July 6, 2018

ALEXIS

Dirk and Mary Kos, who were a vital part of establishing the Disabled Children’s Ministry, responded to the prayer request for Alexis as so many others did. The prayers were answered miraculously.

The boy’s leg was not amputated. Hallelujah!
 

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BAJA MISSION CHILDREN IN SALA (MORNING DEVOTION)

 

CHILDREN IN SALA RECEIVING AWARDS

Cheryl Trevor, Principal of school in Baja, had the children participate
during the Sala (morning devotions) to close out the school year. The children were given special awards for their accomplishments.

Thank you to all who sponsor our children in this safe, secure environment.

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MIKE AND JUDY BAYER

Pastor Mike Bayer and the Village Church, are faithful supporters of His Ministry and participate in doing the Canadian mailing. Pastor Mike will undergo hip surgery this month.

Please pray for Mike and Judy, his wife.

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SAM PARSONS

Sam Parsons, our dear friend and troubadour to many nursing homes,
has cancer of the pancreas, lungs and lymph nodes. Sam is presently
recording his next album and has started a book with a ghost writer.
Sam needs strength to do a Praise and Worship seminar.

He continues to pray Psalm 139,
knowing that God knows the number of his days.

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DAVE POWERS

We thank and praise our God that Dave Powers’ biopsy came back negative. He will have only a raspy voice for the time being.

Thank you for praying.

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EVERETT

Once again there will be no prayer group dinner at the
Lutheran Church of the Cross in July and August 2018.
We are making all effort to complete the sequel to Charla’s Children.

Please pray for Everett Wilson, who will
make a conscientious effort to do so.

A CHILD RECEIVING A WHEELCHAIR

MAN RECEIVING A WHEELCHAIR

Wheelchairs at the Baja Mission must be adapted with
special wheels because most are used in sandy terrain. We are
so blessed and delighted to give this gift of mobility to others.

Thank you to Joni Eareckson and others who make this a possibility.

FOUR OF THE FIVE KIDS:
ERIKA (9), JAVIER (3), ESPERANZA (6), AND LUIS (8) 


Last week, we received five kids in our home in Baja. The three older ones
and the baby are doing well and seem to be happy being in a place
where they have everything they need and there are nice people
taking care of them. The three year old boy has been very sad and cries constantly. He misses his home and there has been no way to comfort him.

Please pray for them.

Impact One Life - Become a Sponsor

Each of the children and teenagers entrusted into our care in Baja, Oaxaca and Tijuana are truly precious gifts of God. All the houseparents and staff do their best to care for them, nurture them and raise them into disciples of Jesus. But there is another group of people who play a vital role in their development and growth – their sponsors. 

Obviously, the financial investment of $30 a month is important as money is an essential part of raising children. But the most important part of sponsorship is the relational and spiritual investment made by the sponsors. These are children who have been abandoned by a parent and the fact that someone chooses them through sponsorship is an important part of their healing.

When I was serving in Oaxaca, I quickly realized that these sponsors that the children call “Tio” and “Tia” are truly family to the children. They had pictures of their sponsors carefully preserved in photo albums or hung on their wall next to their beds. They frequently asked for prayer for their sponsors. And at our annual graduation party the graduates would always mention their sponsors when they gave their speeches of gratitude. 

If you would like to play this significant role in the life of a child go to: www.ffhm.org/sponsorships or call Linda in the US office at (949) 492-2200.

By Janelle Keller, Executive Director
 

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Congratulations Marisol

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I was born October 11, 1995 in San Quintin, Baja California. When I was ten years old both of my parents got sick, and everything in my life changed. When I was 13 I went to live at the children’s home in Vicente Guerrero. Seven months later, my mother passed away and then a few months after that my dad passed away too. My only hope of a future was at the children’s home, so I stayed there.  
 
Over the last nine years, I have realized that my life has been extremely different from what a “normal” child’s life should be. In time I have come to love my time growing up in the children’s home. I have experienced blessing upon blessing.  
 
In arriving at the TJ House, the blessings have continued. I have studied marketing and will finish my academic studies in June. At the TJ House I have come to know people with great hearts and have made good friends. The TJ House is my favorite place. It is my place of peace and I feel safe when I am there. 


I will miss this home: the carne asada and volley ball on Saturdays, our obstacle courses in the yard, playing games and singing karaoke. I will miss going to church together and coming downstairs for pizza. I will miss each of the people I live with and this house, which is full of joy and fun.  

I am so thankful to Foundation for His Ministry for what they have provided in my life and the opportunities I have received through them.

Marisol Cervantes

Oaxaca, Land of Intrigue

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In a southern state of Mexico lies a rugged land full of diversity and contrast. It’s made up of over 157 spoken languages, cultures, and ethnic groups. Many of these groups still do not know Jesus Christ; many have no one to tell them. 

Bob Sundberg assessed the situation and gave thousands of hours to the task. He drove to the remote areas, and when he could no longer drive, he walked. Bob ate what he was served, often resulting in food poisoning. 

He came from Detroit, also the place I was born, and miraculously has survived three liver transplants. His courage and determination are legendary. He is my modern day hero. Our adopted son Charles Curtis, also came from Oaxaca. We have had the special privilege of working side by side with Bob.

I walked the mountain side and found a little home, where hollyhocks grew by the door. Hollyhocks grew in our backyard in Detroit. I admired the lovely blossoms and was invited into this humble home. I prayed for my precious new friends in a foreign land, in a foreign culture.

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Esteban and Yadira (pictured above) also ministered in Oaxaca where there were no known believers. They poured out their lives to establish a church in the remote village of Santa Maria. They now oversee our outreach.

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support of our
missionaries serving in Oaxaca.

By Charla Pereau, Founding Director

June 29, 2018

PRAY FOR MEXICO

The greatest prayer request for this week would be for the Mexican elections on Sunday. This is an important one, with many positions up for election. 
Over 100 candidates have already been killed.

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SPAIN

A team from our Mission Church in Vicente Guerrero are currently
on an evangelistic trip to Spain. “The effective, fervent prayer
of a righteous man avails much
.” James 5:16

Please pray that their ministry will be fruitful.

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ALEXIS

Alexis Juarez, a student in our Learning Center for children with disabilities, was taken to a hospital in Ensenada with a life threatening infection because of pressure sores. He has spina bifida and is having a leg amputated today, Friday, June 29th.

Because the father is missing so much work, the family is also depending on God for their financial needs.

Please pray for a miracle for Alex.

If you would like to offer financial support, please click here.

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SWEET GENESIS AND PASTOR GLENN ALMERAZ

Daughter of Pastor Glenn Almeraz, Sweet Genesis, writes:
 “I am very grateful to God for allowing me to finish the basics towards my medical degree (four years). Thank you for supporting me unconditionally. 
I will now begin my internship in a hospital in Ensenada

MARITZA AND CARLA AGUILAR
FROM OUR MISSION WITH THE TROPHY


Our girls soccer team from the Baja Mission
placed second in Vicente Guerrero. 

Congratulations!

A CHILD WITH IAN

How thankful we are for Ian Croft, who serves as
a father to the fatherless in Oaxaca, Home for Children.

FATHER FIGURES

There are other faithful men, who serve in Oaxaca, as role models to the fatherless.

May God bless you one and all. 

WORK GROUP AND CHILDREN
AT THE OAXACA MISSION


We praise and thank God for our work groups, who have been a vital part of His Ministry since the beginnings. Have you scheduled your next work group yet?

Call (949) 340-2051 or see https://www.ffhm.org/plan-a-trip/

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DAVE POWERS

A dear friend of His Ministry, Dave Powers, a cancer survivor,
awaits results from a biopsy on his vocal chords.
The Powers thank the Lord for the steady hands of Dr. Cho, 
a wonderful Christian, encouraging, oncology ENT and we thank you praying friends.

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TJ STUDENTS AND HOUSE PARENTS

Our students’ home in Tijuana needs major repairs at a cost of $4,000! Ricardo Bolanos and the young men living there will be doing the repairs.

Please pray that God will supply this pressing need.

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MONTHLY DINNER

Attention: There will no prayer group dinner
at Lutheran Church of the Cross in July and August 2018.

We are taking a break to write the sequel to Charla’s Children.

Please pray for this ambitious project. Thank you.

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POEM

One of our dear friends, Ana Kerr, of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, often sends us her poems.

June 22, 2018

LORENA WITH HER DAUGHTER

Please pray for Lorena and her daughter, who grew up at the Baja Mission. They will be relocating to Guadalajara. Lorena has faithfully served at the Mission for 10 years, as a house mother, Bible Institute teacher and supervisor of the kitchen. 

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MODESTO AND EUGENIA

Esteban and Yadira flew to the remote area where Modesto and his
precious family live, but they had to return by land which took almost 11 hours.
The roads are bad and the rains have begun. There are groups
of threatening, armed, violent men even in full daylight.

Pray for Modesto and his family’s safety in this dangerous
area where they have chosen to minister. 

MARLYNN, YULISSA AND LLOYD (10 YEARS AGO)

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MARLYNN, YULISSA AND LLOYD (NOW)

Congratulations to Yulissa de Jesus, another graduate from college.
How we thank God for those who sponsor our interned children, like
Lloyd (Buffy) and Marlynn Branam who have supported
and encouraged Yulissa for the past 10 years.

They sponsor two other girls at the Baja Mission
and another future college graduate. 

SOCCER TEAMS IN BAJA

Congratulations to our soccer teams at the Baja Mission,
who will be competing for third place. 

JANELLE, JOSE, MARGARITA AND GREGG

We love drop in company at our office in San Clemente.
It helps us keep in touch with those who mean so much to us. 

May God bless our faithful supporters. We could not do it without you. 

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JIM AND CHARLA

Jim Burtrum, a retired policeman and
a faithful supporter of FFHM, also dropped by.
Jim drove our big truck for years during the 90s.   

May God bless our volunteers .

GLENN

NATHAN

An urgent request: please continue to pray for Nathan, Jill Adams’ son, and Glenn Almeraz, who will be undergoing treatment for Hepatitis C in Mexico. 

Tests have shown Nathan already has liver damage
so he needs to be approved soon for treatment. 

ARIANNA LOMBARD

We are proud of our great granddaughter, Arianna Lombard,
who graduated from Stanford University.

She was born in the medical center at the Baja Mission. 

MARILYN AND DAVE

Our dear friend and faithful supporter, Dave Botzenhardt, has cancer in both lungs. Dave has worked for years as a volunteer with Hermano Pablo’s
organization which is broadcast all over Latin America.
Our radio station in Juxtlahuaca broadcasts them many times a day.  

June 15, 2018

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PRESIDENT TRUMP AND KIM JONG-UN 

North Korea agrees to ‘complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula' after Trump-Kim summit

Around the world prayer warriors were praying for this summit. To God be the glory.

Continue to pray for peace in the Korean peninsula. 

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GENEVIEVE


The service for Genevieve Bredesen will be held at
Lutheran Church of the Cross: 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637
on Saturday, June 16th at 11am.

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COLLEEN


The service for Colleen Parsons will be at the Bridge Church, 29582 Aventure, Rancho Santa Margarita, 92688 on Saturday, June 16th at 2pm.

Both Genevieve and Sam and Colleen were faithful supporters
of Foundation for His Ministry.

"To be absent from the body is to be present
with the Lord,” and we celebrate Genevieve and Colleen’s graduation. 

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SAM

Sam Parson had a cat scan last week and the doctors say he has pancreatic and lung cancer. We don’t know the prognosis yet, other than it does not look good. His kids are devastated. 

Please pray for Sam and his family.

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JIM AND LORETTA LITTLE


Jim and Loretta, longtime friends of His Ministry, have announced that no treatment is necessary for the cancer she had and the swelling in Loretta’s lymph nodes has gone back down.

Praise God! 

GABRIEL, RUTH AND MIKE DIEHL

Many Years ago, Ruth Diehl came to work in Baja bringing her young son. Years later, she and her husband, Mike, returned bringing groups and became faithful sponsors for Gabriel. Here they sit together before the start of the musical presented last Friday at the Mission home.

We thank God for all the loving and wonderful sponsors He provides for our kids.

You could be a sponsor too.
Please visit our website for information: www.ffhm.org/sponsorships

 

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NICK AND THERESA BUDMATS

Bob and Marie Southard led the first groups to the Baja Mission a long time ago, then Nick and Theresa Budmats
picked up the baton and have led many other groups. 

The Budmats recently recently hosted a barbecue for all the staff
Thank you Nick & Theresa and all who pray for
and invest in the lives of our staff and children.

TERE

YADIRA AND ESTEBAN

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TERE IN THE MOUNTAINS

But for me, the greatest miracle is seeing God open the doors for ministry in the mountains of Oaxaca, where there are still unreached people groups


In 196, God sent us a little Zapotec Indian infant and changed our lives forever. Committed missionaries are reaching out into these remote areas. Yadira PorrasEsteban ValdezManuel and GlendaTeresa Tello, Maria Villa Pablo and Modesto and Eugenia are making Christ known by preaching the Gospel. 

To God be the glory. Amen! 

June 8, 2018

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FLAG DAY

For our Americans: don’t forget to display the U.S. flag on Flag DayJune 14th

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PASTOR SAM

Seventy-eight people attended our monthly prayer dinner hosted
at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, (that’s a record).

Valerie Ellis served a delicious dinner and Sam Parsons poured his heart
out in grief. As you know, his wife Colleen died of sepsis
on May 10th while they were on vacation.

Please continue to pray for Sam and his children and grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16th.

Sam ministers in nursing homes throughout Orange County and lives by faith. There was an amazing outpouring of love and appreciation for his ministry.
A very generous financial gift was given to him.

Thank you to all who gave!

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MALICE IN THE PALACE

Cheryl Trevor
 from the Baja Mission writes: “On June 1st the children of the school presented Malice in the Palace, the story of Esther. It was an hour-long musical play that the kids have been preparing since January.  Everything was performed live and the kids did an excellent job!  We also enjoyed a dessert potluck and displays of the children's school work all around the theater.  I was proud of the kids for beating their nerves and performing on the big stage in front of 150 people. And I was even more grateful for the message of the play: that God has placed us here for a reason.
All glory goes to God for a wonderful event!”  

How blessed we are to have Cheryl Trevor as school principal. She produced our annual Christmas pageant for years. How blessed these children are! They could be numbered among “the least of these,” from abject poverty.

Thank you for your faithful support!

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STACY

Stacy Williamson is dear to us all. She’s the daughter of Joy Williamson who has faithfully served our ministry as a nurse. Stacy is in need of prayer for her general health.  She has had a number of surgeries and suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis.

She needs a miraculous healing touch from the Lord.

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CESAR

The sidewalk leading from the Baja Mission to the church has 106 tiles with the key events from Genesis to Revelation. The Walk Through the Bible is chronological.

As you know the Bible is grouped by Books of Moses, Books of history, poetry, etc. Cesar Perez at our Bible Institute successfully memorized the 106 events from Genesis to Revelation.

Congratulations Cesar! 

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FFHM BOARD

Please pray for our board meeting, which meets June 8th and 9th in Bend, Oregon. It will be held at the Chairman of our Board’s home, Matt Juarez. 

MARISOL

Marisol Cervantes, a University graduate, writes: “Both of my parents died when
I was 13. Needless to say I was devastated, but God opened the door to
The Home for Children in Vicente Guerrero and new hope for the future.
Then, who could have believed that I would be able to continue my education
at the University. At the Student’s Home in Tijuana I had safety and the joy of living
in a Christ centered home. Thank you to those who faithfully supported me
and thank you Ricardo and Andrea Bolanos.” 

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YULISSA

Another University graduate, Yulissa Guzman writes: “I arrived at the Children’s Home in Baja at three years old. I was loved with the love of God by all who cared for me. Thanks to their investment, I am who I am. I am graduating from the University with a degree in teaching English as a second language. I have also studied French, Spanish and sign language and hope to be an interpreter. I am so thankful to God for all the people who supported me through these many years.” 

Your investment will not return void. Thank you. 

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"HOPE FOR A HURTING WORLD"

Hospital Christian Fellowship, Fall Conference, September 4-6, 2018,
includes dealing with grief and loss, updates on Alzheimer’s research,
online spiritual care, training and much more.
Cost for the conference includes handouts and meals: $198.00.

Early bird specials: Before June 30th - $100. 
Charla Pereau will be one of the speakers. 

Location: Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Email HCFUSA@gmail.com or WWW.HDFUSA.com Ju

June 1, 2018

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HONORING THE FALLEN

Hope your Memorial Day celebration was a blessed event and as inspiring as ours. There were traditional flag celebrations, honor was given to our veterans in all branches of service. A Korean gave a testimony of how they live in freedom, prosperity and are part of the world’s largest church congregation. Tearfully the man described how an American GI died at his door, laying down his life for others.

May God bless America!

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PASTOR SAM

Pastor Sam Parsons will be ministering at our monthly prayer group gathering tonight. Sam was recently bereaved by the loss of Colleen, his dear wife.

Sam, one of the famous Four Lads, now ministers in over 40 nursing homes in South Orange County, sharing the Gospel. He has no regular income but sends a monthly newsletter telling of his divine encounters with the sick and aged.

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In July and August there will be no monthly prayer group dinners. I will be concentrating on writing the sequel to Charla’s Children.

Please pray for this ambitious undertaking. 

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RAFAEL

Rafael Lopez, one of our bus drivers for the Disabled Children's Learning Center, picked up children every morning to bring to the Baja Mission.

The children are grieving his loss and don’t understand why he was taken so quickly.
Rafa drove the bus until the very end.

Pray for the children’s consolation.
 

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BOAT RIDE

Dirk and Mary Kos launched an annual trip to Ensenada. The tradition is carried on. Most of the disabled have never been on a trip to Ensenada,
have never been on a boat or even a pier.

Thank you for providing for this wonderful outing.

We’ll Never be the Same

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Since returning from Oaxaca we have had time to process the trip and think about what we learned:

 

Take Away #1: Prayer is powerful

Going in, our team valued prayer. We were very deliberate to identify our main requests and invite others to join in prayer. Even with our efforts, I don’t think any of us were prepared for God to answer in the ways He did.

 

Every request, whether intangible (growing hearts for children abroad, developing lasting relationships, receiving a kingdom vision for life choices, initiating further partnership with the mission) or tangible (smooth travel, safety, getting the weed-whacker started), was answered. God is capable of more than we could ever ask or imagine, and He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in him (Psalm 37:4). 

 

Take Away #2: Give thanks

The Mexican people constantly give thanks to God for his faithfulness and provision. Every prayer was an outflow of gratitude. After returning, our team has been amazed by how little we see thanksgiving in the prayers of our American church, despite being materially blessed to the max. We now aspire to be models of thanksgiving in the Christian communities we’re a part of here. 

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Next Steps

Kyle has a growing friendship with Rinzgüin, a teenage boy at the home. He is excited to sponsor Rinzgüin and prepare a surprise gift for his 18th birthday. Lord willing, Kyle will return to Oaxaca to deepen his relationships with the kids, further his mastery of the Spanish language, and experience God’s presence there. 

 

Michael is still processing/praying about the experience to determine what the next step is. Brian is sponsoring Baltazar, a teenage boy at the home. Brian sees himself playing an ongoing role with the ministry through financial support. 

 

What is the next step for you? Perhaps it’s 

visiting one of the missions or committing to financial support. Please visit the FFHM website www.ffhm.org for more info and ways to give. 

 

By Michael, Brian, and Kyle

Hope for Sinaloa

I can remember the words that Jesus said: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me…lift up our eyes and look at the fields, because they are white for the harvest.” Today, there are many things that distract us and we turn our eyes and look at different things, and not what Jesus wants us to see. 

He wants us to see the fields of souls ready to hear and receive His Word. In that same part He tells us that some sow, some harvest, and the fruit is for eternal life and that is exactly what happened on our recent trip to Culiacán. 

We harvested what Hugo and Lizette have sowed. We joined a group from Texas. The work was INTENSE for them and for us. Our team was focused 100% on the spiritual work – the sowing and harvesting for eternal life. 

We put together a winter version of Vacation Bible School with the children of San Pedro. We began with 17 children and we finished with 30. Even though it was a time of classes, we had new children coming every day. 

10 children received Jesus for the first time, which is the most important thing. Our prayer is that what was harvested gives fruit, and the lives and families of these little ones can do a COMPLETE turn around. 

The children memorized the Word of God and did crafts related to the classes. We had a time for games, which is where the group from Texas helped a lot. I firmly believe God has great things planned for every one of these children!!!

In the evenings we covered three camps, El Guayabito, El Ranchito, and San Jose. Every one of the teachers prepared a good class, a good seed to be sown in the lives of these children. We so desire that they have different lives, that they be watersheds in their generation, different children, different youth, adults, and families, because with the help of God this and even more can be accomplished. 

The work needs to be watered with a lot of prayer, fasting, and perseverance. His Word will never return empty. 

It was a very good time - time to be able to expand the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The voice of Jesus will still be heard. We plead with the Lord of the harvest to send more workers to His harvest. It is wonderful to be part of the team of Jesus Christ. 

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There are no words to describe the joy and happiness that was in our hearts to be able to be sent to the harvest, where we found children, women, youth, and families longing to hear the Word of Eternal Life. 

Thank you so much to the donors who from their homes, their churches and their jobs are a part of this work. You all are those above the well sustaining the rope so that we can go down into the well where we find our people, speaking the same language and bringing them out of the darkness and bringing them into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. THANK YOU!!! 

We love you and are grateful for all that you do for our people and for our country. 

 

Graciela Vazquez, 
Baja Outreach Supervisor

Remembering Rafa

Recently, we lost a beloved staff member at the Baja Mission, Rafael Lopez. As we gathered to mourn and tell stories about our friend and co-laborer, two themes emerged about Rafa’s life. 

One was that after living a life of darkness and addiction, he had been radically transformed in a way that is only possible through a relationship with Jesus Christ. And because Rafa had been forgiven for much, he loved Jesus extravagantly. He had a passion for God’s Word, missions and service of others. 

The other theme was that Rafa valued people above everything else. He genuinely wanted to know people and know how they are doing. He would drop everything to help a friend – and he considered everyone his friend. He had an infectious personality and made it his mission every day to be an encouragement. 

We find comfort and joy knowing that Rafael is in heaven with Jesus and he is whole and without pain. But he leaves a huge hole in our lives and in our ministry.

 

By Janelle Keller, 
Executive Director

May 25, 2018

All gave some, some gave all.
Remember them this Memorial Day. 

“Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”
 John 15:13

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LOVE COVERS

Elaine Croft made nine beautiful quilts; seven of them went to the new children in the Oaxaca home and two went to the teenage girls who needed replacements. 

ELAINE AND HER ART

Elaine Croft also shares her artistic abilities by teaching art classes as an elective.

MELISA HERNANDEZ

 

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JOSEFINA MACEDONIO

Please pray for Melissa and Josefina as they adjust to living in a new home.

Pray they would fully understand God’s love for them.

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KARELY AND CRYSTAL

DANIEL AND JANETH

On June 28KarelyCrystalDaniel and Janeth from the Baja Mission,
will have a test to get into High School.

Please Pray that God will give them a place in the school. 

JONATHAN AND ADILENE DERAS

Jonathan Deras is the new director of the Baja home and would like prayer for wisdom and discernment to do his work well.
His wife's name is Adilene.

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YANDERI

Recently, the Oaxaca home received a new teenage girl, Yanderi. She is fourteen years old and has very limited literacy skills. Currently, Yanderi is studying one-on-one with Abby Martin, head of the Oasis School, and is steadily progressing with reading and math. We are eager to see her gain the skills needed to experience God by reading His Word herself.

Please pray for Yanderi to advance in her reading. 

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POSTER FOR YAGUL OUTREACH

On Saturday, May 26th, the youth group from the Oaxaca Mission will be participating in an outreach event in Yagul. This neighborhood has high crime rates, and the church in Yagul is excited to be able to hold their first outreach event in their community. They have invited two Christian rappers to attend, who will also be ministering in the Tanivet prison before the event.

Please pray the lost will be reached at the outreach. 

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CANADIAN MAILING

Don't forget next Wednesday, May 30th for the mailing of the Canadian newsletterat 9am in the rec room.

2355 #3H Via Mariposa, Laguna Woods, CA.

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US MAILING

Thursday, May 31st for the mailing of the
US newsletter at 7am at the same location.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER - SAM PARSONS

June 1 at 6pm -  cost $7/per person.
Lutheran Church of the Cross: 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA. 

Please call Linda to RSVP (949) 492-2200.

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MONTHLY DINNERS

There will be no monthly dinner in July or August but we’ll be getting together again in September. Hopefully in July and August, we will be concentrating on the sequel to Charla’s Children.

Please pray for that effort. It has been a long time coming.
Dr. Everett Wilson will be collaborating on this book. 

May 18, 2018

I hope and pray that you had a lovely Mother’s Day.

In Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10.
How we thank God for those who serve at our missions as surrogate mothers. 

I received a number of cards and greetings but one card brought back special memories. My mother often said, “It’s always too soon to quit and the best is yet to come.” 

Diana Gearhart sent this card: 

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My mother graduated to heaven in 1997 at the age of 97. The following year I led a women’s retreat and shared some of the lessons my mother had taught.   

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OUTREACH

In Tlacolula, Oaxaca, we have been participating in a major outreach event in the prison and in Yagul. We believe God is calling us beyond the walls of churches and taking us into neighborhoods.

Pray for this major outreach. 

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BAJA TEEN BOYS

Teen boys are always a challenge but especially so if they are fatherless. They face many temptations at school and in our community.

Please pray that each have a divine encounter with Jesus
so their lives will forever be changed. 

BERNICE AND EARL

Jill has transformed the building once used as the upholstery
and print shop into a new staff lounge.

Perhaps you remember working in either of the shops doing upholstery or correlating the newsletters? The shops were dedicated by Bernice and Earl Linvog, Anacortes, WA, in memory of their dear friends the Sjostroms’. 

It will be a delightful place to build deeper community within the staff.

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HANS
Hans has had flu symptoms the last few days. 

Please pray for strength and healing.

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LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE CROSS, LAGUNA WOODS, CA

Save the date for our monthly Friday night dinner on June 1 at 6pm
It's not too early to RSVP by calling Linda at (949) 492-2200
 
More details to come.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Foundation for His Ministry. 

If you'd like to print a card or gift tags,
simply download the PDF files and print.

These cards and tags are formatted to print on 8.5"x11" paper.
Print items on the heaviest card stock your printer can handle. You can also take the file to your local print shop for the highest color quality. The card fits an A2 envelope and measures 4.25"x5.5". 

For the card: print, cut and fold. 

Download HERE

For the tags: print, cut, hole punch and tie on your item with a ribbon.

Download HERE

We hope you enjoy this card and gift tags. Thank you for your cotinued support of His Ministry.

May 11, 2018

1923-2018

Bob was a bridge builder, a volunteer, a good and faithful servant of his Lord Jesus Christ. Chuck and I met Bob and Marie Southard in 1973. Pastor Gordon Shira introduced us and we became the best of friends. 

Bob organized the first work groups from Willow Creek Church in South Barrington, Illinois. He arranged speaking engagements throughout Illinois and then chauffeured me from church to church.

Bob was a salesman for Allis Chalmers, a manufacturer of pumps. He arrived at the Mission and found the pump in our well broken. He prayed and somehow managed to repair it. 

Bob made many harrowing trips with Chuck in the big truck to Mexico. On one occasion they were carrying a huge water tank; but driving in the mountains, the wedges came loose and
the tank rolled from side to side. Both men were white
as ghosts when they reached the Baja Mission. 

You too can be a bridge builder, a volunteer for Jesus, tried and true.

Others have been enlisted, 
why not you?

The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide, Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old man crossed in the twilight dim; The sullen stream held no fears for him; But he turned when safe on the other side  And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man." said a fellow pilgrim near, 
"You are wasting your strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day; You never again will pass this way; You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide, Why build you the bridge at the even tide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said, "There follows after me today A youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been naught to me, To that fair-haired youth  may a pitfall be. He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!

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COLLEEN
Many of you prayed. Today, we received the heartbreaking news that Colleen,
beloved wife of Sam, has passed away.

Please pray for strength for Sam and family. 

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NATHAN, SON OF JILL ADAM'S, THE BAJA ADMINISTRATOR (LEFT)
GLENN (RIGHT)


What do these two have in common? They both have Hepatitis C.

Nathan will hopefully be treated in Ensenada in the coming weeks
and your prayers will make the difference in a full recovery.

Hopefully Glenn will be scheduled soon. 

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RIKER

Little baby Riker, Dana pereau's grandson, was hospitalized this week at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He requires multiple surgeries on his eyes and face.

Please pray for this precious little one.

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AMELIA

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CERTIFICATE

Amelia, Dana’s granddaughter, has completed her cancer treatment from Seattle Children’s Hospital. 

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EVERETTE

Everett Wilson is now going through volumes of history related to the sequel to Charla’s Children. Please keep him in your prayers. Everett now has a full time caregiver for his beloved wife Lois, and can devote his full attention to the book.

Please pray. 

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CRAIG'S BOOK

Pray that prison doors will be open as our precious minister of the Gospel will be going Saturday morning, May 19th, to the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville, TN. He will distribute copies of the Little Lost Pup in that institution.

Please pray that the books will be given to inmates
and they will be receptive to the Gospel.   

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CHARLA

Mark is a new man in Christ and will be released from Corcoran State Prison in California to Teen Challenge in Orange County on Thursday, May 17th.
He has been incarcerated for eight years.

Carolyn Libby and Charla will take him from the prison to Teen Challenge. 

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EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

Teresa has an embroidery workshop in a prison at Rio de Hielo, Oaxaca

May 4, 2018

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COLLEEN

Sam Parsons ministers to nursing homes in South Orange County. He is a beloved friend and frequently ministers at our Friday night monthly prayer group dinner.

Last week, he and his wife, Colleen, went on vacation to see family in Texas. Colleen became critically ill and was hospitalized in grave condition. She needs a miracle.

An update from her CaringBridge page: All her numbers are slowly moving in the right direction. The antibiotics are bringing her infection numbers down and her oxygen levels are good enough that they are beginning to back off her ventilator - hoping they can remove it in the next few days. 

Please pray for increased circulation to her legs as they have beenseverely affected.

You can follow her progress and offer support for Colleen and family at the following link: www.caringbridge.org/visit/colleenparsons

Please pray for strength for Sam. He is too tired to sleep. 

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STEPHEN

Please pray for Stephen Ashby, our beloved friend, who is studying for the Lutheran Ministry. He is facing finals, like many other students this season. Chuck and I met Stephen a few years ago. To know him is to love him. He is very conscientious.
His daily Homilies are on hold during this season. 

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EVERETT

The sequel to Charla’s Children is in  process!

Please continue to pray that Everett Wilson and I will be able to transcribe the many stories or events that will be presented in the book. It is our hope that we will be able to go back to the many supernatural events throughout Chuck’s and my life.   

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ELEANOR AND GERALD

Eleanor Lugo served in our medical center for years and is married to a Bible Institute student. They are pastoring a local church in the Baja.

Eleanor asks, “Will you please pray for my Dad, Gerald Goolkasian? He fell again and has three fractured ribs with demineralization in more. He's being transferred from our local hospital to Mass General which makes visitation and taking care of mom more challenging for my siblings. We also need to pray for his salvation.” 

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CHILDREN'S DAY

Once again, we hosted 750 children in our church with festivities following.
Mexico celebrates Children's Day on April 30th.

Praise God, another opportunity to touch His little ones for Christ. 

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HANS AND NANCY

We wish Hans and Nancy Benning a Happy 54th Wedding Anniversary. 
They celebrated on May 3rd.    

Volumes could be written about this couple who have literally poured out their lives for others, and  have given sacrificially; 42 years of their married life to His Ministry

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JORGE DIAZ (CENTER)

We congratulate Jorge Diaz on his recent ordination
at a Baptist church in Artesia, CA.

Jorge was one of the first children interned
in the home in Baja in the 60s.

We praise and thank God for his life.

A Tribute to our Housemothers

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In both Baja and Oaxaca there are a set of women who are heroes to us all – the housemothers. 

They take abandoned and abused children with deep spiritual and emotional wounds and they love them as if they were their own children. 

These women create safe homes and create beautiful memories for their families. They pray with the children for their needs, cry with them over their pain, and rejoice with them in their victories. 

Please join us in celebrating and praying for these amazing women as we celebrate Mother’s Day this month. 

Graduate Gives Back - Yulissa Brought to the Home at age Three

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Over the next several months we want to share the stories with you of our graduating university students. We are so proud of them and we want to share with you the amazing ways God is at work:  I arrived at the children’s home in Baja when I was three years old. I grew and met incredible people: people full of love for their job and for Jesus. 

These people loved me and taught me my value, my gifts, my talents, and most of all, the love of God.
Today, thanks to their time invested in me, I am who I am.

Now I am studying languages with the goal of teaching
English as a second language. 

I am also studying French and Mexican Sign Language. I hope to continue studying Sign Language and be an interpreter one day.

This spring I will graduate from the university, and I will miss a lot of things about the TJ House. I will miss knowing that when I get home there will be someone to chat with, eat with,
and spend time as a family with. 

I’ll miss playing soccer and volleyball, going to the beach, and getting ice cream. But I also know that I am part of a family that loves me and accepts me just how I am.

After I graduate this May I plan on staying in Tijuana and finding a job as a teacher while I also look for opportunities to use my sign language, continue going to church, and serving my community in any way I can. 
 
I am so thankful to Foundation for His Ministry and all the people who have helped to give me the incredible opportunities I have been blessed with. 

I’m so thankful.

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Bringing Hope to Oaxaca

Come and see.”  Oaxaca already is an amazing corner of this world, and it’s amazing to see how the Holy Spirit has been working and moving in the Mission here over the past year. Under the leadership and direction of our pastor, Edgar Rivera Aguilar, we are experiencing spiritual healing and growth in the lives of the children and staff, along with members
of the community who have begun congregating with us. 

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I personally feel flooded with gratitude when I look around
to see the people I serve alongside with their hands raised
in worship and adoration to our Lord. 

Joy springs up in my heart to witness children and youth feeling the freedom to dance before the King. Truth is being spoken in love, deep wounds are beginning to heal, and relationships are slowly being restored. We hear reports of how God is working through
outreach efforts as well. 

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We have discovered new ways to share God’s bounty with those in need around us, through supplying rehabilitation centers and local Bible schools with food staples that they sorely lack. God has produced blessings from the earthquakes last September, opening up connections with new communities from the valley to the isthmus,
and even in Chiapas. 

The mountain missionaries continue to enter new communities with their ministry teams. They join us once a month so we can
learn more about them, the work they are doing,
and the ways they see God moving. 

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And the teenagers here are shining so brightly that other churches are beginning to invite them to their events, in an effort to inspire
their own youth. God truly works in wonderful ways. 

One of our staff members often says, “We are not a children’s home. We are a family.” As with many families, life is not all sunshine and roses. 

We continue to have struggles, misunderstandings, and disappointments. But this family has an amazing Father
who unites us and we are eternally grateful for His mercy and grace,
and for the ways He is moving among us, even now.