Barner Christian Academy

February Newsletter

Volume 18, No. 2

Pretty Philippino girl in red Chinese shirt.

IN FULL CHINESE REGALIA (COMPLETE WITH CHOPSTICKS IN HER HAIR), A STAR BLC STUDENT POSES IN MIME FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL DAY.


CHRISTMAS IN FEBRUARY!

“Happy Hearts’ Day!”

Packages often take 3-6 months to cross the ocean. So when the sponsors of BLC kids send Christmas gifts, they often end up as Valentine’s Day Presents!
This is kind of nice, since the busy-ness of the holidays make gift-giving quite a scattered event. This year, a church in New York sent an essential commodity that every poor child is lacking: briefs and/or panties! When kids try on their uniforms each June, they are often embarrassed when they remove their rags, as they end up naked!
3 large boxes arrived the 1st week of February, filled with over 300 pair of underwear, plus over 300 pair of socks, and the same number of toothbrushes. We provided the toothpaste (they come in individual “sample size” sachets in the Philippines).
During the ceremony, we also gave the kids a chance to thank their teachers for their kindness during the school year. Plus each family received a Bible, for the whole family to use.

Since the school is presently in debt, we couldn’t afford a teacher’s retreat this year. So this kindness from the children was greatly appreciated!

How appropriate, that Christ’s birth is celebrated on the “Holiday of Love!”


BLC ENERGY FUND:

EVERY DAY AT BARNER LEARNING CENTER, WE SUPPLY TRANSPORTATION FOR NEARLY 312 STUDENTS. OUR BUSSES WERE BOUGHT WITH FUNDS SACRIFICIALLY & GENEROUSLY GIVEN BY FAITHFUL FRIENDS.

A CHURCH IN PENSYLVANIA, USA SENDS $100 EACH MONTH TO ASSIST WITH THE FUEL FOR THESE VEHICLES. HOWEVER, WE PAY $750 EACH MONTH FOR GAS.

WITH THE RECENT FUEL INCREASE, OUR ENERGY BILL FOR THE BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS HAS TRIPLED TO $800 PER MONTH.

MIGHT YOU BE WILLING TO ASSIST WITH THESE NEEDS ON A MONTHLY BASIS?


YOU KNOW YOU ARE A FILIPINO IF...

You hang sunglasses over your mouth/chin.


Happy boy holding spoon and fork, smiling expectantly before empty plate.

400 BLC STUDENTS AND STAFF RECEIVE FREE, HOT, NUTRITIOUS MEALS TWICE A MONTH. A BLC CHILD AWAITS WITH EMPTY PLATE THE FREE MEAL FOR HIS LUNCH & THEN EATS HIS FILL! Same boy happily eating large spoonful of food.

A SPONSOR FROM HEAVEN!

“Pastor Paul, our PEPPER came at just the right time!”

Our last prayer letter mentioned that we were short over fifty sponsors during this school year. Therefore Elvie and I used our family’s food and living expenses so these children would not have to be turned out onto the streets. Last week I received an amazing email from a friend.

This couple had sent their annual check to a dear elderly missionary friend of theirs. Problem was, their friend had died, and the letter (with check enclosed) was returned. It arrived the same day as our prayer letter.

“Lord,” they said, “we’ll use this money to sponsor a child at BLC!” So, in essence, not only is this couple sponsoring the child, but also the glorified missionary!


BLC KID HOTLINE

Your sponsored child at Barner Learning Center would love to hear from you! If you’d like to communicate with him/her by email, please send any messages to:


DO YOU HAVE A WINTER PROJECT?

THESE ARE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPLY FOR OUR 2006 BLC CONSTRUCTION:
  • 42 F1 Bulb Sets: $4 each
  • 41 Desks: $11 each
  • Jeepney-bus: $7,000
  • 82 Chairs: $6 each
  • Tools for LArts: $169
  • 20 Cafe Tables: $28 each
  • Tables for L.Arts: $650
  • MusicShelves: $204
Large number of children splashing and having fun in a pool.
300 BLC PUPILS SPLASH AND FROLIC IN A PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL DURING OUR 2006 FIELD TRIP

EXCHANGE AN EARTH-HOUSE FOR A HEAVEN-HOUSE!

“Pastor Paul, please pray that this house gets sold!”

A very dear friend has blessed BLC in many ways. She sponsors two BLC students, and not only sent us a nice used encyclopedia set, but also the money for postage to get it here!
Recently she heard that we have a huge bill of $10,000 to pay our teachers for their separation pay. This is due to the correction of a glitch in their contract that allowed a full month’s termination pay for every year of employment with BLC. The Department of Labor requires only half that much.
“As soon as I sell this house,” our friend promised, “I’ll send you half of your bill!” So we prayed. BOY did we pray! And when God answered and the house was sold, she was true to her word: $5,500! Praise God! He always provides for His work!


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