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1/26/2023

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Philippines cell# +63 (0985) 152-3142 & +63 (0956) 754-9921 PAUL, +63 (0926) 684-6165 ABBY USA # (518) 434-6216 GINGER

Please pray for wisdom for the solar company which will install the solar panels which will connect to the 150-foot-deep BCA orphanage well, which is already almost finished.

Praise God that an American couple has donated $5,000 for BCA's new chapel, which is receiving funds through my triathlon race this coming March.

"Dear Jesus, please give us your wisdom today!" BCA's 1st Grade Teacher Jezel led the hundreds of BCA students in the school gym during their Monday morning Prayer & Flag Raising Ceremony. Since the boy who was assigned to raise the flag had gotten a little overly ambitious, Jezel misspelled the event in her daily journal by calling it the "flag RACING" instead!

Grades Nursery through Six then sang the Philippine National Anthem, recited the Flag's Pledge of Allegiance, joined their 3-minute Christian Zumba (music & gymnastics) & school cheer, & prayed.

"Good morning, students!" Hundreds of voices immediately responded, "Good morning, Teacher Jezel!"

JEZEL: "What is the 1st School rule?" STUDENTS: RESPECT!
JEZEL: "What is the 2nd School rule?" STUDENTS: BEHAVE!
JEZEL: "What is the 3rd School rule?" STUDENTS: PARTICIPATE!
JEZEL: "What is the last School rule?" STUDENTS: OBSERVE SILENCE!

They then broke off into their classes, with each student placing his hands on the shoulders of the student in from of him & making his way in a line, single file to his respective classroom.

It was exam day, so English was to be tackled. This is one of the hardest tests for 1st-Grade students. They followed RULE #1, being respectful of Teacher Jezel as she read over the rules out loud.

They followed RULE #4, being quiet as they wanted to get all the words from her mouth so they could get high grades to…maybe one day… become honor-students.

They followed RULE #2 by behaving & propping up notebooks between them & other students so as to avoid the temptation to look at others' papers.

Then they followed RULE #3 by participating in using the properly sharpened pencil & filling in all the blanks required.

After just one hour, the last student turned in her completed exam.

As the students began their Math exam, Teacher Jezel graded the English ones. Halfway through the Math test, she asked each student to put down his or her pencil as she made the announcement: "Students, I am very proud of you! Every single one of you passed with an A or a B in English!" The class all cheered together & picked their pencils back up to delve into their Math tests with vigor.

Math is one of the longest tests, as it includes not just solving problems, but to show how they achieved their solutions on their test papers. This was to prove that they did not copy the answers of their seat mates. By the end of the day, five subjects were completed.

While not every test came out as well as English did, Still, every single student passed every single test!
Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A. PJ's Late Night Worship #201-300 - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. https://www.instagram.com/peejbarner.jpg/?hl=en.
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2

B. #300 Jan 25, 2023. 8 min, 8 sec. SPECIAL Late Night Worship - I'm gonna let it shine Join us on T/Th nights! THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE · PRAYER FROM REV MARK MINDEK I am in awe of God's goodness. We made it to 300! Thank you so much to everyone who joined the LNW family this past year. Shine your light wherever God calls you.

Present Need: $300 for (installment #22 of 112) $33,500 2nd-floor of 3-story, flood-proof (9-foot-high backfill) raised parking garage/ school chapel & teachers' apartments next to BCA's present building. $23,914.01 remaining.

2023 Christmas 2nd school uniform for BCA Students: Need: $20 x 600 students = $12,000. Donated: $520. Still needed: $11,950!

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

1st-floor Garage & 2nd-floor Chapel for new BCA multipurpose building: (from 2023 Davao Ironman Triathlon): Total need: $80,000. 2022 Ironman gifts: $12,000. 2023 Ironman gifts: $39,085.99. Remaining need: $80,000- ($12,000 + $39,085.99=51,085.99)= $28,914.01

Churches, Schools & "Safe House": Barner Christian Academy: PHILS: PO Box 82,224 Davao City, Philippines 8000. USA: 18 (or #5) Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144

NOTE: Davao is home to 11 unique ethnolinguistic Filipino tribes.

 

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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
USA cell# (518) 779-4939- PAUL (838) 202-9437- ELVIE
Magic Jack Computer phone: (518) 772-2359
New York Contact: (518) 449-2105

Home address: 18 Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144
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1/12/2023

Philippines cell# +63 (0985) 152-3142 & +63 (0956) 754-9921 PAUL, +63 (0926) 684-6165 ABBY

Please pray for God's Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance our clear presentation of the Gospel, in the minds of hundreds of unbelievers who heard us clearly, via microphone, during our church's family day at the beach.
Praise God that a sizable end-of-year gift came in for the school & orphanage. Paul's Ironman race can now earn funds for BCA's 2nd floor chapel, over the 1st-floor garage, & the orphanage can also build interior security walls around its cottages.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, FISH…" after our daughter Abby gave an incredibly fun Bible lesson for our orphan kids during their visit to the mainland, each of the kids recited their favorite Bible verses.

When it was Esabelle's turn, since Filipinos often interchange "Ps" and "Fs", PEACE sounded like FISH. This was especially humorous as a recent American visitor had nicknamed 13-yr old Jonas as "Fish". So essentially, Jonas was now one of the fruits of the Spirit!

This Christmas, in order to spread the festive Christmas joy to our orphans, we divvied them up to stay a few days with volunteer families from the church. The kids had a blast! And the families had the joy of another smiling face at their tables.

The kids also joined the church youth group for their quarterly "Youth Jam" multi-church concert, as well as the regional 3-day youth camp for hundreds of church teens. The dozen kids' grand finale (before staying with our family one night) was the annual New Year's DCL mountain fellowship. Only since the event was cancelled due to rain, we invited the whole church to head to the beach! Rain? No problem! We stayed up all night preparing food for 60 people, & I also jotted notes for a Bible message & Bible quiz. The orphan choir sang, then the youth group choir sang, & then Abby sang a solo. Even though we had a karaoke machine, there were hundreds of others at the drizzly beach, & they too were blasting away their music. But for some reason they turned down their volumes when they heard our church group was present. Immediately I revised my message to be more evangelistic. The plan of salvation was clearly presented.

A few days later, on Wednesday, BCA's classes resumed from their winter break. Teacher Jovi was ready to teach TEAMWORK to her 5th Graders. "Our motto in 5th grade is like the Musketeers: 'All for one, & one for all!'" The challenge had been that some students had problems understanding conjunction FANBOYS (F stands for For, A for And, N for Nor, B for But, O for Or, Y for Yet, & S for So). Using each of these words, she instructed, "Some did well YET some did not. SO, those students who did well AND got correct answers will teach their classmates, FOR them to be ready for our gameshow, 'GAME KA NA BA!' BUT in this game, there will be neither winners NOR losers. No Good guys OR bad guys, since we are a team."

After ten minutes of the students' helping each other, Teacher Jovi divided the blackboard into 4 sections, labeling each section with the letters A through D. "I will read some questions & all you need to do is to choose & go to the letters of the best answer."

The kids did so incredibly well, that she decided to also try the same with Math: GCF (Greatest Common Factor) & LCF (Least Common Factor). She blended this with their subject in Business: contrasting "Produkto" (Products) & "Serbisyo" (Service) & giving examples.

Yet when she pressed it into the third subject (Music) she had a glitch. She also was developing a hoarse voice, speaking like a Game Show announcer. After introducing the notes, she quizzed on the number of beats & the rests as well. For the whole note, there are 4 beats. She led as each clapped their hands to show the beats of the whole note (4), half note (2), dotted half note (3), quarter note (1), dotted quarter note was a challenge: (1 & ½ beats), and so on.

Jovi noticed one of the students was not clapping at all. When asked, the student cried out, "Teach, I don't like music, I just like Math." Jovi kindly responded in her hoarse voice, "Then that's the purpose why I discussed that topic for you to learn." The girl said again, quite emphatically this time, "TEACH, I REALLLY HATE MUSIC!" In practically a whisper now, Jovi calmed her down & shared, "I want you to execute the beats or else you will fail during the exam." That seemed to get the student's attention.

As Eunice, the sponsorship coordinator, entered the room to guide the kids in writing letters to their sponsors, Teacher Jovi pulled this particular student aside to dig farther into the reason for her sliding behind, especially in her homework. "I am so sorry Teach. I have no dad & I am the one to take care of my little brother, since my mother works at night & she sleeps in the morning. That's my big problem. I have no time." Wow, thought Jovi. A nine-year-old with adult problems of time management!

"What is our motto? All for one and one for all! So, borrow a cellphone from a friend & contact me after school three days a week & together we will perform a surprise musical number for the rest of the class, okay? Just you and me!"

That little girl beamed like she had just swallowed a lightbulb!

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A.PJ's ?? Late Night Worship #201-300 - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. https://www.instagram.com/peejbarner.jpg/?hl=en. YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2

B. #295 Jan. 3, 2023. LATE NIGHT WORSHIP -4 min, 59 sec. where the healing starts Join us on T/Th nights! HEALING BEGINS Happy 2023! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Db6s0BAF6w

#294 Dec. 29, 2022. LATE NIGHT WORSHIP 9 min, 24 sec. - forever enough Join us on T/Th nights! JIREH Last LNW of 2022! I cannot comprehend how much God changed my life this year. Imagine what He holds for you and me in 2023! He's our provider who holds our tomorrows -- He will always take care of us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7bgyfN3qtE

Present Need: $316.65 for last 3 sections: #158-160 (with foundation & posts) of 160 sections needed for perimeter wall for Father's House orphanage. 160: ten-foot long, eight-foot high sections. Needed for protection of the orphans & also to stop thieves from stealing any more equipment and/or animals, as well as to keep neighboring animals from coming in to eat the kids' gardens. Cinderblocks: 95 @ 25 cents each = $23.75 per section, x, Cement 4 bags @ $4.56 each = $18.24, 8mm iron rough stability bars 3 @ $3.08 each = $9.24, 10mm iron rough stability bars 6 @ $3.48 each = $20.88, Coarse sand 1.5 cubic meters @ $22 each = $33, Tie wire ¼ kilogram @ $1.76 each = $0.44: $105.55 TOTAL per section (x 3 sections = $316.65. 0 sections remaining, totaling 0! Yay, God!

2023 Christmas 2nd school uniform for BCA Students: Need: $20 x 600 students = $12,000. Donated: $260. Still needed: $11,740!

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

1st-floor Garage & 2nd-floor Chapel for new BCA multipurpose building: (from 2023 Davao Ironman Triathlon): Total need: $80,000. 2022 Ironman gifts: $12,000. 2023 Ironman gifts: $38,285.99. Remaining need: $80,000- ($12,000 + $38,285.99=50,285.99)= $29,714.01

Churches, Schools & "Safe House": Barner Christian Academy: PHILS: PO Box 82,224 Davao City, Philippines 8000. USA: 18 (or #5) Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144

NOTE: Davao is home to 11 unique ethnolinguistic Filipino tribes.

1/5/2023

Happy Rizal Day (National Hero: December 30, 1898). HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2023!

Philippines cell# +63 (0985) 152-3142 & +63 (0956) 754-9921 PAUL, +63 (0926) 684-6165 ABBY

Please pray for strength & wisdom to fulfill my "23 goals for 2023" (listed at the end of this email).

Please also pray as I plan the Christmas festivities for DCLF (Davao Christian Leadership foundation) at a friend's mountain resort in early January. We delayed the event since some members were out of the country.

Praise God that, after years of accidents, burns & fatalities during the holidays, Mayor Belmonte of Manila banned the use of firecrackers by private households. & the holding of their own fireworks displays. This is due to a 47% increase in emergencies & injuries related to firecrackers & fireworks this year. Meanwhile, the city approved permitted fireworks displays in public places. Following this mandate, during Elvie's family reunion in the jungle, the cousins designed a homemade "popgun" canon which is a pvc pipe (previously they used bamboo) triggered at the end after rubbing alcohol is generously sprayed inside it.

Praise God also that over a thousand families in Northern Mindanao were successfully evacuated after flooding caused by nonstop rains, since Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). About 696 families or 1,863 individuals have remained in the evacuation centers as some of the families already went back to their respective places. Road blockage caused delays in getting supplies in, due to loosened gravel, fallen rocks & trees, & overflowed canals. Whattaway to spend Christmas!

"Yay! Last church!" December has brought smiles to the faces of 600 BCA students, as Elvie, Abby, BCA's teachers, friends & I have visited our 30 church plants to bring gifts to every single child (including a few siblings who are not in the sponsorship program…we can't resist those little tykes' huge brown eyes!)

Holiday traffic is horrendous, & it took 3 hours to travel to the Lasang church, which typically only takes 45 minutes. Last Thursday it was 2 churches: Lasang & Oceanview. Tuesday was Bangkal & Matina crossing. But Sunday…ah, Christmas Sunday, December 25. What a day it was!

After my preaching on the Christmas story (yay, no more laryngitis!), all the age & gender groups performed. Then the kids came up one by one to get their toys & food & clothes & other gifts. The luncheon followed. Whoah, so much FOOD! Rice, sticky rice, sweet rice, & even scrumptiously roasted pig!

Then other churches started to arrive, & up until midnight we had an exciting series of back-to-back concerts. The youth from each church played their instruments, praising God through their singing. Some was pretty loud, while others were mellow & thoughtful, but all alike were rejoicing in God the Father's generous "Best gift at Christmas!"

A few days later Elvie & her sister Anilyn, as well as Abby & I, sat around the Christmas tree at home. We watched my dad's last video, 2 years ago, & just a few days before he died at 91, reading the Christmas story from Luke 2. Then we watched PJ & Brianna & the pastors of Auburn Alliance Church in New York, reading our family "Christmas Book" YEAR OF THE CHILD. This has been read every year since 1973. I still have a cassette tape of Dad reading it way back then when we were all a whole lot younger.

And now, the teachers are all back home on winter break. But before leaving, BCA's Teacher Janice prepared her lessons for when the 4th graders will return January 3.

Kids love music. So, one of the first things she will do to get the students "back on track" into studying mode this January, is to get them to sing.

"I love my class…" started Janice, as she began composing her original composition. "And I love my classmates." Hmm, that doesn't rhyme, & it also follows no real time signature.

Setting aside the song itself, Janice designed a setup where teams would perform one after the other, choosing their own musical instruments to play. While samples are in the classroom (recorder, ukulele, juice harp, bongos & maracas), the kids could also come up with some homemade or varied other instruments.

Extra credit would also be given if the music is native to the Filipino tribe of one of the students. Wait a second, thought Janice. If they have tribal or other themed musical genre, why not also draw & color a backdrop for the performance? Beach theme, or forest theme, or… Janice was thrilled at the direction this lesson was taking.

Let's see, thought Janice. What else can I add? Bible verses? Maybe they could add a verse of their own, including a Bible verse, yes, that's it! …and also a dance. They LOVE dancing! Oh, & tribal outfits! Any costumes, actually…and include all three languages spoken in the school: Filipino, Cebuano & English!

Now, to help them with their spelling, they could also write out the words so that the other students can follow along. And they could also mention something about their course subjects…maybe like with Science, if they bring up the Phases of Matter…all in the form of a song!

Ooh, I can't wait until next Tuesday! Muttered Janice, as she closed up her laptop and headed home for vacation break.

Until next time…Let the islands rejoice!

TOOLS FOR PERSONAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

A. PJ's Late Night Worship #201-300 - PJ Barner: actor · singer · director. https://www.instagram.com/peejbarner.jpg/?hl=en.
YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLItygvjoq26FzOhEZ3k41BCzNbiSZ-qw2

#293 Dec. 27, 2022. Late Night Worship #293 - the Divine in a manger Join us on T/Th nights! ARRIVAL Okay... just one more Christmas song. ;) Introducing Merlin the merlin!

Present Need: $300 for (installment #60 of 155) $46,500 1st-floor of 3-story, flood-proof (9-foot-high backfill) raised parking garage/ church sanctuary & teachers' apartments next to BCA's present building. $28,014.50 remaining.

2023 Christmas 2nd school uniform for BCA Students: Need: $20 x 600 students = $12,000. Donated: $230. Still needed: $11,770!

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

Garage for new BCA school buses: (from 2023 Davao Ironman Triathlon): Total need: $46,500. 2022 Ironman gifts: $12,000. 2023 Ironman gifts: $6,135.55. Remaining need: $46,500- ($12,000 + $6,135.55)= $28,364.45

Churches, Schools & "Safe House": Barner Christian Academy: PHILS: PO Box 82,224 Davao City, Philippines 8000. USA: 18 (or #5) Eileen Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144

GOALS FOR 2023: 1. Make 23 2023 goals…DONE! 2. Complete March 26, 2023 Davao, PH 70.3-mile Ironman triathlon race (#15!) to pay off BCA's $30,000 garage loan. 3. turn 62 4. Read thru the Bible 3x cover-to-cover (lifetime total so far: 84x). 5. Build temporary fence (or finish permanent cement wall) around orphanage, with help of FIA High School students. 6. Dig canal w/culverts for tribal BCA campus in Subasta, Davao. 7. Build 1st floor of new multipurpose building at BCA. 8. Bring weight down to 159 for March triathlon (165 now). 9. Perform & participate in wedding for PJ & Briana in both New York (August) & Davao (December). 10. Confirm & schedule visits to 5 Western USA churches in July, 2023, to challenge for missions. 11. Send out all 2022 PMBMI tax receipts by January 20. 12. Get Abby settled at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois for the fall, 2023 semester. 13. Raise $12,000 to buy each of the 600 BCA students a new school uniform (or scout uniform) for Christmas. 14. Work part-time in USA between church visits. 15. Read 100 books. 16. Run 500 miles. 17. Bicycle 5,000 miles. 18. Swim 5,000 laps. 19. Schedule & speak at churches in NY, NJ, CT, PA &/or VT for August through November. 20. Find sponsors for the 27 BCA students on the waiting list (total: 600). 21. Fix our 2005 pickup truck. The air conditioning doesn't work & the security alarm goes off when the door is unlocked. Also, cement the bumpy dirt road in front of the BCA guest house. 22. Visit & speak at a dozen different churches in the Philippines. 23. Gather our Philippine "CMT" leadership team to organize the three ministries (orphanage/safe house, churches, school) for our absence while in the USA, June through November.

NOTE: Davao is home to 11 unique ethnolinguistic Filipino tribes.


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