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Subic Bay Children’s Home – Philippines

January 2022

Dear Pastor, Friends and Faithful Supporters,

In God’s goodness, we greet you a Happy New Year! It was an interesting year but through it all God has allowed us to feel secure by his steadfast love. 2021 was definitely full of challenges and we were tested more than we thought we could handle. We are just beyond grateful for God’s faithfulness in our lives. We cannot express how thankful we are to also have such generous and thoughtful supporters. We feel absolutely greatly loved by you all.

Subic Bay Children’s home rescued 13 children in 2021. We are thrilled to report to you that among those 13 children are three sets of siblings. We love having the opportunity to keep them close to each other. They are very happy to be in one home together and we want to thank you for your continuous support to make this happen for them.

We are using the Accelerated Christian Education and some Abeka. This best fits our substantial home set up because before our children start school there is a diagnostic test wherein it will determine their grade. We had two students, Katrina Roda and Prince Lualhatti, who graduated from high school. Katrina Roda is now the Manager of one of Subic Bay Children’s Home’s livelihood projects which is our convenient store, Manna From Above Store. She is continuing education through online courses. Prince is now enrolled in Subic Bay Baptist Bible Institute and is working our livelihood farm as well. They are both hardworking and a blessing to the children’s home.

One way of encouraging our children is helping them pursue their passions. As much as we would like for all our kids to be pastors and missionaries we know they won’t be that. We truly believe that we do need more Christian entrepreneurs, Christian educators, Christian lawyers, Christian artists, etc. With that being said, one of our most favorite moments we like to look back on is winning the community mural wall competition.
Our Miko is proudly painted on one of the walls always seen near our police station. This wall was painted by one of our kids and mentored by our art teacher in the academy.

We stand firmly and believe that when God is the center everything else will follow. We are proud and excited to report to you several of our children who fully surrendered their lives to Christ – Joseph, Lorie Guevarra, who was one of the newest additions to the family last year, and siblings Dandan and Prince, who have been in the children’s home for 15 years.

We truly felt the love this Christmas! To wrap up the year we had one of the best Christmases in Subic Bay Children’s Home last year. There were so many locals, motorcycle crews, and friends from the states who helped us allow the kids to feel extra special. There were so many candies, clothes, boxes of food, and other essentials.

Our goal for this year, 2022, is to build a new medical clinic and equip one of our junior staff to be overseer for the clinic. We believe with this strategy we can save more money and prevent ailment or sickness from turning worse as we will be able to administer proper care before it gets to the point where we will have to take children to the hospital. We have started building the clinic and we pray that God sees it fit for us to have this done rapidly.

Ever since the pandemic hit, child exploitation increased at a very high rate. We are affected and feel the need to do more for these children. We pray that God will direct us to more children we can help and save from this horrendous lifestyle. Thank you so much for your support and burden to help more children in need of a home.

In Christ’s Name,
Your Family @ Subic Bay Children’s Home

 

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 January Update

January 2022 

Qué está pasando 

Praises  

  • Eight additional instructors
  • Got packed and shipped
  • New ministry opportunities

Prayer Requests

  • Find permanent housing
  • Shipped item arrive on
  • schedule and in budget
  • Meetings and training
  • Travel mercies

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.

 

We are blessed to know that whatever came at us we were victorious only through the power of God. Temptations, trials and testings are all parts of our spiritual growth and often how we respond will decide whether we can move on to something else or get to do a repeat. Like Paul in my flesh dwells no good thing so walking in the Spirit is the only way to experience the blessed part.

We have had our share of temptations in 2021 like most who will read this update. Everything has been different and difficult to say the least. But like the verse says we are blessed. We saw victories only possible through God’s provision and protection. In the pandemic and times of lockdowns and restrictions we saw 7 people saved, one of them our own son, Jon. We also saw 8 men trained and certified as instructors for Training Center of Costa Rica. No matter what else did or did not happen as we would have wanted, these things did. Real fruits for our labor and we thank you for your partnership and God for His goodness and mercy and constant help in our never ending time of need.

We said goodbye to those we ministered to and with on December 14th and left Costa Rica for the United States. It was very emotional times for us all and bittersweet. We spent 1 week in Indiana visiting family, some who we had not seen in a couple of years. On December 21st we traveled to Florida where the rest of our family and sending church is. Two countries and six states in thirteen days was a whirlwind. We had a good Christmas celebration with parents, kids and grandkids. Things were weird for us. Being gone everyone else fills the gap and we kinda feel like fish out of water. Jon was saved in June and had asked if we could baptize him at our sending church so we waited and I got to baptize my brother in Christ and youngest son on December 29th. What a joy to now see all of our kids and grandkids saved. We updated our sending church and got to take part in a prayer breakfast at another partner church.

We plan to be in the Pensacola, Florida area while we look for permanent housing in the Ocala Florida area where God is directing us to make our base for ministry soon. Our household belongings and one car are already in route and should be there in a few weeks. We have meetings and more training and a couple of short term trips in the Caribbean Islands already in the works. We will continue to serve God full time and in the area of practical/vocational training and several other new areas also. We will become a part of Caribbean Partnership Missions and have the liberty to maintain our current ministry. God has opened more doors and opportunities to continue working in Costa Rica and several other places as we build those relationships there. To Him be all glory and praise. Our hearts desire has only grown stronger in reaching people with the gospel and then teaching/training them. Please continue to pray for us as we move forward and we thank you for your partnership in what we believe are these last days.

 

In Christ,
Kevin, Sonya, Bethany and Jon McCoy

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

The Mortensons’ January Letter

January 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy New Year! Our desire is that you all will experience a year filled with God’s presence and His blessing. A new year is a wonderful time to begin anew, pressing on always toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14). It is also a great time to look back and remind ourselves of the goodness of God, His faithfulness and His hand in our lives. God has been so good to us and we want to praise Him for some of the ways that we have seen Him working in our lives.

This past year we have seen God at work in our church. We have seen spiritual growth in new souls saved and others built-up and growing in their faith. We have seen God’s heart for people manifest in the hearts of the church family as we have been involved in several social and evangelistic outreaches. It has also been exciting to have several of our kids from Bible club outreach attend church. Both Cori and I are personally continuing to develop in our Spanish speaking abilities. We are reaching a level of fluidity where we can converse and our errors are not a distraction like they were in the beginning. This year both of us have had opportunities to share, in Spanish, a one-on-one presentation of the Gospel and both of us have been privileged to lead a precious soul to the Lord! Praise the Lord! In 2021 also, we watched God bless in the purchase of property for the church plant in Santa Barbara (about 2 hours away). It is exciting to be a part of helping this church continue to grow. They have been able to start construction and are very soon going to be able to meet at the new location as they continue building. They have far and away outgrown the carport area at Pastor Alex’s house.

As we look forward into 2022 we are excited about the opportunities to serve the Lord. We will be continuing many ministry activities, but one new adventure is that I will begin teaching a theology class on Sunday nights for members of our church. Please pray that God will use me as I teach and that the students will grow. 

 

Prayer & Praise 

  • Spiritual Growth in the church family.
  • Souls that have been saved this year!
  • Fruit from outreach
  • Advancement in the fluidity of our Spanish speaking
  • Growth in the church plant in Santa Barbara: Purchase of property and the beginnings of their own building.

 

Because He came and until He comes again,
Nate and Cori, with Mykenzie, Grant, Blake and Savanna

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