Tame “Tommy” Buctolan

 Recent Ministry

It is summer break here in the Philippines. The Family for Christ Church Planting Ministry Inc. held a summer vacation youth camp in Mandaue City, Cebu with the theme “Undivided.” There were more than one-hundred campers from various locations in Cebu and Bohol Island. I was invited to speak the first night. I preached about salvation, and many surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. After I finished, several young people expressed their appreciation, “thank you, pastor, for the message of hope, now we know that Jesus loves us and when we get home we will still know that we have everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

I was conducting a Bible study in the small village in my mission’s outreach, we met in the evening as the sun was setting. When we turned on the lights, there was an electric disruption, so I instead used the flashlight on my cellphone. I thank the Lord for the small light that enabled me to bring great comfort and hope to the listeners.

  • Pray for the new believers who were saved at the summer youth camp.
  • Pray for their faith to continue and grow when they return to the regular routines of life.
  • Pray for their connection with each other and to their local church.

While I was walking along the mountainside doing home visits, I felt thirsty in the hot weather. I met a man named Tinoy, who was seventy years old. He lived in the mountain area with his wife. The man’s children are grown and married with their own families. Tinoy offered me a coconut to drink, but there was no one to climb the tree. During our conversation, as I shared the Word of God, a young man passed by, and I asked him to climb the tree.  I spoke of Jesus’ love and salvation, at first Tinoy refused, but then later, he prayed to accept Jesus. After I drank the coconut water, we parted ways. Tinoy told me to come back again.  God uses us to share His word in many locations and situations, the most essential part is to grab every opportunity to preach the gospel.

  • Pray for God to continue to work in Tinoy’s life.

  • Pray for our church building and for many people to join our worship service.
  • Pray for every opportunity to preach the gospel.

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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