Lito Jamisola

Recent Ministry

It has long been our prayer and desire to gather and organize the parents from our outreach in Calero, Liloan. We had a lot of attempts to engage them in ministry but continued to fail because the parents were not willing to cooperate. I knew we didn’t win their hearts and trust. This month was a great victory because God answered our prayers. After months of ministry to the community, by God’s grace, we are slowly winning the hearts of the people to Christ. We gathered and organized the parents to help us serve the children by cooking the food for the children’s feeding program. It was their first time working together as a community to serve their children voluntarily. I discovered that a lot of their hesitation when we first approached them was due to their reservations with each other and us. By God’s power, their barriers were broken. The parents were happy and excited to cook and serve the children. This event has started the development of closeness and social interactions in the community. Many parents are now committed to helping us every week at the outreach. We praise God that due to this feeding program, the number of children we have been ministering to each week has doubled.

  • Pray that through the feeding program, we can establish a home Bible study with the women.
  • Pray for the salvation of the women and their entire families.
  • Pray for more volunteers from the community to join us and hear the gospel.

I have shared of Ester, our adopted daughter, and her illness in previous reports. God graciously enabled her to recover, and she had returned to school this year. Just recently, however, the doctor and school advised asked her to rest as she was physically weak again. Right now, Ester is staying at home to rest with the hopes that she will recover quickly and be able to return and finish the semester. Despite her condition, Ester continues to serve God. She is active in our outreach, teaching the children, and making a significant impact in their lives.

  • Pray for fast healing and recovery so that Ester can return to school soon.
  • Pray for Ester to continue to serve God and grow despite these discouragements and pressures.
  • Pray for provision for her daily medication.

Children are precious to God, and He uses them to fulfill His purpose and plans. We value the children and display this through intentional discipleship, so they become faithful followers of Jesus Christ. They will be the future of the church. We are blessed by God with more than a hundred children to minister to every week. In addition to our regular teaching, we desire to have them participate in the Sunday worship service so they will not only grow in knowledge but in their love, service, and commitment to the Lord. This month we had the children lead the praise and worship time, read scripture, and present songs. They were happy to feel that they belonged to the family of God and were overjoyed to serve God in their capacity. The experience has created more excitement among the children for church every Sunday.

  • Pray for the continued spiritual growth of the children.
  • Pray for the salvation of the entire family.
  • Pray that the children will be God’s instruments for the gospel so we can reach the parents in the community.

Clean and safe water is vital for the health of individuals and families. God has led us to reach out to some of the poorest and most remote communities in the Philippines, where clean and safe water is hard to find. The well water is used for washing and cleaning because it is unsafe for drinking. People pay a high price to haul their clean water from a distance. Last year, the community experienced a diarrhea outbreak due to water quality. This incident caused me to pray and ponder on how to help with this issue. The idea came to my mind of providing a water filter for every family in the community. God heard our prayers and used people; He provided us with the ability to give a portable and reliable water filter to every family in the area. Now the people have access to clean and safe water. The money they save from no longer needing to purchase drinking water is going to provide for other essential needs of their families. They can draw water from the well to make clean through the filter.

  • Pray that the people will be good stewards of their water filters.
  • Pray that God will use the water filters as a way for people to know and recognize the real living water, Jesus Christ.

Burnout can be a common problem for Christian ministers and is a challenge we try to avoid. We praise God for giving us volunteers to help lighten the work of the ministry, and we can accomplish great things working together. As a preventative for burnout, we intentionally give our volunteers rest from their area of ministry each month with a time of refreshment and realignment. The young people who minster in our outreach to Calero, Liloan, went out for a time of reconnection to gain new perspectives and energy. We find it helpful to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of our volunteers. Because of this rest, the volunteers became more excited, committed, and effective in their ministry as they felt our care and value for them. Our ministry team has drawn closer to each other.

  • Pray for the volunteers to be even more effective in ministry. Most are still young and new in their faith, pray for spiritual growth and strength.
  • Pray for the salvation of their families; many of their family members are not yet believers.

Our country has problems with teenage pregnancy, and according to recent surveys, the number of cases is increasing every year, and the morality of our countrymen is decreasing. We are alarmed by this painful truth as we have many young people and children in our church. It is our responsibility as shepherds of God’s folk to not only feed them but to protect them. This month we took the opportunity to educate and protect our youth from the influence of the decaying generation. The world celebrates the love month; we held an event called “true love waits,” where the youth from our church and other churches received education and guidance on the principles of Biblical love, courtship, and marriage. We praise God that we brought eighteen youth from our church. We challenged them to wait for the right time, right person, and to desire the excellent, perfect, and pleasing will of God in their life partner. This event can reach beyond these eighteen teenagers into the church and community as they apply these principles. I see even more focus and desire to seek and obey the will of God in their lives.

  • Pray for the young people as they face peer pressures and temptations in many forms.
  • Pray that the Lord will protect and empower them to maintain their purity.
  • Pray for their influence and testimony to other youth as they contrast the distorted norms of the world.
  • Pray for their success in life and ministry.

God answered our prayers for the children’s church by giving us a place for them to meet. They had been gathering outside the church in an open space. Despite the small size and lack of convenience, we are still grateful for God’s provision for this house. We desire to maximize the space and make it more comfortable.

  • Pray for the provision to renovate the building soon as summer is approaching, and we have a lot of activities planned for the children.
  • Pray for God to protect these children and to guide them by His Word.
  • Pray for the future church leaders, pastors, and missionaries.

The men and women in uniform in our country have a vital role in the government and are among the most influential people in our communities. It has been our prayer to minister to the local government officials and agencies, especially as Christianity is a minority religion in our country. We have struggled to make this connection, and God answered our prayers. Last month we started a group of eight police officers, including the PNP chief in our community. I conduct a small weekly group interactive Bible study with them. I see our relationships and Bible study become deeper each week as they continue to seek the truth.

  • Pray for the genuine conversion of those in uniform, including their families.
  • Pray for God to grant us more Godly influence among our government authorities and agencies.

Nurturing young believers to grow and mature in the Lord is a challenging task. God has given us eleven discipleship groups. We face the challenge of consistency with the groups, some grow fast, but others are struggling. Currently, most of the groups are growing in their knowledge, relationship, and Christ-like character.

  • Pray for wisdom, joy, and strength for our discipleship leaders.
  • Pray for spiritual growth for the leaders and members.
  • Pray for an increase in leaders and groups.

One hundred years ago, the Philippines was a recipient of missionaries, and we are grateful they brought Christianity to us and made such a significant influence in the lives of Filipinos. Now we are pleased that we can send missionaries cross-culturally. The work is still tremendous for world evangelism, and everyone should be thinking beyond just their community. One of our aims as a church is to equip believers to do the work of ministry, close and far. Despite the youngness of our church, we have sent and support a missionary to Indonesia. This month, we had the opportunity to expose our members to cross-cultural awareness and training at our mother church. I thank God for making my members more eager to participate in cross-cultural missions as well as ministering to their local communities. We are thinking of doing short-term missions locally or internationally.

  • Pray that the church will continue to desire to participate in missions.
  • Pray that another believer will respond to the missions call.
  • Pray for the Lord to protect and provide for our missionary in Indonesia.
  • Pray for our desire to conduct another water baptism next month.
  • Pray for the candidates as they face discouragement and persecution because of the decision to follow Jesus.
  • Pray for good weather and provisions.
  • Pray for our church planting outreach to Calero, Liloan, and for a community church to be established in this area.
  • Pray for our summer activities – DVBS, music training, and youth camp.
  • Pray for wisdom and provision.
  • Pray for my family as we plan to transfer our children to another school, pray for guidance.

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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