GETTING TO OUR BAMBOO PANANTUNGAN CHURCH PLANT
EACH SUNDAY MORNING GETS PRETTY MUDDY!
Barner Learning Center was started in 1998 to feed unbelievers into church. Praise God that our total average Sunday attendance at church is approaching 700! Since we don't have space anywhere for that many worshippers, we have planted daughter churches. One of our first daughter churches is in Emily Homes. The pastor we installed there has already planted two offshoot churches in Cabantian and Park Villa. We also have five other churches, two of which are combined (Purok Ocho and Communal) until they are able to save up enough to build separate facilities. Here is a closer look at four of our church plants:
(Sat. 5pm. Attend. 90)
Our Pastoral team is Pastor Callem and myself, with
our wives, Inday and Elvie. Since Callem plays the guitar extremely
well, he leads in music. Worship at this church is in a home on a
muddy dirt road. We can't drive there due to the precarious two-foot
deep ruts in the road. So we park on a hill nearby, far enough from
the tethered goats that they don't ram holes into the car fenders
with their sharp horns. The children worship behind the house and
their singing can be heard in the background throughout our worship.
Since the walls of our worship location are just chicken wire, all
who walk down the road look in to see as they pass by. Naked little
boys run back and forth, fresh from their evening baths. Their buddies
press their faces up against the wire mesh to watch our worship.
DO YOU HAVE A SUMMER PROJECT?
THESE ARE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPLY FOR OUR 2006 BLC CONSTRUCTION:
(Sun. 10am. Attend. 375)
By ten o'clock, we trudge back to the car to get back to the mother church, which is already halfway through with adult Sunday School. Since Laverna Hills' worship is in the BLC gym, we have a big stage, which Elvie has decorated with lots of her flowers and plants. Our family lives in an apartment on campus, so I rush in to grab a bite to eat and change my sweaty shirt. Back in church, PJ and Abby rush out of Sunday School to ask for offering. Elvie and I are always in the front row, being senior pastor.
(Sun. 2pm. Attend. 75)
After church we treat lots of friends to a lunch of rice, noodles, and some kind of meat (called “viand” in the Philippines), in our apartment. Changing my sweaty shirt for the second time, we leave for our fourth church, Asuncion, at 2pm. At each church, after preaching, I announce the attendance and offering totals. Here at Asuncion, one of our most avid attendees and singers is a scraggly old rooster, who “sings” to us outside the open door of our rented one-room building. Like a good “scraggly old” friend I used to have when I was a pastor in the USA, the rooster adds many comments , and even comes to the door, but as yet, is still afraid of the crowd and hasn't come into the church! After finishing church #4, we go back home to rest. Monday is our day of rest, our Family Day.
LEFT: SARA AND HER MOM VISIT BLC FROM NY, USA.
RIGHT: RICH LEADS SINGING AT CHURCH
So many ministries have been hit hard by the May 14 elimination of the Intl Surface M-Bag, including those involved in Bible distribution and other religious materials overseas.
I encourage you and your ministry to sign an online petition at
http://www.petitiononline.com/zikomo/petition.html to protest this
change. This petition and its signatures will be provided to many
in Congress who oversee Post Office operations.
Together, we can make a change.
We thank you,
YOU KNOW YOU ARE A FILIPINO IF...
BLC ENERGY FUND:
EVERY DAY AT BARNER LEARNING CENTER, WE SUPPLY TRANSPORTATION FOR 287 STUDENTS. OUR BUSSES WERE BOUGHT WITH FUNDS SACRIFICIALLY & GENEROUSLY GIVEN BY FAITHFUL FRIENDS.
MIGHT YOU BE WILLING TO ASSIST WITH THESE NEEDS ON A MONTHLY BASIS?
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