March 2018

March 30, 2018

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JANELLE KELLER

Hollywood Presbyterian Church
has supported us for many years. Anna Kerr, our dear friend and vital part of their missions team, submitted this lovely poem.

Janelle Keller, Executive Director, will represent FFHM at their upcoming Global Mission Team’s meeting.

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LULA HERNANDEZ

For The Advancement of the Kingdom of God in Spain

In 1992 our King’s Kids traveled to Spain, participating in the outreach at the Olympic Games. An adventure of a lifetime!

My heart leaped for joy when I received a letter from Lula Hernandez, one of our school teachers at the Baja Mission. It is her heart’s desire to go to Madrid, Spain from June 26 – July 10, 2018. The team will facilitate a Vacation Bible School and outreach in Madrid. I sincerely believe they will make an eternal difference in the lives of children.

Will you support Lula in this faith venture prayerfully and financially?

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PAT PALWAK

Paul Grasser requests prayer for Pastor Pat Palwak, who is very ill, probably as a result of the new chemo.  We know she is a fighter and we must stand alongside her. God is able. Jesus won the victory of EVERYTHING on the cross.

Pray fervently for her.

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RIKER
 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing prayers for our great grandson, Riker, now 18 months old. He's had multiple surgeries to remove the port stain that covered his little face. Yet there are more surgeries to come. We sincerely believe that when Reverend Jean Darnell prayed for him when he was a few weeks old, he received partial vision. Thus he is wearing new glasses.   

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LUIS ANGEL
 

Laura from the Oaxaca Mission reports the following:

It has been challenging to get word from a doctor on how much Luis Angel's surgery will cost and when it can be done. Continued prayers for healing for this torn ligament, and for the funds necessary for the surgery, would be greatly appreciated.

PRAISE FROM OAXACA
 

The last Sunday of each month is a children's church service at the children's home.
As Pastor Edgar says,
"it is a time when the children teach the adults how to worship."

It is a blessed time and it's nice to see the family of the children
begin to attend the church services as well.

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LETY

Lety Ambrosio, who grew up at our children's home in Oaxaca, had the joy of teaching our older children to bake buns. Do you remember hot cross buns? 
Please help us pray for staff needs at the Oaxaca Mission. We are looking for a housemother and a substitute housemother. We also have a temporary need for a cook as one of our cooks takes her maternity leave from April to June. 

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OUTREACH

Teresa (TereRodriguez is one of our missionaries in JuxtlahuacaOaxaca, with Maria Villa Pablo. Here, she is is teaching The Greatest Journey (to the cross), to the children in this community. 

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CANAAN IN THE DESERT

The Evangelical Sisters of Mary have faithfully prayed for us since the 70s.
Their beautiful little flags are on the dome of our prayer room at the Baja Mission.

If you are in Phoenix, a stop at their prayer garden is a must.

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Do hope you celebrate Resurrection Day
by attending an Easter service.

March 23, 2018

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Praise God! The Little Lost Pup is being distributed behind iron bars. 

Last weekend a dear friend was able to distribute over 500 Little Lost Pup books to inmates in local and state prisons on the east coast and in Florida.  We never dreamed Craig’s book would have such a wide circulation.  Story after story has reached us. 

How thankful we are to the very generous donor, who is making it possible for this distribution.

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CORINNE EHRICK AND EVA (SCHIAFFINO) QUICK
 

Corrine Ehrick and Eva (Schiaffino) Quick are both doing well. 
Corrine will soon celebrate her 89th birthday.  Eva doesn’t give us her age. 
Both women served selflessly, pouring their lives out for others.  Corrine was administrator of our Baja Mission for 8 years, and Eva in charge of outreach. 
 
We thank God for this dynamite duo!

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NATHAN AND ELIZABETH

Nathan Cowpersmith (Eleanor and Jon’s grandson), will be married April 7th at the Mission Church in Baja, CA Mexico. His fiancée Elizabeth is a child evangelism teacher in our outreach program. Jon and Eleanor Cowpersmith served at our Mission for many years and were greatly loved.

Congratulations to Nathan and Elizabeth.

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GEORGE ANNE TENNEY
 
The Tenny’s have been faithful supporters, almost from the birth of the ministry.  Each year Bill Tenny brings a giant poinsettia, a beautiful Easter lily, and a giant pumpkin for display in our office. George Anne brings gourmet goodies to bless us all.  This was one of those occasions. She will soon celebrate her 90th birthday. 

How we thank God for our visitors to the San Clemente office.

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SAM PARSONS

Monthly prayer group dinner

Sam will be with us again. You won’t want to miss this joyous occasion.
Call now to make your reservations for the April 6th dinner, (949) 492-2200 and speak with Linda.

We appreciate our volunteers
 
The Canadian mailing at 9 a.m. Wednesday March 28th in Charla and Chuck’s rec room.

  
2355 Via Mariposa W., Laguna Woods, CA
The U.S. mailing is Thursday March 29th at 7 a.m. in the same location.

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If you don’t have a church home, why not celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection by attending one of the many services offered at your local church.

March 16, 2018

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He was truly a saint who brought great revival to Ireland

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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
 

A bus is needed for transporting our disabled children.

The children will be making a trip in April and need a bus in good working order, Lord willing. It needs to be registered, licensed and insured in Mexico. The cost of importation of a bus is approximately $1,000, if it is donated in the U.S.

RAFAEL LOPEZ                                                BENJAMIN MUCINO

Please keep our bus drivers in prayer.

Rafael Lopez has acute problems with his legs, which are inflamed and he is in pain.

Benjamin Mucino’s daughter will travel from Mexico City to visit him soon. 
Pray for safe travels and that they have a blessed time together.

 

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ROGER MARSH

Are you sick?
 Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. 
James 5:14-16
 
This has been done. Roger is one of the Pastors of Lutheran Church of the Cross and a very good friend of ours. He went through open heart surgery March 12th and is now recovering. 

 

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JANELLE KELLER
 
Janelle will make a number of trips to the Missions. Pray for her safety on the road this coming week. Then April 2nd she will be taking a work group from Heritage Christian Fellowship to Oaxaca.
 

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CINDI FINK

Cindi, in our office, will be having her second cataract surgery on Wednesday,
March 21. 

Please pray for a successful surgery and a speedy, healthy recovery.

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RACHEL & EVA

From Bonnie Shelton:   

Thank you all for the prayers and concerns for our great-granddaughter Eva(Ava) and our daughter Camille, (Eva's grandmother.) Both had good appointments with their Doctors. Eva is growing and improving with learning how to eat. She is still on g-tube feeding until she is able to take food by mouth.
 
Camille has had her first chemotherapy and will have 5 more rounds until June 15.  The bone marrow report showed no cancer for which we are thankful. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma stage 3. It is treatable and we are trusting God for a good outcome and complete healing.

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WAYNE & LOIS TURNBALL

Wayne and Lois are retired missionaries. Wayne is in stage 4 cancer and the prognosis is not encouraging. Pray that he will not suffer if it is God’s time for him to go, and if not, that he will experience complete healing.

With God, all things are possible!

 

ROGER MEZA

Ministering in Sinaloa to children from the camps.

Lizette and Hugo, long term missionaries, are serving in a suburb of Culiacan, Sinaloa.  Small work group housing is now completed on that property. Raul Garcia will stay on for a month and Roger Meza for three months. They will be doing evangelistic outreaches in the camps.

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DARRELL & LENORA WARD


Please pray for Lenora who has suffered with symptoms of the flu for weeks and for Pastor Darrell Ward as he offers prayer & support along with Chuck and Charla Pereau, to Ron & Carolyn Robertson. Ron, an attorney, served with both the Reagan and Bush administrations. His wife Carolyn will be with Jesus soon.

Please lift this family in prayer.

Earthquake in Oaxaca

The devastation

The devastation

It started with a question from a doctor about where we had purchased the wooden pallets for our new stage. This question resulted in our driving with a caravan of vehicles to an earthquake damaged community that is five hours away from the Oaxaca Mission. We brought them wooden pallets to create a floor so that those most affected wouldn’t have to sleep on the wet ground.

More than the visible destruction, they were struck by the continued fear in the people there. There have been hundreds of aftershocks, which brings back the memory of the first one that changed their world. So, after seeing this deep need we gathered a team to go and share about a God who loves and cares for them and a hope that casts out all fear.

Temporary housing

Temporary housing

We spent time building relationships with the women and creating fun for the children there.

We also had the opportunity to give out 500 warm blankets with notes of encouragement. It struck me how receptive people were to us. I am hopeful that the notes will leave a lasting impression on those who received them, and that this donation will warm their bodies and hearts as they endure very cold nights.

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Handing out blankets

We live in a time when it is easy to become overwhelmed by the natural disasters and evil acts in our world.

In this age of information, we get news so quickly about the hurting state of our world. But we are NOT without hope. There is great power in prayer and in the tangible ways we can love those God has placed around us in this life.

Laura Rodriguez, Oaxaca Mission Administrator

Staff Housing Dedication

For years many of our staff at the Baja Mission lived in trailers that had been lovingly donated by friends of the ministry. While these were great for short term staff they weren’t adequate for those giving years of their lives to this place. The trailers were saunas in the summer and ice boxes in the winter. A plan was developed to tear down a motel that was on the property in 1966 when Chuck and Charla made their first trip to Vicente Guerrero and replace it with two story housing with 16 apartments.

The Old Motel

The Old Motel

After years of fundraising for this project and hard work from the construction team and many volunteers, this project is finally complete!

New staff housing

New staff housing

In January, the staff and a few donors gathered to dedicate this building to God and give Him thanks for all the ways He provided.

Janelle Keller, Executive Director

Hans Visser writes: At the dedication there were words of appreciation to many people who were all involved in different ways to make this building a reality.

There were words by Jill the Baja Mission Administrator, and Janelle, the Executive Director of the organization. Then I had the privilege of cutting the ribbon. But first I was led to present a short message based on Psalm 127. Unless the Lord builds the house it’s builders labor in vain which is a biblical truth and is very familiar.

In our case it was our Bible wedding text. In all our years we have learned it takes a lot of prayer and listening to His voice to get the Lord involved in building the house. In the building process of our lives, we too often want to take charge ourselves. And it is by God’s amazing grace that this staff housing is now a reality.

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Hans Visser and Mario Cordoba

It is here because of His building skills. In the building process He was molding and guiding all those involved. It is not so much the actual bricks and mortar, but the heart and lives it touches in the process. Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders labor in vain.

Now, I was privileged to cut the ribbon followed by prayer and thanksgiving by Pastor Mario. The service was concluded by refreshments and a time of reflection.

Education

What a great start to the year!! Two main themes that have guided this school year are that God is creative and that the word of God is living and active. We want our children to enjoy using their God-given creativity, so we are working hard to make education fun and exciting in order that they will pursue life-long learning.

We also desire that each child will walk with God throughout their lives. The children are learning large chunks of scripture and every morning they jump and sing which is then followed by a story reinforcing biblical truths.

We have expanded the English portion of our program because our kids love speaking in English! We are also making sure that each child not only learns how to read, but that they become confident readers. It’s encouraging to see their excitement for reading and many come regularly to ask for more books from the library!

A student in the classroom

A student in the classroom

I enjoy seeing advances in our children. One little girl has even successfully learned how to read on her own. At the beginning of the year, when the children were asked to do daily reading, they groaned and complained. Now the children are competing to see who can read the most!

We’re reading

We’re reading

We also had a little girl start the year who had lived on the street her whole life. She had never been to school and did not understand structure at all. The beginning of the school year was very complicated for her! And now she has very clear handwriting and has learned all her letters up until the letter P!

We are excited about what this next semester holds and hopeful about the advances our children are going to make! Thank you for praying for us as we invest in these children´s lives!

Cheryl Trevor, Baja School Principal

March 9, 2018

Thank you one and all who helped with the Canadian and U.S. mailing. 

Hopefully you’ll receive it this week. 

Forty-four attended this month’s prayer group dinner. Dr. Noel Wilson led the singing and Chuck Pereau and Janelle Keller sang Irish ballads in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 

Friends of His Ministry are invited to this monthly dinner.

Please join us Friday April 6th.

 

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VIRGINIA

Praise report
Praise God! Amelia, Dana’s granddaughter, is home from the hospital following chemotherapy and is dancing about. Thank you for your prayers.

 

ROGELIO MEZA                                                       RAUL GARCIA
Formerly operated our TV station for Baja.              “If you want to be great                                                                                 in God’s Kingdom, You must                                                                                        be a servant of all.”


Graciela Cordoba, Mario’s wife, has written a great article regarding our ministry in Sinaloa. The article will appear in the newsletter soon. She’s requesting prayer for two of our Bible Institute graduates who will be doing outreach to the migrant worker’s camps, Raul Garcia and Rogelio Meza. 

The harvest is ripe for evangelism, please pray.

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MODESTO
Ministering in the mountains of Amoltepec.
 

         Modesto and Eugenia are serving in Amoltepec, a remote area of Oaxaca. 
Eugenia is very tired and their young son Alex is very frail. 


Please pray for strength and healing.

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LETY AMBROSIO
 
Lety, who grew up in the Oaxaca mission, is now on staff supporting missionaries in the mountains. 

She is asking for prayer as she helps with child care.

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STAFF IN PACHUCA


Praise God! A generous gift was given for our outreach staff in Oaxaca to attend a Global Leadership Summit in Pachuca, Mexico.

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GEN BREDESEN


Update on Gen:  She was hospitalized for 2 ½ days as her pacemaker needed to be recalibrated.

Dede and Gen hope to fly to Vancouver Island for the 50th Anniversary of Trinity Christian Center, where Harald Bredesen pastored in the 70’s.

Her daughter Meg is living nearby. She is in constant pain and needs hip surgery! She just recently moved to Illinois and must get through the red tape to be approved for Medicaid. 

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"PRAY TO THE GOD OF THE LOST AND THE FOUND"


He directed the woman who had lost a coin, a lost sheep, and a lost son.
We shipped a case of books to Tennessee for distribution to prisoners and it was lost by the U.S. Post Office.

 Please pray it is recovered!

 

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MELANIE LOMBARD VALENCIA


Melanie is Chuck & Charla’s granddaughterShe is in need of healing and deliverance and is being hospitalized.

Please keep her in your prayers.


 

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RACHEL


Please continue to pray for Bonnie Shelton’s granddaughter Rachel, and her young daughter Eva who just underwent a kidney transplant; as well as Bonnie's daughter Camille who was recently hospitalized with a mass in her chest.

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RON, CHARLA, & CHARLOTTE

Update on Ron and Charlotte Mc Whinney

“Dear family and friends, Thank you for praying. It has been quite an ordeal!  It took three hours to cross the border. Charlotte was taken to the hospital for 2 ½ days. Diagnosis: bleeding ulcers. She was transported to her daughter Allison’s in San Luis Obispo, CA, and hopefully they will return to their home in Oregon. 

Ron and Charlotte write, ‘We thank you all, for your thoughts and prayers.’”

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Linda Kaahanui wrote God Among Us; short stories of our missionaries’ testimonies (available through this office). BUTa sequel to Charla’s Children is yet to be written covering the last 25 years of His Ministry. Precious, miraculous stories have been lost since my recent stroke.

Please pray that the sequel will be written.

March 2, 2018

GABRIEL CELIS & PAOLA SANDOVAL  SAID MENDEZ & SARAI ZATARAIN


A Joyous Announcement
 

Two shall become one.” We are so happy and grateful to see these young people getting married. Gabriel Celis grew up here at the mission and went to our student’s home in Tijuana. His wife Paola Sandoval is a teacher in our Learning Center. They met when both of them were living in our TJ Home.

Said Mendez works in our church with children and youth and his wife Sarai Zatarain was a house mother a few years ago.

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RON, CHARLA, & CHARLOTTE
 

Ron and Charlotte Mc Whinney have been serving the Lord for 18 years as volunteers at the Mission in Baja. There has been no task too large or too small for this couple who have servant hearts. Charlotte suffered a herniated disc and was taken by ambulance to the Tijuana border. They have returned to Oregon.

Please pray for Charlotte and of course, Ron, her help mate.

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PAT HULSEY
 

Pat Hulsey is a chaplain at a central California prison.  

She writes: “I used the Little Lost Pup in two services at Valley State Prison for men yesterday, to go along with the messages I was preaching.  And low and behold, the chaplain's assistant, Sean Geoff, was a roommate with Craig many years ago at one of the prisons he was in. The men loved the story, and the books are in the library now...and our men really use the Christian library.”

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ANDIE LOMBARD
 

Would you like to be reminded of the Canadian/U.S. mailing and / or monthly dinner at the Lutheran Church of the Cross? 

The Pereau’s daughter Andrea would be glad to call you. Send your phone number to andielombard@roadrunner.com or give her a call at (661) 943-4220.
 
If you would like to receive an e-mail reminder for the monthly dinner, please contact Linda in our office.  linda@ffhm.org or 949 492-2200.

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CHUCK, JANELLE, & CHARLA


Don’t forget the monthly prayer group dinner, Friday, March 2nd, hosted at Lutheran Church of the Cross fellowship hall.  Noel Wilson will be leading the sing a long, Chuck Pereau and Janelle Keller will sing Irish ballads in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Charla will be speaking.

If you would like to receive a monthly e-mail reminder for the dinner, please contact Linda at linda@ffhm.org or call her at 949 492-2200
 

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RACHEL & EVA


Bonnie Shelton’s grand-daughter Rachel served as a missionary in Turkey. Rachel is married and has three children including twin girls born two years ago.  One born with renal failure has been on dialysis since she was 4 days old. At 21 months old, little Eva was finally able to undergo surgery for a kidney transplant from mother to daughter.
 
Praise God!  The transplant was perfect but the infant is still being fed by tubes.
 
Please keep this precious little one in your prayers
 
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Bonnie’s daughter Camille, was also recently rushed to the hospital. Bonnie writes:
 
“Heard from Camille this am. She is in the ER in Fort Dodge IA. Went in the night.  They found a mass in her chest and will do a biopsy soon. She has His peace and strength. She or Steven will keep me posted, and we are praying for a miracle and wisdom for the medical persons.  Thanks for your prayers.”
 

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PAUL HATLEY


Paul Hatley, a dear friend of His Ministry, will be ministering in prisons on the east coast. He will be distributing hundreds of Craig Pereau’s book, The Little Lost Pup. There are innumerable complications related to prison ministries, so please pray that the doors will be opened.