Pastor Jan Michael Prieto sensed the calling for missions after a dream that showed him his future. During his teen years at the age of 16, he knew it was God calling him to be a pastor and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “The preparation for becoming a pastor and missionary came through a dream. The man in the dream told me I would preach God’s word. There were times the Lord would always communicate with me in these dreams for a specific task. This gave me the urge to advance His Kingdom.”
Just at 17 years of age, the missionary pastor began preaching in 2007. Raised in a Catholic background, the minister had an experience that gave him a yearning for the things of the Lord and to learn of Him. He said, “During my high -school days, one pastor shared the gospel message and I received this message. On this particular day, I started listening to God’s word and studying God’s word.”
Pastor Prieto was inspired to activate the call to be a pastor when he began having a burden for lost souls and a desire to help them have a spiritual understanding. Along with sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he wanted to assist others materially and financially. In 2013, Jan Michael started Christian Church Mission in the Philippians under a tree and from there on the pastor impacted more lives.
All ministries face challenges at some point during their journeys. “The challenges that I had on the mission field were the risk of attacks from people who were against the word of God, having finances for the mission for travel expense and food, the risk of terrorist attacks and snakes in the jungle. The lowest point of our ministry was when we were hit by an earthquake and typhoon last year.”
There were times of discouragement that Pastor Jan Michael experienced. God’s presence and constant reminder of His call helped him to continue on. “Yes, there were times that I was discouraged. I overcame those times, through the presence of God, the burden and His word that always reminded me to advance and not be dismayed.”
The favorite scriptures of the missionary, are Matthew 11:28 and Mark 11:24. “In the mission, I enjoy when the villagers receive and offer some native snacks to us.” Every aspiring and emerging missionary or pastor needs encouragement in times of difficulties and obstacles. He said, “I encourage them not to give up no matter what. I don’t know them and I don’t know what situations they are facing, but God is faithful in His promises. We faced a lot because we gave up everything for the gospel, but God used anyone and anything to accomplish His task to us.”
Christian Church Mission supplies bibles to persons in their native language, rice to feed those without and clothes to those who are struggling. Pastor Jan Michael holds crusades, bible studies and works with other churches. Donations and gifts are accepted for Christian Church Mission and/or Pastor Jan Michael and his family through sending on PayPal at Janmichaelprieto@yahoo.com.
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