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April Newsletter - Learning Center for Children with Disabilities

A few years ago, some of the students of the Learning Center for children with disabilities and I were studying the book of Acts during our morning devotion. We read chapter 3, where Peter and John healed the crippled man outside of the Temple.

I remember thinking, “Isn’t that wonderful! How powerful is the name of Jesus! With just a little bit of faith, even the lame can walk!” But then I looked up…

In the room were several kids with wheelchairs and walkers… and what seemed to be a very large elephant. My thoughts quickly shifted and I began asking myself, “What about these kids? Where’s their healing? Don’t they have faith? Did they not pray correctly? Why can’t THEY leap from their wheelchairs and begin dancing like the man from the story?” I couldn’t answer these questions.

My initial reaction was to flip the page and begin reading the next chapter (and hope that the kids hadn’t noticed the miraculous healing we had just read about). But instead of avoiding the issue, I addressed it head on. I asked how they felt reading the passage: How they felt knowing that sometimes God heals people, and sometimes He doesn’t; how they felt that God has allowed them to remain with their disabilities?

Cristian (a young man with muscular dystrophy) answered. He explained that it was indeed difficult to read such things. He couldn’t explain why God makes the choices that He does. Cristian did say that he knew his disabilities didn’t keep God from using him. He could still share God’s love and inspire others to push through the hardships of life… and to trust in God.

I realized that day that the kids of the Learning

Center had a strength of character and spiritual maturity that surpassed my own. That would not be the last time these courageous kids would demonstrate such characteristics to me.

Cristian is physically limited to minor movements in his fingers and wrists. But his mind and spirit are strong, active and are constantly pursuing the next level. He paints. He paints well. His talent and attention to detail in his paintings equal those of any artist I’ve seen.

He has completed INEA (the government’s adult education program) and is close to finishing his high school education online. Unable to type with his fingers, he uses two pencils to hit the keys on the computer.

Because of his deep love for God and the Bible, Cristian desires to be a pastor. In fact, he has already had several opportunities to preach. He is hoping

to begin a four year theology program this summer to better equip him for the ministry that he believes God has called him to. Cristian is an inspiration. He is proof that God can use each of us despite any limitations we think we have. He is one of about 30 kids at the Learning Center… each of whom are equally inspiring.

In order to help kids like Cristian pursue their dreams, the opportunity exists to donate to the education fund. Please pray and ask God if he is calling you to partner with him and others in this manner. And while you’re praying, please ask a special blessing for all the Learning Center kids.

Al Carlson

Learning Center Teacher

April Newsletter - God is Working in Mexico

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Easter is an amazing time to be reminded of God’s grace and goodness as we focus on the gift of new life we receive through Christ. vYour partnership is vital to our ability to serve in Mexico, and we couldn’t complete the mission of His Ministry without your prayers, faithfulness and resources.

Having recently completed a strategic plan for FFHM and given much prayer and thought to what God has for His Ministry, we are excited about how we will see God work this year and in the years ahead to bring new life to San Quintin, the students at TJ House, the men at the Rancho, indigenous people in the mountains of Oaxaca, displaced workers and children in Sinaloa, and of course the many lives represented by our Missions. There is lots to be done in 2019, and we want to encourage you to continue praying and serving with us. Consider how you can visit one of our missions with your immediate or church family.

Pray as we move forward on our plans for Sinaloa and our outreach to this area with thousands of displaced field workers, and consider monthly support for the children in our new daycare in San Quintin.

We value your prayers for His Ministry. We’ve listed a few ideas how you can partner with us financially this year by giving online through our website at ffhm.org, or sending a check referencing the purpose of the gift.

  • Monthly sponsorship of a child in our San Quintin daycare - $ 70.00

  • Monthly sponsorship of new Missionaries in Mountains of Oaxaca - $50.00

  • A Playground in San Quintin at the site of the new daycare - $8,000

  • New Roof at the student home in Tijuana- $10,000

  • Completion of the Outreach Center at Sinaloa - $10,000

We welcome the opportunity to discuss our strategic plan and how you can partner with us to accomplish the goals we have to make disciples in Mexico and bring transformation to communities. Contact Janelle or Kristi at our San Clemente office at (949) 492-2200 or janelle@ffhm.org or kristi@ffhm.org

Kristi Garcia

Director of Finances and Donor Relations

March Newsletter - Founder’s Corner: Jean Darnell

Dr. Henrietta Mears mentored me. But Jean Darnell befriended me. My life and His Ministry were forever changed. I had the privilege to be mentored under two titans of the Christian faith. Although different in their approach, both of these Spirit-led women had a profound influence on our lives.

I was mentored by Dr. Henrietta Mears in the late 1950s. At the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, she served as director of Christian Education. Her passion for teaching led her to create the world’s largest Sunday School and Gospel Light Press. She influenced the life of Billy Graham and Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Jean Darnell was a student of the charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Sister Aimee founded the Foursquare Gospel Church and Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. She led the charismatic renewal that swept the world.

Jean and I met at St. Mark’s Episcopal Prayer Group in Van Nuys, CA. Jean often spoke and ministered there.

In 1966, she resigned from Angelus Temple and formed the Foundation for His Ministry. (Chuck Pereau was one of her seven board members.) Jean was going on an around-the-world trip to share the Good News with others. The Foundation would enable friends to financially support her ministry.

So Jean flew to England and I went to Baja, Mexico. We wrote each other throughout the years and she supported our vision for the Mission. (Read Charla’s Children for the full story.) Jean led us to Isaiah 58:6-12 which had prophetic significance for us … “Dividing our bread with the poor. Bringing the homeless into our home. Rebuilding the ancient ruins.”

It was Jean who offered us the name “Foundation for His Ministry” to save us the expense and legalities of forming a new corporation. She was with us at the beginning, and fifty years later Jean spoke at our Anniversary celebration for the Baja Mission.

There are many stories I could share about our precious sister Jean. She was a faithful witness to the nations and our beloved friend. While our world may have dimmed; the heavens surely shine brighter with her presence.

Charla Pereau

Founding Director

March Newsletter - Changing Families One Child at a Time

This past August, Foundation for His Ministry was presented with an incredible opportunity. The local government constructed a new Daycare facility in San Quintin, approximately 15 miles south of the mission. This is an impoverished area with the majority of adults working in the fields leaving many children at home to care for younger siblings. 

DIF (social services) recognized the need for a free daycare in this neighborhood and as construction was nearing completion, approached the mission about taking responsibility for the new center in all aspects. This included operating costs of staffing, food, water and maintenance. But, it also afforded the mission the freedom to share Jesus with all the attending children and their families. As such, the Board of Directors met and discussed the opportunity and asked for prayers of discernment and accepted this exciting challenge and opportunity.  

On October 26, 2018, the Baja staff, the governor and his wife, and hundreds from the community joined in celebration to inaugurate the new facility as construction was finally complete. The daycare officially opened and received the first six children the week of  October 29. In three short months, we have grown to 91 students with the capacity to care for 120. Children range from one year to 12 years and we provide transportation for the older children to their respective schools.

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We currently have 13 on staff, some of whom transitioned from the Baja Mission and others who are local to San Quintin.  

Already we are seeing benefits to this community, specifically with the children we serve. Children who would potentially be alone due to working parent(s) are now being nourished and cared for in a safe Christian environment. Many of the children were bordering on malnutrition when they started attending our program, coming from a diet of rice and beans. We are grateful to USANA True Health for providing the funds for fresh produce and water in San Quintin. The telltale signs of malnutrition, including spots on the face, are clearing.  

At 6am, the center opens and before the doors are unlocked, there are families waiting in line. Children are fed a healthy breakfast and lunch and a snack throughout the day. The health and energy levels have visibly improved with more well-rounded

nutrition. With basic needs met, the rest of the day can be spent on activities, crafts, homework help, reading and enjoying the outdoors on our artificial turf. The center currently closes at 4pm.  

As the children become more comfortable with our teachers, they are opening up and allowing us to pray with them and minister to them. Our teachers are loving and kind as they not only teach basics of hygiene and manners but more so, letting each child know they have value and are cherished by a loving God.  

We thank you for your ongoing prayers as we continue to grow and serve in the San Quintin valley.

“Little Children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth”.  1 John 3:18

Sara Peterson

Daycare Supervisor

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March Newsletter - A Home in Sinaloa

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A few years ago, we felt God moving on our hearts to expand the work we are doing in Sinaloa to include a children’s home. We already have a house in the capital city of Culiacán. The family living there has been building a team to minister in the migrant camps surrounding the area.

Over 250,000 field workers come from all over Mexico every year for nine months to harvest tomatoes, corn, and every kind of vegetable you can think of. The team’s goal is to share the Gospel and make disciples so that when these workers return to their homes we are sending out missionaries all over the country. We knew we wanted this work to continue, but we also wanted to begin rescuing children who had been abused or abandoned.

So we began sharing our vision and what God had put on our hearts and He began providing funding through various sources to buy land to build our children’s home. Through a series of miracles and sacrificial giving, we found we had enough money to be able to purchase property.

But then we couldn’t find the right piece of property. We would think we had found the perfect piece and for one reason or another, it would fall through. Usually when someone has a dream from God they have the property and they are praying for the money. But we have found ourselves in the opposite situation – we have the money and we are praying for the property.

And that is still where we are today. We are confident that God has called us to this important work. We are praying He will show us exactly what piece of property we should buy to begin making this dream a reality. And we are trusting that His timing is perfect.

Janelle Keller

Executive Director

February Newsletter - Founder’s Corner: An Unforgettable Trip

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Twila Belk will write the sequel to Charla’s Children. There have been several attempts, but to no avail. Janelle and I took Twila to Oaxaca and Baja so she could experience the ministry. She interviewed a number of missionaries, including Juan Merino, who worked with John Moore.

This leather-skinned Trique man swung heavy sacks of pineapples on his back. Sweat soaked his torn shirt but at least he had work. (For three years, illness prevented him from supporting his family.) Juan followed the seasonal work: pineapples then tomatoes. Rumors told of work in Baja, so Juan and his family migrated there in 1981. They discovered a more bitter reality there: a tiny room for his family of ten that stunk of raw sewage and stale smoke.

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Unattended, sickly children sat in the dirt. Juan had to accept what he could not change; he had no money to return to Oaxaca. They fought despair and both turned to alcohol and native witchcraft for escape.

Their son, Felix, came to visit from Tijuana. He spoke to them about God and His Son, Jesus, and their need to repent. He took his father to the Mission church and Juan and Maria were converted to Christianity.

Juan was given a job in the macadamia nut orchard where John Moore had covered the cost of five employees anonymously until he graduated to Heaven. “There he would eat of the Tree of Life in paradise.” Genesis 2:7

Please pray for Twila as she takes on this project.

It is a heart-wrenching story of faith in God and

miraculous answers to prayer.

Charla Pereau

Founding Director

February Newsletter - Come and See

Getting a front-row view to the workings and movements of God is one of those experiences that fills your spirit and gives you the hope that one needs to continue forward with confidence.

I see God working when the child who arrived at our home with a vocabulary smaller than his hands learns to speak in a safe space. I see it when children with heavy hearts learn to forgive the ones who were supposed to protect them and didn’t. I see God when families reunite and learn to live in the shared grace that Christ offers us.

I see God at work when we step outside of the walls of our home and boldly walk into the darkness, being faithful to an indigenous community, a restoring man, or even a prisoner who needs the gospel message. I see God working every single sunrise as this home stands tall.

Rachel Little

Oaxaca Groups Coordinator

February Newsletter - Serving Oaxaca for 20 years

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This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our ministry in Oaxaca. The whole mission began with a vision to reach the unreached people in the mountains.

It is now a multi-faceted Mission with a children’s home, prison ministries, church and missionaries who live and minister to the indigenous people in the mountains.

God has worked and is working in amazing ways and we want Him to receive all the glory.

So I asked some of the staff in Oaxaca to share how they see God at work in the Mission and in their areas of ministry.

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This month we want to share some of these stories with you as we celebrate our anniversary.

Janelle Keller,

Executive Director

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