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Subic Bay Children’s Home – Philippines

July 2021

Dear Friends,

We have been so busy and up on our feet since the year 2021 began. It has been a roller coaster of events. Sometimes we are up sometimes down. As part of the song “God is good” says, “though I’ve had my share of bad times I wouldn’t change them if I could cause through it all. God’s been good!” I would venture to say that we have all hoped for a brighter year where we would see the end of lockdowns and whatnot but God has other plans and we will continue to trust God. Despite the challenges God is ever present and his grace is sufficient. We are reminded every day of His steadfast love through our friends and supporters who so faithfully pray for us, drop messages and faithfully send their financial support.

 
In January we welcomed to the SBCHome family two new girls who were victims of child exploitation. By nature they are very sweet and bubbly girls; it would not cross your mind the vile offenses towards them. As child exploitation is at an all-time high it is our burden to rescue as many victims as we can. Hence, please thoroughly pray for our staff’s perseverance and faithfulness, as well as for more people who would financially support SBCHome.

 
It is amazing how the Lord prepares us for what is to come. At the beginning of the year, Jericho was hospitalized and funds that came in exceeded what was needed. We put the excess into a medical fund for emergencies. A few months later most all of the children and staff, including ourselves, were hit with the corona virus. The Lord knowingly financially prepared us although we had no idea. Six siblings that we most recently took in have skin issues that had to be addressed immediately, since it was spreading fast to the other children. We were able to get them treated and to purchase their medication. This month two of our girls got very sick. One with a severe UTI and the other with stomach bacteria and was admitted to the hospital. It was a blessing to be able to immediately get them the medical attention that they needed. Jericho and Mikko, two of our boys, have a form of cerebral palsy and meningitis; they have monthly checkups and therapy. We would like to continue to keep a medical fund and if you would like to make special donations towards that please simply specify “Medical Funds” and that is exactly where it will go.

 
The girls of Subic Bay Children’s Home will soon celebrate their first year in their new home which we named “Casa de Hannah” (Home of grace). The excitement has not worn off and we are still in awe how the Lord provided Casa de Hannah through his amazing children! “Casa De Hannah” is about five minutes away from Subic Bay Children’s Home main. Every day the girls travel the short distance to attend school. The older girls go to work at their assigned jobs around SBCHome as well as attend Bible Institute classes and on Sunday go to Church. The need for a vehicle that the girls can use is truly a necessity. I have already looked at several vehicles that would be feasible for 20 girls and I appeal to you to pray with us that this need may be met soon.

 
It is a joy when we see our children follow in the footsteps of Christ. Most recently, our (Rodrigo & Annalisa Valbuena) daughters, Hannah & Elizabeth and daughter in laws, Gabby & Bianca, organized an event for over 100 children ages 7-18. The event was from 8am-8pm. The children were divided according to age and had bible classes, workshops, games, and that night they all came together where God’s word was preached and at the end each received a backpack with school supplies. The event was held on the SBCHome court and SBChurch auditorium. All 50+ children of SBCHome were in attendance and it was a successful event in which one of our new girls, Lorie, surrendered her life, all her pain and bad experience and accepted Jesus Christ into her life as Lord and Savior. The love of God was presented in the most tangible way and the children truly felt it.

 
Joseph, whom we took in at six years old was such a difficult child; a constant test of patience. If you did not know his story of how he was left for days at a time chained by his own mother you would find it hard to forgive his difficult attitude. When Joseph was rescued he was near death, still in his chains. It would be years later before Joseph finally broke down walls he had built and finally accept Christ. Most recently Joseph, who is now 22 years old and works full time as a skilled masonry worker, followed Christ in baptism and there were tears of joy shared between us and the staff that day. Johnrine also was recently baptized. Johnrine was eight when he was taken, but unlike Joseph, he was always quiet and never gave us much to worry about. When a major mishap occurred to him when he was 15 years old it humbled him and made him realize his need for a savior. Johnrine manages the farm where he has chickens and a vegetable garden that subsidizes our food expense. Among those who were recently baptized are siblings Dan, Don and Prince, whom we took in several years ago. Dan & Don are twins and also work around the farm with Johnrine and help on building projects with Joseph. Prince just graduated from high school and this year has begun studying in the Bible Institute. Lastly, Abigail also followed Christ in Baptism. Abigail, taken into the home at six years old, now is 19. She manages the kitchen where every day it prepares three meals for over 80 people. We praise God for the lives of these children whom we have seen grow in the stature and admonition of God.

 
We are extremely grateful for our supporters who fervently pray; so faithfully send support; and send care packages in way of Balikbayan boxes to this ministry! You are truly appreciated and I pray that you will never feel that you are not valued!

 
Thank you so much for all that you do for this ministry. Thank you for your love for the children! We are so very encouraged by your love, prayers and support.

 
May God bless you and your family.
Annalisa Fulfer-Valbuena & Subic Children’s Home Family

 

Send your check to

Subic Bay Children’s Home
C/O Central Missionary Clearinghouse
PO BOX 219228
Houston TX 77218

or

Paypal link below:

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[3147459419] [kids@sbchome.org] [www.sbchome.org]

Subic Bay Children’s Home | 61 Jasmin St, Purok 5, New Cabalan,
Olongapo, Zambales 2200 Philippines

McCoy Family’s Latest Prayer Letter

July 2021

Praises

  • Alonso Saved!
  • Support level maintaining
  • Jon’s arm healed
  • Sonya’s leg healed
  • Witness to neighborhood workers

Prayer Requests

  • Get the Gospel out
  • Our move
  • Unpack settle in
  • Find our way around new area

Acts 2:41-47

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The Lord adds unto the church. The church is the whole body of believers worldwide, His bride. You and I are witnesses. Not all are pastors or evangelists or missionaries, but all can tell others what God’s word says and what God has done for you in the way of salvation. We have been asking for prayer for Alonso. God heard and answered those prayers. This note came to us June 5th from his wife Wendy, “Hi, good night, I’m Wendy. I want to thank you for your prayers for Alonso and thanks to Mr. Kevin because he have always been helping Alonso and giving tracts thanks to the prayer and help of brothers he received Christ. Good night. Blessings.” This is the work of the church, you and I. No building was involved. This takes place in the car, at coffee break, on the job site. We can play a part as others do, but God calls and saves. Here in Costa Rica there has been an increase in Covid cases. With that the government brought back more restrictions and lockdowns. We can drive every other day and can go to church Saturday one week and Sunday the next. Our church continues to have services on both days. Masks are mandatory and full time with hand washing stations and temperature checks at most businesses. Most people do not go out much so things have slowed down a lot, at least in our area. All schools are closed; the school year here is February-December. Most government offices are online or appointment only. With all the gloom and doom the good news is there are endless witness opportunities. Let us not grow weary in the work of love, there are souls to rescue, there are souls to save, send the light. The health ministry is supposed to update the restrictions the middle of this month. Hopefully things will ease up soon.

Our residency process is ongoing. We have had to fill out more documents and get more paperwork from our church several times now. There always seems to be one more thing. In talking with other missionaries they had the same experience so we are not special. We continue to maintain travel insurance required by the government for Covid coverage. We continue to learn our Spanish and improve a little more. It seems to come easier for the kids.

We are in that transition phase from one house and town to another house and town. There is a lot more to it than just moving. We are looking forward to being in one place and not having to commute through the number 8’s as the locals call it. The mountains here are a lot like middle Tennessee and you cross them several times to get anywhere.

Thank you all for your faithfulness and continued support.

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany and Jon

 

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

The Mortenson Family in July 2021

July 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

Summer is here. And we are already thankful for what the Lord is doing. We had a great week serving alongside Inside the Lines (a US ministry led by Jonathan Washer) to put on an evangelistic basketball clinic. Each night of the clinic we had good crowds of teenagers for both the boy’s and girl’s times. Even though basketball is not popular here, Hondurans do not lack for natural athleticism, and the games were fun to watch. Soccer is the main sport here and I think the different sport did produce a little bit of a draw, even if it was just curiosity. Over the 5 nights, we had 22 visiting teenagers who had not come to church before. Each night the preaching was gospel centered and though no decisions to follow Christ were made, there was good feedback from a couple of our teens that the preaching helped them.

In our last prayer update I mentioned the upcoming Medical Missions Outreach clinic. We will be hosting this clinic of US medical providers and volunteers the first full week of July. The clinic will be held in a local school and provide 4 days of general medical, optical and outpatient surgical procedures. Because of Covid, last year we were not able to host this outreach; even this year we are having to account for some new considerations. But we are looking forward to being able to meet just a fraction of the physical needs that are present down here. Most importantly though, we hope to share a one on one presentation of the gospel with more than 3000 people over the course of the week. We covet your prayers for the logistical aspects of this clinic. But we also ask that you pray specifically for those that will hear the gospel. They need to know that their spiritual need is of much more importance than their physical need. We desire to lift up the name of the Jesus and that He would be glorified in everything.

Summer is a busy time of ministry here at Team Honduras because of the visiting groups that help us with big outreach opportunities like the clinic. That being said, before the month of July is over we will also host a youth group from Georgia who will help us put on a youth conference. We desire that God would use His word to impact and build up the next generation of Honduran Christians. The theme this year is N.A.S.A. related and the focus is not allowing anything to invade our time with the Lord. Please be praying for good attendance and for God’s Spirit to work in hearts.

As we close out this update, I just want to say thank you for your faithful partnership in prayer. Through prayer you play a big part in the ministry here.

 

Prayer Requests:

    • For the Lord to help us continue to grow in our Spanish speaking abilities, and to be better able to minister for Him.
    • For continued spiritual growth in our church family.
    • For the Upcoming Medical Missions Outreach clinic. Our ultimate goal is gospel seeds planted and souls saved along with the opportunity to serve the physical needs that are constantly present in our community.
    • For God’s power and blessing on the Youth conference.

 

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

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