Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

This past month included many days of trials and challenges for the children and mothers. One who was affected was sister Lilibeth. Last month, as I shared in my previous reports, she was hospitalized due to severe diarrhea, and despite her release from the hospital, she is still suffering from body aches and pains. She was having a tough time moving enough to do basic household chores. My wife went to her house to pray with her and offer a free massage. My wife provides massage therapy as a ministry to the women and senior citizens. Praise the Lord that afterward, Lilibeth was able to move more efficiently and do her everyday routine. She was especially blessed to be able to attend the Bible study and Sunday worship again.

                               

Lilibeth’s past life was complicated and problematic. She lived in Cagayan De Oro City with her four children. She had many fights with her live-in partner because of drugs. He was not providing for the needs of the family and had a lot of vices. Since he was a drug user, their finances were struggling. The children suffered and became malnourished, and Lilibeth’s health suffered, and she was diagnosed with hypertension. Lilibeth decided to move to Cebu to live with her mother and sisters.  Her family background was Iglesia ni Cristo, and Lilibeth started attending there with her mother. Her father, Pepito, is one of our active church members and we kept prompting him to bring his children and grandchildren. We invited Lilibeth many times, and she refused despite our offers of help for her family. This did not stop us, and we continued to pray and encourage her to church. Five months ago, she responded to the gospel message and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord! Now she is attending the church with her partner and children. They are actively involved.

  • Pray for the spiritual growth and maturity of  Lilibeth.
  • Pray for Lilibeth’s family and especially for those who are not saved to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Many of the neighborhood children and youth came down with dengue and high fevers. Their parents also suffered from high fever and body aches. Some of the children had nosebleeds. One of our church members came late at night and begged for our help. Her grandson was in the hospital with severe dengue fever and in critical condition. They asked for prayer for their child’s recovery and the medical bills. My wife and I went to the hospital; it was so crowded with so many patients with dengue fever that we had a hard time finding the child. We finally found the family and prayed for healing for Lawrence. The parents were encouraged by our support and the small financial help we offered. Two days later we rejoiced with the family as the child was complete healed and release from the hospital. The next Sunday, the mother brought her child to the church to worship.

             

Another mother brought her son, Reniel, to us because he had a high fever and she was afraid it was a symptom of dengue fever. We prayed with her, and the child was healed the next day. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for the children who are recovering from dengue fever, Lawrence and Reniel, to heal with no side effects from their illness completely.
  • Pray for the neighborhood to be protected from severe cases of dengue fever and for the those who require medical care to receive it quickly and effectively without concerns about medical bills.
  • Pray for health and protection for the church members and family of the pastor.

I remember when I was single and ministering at another church with the youth, I discipled and care for many young people. One of them was Randy. He was so kind-hearted and teachable, and this young man blessed me. A few years have gone by, I’m now married and pioneering at a different church, so we seldom talk or visit due to our busy lives and different concerns. One day, Randy came to me and asked for advice about his personal life as he desired to get married. I was excited to learn that his girlfriend was a faithful Christian and a member in the church choir. Randy visited the target area where I’m starting an outreach, and he noticed that we needed new equipment, especially with the sound system and microphones. He committed to purchasing a new amplifier for our ministry. To test the quality of the equipment, he sang a song to God at our worship service. To God be the glory!

Give thanks for the blessing of Randy and his encouragement to the ministry of Pastor Noberto.

  • Pray for good health and protection for Randy.

God is good because he answers our prayers. In my previous reports, I shared that my wife was praying for someone to assist her in instructing the children. It is not easy to guide all the little ones, especially during worship service. We were praying for my wife to be able to join the worship service occasionally as well.  One of my co-workers called with the name of a youth who desired to serve God with the children. I immediately responded and met with Allyn. She attends the Bible school here in Cebu and is handling the children with love and care as she teaches them from God’s Word.

Praise the Lord for Allyn and her desire to minister to the children.

  • Pray for wisdom as Allyn teaches the children and shares with them about the love of God.
  • Pray for the ceiling repair.

Pastor Norberto’s Testimony

My name is Norberto Palmerola, and I am from Agusan Del Sur on the Island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. I was born into a Christian family, and my father was the pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Trento, Agusan del Sur. My mother was a Sunday school teacher and taught me about God’s love and purpose for all people.

She taught me that many people could not experience God’s purpose because of sin. According to her sin was what you say, think, and do that is not pleasing in the sight of God. She told me that we are all born sinners, and the punishment for sin was separation from God in a place called Hell. But she said that God loves us so much that while we were still sinners Jesus died for us and paid the penalty for our sin at Calgary. Through Him, there is now a way to eternal life because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. As I thought about these things, I felt the Lord drawing me to Him. I told my mother I wanted to become a disciple of Jesus. Together we kneeled, and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

God is consistent and trustworthy in His plans and purpose for my life. After my conversion, I was devoted to serving God to the best of my abilities. I won numerous awards in physical competitions and dedicated myself to the study of the Bible. I was the favorite son of my father because of my knowledge of Bible stories and my memorization of various books from Genesis to Revelation. I became known as the “little pastor” by the people in our community. I am proud to be a Pastor as this was the profession I desired from that young age.

In my high school years however my desires changed. I was hesitant to study in the pastoral ministry because of the many discouragements I saw from Pastors who were in financially hard places as my family had been. My father was not able to support me in college because he did not receive a salary from the church. I had to work hard then study long hours to survive and attend college. I grew exceedingly frustrated and decided to stop my studies and began to be influenced by nonbelievers who did many worldly things.

I was unhappy about the things we did because I knew I was a child of God and that I was not pursuing His purpose in my life. I realized how unprofitable my life had become and decided I would return to studying pastoral ministry at the Bible School in North Cotabato. At last, I again felt fulfilled in pursuing the Lord’s calling on my life. The Lord grew within me a passion and love for lost souls, and I have carried this in my heart since that time. After graduating, I went to the CKC School of Theology and studied under Southern Baptist Professors. I then planted a church in the Carreta Cemetary in Cebu caring for living souls who lived in the cemetery. In January 2018 I was able to transfer pastorship of this area to a nearby pastor and my family, and I moved to Guadalupe, Cebu to plant a new church. The Lord is trustworthy, and we are stepping out in Faith as the Lord leads us into this new area.

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