Misc. reports from the year
While other posts covered reports from Bulabog (Ptr Marlon Gabion), Prieto Diaz (Ptr Benjie and Elah Camar), and San Jose Bulusan (Ptr Lorenzo and Abigail Fugen), this post includes miscellaneous other reports. Click on links below to see reports from various PAMI ministry locations from throughout the year (some are Word files and some are pdf files).
Bulan Partition of Churches (Bulan Church and its daughter churches, overseen by Pastor Virgilio Fulo):
Vision-Goals of Bulan Partition Churches for 2022–Spiritual Aspect
Continuation of Vision and Goals of Bulan Partition of Churches 2022–Physical Aspect
Bulan Church 1st Quarter Report from Ptr Virgilio Fulo
Fabrica Church 3rd Quarter Report from Ptr Felmar Guray
Monte Calvario Church Oct 2022 Report from Ptr Noni Polo
Emmaus Bible Institute Partition (overseen by Sister Ofel Mendizabal):
Compassion (i.e. Padaba–well loved children that are sponsored) Report received April 2022 from administrator Brother Elmer Besa, including info back to May 2021
EBI Update received 3-29-2022 from Sister Ofel
EBI Update received 6-22-2022 from Sister Ofel
Pena Francia 1-26-2022 report from Ptr Rolly Catubig
Pena Francia 4-3-2022 report from Ptr Rolly Catubig
Pena Francia 6-14-2022 report from Ptr Rolly Catubig
Pena Francia 3rd Quarter report from Ptr Rolly Catubig
Other Churches Partition (overseen by Pastor Gumer Gile):
Castilla 1st Quarter 2022 Report by Ptr Redgie Bonifacio
Castilla Report from Ptr Redgie Nov 9 2022
Bulusan Church Report from Ptr Lorenzo Oct 14 2022
Barcelona Church Report from Garduques April – June 2022
Barcelona Church Report from Garduques July – Sept 2022
Matnog Report from Histas received 12-13-2021
Matnog Report from Histas received 3-23-2022
Matnog Report from Histas received 4-22-2022
Matnog Report from Histas received 6-29-2022
Matnog Report from Histas received 9-26-2022
Matnog Report from Histas received 11-23-2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer Jan-Mar 2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer April to May 21, 2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer May 21 to June 21, 2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer June 21 to July 2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer July to Aug 24, 2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer Aug to Sept 21, 2022
Irosin Report from Ptr Gumer Sept 21 to Oct 21, 2022
Pastor Marlon and Bulabog Church
This post has info about the ministry of Pastor Marlon Gabion of PAMI’s Bulabog Church near Emmaus Bible Institute. You can see that he is quite active, is good at reporting and providing pictures, and would be an interesting pastor for someone to sponsor. Pastor Marlon is 36 years old, graduated from EBI in 2013, pastored the Bulabog Church since his cousin (Pastor Nanding Gabion) passed away about 9 years ago, teaches EBI classes (both regular and modular extension classes), serves as a Compassion Padaba teacher, and coaches the Emmaus Christian Fellowship community basketball team. Besides heading the Bulabog Church, he also teams together with Pastor Benjie and Elah Camar, and various EBI workers and Compassion staff. The following pdf file has highlights of Pastor Marlon’s ministries from January to July of 2022. Along with a lot of other things, it includes more pictures from the PAMI youth Cluster Camp that was highlighted in the previous post.
More recent info from Pastor Marlon includes the following:
Dec. 12, 2022: Hello Brother Mike! How are you? How’s your preparation for this upcoming Christmas? Yesterday Bulabog church celebrated its 9 year anniversary since I started in 2013 there. I’m very thankful to God for always guiding me in that ministry, specially how to handle situations when they arise inside the church. I’m grateful in every season in our ministry–every year passing by is a different experience. I’m always excited for every additional year added by God because I’m praying and hoping that every season there are new souls added in the church.This year we only have a simple preparation and celebration due to bad weather of a typhoon. I’m only asking to the members to just bring food. We combine also a simple Christmas party celebration.Thank you very much for our budget that you are giving for our Christmas party.
Scroll through the following pictures from the Dec 11th celebration:
This is modular in Bulan last November. The subject that I taught was the book of Acts
I’m very thankful to God for safe travel last month every time we go there to teach in modular with pastor Raf, because last month always a heavy rain.
Here in Emmaus with sister nova and sister cristy (modular class)
Also here in Emmaus next week is an end of first semester classes. I’m thankful to God to finish the first semester in my teaching class, but I’m staying here because December 25 maybe we have a child dedication. I cancelled my plan to spend a Christmas holiday with my family because I have some activities this coming December 25–maybe we have a child dedication in our church.
On behalf of Bulabog family, thank you very much brother Mike and Pami board and supporters for always giving support of our ministry–in prayers, financial and guidance. May the Lord bless you in return for all the effort you’ve done. Once again thank you very much, and Merry Christmas in advance to your family. God bless.
Cluster Camp photo summary
As stated in the December 2022 PAMI newsletter of the last post, one of the highlights of the year was the PAMI youth Cluster Camp held by the seashore in Candumaay, Sta Isabel, Matnog, with theme Time of Refreshing. Although a little late, I’ve been meaning to post this wonderful photo summary composed by Adonis, the brother of Sis Espie.
Additional photos of the cluster camp can be found in the pdf of the next post on Pastor Marlon and the Bulabog Church, as well as July postings of PAMI’s Facebook page:
Camar ministry in Prieto Diaz & Bulabog (Padaba, feedings, Bible studies & 5-day kids club)
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.
10 big boxes of books from ICLD received & distributed
Thank you to International Christian Literature Distributors of Minneapolis, MN ( www.icld.org ) for sending two batches of five balikbayan boxes each, totaling over a ton (2000 lbs) of Christian printed materials. This included study Bibles, reference/study/devotional books, kids books, teaching materials, and other media. Sister Ofel Mendizabal, director of PAMI’s Emmaus Bible Institute, has been distributing this literature to various pastors and Christian workers of PAMI and other missions/churches throughout Sorsogon Province from January – June 2022. Some books were given to EBI students, and some distributed to attendees of Province-wide workshops and seminars of partner organizations that are fairly often hosted at EBI.
The first five boxes arrived on January 9, 2002 and contents sorted into stacks for distribution:
EBI students were happy to each receive a couple items each:
Bags of books distributed to various pastors and ministry leaders:
The second batch of 5 boxes arrived March 27, 2022 and contents sorted into stacks:
Books distributed to attendees of March 30-31, 2022 God’s Appointed People seminar hosted at EBI:
Books distributed after Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child teacher training hosted at EBI in April 2022:
Books distributed after Faith Comes By Hearing Bicolano Proclaimer audio Bible training hosted at EBI in early June 2022:
After all these distributions, Sister Ofel still has 10 more bags of ICLD books yet to give away. All these materials provided and sent by ICLD are much appreciated. We send a big thank you to John Stacknik and the rest of ICLD’s volunteers, and all those who donated these wonderful resources.
For more pictures of ICLD book distribution, you can view previous blog posts:
Or see the following Distribution of ICLD Books pdf file listed in the following December 22, 2018 post:
2021 Summary and January 2022 Bulletin
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:
The Bridge of Life and Modular EBI Extension Classes
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:
For more info about these Modular EBI Extension Classes, see the October 2020 blog posts and Oct 2020 PAMI Bulletin.
Also see the following outline for the second round Modular Extension Classes planned for June 2021 – November 2021.
Fifty bags of ICLD books distributed to Christian workers
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:
More baptisms and outreaches
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: