Pastor Benjie and Elah Camar live near EBI and the PAMI Bulabog Church (part of the municipality of Sorsogon City), and are involved in ministry in these places in addition to starting outreaches a few miles away in the neighboring municipality of Prieto Diaz that they plan to eventually turn into a church plant. Sister Elah is especially active as a Compassion case worker/teacher. Click here to see a pdf report with a lot of pictures of their ministry activities and family situation.
The most recent activity of Pastor Benjie and Elah Camar has been to do a 5-day kids club in Prieto Diaz, which was sort of a Daily Vacation Bible School right before the school year started:
Soon to follow after this will be the distribution of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from Samaritan’s Purse, along with follow-up discipleship. You can see in the background of some of these pictures that the boxes are already on site, but they are awaiting the teaching materials to arrive from Samaritan’s Purse before dispersing.
Here’s a summary of 2021 PAMI highlights that was included in donor year-end statements:
Thank you for your gifts and prayers for PAMI in 2021. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son..." God is a giver, and he wants us to be like him. We give because God gave first. Our giving is a way of saying thank you for all that we've been given by God.
Despite the continuing challenge of COVID, much was accomplished this last year. 172 people were baptized (about twice a typical year)! The first graduation of the new Emmaus Bible Institute Modular extension program was conducted on December 20, with 21 students in 6 locations who completed 12 months of weekly classes. EBI also continues its regular 4-year program, with 16 on-campus students. Weekly on-line ukulele music lessons have been ongoing since April. 160 Compassion sponsored kids continue to be served with home-based visits by case workers/teachers. Food distributions were conducted, along with some in-person feedings. Several balikbayan boxes were sent with books, CDs, games, toys, school and office supplies, hygiene supplies, clothes, and laptops. New chapels were constructed in San Jose Bulusan and Juag Island Matnog. And we are soon ready to buy the property of the PenaFrancia Sorsogon and Candumaay Santa Isabel Matnog churches. It’s through the partnership of dedicated Filipino workers and faithful supporters like you that all this is possible.
Here’s the latest PAMI publication that was also included with donor year-end statements:
For 2020 donors that received a year-end gift receipt, the following 2020 ministry summary and January Bulletin were included. They are included in this blog post for others to see as well.
Click on the following: January 2021 PAMI Bulletin
Thank you for demonstrating your love for the Lord through your gifts and prayers for PAMI in 2020. I am reminded of Jesus' example of service by washing the disciples' feet at the Last Supper, followed by issuing the mandate of John 13:34, "As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
Despite the restrictions posed by COVID for most of last year, there was still much accomplished. When large groups were forbidden, messages were streamed on-line and via radio, and small groups in homes or yards still met. 34 people were baptized, and about another 20 are waiting to be baptized once beach venues open up. 4 EBI seniors completed their four year program in March, and 10 Freshmen began their studies in August. Weekly modular EBI extension classes were started in September in 6 locations with 40+ attendees. 160 Compassion sponsored kids were served, shifting from weekly sessions at the EBI campus to home-based visits by case workers/teachers. Children’s feedings were converted to relief food distributions. Several balikbayan boxes were sent with books, CDs, games, toys, school and office supplies, hygiene supplies, clothes, laptops and projectors. Some typhoon repairs and building refurbishment/improvement were done, including replacing an EBI bamboo classroom with a brick one, and reroofing the EBI church, Candumaay Matnog church, and Mabini pavilion. A lot in Tabon-tabon Irosin was purchased through a combination of local and matching mission funds. It’s through the partnership of dedicated Filipino workers and faithful supporters like you that all this was possible.
Thank you very much for your part in this work. May God richly bless you.
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
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
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.
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.
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: Read More
Click here to see: PAMI IROSIN CHRISTIAN CHURCH 2nd Quarter Report 7-2-19
Click here to see: Hista Candumaay Matnog 2nd Quarter 2019 Report
There’s been a lot of good ministry happening in and around Matnog and Irosin. Ptr Gumer and Ofie Gile live in Irosin and have a church there (in the former Fortes compound provided by Jing Danielson), but Ptr Gumer is also a PAMI partition head that supervises other churches, including the one in Candumaay, Sta Isabella, Matnog. Ptr Gumer was the one who had started ministry in Candumaay Matnog a few years ago, which was turned over to Ptr Michael and Michelle Hista two years ago. Ptr Gumer is sort of like the Apostle Paul, that travels around evangelizing, getting places ready for church plants (e.g. Candumaay, Gubat, Culasi, Juag Island, San Agustin). Ptr Michael has been a protege of Ptr Gumer. Like Ptr Gumer, Ptr Michael is also reaching beyond his homebase in Candumaay to other places like Culasi and Caloocan. After conducting a May 27-28 Evangelistic Crusade in Culasi, Ptr Gumer and Ptr Michael recently initiated the the first worship service in Culasi in the home of Sis Joyce Manabat, and plan to go back there each Saturday. Sis Joyce and her mother were among the five baptized in Candumaay on April 28. Read More
PAMI conducted a big crusade in Culasi Matnog on May 27-29, with 44 delegates from various PAMI locations helping out. There were kids sessions in the morning and film showing, music, and speakers for adults and families in the evening.
Whereas PAMI Ptr Michael and Sis Michelle Hista live and serve mainly around Candumaay/Sta Isabel which is along the coast north of downtown Matnog, a door has also opened up for them to conduct ministry in Culasi which is along the coast south of downtown Matnog. Although they will stay in Sta Isabel, they plan to keep conducting Bible studies in Culasi and perhaps get a house church started there too. The door in Culasi opened up earlier this year through a connection (perhaps a divine appointment) with Sister Sarah Joyce Manabat. In January Sis Joyce Manabat and Sis Ofel Medizabal happened to cross paths in a Sorsogon Hospital because their son and daughter needed treatment for Dengue Fever. Sis Joyce also knew Ptr Gumer Gile (my kababayan at Matnog says Ptr Gumer). Sis Joyce was very willing to open her home to Bible studies and invite her neighbors, so Ptr Gumer and Ptr Michael started doing so. Sis Joyce and some others from Culasi have even traveled 13 km to worship in Candumaay/Sta Isabela. Several from Culasi were among the 5 that were baptized during the April 28 Candumaay celebrations (i.e. baptism, church anniversary, OCC discipleship graduation). Then PAMI began planning a big crusade in Culasi. Several PAMI people did a pre-crusade visit there on May 1. About a week after this is when Ptr Michael and Sis Michelle’s baby was born. Then 44 people from various PAMI churches came to help be a part of a crusade there on May 27-29. Read More
Making use of curriculum and training provided by Christian organizations Matthew 18:14 and Child Evangelism Fellowship, Sister Espie Fresto enlisted youth from Mabini to help teach a 5 Day Club to children in neighboring Anog. The youth attended training, prepped, and then helped with the event. Read More