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 are a couple reports from Ptr Vir Fulo, regarding the Bulan Church and Overall Mission.
Since things are opening up a bit, there seems to be an influx of baptisms (catching up from things being more restricted before). In the above reports, there are pictures from a Bulan baptism of 24 in Otavi on March 20, a MonteCal baptism of 9 at Jamorawon River on March 5, and a Castilla baptism of 7 on March 4. Plus there was an Irosin baptism of 3 on Feb 6 (see below pics).
And there was a Candumaay Matnog baptism of two young people on Dec 27 (see below pics).
Note that Pastor Virgilio Fulo has the following roles: 1. senior pastor of PAMI Bulan Christian Church located in Purok 4 of the San Vicente barangay of Bulan town proper (i.e. the mother church), 2. partition head of PAMI Bulan churches (includes BCC and its well-established daughter churches of Fabrica, MonteCalvario, & Lapinig and house church/outreaches in Abad-Santos, Butag, & Tampi) and 3. overall field director of PAMI (which includes three partitions–Bulan and its daughter churches, Emmaus Bible Institute and its campus ministries and daughter churches and Mabini, and a third partition of all other PAMI churches in other towns). Ptr Vir’s reports mainly concentrate on activities of the Bulan Partition, but also include a couple things from the rest of the mission. To see these reports, click on the following links.
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 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
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.
Matnog typhoon damage