Cris Pano

Recent Ministry

This past month we had our leadership training for the church leaders in Mambaling. I taught them how to conduct a community survey for evangelism. There are many purposes for the first visit to a new family. We want to learn their religious background, ask if they are interested in having us pray for them and if they would like to have a Bible study in their home. We encourage them to join our Sunday service. The primary goal is to share the good news of salvation. We do a follow-up visit with the families too. The leaders practiced in groups of twos, role-playing these concepts during the class using their own Cebuano language.

  • Pray for the community survey evangelism method to give a framework for the church leaders to engage in sharing the gospel weekly and to be bold in sharing salvation with those who are lost and without Christ.
  • Pray for safety and protection from the drug cartels in the area.

During our weekly visitations, we followed this method, and three families responded and are attending our Sunday morning service. We will do visits and evangelism twice a week. I was encouraged to see families who took the time to listen to the Word of God. It brings me joy that they have also joined our Sunday service. Our labor is not in vain; God is working in the families that we visited.

  • Pray for new prospects for the group and home Bible studies; and for more souls to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

In the Salag church, one of our pioneering churches in Northern Cebu, we conducted a water baptism. I was happy to see fifteen believers express their faith in God publicly through baptism and actively attending the church service. It is evident that this church is effective in door-to-door evangelism. Peejay, one of our youth leaders, is in his third year of Bible school and continues to help the youth ministry and lead the church music each Sunday.

  • Pray for the believers to witness to their loved ones and neighbors.
  • Pray for more people to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for Peejay to study hard and grow in his faith.

I taught our church leaders to use the inductive Bible study method with an application window, which makes it easy for them to understand and utilize the passages. The purpose is for them to make their own materials to use in their group Bible study. I encourage them to love the Word of God by reading it daily. I am planning to start a new outreach in a nearby barangay (neighborhood) in Cebu City. If God is willing, I will begin there next spring. I am already scoping out the locating and praying for it.

  • Pray for the opportunity to start another pioneering work by next year.
  • Pray for God’s perfect time and place of ministry.
  • Pray for the Lord to bless the Mambaling church leaders and their community to serve on the Lord in their local church.

We mentioned this young girl last month. We encouraged the family to have her checked out by a medical doctor, and by the time they took her, it was too late. The girl passed away, it was very heavy in my heart to see her mother suffer for her lost.

Our congregation took a special offering to help the family with burial expenses. We collected a thousand pesos, about twenty dollars, and Carmi, one of our church leaders, delivered this gift to the family. I visited the mother to comfort her and encourage her to trust and serve God despite this hurting time.

  • Pray that this single mom will be comforted, and her faith will be strengthened to trust in God always.

A new little life comforting our Souls!

While we prayed and prepared for our Sunday worship service, God comforted my sorrow by bringing the fourteen-year-old girl who recently had a baby (she was a victim of rape). I called my wife to come and hold the baby. I felt joy in my heart of being a part of God’s work in this new place, Mambaling, to reach the spiritual needs of the people and to help them come to know the Savior. There is so much hurt and sorrow in this area, but God is using the church to comfort those who are ready and open to hearing the gospel.

  • Pray for the mother and child to be protected by God from sickness and for their daily needs to be met.

The Salag church celebrated its seventh church anniversary. The church started during the typhoon Hyan or Yolanda that hit the northern part of Cebu. God used that natural calamity to start a new church, and by the grace of God, the church still exists and is growing. There are many improvements to the church facilities. They have a ceiling in the sanctuary, and the Sunday school room has been expanded. There are now two rooms for the youth on Sunday’s and are also used as a guest house. Rowell Arconada is the resident pastor; he and his wife are doing well.  God has graciously provided for the needs of the church.

  • Pray for God to continue to bless the members of this church.
  • Pray for Rowell and his family as they serve the church.

The walk going to the Station of Life church was destroyed by water as the wood bridge was weak already and dangerous to walk on. I was happy to see that the new resident pastor, Rene Despi, took the initiative to repair and replace the old structure with new coco lumber. The church members helped him fix it quickly. God used the Cebu Korean church to provide the money needed to purchase the required lumber. Now the pathway is safe for the members to walk on as they enter the building for Sunday worship. God answered our prayers.

  • Pray for God to bless Rene Despi as he leads this church.
  • Pray for the members to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word.

Pastor Cris’ Testimony

Pastor Cris grew up on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. He was born to a devoted Catholic family that persecuted anyone who dared to become an evangelical believer in Jesus. As Cris grew, he saw his older brother become a follower of Jesus who was beaten and forced to flee for his life by his family. After some time Cris was invited to a Christmas program at his brother’s church, and there decided to become a born-again believer in Jesus. He too had to flee for his life after telling his family of his faith and sought refuge in Manilla. While there he met a Christian missionary who took Cris under his wing and helped him enroll in Luzon Baptist Bible School. It was there that he received definite confirmation from the Lord that he was to become a Pastor and in 1996 planted his first church.

Through Cris’s faithfulness and experience planting churches and developing leaders, he became the Field Director for White Fields Ministry in 2017. As Field Director Cris provides oversight and direction to church planters throughout the Philippines. He regularly visits pastors at their home churches encouraging them and helping them build sustainable practices in their homes and ministry. He teaches at the local School of Theology which prepares students for various areas of ministry and also serves as a way of developing young men who desire to become church planters in the Philippines.

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