Cris Pano

Recent Ministry

We celebrated our first Christmas Sunday serving in Mambaling. We encouraged the church members to bring their families to attend, even the non-believers. The purpose was to prepare a feast for the families and use this occasion to share the message of the Savior born to give them peace. The church did not have enough money so I encouraged our church leaders and members to contribute any amount they could for this event. I was happy to see them bring what they could afford to offer, including fruits, food ingredients, and desserts. Because of their generosity, we were able to buy one roasted pig and a sack of rice with all the extra food to have a grand celebration.  Everyone who attended the event went home satisfied and content. Most important is that many new people were able to hear the true meaning of Christmas and why Jesus was born.

  • Pray for the families that just joined our Sunday service that they will grow in their new faith.
  • Pray that God will use their life testimonies to bring their loved ones to come to know Jesus Christ.

We gathered three hundred of the poorest of the poor families for Christmas gift-giving at the Cebu Korean Church. Our purpose was to bless the families with food during the Christmas season, specifically the families that struggle to obtain their daily diet. We also desired to share about Jesus Christ. The local churches and pastors will be doing the follow-up with the families who wish to know more. We asked the pastors to bring the people they knew needed the gift of food. After I preached, we served lunch and snacks. We distributed ten kilos of rice and groceries so the families could celebrate Christmas.

How were we able to bless three-hundred families for Christmas? This gift-giving started eight years ago when I first began planting churches on the island of Cebu. The Korean members were encouraged to bring their used clothes, utensils, shoes, or anything that they thought would sell. These items were collected and prepared for a bazaar. The money from the bazaar was used to purchase the rice and other goodies for a Christmas meal. We praise God for the generosity of these believers.

  • Pray that the families we invited for Christmas gift-giving will grow in their faith through visits and home Bible studies.
  • Pray for the Korean brethren to continue to be protected and financially blessed.

Praise God for their generosity.

The Sunday school activities for the children and young teens are slowly and steadily growing in participants. The vacant lot at the back of the place is used as their room for the Sunday service. This area is technically outside without a roof, so it can be very windy. There are a lot of shade trees, so the kids are not exposed to the heat of the sun. There is one problem with this space, if it starts raining, the kids all run inside the house of one of the church leaders. Inside, the teaching continues.

Working with teens requires dealing with a lot of challenges. Frequently, my wife Jen is a counselor and mediator between the teens and their parents; this happens as the kids listen to Jen.

  • Pray that the Lord will give wisdom to the teen teachers, Nena and Jen.
  • Pray that the Lord will use them mightily to bring the kids closer to Jesus and to have a right relationship with Him.

Our church leaders are busy in leading their group Bible studies and doing weekly visitations. I remind the church leaders to be committed and faithful to their work. This is especially important since the majority of our church members are newly baptized believers, and I desire them to grow in their faith.

We are preparing our church planning for this year. Our desire is to reach a new target area by April if the Lord is willing. I will start again in a new place of work to continue our church planting ministry. The church leaders in Mambaling are being used by God to fulfill the leadership responsibilities, to do Bible studies, visitations, and encouragement. They are now growing toward maturity in their faith. It is our pleasure to see these new church leaders actively taking part in the ministry.

  • Pray that the Lord will continue to bless my church leaders by giving them protection and wisdom in their teaching ministries each week.

It was a blessed Sunday morning when I saw the mother and her baby come early to attend the worship service. It has been a joy as a pastor to see this fifteen-year-old mother give her life to Jesus, and now she knows that there is a bright future for them because the Lord is with her. The father is a Muslim, and the mom of the young mother is also converted into the Muslim faith. However, I am glad that the mom of this young mother has been attending the Sunday service. I pray that the Lord will speak to them in a personal way. We cannot do a Bible study in their home because the Muslim neighbors are watching. I do not want them to be in danger or persecuted because of their new faith in Jesus.

  • Pray that the Lord will continue to protect the mother and baby.
  • Pray that the mom of the young mother will come to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

We are praying and preparing for a church lot and building in our new work at Mabmaling this year. The house and lot we desire to purchase are available for sale for eight thousand us dollars. The building renovation is estimated at another thirty thousand us dollars. We are praying for the Lord to open a door for this pioneering church to have a church building completed during this year. It has been a year since we start borrowing our current place for our Sunday meeting. Now it is time that we start a new church building that will be our own sanctuary.

  • Pray for the church building in Mambaling to be financially possible and completed this year.

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.