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Valbuena Notes for September

September 2022

 
Dear Friends,

We are sending greetings, once again, from the Valbuenas. What a blessing to finally arrive back in the US without any hassles or trouble. We had a very good flight from the Philippines to Houston, Texas. Our Son, Rod, and his family, were awaiting us at the airport. What a joy to see our son Rod, daughter-in-law Gabby and our dear grandson Adino. They took us straight to IHOP, one of our all-time favorites! 😊

Back in the Philippines, we are blessed to know that the ministry is in capable hands. Our eldest child, Hannah, and her husband Ruel, have been doing an excellent job managing the daily operations of the children’s home and Academy. Ruel is also part of the Project Dorcas team which goes out every morning for our 200-day feeding. Our third child, Timothy, and his wife Bianca, have stepped up and have been doing great as directors of the AMAGOH Bible Basketball Ministry. Bianca is also a tremendous help in the Academy. Our online bible studies are really growing, and we praise God for that.

Prior to leaving for the US, we began holding daily bible studies via google meet which we have been able to continue even though we are thousands of miles away. The church and outreach mission churches are thriving under the leadership of the men trained in our Bible Institute.

I have several prayer requests that I wish to share with you, and pray that you will join us in praying for these things. Our daughter, Hannah, is due to give birth in November and our daughter-in-law, Gabby, in January 2023. Hannah will be travelling in the next few weeks to come to the US to give birth. She will be nearly 8 months at that time and will be travelling with her four year old son, Moses. The reason behind Hannah’s waiting to travel so late in her pregnancy was due to waiting for Moses to get a visa to travel, which he finally got this week. Ruel will not be able to accompany them since he is still waiting for his visa, but they are trusting God’s timing and plan. You may recall, from 4 years ago, when Hannah gave birth to Moses, it was a complicated birth and we nearly lost baby Moses. God has been gracious to Hannah and her family, and we trust that God will continue to be gracious to them! I ask that you also pray that Ruel and Hannah may be able to raise support as missionaries. This will make them third generation missionaries, which we thank God for.

Project Dorcas : Feeding & Evangelism
Please pray for us while on furlough and that it will be fruitful, and the time well spent. We will be here until February 2023. We plan to mostly stay around Houston, where Rod and family are. Our daughter in law, Gab will also be giving birth in January. We would like to be able to present the ministry in the Philippines and raise funds for projects, but are very limited to how far we can travel. One of those projects that we would like to present is a kitchen for “PROJECT DORCAS.” As you may know one of the major branches of our “Project Dorcas” is the feeding of malnourished children and providing daily bible classes. The base of our food is the nutritional rice packs from Convoy of Hope. We have now reached out to schools and will be providing for children in the public school and will also hold bible classes. Now, Project Dorcas does not have its own kitchen and we have had to use my outdoor kitchen to do all our cooking. With the massive cooking that is done daily it would be highly beneficial to have a special kitchen for Project Dorcas.

Once again, the Lord has allowed us to rent a van from Righteous Rides Ministry to use while on furlough. Unlike in the past where Righteous Ride includes the cost of car Insurance in the monthly rent, this time we had to acquire our own car insurance. Although we are not doing as much traveling this time, it has been quite expensive here in the US, especially with the added extra cost of a vehicle and insurance.

Sam and Eliza have been enjoying the US and seeing cousins, old friends and meeting new ones. They have also had the opportunity to visit the “Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio” during our home school field trip. It was a heartbreaking experience for them and yet very educational.

In closing I want to thank you all so very much for all your support and love for our family and the ministry. May God bless you and keep you.
 
In Christ’s love,
Rodrigo (Odek )& Annalisa Valbuena

The McCoys: September

September 2022

Qué está pasando

 

Praises

  • Safety in travels
  • Relief work profitable
  • Gospel to many in Kentucky
  • Progress –Training Center International

Prayer Requests

  • Remaining building funds
  • Permit approval
  • Subs to get foundation in disaster relief
  • Sonya – back/hip pain

 


 

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

All things!! There is a lot going on in our world: On-going viruses, floods of biblical proportions in many states, lots of storm activity in the Atlantic and Caribbean, earthquakes and forest fires, wars and conflicts all over. God in His goodness will see us through each and every one of these as we serve Him and use these as opportunities to share the gospel and bring others to Him. Saving souls is really all that matters.

August was plenty busy for us. Kevin had the privilege to give an update and preach in Fishermens Baptist Church in Bon Secour, AL and teach Sunday school and preach in Rock Bottom Baptist in Buckhorn, KY. What a blessing to share what all God is doing with the McCoys and sharing His word with the brethren.

In Costa Rica the training center continues and is making forward progress. We renewed our contract agreement for another year with HBI and have online access for all nine instructors until August 2023. We also helped Campamento Beraca get their internet installed so they can use the online portions of the training to teach their men skills and trades while recovering from addictions. Amen! Get saved, get cleaned up, learn a trade, go back into the community and be a witness and a hard worker.

We met with admin of the North Florida Red Cross and got Kevin’s vest. As a volunteer chaplain and disaster action team member there are many opportunities to assist in local emergencies like car wrecks and house fires. The Red Cross also gives us free training for about anything you can think of – good resource to have. We got the call to meet with our Operation Renewed Hope team to discuss the flooding in Kentucky. Their governor had declared 5 counties disaster zones. We began to prepare for deployment. Two like-minded churches contacted us and Kevin left for Kentucky to assist the churches. We meet with the pastors and found out where we can help the most –  setting up distribution centers; obtaining needed supplies; doing damage assessments; forming work teams to clean, demo, and rebuild. The process is a marathon, not a sprint. It goes from response to relief to rebuild and will take months and even years. Many families lost everything and have to start over from scratch. There will come a time when we will leave and move on to the next disaster. The difference is these pastors and churches in the communities will still be there reaching and serving the people and meeting their needs, physically and spiritually. The needed supplies, and John and Romans and assorted gospel tracts get in the hands of the people and there are many opportunities to pray with them and share the gospel one on one. Some have been saved and some have come back to the Lord. We are here in Kentucky for the third time this month. There is much left to do. The biggest need, ongoing, is laborers. Would you be the hands and feet of Jesus to help these people in their time of need? If so please contact us.

Kevin got to teach one of our missionary families a self-defense class. They are church planters in the inner city and in a very rough area. Kidnapping and human trafficking are on the rise and knowing how to be aware of your surroundings as well as being able to use your hands and feet can be the difference between victim and victor. Its always nice to have some tools in your toolbox.

The new building package was delivered for the church and Kevin and the kids got to unload it and stack it for safe keeping. We turned in all the paperwork for the building permit and are waiting for local building officials to approve everything. Once we get the permit in hand the sub-contractors will work at getting the concrete foundation poured. We have, almost, all the needed funds to dry the building in, and debt free.

It wasn’t all work and no play. We saw our oldest daughter and son-in-law and grandkids for a couple of days . Our oldest son, Matthew, and his bride, Katelyn, visited us for a few days. It was good to catch up and see how they are all doing and hear how the Lord is using them where they are .We also got to be at Sonya’s parent’s 50th anniversary celebration. What a blessing and testimony of God’s goodness!

We are enjoying the work God has called us to and are grateful for the part each of you plays in it. We can only do what we do because of your prayers and giving. Thank you all so much. May God get all the glory and many come to him for salvation!

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy
Training Center International

Email: Mccoysincostarica@yahoo.com
Kevin 850 777-0097
Sonya 850 698-1694

The Mortensons: September

September 2022

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for us over the past month.  What a thrill it is to serve the Lord in teamwork.  The ministry here truly is a collaboration of ministries.  Through that collaboration, the Lord has opened some amazing doors.  In our last prayer update I shared that we would be covering responsibilities in several areas of ministry here because two of our teammate families would be taking short furloughs.  But the teamwork is much bigger than just the families that are here full time.  For example, our partnership with Medical Missions Outreach enables us to host a general clinic once a year, but we are also able to host surgical teams throughout the year because of the surgical center that they were able to build on the back side of the church property.  Last week we received a group of 18 medical volunteers who came down and performed 27 surgeries (like hernia repair and gallbladder removal).

It was a thrill to be able to serve alongside these medical professionals and with several of our church volunteers.  The 27 patients were on the local hospital waiting list (some waiting for years).  All of the patients were very pleased with the care that they received.  In the next few weeks we hope to follow up with each patient in their homes for the purpose of introducing them to the Great Physician.  The Lord loves these people and what better way to open the door of the gospel than the visible representation of God’s love through meeting their medical needs.  Please be praying for the follow ups, because we desire spiritual fruit.  We desire spiritual healing just as much as physical healing.

Thank you again for your partnership with us, may God continue to bless you.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Continued spiritual growth in the church family.
  • For wisdom as we grow in our understanding of Type 1 diabetes, and how to best help Blake.
  • Spiritual fruit as a result of the follow up with the surgical patients.

 

From Honduras,
Nate and Cori, with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Savanna

 

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