April 2018

April 20, 2018

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Pray for those who mourn the loss of their dear ones. 

A memorial service was held at the Mission Church for Rafael Lopez. We were all grieved and shocked by this tremendous loss. Rafa has served in many capacities including construction supervisor. He picked up the kids from the Disabled Children's Learning Center every morning.

We’ve been sent a number of emails, including the following: 

“ What a shock it was to read about the passing of Rafa. And what a shock for the mission in its totality. He was so deeply involved with every need that needed a solution. He sure has left a lasting impression of love and deep care in thousands of visitors, children and staff. 

We thank the Lord for giving him to us for the years he served at the mission. 
May our Heavenly Father comfort those who are directly affected by his passing

Dirk and Mary Kos


Carolina Shaver, Bible Institute graduate writes, “Everyone must have a Rafa story. I only knew him for a short time and never would have imagined it was towards the end of his life. When I was at the [Baja] Mission in 2014, every time I saw Rafa he would flash that gorgeous smile and greet me in Portuguese. "Bom dia!" or "Boa tarde!"  This always touched me, that he had learned some Portuguese. Endlessly cheerful, he impacted countless lives.” 

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Our precious friend Genevieve Bredesen, Reverend Harald Bredesen’s wife, passed away last week.  The Bredesens were faithful supporters of the ministry and on the board of the 700 Club. Pat Robertson was the youth director at Harald Bredesen’s church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. 

There was a great reunion in heaven!

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Janelle Keller will be speaking at our women's auxillary, WINGS, in ReddingCA on Monday, April 23. 
She has other commitments representing FFHM
from Saturday, April 21 through Tuesday, April 24.

Please pray for safety as she travels.

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Jorge Diaz, one of our first children to be interned at the Baja Mission in 1966, will be ordained on Saturday, April 21


Have you prayed for our students at the TJ House, who have the privilege of attending higher education?  Ricardo and Andrea Bolanos oversee these children of promise. The semester will soon be coming to a close; finals will be given.

Please pray for the students, and of course, Ricardo and Andrea. 

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Nancy Benning, violin teacher and faithful supporter for over 30 years, is suffering with arthritis and was recently at the emergency room with high blood pressure. She had a miraculous touch.

Please pray for a total recovery. 

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In OaxacaLuis Angel’s surgery for his torn ligament is on Tuesday, April 24.
It will cost around $3,000. 

Please pray for Luis and the doctors involved, as any surgery comes with risks. Also pray that God will provide the necessary funds. 

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Praise God, we have a new house mother for our children in Oaxaca. May we introduce Soledad Toral Avendaño, a graduate from our Bible Institute. 



Teresita Silvestre from Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca writes:
Thank you for sending  the newsletters. I will pray for the projects
and the people from this report, Rafael’s wife and his daughter.
And please pray for me and my family too



We welcomed two new girls at the Oaxaca Mission.
Please pray for them as they adjust.

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April 13, 2018

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There have been a number of attempts to write the sequel to Charla’s Children. Starts have been made to no avail.

Everett Wilson, a published author and I will make another attempt!
Can you make a commitment to pray weekly about this project?
We are both in our 80s. Time is short.

Thank you sincerely,
Everett and Charla

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Rafael Lopez’s journey was completed. He passed from this life to life eternal. An urgent email had been sent on Monday but we didn’t realize the end would be so soon.   

I first met Rafael at the Rose Park Orphanage over 50 years ago. I remembered him and he remembered me. Years later, he came to serve at our Baja mission. He had been a faithful servant of Jesus Christ since his conversion.

The wake was held Wednesday, April 11th and internment in Vicente Guerrero, where Jon and Eleanor Cowpersmith are laid.  

Please pray for his wife, Angela and daughter, Ariela during this difficult time.

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Praise God monies were sent for Glenn Almarez’s treatment for Hepatitis C. Glenn must be signed up for the program. 


Yiria Minguela will be moving to our student’s home in Tijuana where she will be studying Educational Science. She came to our home at seven or eight years old and is now 20. Our very rural community is not the same as Tijuana.

Please pray that she adjusts to the big city and all that it involves.
Thank you for your years of faithful support of this fine young woman. 

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Did you know that Godfrey and Elisabeth Dawkins, missionaries in Kenya, are supported by Foundation for His Ministry

One of their missionaries, Gathuku Kibunga writes: 

Late last year I received an email from Tyndale House Foundation, inviting me for a consultation on the ‘The future of Christian Publishing in Africa’ at their Illinois Campus. It all happened last week. I had the privilege of meeting up with MaryKleine, the Executive Director, in wonderful fellowship, and appreciate them in person for the years they have supported Timazi Magazine

It is also with great joy to let you know that when Telos Institute learned I’ll be in the US, they organized a private graduation ceremony at Indianapolis to celebrate the completion of the Associates of Arts degree in Child & Youth Character Development. It was wonderful and special. Thanks so much for sponsoring me to take up this unique training....It has contributed a lot in my current student ministry. I truly appreciate.” 



Our dear friend, Paul Hatley, will be ministering in three different prisons. The Little Lost Pup will be distributed in these institutions. This book has a powerful, life changing impact on inmates, like Craig Pereau.

If you haven’t read this book it is available through FFHM. You can order it through our website at www.ffhm.org , or by writing us at P.O. Box 74000, San Clemente, CA 92673

  • Staton Correctional Facility, April 20, 2018, Deatsville, Alabama. 
  • Bullock Prison, April 21, 2018, Union Springs, Alabama. 
  • Frank Lee Prison, April 22, 2018, Deatsville, Alabama. 
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Last week, Janelle Keller was in Oaxaca, traveling and ministering to our staff and missionaries in the field. Sunday morning she spoke at the Village Church of Laguna Woods and was introduced to the congregation.

Tuesday, she accompanied Chuck Pereau on the piano at Christian Women’s Connection. Early Wednesday morning we received news that Rafael Lopezpassed away and Janelle headed south to the Baja Mission for the wake.

Please pray for Janelle and her very busy schedule. 

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Hans and Lena recently visited the Baja Mission for the dedication of our new staff housing. It has been over three years in construction. The old trailers, which were donated, were like saunas in the summer and refrigerators in the winter.

We thank God for all who helped with construction and contributed financially. 

“For lo, the winter is past, 
The rain is over and gone. 
The flowers appear on the earth; 
The time of singing has come.” 
Song of Solomon 2:11,12

Planting Seeds

The Boys at The Ranch

The Boys at The Ranch

Hans Benning and I had planned the day, but things did not go as planned and half of the group cancelled due to the flu. As Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps”. God had His own agenda for us and as I contemplated what to do about the shortage of workers, God simply said, “Take the teenage boys.”

Nine young men joined us as we headed out to the ranch. Hans gave us a brief tour and talked about the men’s stories of drugs, alcohol, crime, self destruction and often violation of others.

He also talked about redemption and hope. This time planted seeds in these boys. As we began working, I got to know them better. Some boys worked quietly, some tried to find any reason to take a break, and some began sharing their lives. I soon realized that some of these boys had never thought about their future outside of the mission walls. So, we began brainstorming about their passions, skills and what it means to be disciples.

Rancho de Cristo

Rancho de Cristo

After lunch Hans had us remain in the dining hall. The words he began to speak echoed my heart’s desire. He shared the fear he had for the boys, not because of who they are or where they came from but because of the broken world we live in. He reminded them that God knows each of their names, but so does the devil and the men at the ranch are examples of listening to the wrong voice. We had each boy stand as we called them by name and laid hands on them as we prayed boldly for their minds and hearts. The men from Rancho and the visitors committed to praying daily for each one of these boys for the next year.

Hans and the boys

Hans and the boys

As I drove back to the mission, I was grateful for the plans God had for the day. This day was a highlight for the serving group, for me, and for these boys. A seed has taken root and lives have been changed!!

By Susan Eichensehr, Baja Mission

Hard at work

Hard at work

The Agave

The Agave painting

The Agave painting

Reverend Reid Lunsford was a lifelong friend of my parents and a mentor to me. Reid had a terminal disease and we made frequent trips to visit him in his beloved desert home in Phoenix, AZ. He loved the desert.

In 1966, oil painting classes were offered at our church and I signed up. I chose a picture of an Agave, a desert cactus, to paint as my first oil painting for Reid. The painting wasn’t even dry on the canvas when we received the call, “come now,” his departure is very near.

Reid was still coherent and delighted with the painting. Other family members flew in as we gathered around his hospital bed in the living room of their home. Chuck began to sing “In the Garden”. As he sang the words “and the voice I heard...the Son of God is calling,” an angel appeared in the room. Some saw it and others felt its presence. Reid was escorted home by an angel.

In February 1967 the hills of Baja were covered with Agave. Somehow I knew this trip was preordained; negotiations began toward the purchase of the mission property in Vicente Guerrero. I never knew what became of the painting of the Agave. In 2012 I was scheduled to speak at the Lutheran Church of Joy in Glendale, AZ. To my surprise, Reid’s daughter, June Griffin, came to the service. She brought me the painting which had been lost for over 46 years.

By Charla Pereau, Founding Director

Another University Graduate



I was born in Sinaloa on Nov. 20, 1994 to a single mother. We traveled to Baja, with the hope of finding better working conditions for my mom. I was given the opportunity to live at the student’s home in Tijuana and to attend the University, majoring in Marketing. With God’s grace I’ve done very well academically and am now graduating with a degree.

At the student’s home I found friends who have become like brothers and sisters; family for the rest of my life. Memories will be cherished; soccer games, parties with carne asada and each semester kickoff meeting are things I will never forget. Now as I graduate from the University, I plan to go to Camalu, Baja CA Mexico to find employment in my field of expertise. I am so thankful to the Foundation for His Ministry for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. It could never have been done without your support.At the student’s home I found friends