Lito Jamisola

Recent Ministry

Children should be loved and protected, for they are precious to God. We are grateful to God for blessing us with many children in the church. They are our future leaders, pastors, and missionaries. This month, we held a special thanksgiving celebration for children with fun and abundant food. We have ministered to these children for two years already and see how the Lord is working powerfully to transform their lives. They are faithful and excited to attend church every Sunday and learn about God through the AWANA program. We praise God for His love and sustaining grace to these little ones.

  • Pray for the children to continue to grow and walk in the ways of the Lord.
  • Pray that we can reach the parents with the gospel through the witness of the children.

We celebrated Christmas by sharing the message of salvation. In the community, many people celebrate the exterior trappings of Christmas. Still, few know or experience the real essence of the season as there are few believers. We planned our first community Christmas party in Calero, Liloan. We had ordinary Christmas items with lots of fun, food, and prizes. Also, I intentionally used the event to preach the gospel to the entire community. Our regular attenders came and brought many new young people and adults who then had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the gospel seeds that were planted to grow and bear much fruit.
  • Pray for God to lead us and give us wisdom as we follow up with those who made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.

It has been six months already that God has sustained our Child Development program through the daily tutorial class at the church. This month was another mark of God’s faithfulness as we celebrated the first Christmas party with this group. We shared the good news of salvation to the parents and children of the ninety children in our community who are a part of this program. Parents are starting to get involved in the church, and many of the children are also active in Sunday school.

Pray that we can add more children to our tutorial program. Pray for the children to continue to grow in the Lord, and for their parents to be saved. When Jesus came to the world over two-thousand years ago, he was not only concerned about the spiritual condition of the people. He also met their physical needs by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, letting the blind see, and cleansing the demon-possessed. As much as is possible, we follow the same approach to meet the spiritual needs of the people through meeting their physical needs. God has used our livelihood program to address both the spiritual and physical aspects of poverty. Many people came to faith through the program, and the grace of God transformed their lives. Last month was their third profit-sharing, and everyone was glad to have the financial benefits as it is an expensive time of year.

What a joy and blessing it is to be in the family of God. When we first came to this community, we were nobody. We had no connections, but now we are a family — all by God’s grace and His love that united us in Christ. We celebrated Christmas as a family with fun, games, surprises, plentiful food, and the Word of God. It was a meaningful experience as, for many, it was their first-time celebrating Christmas in a way that glorified God. The congregation understood the real message of Christmas. They committed to bringing this message to their unsaved loved ones and friends. Once they were the recipients, but now, they are the messengers.

What a joy it is to be part of God’s family. When we first came to this community, we were nobody. We had no connections, but now we are a family, all because of God’s grace and His love that united us in Christ. We celebrated Christmas as a family with fun, games, surprises, plentiful food, and the Word of God. It was a meaningful experience as, for many, it was their first-time celebrating Christmas in a way that glorified God. The congregation understood the real message of Christmas. They committed to bringing this message to their unsaved loved ones and friends. Once they were the recipients, but now, they are the messengers.

  • Pray for the growth of the believers.
  • Pray for them to be salt and light in their homes and communities.

Life on earth is short and unpredictable. We were busy with our festive activities and schedules when an unexpected incident happened suddenly, my father-in-law passed away. Nobody expected this as he was healthy. We were grieving, and it was even harder as his birthday had also been approaching. God brought us comfort through His words in Matthew, we do not have the guarantee of a problem or trouble-free life, but we do have endless hope in Christ. This was not a sorrowful goodbye because we will see my father-in-law in heaven again someday. We praise God for the people who showed their love and sympathy to us. Thank you to our White Fields family, through Pastor Steve, who helped us financially with the burial expenses. Though we are grieving, we are comforted that our beloved father-in-law is now in the best place, enjoying the best life.

  • Pray for complete emotional comfort and healing for my wife and her siblings.

Youth for Jesus (Y4J) is one of the more challenging ministries as the youth face peer pressures and the negative influences of technology. We thank the Lord for blessing us with many young people in the church, and we are intentional in our discipleship approach with them. Part of this process is to organize the Y4J in our district with six evangelical-free churches in Cebu North. Each church has two youth representatives serving as members of the core leadership team. We praise the Lord that despite their youth in faith and age, they are eager to learn, grow, and be used by God. They have started planning for the upcoming Y4J summer camp and fellowships. There is excitement to use their spiritual gifts and abilities and exercise their independence and maturity. This is indeed one of our victories in Christ as we see the youth shine in their faith and know that our labor and sacrifices for the Lord are not in vain.

Last month, our youth were able to join the Doulos Youth Fellowship hosted by the youth officers at the Mabolo Evangelical Free Church, our mother, and sending church. This is a great experience and training for our youth as they observed how their peers organized and ran the program. They were ministered to and learned more truth from God’s Word as they mingled with other youth believers. We praise God that sixteen young people from our church were able to join the fellowship.

  • Pray for the youth to continue to grow in the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the youth officers to be joyful and productive as they serve in the youth ministry.
  • Pray for the continual joy and courage of these young people as they serve the Lord.

Pray for provision and strength as we celebrate the first anniversary of the church. Pray for wisdom and guidance as we intensify our church ministries and for provision as we build the children’s church beside our existing building. It will serve as another classroom for our children’s tutorial during weekdays and the children’s church on Sundays.

  • Pray for a full-time worker to focus on the new church planting work in Calero, Liloan, and for the establishment of a community church in this location.
  • Pray for more open doors for the gospel.

During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, He valued those who came alongside Him to learn and follow His word.  We are grateful for all our volunteers, and we praised the Lord for blessing us with many volunteers. We have about 20 volunteers from our mother church who help us in our AWANA program every Sunday afternoon, and more than half are church members in Tayud who are now serving as volunteers in different areas of our ministries.

It was our great joy and fulfillment to see these young believers who were once living in darkness but now have become an agent of light and transformation. This month we held a “Volunteer’s Appreciation Dinner” it is our tangible and straightforward way of saying thank you for their commitment and sacrifices for the Lord.  Indeed, God is great and worthy of all praise. 

We started the ministry a year ago with two committed young couples with me, and now there are 53 volunteers all working together every week in the ministry for the furtherance of God’s kingdom and the glory of his name.

  • Please pray for the 53 volunteers, that they will continue to commit their lives to the Lord.
  • Please pray for the ministry’s challenges and hardships.
  • Please pray for more volunteers as the church expands.          
  • Please pray for continuous spiritual growth and Godly living of the volunteers. 

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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