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:
There are more baptisms to report since the last post–4 at Juag Island Matnog by Pastor Gumer Gile on March 31 and 4 in Barcelona by Pastor Pio Garduque at the Common River on March 20. This makes 52 or 53 baptisms by PAMI pastors so far in 2021! And there are more on the way according to Ptr Vir Fulo and Sis Ofel Mendizabal (EBI youths yet in April, Candumaay Matnog may have another baptism by the end of April, Mabini by May, and Bulan again by June or July).
Below are pictures from the Juag Island visit and baptism on March 31 by Pastor Gumer Gile. Ptr Gumer said, “before our breakfast we have a morning devotion at the house of bro. Jose and four women coming and requesting a water Baptism so after our devotion and discussing water Baptism we baptized them. So praise God for goodness in the lives of these four Sisters in Christ. May the Lord God bless them continually.” The four baptized are relatives of the Adolfo that was mentioned in the following Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/pamimission/posts/145541974102093
By the way, the guy in the green shirt that is assisting Ptr Gumer is Bro Jerom Banares. In addition to doing evangelism, Ptr Gumer recognizes that it’s good to be discipling new leaders and taking them along to outreaches like this.
Below are pictures of the Barcelona baptism on March 20, along with a shot of a worship service at the Buhang Barcelona Church and some shots from Pastor Pio Garduque’s home Bible studies in Cagang Barcelona and Luneta Barcelona.
Barcelona baptism of 4 by Pastor Pio Garduque at the Common River on March 20:
Buhang Barcelona Church service:
Cagang Barcelona home Bible studies:
Luneta Barcelona home Bible studies:
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).
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.
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