JoJo & Janet Ramos have been Christians for about 15 years. We became acquainted with their work thru Mission Resource Network who trained JoJo and Janet in their Disciple Making Movement (DMM). They were introduced to us as a very mission-minded couple who are partially self-supporting in their work. They are both very successful business entrepreneurs. At one time they owned a chain of video rental stores which they sold to help fund their ministries. Then Janet opened “Infintea,” a franchise tea in the heart of Baguio City. Now she has opened a second franchise. They enlist all of their kids in running the business, freeing JoJo and Janet up for ministry.
JoJo is the mission coordinator for the Mid-Town Church of Christ in Baguio City. He has helped to plant three congregations in the Bokod and Pito areas of the mountain where he grew up. Much of JoJo’s roots and family are still located there. JoJo and Janet use the youth group from Mid-Town and their own children to minister and train disciples in the mountains. They continue to make the six-hour trip on mountain roads to help mature their Christian brothers in Christ. JoJo and Janet have recently begun to adopt children day care centers where they can minister to the children in support of local churches. Now those day care centers have become places of worship for families to hear the Gospel.
Early in our association with JoJo and Janet, they introduced to us the opportunity to help create the “upper room.” This room was above Janet’s tea business and could be used as a Christian library/Bible Study/meeting place for youth groups and other Christians. Members from Belton helped to supply funds for the renovation and furnishings of the “upper room,” along with many boxes of supplies, books, and teaching materials.
The “upper room” has been a great blessing to their ministry in Baguio. Janet’s business is in the heart of the city with several nearby universities. Activities at the “upper room” have become almost constant, with students coming for Bible study and classes. In the near future, Lord willing, Janet will take in the retail space next to her, allowing her business and “upper room” space to double in size, potentially adding a new congregation.
Food, clothing, and school supplies provided by Belton are often distributed to those in need. After a major typhoon hit the Philippines last year, JoJo and Janet went to the Loacan area where the roads and landslides had made relief efforts very difficult. They quickly decided to feed and minister to the soldiers who were doing the actual search and recovery operations. Once the soldiers had done their work, Janet, JoJo, and many of his high school classmates organized food distribution to over 250 families. Thanks to the Belton Church for their special contributions, they were also able to plan and execute a medical mission for that community. As a result, a new congregation has now been planted in that place.
Now JoJo and Janet have been working with Mission Resource Network to train preachers and disciples in Janet’s home area to the north. Churches have been planted in Isabela, Cagayan, and Kalinga. The preachers are financially supported by JoJo and Janet and the Pasir Panjang congregation from Singapore.
Jo & Janet are also very well known throughout Southeast Asia as a resource to help other churches to train and equip their members. In the last year, Janet has made a trip to Korea to associate with Filipina Christians working there. They were invited to Payap Christian Zone in Chang Mai, Thailand to minister to Burmese refugees. They were also invited to Hong Kong and the Wanchai Church of Christ to minister to their ladies of the congregation. Janet did a seminar in a local park for 58 women.
Last July JoJo was asked by Sunset International Bible Institute to distribute 2000 solar players to key leaders of the churches in the Philippines. These players were each loaded with the entire SIBI Bible curriculum, as well as Bible reference materials and hymns that could be used in remote areas with no electricity.
JoJo and Janet continue to feel God calling to make disciples through the Filipino population that is scattered throughout the world. Filipinos are generally, very caring healthcare workers, housekeepers, teachers etc. Once they are converted and trained to be a disciple, they can help to carry the gospel to many of the unreached peoples of the world. In the future, JoJo and Janet will pray God makes his plans known to them.
Take a few minutes—without distractions—to reflect on this story. Finish your reflection time in prayer. Pray especially for JoJo and Janet, and their ministries to Southeast Asia.