March 2020 PAMI Bulletin and impact of COVID-19

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Click on the following for the latest PAMI bulletin:  March 2020 PAMI Bulletin.  This bulletin illustrates the 2020 vision and goals of various partitions/churches of PAMI as of the end of February.  Perhaps these plans will have to change now that the whole world has shut down due to COVID-19 social restrictions. As of March 26 there are 707 confirmed cases and 45 deaths in the Philippines, but none yet in our area.  But our area is still included in government mandated lock-down, so church services, EBI classes and internships, graduation ceremonies, Compassion activities, etc. have been temporarily suspended.  Please pray for protection, adjustment, & recovery.

Prior to government mandated restrictions, EBI was planning to graduate 4 on April 3, and an all-PAMI fellowship/summit at EBI was being planned for April 26.  And a new modular study program was going to commence in four churches in June, with various EBI teachers teaching weekly Friday afternoon classes and rotating monthly.  But all this is now on hold.  It’s sort of a double whammy to have this COVID-19 happen right after the December typhoon, and we pray that some measure of ministry can continue.  Although big group gatherings have been suspended, a few pictures of small-scale efforts can be seen below.  Pastor Gumer says, “Glory to God for the opportunity to share God’s word even in hard time due to community quarantine because of ncov19..and I pray that our God be glorify in our lives. Jesus is above all name..Phil.2:9-11.” (more…)

Ministry updates Dec 2019 to Feb 2020

Here are some ministry reports from December 2019 to February 2020:

Report from Ptr Vir Fulo of Bulan December 2019 Activities

Additional Pictures to the recent Report from Ptr Vir Fulo of Decemeber 2019 Activities

Bulan Christian Church Minutes of the Annual Mtg., Vision 2020 and 2019 Accomplishment

Bulan Christian Church First Quarter Report Feb 2020

PAMI Patag church quarterly report from October to December 2019

PAMI Matnog Jan Report from Histas–received Feb 2020

PAMI Matnog Vision 2020, Accomplishments 2019, and Feb Report by Histas

2019 Summary, January 2020 PAMI Bulletin and Typhoon Recovery

By the end of January, year-end statements and a January 2020 PAMI Bulletin were mailed out to those that made 2019 contributions to PAMI.  The year-end statements included the following summary of PAMI ministries in 2019:

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your gifts and prayers for PAMI in 2019.  They are fitting of Hebrews 13:16 that says “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” 

This has been another fruitful year of ministry. About 65 people were baptized!  Three graduated from Emmaus Bible Institute on April 3rd.  Two of the three were added as workers, along with a couple that graduated in previous years.  We were able to distribute another 500 Operation Christmas Child boxes and carry out a lot of discipleship along with that.  160 Compassion sponsored kids were served weekly at EBI.  An all-PAMI youth camp was held in April and a crusade in May, with a couple hundred attending each.  Churches were started in Culasi Matnog and San Jose Bulusan.  Other gatherings, retreats, and workshops were held.  Film showings, Christian radio, Bible study outreaches, children’s feedings, and VBS continued.  Weekly Values Instruction Classes were done in several public schools and Family Development Sessions were held with government welfare recipients.  Several balikbayan boxes were sent with books, CDs, games, toys, school and office supplies, hygiene supplies, clothes, laptops and projectors.  Some building refurbishment/improvement and typhoon relief/repairs were done.  It’s through the partnership of dedicated Filipino workers and faithful supporters like you that all this is possible.

Regarding the January 2020 PAMI Bulletin , it includes before and after repair pictures of two of the worst hit PAMI buildings–the PenaFrancia Church near EBI and Candumaay Matnog Church.  It also has some pictures of distribution of typhoon relief goods.  And page 2 is a January 7 report from Sis Ofel that praises God for batches of typhoon relief from different sources along with corresponding ministry opportunities.  For more info and pictures, see below: (more…)

Aftermath of Typhoon Tisoy

Posted by | Filed under Churches, Field Reports, Pictures, Typhoon Relief | Dec 21, 2019 | No Comments

Actual path of the eye of the typhoon.

A few hours before it made landfall, it looked like the eye of Typhoon Tisoy was going to pass through Legazpi, just a little to the north of Sorsogon Proivince where PAMI is located.  Unfortunately, the eye actually made landfall in Gubat about midnight on Dec 2-3 and passed east to west right through northern Sorsogon Province at category 4 strength (140 miles per hour).  It was accompanied by a storm surge of about 10 feet and about 16 inches of rain.  It practically went right over EBI in Sorsogon City and Castilla.  It greatly affected the whole Province and almost every town where PAMI has ministry.   Many places are still without electricity over two and a half weeks later.  PenaFrancia and Candumaay Matnog churches were halfway destroyed, and sustained over $500 damage each.  EBI had a collapsed classroom cottage and a falling big tree knocked over the property wall and fell on another classroom (denting the corrugated steel roof and breaking rafters).  Several other PAMI churches/parsonages had damage as well.  Plus there’s probably about a hundred PAMI member homes with damage.  Some homes lost roofs, some were flattened, and some were washed away.  With water levels coming up to window level, people hoped to save valuables and electronics by placing them on top of tables.  Many took refuge in stronger built church buildings and schools.  Afterwards, people waded through hip deep water in streets in some areas.  Thankfully no PAMI people got hurt, and no one in Sorsogon Province died.  However, I read a newspaper article that said four lives were lost in other parts of the Philippines.  The following pdf files show a sampling of the damage.

RebuildingPeniaFrancia

Matnog typhoon damage

Bulan-list-and-pictures-of-some-victims-of-Tyhoon-Tisoy

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Dec 2019 PAMI newsletter

Click on the following to see the latest PAMI newsletter: Dec 2019 PAMI newsletter .  It includes a remembrance of my aunt Izzy Allen, who was the sister of my uncle Norval Thorud (the founder and first missionary of PAMI).  It also includes info about Typhoon Tisoy that went through our area on Dec 2-3.

Remembering long-time board member Izzy Allen

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Fondly remembering my Aunt Izzy Allen, who passed away last Saturday at 95 years old (almost 96). Besides being a close aunt, she was part of the board of Philippine-Asian Missions, Inc. (PAMI) since its first year back in 1983, was the secretary for many years, and attended board meetings up until just a couple years ago. Some of these pictures are from the PAMI board Christmas parties at her house or our house. Aunt Izzy and Aunt Ardelle were usually the instigators of fun games at these Christmas parties. Coincidentally, Aunt Izzy passed away at the same age and about the same time of year as Aunt Ardelle, who was a year older and passed away last year. They were always close friends, since being little girls, and are now together again, along with their husbands and other loved ones, and with their Lord Jesus. (more…)

PAMI field report updates

Click on the following to read field reports:

Bulan Christian Church 3rd Quarter Report

Montical Vario Church and Candumaay Additional Report

Matnog Report Third Quarter Oct2019

MatnogSept2019Report

Matnog August report 2019

PAMI IrosinCC 3rd Quarter

Quarterly Report Activity in Buhang Christian Church

Patag Quarterly report August to October 2019

Gubat Third Quarter 2019 Report from Ptr Benjie Camar

Castilla Church Third Quarter 2019 Report from Ptr Redgie Bonifacio

In honor of the 14th anniversary of Living in Christ (LINC) Church –formerly known as Brampton Community Christian Church–of Brampton, Ontario, this is a five minute presentation of video and pictures from the PAMI ministries that they have supported the last two years. This includes support in 2018 that funded construction of a new building for Fabrica Church in Bulan, Sorsogon, Philippines. And it also includes support that began in 2019 to fund the ministry of Pastor Michael and Michelle Hista in Matnog, Sorsogon, Philippines. The Histas have a church in Candumaay, Sta Isabel, Matnog that celebrated its 2nd anniversary in April 2019. They also have a daughter church meeting in the home of Sister Joyce Manabut in Culasi, Matnog, that began after a May 2019 crusade in Culasi. Philippine-Asian Missions, Inc (www.pamimission.org) wishes to express a big thank you for this partnership.

Sept 2019 PAMI News

Click on the following to see the latest PAMI News:  Sept 2019 PAMI Newsletter .  It mentions financial needs (for reroofing the ECF church at EBI and adding new workers), as well as includes exciting news and pictures of a crusade, new EBI students, Youth Development Team Building, and a lot of baptisms.

VIC classes taught in public schools

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Various PAMI pastors, workers, and Emmaus Bible Institute students are teaching Values Instruction Classes in elementary and high school public schools throughout the Province.  These are 30 minute classes taught weekly using Christian based curriculum and training from the Matthew 18:14 organization.  This public service is an avenue for connecting with families and the community, as well as exposing kids to Christian values.  It’s interesting that the Philippine government actually encourages churches to help install values to students, instead of worrying about separation of church and state like in the U.S.  EBI VIC teachers are becoming well-respected by public school teachers, principals, and town officials.  Sis Ofel has even been asked to be a commencement speaker.  Increased familiarity also means students and parents will be more open to joining other ministries of EBI or attend church at Emmaus Christian Fellowship.  For instance, some of these students will later be recipients of Operation Christmas Child boxes and discipleship, or become Compassion sponsored kids.  The first few photos are from a Matthew 18:14 training session: (more…)

Youth Development Team Building at EBI & update from Sis Ofel

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Here’s an August 15th update from Sis Ofel: EBI Partition Updates Aug 2019

It appears that the mosquito borne Dengue Fever is still a problem in the Province.  Sis Ofel mentioned in her report about Sis Gloria Tumala going to the hospital for it.  She got released about two weeks ago. Now Ptr Redgie’s 4-year-old daughter Novelee Izzy is being tested for it.  Ptr Redgie says the government is doing chemical fogging/misting on their street in Baybay, Castilla.

Also, here are some pictures of a May 24th Social Welfare Youth Development Team Building held at EBI.  Note that some of these games resemble those done at the April all-PAMI Youth Camp. (more…)