Pastor Jonet’s Testimony
My name is Jonet, and I grew up here in the Philippines. I have several siblings and am the second oldest in my family. When I was 12 years old, my parents separated which was hard for me to understand. When I graduated from elementary school, my mother sent me to live with my uncle, her brother. In Zamboanga De Sur I would help my uncle fish at night. I would sleep for about six hours and go to school the next day without a shower. During my first year of high school, I would walk without shoes or slippers 4 kilometers. I started drinking alcohol by the time I was fifteen years old.
It was when I began working as a gym instructor that I made some new friends who invited me to a mid-week church service. In April of 1996, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and surrender my addictions and life to Him. I enrolled at the Cebu Korean School of Theology and am serving the Living God by His Grace.
In December 2017 Pastor Norberto from White Fields told me about the Carreta Chinese Cemetery ministry. He asked if I could lead the ministry starting in 2018. I accepted and am excited to share God’s Word but nervous because this is a challenging area. Currently, we have a children’s ministry on Saturday and Sunday, and a Church service at 8 am on Sunday.
My former Bible schoolteacher in CKC- SOT, Rev. Charles Cheung, gave spiritual food and encouraged leaders during the Christmas celebration in Careta cemetery. They distributed ten kilos of rice to all adult attendees during the Christmas Day celebration in the church.
Empowered Mothers: Growing Together in Faith and Fellowship
This Group of Mothers Engages in Bible Study Every Saturday Morning. For almost three Saturdays, we changed our venue outside the church building. We started with only ten attendees since we initiated this Mother’s Bible Study in the middle of the year. However, as of now, there are thirty attendees.
Initially, they hesitated to pray and read the Bible, but now they willingly participate in opening and closing prayers. After our Bible study, the leaders from Cebu Korean Church (CKC) generously provided food packs and a Happy Meal from Jollibee to each mother who attended the Bible study.
Hopeful Gifts: A Christmas Blessing for Lisa and Thelma, Our Church Leaders
Lisa and Thelma, two church leaders, received a special Christmas privilege from CKC (Cebu Korean Church). Each Christmas, CKC generously gives gifts to our church leaders. This year, Rhue selected nine church members to receive gifts, each containing a bag of groceries.
Str. Lisa, a regular attendee at our Wednesday evening prayer meetings, has faced challenges since her husband was incarcerated in August on drug-related charges. Left to support her two daughters and one grandson alone, she makes a living selling snacks inside the cemetery and occasionally taking up laundry services for well-known families in the village.
She was thrilled to learn about the opportunity to receive a gift from CKC and arrived early at the church. She was deeply moved and almost brought to tears when she received the gift full of groceries.
Joyful Outreach: CKC’s Heart-warming Visit to Chinese Cemetery
The deacons of CKC and Associate Pastor Woon Woo Yoon contacted me, expressing their intention to visit the Chinese Cemetery and provide food for 150 children. On Friday morning, they arrived and brought Jollibee Happy Meals.
Before commencing the program, Associate Pastor Woon Woo Yoon and one of the deacons shared their testimonies, recounting their challenging lives in South Korea. Pastor Woon Woo Yoon encouraged the children to continue listening to the Word of God and always pray.
Following their testimonies, teen leaders presented songs and dances. After the program, Pastor Woon Woo Yoon and the church deacons distributed Happy Meals to the children. The children were overjoyed, enjoying their meals, and each one received a Happy Meal to take home. The parents were delighted with the special treat their children received.
Touching Lives: A Gift of Medication Brings Joy to Grandmother Encar Pastor Yoon brought medicine for hypertension and gave it to me. In one of my visitations, I noticed that Grandmother Encar did not attend worship service consistently as before. When I asked her, she told me she did not feel well due to hypertension. I gave her the bottle of medicine to her. She was so blessed to receive her answered prayer.
Pray for God’s provision for the paints to be used for painting and beautifying church buildings. Pray for the musical instruments for the church. Pray for the growth and maturity of the church members. Pray for God’s provision and safe travel in January 2024. Pray that the parents of the children will commit their lives to the Lord. Pray that we can avail an installation of electricity in the church.
Michael used to run away from the Sunday gatherings when he was in his teens. Because of wrong decisions he made, he was put in prison for six years. It was in jail that he was able to hear God’s Words. I shared with him and his cell mates once a week. Now that he is on parole, we praise the Lord that he already has a job.
- Pray for Michael’s spiritual growth.
- Pray for the continuous study of God’s Word by Michael and his family.
Mayjean used to attend church in her teens. After graduating from high school, she moved to a different place. After some time, she returned to our area with her child and is struggling with marital problems. At first, she was hesitant to attend church again, but with constant encouragement, she started to attend the worship service.
Every Saturday, the Children’s ministry leaders hold a meeting. We discussed how to improve the ministry and how we can increase the children’s growth. We thank the Lord because a friend blessed us with a free meal for the leaders. After the simple meal, everyone was happy and felt blessed by the reminder that God honors our service.
We are thankful for our senior pastor and leaders’ opportunity to visit the ministry in the Chinese Cemetery. The members of the church had the opportunity to hear testimonies of how lives were changed, and many attendees raised their hands in a visible acceptance of Jesus into their lives. We praise the Lord for God’s work in the lives of our members. We also enjoyed a simple meal and fellowship together.
Three known thieves in the community always lined up to receive snacks. One day we tried to engage them in conversation and with time, we shared God’s love to them. They were very hesitant at first, but with constant encouragement became more open to God’s Word. We thank God for dealing with these men.
- Pray that they will have a change of heart and accept God’s gift of salvation and love for them.