Norberto Palmerola

Recent Ministry

Praise to God for the amazing things in our ministry. The discipleship and Bible study of the children and youth each Saturday is causing changes in their lives. I see them grow spiritually, and their characters are changing little-by-little by the grace of God. My wife came up with a project to recognize and encourage their commitment and devotion to God. Each Saturday, my wife collects any amount of money to save for them to have their own copy of the Bible. The goal is for them to read the Bible even at their home. We are encouraging them to let the Word of God be a significant part of their life, not only during the Bible study and worship but in their everyday lives. Only the Word of God can bring hope and encouragement to them. To train these children and youth is essential, and having their own Bible will be so beneficial to them. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for the children and youth to be diligent in saving to own their Bibles.
  • Pray for the Word of God to penetrate their hearts and minds to bring the transformation of their characters for God’s glory.

As most of our members are not financially stable, we are encouraging them to use their time wisely. The mothers at home with their children help each other. For two weeks this month, the women and youth support the livelihood project by folding used pieces of paper and stapling them to create smalls bags for seedlings to be used in my friend’s farming business. They were very diligent for two weeks and earned an income from this project.  Despite this busyness, we reminded them not to forget the Bible study and worship.

Praise the Lord for the dedication of the mothers and youth to working hard and earning income to support themselves.

Praise the Lord for the willingness of others to provide short-term projects that allow people to make some money.

God is good and faithful; He is working in the hearts of our church members. One of our primary concerns was an area next to the church where the stray dogs and cats create messes and caused a smelly odor. This month, the church came up with a solution and decided to clean the area by removing all the garbage and installing a bamboo fence. Some of the women and young people helped my wife with this project. If we neglected to put up a barrier, then all our cleaning would be in vain as people would continue to use it as a garbage heap and the dogs and cats would return. I am so happy for the beauty and cleanliness created when the church members worked together with unity and commitment to solving this challenge.

  • Pray for this area to stay beautiful and for the church members to be dedicated to keeping it clean.

Praise the Lord for the mothers who cared for all of us so diligently.

We acknowledged the mothers in our church with the children and youth presenting thank you cards. They sang a song, and after the worship, the letters were read aloud to these dearest mothers. I saw many mothers with tears of joy as they listened to their families expressing their love and gratitude.

Manuel is the older brother of Sammy. His mother and Sammy clean the church each week. Manuel just turned eighteen this month and is blind. The family came from Bohol after the parents separated due to the father’s alcoholism and temper. The family includes a younger sister and the stepfather; they live quite close to the church. We invited them to the church, and after his first visit, Manuel continued to come. Before this, his mother told us he would hurt himself and his younger siblings, but now he is calm and happy. Manual is excited to hear people talking to him. He has let love and acceptance from the church and feels God’s love for him.

  • Pray for the family of Manual, pray for God to continue to transform the character of Manuel and for him to grow in his knowledge of God’s Word and faith in God.

We were visited by the Korean brothers and sisters on a mission’s team. We worshiped together through gospel songs and then heard an inspirational message from their pastor that I translated so our members and neighbors could understand. The group gave free snacks to everyone and pencils for the children. Despite their short visit, we were refreshed by their love and concern.

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  • Pray for spiritual growth and maturity about the members.
  • Pray for church musical instruments.
  • Pray for new Bible study contacts.
  • Pray for health and wisdom for my family.
  • Pray for committed and teachable church leaders.

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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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