May 2019

Weekly Prayer & Praise

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OUTREACH TEAM

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GRACIELA CORDOBA 

Praise God a team was sent south to Bahia- El Barril.
Pastor Mario and Graciela Cordoba led the team.
There were great opportunities for ministry, preaching and teaching.
Rejoice that many came to the Lord and professed Jesus as Savior

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ANTONIA AND CHAVA

Chava played his guitar and sang in the church Sunday night. I experienced a great reunion with this family who have served for generations.

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EVA, VICTOR AND EMILY REYES

Eva and Victor and their six year old daughter Emily serve as
house parents in Baja for young boys. They came from the State of Sonora
six months ago and had served with the Assemblies of God.
They now have a new ministry, loving these children
that have been entrusted to them for this time.

Please pray for wisdom and understanding.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AXEL

Ruben and Linda Perez were visitors to our Baja Mission,
they had a special birthday cake and celebration for one
of their sponsored children, Axel, 6 years old.

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JOEL, YOLANDA, JONATHAN AND ANTONIO VEGA

Can you imagine a house filled with teen age boys? This precious family have taken on that task. Joel and Yolanda with their two sons, Jonathan, 8 years old and Antonio, 4 years old. This couple also came from Sonora.

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SAM PARSONS

Our beloved troubadour Sam, who has a ministry throughout Orange County singing at retirement homes, praying for each individual, writes:
I am now on oxygen 24/7. The cancer in my lungs and pancreas
is spreading but I’m still trusting God!!!

 

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PASTOR GREG AND JAN RUSH

Update on Jan, Pastor Greg's wife: Jan underwent five hours of surgery last week. It went well. She then got a blood transfusion to prepare her for the next rounds of chemo. She looks great and is walking more.

Please pray.

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CHARLA WITH OUR GIRLS IN BAJA

Your old men shall dream dreams And on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” Acts 2:17-18.

I had a very troubling dream of three little girls and somehow,
they were related to Pastor Keith and Maya Durkin. I shared the
troubling dream with the Durkins and long story made short,
the three little girls are now safe and secure living at the Baja Mission.

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NOEL WILSON                                         REUBEN WILSON 

Don’t forget to make your reservations for the prayer group dinner Friday night, June 7 at the Lutheran Church of the Cross at 6pm  Reuben will be speaking and Noel at the piano. You won’t want to miss this special occasion.

Call Linda (949) 492-2200 to make reservations.

PASTOR MIKE AND JUDY BAYER

Judy, Pastor Mike's wife, is recovering from gall bladder surgery.
Pray for these precious pastors.

Weekly Prayer & Praise

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Many across the nation participated in the National Day of Prayer. The theme was Love One Another. This is a moment in American history when the church must rise as one to cry to God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If love is to begin to take place across America, it must begin with us:
Love One Another! Every day should be a National Day of Prayer.

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PASTOR MIKE BAYER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JANELLE KELLER

Thank you, Pastor Mike Bayer and Janelle Keller,
for ministering to those gathered at the Prayer Dinner this
past weekend, and leading us in song. A blessed time was had by all.

CHILDREN'S DAY

Children’s Day was celebrated in Mexico by these little ones, giving glory to God. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matt. 19:14

The church at the Baja Mission was filled to capacity
with little ones hearing the Gospel. Thank you, Jesus.

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SAMUEL

Answered Prayer: On March 30, Samuel came into the world at 10:46 PM.
It took a medical team 6 minutes to resuscitate him. Samuel’s prognosis was not good. They arranged for a team of specialists to come to Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario; It looked like Samuel might not survive.
The pastor and his wife were there praying for a miracle. (Samuel was also on our prayer and praise letter.) On this one- month anniversary since Samuel’s birth, he woke up at home, whimpering to be fed. What a miracle!

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BAJA TEEN BOYS

 Praise God our teen-age boys were able to attend Agua Viva
(Living Water) camp. Thank you for all who furnished camperships.
Another children’s camp will be held this summer.
Camperships are still needed for a life changing transformation.

GRACIELA CORDOBA

A prayer request from Graciela while she was on a Baja outreach in Sinaloa, Mexico.

The theme we spoke on with the women was inner healing and the value of a woman. Two women were healed from wounds of their past through forgiveness. The surprising thing is what human beings are capable of doing when they are far from God. The stories that I heard there I have only seen on television. The need for God is very great. We need to call out to God for the salvation of these people. They are living an empty life with much sadness and darkness. What an opportunity to present to the children a different life in Christ Jesus!

Abel, Salvador, Raul and Mario were sharing every night the word of love and salvation that God has for men. I had the opportunity to pray for a field worker in that place, a man drowning in alcohol. We pray that God makes a total change. There the people live in laminate houses that are extremely hot and of course the mosquitos were ready to eat our blood and leave us their poison. Our niece Eveling was not doing well because of these bites. She had a high fever and her feet were swollen. Mario took her to a doctor because of the seriousness of her physical state. We were happy to take the Good News to this place.”

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JUVENTINO

Carlos Quijada, Bible Institute Director, writes about one of his students, Juventino from Santiago Jocotepec Choapan.

 “I am writing about him because of his desire to know God better. He took a four day bus ride without a bathroom, without air conditioning, without a seat; just a blanket to lay down in the aisle so that he could rest a little. He traveled for more than 3,000 kilometers in these conditions. What made Juventino decide to come to the Bible Institute? It was the fact that when he came to know Jesus as his Savior, his desire was to know Him better.”

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LAURA RODRIGUEZ

Laura, administrator from Oaxaca writes, “My doctor thinks
I need a tonsillectomy, and referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon
seemed to think a tonsillectomy is the best option too, however
he did his due diligence in making sure I know how difficult and painful
this will be. But when I think of the alternative, this constant discomfort
and complications, I am hoping a few weeks of pain is temporary
and worth it. So, my appointment is scheduled for July 11th
.”

Please be in prayer for Laura’s surgery.

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LAURA JO HERENDEEN

Our beloved friend, Jo, missionary to Ensenada, Mexico needs prayer. Jo spent three days in intensive care with an acute kidney infection and has been transferred to a rehabilitation center. Please pray for Jo.

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RIKER

Riker, Chuck and Charla Pereau’s great grandson, 2 ½ years old,
will undergo another surgery on Friday, May 10 for his eyes.
This little one has suffered so much pain. Please pray. 

May Newsletter - TJ House: Thriving Community of Students

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The TJ House is alive and active this spring! We see the hand of God working in each area of the TJ House: the hearts of our students, construction projects, and our graduated student community.

As our students navigate college life, we are so thankful to see them coming into their own, serving in their community and growing into incredible, followers of Christ. The Lord is refining the gifts and talents each of our students have as they peruse their academic careers and achieve their goals.

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Two of our students recently raced in a 6K in San Quintin with a handful of other students from the children’s home in Vicente Guerrero. Other students have been serving alongside Keith and Maya Durkin in the Red-light District of Tijuana called Zona Norte.

While more students are serving with our local church, Iglesia Ancla. We are so encouraged to see the student’s faith worked in good deeds throughout our city.

Our TJ House seems to be under a constant state of construction. After our big remodel we have continually had maintenance projects going on to

improve or beautify the grounds.

We are thankful to be in the midst of reroofing the entire house, and are grateful to those of you who continue to give, helping to keep us dry through the rainy season.

Finally, we are grateful for a growing TJ House community as students who have graduated in recent years continue to be a part of our lives. Recent graduates continue to visit us on a weekly basis, go to church with us and still come to the house for birthday parties and holidays. We are grateful to see the Lord continuing to work in their lives as they persue their professional careers, marry, and have babies.

This work God is doing is an extension of faithful givers and sponsors.

Andrea Bolaños
TJ Houseparent

May Newsletter - Oaxaca: Provision and Favor

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With a rough start, and each new day seeming to bring more hard news, this month of the year felt so long. But there were also special times and ways we saw God working all things, even the challenging ones, for our good.

We have been dealing with many illnesses among the staff, as well as family of the staff (several family members requiring trips to the hospital and emergency surgeries). Staff have been visiting the doctor this month with fevers, pain, and infections. And I have been experiencing throat issues which appears to be problems with small holes in my tonsils that get easily infected; I may need to get my tonsils removed soon.

One of the biggest events for the mission this month was a visit from the wife of the governor of Oaxaca, Ivette Morán (pictured above wearing white with Laura wearing black), de Murat. She is the honorary president of social services (DIF) in Oaxaca and came accompanied by many members of DIF and the state government. We received a few days notice before her visit, so all the children were able to be here, and Edgar gave her a tour of the home. She seems to be a genuinely kind and caring person and we enjoyed her visit.

Miguel Angel is a psychologist who comes to meet with some of our children. His uncle is now the mayor of Tlacolula. Miguel was able to help us

present a request to the governor’s wife for the paving of the road that runs from the highway to our front gate. The response has been swift, and plans are in motion to get that done as soon as possible – so that is exciting.

Another special highlight for me this month was being able to attend the Oaxaca Women’s Retreat with two other ladies from our staff (Anita – kitchen supervisor and Abby – principal of Oasis). One of my main takeaways from that retreat was that just because something is hard doesn’t mean that it is not for our benefit. I’m so thankful for the reminder that God still acts and moves even when it is hard for us to perceive it. That helped me a great deal during this challenging month and continues to be an encouragement. Thank you for your prayerful support.

Laura Rodriguez
Oaxaca Mission

BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING scope of the ministry in Oaxaca and because of new requirements by the Mexican govern ment, we have to purchase a new electric transformer for the Mission. This new transformer will allow us to handle the electric needs of the Mission and dream about expansion in the future. We still need $10,000 for the transformer.

May Newsletter - Gratitude

I just returned from a 12-day speaking trip in Oregon and Washington. I love these trips because I get to meet and connect with some of the amazing people who are a part of our team through financial support, volunteering and sponsorship.

I love when I hear a pastor tell their congregation “we have a ministry in Mexico.” They understand that we are all working together, doing our part to expand the Kingdom of God in Mexico.

Another highlight of these trips is telling stories repeatedly about what God is doing in Mexico.

This turns into a spiritual exercise of gratitude that is good for my soul and gives me motivation to continue.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

We also hear these stories each month when each of our locations turns in a monthly report to the Board of Directors. In this newsletter I want to share the latest submissions from these reports of some of our leaders so you can hear their hearts and get a glimpse of God’s work.

Janelle Keller,
Executive Director