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The Mortensons’ July Letter

June 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for your faithful prayers for our family and the ministry here. We just finished up a very busy and fruitful week with the team of medical volunteers from Medical-Missions Outreach. With the help of these medical volunteers and our local church volunteers we are able to host a clinic to provide medical and optical consultations, and meet the needs of more than 2200 people.

With the many physical needs that we see, it is very rewarding being able to help with medicine and glasses. The most important part, and the even more rewarding part, is that all 2200 people were given the gospel and 137 made professions of faith in Jesus as their personal Savior. Praise the Lord! One of our volunteers who helped in evangelism is a national pastor of a young church plant near us. He made the comment that he had never been part of an evangelistic outreach like this, but that, “It was great fishing in a good fishing hole.” It truly was a great week of ministry, and we are praying for fruit that will remain as a result of the many seeds that were planted.

Thank you also for your prayers for us in regards to Blake’s diabetes management. Both Cori and I were able to serve in the clinic and Blake did really well as we made adjustments via phone. We are so thankful for how he is growing in the self-treatment that is now part of his everyday life. Thank you again for your love and prayers.

Prayer & Praise

  • Pray for continued spiritual growth in the church.
  • Pray for wisdom as we grow in our understanding of Type 1 diabetes, and how to best help Blake.
  • Praise the Lord for the 137 souls who trusted Christ as a result of the medical clinic last week.
  • Pray for the continued working of the Holy Spirit with all those who heard the gospel.


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

McCoy Family: July Notes

July 2022

Qué está pasando

Praises
  • Many saved thru church
  • On ORH team
  • Training opportunities
  • Support steadyLots of witness opportunities
Prayer Requests
  • Recover from sickness
  • Upcoming storm season
  • Camp/VBS salvations

James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

We live by a to-do list. Most of the time that list is a lot longer than we are and there never seems to be enough time in the day. Throw in all kinds of unexpected issues and things can get crazy quick. We have to remember these things that happen are for God’s glory and for our good. God steers us through the issues and grows us to maturity in the process. He knows best and we can depend on Him all the time. I’m so glad He is in total control.

June was very busy for us in all kinds of ways. We had a brother help us design and print out new prayer cards. It had been four years since our last ones and many changes have taken place so we wanted to revise our pictures and purpose. We will get those out in the mail soon. We have mostly settled in and are unpacked in our little rental house. We had many things to replace that were sold or given away and we were given a couch, a recliner, a bedroom set and a portable AC for the school room. Now it’s starting to feel a little more like home and no more suitcases everywhere. Our jeep decided to need a water pump and fortunately O’Reilly had one in stock so we could change it out without too much trouble. Two days later our radiator split all the way across the top tank, another pretty quick fix but was not on our to-do list. Ha-ha! We are so glad we can do many of these types of things ourselves and get back going sooner than later.

We have been plugging in at church – safety team member, church cleaners, door-to- door visitation and continuing to help with the initial phase of the new building project. Kevin got to help transport one of the church ladies to a hospital three hours away using the church van as an ambulance. God’s perfect timing got this sister the care she needed without delay or expense. Between prison ministry, door to door visitation, and just walking in shoe leather the church has seen over 50 people saved in the last few months. God is still in the saving business and the harvest is still plenty. It’s super exciting to be a small part of some of that and not just know but see and be there when God adds to his church.

We continue to move forward with Operation Renewed Hope. On June 21st we officially became their disaster relief coordinator. We are very humbled by this opportunity to serve and volunteer in the areas of training, response, and relief here in the US and abroad. ORH has been doing medical missions and relief work for over 30 years and has an excellent testimony in the community and local churches. We’ve spent a lot of time with them in prayer, in meetings, and on phone calls getting things right on paper for all involved. Feel free to check them out at operationrenewedhope.org. Kevin has some new opportunities with the local Red Cross doing chaplain work and assisting in shelters as the need arises. This will give him hands on training that will come in handy during disasters.

Jon is away at his first youth camp. He was sick and almost didn’t get to go. We are praying for his safety and spiritual growth. He is the baby and has never been away from us overnight. We hope being away helps him in many ways and his sister has really enjoyed her peace and quiet.

We have been very sick for over two weeks. We understand COVID, the flu and some type of super cold are all going around. We do not know which we have but it is nasty. We have too much to do to be down and ask for your prayers for a speedy recovery from whatever it is and no lingering effects.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and continued support. We are so looking forward to all God is doing and your partnership is vital.

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

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

The Valbuenas’ Latest Letter

June 2022

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Philippines! I just wanted to put together a brief update outlining some of the amazing things the Lord is doing here in the ministry. Before I do so I want to thank you all for your faithful prayers and support!

The Lord has entrusted us with 52 Children in Subic Bay Children’s Home and we thank God for his provision. The children come to us with many issues and we ask for continuous prayers in dealing with them in truth and grace. Behind every beautiful smile and cute face lurks a heartbreaking experience. There are many fears and insecurities that need to be overcome.

We praise God for our son Timothy who has a passion for basketball and seeing young people saved. He has taken over the bible basketball ministry and has brought it to a whole different level of excellence. Throughout the year he has leagues and clinics where the boys learn basketball skills and godly character. The Word of God is preached during all leagues and after each of the clinic sessions. This is a great tool for evangelism since Filipinos are obsessed with basketball as you will see a makeshift court at almost every corner. When there is a league people in the hundreds will flock to the court to watch the game. The bible basketball ministry is named AMAGOH which stands for A Man After God’s Own Heart.

Our eldest child, Hannah, and her husband Ruel, who handle the everyday operations of Subic Bay Children’s Home plan to go to the US soon. Hannah is three months pregnant with their second child and, Lord willing, will go to the US to give birth there. There were so many complications with her giving birth to Moses, their first baby, here in the Philippines, and now there is the issue of getting documents for Moses to travel to the US. I ask that you just pray with us about the documents/visa for Moses as well as for our son-in-law Ruel. It would be difficult for Hannah to travel to the US without her son and husband and be apart from them until the birth of their baby.

Annalisa and I praise and thank God for the help we receive from our children and their spouses. We have been able too direct more of our focus and time to the other ministries. The church planting ministry has seen a great boost in quality and quantity in the past year. So much that we have a good problem which is a need for more space. Please do pray for our outreach churches which are six at the moment. Every Sunday these outreach churches run close to 50 people each. We would like to build each of these churches a church building made out of concrete and tin roofing. To do so it will cost $7,000 dollars each. Please be in prayer for this and we are so grateful for it.

The Philippine National Police Ministry has expanded and we now hold bible studies in 5 different precincts. I am often called upon to do the invocation during Philippine National Police ceremonies and I am able to always read a passage of scripture prior to the prayer. Several officers have surrendered their will to our Lord Jesus Christ and received him as their savior. One officer, Police Sergeant Christopher Sayson, is seriously inquiring about enrolling in our Bible Institute. It is just amazing to see the Lord at work in his life.

The Project Dorcas is such a blessing to us and to hundreds of suffering families around us. We are now on the 120th day of our 200 day feeding program for 200 undernourished children. We have seen a great improvement in their weight and health as well as their spiritual lives. Our Sunday school program has boomed and we have outgrown the Sunday school meeting area.

We praise God for those individuals and churches that have pledged and donated towards the building of our Sunday school rooms. We have finished 75% of our building and we are just excited and anticipating the completion. Please do pray for this project and that funds will continue to come in so that we will not need to stop, most especially since the rainy season is right upon us.

I know I said in the beginning that this would be a brief update so I apologize that it has actually turned out to be rather lengthy. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this. Thank you so much for your love, prayers and support!

In Christ Name,
Bro. Valbuena & Family
 
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