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

Talicia is seventy-six and still physically fit. Each Saturday, she would observe the children’s ministry while waiting for her grandchildren. Jessica, one of our church members, encouraged Talicia to attend the Sunday afternoon adult’s ministry. Jessica is a neighbor, Talicia came with her to the Sunday service and was prayed for by the Women’s group. When she heard the gospel of salvation presented by the leaders, Talicia accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. It has been almost a month since she started to attend our ministry.

  • Pray for Talicia to grow in her knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for her children and grandchildren.

Agit is an ex-convict. We would continuously invite him to attend the fellowship on Sundays. Sometimes he would slip out and drink alcohol. Even when we saw him doing his vices, we would not condemn him. One Sunday afternoon, after the fellowship, we did not see Agit in his small shanty. We inquired about his whereabouts, and his son told us that Agit was at the City Public Hospital. Soon after, Brother Michel went to the Cebu City Jail for the Bible School Extension study, and Agit’s son approached him to ask for monetary help from the Cebu City Jail group. The ex-convicts or detainees can ask their group and the leader of the PDL (people deprived of liberty) for assistance with hospital needs, Agit’s son is in the Cebu City Jail male dorm too. Brother Michael received the money from the group and brought it to the family of Agit at the hospital. He prayed for Agit and spoke with him concerning his health; Agit was confined from high sugar levels, and his hernia had grown. He was at the hospital for nine days. After his release, Agit promised to attend the church regularly to listen to God’s Word.

  • Pray for healing for Agit, provision for his medication.
  • Pray that he will understand his need for a Savior.

Glazia and her live-in partner regularly attend our Bible study every Saturday afternoon, led by Brother Michael. Glazia was pregnant when I started the Bible study and gave birth to her baby about two months ago. When we learned that the baby had been born, the women’s group and I visited and prayed for Glazia. Their shanty is so small that we were not able to fit inside, so we prayed outside.

  • Pray for Glazia and her family; pray for her baby to grow strong and be raised in the Lord.
  • Pray for their daily needs to be met.

Sister Bea is a member of the fellowship inside the cemetery. She just gave birth to her eighth child. Her husband is a pedicab driver who makes a small income. Bea works in an eatery with her mother-in-law in Hipodromo. The women’s group and I visited her to pray for her and bring encouragement. I brought her an orange. Even though Bea has eight children, she is always smiling and quite happy. They live in a shanty with eight children and one granddaughter.

  • Pray for Bea to be able to provide for her family’s daily needs and that her to be able to return to work.
  • Pray that God will give us strength and wisdom for the ministry.

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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