Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

Praise the Lord once again for answering our prayers as God brought Hermie to our church. Hermie is a coworker in the Lord from Agusan, Mindanao, where I was born and grew up. He was a partner in the ministry of my father. Hermie is in his early seventies but still very active and healthy by the grace of God. He has ten children, six of them have their own families. Hermie is a humble man who loves music. It is a joy to him to help the church, and he brought his organ (keyboard) as our church does not yet have one. In Mindanao, his job was teaching musical instruments to the children and youth. I am so thankful to God for Hermie’s willingness and interest in helping us with music. Each Sunday, he is teaching organ and guitar lessons to the kids and assisting my wife in praise and worship.  To God, be the glory.

  • Pray for the kids and youth to be serious and committed to their musical instrument practice.
  • Pray for the commitment of our praise and worship team.

Our church members are getting more excited about service and prayer. We desire to obey the great commission that God has commanded. We know it is not easy to do door-to-door evangelism, and the stronghold of idolatry is blatantly apparent in our area.  We cling to God’s Word that reminds us He did not give us a spirit of fear but of power. The Holy Spirit will always be there to help us share the gospel to an unbeliever.

Beginning this year, my wife leads the women in a walk of prayer for the surrounding areas. They have started door-to-door evangelism. As the women have no experience in evangelism, their job is to bring the group to their friend’s homes and ask for permission to come inside. If the door is open, my wife then presents the gospel, and the women listen and observe while praying. Some of the contacts are not receptive, but some listen attentively. Prayer is so important. We ask God to give us guidance in our speech and to prepare the people to hear. I am thankful to see the members growing spiritually and supporting the ministry. I see their joy in evangelism despite personal concerns and the heat of the sun. They are not discouraged by the thought of rejection.

  • Pray for our outreach ministry as the women share the gospel with their friends and neighbors.
  • Pray for open hearts willing to hear the gospel and to receive God’s good news of salvation.
  • Pray for the women to have the courage to evangelize.

Praise the Lord that the faithfulness of our people in tithes and offerings meets our church needs. Despite the poverty level and financial struggles of most of our congregation, we remind them that everything we have belongs to God. Their willingness to give of the little they have is what matters, and God blesses the gift. This month, we bought two big tables for the church so we can fit everyone, this was essential as every time we got together for a meal, we had to borrow tables. Praise God for answering our prayers.

Theodora is just around the corner from the church. She has been a widow for three months, and this is the second time she has been a widow. Her first partner died, and so Theodora found a new partner as she was unable to live without a companion, according to her words. This partner has also passed away and left her in a hopeless condition. Theodora is a crippled older woman. Her children are unable to bring her for check-ups as we are in a mountainous region, and as it is hard for her to walk, to travel, she has to be carried. Her children have their own families and cannot give her their full attention and care, plus they encounter the financial struggle.

It has been more than a month since my wife started the Bible study in her small place. As Theodora could no longer walk, she was very lonely. She cannot go where she wants to or live normally. She cannot move her legs, and her body aches. Every day is a struggle, even though her children have provided her food. We praise God that we can bless her spiritual needs and bring her hope from the real Savior. We visit each week, and it brings her joy to know that people care and love her. My wife shares the Word of God and does therapeutic massage for Theodora. Despite her being a staunch Catholic defender, we continue to visit Theodora and tell her that Jesus is the only way of salvation.

  • Pray for Theodora to come to faith in God.
  • Pray for wisdom, health, and protection for my family.
  • Pray for committed church leaders and more open doors for the gospel.

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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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