This month we saw our prayers answered! Back in March we had a difficult time getting permits from the government official in our area and were even harassed by them as well. Now almost seven months later the local officials appreciate our work in the community. We no longer have problems with the work we are doing amongst the youth. The Barangay police and officials are kind to us and apologetic for what happened in the past. They now understand our work and have expressed gratitude for the work we do spiritually and morally in our town.
We continue to help the community and the children. The parents are thrilled with the help we offer teaching people to increase their livelihood. I praise God because there is no barrier to sharing the gospel here. We use the barangay hall freely, and the children play, read, and hear the word of God joyfully.
In Sapangdako Cebu City, I gathered all my leaders at the barangay hall for a meeting and bible study. I taught them how to be good servants from the Bible. We had one complaint after we use the hall and the complaint was that the hall was left dirty with garbage on the floor. I did not believe the criticism because we cleaned the area before we left. However, I used this as a teaching moment that we are to be good servants because God opened the doors for us to use the hall and that we should be diligent in keeping it clean. During our meetings, the leaders suggested that we clean the building before we use it, and pick up right after. One of my leaders suggested we donate paint for the hall. I’m happy with their suggestions and willingness to help keep the place clean.
During my bible study in the capitol (Downtown Cebu City) I shared God’s word with Brother Samuel who was not able to walk, but now he can walk short distances. We prayed, and I helped him with some acupuncture.
Brother Samuel is 78 years old and is very thankful to the Lord because he can walk short distances. In his testimony, he shared last week that his brother died due to a lung cancer. He thanked God for giving him a chance to continue to serve him in this life.
- Pray for healing for Brother Samuel and that he will know Gods purpose in his life.
- Pray Brother Berting and Samuel will worship the Lord every Sunday.
My bible study in Sitio Kaymitohan has more women who multi-task by listening to my teaching while they prepare hanging rice to sell. Their chief source of income is to make and sell things from food to trinkets. Even though they are busy, they continue to take time to listen to God’s word. They have proven that they can earn while they learn.
I thank God for continuing to bless my family and ministry this year. In October our leaders decided to have an evangelism crusade in the CPDRC Jail. (Editors contextual note: this is the same prison that rose to prominence with choreographed dances done by the inmates beginning in 2006.) We invited several evangelism ministries to join us, and they helped by sending volunteers and financial support. We ministered to 2,300 inmates including their families and were able to provide food and beverages ass well. Our great God gave us a group of 20 people to help evangelize in the jail, and the leaders we have raised up in prison handled the praise and worship. For this event, we had three preachers, one came from the US, and the other two came from Manila.
This crusade was very timely for the inmates and their relatives. Most of their families are not Christians, and after the preaching and altar calls, we were amazed to see many inmates and their loved ones decided to profess faith in Jesus and repent of their sins. They came forward, and all the leaders prayed for them. Many inmates were happy because their families also came to profess faith in Jesus. Approximately 4,000 people heard the word of God this day, and almost half of them received Jesus. After this event, we gave the inmate bread and juice for their snacks. The warden of the jail was so happy because he believes that Jesus has touched the lives of many.
Only God can change lives through His word, and the jail is God’s chosen place for them to hear about salvation. Our leader in the prison and his brother Lem always pray that the CPDRC jail will become the most peaceful jail in the world. Thank God for his mercy and grace because our leaders in jail have the heart to evangelize prisoners to become strong believers in our Lord.
Plan and Prayer Request:
- Pray that our one to one evangelism through the parents and leaders will be successful.
- Pray for guitars for our worship music.
- Pray for the leaders of the church.
- Pray for the family of Brother Lem, our worker in Jail.
- Pray for the family of Elvie Rivera, our worker for the women’s and children’s ministry.
- Pray for me as a pastor, for my spiritual needs, physical strength, knowledge, and wisdom.
- Pray for my family, my wife Grace’s health, my older son Joseph James for his studies, my daughter Anna Margarett for her studies, my son John Paul for his studies, and my youngest Joshua Dale for his health.
- Pray for all our church members and their financial needs these coming months.
- Pray for Charlyn Badayos and family for their needs of a church to join in their area.
Without the support of White Fields it would have been very difficult to do what we do now. Thank you for helping kickstart our ability to minister to our people!
This month we had a women’s leadership training. Sister Elvie led the women through a study in God’s word to help them and remind them how important it is to take care of their families. We have many challenges in our church with mothers being irresponsible. Many of the women are distracted from their home duties because of their temptations and choices in life. Some of them participate in gambling, alcohol, and drugs. Their surrounding neighbors influence these behaviors, and many of the children are affected by these street influences. One of the members shared how her 11-year-old son does not always come home. He spends his time with the neighbor kids stealing from random people. Sister Elvie is a member of Community Health Education (CHE) and expressed her willingness to train the women in the area in addition to women in the church. She shared God’s word about family living with the women after listening to their struggles. I praise God that I have a friend willing to help me as a church planter in reaching the community. One woman said that the training has helped her understand the importance of being a better mother to her children.
- I pray that Elvie will not stop this training until my leaders grow and are strong in their spiritual life.
This month our attendance was low during our bible study because many of the parents are busy working and earning a living. During this bible study, Charlyn shared that the police caught her 19-year-old son with drugs. Her son is a drug addict, and Charlyn was so confused and was worried for her son. She kept asking “How can I bail my son out of jail?” She is very poor and wasn’t able to bail him out. During this time, she fell on her knees and prayed about her problem. By faith, she asked God sincerely to intervene. One of her friends came to advise her and told her to let her son stay in jail for safety purposes. Her friends said that it might be hard to see her son in prison, but that God has a reason and a lesson for her and her son.
- Pray that her son will come to know the Lord and accept him as his Lord and Savior and that Sister Charlyn will grow in faith with God during this trying time.
We have a bible study in jail; we know that the regular prisoners do nothing but sleep after each meal. Our Christian prisoners regularly have intercessory prayer for all Christians around the world after their meals. They pray not only for themselves but all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Before we started our Bible study, they had group prayers that including my prayer requests. I’m happy for them and grateful that they always pray for me, my ministry, and my family. That’s why I love prison ministry; they love pastors who minister to them in this way. I thank God that we have prayer partners with our brothers and sisters inside the jail.
Plan and Prayer Requests:
- Pray for financial needs of our livelihood programs.
- Pray for a guitar for our worship songs.
- Pray for the family of sister Charlyn and her son who is in jail.
- Pray for the leaders of the church.
- Pray for me as a pastor, my spiritual needs, physical strength, knowledge, and wisdom.
- Pray for my family, my wife Grace’s health, my older son Joseph James for his work, my daughter Anna Margarett for her studies, my son John Paul for his studies, and my youngest Joshua Dale for his health.
- Pray for all of our member’s financial needs this coming month of October.
- For the inmates pray for their health, spiritual growth, and the financial needs of their families.
Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel. Together let us pray that many people will be drawn into relationship with Him!
I praise and thank God; this month that I can share pictures of the ministry, I do inside the prison. Even though it is highly prohibited to bring a camera into the jail, the ministry leaders asked for permission, and I was allowed to take photos of the outside. My leaders joined me on one of my visits; Brother Ruben was one who came to fellowship with the prisoners. He delivered the message and was blessed because he was able to witness the inmates worship the Lord, and see how they responded to God’s Word.
This month we had 300 prisoners attend worship. We have leaders that are inmates and have been trained to witness to their prison mates. Their focus is to share the gospel so that the prisoners will return to the Lord. He said it is not easy to convince prisoners, but I encouraged and told him that his part is to share and God will do the rest and change their life’s if they are willing to accept His word. I thank God because they are increasing in numbers in the fellowship. Brother Lem Bayo trained other leaders in witnessing to new incoming prisoners, and also other inmates inside the jail. I’m glad because they have a vision that all prisoners will become Christians despite their imprisonment.
- Pray that more prisoners will be saved as well as the jail guards.
- Pray that God’s word will never depart from their lives.
In my new bible study in Barangay Capitol Site, I am always blessed by the senior citizens who are enthusiastically attending the sessions. I met Tatay and Leopoldo (father) almost 70 years old. He continues to ride his bicycle to the study each week and has attended for two years now. I also thanked Tatay Samuel he is 64 years old and shows interest in attending the gospel bible study. Tatay Samuel was recently healed from a leg and knee illness that prevented him from walking. He continues to thank God for his miracle healing. There were several medications that the doctor prescribed, but none were effective. I told him that there are people also praying for him and his full healing. He was happy to hear.
In my new area, I have a new attendee; she is a teacher at Abellana National School. Her name is Mrs. Adelita Osorio; I appreciate her interest in learning the gospel because I would like her to become one of the leaders.
- Please pray that our senior citizens will continue to be healthy and attend bible study.
- Please pray that our new attendees will have an understanding and wisdom of God’s word.
In our new prospect area, Sitio Kaimitohan Barangay Sapangdaku, Cebu City. I organize a program where we will teach spiritual, physical, and mental well-being. We learned about the spiritual and physical aspect this month of August, including livelihood. The parents of sister Elvie and I taught a livelihood program. We made a fabric conditioner. They all collaborate in the process, one parent will always mix the ingredients, and the other one will shake the ingredients until they are ready. After three days, the product will be available for use. This skill has been helpful and useful to them. They did not buy fabric conditioner because they made it, and they can make a sale for an extra income for their families. We are truly thankful to God for the holistic ministry to deliver the gospel.
After our livelihood programs, I also did physical therapy for the parents. Most of the people have arthritis, back pain, hand, and feet pain. They are thankful for what we share with them spiritually, physically, and mentally. I thank God because they participate in our programs.
Plan and Prayer Request:
- Pray for the prisoners in jail and our workers.
- Pray for our programs in Sitio Kaimitohan Barangay Sapangdaku.
- Pray for our bible studies in the new areas in Capitol sites and my new prospect leaders.
- Pray for my family, salvation, and church involvement.
- Pray for Sister Elvie and her Family.
After a week, our leaders visited the families who joined our livelihood programs. In one of our bible studies, Sister Ivy committed her life to teaching the children stories, songs, and more. Sister Ivy wants to help children grow and know Jesus Christ. It is her desire that all the children will fear God. I thank God for sister Ivey and her heart to help the children for their future. I also visited Sitio, I visited a family whom I had met. I spent some time talking to them and their children. They thanked us for our Livelihood programs, they mentioned that they don’t have money to go to the hospital and get a check-up for their children, and it takes 3 kilometers walking to get a ride to PUJ. I shared with them that God has a purpose for them. I also asked them if they would be interested in a monthly meeting at their home, and they answered yes. They are willing to have me visit, and I thank God for their response.
- Please pray for the people of Sitio.
- Please pray for the children’s spiritual growth.
- Please pray for Sister Ivy’s spiritual growth.
This month of August our jail church faced a challenging situation. The government of the Philippines declared no visitors were allowed inside the prison. But we thank God that Pastor Lem asked the warden for permission to visit once a month, and the warden agreed to let him visit. Pastor Lemuel and the leaders were thrilled because we have a continual fellowship and prayer for the prisoners. Pastor Lemuel shared that the attendance has increased, but because of the no visitation policy, it is a difficult situation for the families that cannot visit them. Pastor Lemuel said they pray to the Lord that the management will change the policy so that their loved ones can visit them. This is a big problem right now with the jail ministry, the people constantly ask for prayer that their families can visit. They also ask Pastor Dale to please prays for them. Pastor Lemuel wants to have a church anniversary the 3rd week of December. Even though visitors are not allowed, he will start writing letters to the government to see if he will allow pastors, family, and friends on that day. I told him I would pray for that day as well. Meanwhile, the inmates worship the Lord faithfully, and they always share the gospel with other inmates and pray for each other.
- Please pray for our pastor Lemuel and the situation inside the jail.
- Please pray for the lifting of the “no visitor policy” inside the jail.
- Please pray for our church anniversary in December.
I thank God for my bible study in the month of July in Barangay Capitol Sites. Despite the demolished homes, we continued our bible study. A brother attended my bible study in June. He was put on a prayer request list because he was not able to walk. After a long series of prayers brother Berting is slowly walking. It was amazing that brother Berting can now walk and is actively attending our bible study. He was hospitalized for a month, and his body was not responding to any medicine, hence he decided to go home. He has a son; however, his son has no money for the hospital or medication, so his only option was to pray. Praise the Lord, after much prayer and walking exercises he can now stand alone and can walk without a bamboo stick supporting his hand. He was very happy because even without the help of anyone he can stand alone. Praise the Lord, He answers prayer. Brother Samuel is the older brother of Berting, in the past he believed that evil spirit gave him the illness, but now he realized that only God allowed the illness so that he can serve the Lord better. To God be the glory!
The women’s bible study in Sitio Kaimitohan is led by sister Elvie. The attendance has increased because sister Elvie has livelihood project in her area. One of the projects was making detergent powder that would last two weeks. The women like these types of project because it is useful for their needs. Right now they have 1 peso (coin) a day to help finance their projects and earn extra income for their family. And they invite others to participate in their activities and to learn how to help their families. Now, Sister Elvie continues to teach them how to be good parents. Most of the parents were devoted Roman Catholics, but we continued to teach about God’s Word, and by God’s grace, they no longer worship the Catholic images.
- Please pray for brother Berting and brother Samuel that they will both grow in their faith.
- Please pray that brother Berting would be completely healed from his illness.
- Please pray for the leaders and members of Barangay Kaimitohan.
Thank you so much for prayers and financial support!
Your friend, Pastor Abella
I thank God for blessing our ministry this month. Our Children’s ministry in Barangay Sapangdako Cebu City continues by God grace. The barangay officials appreciated our work in the city, this was nice, but there are times we have struggles with the barangay city leaders. On one of our Saturday mornings in the barangay hall the gate was locked so we were worried about our scheduled feeding program. I, my Korean friends, the children, and the parents were all excited to get inside. We waited for almost an hour outside the barangay hall to find out that the officer-in-charge fell asleep. I called up other barangay staff and they told us that they did not receive any request and after some time they just said that they were cleaning the hall and afterward we would be allowed to enter. They are lying to the barangay official, but many parents commented that the staff were sleeping inside. The barangay officials apologized to the parents and us because of what happened. So we thank God because we were able to continue the activity for that day. On June 28, 2017, we had our feeding again in the same place, and the barangay police and officials treated us well. To God be the glory!
We continue to help the local community and the children. The parents and some Korean friends were pleased with us because they allow Christian ministry. I praise God because there is an open opportunity to share the gospel in this area. We use the barangay hall happily, and the children play, read, and hear the word of God.
For my Bible Study in June in barangay Sapangdako Cebu City, I gathered all my leaders in the barangay hall to study with them. I taught about being a good steward. Considering that the barangay police complained that the hall was dirty after we left it. From there, I used the opportunity to apply the lesson, and henceforth we use the place carefully and leave it clean. We discussed how to help keep the barangay hall clean and green. In our meetings, the leaders suggested before we use the hall we clean before and after we use it. One of my leaders even suggested that we donate paint for the hall. I’m happy for their suggestions to help the barangay clean and they have stated they want our activities to continue. Furthermore, they also want us to become unpaid volunteers for the barangay. This month of June the barangay officials were thankful to us because the barangay hall was always clean. For me, this has a big impact on my ministry here in the barangay Sapangdako. I thank God to my leaders that they may apply what I was sharing with them about being good stewards.
In my bible study at Capitol Site brother Samuel regularly attends, he has a disease that limits his ability to walk. We include him in our prayers, and I apply acupuncture treatments to him. Before he had a walking cane to support his legs but now he can walk without a cane in his hand.
Brother Samuel was thankful to the Lord because he was able to see improvements in his condition. He shared last week that his brother died due to cancer of the lungs. Samuel is thankful because God healed him of his cancer and this is his second chance in life. Let us pray that he will live a life of service to God. Despite being 78 years old, he encouraged his family his brother Berting to worship the Lord every Sunday.
My other bible study is held in Sitio Kaimitohan this study has more women than men. Sister Elvie volunteered to lead this bible study which is unique because it is held in a Catholic chapel. While listening to the bible study, they worked making hanging rice from coconut leaves. They make their income from making and selling hanging rice. It is a cooked rice wrapped in coconut leaves. They earn Php 7.00 for doing 100 pieces of hanging rice. For a day they can make 1,500 to 3,000 pcs (less than $1). For me, the work is not a hindrance as they hear the word of God while making an income. Praise the Lord.
In June the leaders were happy because they now have additional income for their family. We trained them how to make powdered detergent soap. They sell it per kilo for 80 pesos which is important because it raises their quality of life. The month of July we will be introducing training for fabric conditioner. Elvie’s teaching is used to help in physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. We hope and pray that this training will continue until the end of this year. The new members enjoyed their projects, and our leaders want to train more people. I thank God for their desire to teach others the gospel so their souls may be saved. I am so blessed to see them work together.
At present the Capital Site is not earning enough yet, everyone shares a little to help supply the ingredients for their products, but by Gods grace, each family has at least some additional income. Praise the Lord.
- Pray for the leaders and their desire to train others
- Please pray that the new members will be able to make more money from their projects.
- Pray for the safety of their children in school
- Pray for their physical and spiritual needs
Your friend in the ministry, Pastor Dale
This month I had a new training focused on leadership and discipleship for the parents. I call this training vacation bible school for parents which runs for one month. The training is a two-part training, moral uplift and livelihood programs on how to help them increase their daily financial support. We started training in the first week of May and ended the first week of June. The trainer was sister Elvie, she is a member of Community Health Education (CHE). We had 30 people who attended the training. I thank God because the parents are willing to learn. The first part the training is about the Great Commission in Matthew 28: 18-20, the 2nd weeks is about two great laws of Jesus, the 3rd weeks is about the Good news to Jerusalem, Samaria, and Judea. And the 4th week is focused on livelihood; this training was about “how to make detergent powder.” The graduation was held at the barangay Capitol social hall. These trainings are very useful to the parents to strengthen their spiritual needs, and to help them learn how to make something tangible to help the family financially.
- Please pray for our members in Capitol and Sapangdaku.
- Please pray our programs in sitio Kaimitohan.
- Please pray for our leaders in our Ministry in Capitol and Barangay Kaimitohan.
My Bible study was at the jail in the province of Cebu, which is well known as “Philippines Dancing Inmates.” Every Thursday I have a Bible study at the jail. The attendance is almost 200 inmates. I believe that the prisoners are not trouble-makers, they are not scandalous people. Once inside, they are kind, respectful, and they are serious in worshipping our living God. God used me in this area because they also need Christ in their lives. Every time I conduct Bible study inside the jail they cry and confess their sin. I thank God because in jail there are 70 inmates who have received Jesus. Even our Brother Jimbom who is serving time, and pastoring while in jail in the Manila City Jail has seen inmates come to Christ. The dancing inmates will continue their faith in Our Living God.
- Please pray that the life of Pastor Jimbo will be an example to other inmates.
- Please pray that the released of Brother Jimbo will be soon.
- Please pray for Brother Jimbo’s safety in maximum security Jail.
- Please pray for our brother and sister in CPDRC dancing inmates.
- Please pray for our new Pastor in Jail Brother Lem and his Family.
- Please pray for our new members in jail and our leaders.
The ministry in the Capitol Site Cebu City was blessed by God this month. Every Sunday God adds people to worship with us. I thank God because the members invite their neighbors to attend, despite their personal struggles they still invite people to church. Considering that June is the beginning of classes, the people are worried about their student’s needs for the upcoming school year. The people here in my new place are mostly farmers, carpenter and motorcycle driver. Most of them are the indigents and relied only on the government subsidy to help the poor.
I thank God for bringing our Korean friends to help them. They give their children plastic packs each month with rice, noodles and school supplies for this coming school year. As for me, I started teaching in a new area because of the new people attending the fellowship. I thank God that we have brothers and sisters helping me in the ministry.
- Please pray for the parents for their financial needs and spiritually.
- Please pray for their children for their safety going to school.
- Please pray for our Korean friends to continue their support in the children ministry in Barangay, Sapangdaku, and Sitiokaimitohan.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Dale
I thank God this month because our Koreans friends visited one of the areas I work in to help the families that have malnourished children. Several months ago we asked the Barangay (district) office to provide assistance to our area for malnourished children between the ages of four to seven yea
rs old. When an area is selected, they offer one-year programs to help these children with healthcare and schooling. This support provides a tremendous opportunity for the ministry. Our Korean friends visited this area with us at the beginning of the month, and they have selected 50 malnourished kids in the area to join this program. The leader of the Barangay office was enthusiastic to receive help from the Koreans in this way. As we minister with the Koreans in their program, it allows us to train the children and parents in God’s Word. We feed them and worship with them every Sunday.
The support the Koreans are giving us begins on February 28, 2017, in the Barangay Hall. When we meet we have joint singing and a Bible story time for children, then we provide a Bible study time for their parents. I thank God for the ability to join arm in arm with our Korean friends who have opened up another place for the Lords work here in Cebu City.
The second area I worked in was the Barangay(district) in Talisay City. We gathered all the children and parents in the Barangay gym and gave a presentation on the Gospel. Mr. Park (who is a talented musician) presented some of them with a special instrument called an Ocarina, an Ocarina is like a flute and is a wind instrument. Almost ninety parents attended, and many of the children enjoy this time. Mr. Park is a favorite musical artist in Korea, and he visits Cebu City to share Christian music thru his instrument the Ocarina. I thank God that I can share the word of God to so many places thanks to the open doors of our friends Koreans.
In the month of February, we hosted many visitors from Korea. (February is a big vacation time in Korea.) My fellow pastors and I are tourist guides and lead them around in Cebu City. Many of them are believers in Jesus and have the heart to help Filipino people. Some of my ministries occur in jail with prisoners, sometimes the Koreans come with me and prepare gifts for them and as well as a presentation. Mr. Park who I mentioned above came with me and presented some of them with the ocarina. He played Christian music, and the prisoners enjoyed his performance. Though the situation in prison is not good, the Koreans still go to share the love of Jesus Christ. Pastor Park shares the word of God to the prisoners and encourages them to continue to serve the Lord even if they are in jail. After the message the Koreans visitors will give their gifts to the prisoners, almost 600 prisoners received a pack of groceries and food. I thank God that my prison ministry can receive blessings thru our Korean brothers and sisters. The prisoners thank God because even in prisoners there are people who show them love and support them.
February 23, 2017, I celebrate my 43rd birthday. Before the day of my birthday, I always think what I will do on my birthday? My wife Grace and I talked about what we should do, and we decided to cook. We made something new on that day and decided to feed the children in my neighbors and share a blessing with them. Almost forty children from the neighborhood celebrated my birthday; they greeted me in with a loud voice singing Happy Birthday. I was so happy and moved by their singing that I cried. It was a simple celebration, and it was full of meaning. It was good for me as a pastor to have a good relationship with my neighbors. I pray that I can start a feeding program for my next-door-neighbor that can continue even if it is just only once a week.
- Pray for our plan to have a building to open a new ministry in Guadalupe Cebu City.
- Pray that we may receive a guitar for our worship music.
- Pray for the leaders of the church.
- Pray for the family of Bro. Jimbo Saladaga.
- Pray for the family of Ate elvie Rivera.
- Pray for me as a pastor, for my spiritual needs, physical strength, knowledge, and wisdom
- Pray for my family, the health of my wife Grace and son Joshua Dale, for my children Joseph James, Anna Margarett, and John Paul for their education.
- Pray for the financial needs of my church members in March.
- Pray for Charlyn Badayos family.
- Pray for my ministry in 2017.
- Pray that my daughter Ana Margarett will be accepted into school.
- Pray for my feeding program for the children this year.
Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In the month of November, we had a medical mission in barangay Sapangdaku. For this medical mission, we organized our group in the Leadership and Livelihood programs in sitio Kaimitohan. We thank God for this opportunity to help other people in this barangay. We are also thankful for the barangay officials that helped facilitate the doctors and the patients. Our medical mission was divided into two groups: the 1st group was in the barangay hall, and the 2nd group was in the open space at sitio Kaimitohan. In the barangay hall, almost 500 people came for a check-up, and free medicine was given. The patients came from all barangays as the barangay hall is in the center of this area. The 2nd group at sitio Kaimitohan was in the same place where we have our ministry. Almost 200 people came to the mission, mostly people that live in this sitio. The barangay official was very happy because the mission assisted their barangay that has been dealing with a dengue virus outbreak. We thank God that our medical mission was successful.
- Please pray for our ministry in barangay Sapangdaku.
- Please pray for the people who came to our medical mission.
- Please pray for the families that registered at the medical mission, that we can follow up with them and share the gospel.
One week later, after our medical mission, our leaders visited the families that came to the mission. One of the leaders, Sister Ivy, visited the place where most of the patients are children. She taught them stories, songs, and more. She wants to help the children grow to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, and to have a better future. I thank God for her, and that she has a heart to help the children. I also visited another sitio in Arkos. I visited with families and children. They thanked us for our medical mission, as they don’t have money to go to the hospital for their children to have a check-up. I am thankful for their feedback on our event. I shared with them that God has a purpose for them, and I also invited them to a monthly meeting in their area that they seemed interested in attending.
- Please pray for these two places that we visited in November.
- Please pray for the people in those areas, that they have an open heart to the gospel.
- Please pray for their health as well.
In the month of November, our jail church has been in a very difficult situation. The government of the Philippines declared that no visitors would be allowed inside the jail. These difficulties started back in August, and until now, there has been no changes. We thank God that Pastor Jimbo is always asking permission from the jail warden to allow us to go inside the jail, even if it is only once a month. So far, the warden has allowed us to go inside. Praise God! Pastor Jimbo and our leaders are very happy because we have been able to continue to fellowship with them and pray for each other. Pastor Jimbo shared with me that for their situation inside was good and the number of the fellowship is increasing, but for them, it is difficult as their family members cannot visit them due to the new rule. Pastor Jimbo has continued to pray that the management will change so that their love ones can visit them. This is a big problem! In December, Pastor Jimbo wants to have a church anniversary celebration, and is praying and writing letters to the governor that pastors and friends would be allowed inside the jail for that day. I am praying for him as well. The jail ministry continues to worship the Lord faithfully, share the gospel with the other inmates, and pray for each other.
- Please pray for our pastor (Jimbo), and the situation inside the jail.
- Please pray for our leaders and members to have patience as they wait for visitors to be allowed back in.
- Please pray for our church anniversary inside the jail, and for their needs this coming anniversary.
Thank you and God bless!
Last January, we had an evangelistic crusade inside the CPDRC jail. I thank God it was successful! Many inmates and relatives attended the crusade. The church inside the jail is also growing! Back in February, we had 47 inmates baptized, many of them were new believers. We invited our friend, pastor Jojo, to initiate the water baptism. In order to baptize the inmates, we used two big drums. One drum was full of water and the other drum was half full. The drum half full of water was used to baptize. When an inmate’s baptism overflowed, we got some water from the other drum to fill it back up again. This is a new baptism experience for me. Even though this is not the most conventional way to conduct baptisms, it works, and we do it because of the lack of resources in the jail. I praise and thank God for our leaders inside of the jail, especially Pastor Jimbo. God has really used him. He has a teachable heart to train his leaders how to share the word of God. I chose Pastor Jimbo as head pastor because he has a humble heart.
I praise and thank God for the children’s ministry in our new area of Barangay (neighborhood) Sapangdako, the ministry has been effective in sharing the Gospel to the people in the area. The parents (of the children) were very happy to see their children enjoy and learn something from their Korean teachers. The children know how to sing, dance, write, and make their activity project. The barangay officials were a blessing to our activities, they are allowing teaching to the parents about values to their community. They have convinced all the parents to attend our weekly Bible study in the barangay hall. I thank God that He is using Korean people to help us in our ministry and help people in these barangays by giving goods to them.
The Parents Bible study in the barangay hall is our new prospect in this barangay. The barangay officials choose them to attend this Bible study every Saturday morning. These parents are gamblers, they don’t work, and they take drugs. The barangay officials want these parents to change their lives by hearing teachings about the word of God. It is a blessing that the officials trust me and that they believe that the word of God can change them. I thank God for my ministry here in Sapangdako, that the barangay officials are involved, and that they care and want the community to change their lives. Next month, the old and new members will join together in the barangay hall to teach them about the Good News of Jesus Christ. I pray for those not only in the residential area, but for the barangay officials as well, that they will hear and know about the Good News.
- Pray for the prisoners in jail and our workers.
- Pray for our ministry in Kaimitohan this year.
- Pray for our Bible studies in the Capitol sites as well as for the leaders.
- Pray for my family.
- Pray for Elvie and her family.
- Pray for a space to build a church building.
- Pray for our new Leadership and Livelihood prospective programs.
- Pray for Ms. Abatayo, for her eyes, and that God would raise up funding for the operation expenses.
- Pray for a guitar, so that it will be used for praise and worship in Sapangdako.
We recently had a very special celebration at the Tabogon Christian Center in the northern part of Cebu. After working alongside my senior pastor (Chris Pano) for seven years, and graduating the CKC School of Theology, I have been installed and ordained as a pastor. I thank God for Pastor Chris as he has trained and taught me well. Hundreds of Station of Life church members were in attendance. This event has been a great encouragement for the youth and has motivated many to enroll in the CKC School of Theology in hopes of someday becoming a leader or pastor themselves.
In my newer target area, Sapandako, there has been good growth. When we first started here three months ago, it was hard for people to gather in one place. But now, God has provided us with a new place to worship in. We started with twelve families, and with the help of our Korean friends, that number has grown.
- Pray for our new target area in barangay Sapangdaku, Cebu City, as well as the programs in this community.
- Pray for the new worship place.
Evangelism for the children in Sapangdako is unique. We care that the children learn and grow spiritually, physically, and mentally. Along with a workshop, they are taught about Jesus and then there is a demonstration afterwards. Recently, our Korean friends have taught the children, step-by step, on how to cook Korean bread or “puto.” The children really enjoy how friendly they are! Our friends have also helped us in providing food to the children and that has opened the door to be able to minister to their parents and proclaim the word of God.
God has also provided other opportunities. He has opened gates to reveal livelihoods of the parents and their neighbors; they are interested in activities and projects. The most recent project was to make detergent powder. With our local ministry partner Elvie’s help, these programs can continue and be a success. Another strategy to help minister to these parents and neighbors is the ability to have acupuncture services in the area. Many of them have arthritis, body pain, etc., and I know that this type of treatment is needed and is useful. I thank God for my Korean friend who has taught me how to do this treatment.
- Pray for Elvie and her family.
I thank and praise God that he has opened up this area for activities and the Gospel. Because of Him, nothing is impossible!
Please also pray:
- For the prisoners in jail and our workers.
- For the programs in Sitio Kaimitohan.
- For our bible study in the Capitol sites.
- For my Family.