May 26, 2017

PASTOR SHIRA

CELEBRATION OF MARY PETERSON'S LIFE
 

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

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THE DURKINS
 

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

 

DOCTOR NEEDED
 

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

MANUEL AND GLENDA WITH THEIR SON ELIAS
 

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

EUGENIA, MODESTO & SON
 

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

MARIA VILLA PABLO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RANCHO DE CHILPAYATES

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

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THE BRIDGE CROSSING THE DRY RIVER WAS WASHED AWAY SEVERAL TIMES

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

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JUAN AND ELISA HOSTED A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR LORRAINE BARTER

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

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

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

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PASTOR TOBY AND SHANNON RAY

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

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