Tame Buctolan

Recent Ministry

This month we decided to change our meeting place because when the gospel spread to another community of people, they were hesitant to join us at our current location as it seemed exclusive for the existing group. We prayed together as leaders about where we could hold our worship services. The Lord touched the heart of Romulo, and he offered his house for us to use as our new meeting place. The house is old and not close to the highway, but I view it as a very strategic location as it is on the boundary of the next barangay (neighborhood), where we also have a bible study meeting close by. So, we started our worship services in Romulo’s home, and many people visited and joined us. After the meeting, some of the members offered food for lunch, and we ate together.

  • Pray for the new meeting place and for the ability to do necessary renovations and repairs.
  • Pray for new believers and future baptisms.
  • Pray for our new project comfort room.

Romulo celebrated his sixty-sixth birthday. We gave him a surprise serenade. I talked with my leaders and Romulo’s children, and we did songs during the dawn time, as early as four am to show Romulo how important he is to us. As a pastor, one of my duties is to care for my members and express our gratitude to them. Romulo was happy and amazed as this was the first time he had experienced this blessing. He expressed his appreciation and thanksgiving to God and cried, saying, “I am happy that God saved me and that I have experienced the Christian way of living.” He promised God that he would continue to give God his life in service to Him. We prayed for Romulo and encouraged him.

Since we changed meeting locations, many teenagers have felt freer to come and carry out their activities. We are training them to sing Christian songs. I encouraged my daughter, Hazel, to teach them the words and melodies so they will be familiar with the songs during our worship service. Hazel is willing to share her talent with the guitar as a ministry to the youth. On Saturdays, we gather the teenagers to sing to God, to read the Bible, and to eat food.

  • Pray for young people’s activities.
  • Pray for God to draw them to faith in Him.

Two years ago, when I started to work in the barangay Cantao-an. I passed by the next village, and there are many people in this village. I pray that I will have the opportunity to open a Bible study there. I shared this desire with my leaders, Romulo and Jhane, and they informed me that their relatives are living in this place. So, I asked if I could visit their relatives. One day, his nephew and their family joined us in our worship service; he asked me to visit their house and have a Bible study. In the last week of the month, one couple, Edward and Linda, opened their home for a Bible study. They invited their neighbors to join us. We now have Bible study in the small village of barangay Guindarohan. We thank God for answering our prayers.

  • Pray for our leaders, Romulo and Jhane, that they will stand firm in the Lord and continue to support the ministry.
  • Pray that Edward and Linda will continue to open their home for Bible study and invite their neighbors to join.

Pastor Tame’s Testimony

Pastor Tame, Pastor Cris & Pastor Jerry

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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