PBS Member Profile: Pastor Noel Cortez’s Creativity for the Cause of Christ
Pastor Noel Cortez, who is now 58 years old, registered his church “Jesus Never Fails Ministries” back in 1986. Years of experience have taught him that a church is formed by a diverse set of people. Instead of being intimidated by this reality, Pastor Noel became determined to develop creative ways to effectively reach out to others.
But instead of going for grandiose gatherings or extravagant events, he put a spotlight on our simple PBS-published Scripture materials, specifically our tracts. Pastor Noel saw the potential in these humble two-by-three-inch thin paper pamphlets. Filled with much inspiration, he was able to envision an entire tracts distribution system and a specialized prayer group initiative for each sector in society.
The project he is currently working on is his sorted tracts binder or clear book. Pastor Noel hopes to create clear and comprehensive profiles for each of the PBS-published tracts, dedicating one page for each kind that we have in stock right now. Individual profiles will detail the official name of the material and provide guidelines to help readers fully maximize the content. The tracts will be sorted accordingly across the different sectors of society based on factors like interests, occupation, age, and more. This binder or clear book will also document audience feedback on the tracts.
What may seem like a simple compilation project may eventually become a major tool in our work at the Bible Society.
Pastor Noel said, “It’s good to have clear and categorized tracts handy, in case you see a specific kind that will help someone. This way, no tracts will go to waste. Sometimes, for the sake of distributing what is in stock, we just give and give. Yes, God’s Word is universal. But are the tracts you are giving to that person the right ones for them? For example, we give one person five kinds of tracts during a distribution. Afterwards, we just take pictures and then we are done. But we need [strategic] planning.”
Pastor Noel is no stranger to other ministry-based creative projects. To give us a glimpse of what a completed sorted tracts clear book can do, he shared two experiences he had using PBS-published materials: coloring initiatives with policemen and disaster preparedness seminars for small communities.
GRAB BAGS, WHISTLES, AND PREPAREDNESS IN TIMES OF CALAMITIES
Pastor Noel also shared that he frequently uses our PBS-published tracts during his disaster preparedness seminars. He grounds these talks on tracts like Jesus Calms the Storm. So aside from learning about the importance of a grab bag, the location of the evacuation centers, and a whistle in case of emergencies, a seminar attendee would also realize that he or she needs to be stable mentally and emotionally during these disasters. The attendees would then discover that praying to God for a sound mind is just as crucial as asking Him for comfort and protection.
We at PBS are overjoyed whenever we hear about great efforts like these from our members. Indeed, the Lord deserves our best work always and in all the ways that we can. We thank Him for allowing us to meet such a passionate soul–His servant, Pastor Noel.
On his thoughts regarding his PBS membership, he revealed, “What matters to me most is not the discounts or the free Scripture materials, but instead it is the belongingness. I am happy and grateful that I have an ID to show I am [offi- cially] part of a group and that there are gatherings–like the Annual Membership Meeting–that I can attend. There are also many events done at PBS that give the lessons and skills needed for deeper biblical studies and teaching children.”
INVOLVEMENT, BELONGINGNESS, AND PRESTIGE
Pastor Noel has been a member for so long that he has forgotten what year he first signed up. And though there were times when he could not pay the membership fees, he kept coming back. He clarified, “Sometimes financial problems would come and I would have to put a pause on my membership renewal. But later on, I would sign up again.”
Being a Manileño, he feels extra blessed to have PBS so close and accessible in a safe location. He is only two rides away from our Ministry Center on UN Avenue. But more than what is physical, he emphasized the honor of being a part of our organization. He explained excitedly, “The name of PBS itself! Philippine. Bible. Society. The Bible is at the center of Philippine society. The Bible is a gift to the society. I am also happy that there is the United Bible Societies.”
MOVING FORWARD: PASTOR NOEL AND PBS
The dedication that drives Pastor Noel forward can only come from a divine source–God, our Heavenly Father. If you think he is done and has used up all his creative ideas, wait until you hear about his future plans!
Pastor Noel’s next dream is a specialized prayer group system, which he is willing to manage and oversee. He shared,
“I pray that one day there will be specialized prayer groups in PBS with schedules. For example, if a doctor comes and prays with us, we can present the PBS ministry to him, and that doctor can bring it to others in the medical field. One day, we will be able to enter each sector of society. Now is the time to start. We need to address each category so that people will really get it. [God’s Word] will sink into [their hearts] and they can apply it in their lives.”
“PBS is ground zero. This is the starting point.”– Pastor Noel Cortez
“I believe that PBS develops multi-faceted capabilities in its members,” he affirmed, relating this skill as well to Je- sus’ ability to talk to anybody. “It is good to develop being multi-faceted. No to monotony. Yes to being dynamic. I wear different hats and learn how to approach people properly with the tracts best for them – based on their career, interests, and lifestyle.”
“If PBS is not your partner, you will not be effective.– Pastor Noel Cortez
PBS is our home base. “
We are excited for the future of Pastor Noel’s creative projects. May the Lord grant him the strength, wisdom, and endurance he needs to start and to finish these initiatives for the expansion of His Kingdom here on earth. May whatever support Pastor Noel calls for be provided in full and even in excess by God’s grace.
He keeps saying that he feels blessed for being a part of our organization. But in truth, we at PBS find that it is a much greater blessing to have found a heart like his – one that also beats for the Bible cause.
We pray that more people will be inspired
by Pastor Noel’s story. And his is far from over.
As you read this, we pray that you will be encouraged
to start yours, too.
What project or initiative can you start today
to make the Bible known?