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.

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:
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
314 745-9419

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