Reuben Jasper

Conversion Experience:

I grew up in a Christian family, and for quite a while, due to my parents’ involvement in the church, I thought I was saved. My mother was a Sunday school teacher, and my father was an active church leader. This belief was changed during the summer of the year 1996 when I attended a DVBS (daily vacation bible school). I did not understand the gospel at that time, but the pastor challenged us to stand if we wanted to know more about the gospel. I boldly stood up and was moved to another room. One of the teachers of DVBS taught me about the gospel. Then I understood that I needed to surrender and allow Jesus Christ to rule in my life. So I believed in Jesus as my Savior and Lord. And until now, I am thankful that I have decided to follow Jesus. I was a result of people doing their part in sharing the love of God with me, and now I would like to share the love of God with others. I want to influence the younger generations through my life example.

I plan to disciple and teach students so they can then go and make disciples for Christ. My goal is to see a gathering of students worshipping God at the university. Currently, I am walking around the campus and praying for all the students, especially those who will someday join my weekly worship. 

Ministry Calling:

The pastor, before I became a pastor, had the vision to start a campus ministry, and I was one of his prospects. I was hesitant at that time to commit to this vision since I was a music teacher with tons of students. Then I was assigned to teach at one of the cities in Mindanao for two years, and while there, I experienced campus ministries. I was mentored and grew in my faith. My heart opened with the desire to reach the younger generation as I saw many souls that needed Jesus Christ. I became a volunteer campus worker for one and a half years. I came back to Cebu city with the burden to reach as many young teens as possible. During this time, I met Pastor Cris Pano. I had never mentioned my desire to reach the campus students, but Pastor Cris shared his desire to reach the campuses in Cebu. I believe that God brought us together to fulfill this mission. 

Arnel Gabon

Pastor Arnel and his wife Charlotte. His children Channele and Jezreel.

Conversion Experience

I grew up in a family with one religion. My father is a leader and devoted servant of the Filipinista church. My family went to church every Sunday. Good works, tradition, and other ceremonial activities were the basis of our salvation.  We were active in religion but spiritually dead. We were open to God but far from Him. One Wednesday night, my cousin invited me to attend one of his Bible studies, it was September 22, 1999. Pastor Edwin Ramos, the Pastor of Covenant Faith Sanghan Cabadbaran Evangelical Free Church came and shared with us the gospel of salvation from John 3:16. And on that day, I understood the message of salvation and realized how wicked and miserable I was before God. So I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. From that day forward, I started going to their church and got involved in the ministry.

Ministry Call

After my conversion, I became active in my home church doing ministry; such as evangelism, bible studies, and I participated in youth activities. One day during our fellowship we were going to do a personal devotion and I meditated in the passage of Acts 1:8 says; “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” From that passage, I was fully convinced that the work of the Lord is huge and I felt that God was calling me to be a witness of his wonderful word of life. I shared with the church leaders to do more for the Lord and they prayed for me. Eight months later, with the advice and support of the church, I decided to go to the Bible College to further my training and preparation for the ministry that God called me to do, which was in the year 2000.  After I graduated from the Bible School, I was privileged to work at one of the Christian companies whose mission is to help people in all aspects of life. I thank the Lord for almost ten years of experience working in the community as minister of the gospel and I was able to plant a church by God’s grace. Joy, excitement, and God’s calling is the reason why I keep doing God’s ministry; I find so much meaning and fulfillment in serving the Lord. I praise God for how he uses other people and circumstances to equip and prepare for me to do even more for His kingdom purposes.

Alvin Jamisola

Pastor Alvin and his wife Melchora. His children Eunice, Carlos, and Ashly.

Conversion Experience

I grew up in a family of multiple religions. My father is a devoted Roman Catholic, my mother is a backslidden protestant, my eldest half-brother is from the Iglesia ni Cristo, my other two older half-brothers attend the seventh day Adventist church. My eldest brother is a Pastor and my other three eldest brothers also studied at the theological seminary. During my childhood, I lived in a Christian home, active in church activities. So I thought that I already had a personal relationship with God and that I was already saved. On a Wednesday night, October 13, 2004, Renante Jamisola, my brother came home from a prayer meeting and he saw me reading the Bible. He asked me, if you were to die, would you go to heaven? I answered I am not sure! That very moment my brother shared the gospel, and I understood the message of salvation and realized my sinfulness. So I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Lord and savior. From that day forward I started sharing the gospel and had bible studies in school with my classmates.

Ministry Call

After my conversion, I became active in church ministries.  I had the desire in my heart to work in full-time ministry, so after I graduated high school I continued my study at the Evangelical Theological College of the Philippines in Cebu. But sad to say, I was not able to graduate during that time. I was very immature and my life was controlled by feelings and emotions that led me to get married at an early age.  I went back to my home town in Surigao and stayed there with my family. But I continued to have a burden in my heart for full-time ministry. So, my wife and I decided to go back to Cebu and continue my studies. I worked as a full-time worker in a secular job to support the needs of my family as I continued my studies in His word. I get so much joy in studying God’s word. During our church plant class at ETCP and even right after I finished the course I said to myself and expressed to God,  “Lord! Many people can do my current job as a salesperson, but only a few can commit to church planting work.” Also, God’s word says in Matthew 9:37 “then He said to his disciples, the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. So it is the desire of my heart to be a church planter, this is my commitment to our Sovereign God.