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
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Subic Bay Children’s Home
C/O Central Missionary Clearinghouse
PO BOX 219228
Houston TX 77218
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Subic Bay Children’s Home | 61 Jasmin St, Purok 5, New Cabalan,
Olongapo, Zambales 2200 Philippines