Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

Praise God for the privilege of ministering to different people and equipping us to meet their individual needs and concerns. John is a new contact who was brought to the church by Randy. Randy is our friend and was an active church member before he married and moved to Japan to work with his wife. Before Randy left, he asked us to take care of John. Randy had been letting John live in his house; John is a silent and troubled man. I remember a time when Randy called me because John was in shock after witnessing the shooting of a drug addict. He was traumatized and stayed in his room. We prayed for John, and now he is in good condition, praise God. John is not yet going to church, but we have a home Bible study with John and Randy’s family.

  • Pray for John to find peace and comfort in a relationship with God. 

Our children had their Kids’ Scholars Christmas Party as some of the children in our church receive support from Hope for Kids’ international foundation. Many kids from the different Christian churches in Cebu gathered to celebrate Christmas. Each church had its own presentation, and everyone joined in the contest with memory verse recitation, preaching, and testimonies. Everyone received a gift, and the children were grateful for these blessings. To God be the glory!

Our church held its Christmas Celebration, and everyone contributed to provide food and other responsibilities. Pastor Cris Pano was the speaker for our worship service. After worship, we had lunch with the church members and visitors. Gifts were exchanged, and games were played with both the children and adults. Everyone enjoyed the celebration and had a blast with all the excitement. In addition to all the fun events, everyone also helped with the church cleaning and washing, which was more challenging since our area had a water line broken. Some of the women and youth went with my wife to the public well to do the washing tasks.                                                                                                

  • Pray for the continued commitment of our church leaders in this next year.
  • Pray for their desire to share God’s love with their neighbors, family, and friends.

Thank God that our church was invited to the Cebu Korean Church for a Christmas Celebration. We started with a video of the journey of our Korean brothers and sisters as they sacrificed their time, efforts, and money to raise funds for this Christmas. Every year they give from their hearts to the Filipino church members. Then we had worship and listened to preaching. Everyone received gifts from the Korean church and went home feeling blessed by the love of God.

Praise the Lord for the generosity of the church members and their desire to show God’s love for each other through giving gifts.

  • Pray for the recipients to be blessed and grateful.

Praise God that our Wednesday Bible study with the Multipoint Company is still continuing with the help of God. The employees are attentive in listening to the Word of God and gradually are more and more interested in hearing the messages. Last month we had our year-end fellowship and reminded them of the real message of Christmas. We prayed for the upcoming year to have more blessings upon the people, especially in their walk with God. We are thankful to the owner who has entrusted their employees to us.

  • Pray for the Multipoint employees to have a genuine relationship with God and to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for more souls to be saved this next year.
  • Pray for good health, wisdom, and protection for the pastor and his family.

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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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