After each children’s ministry event in the Chinese Cemetery, one of the leaders will ask the young people to give an assessment of their recently finished works. They desire to improve and be more excellent in ministry, so everyone gives their own feedback. After cleaning the children’s area, they gather and talk. They evaluate the song and dance interpretation and storytelling time. They pray together and encourage each other to faithfully continue to serve the Lord.
The children’s coloring time is every Saturday morning. They gather outside the church building, and we separate them into groups based on their ages. The children are so thankful to have the opportunity to use coloring materials after every Bible lesson. They are so excited to color that they perch in random places, on the floor or at the table. Most of the children are new and excited to learn and engage in activities. The leaders are helping them to learn how to use the crayons and hold them properly. Everyone is happy and excited, and the leaders are patient to help and encourage the children to do the coloring activities.
Josephine is a mother who regularly attends the church fellowship every Sunday. She is slightly deaf and has a hard time speaking, but she desires to worship God faithfully. Josephine is working as a dishwasher in a seafood restaurant. Shew as praying for work to support her family and finally her prayers were answered.
Every week, Bro. Rommel comes to the Chinese cemetery to lead Bible studies for the youth. They gather inside the church and encourage each other to grow faithfully in the Lord.
Annabel is one of our church leaders in the Chinese cemetery ministry. She is always present during our weekly prayer meetings. This month our theme was all about generosity and tithing. After Annabel heard the preaching about tithing, she challenged herself to apply the principles. She is a dishwasher and all-around worker in a small restaurant and is always giving her best. After three weeks, Annabel was surprised because her boss gave her an additional allowance. She just started this job this year, while some of her fellow workers had been with the restaurant for more than two years. Annabel gave her testimony at our Sunday fellowship regarding this experience.
Ebonne is a junior high school student and also one of our leaders in the children’s ministry. She was still a child when she started to attend the ministry. We praise the Lord that she is now helping to minister to the children. Ebonne has two sisters, they live in a different town. She is living in the Chinese cemetery with her Aunt. Her life is very chaotic and her mother is sickly, but Ebonne finds happiness and solutions in serving God. She is eager to grow in her faith.
- Pray for the youth leaders to mature and grow in their faith and continue ministering to the children.
- Pray that Bro. Rommel will enroll in this coming CKC Bible school class.
- Pray for sis. Ebonne to grow in her faith and be used for God’s ministry.
- Pray for this coming month, we have an outdoor fellowship, and we pray that God will provide the transportation and safety as we travel.
- Pray for these children to grow as God-fearing people.
- Pray for God to provide musical instruments for the church.
- Pray for our connections with the programs that support children’s school needs.
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.