By Ptr. Chito Mendizabal
When Ptr Romy Escobedo asked me to be their speaker in their Church Anniversary and Christmas Party, I willingly accepted; in fact I was excited. Because this church was one of the churches that PAMI has started or pioneered. The first Bible study was for children. Then, adults Bible study followed. Many of the first attendees were men which became pastors eventually (Pastors Nestor, Romy, Ernie, Inggo, Jessie). They sent some of their students to EBI, who have since become pastors: Pastor Redgie (Bonifacio), Ptr Rolly Balasta (Presbyterian in Albay), Ptr Samuel Espano (Phil. Evangelical Mission-Bulusan), Ptr Levi Caudilla (Masbate) and Ptr Joel (Leyte), Ptr Eddie Fuedan (Channels of Blessing-Bulusan).
It was so heart-warming to hear in their church history that they indeed started as PAMI outreach. Until today, said Ptr Ernie, “People keep on calling them PAMI.” [Chito has previously said that the word “PAMI” is used the Sorsogon to generically refer to born-again Christians.]
Among other PAMI pastors who had influence in San Roque church includes Rev. Roger Hines, Ptr Job Mayor, Virgilio Fulo, Sis Ofel (Dioneda then as an intern student).
“So is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” – Isaiah 55:11
“He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” – Psalm 126:5
*San Roque Church is an independent church but recently became recipient of the lot and church building from Korean Presbyterian sponsors.