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1/24/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

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

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

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

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

January 29 (Tuesday) Elvie teaches at DABC

January 30 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting

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

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

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

Missions Team Visitors:

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

 

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OUR ACTIVE MINISTRIES:

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

PJ- University of Albany Student

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

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

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

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

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

Paul M Barner Ministries 501(c)(3) address: Ginger Bruce, 5 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144 [(518) 434-6216]. "Barner Christian Academy": do not write “Christian Aid Mission” on checks sent to Ginger.

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1/17/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

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

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

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

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

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

January 22 (Tuesday) Elvie teaches at DABC.

January 23 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting.

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

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

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

Missions Team Visitors:

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

1/3/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019! (1/1)

PROJECTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time…

Let the islands rejoice!

This week At-A-Glance:

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

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

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

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

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

January 8 (Tuesday) Elvie teaches at DABC.

January 9 (Wednesday) Prayer Meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missions Team Visitors:

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


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