Baja

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

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