December 2017

December 15, 2017

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NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Hundreds will attend this dramatic presentation. Staff and children will participate. Busloads of people will be brought in from near and far.

Pray with us that many will come into a personal faith in Jesus Christ! 

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VICKI GRAVELL PREPARING THE STOCKINGS

Praise the Lord! Thank you for praying. The children’s Christmas stockings and the candy, beautifully packaged, was taken across the border December 12th. Hallelujah.

Thank you for your prayers. 

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AMELIA

Please continue to pray for our son Dana and Antoinette’s granddaughter. Little Amelia has a Wilm’s Tumor in the kidney and it's fast growing. They will do 12 weeks of chemo to shrink it; WAGR babies are prone to renal failure. 

“She’s technically blind, but is a precious, sweet, kind, fun and loving child.” She has amazing parents who are strong, and patient. Please pray for her parents who are exhausted. She has been in and out of the hospital constantly. 

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LOIS AND EVERETT

Everett and Lois Wilson make an annual trip to teach at our Bible Institute. Recently Lois had a serious stroke and required around the clock care.  Lois fell and broke a hip, which required surgery.  Please pray for Lois and her family in this time of need. Praise the Lord her surgery went very well!

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LINDA AND CHARLA IN THE SAN CLEMENTE WAREHOUSE

Our dear friends have donated new furniture for our staff housing. We are always amazed when we are given the best. It is boxed and ready to go to the Baja Mission.

The dedication of our staff housing is scheduled for January. God is so good all the time.   

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OUR FAITHFUL VOLUNTEERS

Please don’t forget the Canadian mailing at 9am on Wednesday, December 27thand the U.S. mailing on December 28th from 7am to 11am.

Maybe you would like to bring Christmas goodies?

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FAITH AND ROD

Rod and Faith Southard have been long time supporters of His Ministry and Rodserves on our Board. Faith will undergo rotator cuff surgery on her right shoulder today. Please pray for a full and quick recovery following surgery. 

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SUZANNE, CHARLA AND BILL IN THE US OFFICE

Bill and his daughter, Suzanne Tenny, deliver very special seasonal gifts to our San Clemente office: a lily for spring time, a pumpkin for harvest and a magnificent poinsettia for Christmas. How blessed we are to have friends who drop by to bless our ministry. 

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ABDUL (IN THE BLUE SHIRT) IS THE ADMINISTRATOR AT A BIBLE COLLEGE IN SOUTHERN INDIA

According to recent reports relayed to us by our friend Stephen Ashby, persecution against Christians has escalated in Southern India. Please pray for Abdul Messiah’s family and friends who this past Sunday, were attacked by terrorist groups and admitted to the hospital.

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CAROLYN

Carolyn is a child sponsor and longtime outreach missionary in Mexico. New ownership of the senior community she lives in, has resulted in a huge increase of space rent. This has potentially created a hardship for owners and may force some to have to sell their mobile homes. Please pray for reconsideration of the park owners or that God would bring a buyer for Carolyn’s home. 

December 8, 2017

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LOIS AND JACK

There are so many precious friends who are behind the scenes supporting His Ministry like Jack and Lois Schofield. They spend hours mailing your Alternative Christmas cards and ornaments. 

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PAPER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

It is not too late to send your Alternative Christmas gifts. Pretty paper ornaments will be sent to you for loved ones.

If you would like to participate and give a gift towards Alternative please click here.

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PASTOR LELAND LANTZ

Our annual Christmas dinner Dec. 1st was a blessing with Sharon Joyner ministering to us in music. Valerie’s special dinner was delicious.

Please make reservations by Wednesday, January 3, 2018 for our next monthly dinner when Pastor Leland Lantz will be speaking.  

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MARCIA AND PASTOR LELAND

Pastor Leland Lantz, Marcia and team thank you sincerely for your prayers as they journeyed through Uganda. They were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the world’s largest refugee camp. Pastor Leland was asked to preach and had the privilege of baptizing over 70 people. 

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JANELLE

Executive Director, Janelle Keller’s father went to the hospital at the beginning of the week for an infection on his nose and while there the doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm. The aneurysm wasn't as big as they had originally thought and he was later discharged. Many were praying; thank you!

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

 Friends of the ministry, the Baileys write: A 55 year old friend of ours, Chris, had a major stroke on Thanksgiving in the desert.  His right side is paralyzed and he cannot talk. He has a feeding tube.
 
Please pray for a miraculous healing for Chris and peace for he and his family. 

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IS THERE ROOM AT YOUR TABLE?

There are many men, women and children who are in “the far country”. There are empty places at the tables and gifts that remain unopened. Let us join together and pray that the lost will come home for Christmas.

Perhaps there is a lonely friend or neighbor you could invite to your celebration? 

 

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Awesome Christmas Stockings

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We stood amazed; Vicki Gravell shopped all year to purchase age appropriate gifts for over 100 children. 

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The women of the Village Church in Laguna Woods, CA, went to Vicki’s home to fill the stockings, (really Christmas cloth bags). 

There were “American Girl Dolls” dressed by Vicki. Cuddly dolls, Legos, arts and craft material and soccer balls. It was like a giant toy store. The event was extraordinarily well organized. We were in awe of Vicki’s out pouring of love for the least of these. 
And for our children in Oaxaca, Ranell Conine from Winnetka, IL raised money with her friends so the staff there could purchase gifts to go in their stockings. 

This was the fourth year Ranell blessed our children in this way.

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Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

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It was a Christmas tradition for Harry and Betty Sherda to attend Midnight service at the Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, CA. 


The words of “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” are poignant with meaning. “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.” Betty prayed, “Oh Holy Child of Bethlehem be born in us (me) today.” Betty, an agnostic, was born again. 

The Sherdas served on our board for over 20 years. Harry, a C.P.A. served as Treasurer. Betty, a court translator, traveled with Charla in Mexico. 

The Sherdas hosted us on a number of trips, including a trip to the Holy Land, led by Dr. George Wood. 
A trip to Bethlehem was number one on Betty’s agenda…but we were so disillusioned by the Church of the Nativity.

Then Dr. Wood led us to a nearby shepherd’s cave, much like the one that could have been used by the innkeeper. It was musty and a dark, dank place. No place to give birth. We wept. No little drummer boy, or soft lights or poinsettias. No place for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Early the next morning, after the birth, we could hear the innkeeper’s wife saying, “If I had only known, I would have given Him the best room in the inn!” 

But most important; is there room in your heart for the Lord Jesus? “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.”