Lito Jamisola

Recent Ministry

In my previous reports, I mentioned our first Youth for Jesus (Y4J) camp. This event was a turning point in the lives of many of our youth. Many choose to get involved in the church ministries, and some even decided to proclaim their decision to follow Jesus through water baptism. The leaders met and concluded a follow-up fellowship every other month would encourage the youth to bond, learn from God’s Word, and grow in their relationships with God and each other. So we held our first Y4J fellowship and our church had the privilege of hosting it. Fifty-seven youth from five different new pioneering churches attended in addition to seventeen youth from our church. It was heartwarming to hear testimonies from the young people of how God is working in their lives and how He is using them to reach others for Christ. We created a group of core Y4J youth leaders from these churches. We have seen them grow in their leadership skills as well as spiritual character. They are active and joyful in serving the Lord.

  • Pray for the continued growth and spiritual transformation of these youth.
  • Pray for strength and wisdom, many of the young people are being forced by the schools to attend the worship service in the Roman Catholic church as part of their grade, and they are reluctant to do so as they already understand and know the truth.

We believe that life transformations and spiritual growth can be done best in small groups. One of our ministry methods to strengthen the church is to establish as many small groups as possible. Sometimes this is a struggle as we lack enough volunteers and leaders. My core leaders already have many commitments in the church. As we minister to many new believers, they are still growing in their understanding of God’s Word and their faith. It takes time for them to be ready to lead a small group.

  • Pray for God to strengthen and bless the small groups and for every member to grow in the Lord.
  • Pray for genuine life transformation to happen through this ministry.

This month, the Lord opened my heart and mind to see this great need and an answer to our challenge. God has given us qualified people in the church, and we have enough to help us accomplish the work. God impressed on my heart to encourage new volunteers and leaders from the larger group, including those who are still new in their faith. We launched the “Life Group” ministry and praised the Lord for granting us success. We had over ninety people who attended. We grouped them geographically into small groups with eight to ten members in each group. We currently have eleven life groups meeting each week to learn God’s Word and grow in their relationships with God and each other. I meet with the leaders for training, equipping, empowering, and encouraging them. I praise God for their commitment and desire to serve.

I mentioned our campus ministry and intent to engage the youth to be missionaries at their schools. We conducted training this summer with Chai teaching on evangelism. Since then, the youth have been bold and active in sharing their faith on campus but have struggled to establish small groups. So we planned and prayed about equipping them for this task and empowering them to form groups. We held a follow-up training this month to focus on establishing small Bible studies and trouble-shooting challenges. It was encouraging to our youth and caused them to be more intentional and determined. We are grateful for Chai’s availability and expertise in teaching our youth.

  • Pray for the young people to establish small group Bible studies on their school campuses.
  • Pray for God to enable them to saturate the schools with the gospel.

There is a Philippine proverb that says “ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan” which means the young people are the future of our nation. But how can they be the future if they are not disciplined in Christ? Teenagers are under attack by the enemy with many temptations and pressures from inside and out. We desire to raise the next generation of champions in the church, so we intentionally disciple our youth. They meet each week in small groups to build stronger and deeper relationships with God and each other. Their leaders encourage them to grow in their personal walk with God. We have seen tremendous spiritual growth and genuine transformation. My wife, Christine, spends lots of time with her group and is creative in dealing with this generation. Most of the young people are actively serving God in various ministries in the church.

  • Pray for the youth to have spiritual strength to withstand peer pressure.

  • Pray for male leaders to train the boys to be godly men.

We started the daily tutorials for ninety-five children in the church. It was challenging to get this ministry started due to tight resources but praise the Lord, He provided for our needs, and the ministry is continuing. This month our two full-time teachers focused on developing the social image and self-esteem of the children. Many of them come from dysfunctional families, and to boost their academic performance, we first sought to encourage their self-confidence. We did many activities that included the parents to increase quality time and bonding. We had a birthday celebration for everyone, and to my surprise, many of them expressed that it was their first time having their birthdays celebrated. It was meaningful and memorable; through this experience, the children felt their importance and value in the eyes of God.

  • Pray for the breakthrough moment in the lives of these young children where they recognize their need for a Savior and call on Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the children to grow in the knowledge of God and understand His love.

Arcily is a ninth-grader and the second child among seven siblings. When I first met her ten months ago, she was shy and reluctant to attend the Bible study. Through persistent prayers and many invitations from her friends, she finally decided to join the discipleship group, and that was her turning point. She became active in church activities and started to grow in her walk with God. Last month, she expressed her desire to follow Christ through water baptism, but her parents did not permit her to. Instead of getting discouraged and rebellious, Arcily chose to honor and obey her parent’s decision and continue to serve the Lord. She is an active member of the praise and worship team, shows passion in teaching the children in our outreach, and joyfully serves the Lord in the church in many ways.

  • Pray for the salvation of Arcily’s parents and the entire family. Pray for Arcily’s continuous spiritual growth.

The first time I met Sherry Jane, she was hesitant and shy. Little by little, she witnessed the transformation of her parents by the power of the gospel and began to join them at church. Last month, she proclaimed her decision to follow Jesus through water baptism with her parents and older sister, Blezet. She is more active in volunteering and is one of our praise and worship leaders. She goes above and beyond by teaching in our outreach program and enjoys ministering to the children. She is bold in sharing her faith in school with classmates. I give glory to God for the transformation in her life in such a short amount of time.

  • Pray for God to continue to mold Sherry and use her life for his glory.

James is from the community of Libo, our second outreach location. I first saw James at the youth Bible study, but he stayed at a distance from the group. One of his peer’s bullied him to the point that James stopped attending the Bible study. But Kim, a concerned friend of his, was quite persistent in bringing James, to the point that he was almost dragging him to the youth group. Through this friendship, James became active in attending. I talked with him, and he has a lot of baggage from his past that he was not able to cope with and did not know where to get help. When James discovered the church family who valued him and accepted him, he was blessed. He has grown in his knowledge and walk with the Lord. Last month, he was baptized and is now even more active and joyful serving the Lord in the church. He helps with our new church plant in Liloan and loves teaching the children.

  • Pray for James to grow in his relationship with God and for his family to come to salvation.

I have shared about the new mission work in Liloan and how this is an answer to our prayers. There are thirty-five children and ten young people who regularly attend the weekly outreach; the children wait excitedly for us every week. I thank God for our youth and couples who passionately volunteer their time to reach the people. Since this area has the poorest of the poor and malnourished children, so we are planning to start a feeding program. In the two months we have been ministering here, we see the mighty hands of God working in the lives of the people and drawing them to desire to know God.

The scriptures speak the truth when they say “the son of man came to seek and save the lost.” When we first engaged in the community, the people were puzzled, and many rejected the Word of God. They were busy and uninterested in us or the message we were bringing. After a few weeks of interacting with the children and youth, God opened the hearts of the adults. I saw a group of men drinking, and when they saw me, they invited me to join them. I sat with them, and we had a conversation. They were drunk, but after a few minutes, I was surprised when they asked me to have a Bible study. I was hesitant, thinking that they were drunk and so under the influence of the liquor. But I said yes and started sharing with them about the gospel from the life of Zacchaeus. We should not underestimate the power of the gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit, no matter the present condition of a person. Four of them accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They are not drunk anymore, and we have a regular Bible study every week.

  • Pray for a community church to be established here. Pray for the provision to start a feeding program and other relevant programs to reach the people with the gospel message.
  • Pray for the men’s Bible study to continue and for the genuine conversion of the people in this community.
  • Pray for more open doors for the gospel.
  • Pray for a larger and more convenient location for worship, we are outgrowing our current place.
  • Pray for God to raise more Godly leaders in the church.
  • Pray for wisdom and strength as I lead the church.
  • Pray for our volunteers to grow in their relationship with God.
  • Pray for health for my family, the unstable weather conditions are causing them not to feel well.

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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