August

Answering the Call

My first exposure to Foundation for His Ministry was a week long visit in March 2017. Like many others, I was changed by my afternoons in outreach, serving the children and staff, but most of all by the overt presence of God in this place.    

On the flight home to Chicago, I read “Charla’s Children” and was even more eager to recount my experience to family and friends. I was in awe of how one woman’s vision was the catalyst to sharing God’s love and grace with the people of Mexico. With each conversation, God kept growing my heart for the ministry to the point He finally said, “Don’t wait for a next time. Go now.”   

Instead of watering the seed He planted, I did my best to strangle it with weeds. “God, You know I own my own business serving Parkinsons patients. I own a house, I love my church, my friends, my Bible Study group and teaching exercise classes. Furthermore, I don’t speak Spanish and I don’t  like Mexican food.” 

And God said, “But what about THEM?” The question knocked the wind out of me.

God was asking me to choose between good and good; serving the Parkinson’s community or serving in Mexico. It was a sunrise service on Easter morning when the answer became clear. God used one lone guitar and the voice of an angel to call me again..... 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me....” 

He’s right. God always is. I have now been serving at the Baja Mission for seven months with an end date yet to be determined. My “skill set” is far greater than I ever imagined. I have a servant’s heart, being raised in a loving family who modeled grace and forgiveness. I recognize the gift of an education as a means for changing a future and surrender each day to an almighty God; these are among my “skills” for serving. God does not always call the equipped but He does equip the called.   

I invite you to listen. Is He calling you? If so, prayerfully consider your response. I look forward to serving with you. 

By Susan Eichensehr, Baja Mission

Missionary Spotlight: Teresa Rodriguez

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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 Teresa Tello Rodriguez. I was born in the community of Yucuyi, which is part of San Sebastian Tecomaxtlahuaca, in the Mixteca region. Currently, I live in Juxtlahuaca with my family (grandmother, mother and my brother and sister).

We heard the good news of Jesus through a missionary, Maria Villa Pablo, who not only presented us with the Gospel, but also guided us in the first steps of the faith. 

Some time after, I felt that God was calling me to serve him and doors were opened for me to study in the Bible Institute in Baja. When I finished the Institute, I returned to my town to be a light to my own people.

RIO DE HIELO:

Cafeteria for children: Every weekend we have about 30 children attend. We share with them a Bible class, we serve them food and we spend time playing with them. My greatest wish is that the children know the truth, and the truth is Jesus. I desire for God to use them to share with their families.

Embroidery workshop: Around 40 women attend an embroidery workshop every Saturday. While they embroider, we put on music that has a salvation message. They are also able to hear Bible advice about the family and at the end we have a small Bible reflection. We hand out cookies and juice.

We want to start this workshop in other towns where God will open doors, above all else, in communities that do not have the Gospel yet.

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SAN MARTIN DURAZNOS AND YUCUNDIVI:

Even though this year we were told we are no longer allowed to continue the work with the children of San Martin Duraznos, we continue visiting house by house the sisters there, primarily Sister Francisca who is completely blind. We take groceries, clothes and medicine according to her needs.

God has given me the opportunity to disciple the sisters of the faith. The purpose is to encourage them to continue to be faithful in the Lord. Every Sunday the brothers and sisters from these two communities travel to Juxtlahuaca to congregate in our church. 

JUXTLAHUACA/ABUNDANT GRACE CHRISTIAN CENTER

I work with the church in the following areas:

Directing the brothers and sisters in the cleaning: Together we work to keep the church buildings clean.

Child evangelism: Once a week a group of children attend Bible and value classes. 

The focus of this group is totally evangelistic. All of the children that come are from non-Christian families. We pray that the families of these children come to repentance. 

Ministry of movies: Every Friday we show a movie with a salvation message. At the end of the movie we do a reflection about the theme covered in the movie and above all else what God has to say in His word about the theme. The purpose of this is for more people to know Christ. 

Children’s teacher: Once a month I have the privilege of giving Bible classes in Sunday School. This is something I really enjoy because it is a way to connect with the children of our church. 

I am so grateful to all of you for your financial and prayer support because I sincerely have been blessed by God through all of you. God has given me the opportunity to take the Gospel of God to people with a great need for Christ. This includes people who are grateful for the opportunity to hear the message and children who have shown hunger to know more about the Lord. 

Brothers and sisters, thank you so much. God will reward you for what you have done. As it says in Revelation 22:12, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” 

By Teresa Rodriguez, Oaxaca Mission

August 25, 2017

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PASTOR MIKE & JUDY BAYER

Make your reservation for the prayer group dinner Friday night, Sept. 1st, by Wednesday Aug. 30th. Our speaker will be Pastor Mike Bayer of the Village Church of Laguna Woods. He has an amazing journey, through Presbyterian and Brethren Churches, Campus Crusade for Christ and now ordained by the Assembly of God. Pastor Bayer has a monthly healing service in a senior community.  

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VOLUNTEERS

Canadian mailing is on Wednesday August 30th at 9am.
Location:  2355 Via Mariposa W., Laguna Woods, CA,  in the basement recreation room.

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VOLUNTEERS

Don’t forget to show up at the U.S. mailing on ThursdayAugust 31st from 7am-11am held in the same location: 2355 Via Mariposa W. in the basement recreation room, Laguna Woods, CA. We need your help.

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DARRELL, CHARLA AND PATRICK

We love drop in guests. Patrick Bailey, Missionary to the Philippines dropped in and brought his friend Darrell Nelson, President of Clean Water International. We share the same passion, reaching our world for Jesus Christ; he through providing CLEAN WATER and living water by which we’ll never thirst again.   

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JAN & CARL HOLTER

Carl Holter writes: Jan Holter’s surgery lasted eight hours. She’s making progress but still experiencing daily ups and downs. She has a long journey to full recovery. Please pray for protection from infection, increased lung capacity, healing of large bruise from surgery, and the ability to swallow food to replace the liquid diet. We remain positive and hopeful.

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CHARLA AND SANDY

Sandy Pistole dropped by our office. What a delightful surprise. She and her husband are now living in Florida. Sandy was our Baja Mission camp coordinator; she could do anything and everything. Sandy served as our lifeguard, taught swimming, and led morning Bible studies, each day in a different costume. She is a born evangelist and had compassion for our children. 

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STEPHEN ASHBY


Our dear friend Stephen Ashby has been recently accepted at ILT (Institute of Lutheran Theology).  Please pray that God will guide and direct him as he continues to pursue his passion of becoming a Lutheran pastor of Word and Sacrament."  

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VOLUNTEERS

Work groups travel to the Mission weekly. Please pray for safety on the roads and protection as they work and serve Him. We pray that each will have a divine encounter with Jesus. Thank you.  

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SCHOOL

School is starting this week at the Baja and Oaxaca Mission.  Pray for each to have a heart’s desire to learn and the ability for each teacher to impart knowledge in creative ways. 

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KIELERS

Olive and Larry Kieler are in need of your prayers. Larry had heart surgery, he was expected to go home this week but remains hospitalized. 

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BRUCE CAMP

A dear friend of our ministry, Bruce Camp, is in Pakistan leading Dual Reach conferences and overseeing the construction of a hospital. Pray for his protection and spiritual refreshment for every person he meets. 

August 18, 2017

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FRIDAY NIGHT PRAYER GROUP

It all began with a prayer group; for the last 54 years we’ve met every Friday night. We were a group of Lutherans who had a passion to reach the world for Christ. Through the years our numbers have varied but we have met faithfully. Out of this group of prayer warriors, the Baja Mission in Mexico was birthed.
(Read the chapter in Charla’s Children, available from our US office.)

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BABY RIKER

Thank you sincerely for your prayers for our great grandson Riker. He will be a year old in September. Every few weeks or more often this precious little fellow has to go under laser surgery. He is also blind but his parents really believe that he is able to see out of one eye. Thank you for praying.  

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PASTOR DAVID

Pastor David Mendez was one of the first pastors of our Mission Church. David’s mother was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She went to Mexico City as a missionary, then later to Vicente Guerrero. We experienced great growth during Pastor David's ministry. We moved from the chapel to the old theater and then the Mission Church. Recently, David was rushed to Ensenada with kidney failure. He was diagnosed with kidney stones. On Wednesday, the ultrasound revealed the kidney stone was gone. Thank God for answering prayers for David.  

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COURT AND JANET
 

Court and Janet Braden faithfully attend our monthly prayer dinner. Janet is an amazing evangelist wherever she goes, leading people to Jesus. Court has been suffering from acute bronchitis and needs our prayers. 

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JAN

Jan Holter is recovering from her surgery and going out of ICU into her own room. Her left kidney is functioning well. Thank you for praying. Prayer makes a difference.

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CHARLA, MINERVA AND CHUCK AT MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Minerva Trujillo, from Mexico City, joined our teaching staff 28 years ago. Many of our children had never been to school and she brought them up to grade level. She taught at our Bible Institute, to the bane of her existence. Currently, she oversees our children’s sponsorship program. To our delight, we had the privilege of hosting Minerva in our home.

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MARY AND DIRK

Dirk and Mary Kos oversee the Disabled Children’s Learning Center; Dirk also serves in the Angel Ministry that distributes equipment for the disabled. Recently his hip has been causing him pain and became inflamed. His doctor has told him he needs to get physical therapy and take medicine to reduce the inflammation. Please join us in prayer for his complete healing. 

August 11, 2017

VOLUNTEERS

“How good and pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity,” Psalm 133:1. Every Sunday work groups arrive at our Mission in Baja. Many join us in prayer that their lives will be touched by God the Holy Spirit. Hopefully they will catch the vision, “One life will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

This week we will host Redemption Baptist Church, Youth With A Mission, and Delta Pentecostal Church, British Columbia, Canada.  

DR. GEORGE WOOD

Dr. George Wood retired from his position of General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. He was a source of great encouragement. He was our camp speaker in the early years of Family Bible camp, which hosted our children from Mexico. Pastor George Wood went to our Mission in Baja annually to build them up, cheer them up and stir them up. 

ELAINE
 

We just received communication Elaine Croft, who has served at the Oaxaca Mission, was diagnosed with cancer. She will be returning to Alberta, Canada for treatment. Please pray for these faithful missionaries. 

JANELLE

Janelle Keller spent the week at Mjorud Family Bible Camp. Sunday morning she will introduce His Ministry at the Lolo Community Church, Montana. 

JAN & CARL

Jan Holter will undergo surgery Monday Aug. 14th. Please pray for Jan and her precious family and friends. Perhaps you read the bio on Jan’s connection to FFHMon your receipt letter.   

JOSE & ESTELA

Jose Manuel will be taking over our Macadamia Nut orchard and he will be leaving our accounting department. Estela Lopez is requesting prayer as she is assuming the position of accountant at the Baja Mission.

DONNA

Donna Thomas, a faithful contributor for over 30 years, has moved back to her home in Menifee, CA. Donna has lost four family members this year. She is requesting prayer for multiple physical conditions. 

GEORGE

For 25 years our children had an orange next to their plates at breakfast. George Voita of Voita Citrus furnished them all. There were boxes of oranges distributed at Christmas time by the same generous friend. He has had a number of strokes. His heart’s desire is to find a nursing home near Laguna Woods. Please pray. 

PASTOR DAVID

Pastor David Mendez was taken in our ambulance to Ensenada yesterday, August 10th. He is being hospitalized for kidney failure. Please pray for him, his wife Isabel and family. 

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RANCHO DE CRISTO

As you are prompted by God the Holy Spirit, pray for the men at Rancho de Cristo, our Drug Rehab near the Baja Mission (part of FFHM). These men are battling for their lives, breaking the bondage of addiction. Presently there are approximately 23 men committed to a year’s program. 

August 4, 2017

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER
 

It is not too late to attend the monthly prayer group dinner at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA. Pastor Leland Lantz will be giving his precious testimony, of how an Iowa farmer came to minister to an Orange County congregation. Chuck will be singing.  

JANELLE

Mjorud Family Camp, Hungry Horse, Montana .

Saturday, August 5th, Janelle will be sharing about His Ministry with the campers. Please pray for her and that there would be an outpouring of the spirit. After camp, Janelle will be with the Malcolm family in Lolo where they will host an evening in their home with people who are interested in the ministry.  On Sunday, she'll be sharing again with the adult Sunday school class and doing a 10 minute introduction in both services.

JAN AND CARL
Continue to pray for Jan Holter. They are praying that the scheduled surgery, Aug. 14 can be moved up. She is experiencing a lot of pain.The Holters have been friends of His Ministry since its inception. Jan needs a miracle. 

LARRY AND OLIVE
Larry and Olive Keiler have recruited and brought many groups to the Mission in Oaxaca. Recently, Larry went through successful open heart surgery. Pray for a speedy recovery. 

WORK GROUP
During this summer season, we have many visiting groups at the Missions. Please pray that each person will be touched by the love of God and recommit their lives to the Lord Jesus. 

JAN AND CHUCK

A praise report on Jan Braun, whom we prayed for a few weeks ago: the colon cancer surgery went well and the biopsies of her lymph nodes all came back with no signs of cancer.   

They’ll Know We’re Christians by our Love

Teresa Tello, one of our FFHM missionaries and a Bible Institute graduate, is serving in the mountains of Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. Tere is making disciples of others. 

She found Francisca, a woman, alone and blind. Tere prayed for laborers to help Francisca plant corn and beans so she could eat. They also fixed railings to help guide her to the outhouse. Thank you for supporting Teresa and our other missionaries in Oaxaca

I Wanted to be a Teacher

Paola Sandoval’s heart’s desire was to be a social worker, especially helping children. But her mother died and that was the end of her pursuit of higher education. She returned to Vicente Guerrero to support her family…there was an opening in the Disabled Children’s Learning Center. She applied and was accepted.   

Marisol Carino really wanted to be a teacher but her education ended at high school with the death of her father. She studied at any and every opportunity. Then the door opened to teach at the Mission D.C.L.C.  
Teresa Guevara also wanted to be a teacher, but to receive higher education you needed money or influence. Teresa had neither. She didn’t even have bus fare to get to and from high school. Then she had a true conversion experience, surrendered her life to Christ, and wanted to serve Him as a teacher. 

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After spending a year in the third grade, wearing a dunce cap, the little girl could neither read, write nor spell. Her father told her, “You had better learn to work hard because you are not very smart.” 

A fifth grade teacher took an interest in this child, disregarding her grade point average and taught her to read. 

Twenty years later, Dr. Henrietta Mears from Hollywood Presbyterian Church, spoke into her life and Charla became a Sunday school teacher.

We Can't Always Tell by looking

The beautiful children’s home in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, is located on the Pan American Highway about 50 miles south of Oaxaca, Oaxaca.  When it was completed a huge prison was built on the other side of the highway. 

It is not uncommon in Mexico to have a child or children accompany their parents into the prison. Recently, there has been an effort to find a relative or a children’s home to take custody of the children.


Laura Rodriguez, administrator of the Oaxaca Mission, shared this story: “An older man caring for three inmates’ children brought them to the home. As the boys tried on school uniforms (required in Mexico) in the adjoining room, I asked the man if I had their names written correctly. He glanced at the paper and made a non-committal noise. I realized he couldn’t read. 
I tried to overcome our mutual embarrassment with busy work. The man left… but the children remained.
 
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day and forget from where these children come. The girl who is never quiet in class has a mother with cancer. The 14 year old fifth grader used to live at the dump. The boy who cries before taking the test has a mother in prison. I would like to be better at keeping these things in mind when I work with ‘His little ones’. 

But it’s not just these children who have a challenging history. Everyone who has ever shared their story with me has shown me how little I can tell by just looking at someone. The quiet man who was punished as a child because he was dyslexic in a time when that wasn’t recognized. The boisterous young woman who carries the burden of knowing her dad has suicidal thoughts.   

Experience teaches me that human nature causes me to judge by what I see.  I hope I can learn to look at others as God sees them.”