Carreta Cemetery Ministry

  • (Editor’s note: Pastor Norberto started the ministry at Caretta Cemetery in 2016. The people living in the cemetery are the poorest of the poor (hence why they live in the tombs of a cemetery). The local church holds services as an outreach to those who would otherwise be unreached and unengaged in the community. Pastor Jonet Labustro took over the pastorship in 2018.)

Recent Ministry

Firmli is nineteen years old and came from a poor family in Barangay Lorega. She was once a street kid in Cebu City but is now studying at a night high school and is sponsored by Operation Mobilization. When she was thirteen, she had already accepted Jesus Christ into her life and was playing beatbox at her former church. At the age of fifteen, she started to play the guitar. I met her when she was staying in the Cebu Chinese Cemetery. Her parents are unemployed. Firmli helps our ministry in Cebu Chinese Cemetery by playing the guitar and beatbox.

  • Pray for Firmli’s spiritual growth and financial difficulty.

Nilo was a former person deprived of liberty (PDL). He is the husband of Marichu. When he was inside the Cebu City Jail Male Dormitory, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and isolated into one cell with others of the same condition. He prayed to God for his release from jail. He was in prison for three years. Last month, he went before the court for his hearing. He called me to ask me to pray. I reminded him to trust in God and prayed with him. Marichu also called and asked for prayer. His case was about selling illegal drugs. In our law, this case is non-bailable if you are convicted, which typically is a twenty to forty-year imprisonment. When they arrived at the court, the judge was handling so many cases that the jail guard escorted Nilo back to the prison. The judge had her staff call Nilo back to court in the afternoon. They arrived and received the decision; Nilo was acquitted and dismissed. He shared his testimony in our fellowship and has joined me with the prison ministry despite his health being poor.

  • Pray for Nilo’s health to improve and for his relationship with God to grow. Nilo has a lung issue due to his pneumonia and has difficulty breathing and is unable to walk for long.
  • Pray for his testimony to bring other jail inmates to know God.

There is a shanty fifteen steps away from our tent gathering and was rented for less than a month. It was always closed and silent. One evening the police officers raided this shanty. They brought the tenants to the police station on charges of drug dealing. The location is near our fellowship gathering and caused some concern among us.

Our Bible study in Sityo Kalapukan was transferred to Susan’s residence. I have shared our adventures with the rain and mud in previous reports. On a Tuesday afternoon, as I went to Yolanda’s house for Bible study, a lady approached me. She cautioned me to be careful because the house next door had people selling illegal drugs. So, before I arrive at Yolanda’s, I stopped by Susan’s and shared the concerns. Susan suggested we do the Bible study at her house instead and was eager to start that very day. I spoke with Yolanda and the other brethren, and they agreed to this plan. Yolanda had been ashamed and uncertain about telling me about the situation with the drug dealers.

Susan’s Bible Study!

  • Pray for Susans’s family to trust in God.
  • Susan was admitted to the hospital due to high blood sugar.
  • Pray for her health.
  • Pray for safety for our brethren in Sityo Kalapukan.
  • Pray for God to give me strength and wisdom.
  • Pray for financial provision; my son transferred to study in a private school.
  • Pray for him to study hard.

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. Currently, I am 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.

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