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’s a pdf that includes an April report from Sis Ofel of EBI, along with pictures of a Valentine couples night, distribution of books/food/relief, gardening, and family worship: April 14th report
Here are reports from Sister Ofel Mendizabal, the director of the EBI Partition:
Ofel 6-7-18 June 2018 Report Letter
Ofel June 22 2018 Report Letter B
Ofel Letter 7-3-18B
Below are pdf versions of picture slideshows of some various ministries of the EBI partition:
EBI Baptism May 2018
EBI May 2018 Padaba Youth counseling
note: Padaba is another name for Compassion sponsored child (it means well-loved and cared for)
EBI May 2018 OCC Bible Distribution
EBI May 2018 Trip ro Samar & Padaba Parents Meeting
EBI Students 7-3-18
EBI partition youth participated in a couple summer camps this year. On May 3-5 was a Compassion Sorsogon Cluster Camp. On May 9-10 was a Youth Retreat and Survival Camp. On April 27 – May 1, some delegates from Emmaus Christian Fellowship and Bulabog Church joined the ABCCOP Youth Camp in Barcelona. Some of these camp experiences might have been a contributing factor to so many getting baptized on May 21, which included 33 from ECF, 4 from Bulabog, and 4 from Penafrancia, with most of these 41 being youth. Pastors and workers are already planning a big all-PAMI youth camp for the summer of 2019. Read More
We praise God for two group baptisms that happened on November 4 (during the break between 1st and 2nd semesters). On that same day, 5 were baptized from the Bulan partition, and 19 were baptized from the Emmaus Bible Institute partition. 16 of the 19 were Compassion sponsored older kids, who have been deeply impacted by years of help and teaching, and decided to publicly acknowledge their commitment to follow Jesus. It’s truly touching that some of the young people that have been served themselves are now actively serving others. Several of these older Compassion kids are now assisting in worship services and outreaches (e.g. helping with outreach to kids in Sirangan, a poor neighborhood near the Sorsogon City market and jeepney station).
To see more news and pictures of the Nov. 4 baptism and other recent highlights of the EBI partition, please click on the following links.
This 11-18-17 pdf file includes photos of Nov. 4 baptism, Sirangan ministry, remembering Ptr Chito on Nov. 1, EBI facility improvements done in 2017, EBI students in various settings, and Compassion sponsored Padaba (well cared for) kids: EBIPhotos11-18-17B
This next 11-18-17 pdf file is a letter/report to accompany the above photo file. It is composed by Sister Ofel Mendizabal, head of the EBI Partition of PAMI, and includes photos, bio info, and testimonies of various EBI students: EBI Report Letter Nov 2017
It was mentioned in the above report that the Bicol Center for Christian Leadership (BCCL) in Legaspi conducts Sorsogon City extension classes each Friday at EBI, for pastors to work towards Graduate Certification in Urban Ministries, GCUM. The November sessions were on Systematic Theology and were conducted by guest professor Bill Lambert, a retired pastor from Texas (see photo to right). Here is a recent BCCL newsletter with EBI in one of the pictures (EBI is the Sorsogon City site): BCCL Nov2017 newsletter
To see a brochure that is being used to promote EBI: EBI brochure
To see the EBI student schedule: EBI class schedule 1st & 2nd sem 2017-2018B
More reports and pictures from earlier in the Fall or Spring/Summer are below: