August 11, 2017


“How good and pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity,” Psalm 133:1. Every Sunday work groups arrive at our Mission in Baja. Many join us in prayer that their lives will be touched by God the Holy Spirit. Hopefully they will catch the vision, “One life will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

This week we will host Redemption Baptist Church, Youth With A Mission, and Delta Pentecostal Church, British Columbia, Canada.  


Dr. George Wood retired from his position of General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. He was a source of great encouragement. He was our camp speaker in the early years of Family Bible camp, which hosted our children from Mexico. Pastor George Wood went to our Mission in Baja annually to build them up, cheer them up and stir them up. 


We just received communication Elaine Croft, who has served at the Oaxaca Mission, was diagnosed with cancer. She will be returning to Alberta, Canada for treatment. Please pray for these faithful missionaries. 


Janelle Keller spent the week at Mjorud Family Bible Camp. Sunday morning she will introduce His Ministry at the Lolo Community Church, Montana. 


Jan Holter will undergo surgery Monday Aug. 14th. Please pray for Jan and her precious family and friends. Perhaps you read the bio on Jan’s connection to FFHMon your receipt letter.   


Jose Manuel will be taking over our Macadamia Nut orchard and he will be leaving our accounting department. Estela Lopez is requesting prayer as she is assuming the position of accountant at the Baja Mission.


Donna Thomas, a faithful contributor for over 30 years, has moved back to her home in Menifee, CA. Donna has lost four family members this year. She is requesting prayer for multiple physical conditions. 


For 25 years our children had an orange next to their plates at breakfast. George Voita of Voita Citrus furnished them all. There were boxes of oranges distributed at Christmas time by the same generous friend. He has had a number of strokes. His heart’s desire is to find a nursing home near Laguna Woods. Please pray. 


Pastor David Mendez was taken in our ambulance to Ensenada yesterday, August 10th. He is being hospitalized for kidney failure. Please pray for him, his wife Isabel and family. 

rancho de cristo_men holding ladder.png


As you are prompted by God the Holy Spirit, pray for the men at Rancho de Cristo, our Drug Rehab near the Baja Mission (part of FFHM). These men are battling for their lives, breaking the bondage of addiction. Presently there are approximately 23 men committed to a year’s program. 

August 4, 2017


It is not too late to attend the monthly prayer group dinner at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA. Pastor Leland Lantz will be giving his precious testimony, of how an Iowa farmer came to minister to an Orange County congregation. Chuck will be singing.  


Mjorud Family Camp, Hungry Horse, Montana .

Saturday, August 5th, Janelle will be sharing about His Ministry with the campers. Please pray for her and that there would be an outpouring of the spirit. After camp, Janelle will be with the Malcolm family in Lolo where they will host an evening in their home with people who are interested in the ministry.  On Sunday, she'll be sharing again with the adult Sunday school class and doing a 10 minute introduction in both services.

Continue to pray for Jan Holter. They are praying that the scheduled surgery, Aug. 14 can be moved up. She is experiencing a lot of pain.The Holters have been friends of His Ministry since its inception. Jan needs a miracle. 

Larry and Olive Keiler have recruited and brought many groups to the Mission in Oaxaca. Recently, Larry went through successful open heart surgery. Pray for a speedy recovery. 

During this summer season, we have many visiting groups at the Missions. Please pray that each person will be touched by the love of God and recommit their lives to the Lord Jesus. 


A praise report on Jan Braun, whom we prayed for a few weeks ago: the colon cancer surgery went well and the biopsies of her lymph nodes all came back with no signs of cancer.   

They’ll Know We’re Christians by our Love

Teresa Tello, one of our FFHM missionaries and a Bible Institute graduate, is serving in the mountains of Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. Tere is making disciples of others. 

She found Francisca, a woman, alone and blind. Tere prayed for laborers to help Francisca plant corn and beans so she could eat. They also fixed railings to help guide her to the outhouse. Thank you for supporting Teresa and our other missionaries in Oaxaca

I Wanted to be a Teacher

Paola Sandoval’s heart’s desire was to be a social worker, especially helping children. But her mother died and that was the end of her pursuit of higher education. She returned to Vicente Guerrero to support her family…there was an opening in the Disabled Children’s Learning Center. She applied and was accepted.   

Marisol Carino really wanted to be a teacher but her education ended at high school with the death of her father. She studied at any and every opportunity. Then the door opened to teach at the Mission D.C.L.C.  
Teresa Guevara also wanted to be a teacher, but to receive higher education you needed money or influence. Teresa had neither. She didn’t even have bus fare to get to and from high school. Then she had a true conversion experience, surrendered her life to Christ, and wanted to serve Him as a teacher. 


After spending a year in the third grade, wearing a dunce cap, the little girl could neither read, write nor spell. Her father told her, “You had better learn to work hard because you are not very smart.” 

A fifth grade teacher took an interest in this child, disregarding her grade point average and taught her to read. 

Twenty years later, Dr. Henrietta Mears from Hollywood Presbyterian Church, spoke into her life and Charla became a Sunday school teacher.

We Can't Always Tell by looking

The beautiful children’s home in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, is located on the Pan American Highway about 50 miles south of Oaxaca, Oaxaca.  When it was completed a huge prison was built on the other side of the highway. 

It is not uncommon in Mexico to have a child or children accompany their parents into the prison. Recently, there has been an effort to find a relative or a children’s home to take custody of the children.

Laura Rodriguez, administrator of the Oaxaca Mission, shared this story: “An older man caring for three inmates’ children brought them to the home. As the boys tried on school uniforms (required in Mexico) in the adjoining room, I asked the man if I had their names written correctly. He glanced at the paper and made a non-committal noise. I realized he couldn’t read. 
I tried to overcome our mutual embarrassment with busy work. The man left… but the children remained.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day and forget from where these children come. The girl who is never quiet in class has a mother with cancer. The 14 year old fifth grader used to live at the dump. The boy who cries before taking the test has a mother in prison. I would like to be better at keeping these things in mind when I work with ‘His little ones’. 

But it’s not just these children who have a challenging history. Everyone who has ever shared their story with me has shown me how little I can tell by just looking at someone. The quiet man who was punished as a child because he was dyslexic in a time when that wasn’t recognized. The boisterous young woman who carries the burden of knowing her dad has suicidal thoughts.   

Experience teaches me that human nature causes me to judge by what I see.  I hope I can learn to look at others as God sees them.”  

July 28, 2017


Please cover Janelle Keller in prayer for her upcoming itinerary. She left early in the morning on July 27, to go to Chicago for our FFHM board meeting.

I wanted to give you a rundown of my schedule so that you know where I am but also so you know how to be praying: 

  • On Friday, I’m meeting with Peter, Rod and Matt to work on some goal setting and planning for the coming years of the ministry. 

  • Saturday is our board meeting all day. Grant us wisdom and direction for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. 

  • On Sunday, I will visit Messiah Lutheran Church in the Chicago suburbs. They have supported us for years. I will be doing the sermon at three services that morning. 

  • Next Saturday, August 5, I’m flying out early morning to go to Mjorud Family Bible Camp in Montana. I will be speaking three times during the camp – once with teens, once as an hour long intro to the ministry and once as a mission spotlight in an evening service.   

  • After camp I’m going to be with the Malcolm family in Lolo. They are hosting an evening in their home on Saturday with people who are interested in the ministry. 

  • On Sunday I’m speaking in the adult Sunday School class about the ministry, and I’m doing a 10 minute intro to the ministry in their two services. And then that afternoon I’m flying back and will get in to LA around midnight. 



Jan Holter was living with Dave and Audrey Taylor in Costa Mesa, CA at the inception of His Ministry. She later married Carl and extended the first invitation to Chuck and me to minister in her home church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris, IL.  Later she scheduled our itinerary in Illinois and Wisconsin. Jan is facing a critical situation.  She is to undergo surgery in the immediate future for a tumor in her kidney. She needs a miracle. Carl Holter serves on our U.S. board. 


Carrie Irving, FFHM board member, was in a very serious car accident. Only the grace of God could have spared her life. The vehicle was totaled. While being examined they discovered swelling on her brain. They’re believing God for a miracle! The Irvings are in the process of moving to Idaho.   


There was a wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the kid’s camp hosted by the Mission Church. Thank you for praying. Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit this would just be another camp. More to follow in September’s newsletter.


Larry and Olive Kieler have made countless trips to the Mission.  They recruited young people from all over Canada to join them on an adventure that would change their lives forever.  Larry has been suffering with major heart problems for a number of years.  He will undergo surgery this week. Please pray for a total recovery. 


Recently I, Charla, had a minor stroke. I am back in the office and under excellent medical care. Thank you for all those that pray. 


Please continue to pray for the Bible Institute’s outreach in the remote regions of Oaxaca. 


Although we don’t have a picture to accompany this prayer request, please pray for Theresa Vanderkooi,, who has cancer throughout her body. Theresa is Pete Van Dyken’s sister. The Van Dykens have prepared our Thanksgiving dinner for many years. 

July 21, 2017


The Village Church of Laguna Woods, CA gave an extraordinarily generous offering of $10,000 for the general fund. We have been operating in the red for two months, not unusual for this time of year but certainly disconcerting. How we praise and thank our God for this faithful, generous congregation led by Pastor Mike Bayer.


While our teenage boy's house parents are temporarily away on maternity leave, the boys took advantage of having a substitute house father and some rules were broken. As a result, they have had to forfeit their position on the soccer team. Please pray for our young men, it’s hard to be a teenager. 


The diagnosis is in on our precious sister in Christ, Jan Holter. She has an infection in her blood and a tumor on the right kidney. Pray for the success of the surgical procedure and a full recovery. Jan and Carl Holter hosted the Pereau’s on their first speaking engagement in 1973 and have arranged many itineraries in Illinois and Wisconsin. Carl serves on the FFHM board. 


Mario Cordoba and the Bible school students are ministering at the Oaxaca Mission and in remote areas. Pray for their protection, safety and a fruitful ministry.   


Ted and Mary Holmes, Yuba City, CA, have served His Ministry for many years. We can’t enumerate all the projects he has been involved with, including our sewer and system and reclamation project at the Baja Mission. Most recently Ted and crew remodeled our student’s house in Tijuana. Ted needs a resolution to a problem that could be very costly.   


A precious friend of His Ministry, Bea Bink, Santa Barbara, CA will host Chuck and Charla Pereau this weekend. They are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary. 


Praise: Redding Christian Fellowship sent another work group to the Mission. Don Sorensen, Sheboygan, WI fell heir to a bus for transporting disabled children. Don drove it to Laguna Woods, CA and parked it in the parking lot of Lutheran Church of the Cross. Pastor Leland Lantz prayed over it and the group from Redding piled in and took it the rest of the way to the Mission in Baja.


An excerpt from a precious letter from Maria Villa Pablo expressing her heartfelt gratitude: 

“Thank you, thank you so much with all of my heart for having contributed to such a special vehicle like the 2009 Jeep Liberty that is now in Juxtlahuaca and all the towns around it, traveling over roads that are difficult because they have been eroded by the rain, without any problem. Brothers and sisters, I could never pay you back for your kindness and so much generosity on your part. However, I pray that our God and Father, pours blessing over you until it is overflowing. Because our God knows how to reward his own.” 

July 14, 2017


Thank you sincerely for the shower of birthday cards and wishes. Both Chuck and I were overwhelmed by the greetings and love they represent. We received cards from friends we’ve known for over seven decades as well as new friends.

How blessed we are, Charla and Chuck too.


John, brother of Executive Director Janelle Keller, writes: 

Thank you for praying for our daughter Emersyn. In the last 10 days she has been healing and recovering from a severe dog bite to her lip and mouth. In a short period of time her progress has been nothing short of miraculous! The wound is improving every day and her joyful spirit has not been impeded in any way! 


As of today, George Wakeling is home in San Clemente, CA from Greece. Praise the Lord! 


God supplied the funds through gracious donors for Norberto and Herlinda’s roof. Hans Benning, a violin maker, is also an artisan on roof construction. He will go to the Mission this weekend to look at Norberto’s house and lend his expertise. 


Praise the Lord! The violin was sold and the proceeds went to His ministry. Also there was a number of extraordinary gifts in answer to our prayer to meet the deficit. 


Pastor Mario Cordoba led the way to Oaxaca and delivered to Maria Villa Pablo the Jeep for her ministry in the mountains of Juxtlahuaca. Hallelujah!


Chuck Braun, Canby, Oregon serves as spiritual advisor to our Board. This week his beloved wife, Jan, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Please pray. Absolutely nothing is impossible for our God. 


Chuck and Charla will be ministering at the Village Church in Laguna Woods, CA in Sunday school at 9:30 and in the morning worship service at 10:30. Please pray that God will give them an anointing. The address is 24154 Moulton Parkway, Clubhouse 7, Laguna Woods, CA. 92637. 


Jan and Carl Holter have been friends since the 70’s. Carl presently serves on our FFHM board. Jan, his wife, fell and broke a bone near the shoulder socket in February. It’s healing very slowly and Jan is experiencing fatigue. Please pray for her. 

July 7, 2017


Brian Durkin has been a faithful contributor to FFHM for many years and is the son of Jack and Pat Durkin, part of our Friday night prayer group. Brian has a detached retina and will be going into emergency surgery today. Please pray for him.


George Wakeling who previously served on the FFHM board, is the guy we always go to in a time of need. Recently, George was on a Mediterranean cruise and had a fall suffering a broken right hand and injury to his knees, elbow and shoulder. He was just released from a hospital in Corfu and arrangements are being made for him to fly home. Please pray for healing and his safe return.




Please pray for travel mercies for Mario and Bernardo while driving Maria Villa Pablo's jeep to her in the mountains of Oaxaca. Also for the Bible Institute students who will follow them, driving throughout Mexico for ministry in Oaxaca and Chiapas. The men and the team need protection from all evil.


The violin was sold and FFHM will benefit greatly from it's sale.


Herlinda has been part of our mission family for 30 years. She came as a little girl with her parents to the Baja mission where they served for many years. After attending Bible College, Herlinda married Norberto and they returned to serve together in many areas including house parents for 13 years.

The cement roof of their small home has caved in and in serious need of repair. The estimated cost is $5000. We have willing hands for the construction, please pray with us in meeting the financial need.


John Keller, the brother of Executive Director Janelle Keller, wrote the following:

On Saturday, while at our family’s cottage, our 2 year old daughter Emersyn was the victim of an unprovoked dog bite. Unfortunately the bite nearly severed her lip. She was taken to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong in Rochester, NY where she received excellent care from a facial trauma team. The Plastic Surgeon was able to do a multi-level repair and was very pleased with how the closure turned out. She continues to deal with a lot of swelling and pain, and the potential for infection is a major concern. Please pray for complete healing for her both emotionally and physically, and for minimal scarring on her beautiful face.


Progress has been made on getting the corrected documentation of the property here at the mission. Please pray for a good finish to this whole process.


Laura, the Oaxaca Mission Administrator, needs to renew her temporary resident visa but so far there have been several obstacles. Please pray for a successful and timely resolution, as she travels to the states soon.

Class of 2017 - Ketta Faith VandenBos

The VandenBos family of Lynden, WA, served at the Baja Mission. Steve, as our builder and Sherry, as our piano teacher and tutor. The VandenBos’ were strongly led to adopt Ketta. The following is their letter:

“Dear Chuck and Charla, 
We are sending you a video of Ketta’s senior violin recital. We hope this is a reminder to you that one of ‘Charla’s Children’ has been given a second chance at life. Praise God! We have seen God’s hand on Ketta’s life since she arrived at ‘our’ orphanage. We thank you for listening to God when He gave you the vision of the field ripe for harvest. Thank you Chuck and Charla! Ketta has been the biggest, most unexpected blessing in our life.

Now we are excited to see where God leads Ketta next. We are SO PROUD of her. To God be the Glory.”

Nancy Benning represented FFHM at Ketta’s graduation and at her violin recital. Ketta enjoys many activities including running on the cross country team, playing tennis, volunteering in the junior high youth group and church ushering. Ketta will attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ , majoring in accounting.

Bringing Light into Darkness

Hugo and Lizette serve in a suburb of Culiacan, Sinaloa. They minister in the migrant laborers’ camps, which surround the city. 

If you want to reach all of Mexico for Christ, Sinaloa is the place to serve. Laborers come from every state to work in this coastal, fertile valley. 
But it’s the drug capital of Mexico and possibly the world.

We have felt strongly led to establish an orphanage for the countless children left orphaned in the Southern part of the state. 

Through generous donors, God provided the funds to purchase property. But it wasn’t to be had as there were disputes among the sellers. So we are waiting and trusting for God’s timing. 

We want to have a beautiful property that will bring peace and healing to the lives of children who have experienced violence and abuse. And we want a property located near migrant camps so we can continue the work of reaching the lost in this area.


Our children receive a Christ-centered education. As we mentioned in our June newsletter, ACE and AMO curriculums are used. Aida Carrasco and our children were invited to the community of Tlacochahuaya to present the Pinocho (Pinocchio) puppet show.
Even though they couldn’t openly evangelize in the public school, they were able to share biblical principles of obedience, honoring parents, integrity and always speaking the truth.

June 30, 2017


A principal that was shared with me many years ago: 
“God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”  Hudson Taylor   
Our finances are at an all-time low. In other words, we are in the red. 

When there is a lack, there are three questions to be asked: 

  • Are you in God’s will? We are caring for the orphaned, the widow, the hungry, and the prisoner. 
  • Do you already have the provision? We have made appropriate cut backs and used all of our resources 
  • Is there sin among you? Laura Rodriguez reported, “Our church service in Oaxaca was four hours long because the staff had a time of restoration, confession, and forgiveness. There was healing of hurts and unity. It was powerful.” We continue to pray “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” 


Every year our Bible Institute students make a missionary trip to the mainland of Mexico. Throughout the year they raise funds by hosting a “Kicking Chicken dinner” at the Mission in Baja. Our visiting groups are always very generous and this year is no exception. The team leaves on July 10 to visit Juxtlahuaca, Tlacolula, Zacatal (Mixes) and Chiapas. Some are very remote areas and reach the unreached of Mexico. The group sleeps on the floors of churches, under primitive shelters. Pray for their safety, protection, and provision.  


We have launched our new FFHM website! Kristi Garcia has already signed up four new children’s sponsorships. Check it out:   


When Mario and the group of Bible Institute students go to Oaxaca, they will deliver this four wheel vehicle, 2009 Jeep, to Maria Villa Pablo working in the mountains. If you should hear shouts of praise, it’s Maria from Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca.


Foundation for His Ministry collaborates with our Mexican corporation Cristo Por Su Mundo (Christ for His World), also a non-profit corporation. So all properties are secure. With the passing of our dear brother in Christ Juan Carrillo, we will have to find a replacement. Pray for God’s choice.   


Herlinda has been part of our mission family for 30 years. She came as a little girl with her parents to the Baja mission where they served for many years. After attending Bible College, Herlinda married Norberto and they returned to serve together in many areas including house parents for 13 years.

The cement roof of their small home has caved in and in serious need of repair. The estimated cost is $5000. We have willing hands for the construction, please pray with us in meeting the financial need.


A team from Redding Christian Fellowship is leaving this week for a 10 day outreach in Kenya. Please pray for their safety, health and their opportunity to share God’s word.


Our teen boys have formed a soccer team. Amazingly they are in the semi-finals. These young boys are praying together, playing together and proclaiming Jesus. Jesus is their "all in all." Would you pray they'll be winners. 


The Pereau's great grandson Riker will be one in September. Baby Riker has gone through eight surgeries. There is a hope and a prayer that vision can be restored to one eye (nothing is impossible for God). Please pray for this precious little fellow and his family, who are having to go through so many tests.


Please don't forget to make a reservation by noon Wednesday July 5th for the FFHM dinner July 7. It is at 6 pm and is at Lutheran Church of the Cross on El Toro Road.  Sam Parsons will be ministering.


The funds have been provided for the warehouse door from a dear brother and sister from Canada! Of course, the door had to be replaced immediately so designated funds were used. They have been replaced by these precious friends. 

June 23, 2017

hs student_2.png


Three more of our precious children have graduated from high school.  Magai and Franco will be taking the entrance test for the University.  It is often who you know or how much money you have that determines whether you are accepted.  Please pray that they will pass the very difficult entrance exam. Yiria has chosen to remain at the Mission for another year to determine her life’s goals. She is a lovely young woman who looks to Minerva as a surrogate Mom.  Thank you for praying for these young people.  Your gifts made a difference in these students’ lives. 


Hans Benning and Jose Luis oversee Rancho de Cristo (our rehab center),and are not afraid to confront sin. They believe God has ordained the institution of marriage. Hans Benning officiated at the beautiful wedding service of Abundio and Sara and the gala celebration that followed. (Heb 13:4) Let marriage be held in honor by all… 


The staff at the Mission in Baja say thank you for the forklift. You can’t imagine what a blessing it has been lifting heavy pallets, etc. But guess what? The warehouse garage door broke. One of our visitors tried to fix it. The maintenance staff tried to repair it, but the mechanism is just too old. This is an urgent need and the estimated cost of a replacement is $1500. Please pray for the replacement to the warehouse door. 


DIF, which is equivalent to our U.S. Social Services, has requested that we reopen our nursery (cuna) in Oaxaca. There is an urgent need to care for infants and toddlers. Niche is going to cover this responsibility. Pray for these “His Little Ones”. Even infants suffer the loss of their biological mothers.


Sam and Pat Pawlak, formerly of Second Half Ministries, are current Pastors of Leisure World Assembly of God, Seal Beach.  Pat is battling her third bout with cancer and requesting intercessory prayer to help her fight this battle.  

laguna woods - volunteers - newsletter.png


Hear Ye Hear Ye, Volunteers needed for the mailing of the Canadian and U.S. newsletter. June 28 at 9 a.m. for the Canadian mailing in the Pereau’s rec room, 2355 #3H Via Mariposa W., Laguna Woods. June 29 at 7 a.m. for U.S. mailing in the same place. 

June 16, 2017



Thank you for praying for our Oaxaca missionaries Eugenia and Modesto as they walked through a high risk pregnancy. This week they received the news that the baby needed to come now even though it was a month early. We are thanking God that Alex Fabian was the size of a full term baby and there were no complications.

perterson family.png


Did you know that Godfrey and Elisabeth Dawkins, missionaries in Kenya, Africa have received designated support through Foundation for His Ministry since 1968 or 1969? The Dawkins’ and their missionaries minister in all public schools in Kenya. Their annual reports are awesome. They sent an urgent prayer request: “Abel and Grace, who work for us, three and a half year old son, little Emmanuel, disappeared April 29th, presumably kidnapped.” Please pray for the victims of these crimes to be set free from oppression, abuse and exploitation. Pray for the Lord to heal them physically, emotionally and spiritually.  (Isaiah 61:2) 



Sandy and Jean Bergeron requested prayer for their grandson Mordecai. He is the sixth child from the right in the family photo. This is the saga of a long heartbreaking tale, but at last Mordecai has been diagnosed with Autism. They will benefit from therapy. The Bergeron’s have been friends of His Ministry for many years and have made numerous trips to the Mission. I often stay with them when in British Columbia.

Tom Taylor, 84, wept uncontrollably as he read the heart wrenching story of The Little Lost Pup. Tom has ordered 25 copies, which he will distribute through his prison ministry in Lancaster, OH.


A praise report from the Disabled Children’s Learning Center: Alan Carlson had a fall and sustained a serious concussion. He is back teaching with Dirk, Mary and our other amazingly capable teachers.


Jorge and Gina Gamboa served at the Baja Mission as architect, house parents and supervisors. Then they responded to the call to service at our Student’s Home in Tijuana. Their sons went with them. Isai writes, “I am very thankful for the privilege and blessing God has given us as a family. I am in the last year at the University, studying International Affairs. I have been given the opportunity of going to the embassy of Mexico in the Czech Republic from August 1 to December 1.” Any contribution to cover this young man of promise’s expenses would be appreciated and tax deductible.


One of our faithful children’s sponsors, Shirley Parker underwent surgery for a cancerous tumor behind her eye. She is going through radiation and would appreciate your prayers. 

baja_workgroup in front of sign.png


Next month, Sam Parsons will be celebrating the birth of our nation with a patriotic presentation. Circle July 7th on your calendar!

June 9, 2017



From Capital University Baseball Hall of Fame, onto the Cleveland Indians, 1945 – 1948, Pastor Gordon Shira’s call to the ministry prevailed. Pastor Shira served a number of congregations. He then moved to Southern California and in 1973 – 1985 he served faithfully on the FFHM Board as spiritual adviser. He moved to Charlottesville, VA, married Ruth and continued his missionary service to ANM. It has been said about Gordon, “he was the most Christ-like of any I’ve known.” Pastor Shira went to be with the Lord on June 8th.

perterson family.png


The Peterson family thanks all who attended Mary’s service and sent memorial gifts. Mary lived her life in service of her family and the Lord Jesus Christ. Co-founder of Family Bible Camp, FFHM Board Member Emeritus, chaired the Wycliffe Bible Translators 50th Anniversary celebration, Executive Secretary of Ocean Hills Church, San Juan Capistrano, CA, and champion poppy sales woman for the American Legion.   


Pray for the sale of a violin which will benefit FFHM.


Pray for Hugo and Lizette Maldonado, administrators in Sinaloa, Mexico. Hugo's mother went to be with the Lord.


Beverly Smith, a faithful friend of FFHM, is traveling in the Midwest, visiting family. Beverly is very fragile, please pray for her. She is a regular part of our Friday night prayer group. 


Missionaries Richard and Janice Larson will be ministering in our Baja Mission church this Sunday evening and in our Bible Institute. Pray for travel mercies and God’s anointing on this great couple.  


We are always blessed by special visitors to our San Clemente office like Reverend Tom and Lucy Belt, Partners in Ministry, Dacula, GA, and Lisa McCurdy, their daughter. Tom is in need of a healing touch.


Toby and Shannon Ray ministered at our monthly Friday night dinner. They were great. Next month Sam Parsons will be celebrating the birth of our nation with a patriotic presentation. Circle July 7th on your calendar. 

baja_workgroup in front of sign.png


Every Sunday night a work group arrives at the Baja Mission. Some with great expectations and others don’t know what to expect…but with very few exceptions all will go home saying, “we will never be the same.”  Please pray that they will have a life changing experience, free from any accident, injury or sickness and that they will be blessed to be a blessing. If you'd like to schedule a work group please email Carmen:

June 2, 2017

Janice Flinn initiated our Prayer and Praise (P&P) letter, sent out every Friday, with the instruction that it be concise and must include a picture. The P&P letter is not a replacement for the newsletter. However, our newsletter is written six weeks in advance and can't contain current information. Therefore, we included the article regarding Juan Carrillo in last week's prayer and praise. His story brought back vivid memories.

Howard writes: "Oh how the property has changed. We were privileged to see it in the beginning and the photos brought back memories."

Charla recalls the collapse of the bridge, "I remember Howard Wedell handling Ham radio calls to people on both sides of the river…wives not knowing where their husbands were, etc.” 


Veda Marmion writes: “Beryl and I were there and worked with Juan Carrillo and Elisa, good friends.  We helped in that flood with all those children."

Please pray for Veda who recently had a bad fall. She's in pain and was diagnosed with a lumbar contusion. Thank you so much.
"I know God is able to do exceedingly more than we ask or think…" Eph 3:20



The VandenBos family of Lynden, WA, served at the Baja Mission. Steve, as our builder and Sherry, as our piano teacher and tutor. The VandenBos were strongly lead to adopt Ketta. The following is their letter: 

“Dear Chuck and Charla, We are sending you a video of Ketta’s senior violin recital. We hope this is a reminder to you that one of ‘Charla’s Children’ has been given a second chance at life. Praise God! We have seen God’s hand on Ketta’s life since she arrived at ‘our’ orphanage. We thank you for listening to God when he gave you the vision of the field ripe for harvest. Thank you Chuck and Charla! Ketta has been the biggest, most unexpected blessing in our life.  Now we are excited to see where God leads Ketta next.  We are SO PROUD of her.  We hope this video gives you a little window into our life with Ketta and the JOY she has brought our family…”  

Nancy Benning represented FFHM at Ketta’s graduation and at her Violin Recital. To God be the Glory!


Continue to pray for Eugenia, Modesto’s wife, working in another remote area of Oaxaca. There are complications of this high risk pregnancy. The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck. 

Pat Durkin.jpg


Our beloved friend Pat Durkin has been back in the hospital for two weeks. While in the hospital, Pat suffered a heart attack and Wednesday night they were able to put in a pacemaker. Needless to say, she remains in the hospital.  Please pray for strength to be renewed.


Maria Villa Pablo from Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca underwent gall bladder surgery this week. Pray for the recovery of this pioneer missionary.  


Friday night dinner.
Shannon will be sharing her marvelous ministry in song and Pastor Toby will be speaking about his newly published book, Killing Depression.

Friday, June 2nd at 6pm. Cost is $7/per person.
Lutheran Church of the Cross 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Please make reservations by calling Linda in our office at (949) 492-2200.