Barner Christian Academy

February Newsletter

Volume 15, No. 2

Man's best friend--his horse! Elvie gives  a horse to a church planting mountain missionary.

 BANKING ON JESUS

Witnessing with a Human Megaphone

“Daddy, why is Jesus a baby on Christmas, but just a few months later, on Easter, He is a man? Did He grow up really fast?”

The voice of our 5-yr old son PJ sounded like a megaphone in the quiet bank. As I withdrew funds for the Christmas bonuses of our BLC teachers, PJ was my companion. He sat on the floor and drew pictures on his sketchpad. It was the last day before a long holiday & the lines had stretched out the door.

Yet with typical bank customer tact, nobody said a word, so everyone heard PJ’s and my conversation. It was a perfect witnessing opportunity with a captive audience.

“For some people, PJ, Jesus never grows up. They worship Him as a baby, but forget that Jesus did grow up and die for their sins.”

“Daddy, how did Jesus fit into my heart? I only have a little heart. I am a boy.”

Chuckles reverberated down the line of customers.

“You tell me. What happened last year on New Year’s Day?”

“I asked Jesus to take away my sins and come into my heart!”

“And PJ, Jesus did come into your heart, didn’t He? And He will come into the heart of anyone in this bank, who asks Him to!”

DO YOU HAVE A SPRING PROJECT? HERE ARE A FEW NEEDS THAT WE HAVE AT BLC:
FLAGPOLE: $400
SCHOOL STORE: $500
4TH GRADE WINDOWS: 518
ROOF & DORM: $3,500
CABINETS (6): $17 each PAID!
FILE CABINETS (3): $20 each
GYM ROOF: $3,500
SIDEWALK SECTIONS (33): $20 each

  WANTED:
VOLUNTEER SPOKESMEN FOR BLC

Exhibiting at Missions Conferences is fun. Churches that are serious about missions normally welcome more exhibits. If God's calling you to fill this need, please ask for a promotion packet at

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GIVING FREELY

{ DAVAO STRATEGIC OUTREACH MINISTRIES }

"Please take my son!”

"Please, Mrs. Barner, accept my son as a gift. I have many children.” It was a shock to Elvie, as the Datu (tribal chieftain) came down from Dumilog, where Elvie had gone to deliver a horse to the native missionary there.

The 75 yr old Datu’s guide had given him his first ride in a car, (after his long half-day climb down the mountains) and as he stepped out here in the city in his full colorful tribal regalia, complete with headgear, he resembled a person from somewhere back in time.

“Take my son” probed the Datu, through an interpreter. “Make him your own. He already said goodbye to his mother.”

The boy spoke up, excitedly. “I will be a good son. I was so excited about coming that I did not work for four days.

“If I were to work, cutting weeds around the banana plants, and if I were to cut my hand with my machete, or slice off a finger, then I would have missed this opportunity to come here to be your son!”

Delicately and with much tact, Elvie explained that, since we already have 2 children, we really didn’t need any more.

Yet she did give them a free gift she had already prepared- 100 sandals so that the villagers in Dumilog would not catch diseases through their bare feet.

“Boy, the Datu will need your help to carry these sandals back home.”

With a big smile on his face, the boy began the 11 hour trip back home, like Santa with many gifts in a sack on his back.

A special thanks from all the sponsored kids at BLC to their supporters for their Christmas watches and toys!

80 BLC sponsored kids hold up their new watches
they received as Christmas presents.


MOUNTAIN CHURCH PLANTING

“I LIFT UP MY EYES TO THE HILLS, WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?”-PS 121:1

The tribal chieftain explained with pride, “I own lots of land in my barrio (village).” Then he went on to express how the church had started in his remote mountain area.

“The missionary came through and said he needed land to build a church. I could see that this was a good man, and that a church would be a good thing to have. So I sold him 10 hectares (22 acres) for his church. I sold it to him for 10 small cans of fish, a malong (blanket), a kilo of sugar (2 lb.) and a transistor radio!”
Nice place for church planting, huh?

PLANNING YOUR '03-04 CALENDAR?

It's been three years since our last furlough, and we're now planning on being in the USA from Feb. to Oct., 2003. Would you like for us to visit your church? Please contact Bud Barner for available times, at budbarner(at)juno. com.

YOU KNOW YOU ARE A FILIPINO IF...

In the store, every greeting card is wrapped in cellophane to protect it from dust.

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