July and Sept Bulletins and Fall Update

Click on the 3 pdf files below to see the latest PAMI news summaries, which contain a lot of nice pictures and exciting info:
PAMI Bulan Aug-Sept 2015 report from Ptr Vir Fulo
To augment these files, below is a copy of the Sept 23rd email update that went out to PAMI friends and prayer partners: Read More

Short term mission trip

pami trip card PAMI Trip Letter
March 2013 Philippine Mission Visit of Mike, Ben & Pam
Dear friends and relatives,
Wow!  It’s hard to believe it’s just one week until our three week mission visit to the Philippines begins.  Please remember to pray for our preparations and trip.  We feel your prayers make a big difference.  This post includes information about our visit so you better know what to pray for.  In particular, please refer to the tentative trip schedule below.
Above is a photo prayer reminder card to print and put on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, Bible, etc. to help you to remember us.  Also attached is a prayer/support request letter written by Ben & Pam on behalf of all three of us.  By the way, our request for help with trip expenses is more to cover help to the mission than our own personal expenses.  Whenever I go to the Philippines, I usually cover personal airfare and travel expenses myself.  That way whatever is given by others simply goes towards helping the ministry.  This includes extra love gifts for the pastors and churches we visit (including monetary and physical gifts).  Some things will be hand-carried and some were shipped by surface ahead of time (please pray the 3 big balikbayan boxes arrive safely before we do)*.  Items for the field include a new and used laptop, new camera, 3 used projectors, printer, guitar, new & used clothes, personal hygiene items, snacks, toys, and a couple hundred pounds of used Christian books.  We also might like to fund a couple special projects.  Overall, we could use $3000-5000 for extra ministry expenses.
* Note:  As of Feb 26, 2 of the 3 boxes just arrived!
If you want to give towards trip/mission expenses, just make out a check to PAMI with “team visit” written in the memo line, and mail to:  PAMI, P.O. Box 201444, Bloomington, MN  55420-6444.  You can also donate via credit card or Paypal on the donate tab of our website (www.pamimission.org/donate).  Whatever means you use to donate, a tax-deductible receipt will be returned to you.
Besides team visit expenses, on-going mission support is also desired.  We’d especially like to add new workers.  We’d like to retain 2 or 3 EBI graduates at about $75 per month each.  We’re also considering adding a pastor family to begin work in the Muslim area of the southern island of Mindanao, which has been a long-time goal of PAMI.  I look forward to discussing these prospects with potential candidates as part of this visit. Read More

May 2011 PAMI Newsletter

If you haven’t already read it, you can see the latest edition of the PAMI newsletter by clicking here, or going to the”News” tab of the PAMI website http://www.pamimission.org/news.  Newsletters from the past couple years can also be viewed there.

KAIROS Evangelism Training at EBI

EBI was host to KAIROS evangelism training, sponsored by the Asian Center for Missions (ACM) March 25-30.  Ptr. Chito writes:
About ACM; Before the team came to Emmaus, they are praying of mobilizing Bicol Mission. But when they look for churches in Bicol which would become their partners, they were bit dissapointed because churches were not yet ready as many of them are not missionary churches, that is, global evangelization is no yet part of their program. Then the team proceeded to Sorsogon to see James so that his mission to Mongolia be updated and decided. When they talked with us, they were very encouraged because PAMI indeed is a missionary church- Read More

EBI Graduation 2011

Emmaus Bible Institute graduation ceremony was held April 4th, 2011.  This was the 14th commencement exercises of EBI, and the theme was “God’s Mission in God’s Way” (see message outline below, which also related to the recent ACM KAIROS workshop held at EBI on March 25-30).  There were 6 graduates in this year’s class: Janice Fuga, Eduard Estrabela, Jerome Gotera, Dwight Lumberio, Edwin Thompson and Rolando Catubig. Janice is from Bulusan; she plans to work as PAMI volunteer, to assist in the small group and as assistant teacher in the Compassion, or assisting Ptr. Chito in administrative works like- encoding reports, library works and bookkeeping. Read More

Children’s Bible Classes at EBI & James approved for Mongolia

From an April 12th email from Pastor Chito:  In God’s love. We’re on the 2nd day of our kids Bible Classes (part of the Operation Christmas Child shoebox program).  It’s so joyful to worship with the kids this big; though many of them are newcomers/seekers, and yet they have such worshipful hearts. We have about 300 kids ages 8 to 14. We started the classes with plenary worship (devotion of Words, learning new songs), then proceed to their respective classes. We have 15 classes of twenty kids per class. Kevin (my second son), who has one class too said,”Teaching kids is both fun and challenging. This really would move you to pray and study hard.” (Kevin is the current youth chairman of Emmaus Christian Church; he and other officers with him are praying for many young peoples, especially discipling them).  James is supposed to handle the class, with Kevin, but this week is also his ACM interview. He’s in Manila and be back on Monday. As far as I know, his going to Mongolia is very near. He just texted me to pray for his interview. When he’s back, we’ll know of the exact date of his sending off.
From a later email:  GOOD NEWS is James arrived today from his mission interview and he passed. Few papers yet be arranged; ACM will do the visa and other travel papers. and his going to Mongolia is First week of June. PRAISE GOD!!!! And many other good news about their partnership with ACM in my next email.
By the way, with such a big influx of children, it is hoped to even add a separate worship service for children on Sunday mornings.
Pictures of the Children’s Plenary Worship Time

Will Graham, OCC shoeboxes, KAIROS, Ptr Chito’s health, PAMI support

Here’s a recent email prayer update that I sent out:

PAMI field director Pastor Chito Mendizabal has referred to recent Christian activity in our region of the Philippines as being historic.  This is largely due to much anticipation of the Will Graham Bicol Celebration of Hope crusade, which will be on April 28 – May 1 at Pili Stadium in the neighboring province of Camarines Sur.  Will Graham is the grandson of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, and son of Franklin Graham.  For several months, pastors and lay leaders have been preparing for this event.  In Sorsogon City alone, a hundred pastors gather regularly for fellowship and coordination of efforts.  People in neighboring provinces like Sorsogon will be provided free transportation to attend the crusade.  Pastor Chito was recently assigned as an ECHELON SUPERVISOR of counselors from the southern Bicol region.

Ptr James prepares for Mongolia by going to Palawan

Ptr Arman James Formanes
Here’s a nice report from EBI graduate Ptr Arman James Formanes, who just completed 4 months of cross-cultural training classes at ACM near Manila, and then went on a two week in-country cross-cultural exposure trip to the southern part of Palawan island. Note that Bataraza Palawan is in a Muslim part of the southern Philippines, and Ptr James mentions experiencing elements of Muslim culture there. Evidently this exposure trip was working through a Christian church among the Badjao tribal people and they seemed well received. Read More