Three different nations were represented around our dining room table this afternoon (I guess you could say four if you consider the fact that we were serving Italian food!). Of course, eating with Filipinos is nothing unusual for us since we live in the Philippines. However, it was our joy to share fellowship (and a meal) with a brother from Pakistan who is taking our course on General Epistles (offered by Haven of Grace Seminary) this week and next.
From the very start, our desire at Haven of Grace has been to not only make an impact in the Philippines, but all across Southeast Asia, and really throughout the world. To have a pastor from Pakistan with us, a man who, at some point, would love to start a Bible College in his own country, fulfills a great desire of our ministry. If we can equip and train men to go out and continue the work of equipping and training other men for the Gospel ministry, we will have considered our work here a success. May the songs of praise rise up to God from all peoples, tongues, and nations!
A couple of weeks ago I was able to speak at the Boys and Girls Brigade Camp here at Haven of Grace. What a great opportunity to preach the Gospel to close to 400 campers on two separate days. My text was Romans 1:1-17 as we went “Back to the Basics.” From our text we saw how the Gospel is our road map to salvation, and how faith is the vehicle that gets us to our destination. I encouraged the campers to consider how they have responded to this good news!
In this month’s update, find out about the start of our 2nd Semester, and what our first Christmas in the Philippines was like!
2020 – January Valiante Family Update
Please take a moment to read our Christmas Letter for 2019. This has been a year of adjustment, but God’s grace has been sufficient! We hope you will have a wonderful Christmas!
Family Christmas Letter 2019
Sunday was a great reminder of the reason we are here in the Philippines. I was invited to speak at the 11th Anniversary Service of Community Bible Church (Haguimit). What made this service extra special was that it would also serve as the installation service for one of our Haven of Grace Seminary Students, Pastor Danilo Faburada.
Danilo has been like family, as he lives on campus during the week and ministers on the weekends at Community Bible Church. We have had the joy of spending a lot of time with him. We eat meals together… Discuss theology together… Serve the Lord together.
I cannot describe how special the service was. It was a meaningful time of thanksgiving to God for what He has done in the past (as Pastor Cloyd–one of our new students at the seminary–tenderly spoke of the founding of this church), and prayerfulness to God for His guidance and blessing in the future.
This was a memorable service seeing Pastor Cloyd (the church’s founding pastor) hand the reigns to a like-minded young man who will now help guide the ministry. It is my privilege to have a part in further equipping these men, and many more like them for the great work that God has called them to. Thank you to all who continue to partner with us to allow us the opportunity to do so!
What a busy month of service and ministry! Please take a moment to read about it in our latest update.
2019 – November Valiante Family Update
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For a limited time (10/31 – 11/3) God Gives More Grace is available for $14.99 (with free shipping)! If you haven’t had the chance to pick up a copy for yourself, or if you want to buy one as a gift for someone else, this is a great opportunity! To purchase, please visit our website: https://godgivesmoregrace.com
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Just a quick note of thanks to those who prayed for my preaching opportunity yesterday at the “Joint Kinder Day Celebration.” This was a fun day with some excited Preschoolers from 3 separate learning centers. I was especially grateful for the chance to preach from Ephesians 6:1-4 to these little ones, as well as to their parents (the vast majority of whom do not know the Lord). It was a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel.
The first semester is in the books. Please take a moment to read all about it in our latest update!
2019 – October Valiante Family Update