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:
This post includes pictures from the the Bridge of Life portion of the Evangelism classes that Sister Ofel Mendizabal taught in various locations in the first round of Modular EBI Extension Classes that went from October 2020 – April 2021. She’d teach four hours each Friday afternoon of a month in one location, and then rotate the next month to a new location, until completing the four-session Evangelism Module in all six locations. Students each made their own Bridge of Life poster, and demonstrated how to use it as an evangelism tool. Some of these students also used these diagrams to conduct evangelism in surrounding neighborhoods, leading some to accept Jesus, become part of home Bible studies, become baptized and attend the church.
Modular Evangelism Class in Bulan:
Modular Evangelism Class in Candumaay, Sta Isabel, Matnog:
Modular Evangelism class in Irosin:
Modular Evangelism Class at EBI:
Also see the following outline for the second round Modular Extension Classes planned for June 2021 – November 2021.
Thank you to International Christian Literature Distributors of Minneapolis, MN ( www.icld.org ) for recently sending four large balikbayan boxes of Bibles, reference/study/devotional books, and other Christian literature to PAMI’s Emmaus Bible Institute that were distributed to various pastors and Christian workers of PAMI and other missions/churches throughout Sorsogon Province in February – March 2021. A Bible and devotional booklet were given to each EBI student, and fifty bags of books were distributed to pastors and Christian workers in various towns.
Bags of books distributed to pastors and Christian workers in Bulan:
Bags of books distributed to pastors and Christian workers in Matnog, Prieto Diaz, and elsewhere:
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
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.” Read More
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:
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: Read More
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