Praise God for you, that you thought of our ministry here in Davao when
asked about mission projects to support! A resume of our work, complete
with needs presently waiting for funding:
Beginning in 1988, the formulation of an international church planting outreach in the Philippines was becoming established. After two years of prayerful planning, the first site visit was made in 1990. Four more visits to various locations in the country over the course of the next six years revealed a perfect spot: Davao City.
In February of 1997, Paul and Elvie Barner, of American and Philippine descent, started their first church plant, in Laverna Hills Subdivision, on the outskirts of Davao City, the third greatest city in the Philippines. The first response from neighbors was a cold shoulder. This was a result of the various religions represented by those in the area: Catholic, Buddhist, B'hai, Mormon, etc..
The need of establishing a "point of contact" was evident. After attempting cell groups, Bible Studies, house-to-house evangelism, crusades and tract distribution, we hit paydirt with children's meetings. Each time we planned a VBS, After school Bible Club, or Children's puppet crusade, hundreds of children came and packed out our little house church which met in a carport. In one instance, 185 children were in chairs, standing, and sitting on a mat on the floor, hearing the gospel. Many even made decisions for Christ at that time.
This great success in reaching the children led to the establishment of a Christian preschool in 1998, and in 2001, after receiving approval for elementary grades from the Government Department of Education, we opened first grade. This has been followed in succeeding years by additional grades, a new one each year. The name of the school is Barner Christian Academy of Davao City.
Besides preschool and elementary grades, a high school and vocational training college are in the plans. Education is a great need in a third world country like the Philippines. Not only does it lift the population out of the dredges of illiteracy and unproductibility, but it also builds the church. In these four years since we began the church planting work in 1997, the church has grown from scratch to 1300 each Sunday. Presently, the carport church has outgrown its facilities and has moved to the school campus.
This entire work has been accomplished independently, since most mission groups will not support a biracial couple. Through gifts from family, friends, and churches, this work is flourishing, lives are being mended, and souls are receiving eternal life.
As you see by this listing, the price ranges vary greatly. Hopefully, one of these pressing needs will fit the design of what you have in mind. Praise God that He supplies all of our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus!
Click Here to download a sponsorship card, to sponsor a BLC student.
To donate funds to support the work of the BLC, you may mail a check to:
Please write "801-BLC" on the comment line of your check to ensure that your donation reaches BLC. Christian Aid Mission accepts donations on behalf of the BCA and will ensure that you receive a statement describing your donations at the end of the year.
You may also donate by credit card using the Christian Aid website, http://www.christianaid.org. Just click the Contribute link and please be sure to include the name Barner Christian Academy of Davao City and the code 801-BLC in the Gift Designation Information section.
Thank you for your part in reaching the Philippines for Jesus!
"Let the islands rejoice!"
Christian Aid Mission
Please indicate that the donation is for the Barner Christian Academy of Davao City, 801-BLC.
Thanks for your prayers!!
FAQ 1- How
secure are credit card donations through the Christian Aid website,
FAQ 2- Can
I send through my credit card directly to Barner Christian Academy of Davao City?
FAQ 3- When
I sponsor a child, when will my commitment end?
FAQ 4- Why
do I have to pay 12 months for child sponsorship, when the school year
is only 10 months?
FAQ- I want
to sponsor a child. How do I begin?
Classes start in June, and with the three-month gifts of April, May and June, we get the pupils started with their uniforms, books, and desk supplies (pencils, crayons, etc.). Needless to say, these costs substantially overextend the $25-per-month support received from the sponsors. But in the long run, it all balances out by the end of the year, since the monthly tuition cost is less than $25 a month. The way we came up with $25 a month is that we figured out the total cost of having a child in the school for a year, and divided that by the 12 months of the year. Easier that way for sponsors to get the correct amount through.
Planning a visit?
The following is a list of suggested immunizations for anyone interested in visiting the Philippines on a short term mission trip, or for whatever reason. The list was from a doctor friend of mine, in Missouri. He was our team leader when we came out through the Rotary in 1994.
I recommended general immunization for Typhoid Fever, Asiatic Cholera, and to avoid possibility of Hepatitis to get .5 ml of Immune Globulin two weeks prior to departure. Also a booster dose of IPV (inactivated Polio vaccine and begin malaria suppression with mefloquine --Larium). Drink only bottled water and avoid uncooked food unless thoroughly washed or pealed to avoid aomebic dysentery. Have a supply of any prescription medication with you.
June 17, 2016