Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

We celebrated the Chinese New Year with Multipoint Enterprise. The owners are Chinese Christians, and we regularly hold a Bible study for their employees. They requested to have their Bible study on Tuesday instead of the usual Wednesday to follow their Chinese traditions and thank the Lord for the New Year of blessings. As God has blessed their business, the owners continue to serve God by proclaiming the gospel and sharing the Word of God as the only source of salvation, hope, and real joy. They desire their workers to understand salvation and to have real peace and joy in their work. In many companies, employees fight due to misunderstandings and easily quit their jobs. These owners desire their employees to have Jesus in their hearts so that true love and honesty will show in their work and personal lives. I am thankful for this opportunity to share the love of God with the owners and employees regularly.

  • Pray for the owners and employees of Multipoint Enterprise to display the love of God through their actions to their customers and other businesses.

Give thanks for this opportunity to disciple believers in growing more rooted in the Word of God.

The children celebrated “Hearts Day” to remind us of love. The stories for the whole month were focused on God’s love and our love for others. The children were urged that to display Biblical love for others, they must know the real source of love and that this source is God. His unconditional love saves us and allows us to love Him genuinely and to love others too. Through the activities, they colored and cut out hearts with messages to remind them of God’s love. We sang praises to God expressing our thankfulness. My wife encouraged the children to fill their new room with respect and to take diligent care of it. Many Bible verses were added to the walls to support the children to love God and display a genuine love for others.

  • Pray for the children to understand the love of God and how this love as described in John 3:16 made salvation available to all people.
  • Pray for the children to demonstrate the love of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 to their siblings, parents, friends, and classmates in the following months. Pray for God to use these actions to draw more children and adults to faith in Himself.

Our entire nation suffered from a measles outbreak. Even our church was affected by this disease. The daughter of a couple, Chacha and Mars, was ill. My wife went to their house to pray for baby Tiffany. She had no fever, but many red spots covered her whole body. We prayed for healing. The next day, the mother ran to our house asking for help as her baby was vomiting. It was decided to bring her to the hospital, and we prayed again for her healing. Chacha and Mars left their older two children with us as children are not allowed in the hospital. The very next day, on Sunday, God unexpectedly healed Tiffany. The family was so happy for the quick answer to their prayers. They were encouraged to be firm in their faith and obedient to God. Praise the Lord!

Give thanks for the healing of Tiffany.
  • Pray for protection from complications of measles and for quick healing for those who get sick.
  • Pray for the financial ability to obtain medical care when necessary.

Sammy is a new neighbor directly across from the church. His mother Maria was the first one invited to come to church with her children. Sammy is a first-year high school student. He has one sister and two brothers; his brother Manuel is blind. His stepfather treats them nicely. Maria informed us that Sammy was starting to talk back to her and being influenced to make bad decisions by his friends. He stayed out late at night and was addicted to computer games. Sammy is a silent and shy individual. Despite this, my wife persisted in inviting him to join the youth discipleship and encouraged Maria that for the heart of Sammy to be changed, he needed to hear and believe the Word of God. Two months have gone by, and the family is worshiping with us. Sammy is even cleaning the church with his mother. Although Sammy is a new believer, we see the Lord working powerfully in his heart, little by little there is change. My wife plans to train him in musical instruments as a way to encourage him to serve the Lord and resist the temptations of joining the friends outside the church.

  • Pray for Sammy to grow in his new faith and to resist the influence of friends who are not believers.
  • Pray for him to make friends who are firm believers in God that are his age and to have joy in music.
  • Pray for his family to grow closer as they learn more from God’s Word.

Every Sunday, I encourage the congregation to serve God in many ways. Those who are unable to contribute financially are still able to give their time and talents to serve the Lord. We had a problem close to the church with a horrid smell caused by trash and waste being dumped in this location. It was messy and not pleasant to look. My wife and I were surprised to discover that this area had been cleaned; the garbage was gone, and there were new plants. The women in the church gave their time and energy to make this area beautiful for God’s glory.

Praise the Lord for the tangible evidence that God is working in their hearts.

  • Pray for the witness to the community through the love of these women as they care for their church.
  • Pray for the neighbors to be curious about their actions and drawn to discover what is causing them to show concern for this space.
  • Pray for spiritual growth and maturity among the members.
  • Pray for strength, protection, and wisdom in the ministry.
  • Pray for upcoming outreach in April and God’s blessing upon our work.

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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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