Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

Praise the Lord for giving us zeal and courage to bring the youth closer to God. These teens will someday follow us in God’s service. Our vision as a church is to bring them into a right relationship with God, to disciple and teach them to follow and obey Him. Every Saturday afternoon, my wife uses different strategies to encourage the youth through Bible games and lessons to grow in their faith. We see their faith and understanding grow, and they are standing firm in what they believe. My wife has impressed upon them the importance of owning their own Bible; she is helping them collect a small amount of money each week, so they can save up to purchase them. It is their goal to each own a Bible by the end of this year. The youth are receptive to God’s Word and open to sharing their feelings and experiences. We remind them to focus on God, especially during Sundays’ worship time, by sitting with their family instead of playing during the worship service. We are teaching them to give reverence to our Almighty God by remembering the Sabbath day and keeping it holy. We remind them to use their lives and talents for the Lord. I see their confidence grow and develop each Sunday as they bring the message of God to His people through their offering of songs and praise.

  • Pray for the youth to be willing to listen and to make wise choices.
  • Pray for their interest in God’s Word to increase as they learn together.

It is our heart’s desire to have an enthusiastic praise and worship team. We are teaching the youth how to play the guitar, beatbox, and tambourine. Some of the teens are backup singers on the praise and worship team. We encourage them to use their time and talents while they are young, so they will improve their skills and honor God through their actions. Sometimes they tell us, we do not have good voices or talent in music instruments. We remind them that we praise and worship God to show our love for Him, even if it is hard and makes their hands ache, we continue to push them to practice for God’s glory.

Angelika is one of our backup singers during praise and worship. She is thirteen years old and in seventh grade. Before she became a Christian, her father, Jandro, came to us for help because they had no house to live in, and he had five children to take care of. Their situation was trying for a time, we helped them to find an available space while looking for a more permanent location. We did a Bible study with them. They were devoted Catholics; their family was full of chaos due to fights and quarrels with each other. Now by the grace of God, their whole family is worshiping together with us every Sunday, and Jandro is an active church member. Before she was saved, Angelika was immature and insecure about her weight; she had no interest in church. We encouraged her to love herself because God created her and would use her for His glory. Now Angelika is listening to our words and growing spiritually. We continue to encourage the entire family to attend church, discipleship time, and practice songs for God’s glory.

Angelika is practicing the guitar! Praise God for her willingness to learn and worship God.

  • Pray for our worship team, especially the youth, to grow spiritually and to be united as they lead our congregation in worship.
  • Pray for persistence for the teens as they learn to play instruments and for them to understand the importance of working hard.
  • Pray for Jandro and Angelika’s family to grow closer to God and to each other.

It is my passion to visit houses and share God’s Word with people; however, this month, my arthritis flared up, resulting in pain and difficulty in walking. For two weeks, I struggled immensely because my foot was red and swollen. I took the necessary medicines, but the pain persisted. I have done my best to continue the routine at the church and asked the members to pray for healing. I have been careful with the foods I eat each day, adding more vegetables and drinking less coffee. God is personally reminding me, through different situations, to rely on His power.

  • Pray for Pastor Norberto’s arthritis.
  • Pray for his pain to subside, for healing and wisdom of how to best take care of his health.

  • Pray for health and safety for his family.

Prayer is essential for church growth. Each Saturday, the women have their Bible study and prayer time. We also started a once a week prayer meeting on Wednesdays. My family, along with Pepito and Veronica, met to pray for our nation, church, family, and personal concerns. I started by speaking of God’s words about prayer, reminding our group to ask, knock, and seek God. We announce our prayer meeting each Sunday at the worship time and desire for the group to grow.

  • Pray for the church members’ spiritual growth and maturity.
  • Pray for new Bible study contacts and more attendees at our prayer meeting.
  • Pray for more chairs and a projector for our services.

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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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