Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

I praise and thank the Lord for answering our prayers. The construction of the children’s room is nearly completed. We started using it this past month as a space for the youth and children to gather for Bible study and discipleship. The larger area allows them to play and accommodates more children. As the room is further from our church location, instead of being just outside, their noise will not disturb us during the worship service. God answered our prayers for the floorings, we hired a carpenter to complete the floor and bamboo walls. I praise God for the church’s tithes and offerings that are helping to fulfill our mission. We encourage the members and newcomers to be faithful in giving as it is one of the proofs of their growing love and obedience to God.

  • Praise God for the construction of a space for the children.
  • Praise God for the unity and generosity of the church members as they work together to provide a particular location for their children to meet and learn about the love of God.
  • Pray for the children to grow in their faith.

Our church mission is to reach our neighbors. We were blessed with Korean visitors and invited the neighborhood to hear the gospel and witness their presentations. Everyone was energetic and filled with joy in their hearts during worship. The message of the drama was about the power of Jesus which victoriously overcame darkness and defeated death. The gospel was presented very clearly.

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Later in the month, we had more Korean visitors who came to minister. They climbed the mountain and evangelized door-to-door. Then returned to the church with songs and dance for the Lord. The pastor gave a short message, and I translated into Cebuano so the people would fully understand the real message of the gospel. The missions team blessed the church members with donations of clothing.

  • Pray for the neighbors who heard the gospel presentation for the first time to return with more questions and one day come to salvation.
  • Pray for those who heard the gospel message from the evangelism team to put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Praise to God for bringing people into our path for us to minister to and providing opportunities to share the gospel. Sis. Lina is now a regular Sunday worshiper, she came in response to our constant and persistent invitations. Every time we travel down, we pass her small business where she sells a variety of snacks. Lina would always greet us warmly with a big smile that lifts up our day. Lina is alone, her husband passed away, and her two children are grown, so she must earn an income by herself. She was a devoted Roman Catholic but now comes to church and worships with us, ignoring the complaints of others. I see her growing in her faith and little by little, understanding the gospel and what true obedience to God really means. Every Sunday, she remembers to Sabbath day by closing her business to come to church. She arrives early on Sunday as she is eager to worship with us. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for Lina to grow in her faith and understanding of the grace of God and how salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

God is good and faithful in my life and to my family. This month I celebrated my forty-second birthday. I thank God for reaching this age and for His amazing grace. The ministry He has entrusted to me is doing excellent because His presence is with us. I celebrated with the other church members who had birthdays the same month. After worship, we had a meal and fellowship together.

  • Pray for the ministry to continue to grow. Give thanks for the faithfulness of Norberto Palmerola as he ministers to his people.

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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