May 10, 2019

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Many across the nation participated in the National Day of Prayer. The theme was Love One Another. This is a moment in American history when the church must rise as one to cry to God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If love is to begin to take place across America, it must begin with us:
Love One Another! Every day should be a National Day of Prayer.

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PASTOR MIKE BAYER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JANELLE KELLER

Thank you, Pastor Mike Bayer and Janelle Keller,
for ministering to those gathered at the Prayer Dinner this
past weekend, and leading us in song. A blessed time was had by all.

CHILDREN'S DAY

Children’s Day was celebrated in Mexico by these little ones, giving glory to God. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matt. 19:14

The church at the Baja Mission was filled to capacity
with little ones hearing the Gospel. Thank you, Jesus.

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SAMUEL

Answered Prayer: On March 30, Samuel came into the world at 10:46 PM.
It took a medical team 6 minutes to resuscitate him. Samuel’s prognosis was not good. They arranged for a team of specialists to come to Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario; It looked like Samuel might not survive.
The pastor and his wife were there praying for a miracle. (Samuel was also on our prayer and praise letter.) On this one- month anniversary since Samuel’s birth, he woke up at home, whimpering to be fed. What a miracle!

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BAJA TEEN BOYS

 Praise God our teen-age boys were able to attend Agua Viva
(Living Water) camp. Thank you for all who furnished camperships.
Another children’s camp will be held this summer.
Camperships are still needed for a life changing transformation.

GRACIELA CORDOBA

A prayer request from Graciela while she was on a Baja outreach in Sinaloa, Mexico.

The theme we spoke on with the women was inner healing and the value of a woman. Two women were healed from wounds of their past through forgiveness. The surprising thing is what human beings are capable of doing when they are far from God. The stories that I heard there I have only seen on television. The need for God is very great. We need to call out to God for the salvation of these people. They are living an empty life with much sadness and darkness. What an opportunity to present to the children a different life in Christ Jesus!

Abel, Salvador, Raul and Mario were sharing every night the word of love and salvation that God has for men. I had the opportunity to pray for a field worker in that place, a man drowning in alcohol. We pray that God makes a total change. There the people live in laminate houses that are extremely hot and of course the mosquitos were ready to eat our blood and leave us their poison. Our niece Eveling was not doing well because of these bites. She had a high fever and her feet were swollen. Mario took her to a doctor because of the seriousness of her physical state. We were happy to take the Good News to this place.”

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JUVENTINO

Carlos Quijada, Bible Institute Director, writes about one of his students, Juventino from Santiago Jocotepec Choapan.

 “I am writing about him because of his desire to know God better. He took a four day bus ride without a bathroom, without air conditioning, without a seat; just a blanket to lay down in the aisle so that he could rest a little. He traveled for more than 3,000 kilometers in these conditions. What made Juventino decide to come to the Bible Institute? It was the fact that when he came to know Jesus as his Savior, his desire was to know Him better.”

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LAURA RODRIGUEZ

Laura, administrator from Oaxaca writes, “My doctor thinks
I need a tonsillectomy, and referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon
seemed to think a tonsillectomy is the best option too, however
he did his due diligence in making sure I know how difficult and painful
this will be. But when I think of the alternative, this constant discomfort
and complications, I am hoping a few weeks of pain is temporary
and worth it. So, my appointment is scheduled for July 11th
.”

Please be in prayer for Laura’s surgery.

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LAURA JO HERENDEEN

Our beloved friend, Jo, missionary to Ensenada, Mexico needs prayer. Jo spent three days in intensive care with an acute kidney infection and has been transferred to a rehabilitation center. Please pray for Jo.

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RIKER

Riker, Chuck and Charla Pereau’s great grandson, 2 ½ years old,
will undergo another surgery on Friday, May 10 for his eyes.
This little one has suffered so much pain. Please pray. 

Weekly Prayer & Praise - May 2, 2019

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Thursday May 2nd is the National Day of Prayer. We are sending this Prayer and Praise letter to you today with the hope that you will have an opportunity to attend a participating church or synagogue.

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A GREAT CELEBRATION

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PASTOR MARSHA HARRIS

Central Lutheran Church in Van Nuys, CA celebrated its 90th anniversary
on Saturday, April 27th. Pastor Harris, a pastor/ evangelist,
is reaching out into the community to the lost and down trodden.
Pray for her, she’s making a difference!

RICHARD MCWHIRTER

Richard, a faithful donor to FFHM since 1967,
joined the gala celebration at Central Lutheran Church.
 
Old and new friends were gathered for this joyous celebration
including Dave Anderson, who founded Lutheran Youth Alive; hundreds,
if not thousands came to Christ through this movement. Dave now has an active ministry in Arizona, Shepherds Canyon Retreat. The ministry offers compassionate care for pastors, spouses and ministry leaders.

ROB AND CINDY ROBBINS
 
Rob and Cindy flew to San Diego, rented a van, came to San Clemente to pick up a load from the warehouse and transported it to the Baja mission. They took nearly all the packages down to the mission last Thursday, March 25th.
Praise God for volunteers. Will you be enlisted as a volunteer?
 

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GIRLS AT CAMP
 
Send a teen or child to a life changing experience by providing a campership. This is a group of girls that went to Agua Viva (Living Water)
Camp in Ensenada last week. The boys will be attending
this week for a life changing experience. Pray.

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SHIRLEY BURRIS

 Shirley had a ministry of helps. She was an evangelist. She volunteered
at the food bank and frequently came into our office to volunteer her services.
A memorial service was held at Osborne Neighborhood Church
Saturday, April 27th. Blessed be her memory.

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PASTOR TOBY RAY

Praise God, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Pastor’s
and missionaries conference last weekend in Baja. Pastor Roby 
gave prophetic words and prayed for many in attendance

PASTOR MIKE BAYER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JANELLE KELLER

Remember the prayer dinner is Saturday, May 4th, not Friday.
Pastor Mike Bayer will be speaking, and Janelle Keller
will lead the music. See you there! The dinner will be held at
the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.
Please call for reservations at (949) 492-2200

May Newsletter - TJ House: Thriving Community of Students

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The TJ House is alive and active this spring! We see the hand of God working in each area of the TJ House: the hearts of our students, construction projects, and our graduated student community.

As our students navigate college life, we are so thankful to see them coming into their own, serving in their community and growing into incredible, followers of Christ. The Lord is refining the gifts and talents each of our students have as they peruse their academic careers and achieve their goals.

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Two of our students recently raced in a 6K in San Quintin with a handful of other students from the children’s home in Vicente Guerrero. Other students have been serving alongside Keith and Maya Durkin in the Red-light District of Tijuana called Zona Norte.

While more students are serving with our local church, Iglesia Ancla. We are so encouraged to see the student’s faith worked in good deeds throughout our city.

Our TJ House seems to be under a constant state of construction. After our big remodel we have continually had maintenance projects going on to

improve or beautify the grounds.

We are thankful to be in the midst of reroofing the entire house, and are grateful to those of you who continue to give, helping to keep us dry through the rainy season.

Finally, we are grateful for a growing TJ House community as students who have graduated in recent years continue to be a part of our lives. Recent graduates continue to visit us on a weekly basis, go to church with us and still come to the house for birthday parties and holidays. We are grateful to see the Lord continuing to work in their lives as they persue their professional careers, marry, and have babies.

This work God is doing is an extension of faithful givers and sponsors.

Andrea Bolaños
TJ Houseparent

May Newsletter - Oaxaca: Provision and Favor

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With a rough start, and each new day seeming to bring more hard news, this month of the year felt so long. But there were also special times and ways we saw God working all things, even the challenging ones, for our good.

We have been dealing with many illnesses among the staff, as well as family of the staff (several family members requiring trips to the hospital and emergency surgeries). Staff have been visiting the doctor this month with fevers, pain, and infections. And I have been experiencing throat issues which appears to be problems with small holes in my tonsils that get easily infected; I may need to get my tonsils removed soon.

One of the biggest events for the mission this month was a visit from the wife of the governor of Oaxaca, Ivette Morán (pictured above wearing white with Laura wearing black), de Murat. She is the honorary president of social services (DIF) in Oaxaca and came accompanied by many members of DIF and the state government. We received a few days notice before her visit, so all the children were able to be here, and Edgar gave her a tour of the home. She seems to be a genuinely kind and caring person and we enjoyed her visit.

Miguel Angel is a psychologist who comes to meet with some of our children. His uncle is now the mayor of Tlacolula. Miguel was able to help us

present a request to the governor’s wife for the paving of the road that runs from the highway to our front gate. The response has been swift, and plans are in motion to get that done as soon as possible – so that is exciting.

Another special highlight for me this month was being able to attend the Oaxaca Women’s Retreat with two other ladies from our staff (Anita – kitchen supervisor and Abby – principal of Oasis). One of my main takeaways from that retreat was that just because something is hard doesn’t mean that it is not for our benefit. I’m so thankful for the reminder that God still acts and moves even when it is hard for us to perceive it. That helped me a great deal during this challenging month and continues to be an encouragement. Thank you for your prayerful support.

Laura Rodriguez
Oaxaca Mission

BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING scope of the ministry in Oaxaca and because of new requirements by the Mexican govern ment, we have to purchase a new electric transformer for the Mission. This new transformer will allow us to handle the electric needs of the Mission and dream about expansion in the future. We still need $10,000 for the transformer.

May Newsletter - Gratitude

I just returned from a 12-day speaking trip in Oregon and Washington. I love these trips because I get to meet and connect with some of the amazing people who are a part of our team through financial support, volunteering and sponsorship.

I love when I hear a pastor tell their congregation “we have a ministry in Mexico.” They understand that we are all working together, doing our part to expand the Kingdom of God in Mexico.

Another highlight of these trips is telling stories repeatedly about what God is doing in Mexico.

This turns into a spiritual exercise of gratitude that is good for my soul and gives me motivation to continue.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

We also hear these stories each month when each of our locations turns in a monthly report to the Board of Directors. In this newsletter I want to share the latest submissions from these reports of some of our leaders so you can hear their hearts and get a glimpse of God’s work.

Janelle Keller,
Executive Director

April Newsletter - Founder’s Corner: Corrine Ehrick

If ever there was a “Jewel of the Mission”,

it was Corrine Ehrick. This elegant woman of God was as comfortable in high heels as she was in work boots. She could charm guests at a luncheon with the Governor’s wife and then serve the poorest of the poor in the cardboard shacks of the camps.

Corrine didn’t come to the Lord until

she was forty, but she committed then to serve Him praying, “Lord, you are not getting much – just the husks, but they’re Yours.” She had overcome an abusive childhood, but she stepped fully into God’s plan for her life and that led her to the mission field.

She arrived in Baja and became the bookkeeper. She thought she would give it three months – but He had bigger plans for her amazing talent and compassionate heart.

Corrine was dedicated to the most desperate

and lost in the San Quintin valley. She loved to serve in the camps and poured God’s love on the people there. She tended to a blind man (pictured right) whose body and shack she would

regularly clean.

But she was also fearless and charming and that enabled her to touch the hardest of hearts – a Rancher who had 1,000 employees in his camp.

With Corrine’s unique blend of elegance and determination, she was the catalyst that led that Rancher to tear down the cardboard shanties his workers were living in and provide them stable, block homes.

Corrine was someone you just didn’t want to say “No” to!

Within four years, the Foundation board asked her to become the Mission Administrator and she was spectacular in that role. Corrine was a force to reckon with and a shining example of God’s love in high heels and work boots!

Corrine went to be with the Lord on March 3, 2019. She will always be loved and remembered for the wonderful friend and servant she was.

Charla Pereau

Founding Director

Weekly Prayer & Praise - April 26, 2019

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SISTERS OF MARY

The Evangelical Sisters of Mary are celebrating their 50th year 
of God’s faithfulness:1968-2018. Thank God for the founder,
Mother Basilea Schlink, who faithfully ministered to the Jewish people post World War II. She became a prolific, anointed author. They supplied
FFHM with plaques for our prayer garden in the Baja Mission
and flags for our prayer room. They pray for His Ministry daily.

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HALLELUJAH! FIVE YOUNG MEN FROM RANCHO DE CRISTO WERE BAPTIZED SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO THE GLORY OF GOD.

PASTOR MARIO CORDOBA AND A NEW BELIEVER FROM THE RANCHO

The baptism was down by the riverside. Please pray for these young menonce enslaved to alcohol or drugs; now redeemed from the curse.

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PASTOR TOBY RAY 

A Pastors conference will be held Friday and Saturday April 26 and 27 at the Mission Church in Baja. Pastor Toby from Vista Assembly of God will be ministering. Pray for the Holy Spirit to touch many lives.

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LOIS AND EVERETT WILSON

Lois needs prayer after suffering a stroke. She recently
fell ill and had to go to a temporary nursing facility.
Please pray for her speedy recovery so she may go back home.

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PASTOR MIKE BAYER AND JANELLE KELLER

Saturday (not Friday) night at 6 PM May 4th, we will have our
prayer group dinner. Pastor Mike will be speaking,
and Janelle will lead the sing along. It will be held at the
Lutheran Church of the Cross at 24231 El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.
Please call in your reservations to Linda
at (949) 492-2200, or email her at linda@ffhm.org

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ADRIANA MENDOZA (LEFT) JOSMAR GUZMAN (RIGHT)

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SAMUEL PACHECO (LEFT) MARCO MONTANEZ (RIGHT)

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RICARDO (LEFT) SALVADOR (RIGHT)

Did you know that for $30/month you can sponsor a Bible Institute student? Bible Institute students have a two year comprehensive program that equips them as missionaries or leaders of their church.

Want to sponsor a student? Click here

GROUP OF CHILDREN

GOALIE PRACTICE ON THE FIELD

Debbie Haliday from Jugamos writes:

Charla,

We are blessed to be at the Baja mission right now playing soccer with the children...and also coloring and reading and laughing with them! The Lord is doing wonderful things here...thank you for your faithfulness in this place. What a gift to all of us who get to participate in the ongoing unfolding of what He placed in your hands all those years ago. 

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NOBERTO AVIÑA

Last Tuesday, Norberto, grounds keeper in Baja had an accident.
He hurt some of his fingers with a machine. He went to Ensenada
to have reconstructive surgery and will be on medical leave for 14 days first.
Pray for a quick recovery.

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VIRGINIA DUARTE

Virginia will see a doctor to see how her broken bone is doing,
she has been on medical leave for 2 weeks now.
Please continue to pray for her recovery.

Weekly Prayer & Praise - April 19, 2019

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CHRIST HAS RISEN...HE HAS RISEN INDEED

Submitted by Anna Kerr and the Global Missions Team, Hollywood Presbyterian Church
A joyous Resurrection Day.

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PASTOR MIKE BAYER, PRAYER GROUP DINNER SPEAKER

The next Prayer Group Dinner will be on Saturday, May 4th at 6PM, because Lutheran Church of the Cross has a special event happening on Friday evening. Please notify your friends.

Our special speaker will be Mike, Pastor of the Village Church of Laguna Woods. He has been blessed with the anointing of God.  
Please join us at Lutheran Church of the Cross:
24231 El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.
Call or email your reservations into Linda
at (949)492-2200, or linda@ffhm.org

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OUTREACH TO REHAB CENTERS

Inspired by conferences for women, leaders, and youth;
one of our staff members, Pablo, at the Oaxaca Mission,
had a vision of a conference for people in rehab centers.
That dream was realized this past weekend as we celebrated
the first Adulam Conference, (named after the cave
where those who were in distress or in debt
or discontented gathered around David) - 1 Samuel 22

Please pray for the men and women from various rehab centers in Oaxaca who were ministered to during this special weekend.

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UNPLANNED

Praise God! Another Planned Parenthood center was
closed in costa Mesa, Ca. Bill Zersen writes: “Today I saw an
"AVAILABLE" sign on an abortion clinic of Planned Parenthood.
Asking the people inside the next-door church, they said that yes,
indeed the Planned Parenthood clinic had moved out and closed up completely! That is an unbelievably good Praise report as the church
and everyone there had been praying for the clinic to close for a long time.  Just like the clinic in the movie "UNPLANNED" which closed up,
this is another example of prayers making a major impact!

It is not too late to see the movie, in select theaters. It’s a must see.

BABY SAMUEL

Update on baby Samuel*: Holding eyes open, some brief squeals, latching on mom, sucking, got a little milk.We’re waiting to hear soon that Samuel really cries, swallows, and becomes active. We believe in miracles.

Please pray Jesus heals little Samuel’s brain.

*Samuel is our precious missionary friends, Greg and Angela's, grandson.

YADIRA AND ESTEBAN

Please pray for the health of the Oaxaca staff and their family members.  
Many people are experiencing serious illnesses. Pictured is Esteban
and Yadira who are the coordinators of the mountain missionaries.
They ask for prayer for Yadira's mother who fell and broke her arm
 and prayer for Esteban's mother, who seems to be suffering from brain damage. Additionally, Modesto is experiencing pain in his 'good' eye,
and Enrique, our minister to the prisons, recently had prostate surgery.

HOUSE PARENTS IN OAXACA

Please help us to pray for a housemother for the little girls
at the Oaxaca Mission, and a substitute houseparent.

(These need to be fluent Spanish speakers, Mexican nationals preferred).
We are so thankful for the house parents who are spread thin
to cover the empty positions right now. It is a struggle. 

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PRISON MINISTRY IN OAXACA

One of Edgar and Lety’s professors in Bible College, Jimmy Coleman,
gave a seminar on prison ministry. It was well attended.  

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CHARLA AND MICHELLE PARRAGA
 
It was an unexpected surprise and delight to have Michelle
drop into our San Clemente office. Michelle, the executive assistant,
served 10 ½ years ago at FFHM. While serving here she traveled
to Oaxaca and Chiapas on an adventure that was life changing.
She is now serving as a social worker in Mendocino County.

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ELAINE CROFT

We continue to praise God for the miraculous healing of Elaine from cancer.

Let the little children come unto me.” We are in awe of the opportunity
given us by the Lord. Our daycare center in San Quintin
has now over 125 children. These under privileged children
are shown love, care and the Gospel is presented.

Weekly Prayer & Praise - April 12, 2019

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REVEREND JOHN LUCAS

The prayer group dinner was superb. Chuck sang to the glory of God, accompanied by John. The beautiful saga of how we met Reverend John Lucas was shared. It led to trips across Alberta and beyond. Then John shared the history of his ministry, which has changed the world.

The next prayer group dinner will be Saturday night, May 4. There is a conflict of schedule at the Lutheran Church. Once again, Saturday May 4 at 6 p.m. is the prayer group dinner. Please notify others of this date and day change.

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GREG AND ANGELA THOMSON

Our precious missionary friends, Greg and Angela, requested prayer
for their grandson Samuel. He is almost one week old
and has been on a respirator. They have just taken him off of it
but the MRI shows severe neurological damage.

 Please pray the damage is reversed and pray
for Samuel's parents, Ron and Marcela.

GRACIELA AND DULCE CORDOBA 

Dulce, the youngest daughter of Mario and Graciela , writes:
 
“The Baja Mission church is organizing a mission’s trip to the
continent of Africa, specifically to Zimbabwe. The purpose of this trip
is to share the Gospel with children and adults, even though it will be
more focused on children. They are going to put together camps for the children as well as other activities. Almost three years ago, I had a dream
that I was in Africa and I knew when I woke up that I would go someday,
and I believe that time is now. When I found out the cost I wondered
if I would be able to go. But the person who is organizing
this trip told us that he understands it is a lot of money and that we
shouldn’t be ashamed to ask. If someone supports us, it is because
God moved on their heart and that it is a blessing from God.
What we will be doing is worth pushing aside our embarrassment
and to look for support.  And here I am, looking for support.”

 
Please pray for Dulce and other team members as they prepare for this trip. And pray that she is able to raise the needed support.

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OASIS SCHOOL

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HELP NEEDED
Hear ye! Hear ye! A missionary opportunity: two new English speaking school teachers are needed for the Baja Mission for the next school year. Could you reply,” Here am I; send me.”

For the history of the school building send inquires to Charla@ffhm.org

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MIKE AND RUTH DIEHL AND THEIR DAUGHTER, KARI

Pastor Jerry Folsom, our Lutheran pastor and friend, served in Litchfield, AZ until he was diagnosed with cancer. He was an evangelist and his daughter, Ruth, has picked up his mantle. She sends challenging and delightful prayer requests regarding the homeless, foster children, crisis pregnancy, and now prison ministry. Ruth has her father’s passion to reach the lost… ”I believe our country is at war spiritually. Will you join me in praying and fasting for the unsaved and for our country?” Ezekiel 33:2-7a, II Chronicles 16:9 and Isaiah 6:8.  Ruth signs off, “Onward Christian Soldier.”

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TWILA BELK

One of our many prayer warriors, Elizabeth Forney, wrote an epistle to us and is praying for Twila Belk as she writes the sequel to Charla’s Children. Twila’s husband is an invalid and needs continual prayer. Please pray that the sequel to Charla’s Children will be completed. Thank you in Jesus’ name

HC ROAR - MISSIONS 2019 RECAP

Larry and Olive Kieler led many work groups to the Mission in Baja. Larry has now graduated to heaven but the inspiration continues with Olive. Lord willing, she will accompany the group in the fall 2019.  Recently a group made a video of their experiences at the Baja Mission. You might want to click on this link to view it.

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VIRGINIA DUARTE

Dear friend of the ministry, Virginia, broke her wrist and had surgery.
Please pray for a quick recovery

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ELAINE CROFT

Elaine is cancer free!”  Praise God!

Weekly Prayer & Praise - April 5, 2019

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REVEREND JOHN LUCAS

You won’t want to miss our Friday night dinner, tonight, with special speaker from Calgary, AB, Reverend Lucas. We meet at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA at 6 PM.

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Our dear friend of the ministry, Larry, went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2019. He and Olive regularly took teams to the Baja Mission from Canada. Please pray for his wife, Olive, and their family during this difficult time

WATER IN NAIROBI

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CHILDREN IN NAIROBI

Trinity Fellowship is a subsidiary of FFHM. Missionaries, Godfrey and Elisabeth Dawkins, report a miraculous event. They were drilling for a well in Nairobi, Kenya. No one knew how deep they would have to drill before striking water, but Joanna had an amazing encounter with a heavenly being right when the rig arrived, “Here I am at a loss for words. How does one describe the indescribable?” 

A tall angel in appearance like a standing column of moving water pouring down onto the drilling site, suddenly came sharply into focus before her. Sure enough, almost within minutes the well proved to be a gusher! Awesome! For technical reasons the engineers had to keep the water running for twenty-four hours. So, all through the night the local community swarmed onto the site with containers of all descriptions slung over the backs of donkeys, excitedly hauling the water away.”

CHILDREN READY FOR THEIR 6K

Rejoicing that our children were represented in a 6km race.
Although they were not the winners, they ran a good race to the glory of God.

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A FEW OF OUR RUNNERS AND CHERYL TREVOR, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ON THE RIGHT

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1.

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TOP ROW/LEFT TO RIGHT: DIANA YOLET VAZQUEZ, ANAY CERROS, ANDREA GUADALUPE FELIX
BOTTOM ROW/LEFT TO RIGHT: EFREN LEYVA, MIGUEL IBANEZ, TOMAS HUERTA


Our children are given a Christian education through the 6th grade, then they will begin junior high at the public school in tow. They especially need your prayers to stay firm in their faith in God and values they learned at the mission as they make this transition.

POPOCATEPETL VOLCANO

Please pray for the Mexican States close to the Popocatepetl volcano. Mexican authorities raised the alert level as activity intensifies. Pray it does not cause a big disaster on the States of Puebla, Morelos and State of Mexico together with Mexico City.

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MAYA DURKIN (LEFT) WITH YAMILETT

Maya in Tijuana has an urgent prayer request for 4-year-old Yamilett who’s mother was living with several other women,
all of whom were in prostitution and drugs. Last week in desperation Yamilett's mother came up to Maya saying that she wanted
to take her own life. She begged Maya to take her to a rehab facility
and to take care of her daughter. Yamilett is now living with Maya and Keith and they are having her checked by doctors to make sure she doesn’t have Tuberculosis nor is positive for HIV. The mother does.

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UNPLANNED

WOW!  This is a must-see movie! There is NO SEX, NO DRUGS, NO NUDITY, and NO CURSING! However, it is an "R" Rated movie!!!!! Why? Probably because it is not POLITICALLY CORRECT! I don't know what the age cut-off is anymore, but whatever it is, parents take your teens to see this movie! The name of the movie?  "UNPLANNED"!

April Newsletter - Learning Center for Children with Disabilities

A few years ago, some of the students of the Learning Center for children with disabilities and I were studying the book of Acts during our morning devotion. We read chapter 3, where Peter and John healed the crippled man outside of the Temple.

I remember thinking, “Isn’t that wonderful! How powerful is the name of Jesus! With just a little bit of faith, even the lame can walk!” But then I looked up…

In the room were several kids with wheelchairs and walkers… and what seemed to be a very large elephant. My thoughts quickly shifted and I began asking myself, “What about these kids? Where’s their healing? Don’t they have faith? Did they not pray correctly? Why can’t THEY leap from their wheelchairs and begin dancing like the man from the story?” I couldn’t answer these questions.

My initial reaction was to flip the page and begin reading the next chapter (and hope that the kids hadn’t noticed the miraculous healing we had just read about). But instead of avoiding the issue, I addressed it head on. I asked how they felt reading the passage: How they felt knowing that sometimes God heals people, and sometimes He doesn’t; how they felt that God has allowed them to remain with their disabilities?

Cristian (a young man with muscular dystrophy) answered. He explained that it was indeed difficult to read such things. He couldn’t explain why God makes the choices that He does. Cristian did say that he knew his disabilities didn’t keep God from using him. He could still share God’s love and inspire others to push through the hardships of life… and to trust in God.

I realized that day that the kids of the Learning

Center had a strength of character and spiritual maturity that surpassed my own. That would not be the last time these courageous kids would demonstrate such characteristics to me.

Cristian is physically limited to minor movements in his fingers and wrists. But his mind and spirit are strong, active and are constantly pursuing the next level. He paints. He paints well. His talent and attention to detail in his paintings equal those of any artist I’ve seen.

He has completed INEA (the government’s adult education program) and is close to finishing his high school education online. Unable to type with his fingers, he uses two pencils to hit the keys on the computer.

Because of his deep love for God and the Bible, Cristian desires to be a pastor. In fact, he has already had several opportunities to preach. He is hoping

to begin a four year theology program this summer to better equip him for the ministry that he believes God has called him to. Cristian is an inspiration. He is proof that God can use each of us despite any limitations we think we have. He is one of about 30 kids at the Learning Center… each of whom are equally inspiring.

In order to help kids like Cristian pursue their dreams, the opportunity exists to donate to the education fund. Please pray and ask God if he is calling you to partner with him and others in this manner. And while you’re praying, please ask a special blessing for all the Learning Center kids.

Al Carlson

Learning Center Teacher

April Newsletter - God is Working in Mexico

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Easter is an amazing time to be reminded of God’s grace and goodness as we focus on the gift of new life we receive through Christ. vYour partnership is vital to our ability to serve in Mexico, and we couldn’t complete the mission of His Ministry without your prayers, faithfulness and resources.

Having recently completed a strategic plan for FFHM and given much prayer and thought to what God has for His Ministry, we are excited about how we will see God work this year and in the years ahead to bring new life to San Quintin, the students at TJ House, the men at the Rancho, indigenous people in the mountains of Oaxaca, displaced workers and children in Sinaloa, and of course the many lives represented by our Missions. There is lots to be done in 2019, and we want to encourage you to continue praying and serving with us. Consider how you can visit one of our missions with your immediate or church family.

Pray as we move forward on our plans for Sinaloa and our outreach to this area with thousands of displaced field workers, and consider monthly support for the children in our new daycare in San Quintin.

We value your prayers for His Ministry. We’ve listed a few ideas how you can partner with us financially this year by giving online through our website at ffhm.org, or sending a check referencing the purpose of the gift.

  • Monthly sponsorship of a child in our San Quintin daycare - $ 70.00

  • Monthly sponsorship of new Missionaries in Mountains of Oaxaca - $50.00

  • A Playground in San Quintin at the site of the new daycare - $8,000

  • New Roof at the student home in Tijuana- $10,000

  • Completion of the Outreach Center at Sinaloa - $10,000

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our strategic plan and how you can partner with us to accomplish the goals we have to make disciples in Mexico and bring transformation to communities. Contact Janelle or Kristi at our San Clemente office at (949) 492-2200 or janelle@ffhm.org or kristi@ffhm.org

Kristi Garcia

Director of Finances and Donor Relations

April Newsletter - Learning Center for Children with Disabilities

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A few years ago, some of the students of the Learning Center for children with disabilities and I were studying the book of Acts during our morning devotion. We read chapter 3, where Peter and John healed the crippled man outside of the Temple.

I remember thinking, “Isn’t that wonderful! How powerful is the name of Jesus! With just a little bit of faith, even the lame can walk!” But then I looked up…

In the room were several kids with wheelchairs and walkers… and what seemed to be a very large elephant. My thoughts quickly shifted and I began asking myself, “What about these kids? Where’s their healing? Don’t they have faith? Did they not pray correctly? Why can’t THEY leap from their wheelchairs and begin dancing like the man from the story?” I couldn’t answer these questions.

My initial reaction was to flip the page and begin reading the next chapter (and hope that the kids hadn’t noticed the miraculous healing we had just read about). But instead of avoiding the issue, I addressed it head on. I asked how they felt reading the passage: How they felt knowing that sometimes God heals people, and sometimes He doesn’t; how they felt that God has allowed them to remain with their disabilities?

Cristian (a young man with muscular dystrophy) answered. He explained that it was indeed difficult to read such things. He couldn’t explain why God makes the choices that He does. Cristian did say that he knew his disabilities didn’t keep God from using him. He could still share God’s love and inspire others to push through the hardships of life… and to trust in God.

I realized that day that the kids of the Learning

Center had a strength of character and spiritual maturity that surpassed my own. That would not be the last time these courageous kids would demonstrate such characteristics to me.

Cristian is physically limited to minor movements in his fingers and wrists. But his mind and spirit are strong, active and are constantly pursuing the next level. He paints. He paints well. His talent and attention to detail in his paintings equal those of any artist I’ve seen.

He has completed INEA (the government’s adult education program) and is close to finishing his high school education online. Unable to type with his fingers, he uses two pencils to hit the keys on the computer.

Because of his deep love for God and the Bible, Cristian desires to be a pastor. In fact, he has already had several opportunities to preach. He is hoping

to begin a four year theology program this summer to better equip him for the ministry that he believes God has called him to. Cristian is an inspiration. He is proof that God can use each of us despite any limitations we think we have. He is one of about 30 kids at the Learning Center… each of whom are equally inspiring.

In order to help kids like Cristian pursue their dreams, the opportunity exists to donate to the education fund. Please pray and ask God if he is calling you to partner with him and others in this manner. And while you’re praying, please ask a special blessing for all the Learning Center kids.

Al Carlson
Learning Center Teacher

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Weekly Prayer & Praise March 29, 2019

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REVEREND JOHN LUCAS

You won’t want to miss April 5th. Reverend Lucas will be speaking at our monthly Friday night dinner. John Lucas is a missionary to the nations and a dear friend of ours. I was welcomed by John and Doris Lucas at Emmanuel Church in downtown Calgary, Alberta. John and Doris are our faithful friends and Canadian representatives. Please pray for this gathering.

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GLENN ALMERAZ

Praise God Glenn has been healed to the glory of God.
Thank you to all who contributed to his medical treatment.

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MARIO, GRACIELA AND OUR OUTREACH TEAM

Mario and Graciela and the team from Baja are on an evangelistic crusade
to Culiacán, Sinaloa. Pray for much fruit, the safety of the team,
and that many souls will be won to Christ.

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KIM AND MARK MALCOM AND THEIR GRANDSON ELY
(NOT THE ONE HAVING SURGERY)

Kim and Mark are old friends and serve at the Baja Mission. Zac, another one of their grandsons, will be having surgery soon, so Mark and Kim will be going home to care for his siblings while Zac and his parents are at the hospital. Please pray for a successful surgery and quick healing.

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CHARLA WITH SOME OF THE CHILDREN

These home-schooled children raised $1406 with their talent show and silent auction of paintings done by the group. They visited our San Clemente office this week to gift the funds and other donations.

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DAVID CHELSEN

Forty-six years ago, Chuck and I ministered in Morris, Illinois and the surrounding churches in the area.
We have maintained lasting relationships with many, especially Eleanor Chelsen. Eleanor’s son David died after four years of dealing with cancer. We know the grief related to losing a son.

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TWILA BELK

Twila, who is writing the sequel to Charla’s Children, requests prayer:
Please pray specifically for the many interruption / distractions / difficulties
to decrease,  and for God's words to fill me as I write. It's so important that
we get this book finished and that it's done God's way
.”

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DAYCARE CENTER

Glory to God for the new daycare center in San Quintin.
Over 100 children are being given care from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We are making little ambassadors of Jesus Christ!

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OAXACA MISSION

Please continue to pray for the health of our staff in Oaxaca.

Weekly Prayer & Praise March 22, 2019

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children
are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

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BENEFIT CONCERT

Chuck and Charla were honored guests at the Benefit Concert
and Art Auction held on March 17th by home schooled children.

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DAVID HERRERA (FAR LEFT), EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JANELLE KELLER (FOURTH FROM LEFT) AND RACHEL LITTLE (FAR RIGHT)

David and Rachel from Oaxaca are traveling with Janelle in the Pacific Northwest this week. Janelle will be speaking at the Mission Conference in Tri Cities, WA from Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24. On Monday, March 25, Janelle will be speaking at 7pm at Faith Community Church,
1005 10th Avenue SW, Quincy, WA, (509)787-1229.

Please keep them in your prayers.

CORRINE EHRICK
Corrine’s daughter, Sue, shared a tribute to her mom: “When you see a butterfly, you will know that Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the Life.” Our Lord always speaks to her with butterflies and she prayed he would show them to her in abundance. As we left the church at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, CA, there were thousands.

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ELIZABETH CASTRO

Please pray for Elizabeth. She is recovering from surgery last Saturday night, done at El Buen Pastor in San Quintin. Missionary specialist doctors that volunteer at the Buen Pastor Hospital regularly, performed the surgery. Praise God there was no charge for the surgery. Since 1966, El Buen Pastor (Good Shepherd) has charged us very little or nothing.

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OUR CHILDREN IN OAXACA

Urgent prayer request: 
The home in Oaxaca is short two houseparents’
and the current staff is spread thin trying to cover these open positions.
Please join us in praying that the Lord of the harvest send workers into his harvest field. We trust God has a plan. May those He designed to be here at this time hear of our need and respond to it.

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ROAD WORK

Praise Report from Oaxaca:
 After a visit from the governor's wife last month, the project to pave the road from the highway to the home has begun - with the first step being to expand the road back to its original boundaries. We are thankful for this support and pray that the project progresses well. 

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DAYCARE CENTER

Over 100 children are receiving daycare at our new center in San Quintin. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." This is a glorious opportunity to reach these little ones and their parents for the gospel.

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FOUNDING DIRECTOR, CHARLA (SECOND FROM RIGHT)
APPEARED ON 100 HUNTLEY STREET

The Angel Award winning book, Charla’s Children,
was first published by Bethany House Publishing in MN. 77,000 copies have been sold in Canada and the USA. In 1981, David Mainse
had Charla as his guest on 100 Huntley Street. 
Charla’s Children has been translated into Spanish and French.

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TWILA BELK 

A sequel written by Twila Belk will soon be published.
We can hardly wait.

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REVEREND JOHN LUCAS

John will be ministering at the monthly dinner on Friday, April 5th
at 6pm.
Please make reservations by calling Linda at (949) 492-2200
by noon on WednesdayApril 3rd.

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CALIFORNIA POPPY FIELDS

CALIFORNIA POPPY FIELDS

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those
who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring
good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"
 Isaiah 52:7

Weekly Prayer & Praise - March 15, 2019

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GREG AND JANET RUSH

Greg, the Osborne Neighborhood Church bus driver
and Janet, met during an arranged trip to Vicente Guerrero.
It was love at first sight. They were married a short time later.
Please pray for Janet. She is now battling cancer.
Medical bills are mounting.

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BIBLE INSTITUTE GRADUATION

In 1990, our first class graduated from the Bible Institute. Most are in full time service for the Lord Jesus Christ, proclaiming the gospel.

Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations.”

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CHARLA, CHARLOTTE MCWHINNEY, RON MCWHINNEY AND CHUCK

A copy of Charla’s Children left at a post office in Cambria, CA, and found by the McWhinneys’, led to them serving in Baja for the following 19 years. They bought a home in Costa Brava, where we also have a beach house used for staff retreats. The McWhinneys’ have servant hearts so they never lacked for things to do. They recently sold their beach house and will now live in Portland near their children.
“If you have a servants’ heart you will never lack for a ministry.”

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RIKER

Please keep precious little Riker in your prayers. He is now 2 1/2  years old. Much of the birthmark which was covering his face, has been removed. So far, surgery to restore the sight in one eye, has been unsuccessful.

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BONNIE SHELTON                                MABEL CARPENTER

Prompted by the Holy Spirit, Bonnie dropped by Mabel's home. Mabel, who is close to 100 years old, was on the floor suffering from a stroke and heart attack. She was rushed to Saddleback Hospital, where the prognosis is good.
Praise God for Bonnie’s obedience to the Holy Spirit.

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SAN QUINTIN, BAJA, CA

Over 100 children are being provided daycare from 6am to 5pm,
in this beautiful facility built by the Mexican government. Because of our pristine reputation for over 50 years in Vicente Guerrero, this daycare center was given to FFHM to use.
Another opportunity for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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PLAY STRUCTURE

A playground will soon be built by Kids Around the World at the new daycare.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.`

Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Thank you for loving “the least of these.”

Weekly Prayer & Praise - March 8, 2019

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MARILYNN AND DAVE YEADON

There will be a glorious celebration when these saints go marching in.
Marilynn was a vital part of our FFHM board. She and Dave organized
and led work groups from Sky Valley Park, Desert Hot Springs, CA.
She was a victim of cancer and services were held in Mukilteo, Washington.

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CORRINE EHRICK

After a short illness, Corrine Ehrick graduated to glory. Services will be held
on Wednesday, March 13 at 12 noon at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
Corrine was administrator for a number of years, at the Mission in Vicente Guerrero, Baja, CA, and later served on the U.S. board. She traveled as a consultant to the missions.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Corrine 
can be made to Foundation for His Ministry.

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REVEREND JEAN DARNELL

The life and ministry of Reverend Jean, the founder of Foundation for His Ministry, was in the March newsletter. Her life will be celebrated on Friday, March 15 at Angelus Temple,Los Angeles, CA at 11am. The address is 1100 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.


Please pray for the services to be held and for those who are bereaved.


LAURA RODRIGUEZ, OAXACA ADMINISTRATOR

After a long bought with strep throat, Laura may need her tonsils removed.
Pray for this procedure. Other staff have family members who
are suffering with serious medical conditions.

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ESTEBAN AND YADIRA

Pray for Esteban and Yadira, outreach supervisors in Oaxaca. They are doing research related to Janelle’s vision of having a FFHM missionary in all nine areas of Oaxaca.
Pray God guides them.

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MARIA VILLA PABLO

Pray for the believers in Llano Encino who are being persecuted for their faith.
Maria is thanking God for her jeep that enables her to minister in these remote regions.

March Newsletter - Founder’s Corner: Jean Darnell

Dr. Henrietta Mears mentored me. But Jean Darnell befriended me. My life and His Ministry were forever changed. I had the privilege to be mentored under two titans of the Christian faith. Although different in their approach, both of these Spirit-led women had a profound influence on our lives.

I was mentored by Dr. Henrietta Mears in the late 1950s. At the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, she served as director of Christian Education. Her passion for teaching led her to create the world’s largest Sunday School and Gospel Light Press. She influenced the life of Billy Graham and Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Jean Darnell was a student of the charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Sister Aimee founded the Foursquare Gospel Church and Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. She led the charismatic renewal that swept the world.

Jean and I met at St. Mark’s Episcopal Prayer Group in Van Nuys, CA. Jean often spoke and ministered there.

In 1966, she resigned from Angelus Temple and formed the Foundation for His Ministry. (Chuck Pereau was one of her seven board members.) Jean was going on an around-the-world trip to share the Good News with others. The Foundation would enable friends to financially support her ministry.

So Jean flew to England and I went to Baja, Mexico. We wrote each other throughout the years and she supported our vision for the Mission. (Read Charla’s Children for the full story.) Jean led us to Isaiah 58:6-12 which had prophetic significance for us … “Dividing our bread with the poor. Bringing the homeless into our home. Rebuilding the ancient ruins.”

It was Jean who offered us the name “Foundation for His Ministry” to save us the expense and legalities of forming a new corporation. She was with us at the beginning, and fifty years later Jean spoke at our Anniversary celebration for the Baja Mission.

There are many stories I could share about our precious sister Jean. She was a faithful witness to the nations and our beloved friend. While our world may have dimmed; the heavens surely shine brighter with her presence.

Charla Pereau

Founding Director

March Newsletter - Changing Families One Child at a Time

This past August, Foundation for His Ministry was presented with an incredible opportunity. The local government constructed a new Daycare facility in San Quintin, approximately 15 miles south of the mission. This is an impoverished area with the majority of adults working in the fields leaving many children at home to care for younger siblings. 

DIF (social services) recognized the need for a free daycare in this neighborhood and as construction was nearing completion, approached the mission about taking responsibility for the new center in all aspects. This included operating costs of staffing, food, water and maintenance. But, it also afforded the mission the freedom to share Jesus with all the attending children and their families. As such, the Board of Directors met and discussed the opportunity and asked for prayers of discernment and accepted this exciting challenge and opportunity.  

On October 26, 2018, the Baja staff, the governor and his wife, and hundreds from the community joined in celebration to inaugurate the new facility as construction was finally complete. The daycare officially opened and received the first six children the week of  October 29. In three short months, we have grown to 91 students with the capacity to care for 120. Children range from one year to 12 years and we provide transportation for the older children to their respective schools.

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We currently have 13 on staff, some of whom transitioned from the Baja Mission and others who are local to San Quintin.  

Already we are seeing benefits to this community, specifically with the children we serve. Children who would potentially be alone due to working parent(s) are now being nourished and cared for in a safe Christian environment. Many of the children were bordering on malnutrition when they started attending our program, coming from a diet of rice and beans. We are grateful to USANA True Health for providing the funds for fresh produce and water in San Quintin. The telltale signs of malnutrition, including spots on the face, are clearing.  

At 6am, the center opens and before the doors are unlocked, there are families waiting in line. Children are fed a healthy breakfast and lunch and a snack throughout the day. The health and energy levels have visibly improved with more well-rounded

nutrition. With basic needs met, the rest of the day can be spent on activities, crafts, homework help, reading and enjoying the outdoors on our artificial turf. The center currently closes at 4pm.  

As the children become more comfortable with our teachers, they are opening up and allowing us to pray with them and minister to them. Our teachers are loving and kind as they not only teach basics of hygiene and manners but more so, letting each child know they have value and are cherished by a loving God.  

We thank you for your ongoing prayers as we continue to grow and serve in the San Quintin valley.

“Little Children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth”.  1 John 3:18

Sara Peterson

Daycare Supervisor

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March Newsletter - A Home in Sinaloa

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A few years ago, we felt God moving on our hearts to expand the work we are doing in Sinaloa to include a children’s home. We already have a house in the capital city of Culiacán. The family living there has been building a team to minister in the migrant camps surrounding the area.

Over 250,000 field workers come from all over Mexico every year for nine months to harvest tomatoes, corn, and every kind of vegetable you can think of. The team’s goal is to share the Gospel and make disciples so that when these workers return to their homes we are sending out missionaries all over the country. We knew we wanted this work to continue, but we also wanted to begin rescuing children who had been abused or abandoned.

So we began sharing our vision and what God had put on our hearts and He began providing funding through various sources to buy land to build our children’s home. Through a series of miracles and sacrificial giving, we found we had enough money to be able to purchase property.

But then we couldn’t find the right piece of property. We would think we had found the perfect piece and for one reason or another, it would fall through. Usually when someone has a dream from God they have the property and they are praying for the money. But we have found ourselves in the opposite situation – we have the money and we are praying for the property.

And that is still where we are today. We are confident that God has called us to this important work. We are praying He will show us exactly what piece of property we should buy to begin making this dream a reality. And we are trusting that His timing is perfect.

Janelle Keller

Executive Director