Tame “Tommy” Buctolan

 Recent Ministry

I visited a group of people in Sitio Pangilatan that live in a small village despite the mountainous terrain. They are very poor and long to eat rice; they can only afford corn due to their small weekly incomes.  In this village, they make charcoal to earn a living. They go into the forest to gather the wood and carry it on their shoulders; they can only bring two small bundles in the morning and afternoon.

As I talked with one of them, Jerome, he said they often skip their lunch because they are so far from home and instead eat the wild fruit in the forest and drink water from the streams. They are only able to produce five sacks of charcoal weekly with the help of their wives. The finished charcoal has to quickly be put into the sack despite its warm temperature and the ashes. One day while helping them, I almost burnt my shoes as I was unaware of the fire beside me. I shared the gospel with them, telling of the hope and love of Jesus for them. I encouraged them to join our weekly gathering in the Purok center every Sunday. I continue to visit their home once a week to build a relationship with them.

The only source of water is a well located along the mountainside. The people are patient as they wait for the water as it slowly fills the well. Despite the long line of people that are present for the whole day, the well does not run dry. Despite the high altitude and the presence of an abundant water source, the place is blessed by this resource of water. I again shared the message of salvation and encouraged them to join us. By the grace of God, the wives are coming to the fellowship.

  • Pray for the people of the village to continue welcoming Tame and the message of salvation.
  • Pray for individuals to understand the gospel and accept the gift of salvation.
  • Pray for the house visits and evangelism ministry to continue to draw more people to salvation and trust in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the Purok leaders to attend the fellowship.

As I was driving to Naga, an evangelism site I work heavy rain was falling. Suddenly a big transport bus bumped the back of my vehicle. The driver of the bus accepted responsibility as the accident was his fault due to the slippery roads. I am grateful to God for the limited damage as only the back glass was cracked. I recognized the protection from God and how my life is safe in His hands. I do believe we experience true security and protection when we put our trust in Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!

Give thanks for the protection of Tame in the recent accident and no repercussions in the future.

  • Pray for the mentorship of new disciples.
  • Pray for provision of a church building.
  • Pastor Tame Buctolan’s Testimony

Pastor Tame’s Testimony

We are proud to introduce Pastor Tame who is serving in the Philippines. Pastor Tame has served in ministry for many years and is one of our newest national pastors. Below you’ll find his testimony along with some of the recent ministry he has done in Carcar City, Philippines.

In 1983 my family hosted missionaries from Canada who were moving into our community in the Philippines. Our family was Roman Catholic at this time. The missionaries choose a few poor families to support and teach the Bible through studies and fellowships. When I was ten years old, they showed the film Burning Hell, and after the pastor preached about the way of Salvation. I understood that Jesus loved me and didn’t want me to go to hell. That was the moment I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I was 12 years old when I was Baptized.

Understanding God’s call was something I did not understand, all I knew was that if I went to church on Sunday’s I would be ok. I was also scared to know if God had a calling for me, fear of the great responsibility, and lack of understanding when God calls you. One day I met Pastor Cris Pano at their church anniversary, and he told me about the pastoral and ministry call, and at that moment I understood the call of God in ministry. I was given the opportunity to plant a church in Sawsawan, San Roque, Talisay City in Cebu and experienced the hand of God in His provision. Since I started preaching the gospel many people have come to know Jesus and as their Lord and Savior. I have a beautiful wife Mercedes, and together we have four children. Our goal as a family is to serve the Lord faithfully and direct many souls to the Kingdom.

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