Lito Jamisola

Recent Ministry

Sherry Jean was very hesitant to interact with me the first time I met her. She is a fifteen-year-old high school student, and I invited her to attend the youth Bible study. Every week, I visited her home to conduct a Bible study with her parents and some of her siblings. Sherry Jean would stay in her room or disappear somewhere else while we had the Bible study. On the day of our church dedication, we held our first worship service in the church, and I was surprised to see her there, she even offered to help decorate the church building. Since that time, she has joined the youth activities and Bible study. One day, when the young people in the church were traveling to a youth fellowship, my wife noticed that Sherry Jean had a good singing voice. We decided to invite her to become part of the worship team, and she was extremely excited. We are training her to lead worship; we see her eagerly learning the songs. We see her joy overflowing as she serves the Lord. She is an active volunteer at the church and a back-up song leader. She is also leading one of the small groups for our children’s AWANA program.

Blezzeth leading a small group during AWANA.

Blezzeth is seventeen; she is the eldest sister of Sherry Jean. When I first encountered her seven months ago, she had a lot of questions about religions and beliefs. I could sense that she was confused and searching for the truth. I invited her to join the Bible study; she was hesitant at first but later started to attend. Every Saturday, I had a Bible study with Blezzeth and her parents, and God opened her heart and mind to understand the truth of the gospel. She gave her life to the Lord and is an active volunteer in the church, a member of our worship team, one of the teachers in the children’s AWANA program, and handles the small youth group. She is growing in her relationship with the Lord and leading others to salvation in God and to grow in their faith.

Mae is eighteen, in high school, and lives with her sister rather than her parents. When I first met her eighteen months ago, she was so shy that she would not talk with me and would hide in her room when I visited her sister and brother. I considered this, and thought, there are a thousand and one ways to catch a fish. I started to notice that she had some relationship baggage that caused her to have low self-esteem. Later I realized that Mae was very close with Blezzeth so I encouraged Blezzeth to influence Mae to follow Jesus. Now they serve together with much joy and commitment as they learn from God’s Word. Mae is talented and creative; she beautifies the church each week and organizes for events.

  • Pray for Sherry Jean to continue growing in the Lord.
  • Pray for more people who are willing to serve, especially in our music ministry.
  • Pray for Blezzeth’s zeal for serving God to continue to grow.
  • Pray for God to continue to use Blezzeth to bring others to Christ.
  • Pray for Mae to grow in faith and to be a positive influence in the lives of others who have baggage.

Small groups are very vital to the life of the church. It is the setting where most life transformation happens. Even Jesus taught a small group of people during his ministry on earth. From his thousands of followers, He sent out seventy-two disciples, had twelve apostles and even within that group, he had a core group of closest friends, Peter, James, and John. Following this example, we are intentionally designing the church model to have healthy small groups with committed leaders. This has been hard since we just started the church and our people are new Christians. It is challenging to find and train small group leaders who are mature enough in their new faith to teach and lead others to have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

We praise God for His faithfulness to our ministry. During our first worship service, we had two small groups. A month has passed, and this has grown to five small groups. After the preaching, the church people go to their designated small group and discuss the sermon for that Sunday, what they have learned, and how they are going to apply it to their lives. In these groups, they minister to one another, encouraging and praying for each other. The small group leader is responsible to minister to their members on Sunday and throughout the week. They monitor the spiritual growth of their members and are intentional in encouraging them to grow in their relationship with God. I praise God for the positive feedback we have received.

People are building trust in their small groups, and they pour out their burdens to each other. Relationships are being formed. The leaders are growing in their faith as they minister to the believers.

In most churches today, men are hard to reach with the gospel, and few men attend the church. In our church, we also struggle with this same challenge. We do our best to reach the men in the community and continue to draw them into the church. I earnestly asked God to give us a few men to join the church and eventually become leaders in the church. God is faithful and answered the cries of his people. Just this month, God gave us a few men who are eager to learn the Word of God and have joined the men’s small group. The first week I conducted the small group for these men, and now Alvin is leading this group. We invited these men to join us for the Sunday worship, and they responded positively. We thank the Lord for the faithfulness of these men and pray for God to bring more into the church.

  • Pray for the real-life transformations that occur as the believers meet in their small groups and have the space to be real and transparent with each other as they interact with God’s Word.
  • Pray for more small group leaders who are committed and faithful to serve as our size continues to grow as we add more believers to the church.
  • Pray for the men to continue to learn and grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for the Lord to bring more men into the church and to raise men as leaders.
  • Pray for the church to influence more men in the community.

Faith Class Attendees

We launched the “My Faith” class this past month that meets every Sunday afternoon. We study topics such as “what we believe” and “why we believe.” I praise the Lord that many of the people who came for the worship service in the morning also return for the class in the afternoon. Sometimes, those who were not able to come in the morning still make it to the afternoon class. Our attendance has grown each week. I see this as a good sign in addition to the increasing interest of the participants to learn more from the Word of God. They enjoy the discussion, and their relationships are strengthened. Tessie, a friend of Mary Ann who was the “unseen audience” in my previous reports, just recently recommitted her life to Christ. She is attending the worship service, “My Faith” class and energetically volunteering in the feeding program. She has brought other women to the church.

  • Pray for the believers to grow in their knowledge of the scriptures and to become more like Christ.
  • Pray for more people to be willing to know and grow in the truth.
  • Pray for Tessie to grow in her faith and to continue to serve the Lord.

Just like every other month, my wife and I puzzled about the money for our monthly feeding, but God is always faithful. To my complete surprise, the Lord convicted the church people to give in such abundance that we were able to feed over a hundred and thirty children a delicious, nutritious meal and cover our church operation expenses for the entire month. I was so surprised by this generosity as the believers were learning about church giving and were entirely new to this concept.
Praise the Lord for His blessing.

Our community contains some of the poorest of the poor and seldom do they receive a gift. God used some of our brethren to sponsor fifty children with monthly needs and spiritual lessons for a length of two years. While the children have their activities, we gather the parents for a Bible study. I see the joy on the faces of children and parents, especially when they receive the gift of eternal life.

  • Pray for the children to grow in their faith and to be a bridge to draw their parents to the Lord.
  • Praise the Lord for the monthly feeding for the children, and the livelihood program, making soap, that draws people to Christ.
  • Pray for the fifty children who are being sponsored to grow in their faith and for their entire families.

We held a community health education class this month. We had over fifty women who learned ways to adjust their lifestyle to promote health and have less sickness in the community. As a result of this class, the community had a clean-up drive the next day.

We held an open-air evangelism crusade. We went door-to-door to invite the neighbors and had over a hundred people who gather to hear the gospel message. My friend preached, and many responded by committing their lives to Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for healthier habits to become consistent in the community.
  • Pray for the new believers to grow in their faith and become a part of the church.

Ailyn’s story has been shared in many past reports as I first met her eight years ago. God has transformed her from a person addicted to wine and gambling into an effective witness for Christ to the community. She is on our ministry core team and an assistant treasurer in the church. Ailyn has brought her entire family, including her husband to the Lord and has influenced her siblings and their families too. She is now three months pregnant, and we are praying for good health for her and her child.

  • Pray for Ailyn and her family as they prepare to welcome another family member.
  • Pray for safety for Pastor Lito and his family as they experienced harassment from a neighbor and are planning to move to a safer location. Pray for wisdom and guidance for their decision.
  • Pray for upcoming summer events – music workshop, VBS program, and the first youth camp.
  • Pray for provision, protection, and success.
  • Pray for the need for more space to accommodate the church congregation that is outgrowing the current sanctuary.
  • Pray for the ongoing needs of the church including musical instruments and children’s materials.

Pastor Lito Jamisola’s Testimony

My name is Joselito, and I was born in the city of Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. I grew up in a family that believed in multiple religions. My father was a devoted Roman Catholic, my mother a backslidden protestant, my eldest brother went to the Iglesia ni Cristo, my two older brothers attend the Seventh Day Adventist church. The rest of my siblings and I did not care about church growing up and usually went with the flow of what the different family members were doing. Often there were debates in our home, and these discussions created curiosity and questions in my heart. This was when I started seeking the truth.

On April 8, 1996, Pastor Ramil Rodriguez from Masgad Evangelical Free Church came to our home and shared the gospel of salvation to my entire family and me. At that moment I understood the message of salvation and realized my sinfulness. I surrendered my life to Jesus and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. From that day forward I began going to church and was involved in the ministry and continued to grow in the knowledge of God’s word.

After my conversion I became active in the church, one day during my devotion time I meditated on Matthew 9:37 “Then He said to his disciples, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” I was convicted and felt disturbed by this verse, I then prayed and asked for advice from my pastor. After a few years passed, I became convinced that the Lord had called me into pastoral ministry. I decided to go to Bible college to further my training and preparation for the ministry. I am excited to take the Gospel to the people of my city who do not know God and am prepared for Him to bring many to Salvation.

It was in August of 2016 that God impressed on my heart the desire to plant a church in my community and the surrounding areas. It was a big struggle for my wife and me because we are part of a church and were very comfortable with the ministry we did. When I shared my vision with my wife, she was hesitant about leaving the church that we loved. The thought of starting a church from scratch was frightening. My wife was financially scared not knowing or understanding how we would support the ministry and ourselves. In February 2017, I attended a church planting training in Tacloban, my heart broke, and I wasn’t able to sleep. While I was in the hotel, I cried out to my Lord, “Lord if you called me to this ministry, please call my family too.” When I went home I said to my wife, “God called me to plant churches, will you go with me?” My wife without hesitation said yes! So, we took a two-week vacation to spend time with the Lord and to seek his guidance on this new journey. God is so good and sovereign even in the small details of our life. In the latter part of 2017, God used Pastor Cris Paño to introduce me to White Fields, and it was a great joy and privilege to become part of this big family, White Fields.

In January 2018 we had a vision casting with my core team leaders. God impressed into our hearts a clear mission, vision, and core values. Our primary goal is to make disciples; we desire to lead atheists or unbelievers to become disciple makers of Jesus Christ. Our mission statement is, “Leading people to have a personal and growing relationship with God.” Our vision statement is, “Multiplying healthy churches in our community and beyond.”

Our target area is in the town of Consolacion Cebu. Consolacion is composed of 21 Barangays, and Tayud is the biggest Barangay with a population of 20, 000 registered voters as of a 2015 survey. Barangay Tauyd itself is a vast place. I prayed for God to lead me to a specific community in the area. I praised the Lord that He led me to Sitio Bankeruhan, Tayud Consolacion Cebu. More than 200 families are living in this very remote coastal area. When I saw the place, my heart ached upon seeing the people living below the poverty line. My heart desired to go to the remote sites where most pastors and ministers do not want to go. God moved my heart to lead these people to have a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. My vision is to reach out to this entire community in Christ not only for their spiritual status but their way of living as well.

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