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May 2022

Qué está pasando

Praises

  • More instructor training complete
  • Found rental house
  • Several dozen salvations in our church

Prayer Requests

  • Witness opportunities/share gospel
  • Travel safety
  • Upcoming move and get settled
  • Upcoming meetings
  • Mission conference in Alabama

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 

Brethren do not lose focus. Stay on mission. God is on the throne eternal and has not lost an inch of ground. Trust Him for all that you have need of and use your gifts and abilities in His kingdom’s work for the purpose of rescuing the souls of men from the devil’s hell. Global conflict, inflation, shortages, and many more major issues of our day are still minor to God. We can’t do much about those things but we can let our light shine and be a gospel witness.
 
April was a jam-packed month. We started out traveling to Pensacola for three days of FEMA CERT train the trainer. This certification allows us to teach the FEMA disaster relief curriculum for the establishing of teams in the local churches at home and abroad. We now have multiple contacts in several Florida counties emergency management offices. Storm season will start in a few short weeks and training responders to help the hurting in time of need physically and spiritually will be vital. We have looked hard and prayed much about permanent housing.
 
Home is where we are but it’s nice to stay in one spot for a while. We have had four contracts on houses in the last few weeks with no success. We did find a rental by the month with no lease contract and will move in soon. We can stay there much cheaper and longer than thirty days at the time for at least three months and longer if need be
 
Our laptop died a while ago and we had begun to research replacing it. A brother in our sending church offered us one if we could wait a few more days. We waited and in the end he gifted us two good used laptops and transferred all our documents and programs for us. What a blessing!
 
Our church had entered into a building program before we came here. For all kinds of reasons their contractor was unable to continue. I mentioned to the Pastor I had been a contractor prior to becoming a full time missionary and he said that the Lord’s timing on us showing up here was interesting. In a couple more discussions we believed God has us here for such a time as this and will help the church as much as possible with the permitting and associated paperwork. Another brother in the church will be the project manager. I had held on to my contractor’s license not wanting to throw it away just in case one of our kids wanted to go that route. We had no idea God would use it again on one of His local churches.
 
Training Center of Costa Rica continues to live on and is picking up speed. Dozens of students are enrolled to begin the required prerequisites. Most students have internet and can do the online portions on their own and at their own pace. For the hands on portions there are a couple of construction projects underway where they can get the on the job training. A house is under construction at Campamento Beraca. Starting out with a dirt mound and going through all the phases to completion. Also, Calvary Baptist Church of Palmares is partially constructed with much work left to be done. It’s kind of dried in but has a ways to go and will provide many opportunities to learn for the students. Thank God for the instructors and their willingness to keep things moving forward and training their own people. Like in the U.S. skilled labor is at an all-time low.
 
Our hearts desire is to have a brick and mortar training center where we are now and use that as a model for others. Many missionaries and churches in the U.S. and abroad have expressed interest in this training center opportunity. Their young people, in the churches and communities, need basic and beyond practical skills. If I have something to offer someone needing help they will first of all see my good works and then be willing to hear what I have to say. More doors open for personal one on one witnessing and getting us out of the pew and back out there where the harvest is. We can now offer vocational/technical training, basic life support-first aid, CPR, AED, active shooter respons and basic self-defense, community emergency response and relief teams. If your church or organization would be interested in any of these please call or email to further discuss options and availability.
 
We are so thankful that each of you continues to pray and give so we can continue to go, sometimes across the street and sometimes across land and sea borders, all for God’s glory and the furtherance of His kingdom work.
 
In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany, and Jon McCoy your missionaries to the Caribbean

The Mortensons’ May Update Letter

May 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you all for your faithful prayers and financial support. God is continuing to show his grace as we have been traveling quite a bit over the last week and a half. We have one more week of travel before heading back to Honduras. This trip to the States had several purposes, the first being to attend a field conference for Central American missionaries hosted by BIMI. That conference started last Monday and was a great blessing. We were encouraged and challenged through the messages and it was also exciting to hear reports from each of the missionaries about what the Lord is doing in the different ministries throughout Central America.
 
We are now headed back to Pensacola, FL for Blake’s follow up appointment with the endocrinologist. Thank you all for your prayers for us as Blake continues to do well and we all continue to grow in learning how to properly manage his diabetes. One unexpected blessing from this trip has been getting to meet a couple of other families who are walking or have walked the same road with diabetes. God’s goodness and grace are present even in the ups and downs of life with a chronic illness and we want to praise Him.
 
As I shared last month, we are also squeezing in some time with family before we head home to Honduras and it has been wonderful getting to spend a few days with my parents. While we are back in the Pensacola area, Cori’s parents will come over for a few days and we look forward to that opportunity also. Time is flying but we are thankful for the memories being made with family.
 
As we get back to Honduras next week we will be jumping back into the ministry there. We will not have a lot of time in-between things but we know that God will supply our need for strength. Thank you again for your faithful prayers for our family.

 

Prayer & Praise:

  • 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.
  • For traveling mercies while we are in the States.
  • Praise the Lord for a wonderful BIMI field conference.

 
In Christ,
Nate and Cori, with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Savanna

Valbuenas’ Update

March-April 2022 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends & Supporter,
 
Greetings from the tropical Islands of the Philippines! I pray you are well and blessed!
 
While I know a few of our friends and family in the US are still getting snow, here in the Philippines we feel the onset of summer heat. Fun Fact: Actually it is always hot in the Philippines; we just have different degrees of heat.
 
We praise and thank God that our family is blessed with good health for the most part. I, Annalisa, did have to take it easy for a month after suffering a torn muscle. I am doing so much better now and happy to be back on my feet. Odek still suffers from bouts of hyper acidity but we praise God that it has not affected the work of the ministry.
 
Sam & Eliza are growing up fast. We are so proud of Sam who is now 14 and has stepped up in the ministry. He is now teaching at his Saturday Feeding Center.
 
Sam has also been able to preach several times during Chapel Hour at School. Eliza sings solos in the children choir. She also loves to have the little toddler girls of Subic Bay Children’s Home spend the night with her. She told me that she is their little mama.
 
PROJECT DORCAS

Our program of feeding undernourished children for 200 days is on its 72th day. We have seen a drastic change in the children’s weight and appearance. Currently there are 4 Centers with a combined count of 200 children enrolled. That does not include our seven Saturday Bible Clubs where we also feed over 300 children a hot meal prior to Bible study. With the 200 day program we aim to build the children’s immune systems and of course curb their hunger by feeding them a nutritious breakfast five days a week. The children also have a weekly character trait that we teach them throughout the week and a daily bible study centered around that character trait. The children are picked up on Sundays and also brought to church. Through the Project Dorcas/Feedings our Sunday School has grown tremendously and we can no longer safely accommodate the children. We are now in the progress of building a New Sunday School Building with 6 rooms. The Lord has provided the funds to begin construction and we are trusting that he will continue to provide until the project is complete!
 
Dorcas Project 2022

Our God is truly an Awesome God and a God who transforms lives! Pictured here are brothers in Christ, Police Officer Sayson and Rodel. A mere 3 years ago Officer Sayson arrested Rodel during a buy bust operation. Rodel’s wife, a faithful Christian continued faithfully praying for him. As soon as Rodel was freed from jail he began faithfully attending church with his wife and not longer after was saved and baptized. Officer Sayson is a product of our Philippine National Police weekly Bible Studies.
 
On December 17, 2021, 8 days before Christmas, the southern part of the Philippines was hit by super Typhoon Rai, locally named Odette.
 
The future “Balay Silangan” will be a rehab for drug pushers. During the stay of convicted drug pushers I will be holding bible studies there together with my bible students. I am looking forward to this new prospect of ministry opportunity.
 
In closing, we always want to thank you for your love, your prayers and support. I also want to add, now that the Philippine government is easing up on regulations in connection to Covid, I’d like to extend an invitation to you. We would love for you to personally come and see how the Lord is working here in the Philippines and how your support has a tremendous impact for God in the lives of so many people! If you are interested please get in contact with me and I will answer to the best of my ability any questions or concerns of yours. Email me (Annalisa) at: kids@sbchome.onmicrosoft.com
 
Once again, Thank you! Thank you so much for enabling us to spread the good news of salvation and share the love of God in a tangible way!
 
In Christ,
Annalisa Valbuena
 
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