E-Newsletter

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

Missionary Spotlight: Modesto Valesco

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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 Modesto Velasco Yescas. I was born and raised in a community called Las Cuevas, which is in the region of Santiago Amoltepec. It is considered the most violent area of Oaxaca by the government. Also there is extreme poverty because of how far it is from the capital city.

I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up with my parents because I was abandoned by them. But God in His great love gave me grandparents who adopted me as their son. Starting when I was young I had problems with my vision and even though my grandparents did everything possible, the sickness in my eyes advanced quickly and I was diagnosed with congenital cataracts when I was

10 years old.

When I was young I started to hear about Jesus Christ, but it wasn’t until my adolescence when I decided to surrender my life to the Lord as my Savior, and I knew that God didn’t only want to save me, but He wanted something more from me. So that is how I started to walk with a group of brothers who went from town to town with the message of salvation.

That is when I realized I needed more preparation to be more effective in what God was calling me to do. Despite my almost total loss of vision, I decided to go to the Bible Institute in Baja. Even now, I am very grateful that sister Lude accepted me as a student despite the fact that I was almost blind.

Thanks to God, I was able to finish school and return to my town to continue with my calling: take to my people, in their own language (Mixteco), the Gospel of Christ to the lost and to encourage my brothers and sisters in the faith.

IN WHAT AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

DO I SERVE THE LORD?

The service that I do for the Lord consists of basically two areas:

Evangelism

Bible teaching through discipleship

CURRENTLY I AM VISITING FOUR TOWNS:

1. El Cocal, which is a three hour walk.

2. La Mesilla, which is a three hour walk.

3. Llano Nuevo, which is the farthest and takes four hours to walk to.

4. I also help out with the pastoral work in my church in Las Cuevas (visiting the sick, helping the widows, preaching, leading worship, etc.)

WHAT DO WE DO IN THE TOWNS?

We meet with the brothers and sisters in someone’s house or a church building if it exists. We pray, sing and share a Bible class with them. We try to do everything in their Mixteco language because in almost every group there are seniors who don’t speak or understand Spanish well.

When someone else from the church in Las Cuevas goes with me, we have classes for the children.

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Gratitude

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November is a beautiful month when we intentionally take time to be thankful for all of God’s blessings in our lives. So I wanted to share a few of the many things we are grateful for:

Our dedicated staff who lay down their lives to build the Kingdom of God in Mexico.

Visitors and volunteers who keep this ministry running.

Generous donors who give out of their little or their abundance to partner with us in this work.

Each child and teenager who is entrusted into our care.

Sponsors who become family to our children and students by investing in them and praying for them.

Missionaries we have the privilege of supporting who are taking the Gospel to unreached areas of the mountains of Oaxaca.

The men at Rancho de Cristo who have made the life changing decision to leave behind lives of addiction and turn their lives over to Jesus.

Students in the Bible Institute who are diligently preparing themselves for lives of ministry and service.

The power of prayer and how we see God moving at each of our locations.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Janelle Keller Executive Director

When Children Pray

A sixteen year old boy had been shot in the head and left for dead on the near-by beach. He was taken to Buen Pastor, the hospital in San Quintin. Miraculously he lived, but was left blind. He was sent to the Mission and was eventually able to push a broom, sweeping our many walkways.

His name was Lucio, which means light. One of the little children said, “With a name like light he should not be blind.” Frequently the children prayed for Lucio and then one day it happened. Lucio bent down and swept up trash into a dust pan. The children ran to the administrator and said, “Lucio sees!” It was true. God had miraculously restored his vision. He proclaimed, “I was blind, but now I see.” Later Lucio returned to Capala, Oaxaca, to preach the Gospel. He was later martyred.

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There have been numerous other occasions when there has been a revival among our children. Sonya Bertelsen and Corrine Ehrick reported there has been an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our children. There has been healings, repentance, confession of sin; restoration of relationships and forgiveness with weeping.

The joy of the Lord had fallen on these children. The revival lasted several days. In 1982, giving was at an all time low. Our children, from their meager resources, gave all they had.

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Jill Adams, our Baja adminstrator’s adopted son, Nathan, is in need of prayer. He was diagnosed at birth as having Hepatitis C. Now at age seven, he has severe liver damage, but he is not a candidate for special treatment until age 12.

Our children at the Mission have faith to believe for a miracle. And Nathan needs one. Will you join us in praying for Nathan?

By Charla Pereau, Founding Director

Group Travels to Madrid, Spain

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A small group from the Baja Mission Church took a trip to Madrid, Spain, this year.

We are grateful for all the support we received to be able to put together a camp for children in Madrid, Spain. It was a very blessed time. The children were very happy and participated in all the activities.

Despite being asked specifically not to speak about Christ, we looked for a way to do it and on the last day we shared the Gospel.

We prayed for every one of the children and strongly felt the presence of God.

We had 90 children attend including Muslims, Moroccans, and Spanish people; 52 of them heard the Gospel for the first time.

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My job was primarily in the area of coordination and training for the camp, but I did have the privilege of ministering to these little ones.

The church in Madrid invited us to do a camp next year, but this time not only for the children but also for teenagers.

By Lula Hernandez

Impact One Life - Become a Sponsor

Each of the children and teenagers entrusted into our care in Baja, Oaxaca and Tijuana are truly precious gifts of God. All the houseparents and staff do their best to care for them, nurture them and raise them into disciples of Jesus. But there is another group of people who play a vital role in their development and growth – their sponsors. 

Obviously, the financial investment of $30 a month is important as money is an essential part of raising children. But the most important part of sponsorship is the relational and spiritual investment made by the sponsors. These are children who have been abandoned by a parent and the fact that someone chooses them through sponsorship is an important part of their healing.

When I was serving in Oaxaca, I quickly realized that these sponsors that the children call “Tio” and “Tia” are truly family to the children. They had pictures of their sponsors carefully preserved in photo albums or hung on their wall next to their beds. They frequently asked for prayer for their sponsors. And at our annual graduation party the graduates would always mention their sponsors when they gave their speeches of gratitude. 

If you would like to play this significant role in the life of a child go to: www.ffhm.org/sponsorships or call Linda in the US office at (949) 492-2200.

By Janelle Keller, Executive Director
 

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Congratulations Marisol

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I was born October 11, 1995 in San Quintin, Baja California. When I was ten years old both of my parents got sick, and everything in my life changed. When I was 13 I went to live at the children’s home in Vicente Guerrero. Seven months later, my mother passed away and then a few months after that my dad passed away too. My only hope of a future was at the children’s home, so I stayed there.  
 
Over the last nine years, I have realized that my life has been extremely different from what a “normal” child’s life should be. In time I have come to love my time growing up in the children’s home. I have experienced blessing upon blessing.  
 
In arriving at the TJ House, the blessings have continued. I have studied marketing and will finish my academic studies in June. At the TJ House I have come to know people with great hearts and have made good friends. The TJ House is my favorite place. It is my place of peace and I feel safe when I am there. 


I will miss this home: the carne asada and volley ball on Saturdays, our obstacle courses in the yard, playing games and singing karaoke. I will miss going to church together and coming downstairs for pizza. I will miss each of the people I live with and this house, which is full of joy and fun.  

I am so thankful to Foundation for His Ministry for what they have provided in my life and the opportunities I have received through them.

Marisol Cervantes

Oaxaca, Land of Intrigue

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In a southern state of Mexico lies a rugged land full of diversity and contrast. It’s made up of over 157 spoken languages, cultures, and ethnic groups. Many of these groups still do not know Jesus Christ; many have no one to tell them. 

Bob Sundberg assessed the situation and gave thousands of hours to the task. He drove to the remote areas, and when he could no longer drive, he walked. Bob ate what he was served, often resulting in food poisoning. 

He came from Detroit, also the place I was born, and miraculously has survived three liver transplants. His courage and determination are legendary. He is my modern day hero. Our adopted son Charles Curtis, also came from Oaxaca. We have had the special privilege of working side by side with Bob.

I walked the mountain side and found a little home, where hollyhocks grew by the door. Hollyhocks grew in our backyard in Detroit. I admired the lovely blossoms and was invited into this humble home. I prayed for my precious new friends in a foreign land, in a foreign culture.

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Esteban and Yadira (pictured above) also ministered in Oaxaca where there were no known believers. They poured out their lives to establish a church in the remote village of Santa Maria. They now oversee our outreach.

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support of our
missionaries serving in Oaxaca.

By Charla Pereau, Founding Director