Cris Pano

 Recent Ministry

We gathered the kids at Alaska, Mambaling in a covered gym that is near our place of weekly Sunday activities. When I am teaching the adults, Elvie teaches the children. We do not have enough chairs for the children, so we ask them to sit on the floor and recently we provided them with coloring books and crayons. We are happy to have enough coloring materials for the day and every child had a coloring book. Some of our Korean friends have shared their extra Sunday school materials for our use in the Mambaling children’s ministry. Praise the Lord!

Four of our new leaders are going to attend the three-day children’s teaching seminars sponsored by the AWANA clubs in Cebu. These leaders will return with tools and creative activities to instruct the children and train others to teach as well. We plan to bring our trainer to each of the pioneering locations. We are planning to schedule training every month, and invite the Sunday school teachers in the local churches to learn and grow with us.

My wife Jen continues to faithfully teach the Sunday school for the kids every Sunday. She enjoys doing it and the kids are growing in their knowledge of the Word of God. I strongly encouraged the parents to bring their children each week. I noticed that two children were always at my wife’s side. I felt the kids longed for a mother figure or the touch of a parent. I learned that their parents are in the city jail due to drugs. The children are in the custody of their aunt, the sister of their mother. I see that these children are innocent and do not grasp why their parents are in jail. I am praying for the protection and safety of these children with their aunt and that they will continue to faithfully attend. I also pray for the aunt to grow in her new faith in the Lord.

  • Pray for these two children and for their protection, pray for the church, especially Jen, as she ministers to this family.
  • Pray for the aunt as she grows in her faith.
  • Pray for good health and wisdom for Milidi, Elvie and the other leaders as they learn to train others to be Sunday school teachers.
  • Pray for our children’s programs as they grow and for God to raise up leaders to teach the children about God’s Word by example and by instruction.
  • Pray for joy for our teachers as they interact with the children and for their love to overflow for the next generation.

Every Sunday after preaching, we gather into small groups of four. Our attendance is growing. Our current topic is the meaning of the word “church” and its components of baptism, worship, membership, giving and fellowship. We have not yet started a worship service with gospel songs. I want to be sure that those in the Bible study understand the meaning of worship and the reason we sing. In January we desire to start a proper Sunday worship service. In December we desire to have our first water baptism at Mambaling. I am excited and praying for those who desire to be baptized. Pray with me for there to be no hindrances and fear of the candidates and for no persecution by their family members.

  • Pray for the new believers who desire to make a public declaration of their faith through baptism.

As I was teaching the adults, I noticed two men standing in the back of the room and observing our activities. I was happy to see Bebot, one of our Sunday Bible study leaders, sharing the gospel with these two men. Afterward, I asked Bebot about the response of the two men. He reports that the man on the right was interested in listening to what he shared and invited Bebot to start a Bible study at his house. The other man became angry with Bebot and was not willing to listen to what he shared. He is a member of the anti-government group, many of which are hiding in the city and join the street protests.

  • Pray for the man who was interested in hearing about the gospel, pray for him to come to an understanding of salvation.

Following the preaching, Maymay gave her testimony to the group. She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ through the kid’s ministry of Child Evangelism Cebu. On that day, she was listening to the teachers and she understood why the children need Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As she listened, she realized that not only do the children need salvation and forgiveness of sin but that she needed it too. She followed along with the prayer and prayed her own prayer of acceptance of Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She is now volunteering to teach the kindergarten school. Her prayer is for all the children in the class to come to know Jesus as their Savior. Maymay is praying for her husband to give his life to Jesus and serve with her in the church.

Give thanks for the salvation of Maymay and for the way God used the presentation of the gospel to the children to reach the adults as well.

  • Pray for Maymay as she teaches the children, to have wisdom and patience as she shares the love of God.
  • Pray for Maymay’s husband to see the transformation in her life and to also desire to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

Lito and I visited his place of work to see a property that is for sale.  We discussed details with the owner of the lot and agreed upon a purchase price. The location is ideal for a new pioneering church. We desire to construct a building using light materials to accommodate around one-hundred and fifty people. The people here feel an urgency to have a place of worship that is safe during the rain.

  • Pray for our proposed budget as we work toward building this new church.
  • Pray for God to bless the building process and provide the finances needed to build a safe location for this new church.
  • Pray for our church leaders to grow in God’s Word.
  • Pray for the families that regularly attend our Sunday group Bible study.
  • Pray for the relationship between married couples, for them to have understanding and compassion for each other and to grow in the Lord.
  • Pray for the salvation of the Cebuano people and for them to have a right relationship with God.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the teachers at the school of theology, for the leaders in the Bible study and for the children’s ministry teachers.

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.