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
July 1, 1968 – June 15, 2012
PAMI field director, Pastor Chito Mendizabal was called home to be with the Lord last Friday, June 15, after a long battle with lung cancer. PAMI president Mike Thorud has been in the Philippines since the beginning to June to be with Chito and his family in this difficult time. Below is an E-Mail letter from Mike to PAMI supporters.
Dear PAMI friends,
I’m sorry I haven’t given an update about my trip to the Philippines until now. Things have been very busy and a little hectic. I’m very glad to be here at this time (it seems to be God’s timing).
Although there have been many positive aspects to my time here, it’s with great sadness to inform you that our beloved field director, Pastor Chito Mendizabal went home to be with the Lord last Friday, June 15 at the age of 43 years old (his 44th birthday was to be July 1st).
The suddenness of Pastor Chito’s death was a bit unexpected, although not totally surprising with how gaunt he was due to the effect of the stage 4 cancer in his right lung. Read More
By Ptr. Chito Mendizabal
When Ptr Romy Escobedo asked me to be their speaker in their Church Anniversary and Christmas Party, I willingly accepted; in fact I was excited. Because this church was one of the churches that PAMI has started or pioneered. The first Bible study was for children. Then, adults Bible study followed. Many of the first attendees were men which became pastors eventually (Pastors Nestor, Romy, Ernie, Inggo, Jessie). They sent some of their students to EBI, who have since become pastors: Pastor Redgie (Bonifacio), Ptr Rolly Balasta (Presbyterian in Albay), Ptr Samuel Espano (Phil. Evangelical Mission-Bulusan), Ptr Levi Caudilla (Masbate) and Ptr Joel (Leyte), Ptr Eddie Fuedan (Channels of Blessing-Bulusan).
It was so heart-warming to hear in their church history that they indeed started as PAMI outreach. Until today, said Ptr Ernie, “People keep on calling them PAMI.” [Chito has previously said that the word “PAMI” is used the Sorsogon to generically refer to born-again Christians.]
Thank You Very Very Much!
By Ptr. Chito Mendizabal, January 2, 2011
We want to convey our deep appreciation for all the kindness and gifts that we received from you. In Tagalog, we say “Maraming Salamat po!” “Marami” means a lot or many; “Salamat” means thanks” and the expression “po” suggest respect.
What you have sent us means a lot to us. Primarily, it boosts our spirit, to know that a lot of people care for us. This edifies and encourages.
Furthermore, the amount that you’ve sent as a gift helps workers here in a great deal.
From Pastor Chito B. Mendizabal, Field Director – EBI-PAMI Philippines
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” 2 Cor. 2:14
Praise God for His abundant mercy and grace that we may become an aroma, spreading the fragrance of Christ to all people. Thanks be to God, just recently, we’ve been a conduit of His grace, extending hands to a pastor [William Thompson] and family in their great ordeals – from hospital needs to arranging things at home (wife died from Heart Attack after 3 days aggressive interventions in the ICU). Some EBI students stayed with the family to help in the cooking, arranging of Bible study every night for 7 days, ushered guests; We too help in processing papers of insurance; preached at their Sunday service and officiated the necrological service. While we were at the hospital, we’re able to minister too to other patients (4 other rooms) mostly Christians (Divine appointment?) praying and helping. And you had great part in those ministries of serving, because of your financial help and your constant intercessions for us.