Historical Timeline

Historical Timeline

  • October 1966: The Pereaus’ and Beans’ first trip to Vicente Guerrero, Baja California, Mexico and God gave Charla a vision of a waving field of grain and the multifaceted ministry He would build in the remote desert area of the Baja peninsula.
  • April 1967: The land went up for sale.
  • August 1967: God provided the money to purchase the property under a Lutheran corporation, Christ for His World. Cristo Por Su Mundo, a Mexican corporation by the same name was formed so that the ownership of the property was secure.
  • October 19, 1967: Foundation for His Ministry, an interdenominational California non profit corporation was formed. Renovations of the old adobe ruins began.
  • January 1968: Our first newsletter was mailed to 50 interested people. We now send over 12,000 every month.
  • July 1970: Our first of many work groups came from Central Lutheran Church, Van Nuys, CA.
  • December 1970: Bill and Kay Lawrence came as administrators. They would serve the next 8 ½ years. They are now the directors of Rancho Santa Marta, 50 miles north of the Mission.
  • June 1971: We began our child sponsorship program for $12/month. Would you like to be an aunt or an uncle to one of these children? Today it is $30/month.
  • September 1972: Power lines reach Vicente Guerrero. Four hours a day we have electricity from the new power plant. Away with the kerosene lamps and the wash boards.
  • January 1973: Building committee meets to plan for new building to replace the old casino.
  • Spring 1973: Charla and Chuck’s take their first deputation trip to the Midwest, hosted by Carl and Jan Holter.
  • Fall 1973: First trip to Canada and Washington.
  • 1974: Sunday school rooms were added behind the simple chapel, for the children and people in the community. The Sunday school rooms would eventually be used as a clinic.
  • July 1974: We started raising funds for our new building. 300,000 cement blocks would be needed at 5 cents each.
  • 1975: Our first long term house parents, Juan and Elisa Carrillo, came. Juan would serve for the next 30 years.
  • April 1976: Construction of the new building commences.
  • May 1978: An unfinished building is available near the University in Tijuana. Asking price is $35,000 and will become our Student’s Home in Tijuana.
  • April 1979: The Day Care Center is opened to care for our little ones.  Later, it was opened to 30 children from the migrant camps.  They would have a safe haven. First group of Oaxacan field workers arrive in the San Quintin Valley of Baja California.
  • 1980: A flood washed buildings away that where used as an orphanage. We took in 38 more children, bringing our number to 103 children.
  • May 1981: Our new building of 18,000 square feet is finished and dedicated. It’s beautiful.
  • 1981: The first edition of Charla’s Children was published. Our first mercy ministry to the work camps around us was started. John Moore arrives to start an experimental orchard with the vision of planting fruit/nut trees to produce income for the Ministry.
  • 1983-1989: We saw the first fruits of the vision of a harvest as thousands come to Christ! Five churches are planted and built.
  • 1984: Our statement of purpose was rewritten including evangelistic outreach to our neighbors. The policy manual was written.
  • 1985: We got our first big truck. We established our first satellite church.
  • February 1985: God sent a full time nurse to minister in the camps.
  • April 1985: The beginning of our medical ministry to the poor, and our first full time doctor arrives. Sunday school rooms turn into a clinic. Our chapel is overflowing and we move into the old theater; people are standing on the outside. Revival!
  • April: The Soup Kitchen is opened to feed the poor and hungry. Agronomist John Moore and Brad Bertelsen planted macadamia nut tree seedlings as they showed the most potential for a cash crop.
  • April 1986: Chuck and Phyllis Mills join our staff – he as master builder, she as kitchen supervisor. We had a first paid secretary in our US office – LuAnn White. Corrine Ehrick was added to the staff and served for the following nine years at the Mission.
  • May 1986: Our literacy program is birthed to teach reading and writing in the camps.
  • August 1986: Communist Party headquarters is opened in Baja California, Mexico.
  • September 1986: We start construction of the 850 seat Mission Church building.
  • May 1987: Christian Renewal Center, Silverton, OR partners with FFHM to establish our Bible Institute on the Baja campus.
  • July 1987: First intercom phone system installed at the growing Mission (but still no outside telephone line.) Charla’s Children is revised and updated.
  • February 1988Charla’s Children received the coveted Angel Award by RIM and was chosen for Excellence from 7,000 entries.
  • May 29, 1988: The Mission Church with Sunday School rooms is dedicated – constructed by Master Builder Carlos (Chuck) Mills … and Jesus!
  • October 1988: Our Bible Institute opens on property next to the dry river in Vicente Guerrero.
  • November 1988: Mario Cordoba and his three little girls arrived at the Mission. He was destined to be our Administrator.
  • April 1989: Our second U.S. staff member, Lorraine Barter, bookkeeper joined us; she’s still with us.
  • July 1989: Opened a full time outpatient medical clinic.
  • September 1989: Dedicated the church building in Zapata and Agua de Burro. Established congregations and temporary church housing in Chula Vista, and two others known as the “Pumpkin Church” and the “Pigpen Church”.
  • January 1989: Our first class of Bible Institute students graduate.
  • 1990: The addition on the Student House in Tijuana is finished, doubling its size to house 20 students. A parsonage for the pastor of the church is completed.
  • February 1990: Establishment of a Christian bookstore.
  • June 1990: Dr. Patrick Murphy comes as full time doctor in the clinic.
  • October 1990: The teen boys bunk house is constructed.
  • November 1990: Established a full time child evangelism program in the camps.
  • 1990: Addition to our daycare center completed to shelter 30 children. First duplex was completed for staff housing. We completed spaces for RV parking with services for volunteers. A successful grafting and development of a frost and drought tolerant macadamia nut is achieved.
  • 1991: Our Alternative Christmas Giving program was launched. 1,000 macadamia nut seedlings were planted.
  • June 1991: Dr. Luc Chausse and family arrive just days before Dr. Pat and Ana Murphy leave.
  • 1991: Expansion of the dining room and sala completed. First telephone service to the outside world. Short wave radio was the only way of communication prior to this.
  • October 1991: Dignitaries from all over Mexico came to our 25th anniversary celebration.
  • 1992: Completion of three duplexes for staff housing. We got our first commercial washing machine.
  • February 1992: We sent our first missionary to Oaxaca.
  • May 1992: Jon and Eleanor Cowpersmith arrive to work as a Pastor/ teacher and secretary. Eleanor is still with us at the Mission today.
  • August 1992: Dr. Luc Chausse launches our music program.
  • September 1992: We sent a group to Barcelona, Spain to represent Mexico at the opening of the Olympics and to do street ministry.
  • 1992: We introduced solar cooking to the area. It was a failure!
  • 1993: We moved the US office from the Pereau’s home in North Hollywood, CA, to Osborne Neighborhood Church, Van Nuys. Water reclamation system and soccer field is complete. New office building at the Mission was completed.
  • January 8, 1993: The Bible Institute, built by the river, is washed away in a flood.
  • May 1993: Dedication of satellite church in Padre Keno.
  • May 1994: Dedicated a print shop and an upholstery shop.
  • December 1994: Dr. Luc Chausse and the children’s band travel to Quebec for ministry concerts.
  • 1995: Nancy Benning began teaching violin lessons at the Mission. She continues to travel to the Mission every month to give lessons.
  • April 1995: New Bible Institute dedication (this time not at the river.)
  • Christmas 1995: Launched our annual Christmas party for children from the camps; thousands attend.
  • 1996: Dedication of our Medical, maternity and dental center.
  • April 1996: The drug rehab building was dedicated.
  • October 1996: FFHM receives the Selma Green Award for integrity in fund raising.
  • November 1996: Construction of the Nut House for processing macadamia nuts begins.
  • October 1997: Our first-home made pumper truck arrives for the establishment of the fire department.
  • April 1998: Morelia, Michoacán orphanage opens.
  • June 1998: Purchased land in Oaxaca for new Mission.
  • 1999: Launched our Night in Bethlehem ourdoor Christmas pageant.
  • April 1999: Dedication of our new staff housing.
  • 2000: Launched our Flying For Jesus air evac and missionary outreach with Joe Vaine.
  • February 2000: We dedicated our beach retreat house for staff.
  • May 2000: We had a first Pastor’s conference in Oaxaca.
  • September 2000: The old chapel at the Mission was turned into our first Christian elementary school in Baja.
  • October 2000: We move from the San Fernando Valley to our first real office and warehouse building in San Clemente, CA. The 700 Club visits the Mission and makes video of the ministry which airs on their program. Opening of the Christian school in Morelia.
  • 2001: Built a hangar for the plane at the air strip. The hanger was later moved to the Mission, to be used for the bicycle and wheelchair ministries. First outreach to Culiacan, Sinaloa.
  • May 2001: Addition to our Morelia home for children was constructed. Ground breaking in Tlacolula, Oaxaca for new Mission.
  • August 2001: First Operation Blessing eye clinic.
  • November 2001: Launched our Angel Ministry to the disabled.
  • 2001: First television transmission from the Mission. WINGS, our first women’s auxiliary, was founded in Redding, CA. A ministry to the unreached in the mountains of Oaxaca is launched.
  • 2003: Major outreaches into the mountains of Oaxaca. Our first outreach into Chiapas with literacy teacher Yadira.
  • December 2003: God Among Us is published.
  • June 2004: Prison ministry expands; a chapel is built within prison walls in Oaxaca. We made an $11,000 profit on macadamia nuts!
  • 2005: Dr. Arnie Gorske completed his 10 year project of a pictorial health care manual, The Health Education Program, which is printed at the Mission in a number of languages and distributed by FFHM to missionaries around the world.
  • January 2005: One of our students in Tijuana received a scholarship to study International Relations in Spain.
  • February 2005: Orphanage in Morelia judged best in the nation and the children were invited to the Presidential Palace. Angel Ministry expands and the Mission hosts seminars for the disabled.
  • April 2005: We dispatch our first missionary from Mexico to India. Our children moved into the 40,000 square foot Mission in Tlacolula, Oaxaca.
  • 2006: Ground breaking at Rancho de Cristo. Mission trade school launched. Celebrating our 40th anniversary.
  • 2007:  Our fire and rescue department was expanded with a new fire truck and ambulance. A ministry called Mephibosheth was launched to teach life skills to disabled children from the community.  They used rooms in our medical center for this purpose.  A chapel was built and dedicated at Rancho de Cristo.
  • 2008: Sala Mission living room expanded again.  Two of the children’s houses were refurbished.
  • 2009: Bible Institute housing was doubled in size.  The kitchen, dining and mutli-purpose rooms was constructed and dedicated. Remodeled and expanded our home for children in Morelia, Michoacán.
  • 2010: Wings Women’s Auxiliary of Redding, CA raised the money for re-flooring the kitchen and dining room and purchasing tables, benches and dishes.  Daycare and another children’s housing unit were refurbished.
  • 2011: We launched our ACE/AMO Christian school K-6 at the Mission in Oaxaca.  We opened our state of the art Disabled Children’s Learning Center for 20 children from the community. The Mexican government honored Cristo Por Su Mundo and the founder Charla Pereau for 45 years of service to the orphaned and poor.
  • 2015: The Morelia, Michoacán mission base will become independent
  • 2011: We purchased a house for a permanent base in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Hans Benning and the men constructed resident housing at Rancho de Cristo.
  • 2013: Established a Christian elementary school in Oaxaca with the help of Orphan’s Promise, Terry Meeuwsen.
  • 2014: Renovation and remodeling of the student home in Tijuana with the help of Ted Holmes.
  • 2015: Two groups of roofers finished the roof of the youth center and a portion of the new staff housing.
  • 2016: Jill Adams moved from Oaxaca to the Baja Mission to assume the administration. Morelia Mission, under the direction of Ana Laura Haire, became independent.