July 21, 2017

PASTOR MIKE BAYER AND HIS WIFE JUDY

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.

BOYS SOCCER TEAM

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. 

JAN AND CARL
 

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 AND OUR BIBLE INSTITUTE STUDENTS

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

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.   

CHUCK AND CHARLA
 

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. 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: DON SORENSEN, PASTOR LELAND LANTZ AND JIM JARRETT

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.

CHILDREN READY FOR BIBLE CLASSES

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
 

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.

EMERSYN

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! 

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

NORBERTO AND HERLINDA (LEFT) HANS (RIGHT)
 

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. 

VIOLIN SOLD

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. 

MARIA

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 AND JAN
 

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. 

CHARLA AND CHUCK
 

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
 

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

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
 

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

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.

MARIO (LEFT) BERNARDO (RIGHT)

 

BIBLE INSTITUTE STUDENTS
 

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.

VIOLIN SOLD

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

NORBERTO AND HERLINDA
 

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.

EMERSYN
 

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.

OAXACA MISSION
 

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 RODRIGUEZ
 

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.

Pinocchio

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

WE ARE IN NEED

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.” 

BIBLE INSTITUTE STUDENTS
 

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.  

NEW WEBSITE
 

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

A VEHICLE FOR MARIA
 

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.

PROPERTY IN MEXICO
 

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.   

NORBERTO AND HERLINDA
 

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.

PLEASE PRAY
 

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.

OSOS GRISES
 

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. 

BABY RIKER
 

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.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER
 

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.

PRAISE THE LORD!
 

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

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CHILDREN OF PROMISE

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. 

ABUNDIO, SARA AND HANS
 

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… 

BAJA WAREHOUSE
 

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. 

CUNA IN OAXACA REOPENED
 

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
 

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.  

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 

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

PASTOR SHIRA

BIG BROTHER ANGEL GABRIEL WITH BABY ALEX FABIAN

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.

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ELISABETH AND GODFREY

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) 

 

MORDECAI

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.

LITTLE LOST PUP
 
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.

OUR TEACHERS 

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.

MISSIONARY'S KID NEEDS SUPPORT

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.

SHIRLEY PARKER

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. 

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FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

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

PASTOR SHIRA

PASTOR SHIRA

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.

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PETERSON FAMILY

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.

HUGO & LIZETTE

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

BEVERLY

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. 

JANICE & RICHARD

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.  

CHARLA, LUCY, LISA, TOM & CHUCK

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.

SAM PARSONS

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. 

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A WORK GROUP AT THE BAJA MISSION

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: bajagroups@ffhm.org.

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.” 

HOWARD

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

VEDA AND BURL MARMION

CLASS OF 2017, KETTA FAITH VADENBOS

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!

EUGENIA, MODESTO & SON

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. 

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PAT DURKIN

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

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

PASTOR TOBY AND SHANNON RAY

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.

May 26, 2017

PASTOR SHIRA

CELEBRATION OF MARY PETERSON'S LIFE
 

Memorial Service, Saturday, June 3rd at 12 noon
Lutheran Church of the Cross 24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA 92637

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THE DURKINS
 

Keith, Maya and AJ Durkin came by the office after visiting their mother, Pat Durkin, in the hospital. Will Hedman, the peanut butter man, recently donated a pallet of peanut butter and Keith and Maya transported it south of the border,
down Mexico way. Thank you, Keith, Maya and AJ.

 

DOCTOR NEEDED
 

A doctor for the Baja Mission Medical Center is still an urgent need. Please continue to pray that God sends someone.

MANUEL AND GLENDA WITH THEIR SON ELIAS
 

Glenda recently gave birth to the couple's second son, baby Caleb. On Tuesday night, the doctors said baby Caleb's situation was very grave and they would need to operate due to an infection in his stomach and lungs, but in the morning the tests came back that he was doing well and they released him from the hospital today! Truly an amazing miracle from God. Manuel and Glenda ask that we continue to pray for Caleb's wellbeing.

EUGENIA, MODESTO & SON
 

Eugenia, Modesto's wife, is in pain with a high risk pregnancy and the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck. It's too early for surgery, so they're hoping Eugenia can hang on as long as possible. Please pray for her and the continued development of their baby.

MARIA VILLA PABLO

Maria was in a great deal of pain and recently had surgery. Please pray for her recovery.

A MEMORIAL TO JUAN CARRILLO
July 2, 1932 - May 2, 2017

AERIAL VIEW OF THE BAJA MISSION AS IT WAS IN THE 60S AND 70S WHEN THE CARRILLO FAMILY CAME TO THE MISSION

Juan and Elisa Carrillo, parents of six little children, came to us from Camalu, six miles north of the Mission. Could we use this field worker and his wife? They were committed Christians who loved Jesus but they had six young children. We had 48 interned children living in the old casino building and the boys were up in the back of the theater in the stage area. We were desperate for house parents. They were willing to serve.  

Juan took care of 23 boys, Elisa did the cooking, the laundry (we did it on washboards then) and the cleaning. The young boys stood in a long line waiting for entry into the dining room. Juan combed each little boy’s hair before they entered.  

Never in my life have I seen a couple who worked so hard from dawn into the night. Their family of eight lived in an old trailer between the casino building and the theater. How they all fit in there, only God knows. 

The old generator donated by Knott's Berry Farm provided electricity for the buildings. It cost $1/hour for gas. Sometimes we had the funds to operate it and sometimes we didn’t. When we had the funds, it was run from 6pm-8pm. Anything requiring electrical power had to be done between those hours.

The usual dry river overflowed a number of times during those years. An orphanage, Rancho Chilpayates, was built on the banks of the river. Juan Carrillo, Chuck Pereau and his Los Angeles County fire captain friend, Rex Morningstar had to go and rescue the children from the buildings being washed into the river. These men had to wade in waist deep water to make the rescue. They watched trees, the buildings and contents being washed away. The children were taken into the chapel for housing. Our number was now increased to 103 children.

RANCHO DE CHILPAYATES

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. 

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THE BRIDGE CROSSING THE DRY RIVER WAS WASHED AWAY SEVERAL TIMES

Although middle aged, Juan and Elisa volunteered to serve at our student’s home in Tijuana. We could find no one else to take on this daunting task. They were the perfect host and hostess. On one occasion, they surprised our U.S. bookkeeper, Lorraine Barter, with a birthday party. 

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JUAN AND ELISA HOSTED A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR LORRAINE BARTER

Shortly thereafter Elisa suffered a heart attack and was taken home,  Juan returned to the San Quintin Valley, where he later married Martha. She was a perfect companion and wife, and later his caregiver. 

Juan never complained, he never spoke negatively about anyone; he was always ready to pray. After 33 years of faithful service, he donated the land where Rancho de Cristo is today for a rehab center for men. It was fitting that Hans Benning, the director of the Rancho, represented us at the memorial service.   

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I cherish my dear faithful brother. How I will miss him. I know Jesus will say, “Well done Juan.”

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PASTOR TOBY AND SHANNON RAY

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.

May 19, 2017

PASTOR SHIRA

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 

We need your help with our Canadian mailing on
Wednesday, May 24th at 9am and with our
US mailing on Thursday, May 25th at 7am.
Meet at the recreation room located in the
underground garage parking area of: 
2355 Via Mariposa W, Laguna Woods
(near the Pereau's home) through Gate 5.

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CELEBRATION OF MARY PETERSON'S LIFE
 

Memorial Service, Saturday, June 3rd at 12 noon
Lutheran Church of the Cross 24231 El Toro Rd.,
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

 

Thank you for the many Mother's Day greeting cards and telephone calls.
They are much appreciated. 

PASTOR GORDON AND RUTH SHIRA

Pastor Gordon Shira, Charlottesville, VA, served on the FFHM Board as a spiritual adviser from 1973 to 1985. Gordon was also very involved in the establishment of our Bible Institute. Gordon is now in his 90s and his wife, Ruth, requests prayer. Gordon is now facing life-threatening physical problems. We pray for God's will to be done. 

GENEVIEVE WITH HER DOG TYLER
 

Genevieve Bredesen, 95, widow of Harald Bredesen, Lutheran Pastor, who was called to minister to world leaders. Genevieve was hospitalized with pneumonia and heart problems. She will be transferred to a rehab facility. The family must make decisions for her relocation. Please pray that God’s will be done. 

ACE/AMO AT THE BAJA MISSION

We received a number of contributions towards our school curriculum (ACE and AMO). We especially appreciate a gift from St. Johnsbury Rotary Club.

CHILDREN IN OUR DAYCARE CENTER

A report from our Daycare Center at the Baja Mission. Thirty children receive loving care every school day.  We are joyful that some of the mothers of the children are now attending our church services.  

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CARMEN (LEFT) RACHEL (RIGHT)
There are changes for scheduling Visitors and Work Groups.

You may now contact Carmen in Baja at bajagroups@ffhm.org 
or at 949-340-2051 and Rachel in Oaxaca at oaxacagroups@ffhm.org
 to make reservations.

HUGO AND LIZETTE

Hugo and Lizette Maldonado are serving FFHM in a suburb of Culiacan, Sinaloa. She has a children’s ministry and they serve in a number of the migrant camps in that area. Hugo’s mother who lives in the San Quintin Valley in Baja CA is dying.
The family will be traveling from Sinaloa to her bedside. Please pray for this family.

PAT DURKIN

Our precious friend Pat Durkin, Keith Durkin’s mother, is back in Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Irvine, CA again. Pat has had chronic dysentery for a number of years. The doctors are going to try a different procedure. Please pray for Pat’s healing. Thank you. 

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PASTOR TOBY AND SHANNON RAY

It's not too soon to RSVP for our 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.

May 12, 2017

PASTOR SHIRA

LEADING WORSHIP
 

We praise God that one of our little ones who had been abused prior to arriving at our children's home in Oaxaca, is now leading worship.

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ROBERT WOODMAN TEACHING THE CHILDREN

Robert Woodman, our work group coordinator, is taking time out of his very busy schedule to teach our children to play chess. The values of this game are profound. They teach children good competition, reasoning, and strategy. Thank God for Robert Woodman.  

 

CHILDREN'S DAY


Thank you for praying for the Children's Day outreach. More than 1,000 children came for this annual event. The children's praises filled the Mission church. Also, there were 700 children in a migrant camp who experienced a glorious day. And, of course, they were presented the Gospel. 

OAXACA

We have a beautiful mission and visitors' center in the "land of intrigue," Oaxaca. A substitute house mom is needed. There is also a need for a cook. We have openings for small work groups in Oaxaca.

LOIS WILSON

Lois Wilson, faithful volunteer, suffered a life-threatening stroke five weeks ago, will be returning to her home in Laguna Woods today. The family thanks you for your prayers.

MARIA VILLA PABLO

Maria has been suffering with a lot of pain near her kidneys this week. The doctors think her sciatic nerve is being pressed and have advised a special diet, exercise, increased fluids and some medicine. Her pain is reduced but the problem is still present and will be an adjustment for Maria because of her demanding ministry schedule.

EUGENIA AND MODESTO WITH THEIR SON

Modesto and his family will be staying at the mission for a month or two because his wife's, Eugenia, pregnancy is high risk and she requires weekly doctors visits. Prayers are appreciated for her and the baby.

MARY PETERSON

In memory of Mary Peterson (3/3/29 - 5/2/17) FFHM Board member emeritus. Mary was a mother of three and a grandmother of many. She accomplished great things for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Charla has made a practice of making an acrostic as a tribute to those whom she loves.

M - Mary was a wonderful Mother and Merciful. During the time Craig was incarcerated she sent Craig's children a monetary gift equal to that which she gave her children.

A - Mary was Aglow with the Spirit; she had an Administrative gifting and many other attributes also. She was Admired, she was Adored, she was Affectionate, she was Affirming.

R - She was a Reader; she was Real; she was Relational, Reliable, Remarkable, she is Remembered. But the word "Recipe" was meaningful. When we were young women she always talked about the restaurant that she would one day own. She talked about the menu, she talked about the decor. Finally she had a restaurant. About two years later, she said to me, "Well, I have had my restaurant". But there are three other R words: no Reserve; she always gave her all; no Retreat; she did not quit; and no Regrets.

Y - Mary always said Yes. She was Youthful and she was Yielded to God the Holy Spirit.

Please pray for Mary's family and many friends who grieve her loss. Memorials may be sent to Foundation for His Ministry.

A memorial service will be held in Big Fork, Montana.

May 5, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

Cinco de Mayo, May 5th is our FFHM monthly prayer group dinner. Sam Parsons, our roving Troubadour, who visits nursing homes all over Orange County will be with us to minister in song and Word. All are welcome. We meet promptly at 6 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637. You can still RSVP by calling the US office at (949)492-2200. The dinner is $7.

MARY PETERSON

Our beloved friend, May Peterson, who’s life reflected the love of Jesus, was part of the original prayer group and served on the FFHM board for 25 years. Mary left us for Heaven May 3rd. Services to be announced.

 

SOME OF OUR BIBLE INSTITUE STUDENTS

Janelle writes: I heard the frightening news on Sunday evening from Mario Cordoba, our Mission Pastor.  Five of the Bible Institute students had been in a serious accident.  The driver of the other vehicle was killed.  There were several students with broken bones.  They were taken to Buen Pastor Hospital in San Quintin.  
Alfonso Aranda (broken ribs)
Cesar Perez (hurt neck)
Jesus Marquez (broken knees)
Jose Juan Martinez (broken nose)
Gabriela Alcaraz would be transferred to Ensenada.

I knew Charla was speaking at Mission Night at Osborne Neighborhood Church, so I called her to ask for prayer.  Ross and Jan Lang and others in the congregation prayed for these students. The next morning we heard from Mario that the prayers had been answered. There were no broken bones; a miraculous answer to prayer.

Since the accident, we found that the driver of the other car had a heart attack. Amazingly, the total amount charged at Buen Pastor Hospital was $550, which covered all emergency medical care for all five students.  It would have been thousands here in the U.S. Please pray with us that this expense will be covered.  

CHERYL TREVOR WITH TWO OF HER CHILDREN

Cheryl Trevor is in need of carpel tunnel surgery on her hands. Dr. Mark Eanes told her that if she continues without surgery, there will be permanent damage. Cheryl has been a priceless asset to this ministry, overseeing our Outreach, our Night in Bethlehem productions, and presently, all of our educational programs at the Baja Mission. Cheryl is a single mom with three young children. She will be coming to the U.S. for surgery. Please pray for a total restoration and a complete recovery. Thank you.

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HUGO & LIZETTE, SINALOA ADMINISTRATORS

The negotiations on the purchase of the property in Sinaloa have not gone well. Please continue to pray for wisdom and His guidance related to this purchase.

DALE AND CHUCK HARD AT WORK

Sorry, no contributions of "stuff" to the warehouse during the month of May. Our warehouseman has retired.  Believe it or not, this warehouse is almost empty, so we are going to take this opportunity to do the much-needed painting and repairs. Poor Chuck Pereau had to make preparation for the painting project; moving 20 ft. racks, boxes of books, furniture, etc.  But God came to the rescue again. He sent Dale Forsse, an old friend, recently retired. We had a wonderful plan for Dale's life, and he spent the day lifting and pushing and shoving. 

 

JANELLE KELLER

Janelle Keller, Executive Director, is on vacation. Please pray that she will have fun, rest, and relaxation.

 

CORRINE EHRICK

Corrine Ehrick celebrated her 88th birthday on May 2nd. Corrine is well and happy in a retirement home near her beloved family. Jim and Suzie (who once worked in our nursery) visit her regularly. Corrine says the best years of her life were spent at the Mission.for a number of years. The doctors are going to try a different procedure. Please pray for Pat’s healing. Thank you.