Lito Jamisola

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 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” Matthew 3:5-6

There is an overwhelming joy in the father when his children decide to follow Jesus and publicly express their faith through water baptism. In the Philippines, baptism is a divisive religious and family issue that can cause disowning and persecution and from the non-believing family and community.

In July, the angels in heaven and the whole church celebrated with great joy when we baptized sixteen new believers. After the event, persecution arose from the neighborhood, and I was concerned this would result in discouragement and fear in our brethren, but our God is faithful and kind. He preserved the faith of his people and blessed us with even more great things. 

  • Pray for spiritual growth and strength for these new believers.

Praise the Lord for men in the community, becoming believers, and leading their families in Christ.

This month we held another celebration of victory; more lives were blessed and transformed by the power of the gospel. We again baptized sixteen believers, including two entire families. It was indeed a wonderous answer to our prayers for men to become believers, God not only blessed us with men but whole families. Dodoy and Neneng are only a month old in their faith. Still, they understand the truth, and their entire family decided to follow Jesus Christ through baptism. Jinky and Ale are a couple who previously ignored the gospel, but the Holy Spirit worked in their hearts and brought them to faith. They were also baptized and are active in serving in the church with their entire family. We praise God for the transformation we witness in the lives of these individuals, their families, and the community.

  • Pray for their testimony to bring more men to faith.

Ministering to the millennials and today’s youth is quite challenging because of the distractions for the world. When we started to reach out to the community in Barangay Calero, Liloan, we sought to reach all ages. With the youth, we struggled as there was no positive response from them. Our volunteers were discouraged by the constant adverse outcomes, but we kept praying and trusting God to bring people to faith in Him. After a few months of prayers, we praise the Lord for answering our cries. The six youth were shy at first, but God has helped us develop a healthy and growing relationship with them and opened their hearts to the gospel. They are active in the outreach each week and excited to learn new things from the scriptures.

  • Pray for these youth to continue to seek the Lord.
  • Pray for the salvation of their entire families.
  • Pray for their growth in knowledge and fellowship with God.

Children’s ministry is vital to the church because they are the next generation. We are using the AWANA program and have seen our group of children growing in their understanding of God’s Word. As our group has grown, we increasingly thank God for the volunteers. Naomi is one of our leaders; despite her busyness with work and with other church ministries, she still effective in leading the children’s ministry. This month, she taught a class on storytelling for our volunteers to demonstrate its ability to present the gospel while maintaining the attention of the children. 

  • Pray for wisdom and strength for Naomi as she leads the children’s ministry team.
  • Pray for Naomi’s family, especially as she is the only one in her household with employment.

”Truly I tell you, anyone, who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17 Children are always precious in the eyes of God. When they express faith as a child, they have no doubts. But children are also vulnerable, and it is our duty as adults to protect these young ones and lead them to Jesus Christ. We praise God for the children in Liloan who always welcome us with joyful hearts and are eager to learn about Jesus. They overlook the discomforts of our meeting place in their excitement to be taught from the Bible. Mae and Palema are two young people from the church who volunteers each week to instruct the children. They were recipients of our outreach program last year, and through intentional discipleship have grown in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Now they are reaching others with the gospel.

  • Pray for spiritual growth and ministry effectiveness for Pamela and Mae.
  • Pray for the children to grow and walk in the ways of the Lord.
  • Pray for more children to come to know Jesus Christ.

In previous reports, I have mentioned the launching of our life groups. These groups meet each week, providing a small and safe community to do life together and grow in the Lord. The new believers are showing hunger for God’s Word. We stopped meeting under the shade of a tree when our church building was built. This transition caused some people to stop attending the church, however, through the life groups, revival has occurred, and our attendance has grown. A group meets under the tree, and some of them are willing to join us inside the church building. We praise God for spiritual revival and victory.

  • Pray for the continued spiritual growth and sanctification of the believers.
  • Pray for them to continue serving the Lord despite hardships and hindrances.
  • Pray for the building itself to not cause concern for the people, but for them to become comfortable within its walls.

We praise God for giving us enough volunteers to handle the small groups, all ages, from children to adults. We believe that life’s transformation occurs best in small groups where the participants are comfortable to share all aspects of their lives. Elaisa is a college student who handles the intermediate level group. She was shy at first but is now gaining confidence and effectively ministering to the children.

Since we minister to the poorest of the poor in the community, we face particular challenges that need the extra mile of love and care. God tangibly showed his love for us, and so we wished to show His love to the people in the same manner. I noticed that many of the children had broken shoes or were barefoot. We brought this issue to God in prayer and thought about how we could use this situation to show God’s love. Through the generous gifts of our brethren, we were able to give fifty new pairs of sandals to the children along with other necessities. We saw the priceless joy on their faces as parents and children felt the love of Christ.

They will no longer be barefoot!

Pray for the children to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ and for Elaisa to be molded by God as she ministers to them.

  • Pray for the parents to be reached for Christ through the witness of the children.

 In previous reports, I have shared about Anthony and how God saved him and transformed his life. He continues to grow in the Lord and desires to be used in ministry. Last July, I baptized Anthony and his wife. They are both active volunteers. This month, Anthony learned I needed a Bible study leader in our church plant in Calero. He requested to accompany me. Now Anthony is leading Bible studies in Calero and Tayud. At first, he was tense and afraid, now by God’s grace, he is gaining confidence and skills in leading people to have a personal and growing relationship with God.

  • Pray for spiritual maturity and ministry effectiveness for Anthony and his wife.
  • Pray for spiritual growth for the people in the Calero and Tayud Bible studies.

Pamela is a young lady with a great love for God and has been a positive impact on our ministry. We met last year, and we have seen her grow exponentially in her understanding and faith in God. Currently, she is a leader in our outreach program and our praise and worship ministry. This month she went the extra mile by being a storyteller for the children. She did an excellent job despite this being her first time.

  • Pray for Pamela to grow in her faith and become even more useful for the ministry.

Being a church planter is not an easy role, and I appreciate the support and company of other church planters. I thank the Lord for the community of pastors who have the same heart and vision in ministry. I was privileged to host and organize our church planter’s equipping event. This is our third year to encourage and equip the church planters with this even, and we meet twice a year. I praise God that I was ministered to by my colleagues.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Children are a gift and a blessing from the Lord, I praise God for them. However, along with every blessing comes responsibility; the most significant task of the parent is to train up the child in the way he should go in the Lord. Reed, our youngest son, is four years old. His birth was a miraculous display of God’s power. Now Reed is active and eager to go with us for the outreach program and joyfully joins the other children in the community. I see the joy in his face as he learns Bible stories every week.

  • Pray for the church planters to continue to obey their calling despite unfavorable circumstances and challenges.
  • Pray for my family and me to strive to finish the race victoriously.
  • Pray for the growth of the church. We are growing in number, and the leadership is searching for a roomier and more convenient place for worship.
  • Pray for God’s guidance and provision.
  • Pray for the spiritual maturity of our church leaders.
  • Pray for the establishment of a new community church in our outreach location of Liloan.
  • Pray for our medical mission next month.

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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