Cris Pano

Recent Ministry

The widow and her tithings. . . The Lord is blessing this community through His faithful servants!

The seven leaders in Mambaling have their own group of people to serve. They were taught to train others on spiritual needs, to care for their physical needs, and to encourage them to continue serving the Lord with weekly visits and prayer. These seven leaders gather their groups in the basketball court so that people can see them studying God’s Word together. As there are no chairs in this place, the people sit on the floor.

  • Pray for the Bible study participants to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word as they study together.

Bebot, one of our church leaders, led the Saturday morning prayer breakfast for the men. They had breakfast and coffee. Bebot challenged the men to prepare a musical number to perform for the Sunday service. Many of the church members were encouraged to see the men worshiping God through this particular song. One of the men is an excellent guitar player, and it is a joy to see the men serving God actively in the church.

  • Pray for God to use these men to encourage more men to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Many of the youth in Mambaling community are drug dealers. Since they are below the age of accountability according to the law, they are targeted as prime drug dealers. We praise God for the nine junior students of the Sunday school led by my wife, Jen. They actively are studying and learning how to grow in God’s Word and in their relationship with Him. Three of them desire to follow God through water baptism. They are preparing a special number to share for the worship service.

  • Pray for more youth to come to know God through the testimony of these nine teenagers.
  • Pray for their relationships with God to become stronger as they study God’s Word together.

The community in Mambaling belongs to the poorest of the poor. Their houses are convertible, minimalist, affordable, and have plenty of natural ventilation. The convertibility is due to the make-shift table that becomes a bed at night; many are so small that moving from the kitchen to the living room is accomplished in one step. The houses are affordable because they are built from plastic, used tarps, and used plywood or bamboo. The natural ventilation comes from the holes in the roof that cause the dwellers to be watchful, mainly if there is rain, so they do not get wet while they sleep. Despite these conditions, the people in Mambaling welcome us joyfully and believe that God has something good for them. They accept Jesus Christ eagerly and ask for prayers.

  • Pray for the Lord to bless the families who are actively attending the services and serving God with joy despite their physical surroundings.
  • Pray for the church leaders to persist in their passion and desire to visit the families weekly and pray for them.

A fourteen-year-old girl was raped and now has a child. I was angry to see the abuse of this girl and no one protecting her because of the fear that if they report it to the police they would be threatened with death. The family is quiet and says, what can we do? Unfortunately, this is not uncommon for the people who are at the lowest level of society and not considered important. When I see the child and the young mom, I get very emotional. I shared the story with my wife and a pastor friend; we were able to collect money to care for the physical needs and provide food for the mother and child. Carmi, one of our church leaders, has reached out to the mother and her child; and I am pleased to see them attend the church service.

  • Pray for protection for the mother and child.
  • Pray for the mother to have a right relationship with the Lord.
  • Pray for their needs to be met and for them to feel the love of God.

  • Pray for God to heal this little girl physically.
  • Pray for the mother to continue to have faith that God will heal her child.

  • Pray for the budget to install a common bathroom in the Mambaling community.

The seven leaders in Mambaling are producing new potential future leaders for the church. It is a good sign that the leaders themselves are growing when they can teach new leaders to help in the Bible study. I introduced the vision and mission statements to the new leaders, and they understood these and agreed with them. I praise the Lord that another ten leaders have joined my weekly teaching. The White Fields office is open almost every single day for the teaching activities, and I want to do more activities that will produce more potential leaders to help evangelize the Cebu Island.

  • Pray for the ten new church leaders to grow in their faith and to discover and develop their spiritual gifts in serving the Lord.
  • Pray for the ministry to continue to grow so we can reach more communities with the message of the gospel.

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.