January

Weekly Prayer and Praise - January 25, 2019

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GLENDA MENDEZ

Last December, Said and Sarai Mendez received the results of a cat scan done on their daughter Glenda that showed she had a severely damaged left kidney and that the right kidney also had some damage. The doctors scheduled her for surgery this last Monday when they planned to remove the right kidney. But many were praying and after taking Glenda in they discovered that they didn’t need to remove either kidney. They only removed some membranes from one of the kidneys.

We are so grateful to have witnessed this healing miracle from God!

JILL ADAMS AND TIM SMITH

Jill has served for over 11 years with FFHM – first in various roles
at the Oaxaca Mission and then most recently as the Baja Mission Administrator. During those years she also adopted two children from Oaxaca. Many who knew Jill were praying that God would send a husband who would be a partner in ministry and also a father to her children.

Then last year God sent Tim, a kind, handsome and godly man
who desired to serve at the Baja Mission. Jill and Tim are now engaged
and will be married next month in a small ceremony
. We thank God for
His faithfulness and ask that He would bless this marriage.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JANELLE KELLER

Janelle will be taking a group of pastors from Bethel Church
in Washington to our missions in Oaxaca, Sinaloa, and Baja.

Please pray for travel mercies and that they will be
led by the Holy Spirit for future involvement in the ministry.

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REUBEN A. WILSON, JR

Join us on Friday, February 1st, for our prayer dinner. Reuben a recent transplant to Southern California will share about his 50+ years of pastoring in Oregon, Central California and Seattle with the Assemblies of God. His brother Noel will lead the worship. That is always a blessing.

In his spare time, Reuben loved to bring groups to Mexico and drove the bus himself! Rueben and his wife Laura, who passed away several years ago, raised a family of four children who minister in a variety of ways. His son Bill is an Executive Presbyter for the Assemblies of God, their daughter Mary has raised countless foster children, their daughter Kathy is a pastor’s wife in a Calvary Chapel church in Oregon, and their son Rick is a successful businessman.

Please invite your friends. Make reservations by Wednesday, January 30th by calling Linda at (949) 492-2200. Dinner is at 6pm at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24341 El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.

PASTOR MARIO, GRACIELA AND SANDRA CORDOBA IN THE CENTER

Pastor Mario, Graciela and Sandra Cordoba went to Bahia de Los Angeles last week to do some conferences about inner healing. Mario said that a number of married couples attended the conferences.

OAXACA MISSION

We are celebrating our presence in Oaxaca this weekend. Not only
for our outreach to the indigenous people there and ministry in the prisons,
but also, thanks to Peter Bianchini; for the construction of the beautiful
building that allows us to house, educate and care for children in need.

We thank God for His faithful provision.

PASTOR GLENN ALMERAZ

Glenn will have the last treatment this month for Hepatitis C.
We will then know whether the treatments have been successful.

Please pray for him.

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FOUNDING DIRECTOR, CHARLA PEREAU

In July 2017, I spoke at both Sunday School and the service at the Village Churchin Laguna Woods. During that service I suffered a heart attack and mild stroke and was hospitalized. Subsequently I had some memory loss, specifically names of people. Pastor Mike Bayer has invited me back this Sunday to speak at Sunday School at 9:30am The subject is Answers to Prayer.

Please pray for me.

Weekly Prayer and Praise - January 18, 2019

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM

Another wonderful presentation of the Night in Bethlehem performed by our own church, staff and children at the Baja mission, was shared with the community.
Please take a look and enjoy.

REVEREND JEAN DARNELL

Reverend Jean graduated to her heavenly reward last week. Jean was a student of Amy Simple McPherson and traveled around the world teaching and preaching the Gospel.
She also had a miraculous healing ministry.

I had the privilege of meeting Jean in 1961 when she was Pastor at Angelus Temple
and a leader in the charismatic movement that encircled the globe.
Elmer and Jean were missionaries to Central America and Australia.

Elmer established a Bible Institute in England and Jean ministered mainly in the Anglican Church there for 25 years. And then they were off to Hawaii and taught at YWAM’s international school with Loren Cunningham. Most recently Jean ministered
at the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, CA.

It was Jean Darnell who established Foundation for His Ministry.
We’ve known her to be a personal friend and advisor.
She was our speaker at the 50th Anniversary celebration in Laguna Woods.

HENRY AND BECKY BUNCH

Henry and Becky were part of our prayer group for years. Henry, a professor at Saddleback Community College, graduated to heaven unexpectedly. He was at the prayer group dinner last Friday night. His service will be held at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills Friday, January 18th at 2pm.

Please pray for the family, this was a shock!

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GRANT, THE PEREAU'S GRANDSON

Dr. Melissa Pereau, the Pereau’s granddaughter, writes: “Grant (her son)
is being evaluated for autism. His development remains incomplete.
Please pray for this special little fellow."

FOURTH GRADERS FROM GREENWOOD, ARKANSAS
WHO RAISED MONEY FOR OAXACA CHILDREN'S LIBRARY

Kathy Hale, a teacher from Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood, Arkansas writes: "The 4th graders wanted to raise money for new library books for the school at the children's home in Oaxaca. They held a coin drive which started after Thanksgiving break and continued for about three weeks. I am a fourth grade teacher there, and can proudly say the kids raised over $403! My husband Greg and I added to that to bring that total to $500."

LARRY KIELER IN HOSPITAL

Our dear friend Olive Kieler, Mission, British Columbia writes, "Larry is doing well. He is now doing physio therapy to get him more mobile so he can come home. Water retention is still a concern, please keep praying.

Larry and Olive have made countless trips to the Baja Mission.

MERCY

Paul Grasser, writes of his granddaughter Mercy, a 13 year old child with special needs: “It’s been over a week since we’ve been back home from treatments
and hospitalizations, and things are looking up! Mercy has been improving cognitively and we are feeling hopeful again. She is remembering memories again, she is dreaming and telling us her dreams. The most amazing part about
all of this news is the fact that her neurologist made it clear to us that
Mercy will not be able to gain back the cognitive abilities that she has lost!
But our God is greater! She is in the hands of The Great Physician!!!
We are witnessing a miracle! And all praise goes to Jesus.

GLENDA MENDEZ

Said and Sarai Mendez’s, (our missionaries at the Baja Mission) daughter Glenda, will undergo surgery for removal of a kidney on Monday, January 21st at 8am.

Please pray for a successful surgery.

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PASTOR GLENN ALMERAZ AND CHARLA

Glenn, pastor of one of our satellite churches, has had his
fourth treatment for Hepatitis C. He has one more treatment.

Pray for Glenn’s total restoration.

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REUBEN WILSON IS SECOND FROM THE RIGHT

Join us on Friday, February 1st, for our prayer dinner. Reuben A Wilson, Jr., a recent transplant to Southern California will share about his 50+ years of pastoring in Oregon, Central California and Seattle with the Assemblies of God.

In his spare time, Reuben loved to bring groups to Mexico and drove the bus himself! Rueben and his wife. Laura, who passed away several years ago, raised a family of four children who minister in a variety of ways. His son Bill is an Executive Presbyter for the Assemblies of God, their daughter Mary has raised countless foster children, their daughter Kathy is a pastor’s wife in a Calvary Chapel church in Oregon, and their son Rick is a successful businessman.

Please invite your friends. Make reservations by Wednesday, January 30th by calling Linda at (949) 492-2200. Dinner is at 6pm at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24341 El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.

UPDATE ON RIKER

Riker has another laser surgery this Friday and then an ophthalmology evaluation on the 29th for planned surgery in early February.

Please keep him in your prayers.

Weekly Prayer and Praise - January 11, 2019

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LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE CROSS

Last week, our phones were on vacation mode and not all reservations for our monthly prayer group dinner were received. I had the privilege of calling and speaking with many of you. We have taken the privilege of adding you to our Prayer and Praise weekly letter so you will be notified prior to the dinner. 

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MARILYNN AND DAVE YEADON AND ELLA WESTRA
WORKING ON THE PLANS FOR THE OAXACA MISSION.
WE WILL SOON CELEBRATE OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY.


MarilynnDave and Ella were in on the planning of the Oaxaca Mission. Marilynn is very close to her graduation into heaven. This picture was taken in 2000.

Please pray for the Yeadon family. The Yeadons served on our board for many years and often took work groups from Desert Hot Springs, CA to the Mission.

US MAILING VOLUNTEERS

CANADIAN MAILING VOLUNTEERS

Here ye! Here ye! The newsletter mailing will now be the last Wednesday of each month.
Y’all come.

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MARIA AT OUR RADIO STATION

Glory to God! From Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca our radio station is broadcasting again 24/7. The transmitter was down and it is now up and running.

The gospel is being preached into remote areas.

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) TWILA BELK, JANELLE KELLER AND CHARLA PEREAU

Twila, Janelle and Charla on a very quick trip to the Mission in Oaxaca and Baja, so Twila could get an overview of His Ministry. The book is now in process.

Please pray.

IDANIA AND ROUMELLE (6 MONTHS OLD)

Laura from Oaxaca writes, “We have a new house mother that just arrived, Idania. People can be praying for that transition, both for her and her young daughter, as they get to know our family here.

CORRINE EHRICK, CHARLA AND CHUCK PEREAU

Corrine, one of our most beloved administrators, served during
the 80’s and 90’s.She also served on the FFHM board following her
time as an administrator. She will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 1st.

We visited Corrine in a retirement home during the Christmas season.
What a blessing Corrine is; she sends kisses to all who know and love her.

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ORPHANED BOY RETURNS TO BLESS OTHERS

Perhaps you remember the Camarena family? Eight children were left orphaned in a fatal car accident and the children were interned at the Baja Mission.
Francisco was a mischievous little boy. He graduated from law school
and now works for a large store in town. He and his associates
hosted a Christmas party at our Special Education Center.

We thank God for all those who helped us celebrate Christmas.
We couldn’t do it without you.

Weekly Prayer and Praise - January 4, 2019

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JOE JOHNSON

Don’t forget the monthly prayer group dinner tonight, Friday, January 4th.
With all the busyness of the holidays you just may do so.

Joe will be speaking and he is the best! It is held at the
Lutheran Church of the Cross at 24231 El Toro, Laguna Woods, at 6pm promptly.
Please call (949) 492-2200 for reservations.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Laura Rodriguez, Oaxaca Mission administrator writes, “We are thankful for the opportunity we had this year to briefly house the Operation Christmas Child gifts in our warehouse, so that local churches and ministries could have a place where they could come pick them up from. It was neat to be a part of that blessing and for so many new people to now have a connection to the home here.

RICARDO AND ANDREA BOLANOS AND THEIR 
TWO CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL VISITORS FOR CHRISTMAS FROM OAXACA

Christmas was a total blessing at the TJ House. Ricardo and Andrea
were able to celebrate with six of the nine young men they cared for in the
children's home in Oaxaca! We love having more of the children from the home
in Oaxaca come to Tijuana to continue their education on a university level.

GEORGE AND LUCY STAND

George and Lucy are faithful supporters of His Ministry. Lucy works on the mailing of the Canadian newsletter. Lucy, a retired school teacher, is facing a very urgent and serious surgery. Please pray for her healing.

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SAM PARSONS

Please continue to pray for Sam. He is undergoing chemotherapy
but will be ministering Friday at Village Church in Laguna Woods.

Miracles happen. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
” Psalm 34:8.

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FRANK TICKNOR AND RAUL

THE ABANDONED BUILDING

SITTING AT THE TABLE IS PETER BIANCHINI WITH OUR FOREMAN
AND STANDING IS ELAINE AND IAN CROFT

CHUCK PEREAU HELPING DURING CONSTRUCTION

CONSTRUCTION CREW

Laura Rodriguez also writes, “We are thankful for the opportunity to be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the mission here in Oaxaca at the end of this month. People can be praying as we prepare for this event of thanksgiving for all that God has done for us. And they can email me laura@ffhm.org, if they have any questions regarding the celebration or any old photos they would like to share with us."

Twenty-two years ago these two men, Frank Ticknor and Raul Garcia, went out in search of land or property to purchase for the new Oaxaca mission. An unlikely pair, Frank was a visionary and Raul knew his land, the culture, and the language. After 18 months of research the two men had found the site, an abandoned building with 18 acres on the Pan American Highway. Peter Bianchini designed the plans.
A foreman and Elaine and Ian Croft, supervised the project. A building crew from Glad Tidings in Yuba City remodeled the building on the site. It took years to build. Chuck Pereau was on hand to do the cement work.

BILL TENNY

Celebrating Christmas is often very difficult for those who have lost a loved one during that year. Bill, one of our oldest donors, celebrated Christmas in heaven.
But to those who mourn, there’s a vacant place at the table.

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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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.”

Medical Ministry

The medical, surgical, dental, and optical needs of hundreds were met in our Baja Medical Center. The team from “Heaven in Sight” led by Dr. Mark Eanes and Dr. Lance Haluka of Valdosta, GA, joined us again this year. The services they provided ranged from cornea transplants to cataract removal. Physical and spiritual eyes were opened! 

Our volunteer emergency fire and rescue team continue to provide life-saving services. Three of our firemen were given extensive training by John White and his team. 
  
Joni and Friends through the Angel Ministry, continues to provide wheelchairs. The ministry specializes in mobility devices to those who otherwise would be confined to their homes. Angelina Garcia and Jessica Brown provide loving home care and adult diapers for those with disabilities who are bed-ridden.

Dr. Fred Timm, pediatrician, working in our Baja Mission clinic

Dr. Fred Timm, pediatrician, working in our Baja Mission clinic

Firefighters receiving a reward

Firefighters receiving a reward

Benjamin, Angel Ministry

Benjamin, Angel Ministry

Evangelism and Discipleship

An average of two thousand children attend our child evangelism classes. Children receive a cup of milk and a scoop of peanut butter. 

Our soup kitchen is another place where the love of God is manifested. The hungry are fed and given a portion to take home. 

Dispensas (care packages) for single mothers and their children are distributed. 

We have a weekly ministry to those who live in the garbage dump. Charles Spurgeon once said, “If you want to give a tract to a hungry man, wrap it in a sandwich.” 

Over 4,000 attend the Baja Mission’s “Night in Bethlehem” Christmas Pageant. All who attend receive hot chocolate, Mexican sweetbread, and the Word of God. We have another outreach to the community on Mexican Independence Day, where the Gospel is presented. 

Rancho de Cristo, our rehabilitation center, offers a one-year program which includes literacy and vocational training under the watchful eye of Hans Benning. Nancy Benning and Tito Quiroz are vitally involved in the Benning Music Academy in Ensenada, where over 700 students, including prisoners, are given the opportunity to study music. 

Rancho de Cristo (group photo) Director, Hans Benning (upper right hand corner)

Rancho de Cristo (group photo) Director, Hans Benning (upper right hand corner)

There are 250,000 migrant field workers in Sinaloa from all over Mexico. Our ministry teams help provide for their spiritual and physical needs. Sinaloa will be the next area of expansion for His Ministry. 

Enrique Perez supervises the expanding prison ministry in Oaxaca. Thousands of inmates are now housed directly across the street from the Mission. Enrique hosts a weekly radio broadcast to the Mixteca region. 

We support missionary Maria Villa Pablo and the radio station transmitting Christian programming to remote areas. Modesto Velasco, although blind, serves courageously in a hostile region.
 

Maria Villa Pablo (left) with a family in Oaxaca

Maria Villa Pablo (left) with a family in Oaxaca

Ministry to Children

Three beautiful homes provide love, shelter, food, clothing, education, and Christian discipleship to over 100 orphaned, at risk children. 
 
Our Oasis schools, K-6, now use the ACE and AMO programs. 
 
Specialized ministries at the Baja Mission include Disabled Children’s Learning Center. They are transported daily and are trained in life skills. Some are going on to higher education. 

Daycare Center

Daycare Center

The Baja Mission’s daycare serves 30 preschool-aged children of migrant workers (children who would otherwise be left unattended). The program provides a bath, food, education, and transportation five days
a week. 

The Breakfast Club in Zapata serves over 100 children who would otherwise have no breakfast prior to going to school. It also serves as a daycare center for those who would be left unattended. 

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Students attend university technical schools for careers in mechanical engineering, linguistics, business administration, nursing, and medicine. 
 
Generous donations allow for over 100 of our children to attend either summer camp or conferences.

How has so much been done with so little? The answer…volunteers

How has so much been done with so little? The answer…volunteers

Dirk Kos, who has a great vision for our ministry to those with special needs writes: “I have many tasks consisting of wheelchair repairs, overhauling of electric wheelchair control, fixing the ever-returning flat tires and rusted solid brake cables of the orphanage bikes, but a special opportunity crossed my path.