December 7, 2018

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NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Our Night in Bethlehem presentation, our gift to the community in Baja, has been presented for 27 years. The original script was written by Dr. Marge Wold and presented at Immanuel Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, CA. It was a gift to their community and the community surrounding the Mission.

 Cheryl Trevor has made many changes to the script so it is new every year. Cheryl is now the principle of our Christian school and has passed the responsibility of the production of Night in Bethlehem to Said Mendez.

Please pray that Night in Bethlehem will be presented to the glory of the Lord. It will be held December 13th - 15th.

P.S. Janelle Keller will be doing a solo multiple times during
the Night in Bethlehem’s performance.

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SARAI AND SAID MENDEZ (BACK)
WITH THEIR TWIN DAUGHTERS, JOYCE & GLENDA (FRONT)


Glenda has complications with her kidneys and will need to have one removed. Doctors will treat the other kidney in hopes of saving it. They are waiting to hear from the doctors.

Please pray for this precious little girl.

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FRANK TICKNOR WHO FOUND THE PROPERTY
 DR. ERNESTO CANO AND MARIO CORDOBA.

THERE WAS AN UNFINISHED BUILDING ON THAT SITE THAT WOULD LATER BECOME THE MISSION PROPERTY IN TLACOULULA


Thank you for praying for our trip to Oaxaca and Baja with Twila Belk, the writer of the sequel to Charla’s Children. I never dreamed it would be such an emotional experience. I had a trip down memory lane with our mission staff members. We wept over joyful and painful memories. To my surprise Dr. Ernesto Cano was there to meet me. Dr. Cano has served 47 years on our Mexican board.

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PETER BIANCHINI AT THE TABLE STUDYING ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS OF THE NEW MISSION IN OAXACA.
ELAINE AND IAN CROFT STAND BEHIND.


 Peter Bianchini designed the magnificent facility in Tlacolula, Oaxaca.

YADIRA AND HER STUDENTS

Twila Belk and her daughter, Laney, interviewed a number of missionaries at both the Oaxaca and Baja missions for the future book. Yadira, now married to Esteban,told of her experiences in Chiapas and the remote mountains of Oaxaca, teaching literacy (which is close to my heart). Flannel graph was a powerful tool in evangelism.

BONNIE HUNT

I had 68 first cousins. My mother, Olive, was one of 13 children. But my favorite cousin was Bonnie who is in need of prayer this week. Bonnie has had multiple surgeries, including a back fusion. Bonnie has undergone gall bladder surgery this week.

A PRECIOUS OLD PICTURE WAS TAKEN FROM OUR ARCHIVES
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT)
MARILYNN & DAVE YEADON WITH ELLA WESTRA


Please continue to pray for Marilynn, Dave and family. Without a miracle Marilynn will be seeing Jesus soon. Marilynn is battling with cancer.

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SAM PARSONS

Our annual Christmas dinner for our prayer group will be hosted at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA at 6 pm tonight, December 7th. Sam Parsons will be ministering.

November 30, 2018

THE TIJUANA BORDER

No matter what your political views are, the hungry are fed
at the Tijuana border in Jesus name.

KIM REA AND HANNAH REA

We are asking for prayer for Kim Rea who is now in stage IV of cancer that has progressed to her stomach.  Attached is a picture of Kim Rea (left) with Charla’s great granddaughter Hannah Rea. Kim and Greg adopted Charla’s great-grandchildren;
Hannah and Juliano, at a very young age when their mother, Melanie Lombard,
was no longer capable of taking care of them.
Kim, Hannah and Juliano have had more than their share of suffering!
 
Thank you, Denny and Andie Lombard

SANTIAGO WITH THE NEW LAWN MOWER

An Answer to Prayer: Laura Rodriguez, administrator of the Oaxaca Mission, writes, “We are so thankful for donations to the Oaxaca Special Needs fund!  Last month we were able to purchase a new riding lawn mower for Santiago after his old one finally gave out for good. Praise God for the ride on mower."

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SANTIAGO WITH THE LAWN MOWER HE USED IN THE MEANTIME

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM (BILL) TENNY
 
Bill and George Anne were supporters from the very beginnings of His ministry in Mexico and faithful prayer warriors. Bill was a man of notable accomplishments. In 1976 he was responsible for lighting the Statue of Liberty. He was also the lead man for lighting of the movie Chariots of Fire. On more than one occasion, Bill helped finance my trip representing Foundation for His Ministry.
 
Each year, Bill personally delivered a giant poinsettia, an Easter lily
and huge pumpkin to our San Clemente office.
We will miss William Tenny, faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

OAXACA MISSION

BAJA MISSION

Very early Thursday, November 29, Janelle KellerCharlaTwila Belk, and her daughter Laney, traveled from Tijuana to Oaxaca and then hopefully
on to the Baja Mission. Twila has taken on the responsibility of writing
the sequel to Charla’s Children and this will give her a first- hand
experience to understand the magnitude of the ministry.
She will be returning to Bettendorf, IA on December 5th.

Please pray for us daily.

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SAM PARSONS

So happy to have Sam with us again for our
Christmas dinner on Friday, December 7th at 6pm
Lutheran  Church of the Cross
24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA.

Please make reservations by Wednesday, December 5th
by calling (949) 492-2200. Cost is $7 per person.

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CHUCK AND CHARLA WITH THEIR GREAT-GRANDCHILD

The Pereau’s hosted their extended family on Thanksgiving Day.
They welcomed another great-grandchild.

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THANKSGIVING DAY MONTAGE

Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.
Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Janice Van Dyken at the Baja Mission.
Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.

November 23, 2018

BARRY WINEROTH

Please keep our faithful friend, Barry, in your prayers.
His surgery was done on Wednesday, November 21.
We pray for a full recovery and God’s protection over him and his family.
Barry has been bringing groups to the Mission since 1990.

THE ELY FAMILY

Please also remember all the victims of the catastrophic fires in California.
April Ely, Barry Wineroth’s daughter, was one who lost her home.

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SAM PARSONS

Our Christmas dinner with Sam ministering, will be held on December 7th at 6pm.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Rd, Laguna Woods, CA. 
It is $7 for the dinner. Please make reservations early. Call Linda (949) 492-2200.

OSBORNE NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH PACKED 2,537 BAGS

For many years, Osborne Neighborhood Church and Ken Gustafson (now in Glory) had a drive to collect Halloween candy for distribution at the Night in Bethlehem, our annual Christmas pageant at the Baja Mission.

The tradition has continued and we thank ONC for their support
and participation in this amazing annual event.
This year it will be held on December 13th , 14th and 15th.

REQUESTS FROM THE MISSION FIELD:

Migrants from Central America are a very complex issue!
Please pray for these people at the border and the law enforcement agencies.

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GLENN ALMAREZ

Glenn's treatment for Hepatitis C has begun. He is taking ten pills daily and will report back to the doctor in one month.

Please pray that Glenn will be healed.

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JANICE DYKEN AND CAROL

The Van Dykens have been hosting our Thanksgiving dinner at the Mission in Baja for many years.  This year Carol will assist Janice and we give thanks for these women who do so much, and for this blessed occasion.

MARIA'S NEW HOME

Meanwhile in Oaxaca, our missionaries have faced some additional challenges this month, but we give thanks to our God for His promises. Please pray for the health and safety of all our missionaries.

Yadira and Esteban oversee the missionaries in Oaxaca and recently visited with Maria Villa Pablo. Maria lived in very primitive conditions with dirt floors for many years. Today she is grateful to have moved in to a new home where she hosted Yadira, Esteban and Pastor Martin & family, for breakfast and fellowship.  

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EMBROIDERY CLASSES

Teresa Rodriguez, who graduated from our Bible Institute, uses embroidery classes
as a tool to reach a number of different communities with the Gospel in Yucundivi, Oaxaca. Eugenia (Maria Villa Pablo’s mother) shares the Word of God in Mixteco.
We pray for these classes and outreaches as an effective means
for preaching the Gospel.

 
“We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to the right, a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light. For the darkness shall turn to dawning and the dawning to noon-day bright, and Christ’s great kingdom shall come to earth, the kingdom of love and light.”  H. Ernest Nichol, 1896

KAILA PHILLIPS

Kaila, from New Jersey, visited the Baja Mission in 1991 and 1992. She said “this was an awesome experience that touched my life forever. I now face chemo therapy. I am on my second round. The prognosis is not good.” Please pray for Kaila.

November 16, 2018

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RUTH FOLSOM DIEHL IN FRONT OF MILLSTONE WITH CHILDREN

It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2

There is a millstone from Grindstone City, MI at the entrance to the Baja Mission.
Perhaps you have seen it. Ruth Folsom Diehl is standing at that entrance.
Ruth served as a missionary teacher years ago
and recently brought a work group from Arizona Community Church.

SARA PETERSEN AND JANELLE KELLER

Janelle Keller and Sara Petersen will be speaking at that church this Sunday, November 18th at 10am 4004 N Galivan Peak Parkway, Anthem, AZ, at Boulder Creek High School.

Please pray for these young women representing FFHM.

BARRY WINEROTH AND HIS CHILDREN

 Barry Wineroth writes: “Yesterday was not a very happy day. I found out that I have bladder cancer ...I have three tumors in my bladder. I go in to have them removed on November 21st. And my daughter April’s home was confirmed destroyed in the horrible fire that burned the entire town of Paradise and is still burning all the way into CHICO . I would so appreciate your prayers.”

RICK WARREN

Rick Warren, the pastor of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, (our neighbor here in Southern California) was hospitalized last Thursday. He underwent immediate surgery for an intestinal condition and is recovering at this time.
Another surgery is scheduled after Christmas.

Please pray for Rick Warren.

DIRK AND MARY KOS

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JILL ADAMS (LEFT), MARIO CORDOBA (FAR RIGHT) AND STUDENT ISAI NANDO
FROM THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER GRADUATION

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THESE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES RECENTLY GRADUATED

Dirk and Mary Kos had a vision that has impacted lives of the disabled at the Baja Mission.
They first took children into their modest home at the mission. Then Dirk had a dream
of the Learning Center. They had faith and it became a reality.
These  students with disabilities recently graduated.

Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in their hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:5.

BAJA STAFF AND CHILDREN

In as much as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it for me.

A number of the Junior high students pictured here have been out of school
because of a teacher’s strike. The teachers have not paid
and we pray for a quick resolve to this situation.

RIKER AFTER SURGERY

Riker, the Pereau’s great grandson, had to undergo another surgery
Wednesday morning to move his cornea. In January they are planning
a major surgery to reattach the optic nerve in one eye.

Thank you for praying for this precious little fellow who is now two-years-old.

Sincerely,

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November 9, 2018

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SUZANNE, CHARLA AND BILL TENNY

Bill, one of “the greatest generation” graduated to heaven. Bill and George Anne were faithful donors from the beginning of His Ministry in 1966. Bill was noted as a lighting director, responsible for lighting the Statue of Liberty in 1976 on our nation’s anniversary. Other remarkable achievements include the lighting for Chariots of Fire. He would only work the sets of rated movies.

Services will be held at South Coast Christian Assembly
31501 Ave Los Cerritos, San Juan Capistrano, CA on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.

TWILA BELK

Please pray that the manuscript for the sequel to Charla’s Children
will be out in the mail to Twila this week. Charla’s Children sold 75,000 copies and we pray this will have the same anointing.

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PATRICK AND SHERRI BAILEY

The prayer group’s Friday night dinner was marvelous! Missionaries Patrick and Sherri shared about serving in the Philippines. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Muslims have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through their ministry.

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SAM PARSONS

 You won’t want to miss our Christmas dinner on Dec. 7th
with Sam, our roving troubadour who visits countless nursing homes.

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"HOW GOOD AND PLEASANT FOR
BROTHERS TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY."


From left: Everett Wilson, past dean of Bethany University, who spent months working on the sequel to Charla’s ChildrenNoel Wilson, worship leader at Village Church and often leads worship at our Friday night prayer gathering; Reuben Wilson, the eldest brother, pastored in Washington and Northern California; and Lewis Wilson, once a missionary in Africa and dean at Vanguard University.

GLENN ALMERAZ AND NATHAN ADAMS

 Please continue to pray for Glenn as he awaits treatment in
Mexico for Hepatitis C and pray for Nathan who battles with the same disease.

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WORSHIP NIGHTS IN OAXACA

Praise God for TNT Worship Night at the Oaxaca Mission. Youth groups from the surrounding valley participate in this monthly event.

November 2, 2018

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PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LOVED ONES

The griefs we experienced last week were almost unbearable. Letter bombs sent arbitrarily to politicians, then the hateful murders of 11 people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
As Rodney King once said a long time ago, “Why can’t we all just get along?

God have mercy on us.

BRIAN FORSSEE WITH THEIR CHILDREN

Clayton and Mary Peterson were some of our oldest and dearest friends.
Our lives were intertwined with them for decades.
Both Mary and Clayton are now in heaven.

Barbara Forsse, their daughter, called with an urgent prayer request.
Her son, Brian, has stage 3 lung cancer. Brian lives in Montana
and is the father of these precious children.

Please pray for Brian’s healing.

MARTINA AND KEILA

Martina and Keila will be serving at the daycare in San Quintin. I remember well the day Martina came into our nursery. She was such a joyful baby and she has remained the same. I know these two young women will bring their joy to His little ones in the new daycare center.

GODFREY AND ELISABETH DAWKINS (LEFT) AND VISITING MISSIONARIES.
KENYA, AFRICA

 
Godfrey writes, “We praise the Lord with you that the writing project with
Twila Belk is proceeding apace…Elisabeth is due to have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
surgery done on her right hand at the Manor Hospital in England on November 8th.
It will be a more modern method. Elisabeth has not been in England for 28 years.
I’m sure there will be many changes
.”

Please pray for Elisabeth Dawkins surgical procedure.

AT THE OAXACA MISSION, LITTLE CHILDREN
MAKE NAME PLAQUES FOR THEIR BEDS


A very long time ago, one of the little children took me to her room
and showed me her twin bed. “It’s all mine. I don’t have to sleep with anyone else.” She showed me two drawers in a dresser. Again she said, “These are all mine.
This picture reminded me the children at our mission have twin beds
all their own and they have made name plaques for each.

PRAY FOR A FUTURE FARMER IN MEXICO

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LLANO GAVE HIS FIRST CUCUMBER TO HIS TEACHER

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FELIX WON FIRST PLACE FOR HIS CHILI PLANT

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DALE FORSEE, OPERATING THE FORK LIFT, RICARDO BOLANOS ASSISTING
 
For many years WINGS, our only auxiliary in Redding, CA,
Has taken on astronomical projects. This time they have provided beautiful furnishings for our students’ home in Tijuana. We thank God for each and every sister who has so faithfully supported us, and especially Judy Gama-Strausser.
She has been the heart and hands of Wings.

MARY RENSHAW

 Mary said, “My quilting days are over.” She dropped off the last quilts she made at our San Clemente office. We thank God for those who have been so faithful for so many years. Thank you for keeping our little ones warm. It has become increasingly difficult to transport anything across the U.S. border.
 

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SHARI AND PATRICK BAILEY

Have you made a reservation for our monthly prayer group dinner tonight? It is held at 6pm at The Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Rd, Laguna Woods. The Baileys, our beloved missionaries to the Philippines, will be sharing their amazing encounters. Call (949) 492-2200 before 2pm for reservations.

Sincerely,

October 26, 2018

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BOARD MEMBERS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MATT JUAREZ,
CHUCK BRAUN, JANELLE KELLER, CHARLA PEREAU, STEPHANIE RICKE,
PASTOR BILL DWYER, BOB CHRISTIAN AND ROD SOUTHARD


Thank you for praying. Our annual board meeting was held at the Baja Mission this year. 

Annual reports were presented and Janelle Keller, Executive Director, presented a STRATEGIC PLAN for 2019 to 2021.

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NEW DAYCARE CENTER

The group also visited the new daycare center in San Quintin, where 45 children will be immediately loved and cared for. This is another wonderful opportunity for outreach.

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GLENN ALMERAZ

For me, the highlight of the Board meeting was Glenn giving thanks for his education, ministry, and the fact that his two children were given the opportunity for education. Glenn’s daughter, Genesis, graduated from medical school
and is now in an internship program. His son, Glenn Jr.,
is attending a Culinary Arts school in Ensenada.

Glenn awaits treatment in Mexico for Hepatitis C. Please pray for him.

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

Patrick and Shari, missionaries to the Philippines will be inspiring you with stories of their adventures of faith, Friday, November 2.

Please make reservations by calling (949) 492-2200 by Wednesday, October 31st. 

Dinner is at 6 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Cross:
24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods.
 

CHUCK PEREAU, JANELLE KELLER AND DALE  FORSSE

Thanks to Vicki Gravell for handling the annual Christmas stocking project for the children. She shops all year long for the best buys, then a group of women from the Village Church in Laguna Woods, meet together to “stuff the socks." It took three vans to transport all of them to the warehouse.

Thank you Chuck, Janelle and Dale!

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ANDREA, ROSALINDA, LAURA AND CHARLA

Keith and Maya Durkin, formerly missionaries of FFHM, now provide meals for hundreds of children who live in abject poverty in Tijuana, Mexico.
I frequently pray for the Durkins. Not long ago,
I had a dream of three little girls who came for assistance.

I shared the dream with Keith and Maya and long story made short:
Maya arranged to have these three destitute girls interned at our home in Baja.

Please pray for these children separated from their mother.

TWILA AND STEVE BELK

After many attempts to write the sequel to Charla’s ChildrenTwila has agreed to write it and a contract has been signed. Now the hard work begins. 

Please pray for Twila. She expects to complete the project by mid-March.

October 19, 2018

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FFHM BOARD & LEADERSHIP

Our annual Board meeting will be held on Saturday, October 20th in Baja.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5. We claim that precious promise.

We pray for safety as we travel to and from the Baja Mission. We will be dedicating the new daycare center in San Quintin, 17 miles south of the Mission.

BABIES IN THE NURSERY

Please pray for the infants and children who are adjusting to their new home and housemothers. We currently have 11 babies ranging in age
from four months to two years old in the nursery in Baja.

EUNICE LOPEZ PRAYING WITH THE HOUSEMOTHERS

Eunice (Niche) writes, “I want to thank the Lord for the house parents and recognize the willingness they have for the service for the Lord, day after day. They are on duty 24 hours a day caring for the ‘least of these.’ They lay their lives down for these children in Oaxaca. They often suffer fatigue and weariness.  There are difficult times and also moments of joy and satisfaction.

Perhaps you remember Niche from Etla.
She faithfully serves as supervisor of the Oaxacan house parents.

JOY WILLIAMSON IN THE COMMUNITY

Joy is back at the medical center in Baja. She is such a vital asset to the community.  We are praying to get our X-ray machine at the medical center certified. Right now, both of the local hospital’s X-ray machines are down.

Please continue to pray for the medical center,
that we can become a real light to our community.

AMELIA AND THREE OF HER PAINTINGS

Dana and Antoinette Pereau’s grandchild, Amelia, is a cancer survivor. She suffers from WAGR syndrome, a rare form of autism. Born with no irises in her eyes, she must wear sunglasses all the time. Although considered legally blind she can see broad images. She also has very limited language skills but is improving by leaps and bounds.Recently three of her paintings were auctioned off at a charity event for cancer survivors and garnered $1000 for the charity.

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ALEXIS JUAREZ

Alexis' father called the Baja Mission to ask us to have a
memorial service for Alexis in the Mission Church. Even though many of his family
were not Christians, the father said, “Alexis was a son of God,
I want them to do everything that he would want.


The companions who grew up with him in the Special Education Center, teachers, his family, and some of the staff at FFHM were there to say goodbye to this student who fought until the end. The father gave thanks for all the financial support, prayers and the demonstration of affection towards the family. A memorial service is a great opportunity for preaching the Gospel.

We are faced with life and death issues. Where will we spend eternity?

GIVING THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

In the fall of 2000, Jamie and Jane Caldwell welcomed us to our new office and volunteered the services of their cleaning crew. We were overwhelmed by their generosity. “We were strangers and you welcomed us.

Jane is now in a Senior Living community in San Juan Capistrano, 
but Victoria and her crew continue their custodial service as a gift to us.

RON RAMOS AND ANDY BROSCHE

Ron, a former administrator at the Baja Mission,
and Andy of Mariners Church, dropped by the office last week.
It is always wonderful to be visited by dear friends.

SARA PETERSON AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JANELLE KELLER

Sara will be transitioning to her new role as daycare supervisor for the new facility in San Quintin. More to come next week.

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

Monthly Dinner update: Patrick
 and Shari, missionaries to the Philippines,
will be sharing at our monthly prayer dinner Friday, November 2nd.
 
The dinner will be at Lutheran Church of the Cross
24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA at 6pm.
Please call in your reservation to Linda (949)492-2200
by Wednesday, October 31st.

FYI…  A rummage sale is planned for November 3rd from 7am to 2pm.
Please excuse any clutter at the far end of the dining room.
All the proceeds are going to missions.

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TWILA BELK

We are in the process of writing a contract with a published author for the sequel to Charla’s Children. Our friend, Godfrey Dawkins, suggested we contact Cecil Murphey, author of Gifted Hands. He is now retired but his associate, Twila Belk agreed to write the sequel. This is an answer to prayer.  I just read a book of hers recently published titled, The Power to BeIt was delightful!

WILLIAM ZERSEN

William writes, “In my prayer time, I have to stop and ask the Holy Spirit to clear my mind of everything that is not of the Lord and the purposes of my prayer.
Once I do that, rarely do thoughts other than what I am praying for come to my mind!

Sincerely,

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October 12, 2018

LET THIS BE OUR PRAYER TODAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

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PRAISE GOD, YES, THERE ARE GOOD THINGS HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Christian Doctor Who Heals Rape Victims.” Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege is on a crusade for women’s dignity. Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal minister and was inspired to pursue medicine after traveling with his father to pray for the sick. Panzi Hospital, which he founded in 1999, is managed by the Pentecostal Churches in Africa. This 63 year old doctor works with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the Congo. Mukwege challenges fellow Christians to be a light that shines in the world of darkness for the dignity of man and woman.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Our medical and dental center is buzzing with activity. We are endeavoring to get everything up to code. We are excited to announce third and fourth dental operatory and an upgrade to our OB/GYN department. The construction team is working hard to get everything up to code.

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 ANDRES AND SUPREENA

Our homebound and wound care patients are being visited regularly. Supreena, a home care nurse from Canada joined our team to visit the “shut-ins.”

CHARLA WITH SANDY PISTOLE

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2018 FAMILY BIBLE CAMP

How many of you remember Family Bible Camp at Camp Seeley or Pinecrest? Each year we took children from Mexico to the US  for this special event.
But after 9-11 our world would change forever! We could no longer take children into the US for this greatly anticipated event.

Sandy became the director of our Kid’s Camp in Baja. 
But last year and this year, Jill Adams restored Family Bible Camp.

Thank you for sending a kid to camp.

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LAURA RODRIGUEZ 

Laura, administrator to the Oaxaca Home for Children, writes, “I see the ways we can grow as a home and respond to the needs in the community around us, but we need more staff to do that…We feel stretched pretty thin from time to time.”  Open positions in Oaxaca: maintenance, cleaning, teenage girls’ housemother. 

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CHILDREN WITH NEW SHOES IN OAXACA

A long time ago, I remember well the day Chuck and I took the children from Etla to the Central Market to buy shoes. They were in desperate need, so Glenda’s story touched my heart. An unknown donor from Mexico City purchased shoes for His little ones. May God bless the donor.

MODESTO

MODESTO CLIMBING UP THE MOUNTAIN

Modesto, one of our Bible school graduates is legally blind. He ministers in a remote region of Oaxaca. This area is often dangerous and hostile to evangelists.
Recently a man was killed there. As a precaution, a pastor in this area asked Modesto to stop coming for a season.

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

Thank you for attending the prayer group monthly dinner. Over 50 came on Friday night. Chuck Pereau gave a mini concert, accompanied by Janelle.
Charla shared events from a long time ago. Janelle completed the evening
with a beautiful rendition of “Be Still My Soul.” 

Next month Patrick and Shari, missionaries to the Philippines will join us.

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ELLIE LUGO HOLDING THE BOOK

Ellie
, former nurse in our medical center, married one of our Bible Institute students. They pastor a church in the Baja area. Ellie writes, “My father has been failing rapidly and now looks very end-stage.”   

Hospice has been called in and Ellie is traveling to see him.  Please pray for her stamina, emotionally and spiritually, and for her dad’s salvation.

Sincerely,

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October 5, 2018

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CHARLA AND JEAN

Jean Darnell, a student of Amy Simple McPherson, has literally traveled around the world preaching the Gospel. She ministered at the Church on the WayVan Nuys, CA, until she was 90. Jean now semi -retired, recently had a stroke. Her daughter LaDonna hosted a gathering of old and new friends last Sunday. We shared memorable events.

Many years ago, Jean was a guest speaker at Old Pisgah in Highland Park, CA. She promised to give a boomerang from Australia to the person who brought the most guests the next night. Charla recruited seven friends from the Lutheran Church and was gifted the boomerang by Jean. Charla has treasured this special gift since 1963; she returned it to Jean at this gathering. A boomerang always comes back to the sender!

OSMIN ON HIS BIKE

ANOTHER CHILD RIDING HER BIKE

Two children from our Special Education Center learned to ride their bikes without training wheels. This is not an easy feat for a child with a disability.

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LAURA AND MELISA

ODBULIA AND EFREN

 MARIBEL AND ROSALINDA 

This past month Cheryl Trevor, school supervisor, taught the children the attributes of God. Last week, she specifically spent each morning devotional sharing the principles of salvation. She was truly blessed when at the end of it six children told her they had prayed to receive Christ for the very first time.

Please pray for these children who have
experienced the new birth in Christ Jesus.

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THE LADIES DISPLAYING THIER QUILTS

Thank you to the ladies from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tillamook, Oregon who made 50 quilts for the Baja Mission. These precious women have sent us quilts for many years.There are not many quilters left.

CHUCK PEREAU, JANELLE KELLER AND CHARLA PEREAU

Don’t forget the monthly prayer group dinner today, Friday, Oct. 5th.
We will be meeting at 6pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross,
24231 El Toro Blvd., Laguna Woods, CA.

Chuck, Janelle Keller and Charla will be speaking.

ANDREA LOMBARD

Andie writes: “Thank you for the prayers. It is the only thing
that has helped restore me. It has been miraculous!

TEAM OUTREACH IN THE MOUNTAINS OF OAXACA

Our team from Baja is ministering in the mountains of Oaxaca where there is such need. They are encouraging the weary Pastors and evangelizing communities. There are both spiritual and material needs, but there is great hunger for the Gospel

The group will be returning to the Mission this weekend,
rejoicing in the fruit they harvested.

NEW DAYCARE CENTER IN SAN QUINTIN

Praise God, the new daycare center in San Quintin, Baja, CA
will open up Monday Oct. 8th.
 

We rejoice because 45 children will receive the love of God
and the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

Congratulations to the graduates from the University of Tijuana! 
We are so proud of each one and you have faithfully
supported these young men of promise

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Ruben Eliacim Aviña graduates with a degree in Business.
He will stay in Tijuana and look for a job in his field.

Moises Rodriguez graduates with a degree in Graphic Design.
He is working as a graphic Designer with a publicity firm in Tijuana.

Isai graduates with a degree in International Relations. He plans on continuing his education and serving his country by joining the Mexican Naval Corps.

Sincerely,

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Oaxaca TJ House Trip

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Dear Foundation for His Ministry and Camano Chapel,

My name is Franco Vazquez and I am 18 years old. I want to thank you all for making our missions trip to the Oaxaca Mission possible and praying for us while we were gone.

I am so thankful that I received the blessing of going to Oaxaca. It blessed my life in so many ways. I learned many new things and experienced things I never thought I would.

I grew up at the children’s home in Baja, where missions teams would visit and help for a week. Those missions teams were always working and giving and being a blessing to people. This Oaxaca trip let me be the giver, the worker, the one blessing.

On our trip we visited the city of Huajuapan to help a missionary family. We were able to help them clean up their little facility, paint and fix up their little school. 

In Huajuapan I learned about thankfulness and being grateful for all that we have. I also really saw people who believe that God is always with them, no matter how little they have.

Around the children’s home we served by washing dishes, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. 

But what I loved the most and learned from the most was taking care of the little boys and spending time with the youth. The kids at the home are so kind to one another and really accept each other as family.

We also visited the women’s prison which really ministered to me. Seeing how the women have faith in God, even while they aren’t free and their lives have been and are so hard. It is impressive.

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Finally, but not most important, we were able to visit and tour the city of Oaxaca. Oaxaca has a rich, artistic culture. 

We visited the ruins of Monte Alban, the weavers in Teotitlan, and the black pottery of San Cristobal. Oaxaca is a beautiful city.

Thank you again so much for your support, and making this trip possible for me. I am so thankful for what God did in each area and part of this trip. This trip blessed my life.

Thank you, 

Franco Vazquez

Missionary Spotlight: Maria Villa Pablo

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We support eight missionaries who are serving and ministering in the mountains of Oaxaca among people who have still not heard the Gospel. Over the next several months we want to use the newsletter to introduce you to these amazing people so you can be praying for them: 

My name is Maria de Jesus Villa Pablo. I am 40 years old and for me it is truly a delight to serve our Lord Jesus Christ as a missionary in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca. 

I come from a family who was affected by alcoholism. My mother raised four daughters and one son alone; I am the second daughter of five children. Because of a great need of food and care we ended up at FFHM in Vicente Guerrero in 1980. 

They took care of me and two of my siblings. Later, after one year and seven months, my mother came for us and took us to Yucuyi in Oaxaca, which is the town where I was born. I grew up there together with my sisters and my brother surrounded by violent and alcoholic family members. Because of sorcery I suffered with very strong spiritual battles for most of my childhood. 

However, seven years later, God in His sovereign grace took us back to Baja California. One day, two child evangelism teachers from the outreach ministry of FFHM arrived where I lived. It was during a Bible class that the Holy Spirit revealed to me my sin and showed me Jesus as my Savior. That day I was liberated from spiritual attacks and the extreme terror that had paralyzed me in the nights. 

The day I received Christ, I also felt a strong calling to missions. I felt the conviction to return to Oaxaca and to take the good news. 

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At 12 years old, I started to go to the Mission Church. At 13, I was baptized and at 14 I entered the Bible Institute for two years. 

When I was 16, I arrived in Oaxaca as a missionary. I have now been serving for 23 years as a missionary in this region of Oaxaca. 

The need continues being enormous, but I am dedicated. Like the child who gave Jesus his five loaves and two fish, I give Jesus my small contribution, trusting that He will multiply it for more people to continue the call to preach the Gospel and make disciples. 

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MY MINISTRY IS FOCUSED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

• EVANGELISM – To be the arrowhead to enter places that are difficult to access with the good news (evangelism is one of my passions).

•TRAINING OTHERS - To stimulate and help in the training of mature believers and to support them in their integration into ministry service according to their gifts. 

• DISCIPLESHIP – To strengthen in faith the new believers through Bible studies in homes or public places especially women and children. I love working with children.

• ADMINISTRATION – To support in the administrative area of our church Abundant Grace Family Christian Center

• RADIO – To pray for my work at the radio station as the programmer. Through the transmissions a great diversity of programming is sent to people of different ages with a focus on the restoration of individuals and families. Believers and unbelievers have been deeply and radically impacted. 


HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR ME?

1. For the radio station. Protection of the equipment, wisdom and discernment for the administration and programming. 

2. Protection when I travel to remote towns.

For 55 Years they met for Prayer

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I do believe that by intercessory prayer, as Jesus himself has told us, the great power of God works in ways we cannot conceive.” Oswald Chambers. 

In 1963 a group of Lutherans met weekly for intercessory prayers, primarily for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. 

In 1966 that little group unanimously launched on a mission that would change all of their lives and the lives of countless others; the founding of the mission in Vicente Guerrero, Baja, CA, Mexico. (See Charla’s Children, chapter 14) 

During the ‘70s, our group grew in numbers and became very interdenominational and remains so. In answer to prayer, we saw tremendous miracles. God worked in ways beyond conception. 

In 2000 we moved to San Clemente and to our home in Laguna Woods, CA. We never missed a prayer meeting. The Petersons, Barnes, Schofields, Sanders, Sheltons, Knowltons, Smiths, and precious Pat Durkin was soon to follow. 

For over 55 years these intercessors continue to meet weekly for prayer.

We meet at the Pereau’s home, 2355 #3H Via Mariposa W., Laguna Woods, 92637. All are welcome; we have a prayer group dinner the first Friday of each month at the Lutheran Church of the Cross. Once again, all are invited. 

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face …” 2 Chronicles 7:14. 

Want to receive our weekly Prayer and Praise e-newsletter? Send us your email address to: info@ffhm.org  or call our office at (949) 492-2200.

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By Charla Pereau, 
Founding Director

Weekly Prayer & Praise Newsletter

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PLEASE JOIN US

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THE PEREAUS

Chuck and Charla will be ministering at the monthly dinner on October 5th. There are some stories that have been seldom told; “Chasing the Ice Cream Man”, “All God’s Children Got Shoes” and others. Chuck will be ministering in song.

Please make reservations by calling Linda at (949) 492-2200
by noon on WednesdayOctober 3rd.

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OUTREACH

Glenda Mira from the Oaxaca Mission writes: We give thanks to God for this new school year that He allows us to begin, with new challenges, new children, and new needs among these little ones. We think that we will have fewer children this cycle because several children finished last year. For this cycle, we have around 30 children, preschool and elementary aged. May God provide us with the materials and everything we need to give quality attention to these little ones and, above all, may their lives be blessed and changed by the word of God and the knowledge.

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CELEBRATION

Daycare children in Baja, celebrating Independence Day.    

ART CLASSES IN OAXACA

MURAL COMPLETED BY A STUDENT

We are so blessed to have Elaine Croft as our Art Instructor in Oaxaca.

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CHILDREN IN OUR PRESENT DAYCARE CENTER

new daycare center will soon be open in San Quintin. Praise God that for 52 years we have maintained an excellent reputation in Baja and beyond.
DIF, Mexican social services, has asked us to open up a daycare center
without any restrictions. We can share the Gospel with His little ones without censorship. The buildings built by DIF are near completion.

Thank you God for another opportunity to make disciples of Christ.

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LAURA RODRIGUEZ, OAXACA MISSION ADMINISTRATOR

It is easy to get caught up in the never ending to do list, since it is in the service of the Kingdom. Often we are spending ourselves to the point of exhaustion, often we think everything depends on us.

Pray our Mission staff will take time to be still with God,
hear from Him and recognized that He is in control.

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE

We are so thankful for our new Bible students. Please keep them in prayer.

PLEASE PRAY

Another beautiful team will be traveling to Oaxaca for an evangelistic outreach to the mountains and beyond. Please pray for much fruit.  

We’ll be sharing this picture until they return as a reminder.
 

Sincerely,

Charla Pereau

September 14, 2018

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SAM PARSONS

Friday night, Sept. 7th, with Sam Parsons was wonderful.
Sam is walking in victory, to God be the glory
though he has a diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Please pray.

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ALEXIS JUAREZ

Alexis finished his race on planet earth. Please pray for his grieving father and family.

The memorial service was held on Sunday at the Mission Church. Praise God for the blessed assurance that Alexis will be walking with Jesus. 

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MARILYNN YEADON

Dave and Marilynn served on our board for many years. We met the Yeadons at Sky Valley Park in Desert Hot Springs. We were blessed by the Yeadons’ ministry since Dave was a missionary’s son and spoke Spanish. Dave and Marilynn recruited groups from Sky Valley Park from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Marilynn was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and outside of a miracle, she will be leaving us in the near future. Please pray for the Yeadon family.

We praise and thank God for their part in His Ministry

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PAST THANKSGIVING MEAL

We first met the Van Dykens at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. Pete and Janice made all the arrangements for hosting our Thanksgiving dinner at the Baja Mission. The Van Dykens have had an extraordinarily difficult year, but Janice will carry on her tradition of preparing Thanksgiving this year.

However, we will have to purchase turkeys and all the trimmings in Mexico because of difficulties at the border. If you would like to have a part in providing our festive Thanksgiving dinner, designate on your contribution “Thanksgiving dinner."

MABEL CARPENTER

Mabel will be baptized this Sunday, Sept. 16 as we celebrate her birthday at the Village Church in Laguna Woods, CA.

Mabel celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 26th. She is a faithful contributor.

DR. BRYAN WICKS (FAR LEFT) AND DR. MELISSA PEREAU (NEXT TO HIM)
TAKEN IN THE PRAYER CHAPEL OF RANCHO DE CRISTO


The Pereau’s son-in-law Dr. Bryan Wick underwent surgery on Tuesday
to his cervical spine. It was done urgently because his spinal cord was being compressed. The surgeon says it went very well. Bryan will be in the
hospital for a few days and then hopefully home to his family .
 It will be months of physical therapy to see if he recovers fully.

Please pray for Bryan and Melissa.

CORRINE EHRICK

Whatever happened to Corrine? Corrine was at one time, administrator of the Baja Mission. She returned to the U.S. to take care of her aged mother, then served on the U.S. board as an ambassador to our missions. 

Corrine is in good health at 90 years of age and lives in a retirement home near her daughter Sue, who also spent time at the mission. 

GRACIELA CORDOBA

Please pray for the outreach team going
to Oaxaca from Sept. 21st to Oct. 11th. 

There are 15 adults going: some are from our outreach department, some from our church, Hugo and Lizeth from Sinaloa, Esther Torres from the Learning Center, and MarioGraciela and Sandra. They will train leaders, teach leadership classes, school for parents, and a Bible summer school for children.

Back to School

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Summer is over and our kids in Baja and Oaxaca have headed back to school. We believe
education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

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We also believe having children in school all day is an amazing opportunity to truly disciple
them and help them view the world from Christ’s perspective. Because of these beliefs we put an
emphasis on providing a qualityChristian education.

Please pray for Cheryl Trevor in Baja and Abby Martin in Oaxaca as they lead the schools.

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When Children Pray

A sixteen year old boy had been shot in the head and left for dead on the near-by beach. He was taken to Buen Pastor, the hospital in San Quintin. Miraculously he lived, but was left blind. He was sent to the Mission and was eventually able to push a broom, sweeping our many walkways.

His name was Lucio, which means light. One of the little children said, “With a name like light he should not be blind.” Frequently the children prayed for Lucio and then one day it happened. Lucio bent down and swept up trash into a dust pan. The children ran to the administrator and said, “Lucio sees!” It was true. God had miraculously restored his vision. He proclaimed, “I was blind, but now I see.” Later Lucio returned to Capala, Oaxaca, to preach the Gospel. He was later martyred.

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There have been numerous other occasions when there has been a revival among our children. Sonya Bertelsen and Corrine Ehrick reported there has been an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our children. There has been healings, repentance, confession of sin; restoration of relationships and forgiveness with weeping.

The joy of the Lord had fallen on these children. The revival lasted several days. In 1982, giving was at an all time low. Our children, from their meager resources, gave all they had.

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Jill Adams, our Baja adminstrator’s adopted son, Nathan, is in need of prayer. He was diagnosed at birth as having Hepatitis C. Now at age seven, he has severe liver damage, but he is not a candidate for special treatment until age 12.

Our children at the Mission have faith to believe for a miracle. And Nathan needs one. Will you join us in praying for Nathan?

By Charla Pereau, Founding Director

Group Travels to Madrid, Spain

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A small group from the Baja Mission Church took a trip to Madrid, Spain, this year.

We are grateful for all the support we received to be able to put together a camp for children in Madrid, Spain. It was a very blessed time. The children were very happy and participated in all the activities.

Despite being asked specifically not to speak about Christ, we looked for a way to do it and on the last day we shared the Gospel.

We prayed for every one of the children and strongly felt the presence of God.

We had 90 children attend including Muslims, Moroccans, and Spanish people; 52 of them heard the Gospel for the first time.

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My job was primarily in the area of coordination and training for the camp, but I did have the privilege of ministering to these little ones.

The church in Madrid invited us to do a camp next year, but this time not only for the children but also for teenagers.

By Lula Hernandez

September 7, 2018

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ALEXIS

Alexis is in the hospital in critical condition. 

He needs a miracle. Please pray.

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CONNARD AND DEANNA HOFFMAN

Connard and Deanna faithfully intercede for our missions.
The Hoffmanns served in Oaxaca and at the Baja Mission.


They write:  We will pray for Dave and his complete restoration from the effects of Chemo.Lord, in Jesus Name we ask You to restore good health to Dave and give him the strength that he needs.Father in Jesus precious Name we ask that you restore good cells to every cell that was obliterated by the cancer, the chemo and the radiation. Holy Spirit, You are the creative power of God and we give You our thanks for this miracle!! Amen! 

 Lord God we thank you for those like Will and Erma Hedman. We ask that they, along with all of us seniors, will enter each day with the Joy of The Lord as our strength, and then use the times and opportunities You give us to be a blessing, whether in prayer or activities. Help us to always be encouragers of the Brethren in Christ`s matchless Name! 

 Dear Charla, You are in our prayers as well as Chuck, for The Lord`s Precious presence to overshadow and ANOINT YOU WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH to accomplish God`s perfect will with His Joy as your strength.  

God be praised for all of those who have received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord! 

 And Father, please continue to bless the work on the sequel to Charla`s Children as worked on By Everett and Charla.   

Now, may The Lord Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit, encourage and strengthen each of you, as you daily seek His face in sweet communion with His Awesome Presence, overwhelming each word, prayer and task! 

 Our love to each of you,  

Connard and Deanna Hoffman

QUICK TRIP TO MEXICO

Minerva Trujillo (in the flowered blouse) with her brothers and sisters in Mexico City. Minerva has spent many years at the Baja Mission as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. She has served as a teacher, Dean of the Bible Institute
and sponsorship secretary.

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FAMOUS RUINS OF MONTE ALBAN

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CLIMBING TO THE SUN

LIVING QUARTERS

Thank you for making it possible for our children to visit the world famous Monte Alban in Oaxaca; for world travelers, it is a must. Our children had a guided tour
and then had the freedom to explore these famous ruins.drop

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FOUNDING DIRECTOR, CHARLA PEREAU, AT THE CONFERENCE

Aubrey Beauchamp, founder of Hospital Christian Fellowship, hosted her annual conference, Hope For a Hurting World, at Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Charla spoke and many were moved to tears as Chuck sang.
Her topic: The Little Lost Pup or Behind Prison Walls.

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A NEW WHEELCHAIR

Our wheelchair shop in the Baja Mission is a busy place. This precious lady came requesting repair of the wheels on her wheelchair. They were not fixable.

Instead, she was given a new wheelchair.
Not expecting this precious gift she wept for joy.

A NEW WHEELCHAIR

Children often come for wheelchairs but there are very few in that size.

Thankfully, this child left rejoicing with his new wheelchair.

ELIZABETH DAWKINS

Godfrey and Elisabeth Dawkins of Trinity Fellowship, are missionaries in Nairobi, Kenya under Foundation for His Ministry since 1968. Elisabeth was recently diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm.

Please pray God will reveal to Elisabeth, the right option
and medical team for this critical upcoming surgery.

SAM PARSONS WITH HIS NURSE

Sam, our roving troubadour, who visits Orange County nursing homes and retirement centers, will be with us Friday night, Sept. 7th for our monthly dinner.

Sam, recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,
needs your continual prayer while undergoing chemotherapy.

August 24, 2018

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BILL ROGERS, MARK AND TOM

BIBLE INSTITUTE

God continues to answer our prayers. In August 2008, God sent an amazing team, BillMark and Tom from Redding, CA, to do all the electrical on the expansion of our Bible Institute. The team arrived just in time and the electrical wiring was done in a few days. The Bible Institute is now in need of refurbishing and we are praying for resources to complete the job.

God will supply our needs once again.

GABRIEL BLANCO (LEFT) ARNOLDO AYALA (RIGHT)

Gabriel from the Baja Mission lost his mother and a three-year-old brother recently, they were hit by a car and both died. Arnoldo lost his mother also.

Please pray that God will comfort the hearts of these two boys.

MIA SANCHEZ AND MARELY CERROS

ANDRES SANTOYO AND MARIA DEL CARMEN

DAISY LOPEZ

Five students from the Baja Mission started junior high school
on Monday, August 20th.

They are very nervous and need prayer to face this new challenge. 
They are: Mia, Marely, Daisy, Andres, and Maria.
 

REDDING CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP VOLUNTEERS

Redding Christian Fellowship is hosting Samaritan’s Purse in an effort to help those affected by the Carr Fire. They have set-up a volunteer center at the church and have orientation twice daily for volunteers going out that day.

Each team is led by a core leader out at the site and they make sure the volunteers are safe. The homeowner is there to point out where items might be found.

At the end of the day, chaplains come to talk and pray with the home owners.
They present them with a Billy Graham Bible.

Please continue to pray for the families and volunteers.

STUDENT IN OAXACA

Our students in Oaxaca have returned to school and
our elementary students in Baja will return on Monday, August 27th.
 Please pray for the teachers and students.

Many have difficulties in learning and there are several children who’ve never been to school. House parents have a challenging job. They have to have the capacity
to love children who are not their own. Many of whom have deep
emotional scars from abandonment or rejection.

ENRIQUE PEREZ

Enrique, Prison Ministry in Oaxaca, is requesting prayer for a quick recovery from prostate surgery and help with prison outreach during his absence.

SAM PARSONS

Sam, our roving troubadour,
will be ministering Friday, September 7th at 6pm.
Lutheran Church of the Cross 24231
El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Cost is $7/per person.
Please make reservations by
calling Linda in our US office (949) 492-2200.