nearly 2 decades & often shared with coworkers & friends the need to sponsor & pray for destitute Filipino children.

Praise God that the DepEd (Department of Education) has adjusted the school calendar for 2020-2021, aiming to allow schools to implement intensive intervention and remediation activities for students & to give time to teachers for the different learning delivery modalities due to CIVID, ending the school year in mid-July instead of March.

“It is a mini report card!” BCA’s Teacher Helen, like a ballpark shortstop catcher, had to field the questions of the parents of her 5th-grade students. “But why is it so small?” asked Bertha, the mom of Abigail.

“So that you do not confuse it with the real report card. Please do not show it to your child. Instead, if you see that he or she needs practice, train them before two weeks from now when the real FULL-SIZED report cards will be released.”

Helen actually fit a whole lot in that tiny little envelope. “I made a list of required outputs & activities to base the grading of the students upon, for the use of you parents as you monitor the activities of your kids.” Pedro (Marissa’s dad) this time responded, “Yeah, but I will need a magnifying glass to see those tiny instructions!”

This conference session with the parents was not in person, but online. Thus, the poorest of the poor kids’ parents could not participate. However, one child’s Dad was able to visit his neighbor’s home & share the screen with the parent who lives there.

“I have provided a study sheet for you to follow-up your kids’ learning in mathematics.” Each of the parents pulled out the study aid (which accompanied the tiny envelope). “You can see that our study on decimals ties-in like a puzzle piece with our previous class on fractions.”

Bertha was on deck again with a hearty comment which made Helen grin. “Wow, this is great! Makes me wish I was back in 5th- grade again!”

Helen piped in, “and the last item in your packets is the homework papers…” To which Bertha quipped, “On second thought, I dislike homework. I am very glad I am NOT in 5th- grade anymore!”

As Teacher Helen closed-out her teacher-parent conference call, she closed her eyes to talk with God. “Oh Lord,” she began, “This has been great. I do so miss my students & their parents. As the kids without internet receive their mini-report cards, I pray that the parents can understand them & also train their own kids well. Oh & by the way, Lord…I really miss my family in the mountains, due to the travel bans. As I look at these kids’ parents, I think of my own. Please protect them from harm until I can see them again. Love, Helen”

Helen then began work on the upcoming exam for her students, & also graded their weekly notebooks.

At the end of one notebook, a lollipop was taped to the page. The student had written next to it (with an arrow), “I love you, Teacher Helen. You are so sweet, just like this candy. If God is as great as you, it’s no wonder He makes such gorgeous sunsets!”

Helen shut the books, began licking the lollipop & raised her beaming face to the sky, whispering, "No wonder the kids have a great teacher. I learned from the very best...YOU!"

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

    1. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA
    2. TH- 10 min, 47 sec Feb 25: https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10215091608003976/
    3. Message: FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2021 “Are You ready for Liftoff?” (Acts 18:24-28) 0 hr, 34 min, 12 sec
      https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224626385836116/
    4. Message: FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2021 “Are You ready for Liftoff?” (Acts 18:24-28) 0 hr, 34 min, 12 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224626385836116/

    2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $8,300.

    Present Need: $316 for 15 pcs uratex plastic kiddie chairs, Decorative fence outside the preschool rooms, Materials for garage gate stopper, Repair of airconditioners (spareparts), Fluorescent bulbs, Renewal of government registration of Bus “L”.

    # of students sponsored at BCA: 514

    Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,406.24 received of $20,000 needed.

    Want to sponsor a Filipino BCA student? It's easy! Just send your first monthly $30 check to Barner Christian Academy, 5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144, & you've given hope to a destitute Asian child.

2/25/2021

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: February 28: West Rensselaer, NY. March 7: East Greenbush, NY.

Please pray for the delightful people who responded to our missions challenge this past Sunday at the church where we shared & sang. Two agreed to sponsor kids at BCA & one even discussed the possibilities of Samaritan’s Purse coming to do a medical mission in Davao!

Praise God that, even though all three of my credit/debit cards were compromised & cancelled these past few weeks, making me (in PJ’s terminology) “off the grid,” one of the companies was able to get their replacement card to me the very next day! Also, a check arrived in the mail from a woman who agreed last week to sponsor a child. When I looked at the check’s memo line, it said she decided to sponsor two kids instead of one! PTL!

“Begin with prayer.” BCA’s Teacher Janice followed-up the school-day’s opening prayer for her 1st-graders, with the national anthem & review of online “virtual rules”. The 8 students online represented both themselves & the 22 others who had no access for a Zoom call. During announcements, BCA’s Secretary Faith came into the room with a note for Janice, then left.

“Class, it seems that there is a special video presentation that we are required to watch, right now.” The students were curious. Savannah (the class’ top-honors student) mentioned, “Is it an emergency? Is President Duterte announcing that Covid is finally over? Can we go out of our homes now?” Janice was just as curious as the kids were, so she stated, “Let’s watch to find out!”

All were incredibly surprised when the video began. It was neither from the government’s health department, nor from the Department of Education. Instead, on the screen came a 20-minute series of clips of the other classmates, the ones who were not able to make it to Zoom, performing presentations of appreciation to their Dear Teacher Janice! Some sang, some recited Bible verses, & others had “energizer dances” with background music like “God will Make a Way” and “Overcomer” from Christian artists.

In fact, every class had prepared a special presentation for their teacher, which BCA’s secretary Faith had spent all week, secretly splicing together, just for them. Elvie & PJ & Abby & I also had Bible studies & song-clips included, sent from across the ocean in New York! What a surprise of joy for the faculty!

Since the presentations lasted only 20 minutes, there were still five hours of lessons left for the class to participate in; 2 hours online & the remaining 3 at home, with the kids doing their assignments there.

This was a perfect opening for Janice. She had been stymied on how to incorporate inquiry-based strategy into her daily class discussion time. Now she had fuel for her fire. “Students, I’d like to take the remaining time of our class for you to evaluate your classmates’ online performances. You will each choose 2 students, telling how their performances applied to MAPEH: Math-Art-Physical Education & Health”

Although Janice was not sure if her spur-of-the moment idea would take off, the online kids were ecstatic! The rest of the day was filled with laughter, discussions & depth of insight. In 1 hour & 59 minutes, the 8 online kids voiced a collective “Awwww…” when Teacher Janice told them it was time to sign off.

“But before you go, class, tomorrow we will have a short quiz to test the understanding of what you learned from your classmates!”

As Janice’s laptop computer screen darkened, she bowed her head & prayed. “Worthy is Your Incredible Name, Lord Jesus. Every day is another opportunity for You to reveal your incredible surprises. Thank you for the strength you have given me to both enjoy you & to see you in all that occurs. Bless my students tonight, Lord. Wow. How can I improve tomorrow on the wild events of today? I guess that is up to You, Lord. See you then!”

Janice then began correcting the homework of her kids & preparing her online & at-home modules for next week.

When the day finally ended, Janice punched her time card. On her way out the door, Faith caught up with her. Janice gave her a hug & said, “Thanks Faith. That was a lot of work you did.” Faith smiled & said, “Well, actually the surprises are not finished yet…”

Curious, Janice followed Faith down the stairs into the gym, & there was a huge table with plates & food, & at each plate was a teacher’s name. Alongside the plates were flowers, handwritten notes & chocolates form her students.

A tear streamed down Janice’s cheek & she closed her eyes with a grin to tell Jesus, “Now I am REALLY excited to see how you will top this one, Lord!”

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

1. PJ & Abby’s singalong:
A. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA
B. TH- 7 min, 58 sec Feb 18 https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10215057900881319/
C. Message: Calvary Bible Church, Yorktown Heights, NY: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 “Wonderful Peace” (Matthew 14:22-32) 1 hr, 1 min, 20 sec. https://www.facebook.com/cbcyorktownheights/videos/255535946140157/

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $8,300.

Present Need: $300 for (installment #29 of 155) $46,500 flood-proof (4-foot-high backfill) raised garage next to BCA’s present building, to protect our school buses. $36,800 remaining.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,406.24 received of $20,000 needed.

2/18/2021

NOTE: 2020 DONOR RECEIPTS have been mailed out. If you have not yet received yours, or if the one you received requires revision, please submit any updates to blckids@yahoo.com.

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: February 21: Yorktown Heights, NY. February 28: West Rensselaer, NY

Please pray for the parents & sister of one of our former students who was killed in a house fire which also took the lives of his younger brother & two cousins, about 12 houses away from the BCA school campus.

Praise God that, after we spoke at a New York church last Sunday, some members of the congregation decided to sponsor three previously-unsponsored BCA students!

“I love you!” Jamaica may only be 3 years old, but in the letter to her sponsor she drew pictures & wrote with a crayon in her chubby little fingers, “Happy Valentine’s Day! I study hard because you keep praying for me to do my very best!”

An older 8-yr-old student, Mordecai, wrote, “Dearest loving sponsor, I would like to express my gratitude & thankfulness for your supporting me even when there is a pandemic that we face. Even though many in Davao City have covid, I have been spared because, through God’s grace, you are praying for me! I love you! I hope this message put a smile on your face.”

Katie, one of Mordecai’s 3rd-grade classmates, drew lots of bright red hearts on the page. After sneezing, she wiped sniffles on her sleeve & penned, “I pray for your good health.”

Then there is a high schooler, Harvey. “Hi! How are you?” Harve sat for nearly 5 minutes trying to figure out what to write next. Secretary Faith prompted him, “Just write what your mind says you feel inside, Harvey.” Hmm, ok, then Harvey penned, “I hope you are doing well.” Harvey sighed. Boy, this is so difficult! Then he glanced up at a poster on the wall of an Olympic skier about to go off the high jump, accompanied by the Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!”

Harvey’s pen started writing as his mind was trying to catch up. a flood of ideas flowing through his mind. “As a 10th grader, learning with modules is so, so hard! I can barely understand, since there is not that face-to-face communication. But you know what? Even though it is hard to understand, thank God for giving me knowledge & wisdom, & for keeping me healthy. I love you; my sponsor, & God bless you.” Whew, done. He got up & went back to his studying, with renewed fervor.

Faith glanced around the room & saw just one student left, diligently & artistically designing a big, colorful Valentine for her sponsor. 16-yr-old Ana. Among the pastel flowers & hearts, she penned, “When anybody asks me if I can prove there is a God, I tell them about you, my loving sponsor. Even though you are in this same fight against covid, the Almighty God we share has spanned the oceans, connecting your heart & mine as you provide for my schooling.”

Ana left the room to get a drink, & meanwhile Faith peeked over to check the spelling. Perfect. Ana returned to her work, with gusto. “I don’t lose my hope that one day we can overcome this kind of challenge because God is with us. And I have a kind, loving & great sponsor like you. Thank you for helping me & for not forgetting me. I so much appreciate your kindness. I can almost feel the love that you have given to me. And because of that I continue to pray for you, that God will prosper your life, providing everything that you need to live happily ever after!”

Faith gathered up the creations these kids had made, carefully arranging them in the respective cubicles above the desk of Inday, BCA’s communications secretary. Inday would stuff the letters & prepare them for mailing in a few days. Then Doris, BCA’s government liaison, bundled & brought them to the post office to mail them to the other side of the planet.

As these precious notes were making their way around the Earth, Pastor Paul shared about God’s love in a New York church. Three new sponsors will soon be receiving Valentines from their Filipino students this coming March!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

PJ & Abby’s singalong:

  1. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA
  2. T- 17 Min, 12 sec Feb 16
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDE4e4QppqE&list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA&index=103
  3. Message: BCA’s Filipino Churches, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 “Love=Attraction + Commitment” (Genesis 29:14-20) 0 hr, 17 min, 35 sec . https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224528652392841

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $8,300.

Present Need: $306 for chain, padlock, key duplicate for the buses & classroom Panel Doors (3 pcs) painting materials & door knobs.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,406.24 received of $20,000 needed.

2/11/2021

Chinese New Year (2/12), Valentine’s Day (2/14, USA President’s Day & BCA Teachers' Appreciation Day (2/15)

NOTE: 2020 DONOR RECEIPTS have been mailed out. If you have not yet received yours, or if the one you received requires revision, please submit any updates to blckids@yahoo.com.

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: February 9: Helderberg Christian School, East Berne, NY (postponed til April, due to snow). February 14: Delhi, NY. February 21: Yorktown Heights, NY

Please pray as, while BCA’s teachers prepare lessons for their students, they also lean on each other’s creativity & ideas to build excitment for their kids.

Praise God that, next Monday (2/15) is the BCA Teacher appreciation Day. Oh, how we love these instructors & their incredible dedication!

“Time for Takyan!” BCA’s 6th-grade Teacher Hazel, to develop the coordination of her online students, was testing the kids’ music, art & gym skills in a traditional dance to celebrate Chinese New Year. Since Takyan involves using a hackysack which the kids could not afford to buy, they improvised with all sorts of beanie-bag inventions. One even used the head of a chicken wrapped up in a cloth.

Bouncing the tiny weighted sacks with their hands, elbows, knees & feet was so hilarious, that Hazel occasionally had to mute her microphone to avoid hurting the feelings of the performers while she laughed out loud. But when the chicken head made its way out of its baggie & flew through the air, Hazel was caught off-guard & joined the guffaws of her students.

When they all calmed down (& also retrieved the decapitated fowl’s crown) Hazel turned on a virtual metronome to challenge the students to perform in metrical signatures of 2/4 time, ¾ & 4/4.

“Students, there is a lesson in this. God tells us to fully cast our cares upon Him. When we try with our own strength, we sometimes start out ok, but often mess up. God can carry our burdens & take the weight away, making us in perfect step with His plan.”

She also taught the kids to make cute valentine cards for their siblings & parents. She’d planned this a few weeks previous & had the bus drivers deliver colorful construction paper to the various homes. One mom messaged that her son was crying since he could not connect for class, but Hazel had given instructions with the papers on how to do the project on their own. Hazel watched the students leave the Zoom mtg one by one, then she started preparing her lesson for Tuesday. It proved to be a full-loaded day. While today was Art, History, Music, Gym & Health, tomorrow highlighted Filipino, English, Math (Division of Decimals), & Science (Separating mixtures). Plus, she had to prepare the report for her own weekend Masters college classes.

Hazel decided that the computer lab was too loud with the other teachers in their Zoom meetings, to concentrate. So, she sequestered a few bus drivers to set-up a white board in the open-air 2nd- floor hallway outside her usual classroom. Hazel got permission to borrow the board from GH (Grace), the 5th grade teacher. She also prayed it would be not too sunny or bright so the white board could be seen. Hazel considered, “Wow. In spite of the situation the world is facing, BCA is still standing strong! Yeah, you go, God!”

While printing the modules, Hazel checked the notebooks of the students. She answered the activities myself before checking, to correct them, noticing that some of the answers in the teacher’s copy were not 100% correct. So, she “corrected the correction” table.

Before leaving, she had to deal with a few nonparticipative parents, knowing that they often had more alibis than the students do. They are good at making excuses & reasoning, which you need to counter in a respectful way.

Her lesson that day for the kids held true for following rules, be they in the classroom, with parents, with incorrect answer keys, or with a chicken head in a cloth- “Even when we falter, God can easily carry our burdens & keep us in perfect step with His plan.”

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

1. PJ & Abby’s singalong:
A. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA
B. T- 14 Min, 24 sec Feb 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlL1xv_TCIQ&list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA&index=101
C. TH- 6 min, 55 sec. Feb 11
https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10215022804563933/
D. Message: Rensselaer First Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 “My Deliverer” (Daniel 3:16-25) 0 hr, 40 min, 44 sec . https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224476711254345

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $7,800130.

Present Need: $300 for (installment #28 of 155 of) $46,500 flood-proof (4-foot-high backfill) raised garage next to BCA’s present building, to protect our school buses. $37,100 remaining.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,800 received of $20,000 needed.

2/4/2021

NOTE: 2020 DONOR RECEIPTS have been mailed out. If you have not yet received yours, or if the one you received requires revision, please submit any updates to blckids@yahoo.com

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing:

February 7: Rensselaer, NY.
February 14: Delhi, NY.

Please pray as, according to the Philippine Airlines (PAL) website, all international passengers arriving in the Philippines, have newly-revised quarantine protocols, updated monthly by ever-changing resolutions of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging & Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). It is still extremely difficult for foreigners to enter the country, which is why our family has postponed our return to Davao until mid-September. International Passengers register on the Electronic Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) as early as three days before their flight to Manila, and spend 1.5 months in quarantine: 1. 14-days pre-departure at home, 2. 14-days in Manila, upon arrival, & 3. 14-days at destination. The middle quarantine is interspersed with evaluations by health teams which visit the pre-approved hotel with RT-PCR testing. Passengers who test positive will be flown back to their port of departure. Since we have already suffered COVID & since we plan to be immunized in March, any COVID-tests might misconstrue the conquered virus antibodies in our blood as active.

Praise God that, after our orphanage’s houseparent Ludy died last week, the local pastor (Randy) who has been discipling the kids has agreed to move-in, along with his wife & baby until the new family moves in this May (as administrators) to supervise the children & farm.

Praise God too that I just finished reading the Bible from cover-to-cover for my 76th time! I’d like to read it 150 times before I turn 75 (in fifteen years).

Also praise God that PJ & Abby broadcasted their 100th LNW (Late Night Worship) online session, with the favorite songs/hymns of many who cast their votes.

“6am! Time to wake up!” BCA’s 4th-grade Teacher Angel had gotten to bed extra early on Sunday night (after grading the last of her students’ papers) so she’d be fresh for teaching Monday morning. With all her newfound energy, she leapt out of bed & straightened up her room. After B&B (bath & breakfast) & a speedy trip to the BCA campus, the morning Teachers’ devotional Bible study left her feeling motivated, responsible & focused.

Angel sat down at her computer-lab cubicle, with laptop in front of her. Great- just enough time (before her Zoom-call to students) to run-through the downloads, & print-off modules after revising them for her students. After printing English, Math, EPP & Filipino, the first students showed-up on Zoom. Some of Angel’s students couldn`t join the class because they were just connecting with their neighbors’ WIFI. Others don’t have smart-phones (which are sometimes easier to connect). Also, one student couldn't join the class anytime because she has a sister in 5th-Grade who also has the same schedule with Angel. But the day had started out great, & Angel was not about to let this glitch get her down.

Teacher Angel had prepared her PowerPoint presentation for teaching English, with the lesson on “Similarities & Analogy”. Since Angel had only started teaching English this year, she still felt a bit unsure of herself. Even though she’d studied it & researched for more information, she began to feel like her efforts in doing the job didn’t make sense. “Maybe my best is not good enough for others?”

Then Zoom kept reminding her about the time limit, since the connection was slow. So, they had to re-enter the site again & again. After the virtual class, with a slight sigh, Angel informed the students, “I decided not to have an online class Tuesday, since I need to focus on checking your notebooks & correcting last week’s test.” After a few cheers, they signed off.

“3:30. Good. Just enough time to check a few notebooks.” Angel finished 8 of the remaining 18 notebooks before the bell rang that it was time to go home. In her mind she calculated the # of subjects she’d just graded: 18-10=8 notebooks, times 11 subjects each, totaled 88 lessons. Divide that into 2 hrs of 60 minutes each, & she’d done 22 every half hour! Feeling a bit better about herself now, she closed up her laptop & headed down the stairs for her trip home.

Correcting the students’ notebooks had been a challenge, since some students did not follow instructions or even left a few answers blank. So, each time she saw that a student did not comprehend, she prayed that they would get higher scores with more understanding next time around.

Arriving home, she prepared rice & viand (meat) for dinner. As it was cooking, she watched the news, called her parents & checked a few more papers before getting ready for bed.

“Lord.” She prayed after her nightly Bible reading, “Today was an adventure. Thanks for getting me through it. And you know what the best part of the day was, Lord? I improved kids’ lives. Oh, how I love to be a teacher. Thanks again, God! Love, your angel...Angel. Amen.”

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $7,130.

Present Need: $1,080 for BCA Bus “L”: repainting & general repair overhaul.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,206.24 received of $20,000 needed.

1/28/2021

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing:

January 31: Ithaca, NY.
February 7: Rensselaer, NY.

Please pray that the severe COVID pandemic will diminish enough to allow our return overseas to the Philippine ministry this coming September. While we have 32 Sundays left to challenge congregations in the area of missions, as well as another Sunday to compete in the Maine Ironman, we still are counting down the weeks until we can once again be on Asian shores.

Praise God that God has answered your prayers by using Paul’s lung exercises over the past three weeks to eliminate 4% of the COIVD-induced phlegm residue in his chest. In a few days he can once again gradually build up a regimen of exercises to bring him back to 100%. He is now breathing at 96% & getting his voice back. However, occasionally he still gets winded during routine exercises like walking up the stairs.

Praise God as well that, after nearly a year of being closed, the Philippine Postal System is once again operating!

“Math Test tomorrow!” BCA’s 5th Grade Teacher GH knew what it took to get the students’ attention, even if they were only online & not in person. While there were also to be tests in Art, Health, Music and Science, GH knew that their uncertainty in Math would light a fire under them to study.

When GH suggested that the parents & relatives assist the kids, little Marco’s “Uncle Maurice” piped in with, “I haven’t studied multiplying fractions & analyzing how scientific changes in matter affect the environment, in thirty years or more!” GH said, “Guess now is a good time to start taking notes, then, huh?”

Teacher GH had actually well-prepared the students for their upcoming test, though. In the past, students had depended too much on the answer keys when they were doing quizzes, so she took them away & made them find the answers by her telling them the worksheet # where the answer could be found.

In Art class, the kids made miniature houses with popsicle sticks & other recyclable items. In Science, GH had almost missed the class as her clock had stopped when she was having coffee over breakfast and she lost track of time. Grabbing her stack of colored paper, spilling her coffee & rushing out the door, she arrived just in time to punch her time card & scoot upstairs to begin her day’s lessons.

“Class, notice the colored construction paper which I placed in the packets that were distributed to you by our bus drivers this past Monday.” GH reached over the stack of notebooks which she still had to correct from a few days before, retrieving her many pages & colors of construction paper.

Delicately folding the paper, she frame-by-frame instructed the “Module #8” science lesson in the petals, stamen, pistil and other parts of the flower, as they shaped, cut, folded and glued together their flowers which were very colorful and realistic!

To be sure that those students without internet also would not miss out, she made a video to send out to them.

The hard work paid off, for when GH began correcting the exams, colorful pictures graced the pages as the students energetically gave 101% effort to do their very best!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $6,435.

Present Need: $300 for (installment #27 of 155) $46,500 flood-proof (4-foot-high backfill) raised garage next to BCA’s present building, to protect our school buses. $37,400 remaining.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 513

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,206.24 received of $20,000 needed.

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

1/21/2021

USA Inauguration Day (1/20)

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: January 24: Colonie, NY. January 31: Ithaca, NY.

Please pray as, according to the January 21 Manila Bulletin, https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/20/will-you-get-vaccinated/ 47% of Filipino adults will not get vaccinated against COVID-19, because of their concern about the safety of such vaccines. 29 elderly patients died in Norway as a consequence of their Pfizer shots.

Please also pray as, according to the January 17 Manila Bulletin, https://mb.com.ph/2021/01/17/ice-cream-tests-positive-for-covid-19-reports/ An investigation is underway in Tianjin, China after 3 samples of ice cream reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. Epidemiological investigations conducted show the company produced the batch of ice cream using imported raw materials. 1,600 employees of the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company have been quarantined & are undergoing tests.

Praise God that, as one of the benefits of Abigail’s recently completed 3rd semester in college, she is now certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

“A-E-I-O-U. These are the vowels in the alphabet. What are the consonants?” BCA’s Teacher Janice quizzed the six students of hers who had access to either internet, cellphones or computers, typically borrowed from neighbors. While she had waited for them to log-in at 9am, she’d uploaded the PowerPoint presentation, which she’d created the previous week, for this Zoom meeting.

“Looks great!” exclaimed Rhaen when he saw the lesson. But when Savannah asked, “Is that a dog or a pig?” Janice decided to, in the future add some more effects, more images, & a colorful background. After all, it was neither a dog nor a pig. Neither began with vowels. It was an anteater. Of course, there are no aardvarks in the Philippines, so when Justine suggested it was a baby elephant (which does begin with a vowel) she explained about the funny animal with the long nose that eats ants. “Ick!” responded Johanna. But Japheth said “Grandpa would love that! We have way too many ants in our home!”

When Jayword clicked on, suggesting that since “A” & “E” had already been used, he could draw a picture of an iguana for the letter “O”, Janice corrected his spelling & knew that the last of her six “onliners” had arrived. The other 24 students are doing their work at home via worksheets that the BCA bus drivers had delivered.

Today’s worksheets had highlighted a Language Workshop, asking “How does Ana feel?” with Imojis: happy-mad-scared. First, which one is you when you get a valentine? Second, how about when your brother teases you for the rash you got from rubbing against elephant grass? And finally, which one is you when you slip off the narrow path into the ditch? Janice wondered if the lesson was too easy, difficult, or just right. Unlike in-school classes & online when you get responses right away, she’ll have to wait a week to get the results. Thankfully, 80% of last week’s students got 100% on their quizzes, & the other 20% came close. So, she must be doing something right!

Three more lessons for the day, & Janice had creatively figured out a way to combine the them together, since the Zoom meeting had limited how many minutes they could be online before being cut off. First, their devotional topic was that, since Christ is our Savior & by His blood we become overcomers, no evil thing planned against us will reach us, for God is our protector.

The other two topics were Social studies & Math. Here goes… “Students, who is the Philippine national hero?” Jose Rizal. Every Filipino knows that. And who died for your sins? Jesus. Unanimous again. You too are a hero. Pursue your dreams & desires in life. Dr Jose Rizal travelled the world in the 1800s to tell people how special the Filipino people are. You too can confidently seek to achieve your dreams!

Now, let’s go on to comparing #s 1- 100 using relational symbols (greater than, less than, equals). We mentioned three heroes: Jesus who died for your sins, Jose Rizal, and you. All are great people, but if you used a “greater than” sign, who would be the greatest?

Once again, the class response was unanimous…. Jesus is the Greatest! The Greatest Overcomer. The Greatest Protector. The most Heroic of Heroes!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $6,435.

Present Need: $303 for Insulation/wires at gym & labor, Repair of classroom doors (materials).

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,206.24 received of $20,000 needed.

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

  1. W- 7 min, 40 sec. Jan 20, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnOxmikj01Y
  2. TH- 26 min, 50 sec. Jan 21, https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10214895476780818/
  3. PJ & Abby’s singalong: FR- 17 min, 57 sec. Jan 1, https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10214789957822910/
  4. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA


1/14/2021

Martin Luther King Day (1/18) Paul & Elvie’s Silver (25th) Paperversary/Anniversary (1/15/96 & 7/6/96)

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing
: January 17: Yorktown Heights, NY (Postponed). January 24: Colonie, NY (active).

Please pray, as General Gilbert Gapay, Chief of Staff of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) estimates that there are 3,700 New People’s Army (NPA) Communist rebels & 600 local terrorists still active in the country. The AFP plans to continue pounding the enemies’ known strongholds in the three sections of the country: Luzon, Visayas, & Mindanao to totally eradicate them before the end of President Duterte’s term in 2022.

Praise God that, even though my (Paul’s) lungs are still only functioning at 92% capacity, each day my body is responding favorably to your continuous prayers for complete recovery.

Praise God to that the dozens of pastors in the Philippine ministry we started a few decades ago have developed a “report of camaraderie,” assisting each other in the growth process & training of their members, who are mostly new believers. The combined total of our 26 churches reached over 1,200 before covid hit last March. Since then, these pastors (many bi-vocational, with their trained, volunteer teams) have been giving much-needed counseling & care (personally & virtually) to those who have become sick, jobless, quarantined, grieving, or even just searching for resolution in the big picture of God’s sovereign plan.

“Teacher Shela,” 2nd grade Thirdy interjected via their cellphone virtual class, (interrupting his teacher for the 4th time in the past hour), “I have a question…” The subject was Mathematics, tackling the adding of 2-to-3-digit numbers, combined with Counting & Writing bills & coins & writing them down in both symbols & words.

Shela noticed that during discussions, the students participated. But Thirdy’s questions kept veering off from Math. “Teacher Shela, why is the Philippine Hero Jose Rizal’s picture on the peso coin?” Shela was stuck. In the past, if she ignored these questions, this particular student would clam-up afterward & no longer participate. So, she came up with a strategy. After recognizing his inquiry, she’d pause, as if to think. Then, instead of answering directly, would include the other students by asking them first for their opinion on the answer. They would sometimes even vote on the best answer. But then she had a mini white board, & would chock-off a tally mark to remind Thirdy that, of the four questions he was allotted each subject, he only had three left, so he should choose them wisely!

Shela also had an honesty-challenge: some of the computations on the take-home worksheets had been done in the parents’ handwriting. That, combined with the breaking news that her hometown (150 miles away) was both locked-down due a spike in covid, & also facing unrest by a local terrorist group. She was however encouraged to press-on by the morning’s BCA faculty Bible study by Teacher Helen in John 14:1 to stay focused on God “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God…”

Shela prayed for God’s direction in her decisions. So, after having some nasty problems with the printer’s ink pad & black lines and spots, she sent it to the repair guy & when it arrived back, printed-up the thousands of pages of module-worksheets. Then she had a Zoom meeting with the parents.

The parents were concerned that the 40 minutes allowed by Zoom would cut-off in the middle of class discussions & slide presentations. Plus, trying to get Gmail-WPS-EBox-PDF-cellphones & Word all compatible made some files unopenable, and/or lacking applications. Then, full device memories bogged-down. So Shela said, “I’ll work overtime to take pictures one-by-one of the lessons, sending them to you & also print them for those without any kind of electronic devices…if, & only if…you let the kids do their own work.”

You’d think that the parents had had their fingers caught in the cookie jar. Next week, bright & early on Monday morning, the online students were chipper & even dressed in their school uniforms, as they proudly showed their very own work in their very own handwriting, before having them sent via our bus drivers to the BCA campus.

Shela sighed. Surely, trying on our own strength, we’ll always get in a bind. But when we put our trust in God, well, He’s got this.

…Oh, & Thirdy? He already has 2 chock marks on the whiteboard today. But his classmate Valerie has three, so she is in the lead!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $6,435.

Present Need: $300 for (installment #26 of 155) $46,500 flood-proof (4-foot-high backfill) raised garage next to BCA’s present building, to protect our school buses. $37,700 remaining.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,206.24 received of $20,000 needed.

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

  1. PJ & Abby’s singalong: TU- 16 min, 49 sec. Jan 12, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3N2sWGRlKE
    TH- 9 min, 43 sec. Jan 14, https://www.facebook.com/pj.the.barner/videos/10214860774073272/
  2. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA
1/7/2021

1/7/2021 Happy New Year, 2021! (1/1)

BARNERS’ speaking / singing / visiting & / or sharing: January 3: North Bingham, PA (Postponed), January 10: Cold Brook, NY (Postponed).

Please pray for the 586 Barner Christian Academy students this week as “Blended Online & Hands-On” classes have resumed for the 2020-21 school year. Although community covid lockdowns are on and off, our faculty faithfully arrives on campus daily to print, prepare lessons & interact with their students. Many of the thousands of BCA students (since we opened in 1998) students Fb-ed me that they are praying for my complete recovery! Also we may have three new homeless children (from 25 miles away in the mountains) cleared by the government to be added to our orphanage in February, bringing the “Father’s House” total up to 17.

Praise God that, even though we lost a long-time but aged sponsor for one of the BCA students, during December, a woman at a church where we spoke in early December decided to sponsor a second child!

“Peace…Always.” I clutched the Christmas card to my chest as a tear coursed down my cheek. Two words. A simple message. But in a nutshell, God’s synopsis of the past 25 days.

For the past year, due to covid travel bans, I have had the privilege of sharing the duty with siblings to daily care for my 91-yr-old dad whose dementia has slowed due to constant care. When we arrived from abroad in 2019, he had asked who I was. Now, when his nurse would come daily, he’d say proudly, “This is my son Paul”.

Almost daily I get calls from local schools for mentally disabled requesting me to substitute teach. Occasionally, when I have an alternate to care for Dad, I agree. In mid-December, they called & PJ agreed to fill in as his grandpa’s aide. After downloading the “Daily Dozen” reports from our ministries in the Philippines, to myself as their president & pastor, the final one before I left to teach, was from Alex, my 70-yr-old secretary (a retired pastor).

“Rained hard last night, so I mopped the office. Trained the male faculty in weekly devotional from 1 Peter: ‘Hope that is never shaken’.” As I checked-in to the school, half an hour away, I considered Alex’s message. Hope. Hmm. Kind of the opposite of HYPE which we often get caught in, when things catch us off-guard.

Teaching while wearing a mask is challenging, since you have to keep repeating yourself. But little 2nd-grader Tommy was responsive as I taught him how to add. “Put up 3 fingers. Now count from five. What do you get?” When Tommy said “8” & I told him he was correct, a huge smile spread across his face. Then it happened. Tommy’s mask fell off, & the charming little 7-yr old sneezed.

On the way home later, it did not seem like I could turn the heat high enough in the car. I began shivering. At home, I curled in my bed with blankets. For a week I was homebound. The rest of the family decided to have covid tests, but were negative. The bones in my heels started twisting painfully so I could not walk. Coughs brought sharp pains to my chest, & my lungs began to fill with phlegm so that I struggled to breathe. Christmas week, PJ brought me for my very first covid test. Three days later, on Christmas Day, the results came back positive. While I had been bedridden upstairs, my father downstairs had caught a cold he could not shake. Christmas night, Elvie came into my bedroom upstairs. “Dad is now in heaven. A few minutes ago he was sitting in his favorite chair…then we prayed…& then he stopped breathing. He went more peacefully than anyone I have ever seen, as the angels came & brought his soul to his new home.”

Wow. Dad is gone. But ever being the teacher, I almost wonder if Dad was saying, “Paul, if you do not go to the hospital…immediately, then you will join me tonight in heaven.”

PJ drove me to the hospital. “Ma’am, I have covid…and…I…can’t breathe.” Rushed to the emergency room, gadgets, tests, hoses, auto bp cuffs, compression balloons, etc. made me feel like a robot. High-flo oxygen tanks made up for my lungs that could not function beyond 65%. Very loving doctors & nurses (in protective gowns, air purifiers backpacks, helmets of multiple layers like on the space station) cared for me & every few hours another patient died when “code blue in room #” was announced on the PA system.

Then heaven was bombarded. Elvie, PJ & Abby, plus my brother & sister caught covid. “Please pray for us!” Elvie sent out the message to thousands of friends, who in turn contacted their prayer chains. In Intensive Care, I opened my Bible to Psalm 91. “I will protect him, for he knows my Name.” Incredible peace gently descended upon me, overwhelming me with God’s prescence. Just as Dad had said “This is my son Paul,” God was now saying, “This is my son Paul.” I can’t breathe. But God is here! I have painful gadgets & hoses & machines keeping me alive, yet God is here! I can’t yet feel him, nor see Him, but He is here! Imagine, God is in ICU!

In the middle of the night, among the beeping & oxygen whirring, suddenly I woke up to demons. They appeared before me. But God is in ICU. With great confidence I shouted (in my mind, as my voice was limited) “GET OUT OF THIS ROOM! THIS IS HOLY GROUND! I CLAIM THE BLOOD OF MY SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST OVER THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW!!!!” They left, never to return. Good riddance. The doctors were amazed as my lungs started taking over once again. 65%...75%...87%...” New Year’s Day came & went. Hours…days…weeks…”Paul, what do you want to do today?” asked the very kindly Dr. Bernei. “I want to go home.” Hmmm, let’s see what we can do.

On January 8, I was already back home (Yay, God!) & our family finally opened our Christmas presents. Mostly dollar store stuff, as our holiday shopping had been curtailed. I still can’t sing well as my voice is not 100%. But you know what? I have peace. Peace that passes understanding. I love God so very much. He cared for me, like the tender, loving hands of a nurse who is still there as you pass in and out of consciousness. He was there at my bedside. I was in pain, & He was there. I couldn’t breathe & He was there. And the peace that passes understanding, He gave…just by being there. For me. Cool. A friend has a refrigerator magnet that says, “God loves the whole world…but I am His favorite!”

Thank you for praying. In a nutshell, the past month can be summed up in two words: Peace…Always.

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

2020 BCA Kids’ Christmas: Stay Strong & Safe for 2021!” $15 will give each child a face shield, face mask, Christmas BCA t-shirt, stuffed animal & food. NEEDED: $15 x 600 = $9,000. Received: $5,975.

Present Need: $300 for (installment #25 of 155) $46,500 flood-proof (4-foot-high backfill) raised garage next to BCA’s present building, to protect our school buses. $38,000 remaining.

# of students sponsored at BCA: 514

Triathlon bus fund (NEXT RACE: 8/29/2021): $7,206.24 received of $20,000 needed.

A FEW TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

  1. My New York home-church, with ASL sign language: Jan 10, 2021 1 hr, 10 min, 40 sec.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGTGsEnvlxE
  2. PJ & Abby’s singalong:
    TU- 22 min, 52 sec. Jan 5, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y05dUKPELEE
    TH- 23 min, 17 sec Jan 7, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVTBwLeq-80
  3. PJ & Abby’s singalong master link:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26Ect13SsSOTweW7ZTbCUMSA
  4. Message: Jan 5 “When God Seems Quiet” Psalm 77 0 hr, 9 min, 18 sec. (from the hospital)
    https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224169551735549
  5. Video of last week’s diary: #13 Dec 29 10 min, 9 sec (from the Albany Medical Center hospital emergency room) https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224112938520254
  6. Videos from the hospital and beyond: Dec 29 1 min, 24 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224112344785411/
    Jan 3 14 min, 42 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224156230042515/
    Jan 3 19 min, 20 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224150999951766/
    Jan 4 20 min, 34 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224163580666276/
    Jan 5 4 min, 5 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224165500234264/
    Jan 5 9 min, 18 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224169551735549/
    Jan 6 2 min, 7 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224172967900951/
    Jan 7 35 min, 9 sec https://www.facebook.com/paul.barner.5/videos/10224181669198478/


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