Tame “Tommy” Buctolan

 Recent Ministry

My van is an essential tool of my ministry as it carries me to the mountains to preach the gospel, especially on rainy days in areas where motorcycles are the typical method of transportation. One day, I drove from Talisay to Canotao-an Naga and as I approached the mountain highway, the engine suddenly stopped due to overheating. At that moment, I was very grateful that I had not brought my family. After a few hours, the engine cooled enough to start again, and I continued to travel to the location of the Bible study. I was quite late, but the people were still waiting for me as they desired to hear the gospel message of God.

  • Pray for safe travels in the mountain regions.
  • Pray for those who hear the gospel to respond to God’s Word and come to faith in God.
  • Pray for the message preached to believers to strengthen their faith and help them grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

I do believe that God has a reason for everything and that all things work together for good. As I needed to have my vehicle checked, my friend introduced me to a mechanic named Efren. He is married, in his early fifties, and has two children attending college. His older son sometimes

Efren the Mechanic

helps fix engines at night since he studies during the day. While Efren was repairing the vehicle, we talked together, and he shared with me about his life. He was worried about the future of his kids and the possibility of their house being demolished. I took this opportunity to share the gospel with him. I shared the need for a Savior and Lord, explaining how we surrender our lives to God and God will take care of everything. While I was telling him about God’s love and grace, he suddenly stopped me, and I saw tears in his eyes. He was so grateful and repeatedly thanked me for telling him the good news about God and especially how God is willing and eager to save any person. Praise the Lord for this opportunity to share the gospel.

  • Pray for Efren and his family to thoroughly understand the gospel of salvation and to confess salvation.
  • Pray for Efren to be able to surrender and trust God with his worries and concerns for the future.

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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