Philippine-Asian Mission, Inc is an evangelical, interdenominational Christian mission. It is a faith mission, looking solely to the Lord to provide for mission needs and leadership. Indigenous Filipinos are committed to bringing the Gospel to unreached and little reached people groups. Prayer and financial support comes from around the world.
While serving in the western Philippine Islands under another mission (Bethany Fellowship Missions) Norval Thorud felt a strong call to open a new work in an unevangelized area. He felt it was to begin in the town of Bulan in Sorsogon Province. Bulan particularly had a reputation of being a wicked and dangerous place. After completing their field term with Bethany, Norval and Ardelle Thorud returned to the Twin Cities to form a mission board and incorporate PAMI as a non-profit in Dec. 1981. In the summer of 1982 they returned to the Philippines and started PAMI in Bulan, which is one of the towns where PAMI still works today.
Initially Ardelle and Norval were viewed with suspicion; people often wondered whether they were spying for the government or for the Communists. The Tabio and Delia Homo family were the first to give their hearts to the Lord and be baptized. Tabio became a pastor but has passed on. But his brother Joel Homo still pastors the church in Fabrica, which is one of the daughter churches of the Bulan Church.
Initially western missionaries taught in the Bible School and established outreach posts. Today the field work of PAMI is managed entirely by Filipinos. The leadership and all the pastors and workers are Filipinos. They know the Gospel, the language, and the culture. Most of them are graduates of EBI, and many later teach at EBI, continuing the cycle of discipleship.
As of March 2010 there are 23 paid Filipino workers in 13 locations ministering daily in their baranguays (neighborhoods). The volunteer Board of Directors in the Twin Cities raise prayer and financial support. Because of extremely low administrative overhead, 99% of financial support goes to the field.
Since the early days of PAMI, the Lord started pointing to the establishment of a Bible School to train national workers. Emmaus Bible Institute (EBI) opened in June 1984 as a four year Bible School, with three years of study and one year of internship. It is dedicated to developing Christian workers totally committed to the Lord and to the spread of His Gospel.
The first class of four graduated in March of 1988. All four chose to serve with PAMI even without assurance of wages. In the past twenty years about 100 have graduated from EBI. Many work with other missions; some remain as pastors and church planters with PAMI.
The geographical area that has heard the Gospel through PAMI continues to expand. Starting with one location in 1982, there are 13 church plants overseen by PAMI Filipino workers 28 years later. Most recently workers have begun outreaches in Northern Samar.
House Bible Studies, children’s milk feeding outreaches, Vacation Bible Schools, radio programs, and film showings were the initial outreach methods, which are still used. Today the EBI campus has a bakery that serves as both an outreach and income generator. In addition, PAMI has recently been partnering with other Christian organizations like Compassion International, Faith Comes By Hearing, and Operation Blessing, along with maintaining and expanding the core ministry.
1976-81 - Norval and Ardelle Thorud serve with Bethany Mission Fellowship on the Island of Mindoro
Dec. 1982 - PAMI incorporated as a Minnesota non-profit.
1982 - Norval & Ardelle fly to the Philippines and arrive in Bulan during a raging typhoon. First Bible Studies are held in the homes of Benjamin Homo and his son Tabio Homo.
1982-87 - Norval and Ardelle Thorud served as U.S. missionaries in Bulan
1983 - First baptism, including Tabio Homo and two of his sons.
1984 - Emmaus Bible Institute (EBI) founded in Bulan
1984-86 - Roger and Leota Hines family served as U.S. missionaries in Irosin (and teaching at EBI)
1987-89 - Bruce Danielson served as a U.S. missionary in Bulan and Sorsogon. He married a Filipino named Jing Fortes.
1988 - EBI moved to a rented building in Sorsogon City proper.
1988 - First graduating class from EBI, including Virgilio Fulo, Ofel Dionada (now Chito Mendizabal's wife), William Thompson, and Maryet Rosin
1989 - Property for EBI is bought in Guinlijon. Construction and classes started at the site in 1990.
1989 - Field operation of PAMI turned over to Filipino nationals, with Ligaya Arciago and Letty Duque sharing leadership.
1990 - Ligaya married Noelito Hablo and they jointly shared leadership. Letty married Virgilio Fulo.
1994 - Virgilio Fulo becomes PAMI field director. Chito Mendizabal becomes director of EBI.
2001 - First PAMI Christian radio program conducted by Ptr. Randy Rivera in Irosin.
2003 - Construction of multi-purpose building at EBI
2004 - Lot purchased and building constructed for Bulan church
2004 - Chito Mendizabal assumes the position of PAMI Field Director. Ptr. Randy & Nida Rivera start working in Allen, Samar.
2005 - Norval Thorud called home to be with the Lord. Memorial gifts used to build Tatay's Bakery on the EBI Campus.
2006 - New church building constructed at EBI. Typhoon hits in November, requiring much repair at EBI.
2008 - Parsonage/guest house constructed at EBI
2009 - EBI selected as a site for Compassion International, ministering to 100 children and their families each week.
2010 - PAMI selected as a partner with Faith Comes by Hearing, to do their pilot End-to-End program, involving "Jesus" film showings, audio Bible listening groups, and Bible distribution.
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