January 12, 2018

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LARRY AND OLIVE


Larry and Olive Kieler have been a part of His Ministry for decades. They live in Mission, B.C. and hosted a great 50th anniversary celebration in Canada for FFHM. Larry had open heart surgery in July and on Thursday of this week, he had hip replacement surgery. 

Please pray for a total and swift recovery.   

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DAVE POWERS

Dave Powers, faithful friend of His Ministry, had critical back surgery this week.  Please pray for Dave and his beloved wife, Lois

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PASTOR GLAFIRA


Esteban and Yadira, who oversee our outreach in the mountains of Oaxaca, traveled to San Juan Yaee in the Sierra Norte, about six hours from Oaxaca, Oaxaca. They met Pastor Glafira, a 75 year old woman, who despite her age, faithfully serves in this remote area. Her church was demolished in the recent earthquake.

We pray she will have the resources to rebuild. 

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QUILTERS

There are only a few remaining groups of quilters. Teresa in Yucuyi, Oaxaca has a gathering of 15 to 20 women who meet weekly to embroider. We have often been blessed by the end product. The children come with their moms; this gives another opportunity to share the Word of God with adults and “His little ones.” 

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MARIA

Maria Villa Pablo is teaching reading and writing in the Mixteco language. There are many illiterate in the area. The Bible is being used as a text book.   

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ENRIQUE


The supervisor of the Oaxaca prison ministry, Enrique Perez, finished the study of “Mending the Soul” and gave out diplomas to each participant. They followed up with a baptism for women in the prison. Praise the Lord!

Enrique continues his radio program to the Zapotecas in Mitla

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AN OLD PHOTO OF JACK DURKIN


On Saturday, January 6th, there was a celebration of Jack Durkin’s life at Lutheran Church of the CrossPastor Keith Durkin officiated his father’s memorial service and there were over 100 in attendance.

Thank you to those who attended.

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DURKIN FAMILY


Keith and Maya will be working with Haitian refugees in Tijuana and those on skid row. They will also be providing elementary and junior high education for children who have never attended school. Of course, their main thrust will be making Christ known.

We lovingl claim Keith and Maya Durkin as our own missionaries. Keith has served on and off at the Baja Mission and found his precious bride there. 

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ESTELA
Estela, one of our accountants at the Baja Mission, lost her father through tragic circumstances.

Please pray for Estela who must do our annual audit at this time. 

JANELLE KELLER


Janelle Keller ministered with an anointing at our monthly dinner meeting. Pastor Leland and Marcia Lantz gave a pictorial presentation of their recent trip to Uganda.

Next month, Joe Johnson, a charismatic Lutheran pastor will share his journey.
You won’t want to miss. 

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 NURSES JESSICA AND ANGELINA WITH A PATIENT


Jessica and Angelina provide home nursing care. Recently, they took a five-year-old boy to Mexicali for heart surgery. Sadly the child died during surgery.

Please pray for the family and our two nurses. 

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DOROTHY, BOB BOND AND CHARLA (TAKEN IN 2017)


Bob Bond, master builder, graduated to glory Friday, January 5thBob and Dorothy were married 69 years. Bob constructed two homes for our pastors and a beautiful home for a widow and her children. He remodeled the chapel and turned it into a school for our children. An old construction trailer was given to us, he converted it into a book store. Dorothy was a quilter, noted for her morning glory muffins.

Please pray for Bob's family as they mourn his loss.

January 5, 2018

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MARCIA AND PASTOR LELAND

Epiphany, the Feast of Lights where traditionally the Magi arrived to present their gifts. In some parts of the world, this tradition continues.
Pastor Leland and Marcia Lantz will present a gift – the special report of their recent trip to Uganda on Friday, January 5th at 6pm.

 

We will meet at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. 

PAT AND JACK DURKIN

Seldom, if ever, have I seen any one take such loving care of her husband. Pat Durkin saw the symptoms of dementia over 20 years ago. About 15 years ago, we encouraged Pat to leave the San Fernando Valley and move closer to us. We thought we could help, but a short time later, her husband, Jack, had to move into Palm Terrace, at the gate of Laguna Woods.

On December 31, 2017 Jack graduated to heaven. We all celebrate his home going. Family and friends will celebrate his life on Saturday, January 6th at 3pm at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in the Fellowship Hall. See address above. 

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DEANNA AND CONNARD HOFFMAN

Our prayer requests are usually very brief. However, we think this poem is worthy of printing. Deanna received this during her quiet time with the Lord.
Connard and Deanna Hoffman are faithful intercessors. 
The Hoffmans served in Oaxaca and also at the Baja Mission.

Do you want a word for this New Year?
Then listen close for I will make it clear.
Unstop your ears and wash your eyes,
For then you will see through the devil’s disguise.
Feed on My Word and then you will know,
What is right and pure and what is only show!

Pursue My Kingdom and My Pure Right Way,
For then your feet will never wander or stray.
Each new day come before My Face,
To receive My Wisdom that will never deface.
My Wisdom brings insight and understanding as well,
And knowledge will flow from My pure deep well.  

My voice will guide you into what is true,
My Spirit will show you what you are to do.
Come away from the cluttered voice of the world,
Come sit at My feet and let My Words unfurl.
Like a scroll that is read from left to right,
Each day read My Word for light and insight.

Discernment will come in a deeper way,
As you listen and hear what I lead you to pray.
Your prayers led this way will have greater power,
To impact what is needed each day and each hour.
You will need My direction in the year ahead,
So listen then do what My Spirit has said.

You will make your way prosperous
When My Word you obey,
So listen then act throughout each new day.
Let each action of yours come from the place,
The place of pure rest when you seek My Face.
In quietness and confidence you then will receive,
The life and the faith and the hope that believes.
You are My child, and My plans for you,
Will no more delay for I AM making them new!! 

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THE DURKIN FAMILY

Our beloved missionary friends, Keith and Maya Durkin are looking for a rental in Tijuana.  The Durkins are providing meals for hundreds of children living in abject poverty.

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DAVE AND LOIS

Dave Powers, our longtime friend and faithful supporter, will undergo back surgery January12th at Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA. They are projecting a long recovery period. We believe in miracles.


PLEASE PRAY

The flu has reached epidemic proportions. There are many friends and loved ones
who are suffering or have suffered over the holidays.
Our office has certainly been affected. Urgent care is overflowing. 

Please pray for protection and a quick recovery for those who are sick.

A note from our Executive Director

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When I think back on 2017 and all that God did at our university house in Tijuana and our Mission bases in Baja, Oaxaca and Sinaloa, I am filled with gratitude. We have amazing, talented staff who have sacrificed their lives and comfort to rescue children, reach the lost and restore the broken in Mexico. We have 140 children and youth who are chosen by God to be under our care and are full of potential. And we have faithful, generous supporters who donate their time and money to make this all possible.
 
Reflecting on this year makes me excited for 2018 and all God has planned for His Ministry. We will continue to seek God and His wisdom to know how to best meet the needs of the children in our care and the communities surrounding us. We will continue to seek the right piece of property in Sinaloa to expand our outreach and build a children’s home. And we will continue to look for people who want to participate in what God is doing by praying, donating or visiting one of our locations in Mexico.
 
So we finish off 2017 with gratitude and enter 2018 with anticipation.
God is at work and we get to be a part of it. Isn’t that amazing?

With gratitude,
Executive Director, Janelle Keller

Medical Ministry

The medical, surgical, dental, and optical needs of hundreds were met in our Baja Medical Center. The team from “Heaven in Sight” led by Dr. Mark Eanes and Dr. Lance Haluka of Valdosta, GA, joined us again this year. The services they provided ranged from cornea transplants to cataract removal. Physical and spiritual eyes were opened! 

Our volunteer emergency fire and rescue team continue to provide life-saving services. Three of our firemen were given extensive training by John White and his team. 
  
Joni and Friends through the Angel Ministry, continues to provide wheelchairs. The ministry specializes in mobility devices to those who otherwise would be confined to their homes. Angelina Garcia and Jessica Brown provide loving home care and adult diapers for those with disabilities who are bed-ridden.

Dr. Fred Timm, pediatrician, working in our Baja Mission clinic

Dr. Fred Timm, pediatrician, working in our Baja Mission clinic

Firefighters receiving a reward

Firefighters receiving a reward

Benjamin, Angel Ministry

Benjamin, Angel Ministry

Evangelism and Discipleship

An average of two thousand children attend our child evangelism classes. Children receive a cup of milk and a scoop of peanut butter. 

Our soup kitchen is another place where the love of God is manifested. The hungry are fed and given a portion to take home. 

Dispensas (care packages) for single mothers and their children are distributed. 

We have a weekly ministry to those who live in the garbage dump. Charles Spurgeon once said, “If you want to give a tract to a hungry man, wrap it in a sandwich.” 

Over 4,000 attend the Baja Mission’s “Night in Bethlehem” Christmas Pageant. All who attend receive hot chocolate, Mexican sweetbread, and the Word of God. We have another outreach to the community on Mexican Independence Day, where the Gospel is presented. 

Rancho de Cristo, our rehabilitation center, offers a one-year program which includes literacy and vocational training under the watchful eye of Hans Benning. Nancy Benning and Tito Quiroz are vitally involved in the Benning Music Academy in Ensenada, where over 700 students, including prisoners, are given the opportunity to study music. 

Rancho de Cristo (group photo) Director, Hans Benning (upper right hand corner)

Rancho de Cristo (group photo) Director, Hans Benning (upper right hand corner)

There are 250,000 migrant field workers in Sinaloa from all over Mexico. Our ministry teams help provide for their spiritual and physical needs. Sinaloa will be the next area of expansion for His Ministry. 

Enrique Perez supervises the expanding prison ministry in Oaxaca. Thousands of inmates are now housed directly across the street from the Mission. Enrique hosts a weekly radio broadcast to the Mixteca region. 

We support missionary Maria Villa Pablo and the radio station transmitting Christian programming to remote areas. Modesto Velasco, although blind, serves courageously in a hostile region.
 

Maria Villa Pablo (left) with a family in Oaxaca

Maria Villa Pablo (left) with a family in Oaxaca

Ministry to Children

Three beautiful homes provide love, shelter, food, clothing, education, and Christian discipleship to over 100 orphaned, at risk children. 
 
Our Oasis schools, K-6, now use the ACE and AMO programs. 
 
Specialized ministries at the Baja Mission include Disabled Children’s Learning Center. They are transported daily and are trained in life skills. Some are going on to higher education. 

Daycare Center

Daycare Center

The Baja Mission’s daycare serves 30 preschool-aged children of migrant workers (children who would otherwise be left unattended). The program provides a bath, food, education, and transportation five days
a week. 

The Breakfast Club in Zapata serves over 100 children who would otherwise have no breakfast prior to going to school. It also serves as a daycare center for those who would be left unattended. 

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Students attend university technical schools for careers in mechanical engineering, linguistics, business administration, nursing, and medicine. 
 
Generous donations allow for over 100 of our children to attend either summer camp or conferences.

December 29, 2017

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SYLVIA AND LOREN LILLESTRAND

We were overwhelmed by your love and generosity this Christmas season.  Like Tiny Tim said, “May God bless us one and all.” 

May you prosper in every way in 2018. 

Sylvia Lillestrand was our treasurer on our original board that purchased the property in Baja. She has been a faithful contributor since the beginning. Loren, the former U.S. director for Campus Crusade for Christ, and Sylvia have been financial consultants to our board without charge.

We are so blessed to have the Lillestrands and yes, countless others who have blessed us throughout the holidays. For “the greatest and the least of these” we give thanks.

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THE LITTLE LOST PUP

We received requests for The Little Lost Pup to be given to those behind bars. These will be sent to prisoners for Christ in Woodinville, WA for distribution.

Any contribution would be welcomed for this purpose. It is our heart’s desire to send the book to those who are incarcerated, without charge.

Have you read The Little Lost Pup? It is a must read! 

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RIKER

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AMELIA

We continue to pray for baby Riker, who is doing exceptionally well. Amelia is battling cancer.

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LOIS AND EVERETT WILSON

Please continue to pray for Lois Wilson. Presently, she is at Freedom Village. Hopefully she will return home soon.

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JEAN, DEREK AND SANDY BERGERON

Jean and Sandy Bergeron in Canada announced the graduation of their son Derekfrom the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Bergeron’s have hosted the Pereaus and scheduled itineraries in British Columbia.

Recently, Janelle visited them with Rosa AlmerezGlenn and Rosa founded our first rehab center in Zapata, Baja. They also pastor one of our satellite churches.

Congratulations to Derek Bergeron. 

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CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS

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US VOLUNTEERS

Praise God for our volunteers who helped at the Canadian and U.S. mailing this week. We couldn’t do it without you.

Volunteers needed; for information call the U.S. office at (949) 492-2200.

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PASTOR LELAND AND MARCIA

Please call in your reservations (949) 492-2200 by Wednesday, January 3rd for the monthly dinner on January 5thPastor Leland Lantz and Marcia will be sharing about their trip to Uganda. 

December 22, 2017

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NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

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Over 3,000 attended our Night in Bethlehem production and they had to do five performances on Friday. Quite unexpectedly, the ranchers in the area brought in people from the surrounding communities. This was yet another opportunity to share the love of Jesus with the community in Baja. Over 100 volunteers worked to serve hot chocolate and sweet bread, drive buses, act in the play and pray for people. Our staff was blessed to share the theme of Emanuel, God with us

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PRAYING FOR THE CHILDREN IN THE NURSERY IN OAXACA

In Oaxaca, they opened the nursery to a brother a sister in October, and added four more new siblings in November (one brother is in the little boys' house).  Previously these four children were all living in separate children's homes, so they are happy to all be together again.  We are thankful for the renewed joy and life they bring to the home. 

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PEOPLE FROM THE OAXACA STAFF
DURING AN EVENT FOR THE CHILDREN IN ISTHMUS


Last month, we took a trip to an area in Oaxaca called the Isthmus to visit a community hit hard by the recent earthquakes. We are thankful for the safety in travels and the fellowship experienced among the staff and teenagers that went, along with the children and women we spent time with there.

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OAXACA STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY

Many staff and children in Oaxaca are struggling with various health issues. Please pray for restored health and safe travels during this holiday season. 

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AMELIA WITH GRANDMA ANTOINETTE

Update on our granddaughter Amelia Rose: the tumor is not shrinking as hoped, so they are getting more aggressive with the chemo. She now has an infection in her blood and they have done two transfusions in the past week. She is losing weight and her hair is now falling out.  Very tough for a  three-year-old who is legally blind. Amelia is suffering terribly, concerned we may lose her. 

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RIKER

Baby Riker is still in need of prayer.

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DANIELA JANETH

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MIRIAM FISHER CONTREAS

Congratulations to our recent university student graduates! We are proud of their dedication and pray for them as they pursue their careers.

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CHRISTMAS VERSION OF 1 CORINTHIANS 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strings of twinkling lights, and shiny balls, but do not show love, I am just another decorator. 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
but do not show love, I am just another cook. 

If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all I have to charity,
but do not show love, it profits me nothing. 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crystal snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not have Love,
I have missed the focal point of the Christmas Season. 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child, kiss the husband or encourage a friend;
Love is still kind, even when harried or tired; 

Love does not envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens; but is content with what she has; 

Love doesn't yell at the kids, or family to get out of the way,
but is thankful that they are there to get in the way; 

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return,
but rejoices in giving to those who cannot give back; 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails; if there be video games, they will break;
if diamond earrings, they may be lost, or if golf clubs, they will rust. 

But If we give the gift of love it will endure

Merry Christmas to all. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer for these special children and this ministry.

A 19 Hour Mission Trip

It started with a question from a doctor about where our worship team had purchased the wooden pallets for their new stage, and resulted in two of our staff and one university boy driving with a caravan of vehicles to a community five hours away.

They went to an area that was badly damaged by the recent earthquakes, and brought with them dozens of wooden pallets to create a floor so that those living in shelters wouldn't have to sleep on the wet ground.  National and international response to the big communities hardest hit was extremely generous and, when our guys arrived, they found that an abundance of physical help had already arrived.

They did what they went there to do, constructing floors of wooden pallets, but they also witnessed something that bothered one man in particular.  More than the damaged buildings and the people living in temporary shelters, he was struck by the continued fear he saw in the people there.  There have been hundreds upon hundreds of aftershocks in that area, and each movement brings back the memory of that first one that changed their world.

Seeing this need, and motivated also by frustration with the divisiveness of the Christians in the area, he decided he had to go back .  He wanted to share the hope of a God who loves them and cares for them, hope that can cast out fear.  So over the following month he gathered a team of us together and last weekend we went back to that community with that purpose.

Part of the team made plans for fun times with the kids, and others were there to spend time with the women.  I went to be present and supportive as a leader.  Cold weather has arrived in force earlier than usual this year, so we also brought 500 warm blankets with notes of encouragement to hand out to people.

To be honest, I am weary and was not really looking forward to this 19-hour mission trip (10 hours of which would be spent on winding mountain roads), but I felt a call to it and was committed to go.  I was glad I did because I enjoyed the whole experience much more than I expected to.  I think we were all blessed by that day, and we hope that God's purposes were accomplished through what we did.

I spent the majority of my time making Christmas cards with the youngest children, while the older ones joined in on the fun of rally.  The kids' social adeptness surprised me.  One little girl came up to me and said, "I want to play with the kids, but I'm embarrassed."  I said, "Well, should we go together?"  She agreed and I took her by the hand to join the group of kids playing with a ball.  I told the leader why we were there and he asked her, "Would you like to play?"  "Yes," she said with confidence, and she jumped right in :).

We had expected that some of our guys would hand out the blankets in local neighborhoods during that time with the kids, but the scheduling worked out in such a way that we were all able to participate.  It struck me how receptive people were to us, a parade of tired people on a blisteringly hot day, handing out blankets to anyone who wanted one.  They would tell us thank you and we would respond in the customary way of speaking here at the children's home, "Thanks to God."  I hope the encouraging notes that went along with the blankets left a lasting impression on those who received them.

Your continued prayers for people and communities around the world affected by traumatic events are important.  We live in a time when it is easy to become overwhelmed by the abundance of news about natural disasters and evil acts.  Never before this age of information did we get news so quickly of earthquakes here, fires there, corruption in that country and attacks in this. And when something new happens, the cameras turn towards the next big event, leaving the others forgotten.

But as believers in Christ, we are not without hope, nor are we without resources.  We believe that this weary world rejoiced at the coming of the Savior and we can share that message of hope.  There is great power in prayer for people near and far.  There is tangible power in loving those God has placed around us in this life.  And there is the so often untapped power in loving our enemies, and truly praying for those we disagree with or are heartily against.

Below are some of my pictures from our time in the isthmus, snapped on my cell phone as we went through our day.  Thank you for your prayers for our trip, I am especially thankful for the safety and the fellowship we experienced.  I don't know if we'll get a chance to go back, but I trust that God was at work there before we came, and will continue to work there into the future.

Making Christmas cards with the mothers and little children.

Making Christmas cards with the mothers and little children.

Christmas cards are not a tradition here, but they caught on quickly. Here the girls pain strings of Christmas lights. Knowing we wouldn't have great access to water in the camp, I went with q-tips instead.

Christmas cards are not a tradition here, but they caught on quickly. Here the girls pain strings of Christmas lights. Knowing we wouldn't have great access to water in the camp, I went with q-tips instead.

I ran out of simple ideas for cards, so from upside down I quickly drew a tree on one paper and then about three others wanted a tree drawn for them.  Work with what you have.

I ran out of simple ideas for cards, so from upside down I quickly drew a tree on one paper and then about three others wanted a tree drawn for them.  Work with what you have.

Feliz Navidad! One thing I hoped to achieve with these cards was a way for them to encourage one another.  One older boy wrote a message inside of his card that said, "Sister, it was a while ago that we fought, but I wanted to say I'm sorry."  Wow!

Feliz Navidad! One thing I hoped to achieve with these cards was a way for them to encourage one another.  One older boy wrote a message inside of his card that said, "Sister, it was a while ago that we fought, but I wanted to say I'm sorry."  Wow!

This was one of the older kids, I was amazed by the beauty of the touch of color he added to his snowflake.  I said, "You are an artist!" and he smiled shyly.  Later he came back to show me another thing he'd drawn and truly surprised by his creativity I said, "You really are an artist!"  "I know," he said with a smile.

This was one of the older kids, I was amazed by the beauty of the touch of color he added to his snowflake.  I said, "You are an artist!" and he smiled shyly.  Later he came back to show me another thing he'd drawn and truly surprised by his creativity I said, "You really are an artist!"  "I know," he said with a smile.

Walking through the neighborhoods that were more seriously damaged by the earthquakes.

Walking through the neighborhoods that were more seriously damaged by the earthquakes.

Our truck and trailer were full of the 500 blankets.

Our truck and trailer were full of the 500 blankets.

Part of our group consisted of some of the teenagers from the children's home.

Part of our group consisted of some of the teenagers from the children's home.

We encountered many people working on reconstructing their homes.  It is good to see the resiliency and strength of the people in this place.

We encountered many people working on reconstructing their homes.  It is good to see the resiliency and strength of the people in this place.

Every single blanket came with a note written by staff and kids from the children's home.

Every single blanket came with a note written by staff and kids from the children's home.

At the end of this hot day we had time to visit a lovely waterhole.  Not having planned for this, many just swam in their clothes.  I sat on the edge and moved my feet around in the water (moved them around because if I kept still little fish nibbled on them).

At the end of this hot day we had time to visit a lovely waterhole.  Not having planned for this, many just swam in their clothes.  I sat on the edge and moved my feet around in the water (moved them around because if I kept still little fish nibbled on them).

Driving off into the sunset at the end of  a long day.

Driving off into the sunset at the end of  a long day.

December 15, 2017

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NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Hundreds will attend this dramatic presentation. Staff and children will participate. Busloads of people will be brought in from near and far.

Pray with us that many will come into a personal faith in Jesus Christ! 

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VICKI GRAVELL PREPARING THE STOCKINGS

Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying. The children’s Christmas stockings and the candy, beautifully packaged, was taken across the border December 12th. Hallelujah.

Thank you for your prayers. 

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AMELIA

Please continue to pray for our son Dana and Antoinette’s granddaughter. Little Amelia has a Wilm’s Tumor in the kidney and it's fast growing. They will do 12 weeks of chemo to shrink it; WAGR babies are prone to renal failure. 

“She’s technically blind, but is a precious, sweet, kind, fun and loving child.” She has amazing parents who are strong, and patient. Please pray for her parents who are exhausted. She has been in and out of the hospital constantly. 

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LOIS AND EVERETT

Everett and Lois Wilson make an annual trip to teach at our Bible Institute. Recently Lois had a serious stroke and required around the clock care.  Lois fell and broke a hip, which required surgery.  Please pray for Lois and her family in this time of need. Praise the Lord her surgery went very well!

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LINDA AND CHARLA IN THE SAN CLEMENTE WAREHOUSE

Our dear friends have donated new furniture for our staff housing. We are always amazed when we are given the best. It is boxed and ready to go to the Baja Mission.

The dedication of our staff housing is scheduled for January. God is so good all the time.   

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OUR FAITHFUL VOLUNTEERS

Please don’t forget the Canadian mailing at 9am on Wednesday, December 27thand the U.S. mailing on December 28th from 7am to 11am.

Maybe you would like to bring Christmas goodies?

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FAITH AND ROD

Rod and Faith Southard have been long time supporters of His Ministry and Rodserves on our Board. Faith will undergo rotator cuff surgery on her right shoulder today. Please pray for a full and quick recovery following surgery. 

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SUZANNE, CHARLA AND BILL IN THE US OFFICE

Bill and his daughter, Suzanne Tenny, deliver very special seasonal gifts to our San Clemente office: a lily for spring time, a pumpkin for harvest and a magnificent poinsettia for Christmas. How blessed we are to have friends who drop by to bless our ministry. 

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ABDUL (IN THE BLUE SHIRT) IS THE ADMINISTRATOR AT A BIBLE COLLEGE IN SOUTHERN INDIA

According to recent reports relayed to us by our friend Stephen Ashby, persecution against Christians has escalated in Southern India. Please pray for Abdul Messiah’s family and friends who this past Sunday, were attacked by terrorist groups and admitted to the hospital.

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CAROLYN

Carolyn is a child sponsor and longtime outreach missionary in Mexico. New ownership of the senior community she lives in, has resulted in a huge increase of space rent. This has potentially created a hardship for owners and may force some to have to sell their mobile homes. Please pray for reconsideration of the park owners or that God would bring a buyer for Carolyn’s home. 

December 8, 2017

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LOIS AND JACK

There are so many precious friends who are behind the scenes supporting His Ministry like Jack and Lois Schofield. They spend hours mailing your Alternative Christmas cards and ornaments. 

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PAPER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

It is not too late to send your Alternative Christmas gifts. Pretty paper ornaments will be sent to you for loved ones.

If you would like to participate and give a gift towards Alternative please click here.

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PASTOR LELAND LANTZ

Our annual Christmas dinner Dec. 1st was a blessing with Sharon Joyner ministering to us in music. Valerie’s special dinner was delicious.

Please make reservations by Wednesday, January 3, 2018 for our next monthly dinner when Pastor Leland Lantz will be speaking.  

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MARCIA AND PASTOR LELAND

Pastor Leland Lantz, Marcia and team thank you sincerely for your prayers as they journeyed through Uganda. They were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the world’s largest refugee camp. Pastor Leland was asked to preach and had the privilege of baptizing over 70 people. 

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JANELLE

Executive Director, Janelle Keller’s father went to the hospital at the beginning of the week for an infection on his nose and while there the doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm. The aneurysm wasn't as big as they had originally thought and he was later discharged. Many were praying; thank you!

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

 Friends of the ministry, the Baileys write: A 55 year old friend of ours, Chris, had a major stroke on Thanksgiving in the desert.  His right side is paralyzed and he cannot talk. He has a feeding tube.
 
Please pray for a miraculous healing for Chris and peace for he and his family. 

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IS THERE ROOM AT YOUR TABLE?

There are many men, women and children who are in “the far country”. There are empty places at the tables and gifts that remain unopened. Let us join together and pray that the lost will come home for Christmas.

Perhaps there is a lonely friend or neighbor you could invite to your celebration? 

 

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Awesome Christmas Stockings

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We stood amazed; Vicki Gravell shopped all year to purchase age appropriate gifts for over 100 children. 

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The women of the Village Church in Laguna Woods, CA, went to Vicki’s home to fill the stockings, (really Christmas cloth bags). 

There were “American Girl Dolls” dressed by Vicki. Cuddly dolls, Legos, arts and craft material and soccer balls. It was like a giant toy store. The event was extraordinarily well organized. We were in awe of Vicki’s out pouring of love for the least of these. 
And for our children in Oaxaca, Ranell Conine from Winnetka, IL raised money with her friends so the staff there could purchase gifts to go in their stockings. 

This was the fourth year Ranell blessed our children in this way.

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Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

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It was a Christmas tradition for Harry and Betty Sherda to attend Midnight service at the Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, CA. 


The words of “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” are poignant with meaning. “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.” Betty prayed, “Oh Holy Child of Bethlehem be born in us (me) today.” Betty, an agnostic, was born again. 

The Sherdas served on our board for over 20 years. Harry, a C.P.A. served as Treasurer. Betty, a court translator, traveled with Charla in Mexico. 

The Sherdas hosted us on a number of trips, including a trip to the Holy Land, led by Dr. George Wood. 
A trip to Bethlehem was number one on Betty’s agenda…but we were so disillusioned by the Church of the Nativity.

Then Dr. Wood led us to a nearby shepherd’s cave, much like the one that could have been used by the innkeeper. It was musty and a dark, dank place. No place to give birth. We wept. No little drummer boy, or soft lights or poinsettias. No place for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Early the next morning, after the birth, we could hear the innkeeper’s wife saying, “If I had only known, I would have given Him the best room in the inn!” 

But most important; is there room in your heart for the Lord Jesus? “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.” 

December 1, 2017

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MARIO, JANELLE AND CHARLA

Mario Cordoba
Janelle Keller and Charla Pereau will be traveling to Sinaloa from Tuesday to Thursday of next week to look for suitable property for our ministry in that state. Please pray for God’s guidance and travel mercies.   

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AMELIA WITH HER DAD

Antoinette and Dana Pereau’s granddaughter Amelia, age three, has a Wilm’s Tumor in the kidney. It was found during her regular scan. It is fast growing, two months ago there was no tumor. She has WAGR disease, is technically blind and has slightly delayed learning. But she has amazingly patient and loving parents. Please pray for this precious little one. 

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SHARON

Friday, December 1st. We will celebrate our annual Christmas gathering at  Lutheran Church of the Cross,24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA
 
Sharon Joyner will be ministering in song. She received a Country Music Award for her rendition of Feliz Navidad. Dinner starts at 6pm. 

Please call before 12pm today to make a reservation (949) 492-2200.

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ROBERTO WITH HIS WIFE SHARON

Roberto Munoz Flores is now in Hospice Care. How we thank God for this brother in Christ and the blessings we have all received. He is an evangelist and will enter into eternity with countless others with whom he shared his faith. He is a former FFHM board member. 

THANKSGIVING IN BAJA

The celebration of Thanksgiving was a great blessing to staff and children alike. Jan Van Dyken was there to help prepare the meal and decorate. The dinner was sponsored by the Village Church and Pastor Mike Bayer. The meal was prepared and served right on time by our faithful kitchen staff.

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GABE MCPHEDRAIN

Gabe McPhedrain was serving at the Baja Mission, when he was stricken with excruciating pain. Diagnostic tests were inconclusive. Gabe was then transported to the Scripps Hospital in San Diego. Gabe is now resting at Sky Valley Desert Part, Palm Springs, CA.

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ELVIRA AND ENRIQUE

Enrique Perez and his wife, Elvira, our missionaries, were able to minister to some of the remote areas that were devastated by the recent earthquake. While they were in the area they visited ex-prisoners and their families with a word of encouragement.

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ESTEBAN, YADIRA, CHARLA AND CHUCK

Esteban and Yadira, missionaries, were also able to visit Huajuuapan, Oaxaca and support the families who suffered severe damage from the earthquake. They were able to distribute bags of rice, beans, lentils, sugar and powdered milk for His little ones. Perhaps this seems insignificant with so much devastation but little is much when God is in it.

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ESTELA LOPEZ AND ESTELA SANTIAGO IN BAJA ACCOUNTING

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KRISTI GARCIA AND DOUG WILLIAMS, C.P.A IN SAN CLEMENTE, CA

The accountant is here! Although we have shown due diligence they are always relieved when they come and when they go. The accountants in Baja are also overloaded with very detailed work. Pray they complete their work for the audit.

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PATTY SCULLEY

Patty Sculley, who served at the Baja Mission, is requesting prayer. She has amyloidosis cancer and recently spent 11 days in the hospital. Please pray for her healing.

November 24, 2017

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Thank you for your prayer support and
for partnering with us to serve the people of Mexico.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Foundation for His Ministry.

DAN AND SUSANNA

Susanna Payne, daughter of Joe and JoAnn Payne, sent the announcement of her engagement with the following note: “Please don’t feel obligated to give a gift. Please consider a donation for Foundation for His Ministry, a Christ centered orphanage and ministry to migrant workers in Mexico.” This remarkable young woman has been a faithful donor to His Ministry and we will celebrate her wedding. 

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JUANITA
 

Please pray for Juanita Valenzuela’s health. Juanita has been one of our teachers in the Disabled Children’s Learning Center for many years. 

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AL AND AMY

Al
 and Amy Carlson need prayer. She is facing serious visual problems and Al is not well. Al works in the Disabled Children’s Learning Center and Amy recently remodeled our gift shop and serves there. 

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DINNER PREPARATIONS

Thank you to all who so generously gave to the purchase of turkeys and our Thanksgiving dinner. For many years, Bel Air Presbyterian Church faithfully supplied the turkeys and trimmings but we were unable to take them across the border into Mexico this year. So dear friends contributed towards their purchase and once again Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the missions. 

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OSMIN

At our Baja Mission, Osmis has bronchitis and needs prayer for healing.

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RAFAEL

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BENJAMIN

Pray for our bus drivers who take children to and from the Disabled Children's Learning Center. This is an ongoing prayer request for the safety of the bus drivers and children.

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ROBERTO AND SHARON

Roberto Munoz Flores is now being given hospice care. How we thank God for this brother in Christ and the blessings we have all received. He is an evangelist and will enter into eternity with countless others with whom he shared his faith. Please pray for his family.

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SHARON JOYNER

Mark your calendar

Friday, December 1st.We will celebrate our annual Christmas gathering at
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA.

Sharon Joyner will be ministering in song. She received a Country Music Award
for her rendition of Feliz Navidad. Dinner starts at 6pm.
Please make your reservations early by calling (949) 492-2200. 

November 17, 2017

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THANK YOU

This is certainly a season to give thanks. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of two of our donors. The one gift covered our deficit and the other gift was sent in honor their daughter “Charla” who graduated from Arizona State University, Summa Cum Laude and now has a position with Homeland Security. They met our need and gave glory to God.

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CHARLA, CHUCK, KETTA VANDENBOS AND RUTH DIEHL
 

Thank you for praying for Chuck and me and our recent trip to Arizona. Ruth Diehlarranged for us to speak at a Saturday night gathering of friends and neighbors. Special guests came to the meeting from Prescott, AZJohn and June Griffin.

Our lives have been intertwined as our parents were friends and that relationship has remained unbroken. Sunday morning, I spoke at Arizona Hills Community ChurchAnthemAZ and was introduced by Ketta VandenBos, now attending Grand Canyon University

TEENAGE GIRLS


Four of our teenage girls in Oaxaca turned 15 this year. They celebrated their birthday this past Sunday at a quinceañera party, which is quite a festive event in Mexico.

IAN AND ELAINE

Elaine Croft began her cancer treatments this week. Prayers for her and Ian during this time would be a great blessing

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PLEASE PRAY

This weekend, there will be a big Christian youth event in Tlacolula that our teenagers from Oaxaca will be participating in. Please pray that God would move in the hearts of the youth, heal their wounds and inspire them with a hopeful vision of His plans for their futures. 

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ANDREA

Thank you for praying for Andrea Lombard. The pacemaker was successfully implanted. 

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MARCIA AND PASTOR LELAND LANTZ
 

Please continue to pray for Pastor Leland and Marcia Lantz who are ministering in Uganda, Africa. 

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FOUR MONTH OLD BOY

 

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TWO MONTH OLD GIRL
 

In the past few weeks, the Baja mission has received two little babies. Both of these children came to us with deep health issues. The first infant is a four-month-old boywith breathing problems and malnutrition. The second infant is a two-month-old girlwith a long list of significant health problems. We know that our Jesus is the Great Physician and He can heal, so we covet your prayers for these two tiny children.  

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SHARON JOYNER
 

Mark your calendar Friday, December 1st.
We will celebrate our annual Christmas gathering at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA.

Sharon Joyner will be ministering in song. She received a Country Music Award for her rendition of Feliz Navidad. Dinner starts at 6pm. Please make your reservations early by calling (949) 492-2200. 

November 10, 2017

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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS
 

Sutherland Springs: This a time to mourn for the soul of our nation. Let us pray for Sutherland Springs and all the families affected by this event. Our hearts are heavy, but God is on His throne and we WILL be victorious in spite of the evil in the hearts of so many. 


A time to weep and a time to laugh, 
    A time to mourn and a time to dance.
”  Ecclesiastes 3:4

US BOARD AND LEADERSHIP TEAM

Thank you for praying for our annual board meeting. It was held at our beautiful Oaxaca Mission, a place where everyone should visit. We had the opportunity to go to the prison and other historical places.

YOUTH BAPTISM

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YOUTH BAPTISM

The youth group at the Oaxaca Mission is experiencing a move of God the Holy Spirit with the leadership of Pastor Edgar Rivera. Pastor Edgar ministered in the remote regions of Oaxaca for years. Five teenagers were baptized Sunday afternoon.

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VOLUNTEERS

In preparation for the board meeting, the work group from Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin spent days laboring. They worked from early morning to late at night and were tremendous representatives of servanthood.

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MAYA AND KEITH


The monthly Friday night prayer group was tremendously blessed by the ministry of Keith and Maya Durkin who work with the street children in Tijuana. Thank you all for praying for the Durkins. 

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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

 

JACK AND LOIS

We thank God for Jack and Lois Schofield who are back with us again this year. They are busy sending out cards with beautiful ornaments to those who are participating in giving to our Alternative Christmas

If you would like to participate and give a gift towards Alternative Christmas click hereYou can also order free paper ornaments to send to your loved ones.

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FFHM

Although Doug Williams, our C.P.A. has yet to finalize our annual audit, we believe FFHM is approximately $58,000 in the red. This is the second year we have had a deficit. The fact that it is nearly impossible to transport donated goods across the border into Mexico is the reason for this deficit.

We know that God’s work done God’s way will not lack supply.  

ANDREA

Andrea Pereau Lombard went through surgery on Wednesday to put in a pacemaker. Please pray for a quick recovery and total healing.

MARCIA AND PASTOR LELAND LANTZ
 

Please join us in prayer for Pastor Leland Lantz and wife Marcia, who will be traveling to Uganda, Africa to visit and minister to the world’s largest refugee camp. They are dear friends of His Ministry.  They will be bringing support to three different missionaries located in MoyoMbale, and Kampala. 

November 3, 2017

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OAXACA MISSION

The U.S. Board will hold their annual meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico from November 2nd – 4th. We would appreciate your prayers that God would grant us His wisdom, direction, and purpose for this vital ministry.

KEITH AND MAYA

Our beloved Keith Durkin will be sharing at the Friday night dinner, November 3rdKeith and Maya have served in Mexico for many years as church planters. He began his ministry at the Baja Mission. Presently they're feeding hundreds of displaced children in Tijuana.

Please call Linda at (949) 492-2200 if you plan to attend the dinner. It will be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross on El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.

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MARGARET IN BELIZE

Barry Wineroth introduced us to Brian Mooney who served as the mission host for a number of years. Brian often told the miraculous story of his healing as a child. He married Margaret and they went on to Belize to serve the Lord at a daycare center. Then the Lord took Brian home. Margaret was left with three children and continues to serve in Belize. Please pray that God will meet her many critical needs.

TURKEYS

PREVIOUS THANKSGIVING DINNER

For 50 years Bel Air Presbyterian Church has furnished turkeys and the makings for our Thanksgiving dinner. But the day has come when we can no longer transport turkeys across the border into Mexico. The Van Dykens, who have made all the preparations for Thanksgiving dinner for many years, were prepared for this year but we have no turkeys and fixings. Please pray. This may be a project to which you’d like to contribute so we may purchase the ingredients in Ensenada.
 

JUDY

Judy Gama is the founder of Wings in Redding, CA, our only auxiliary. Judy is in critical condition and has had multiple issues related to her heart. We can never forget the celebration she hosted for our 50th anniversary. She was led by the spirit to honor the oldest member of Wings and Lorraine Barter, our bookkeeper, who graduated to heaven shortly thereafter. Judy needs a healing touch by Jesus. 

ROBIN AND CHARLES

Charles and Robin Nahas have faithfully served our newsletter mailing team for years. They come to our Friday night dinners every month, and each month I see Charles’ strength waning. Please pray for him and for Robin, who had a bout with cancer.

CONNARD

Connard and Deanna Hoffman have served both in Oaxaca and at the Baja Mission. The Hoffmans are multi-talented missionaries and very faithful prayer warriors. Connard will be having a kidney and growth removed on November 30th. Please pray. 

LINDA

Linda StromDiscipleship Unlimited, has been a faithful supporter for years. They have purchased Charla’s Children and The Little Lost Pup and distributed them throughout the prison at Gatesville, TX. How we thank God for Linda and her ministry to “the least of these.” Thanks to their donation, one of the staff members in Oaxaca was able to travel to Ixtepec, which was affected by the recent earthquakes. They were able to construct a shower for them and are providing the water needed to run the shower. They also handed out needed supplies to the people living in this camp. 

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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
 

Our annual Alternative Christmas campaign started in October. You can help meet the basic needs of the ministry as well as our surrounding communities in Baja and Oaxaca. 

A friend of the ministry included a note with her donation: "This gift is given to further the wonderful work you are doing. It it given in memory of my husband, Reverend Alfred W. Walck and his sister, Amanda M. Walck, parish worker, it is also given in honor of our family of 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

My husband and I were foreign missionaries to Papau New Guinea for 26 years. 

We have been impressed with your work and regularly read your newsletter, often sharing it with the family. The grandchildren chose to give toward the peanut butter and milk project. The little ones will enjoy receiving an ornament to hang on their Christmas tree to let them know where their grandfather's memorial was sent. 

Thank you for the good work among the children of Baja and Oaxaca."

If you would like to participate and give a gift towards Alternative Christmas click hereYou can also order free paper ornaments to send to your loved ones.

The Mission Exists Because of This

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Graciela Cordoba, Baja outreach supervisor, writes: I received a call from a brother asking for help for a family in great need. When I had time at the end of the day I went to look for the family. They were in a sad situation. They literally had nothing. That day they had to leave the house that had been loaned to them for a year. Now their aunt loaned them some land, but there was nothing on it. It was only a piece of land.
   
The 12 year old daughter, Beatriz, went out to look for work and arrived at Roberto Rojas’ camp. She told him she was 18 years old so they would give her work, however Roberto saw how young she looked. 

He still wanted to help the family, so he took them pasteboards to make a small house. He gave them laminate sheets for the roof, a nice stove, a gas tank and a lot of food. They now had a house with eight children, the oldest was Ricardo who is 17 and the youngest was Milagros who was three years old. 

Their beds were wooden racks with cardboard on top and they had four blankets for 10 people. They had no glasses, so they used cut plastic bottles.   


I brought Ricardo and the three oldest girls to the clothing room in outreach at the Mission. 

The siblings

The siblings

Beatriz said, ‘Wow, my mom has never brought us to such a big clothing store!’ They were overwhelmed to find clothing and shoes for the whole family and a blanket and pillows for each of them. It is our privilege to serve the poorest of the poor.


The mother is 34 years old, from Guerrero and is sick in bed. The father is Triqui from Oaxaca. He is the only one who works in the family. Their situation is very difficult, but God is faithful. Beatriz said to me, ‘Isn’t it true sister that our house is beautiful?’ ‘Of course it is,’ I said, ‘it shows your effort and work.’ 


The Word says that when we give to the poor, we are loaning it to Jehovah.