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RESTORE THE BROKEN

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In every community we enter we ask, “how can we best participate in God’s renewal of this community?” Each time we’ve obeyed, God has supplied the resources.

Our medical center in Baja now hosts specialists which was a great need in the area. They also have received the donation of x-ray and ultrasound machines which allow the doctors to provide better care for patients. They are very close to completing the operating room which will allow us to have full certification to operate as a clinic.

Dr. Mark Eanes and Dr. Lance Haluka blessed the community in Baja once again this year with their “Heaven in Sight” team. They saw many miracles as they provided optical and other surgical services to those who could not otherwise afford them.

The nurses who serve in the medical center, Angelina Garcia and Jessica Brown, lovingly visited and cared for patients in their homes who are bedridden and cannot afford these services. They were the hands and feet of Jesus to many.

Enrique Lopez heads up our prison ministry in Oaxaca where men and women are discipled. Enrique and his wife have also begun regular visits to these families when they are released from prison.

Men from our outreach team in Baja visit the local dump to minister to men living there. Most of these men are living paralyzed by drug addiction. Our staff feed them, give them clean water, share the Gospel with them and encourage them to consider entering our men’s rehab, Rancho de Cristo.

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RESCUE CHILDREN

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We believe the key to lasting community restoration lies in children. Throughout Mexico we work to save children from situations that rob them of their health, opportunity and hope.

Two beautiful homes provide love, shelter, food, clothing, education and Christian discipleship to almost 135 children who have been abandoned, abused, or orphaned

The TJ House is our home in Tijuana where 20 students live while they are studying to receive a university or technical degree. This year we had eight students graduate from the university in Tijuana and Oaxaca.

Our Baja Mission runs two daycares where children come to be cared for and discipled while their mothers are working in the fields.

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Our Oasis schools in both Oaxaca and Baja provide 75 children with an excellent education while teaching them how to be followers of Jesus.

The special education center in Baja provides schooling for 30 children with special needs who otherwise would not have the same educational opportunities.

Generous donations allow for over 100 of our children to attend either summer camp or youth conferences.

The children’s program at the Mission Church in Baja, OviKids, now has 4 different locations where they go weekly to share the love of Jesus.

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A Letter from our Executive Director, Janelle Keller:

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As we come to the end of another year I find myself thinking “Have we been successful this year?” Any time I fill out a grant application, there are always questions about success and a desire to see if what we are proposing is effective. And I understand the desire to know that finances donated are going to be used wisely and in a way that truly brings change.

But when your main goal is to make disciples, it can be difficult to measure success. This is especially true as we are working with children who have deep wounds because of abuse or abandonment in their background, men who have faced lifetimes of crippling addiction, and people in remote areas of the mountains of Oaxaca who will face persecution if they become followers of Jesus. Daily life and struggles in our ministry can sometimes feel like we are only seeing more setbacks than success.

So I was greatly encouraged and challenged when I came across a quote from Mother Teresa: “We are not called to be successful, but faithful.” I then looked up what the Bible has to say about success and found it is always promised as the consequence for our obedience to God.

This causes me to reframe the question I have been asking myself. I am now asking “Have we been faithful and obedient this year?” That I can easily answer with a resounding “Yes!”

I think of our amazing staff who have sacrificed in countless ways to be a part of expanding the Kingdom of God in Mexico. I think of our generous donors who give of their little or much to make all of this possible.

I think of visitors who go to our Mission bases to do tedious, behind the scenes tasks that free up our staff to do their work. And I think of the small army of prayer warriors who do the most important work of interceding for our many prayer needs.

My hope as you read this report is that you will see how we were faithful and obedient to God in 2019. And I share the sentiment that the Apostle Paul shared in Philippians 1:3 – “I thank my God every time I remember you.”

Christmas at the Missions

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December is a busy but beautiful time of year around the world. At each of our missions the staff work to create memories for the children in the homes and surrounding communities while they celebrate the birth of our Savior.

BAJA - The highlight every year is Night in Bethlehem when hundreds come to watch a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story. All of the staff are involved in acting, singing, setting up scenery or serving hot chocolate.

OAXACA - The staff and children gather for a Christmas party with lots of food, gifts and pinatas. There is always a lot of laughter some years there have even

been fireworks.

SINALOA - Our outreach team visit the migrant worker camps to share the Christmas story and bless the people there with food, candy and blankets.

More than anything, we hope that everyone is reminded of Jesus’ great love for us as we go through the Christmas season.

Our prayer is the same for each person reading this newsletter. May you feel loved by God as you remember His great sacrifice of sending His son to earth.

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Our Son, Craig

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It has been three years since our son Craig graduated to heaven. He left us with an unusual legacy, “The Little Lost Pup”, which was written in Chino State Prison.

It is a must read. The book is beautifully illustrated by Wycliffe artist, Bertie Knowlton, who was miraculously healed from crippling arthritis. Craig’s testimony, “once lost but now found” and “a mother’s grief” are the book’s themes.

The book is endorsed by Dr. George O. Wood, President Emeritus of Assemblies of God and Terry Meeuwsen, co-host of the 700 Club. Several thousand have been distributed to prison inmates.

Perhaps you have had the privilege of visiting Rancho de Cristo, our drug rehab center in Baja. Hans Benning built a chapel with funds from the memorial gifts for Craig.

Hans is pouring out his life for these men. Then men constructed a music conservatory in the Ensenada jail (a first). There Tito Quiroz and others are pouring out their lives to those who are incarcerated, bringing restoration through music.

It is not unusual for people to experience the presence of God the Holy Spirit in this chapel.

Charla Pereau

Founding Director