Dear Friends & Supporters,
Here in the Philippines not much has changed since the implementations of on and off lock downs, limited travel and the constant wearing of face mask and face shields. We are on our second year where children below the age of 15 and adults above 65 yrs. old are restricted from entering any establishment other than a doctor’s office. Throughout all of this the Lord has given us the vision for many more ministries. It has been a burden to see many people suffering from not only covid but minor ailments that their immune system is too weak to fight. Through our Project Dorcas we have been able to visit the neglected elderly of whom most are bedridden; and we give them food, milk, diapers, vitamins and purchase medicine for them. The Lord has also allowed us to give out wheelchairs to those most in need of them. Every visitation of ours I am able to share the word of God with them and I know that God’s word will not return void.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
There have been several whom we have visited who have already passed away far earlier than we feel they should have, but we are comforted knowing that we were able to share with them the Word of God.
We have been able to take into Subic Bay Children’s Home more children that have been rescued from a life of being sex trafficked. It is such a joy to see these children growing in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Several of our older ones, whom we took in as young children, that were once trapped in dire situations, are now actively involved in the ministry, some even having ministries of their own and they are continually looking for new opportunities to be of service to our Lord Jesus Christ. Two of our older girls Abigail and Maribel are praying about the possibility of visiting a children’s home in Cambodia that is starting up and, Lord willing, voluntarily help them for one month.
We have been able to put up a small structure for our mission church in the mountains of Cawag, Subic. This mission is located about 30 minutes’ drive from the main road. It is an extremely indigenous area and there are no Baptist churches. We have had a mission work there for over a year and we have several who have come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and are now faithful members. They are so happy and feel so blessed to have their own place of worship. We would like to be able to put up a place of worship in all of our mission works. We currently have 5 mission works being pastored by graduates of our Bible Institute.
During these times we are living in, it is difficult to go to the hospital when needed. Even if the case is an emergency, before you will be admitted, you will be required to have a swab test done and the results will take a day or two or longer to get. There have been people whom we personally know that have died because they were not immediately treated because of all the red tape surrounding the Covid crisis. People around us are dying from simple issues because they just were not given immediate attention or treatment. The Lord has burdened us to open our small medical clinic that we have inside the SBCHome compound which is normally just for our SBCHome children. Our clinic was already in bad shape and in need of repairs so we have decided to remodel it altogether and add a bathroom and a place where patients will be able to comfortably rest and heal.
We have expanded our feeding centers from once a week to five days a week. In doing this our goal is to not only ease their hunger for a day but actually help the children enrolled in our feeding center to build a healthy immune system and gain nutrients that will help them combat minor ailments and fight bacteria. Our society is pushing meds, vaccines and making people stay indoors but we would like to help their bodies fight diseases through a proper diet and simple exercise like taking a walk in the sun. We have not actually begun the program as we are awaiting nutritious food packs from the ministry Convoy of Hope that will provide the packs of food.
In line with the month of September being Suicide Prevention Awareness, we are holding a one day conference for key youth leaders in the communities. We are looking at having over 300 participants. The Lord has given us a large enough venue to provide enough space to accommodate that many people where social distancing is able to be practiced and so we were given the go signal from city officials. Please do pray for this event and that the Lord will touch lives and save. We would like to feed the participants lunch and snack and be able to give our speakers a love gift as well. Please pray for the Lords provision for this very timely and needful event.
As always, we thank you so very much for partnering with us and as you continue to hold the rope for us. May God so richly bless you!
In Christ’s Name,
Bro. Rodrigo “Odek” Valbuena & Family.
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