November 2017

November 24, 2017

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Thank you for your prayer support and
for partnering with us to serve the people of Mexico.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Foundation for His Ministry.

DAN AND SUSANNA

Susanna Payne, daughter of Joe and JoAnn Payne, sent the announcement of her engagement with the following note: “Please don’t feel obligated to give a gift. Please consider a donation for Foundation for His Ministry, a Christ centered orphanage and ministry to migrant workers in Mexico.” This remarkable young woman has been a faithful donor to His Ministry and we will celebrate her wedding. 

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JUANITA
 

Please pray for Juanita Valenzuela’s health. Juanita has been one of our teachers in the Disabled Children’s Learning Center for many years. 

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AL AND AMY

Al
 and Amy Carlson need prayer. She is facing serious visual problems and Al is not well. Al works in the Disabled Children’s Learning Center and Amy recently remodeled our gift shop and serves there. 

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DINNER PREPARATIONS

Thank you to all who so generously gave to the purchase of turkeys and our Thanksgiving dinner. For many years, Bel Air Presbyterian Church faithfully supplied the turkeys and trimmings but we were unable to take them across the border into Mexico this year. So dear friends contributed towards their purchase and once again Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the missions. 

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OSMIN

At our Baja Mission, Osmis has bronchitis and needs prayer for healing.

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RAFAEL

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BENJAMIN

Pray for our bus drivers who take children to and from the Disabled Children's Learning Center. This is an ongoing prayer request for the safety of the bus drivers and children.

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ROBERTO AND SHARON

Roberto Munoz Flores is now being given hospice care. How we thank God for this brother in Christ and the blessings we have all received. He is an evangelist and will enter into eternity with countless others with whom he shared his faith. Please pray for his family.

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SHARON JOYNER

Mark your calendar

Friday, December 1st.We will celebrate our annual Christmas gathering at
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA.

Sharon Joyner will be ministering in song. She received a Country Music Award
for her rendition of Feliz Navidad. Dinner starts at 6pm.
Please make your reservations early by calling (949) 492-2200. 

November 10, 2017

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SUTHERLAND SPRINGS
 

Sutherland Springs: This a time to mourn for the soul of our nation. Let us pray for Sutherland Springs and all the families affected by this event. Our hearts are heavy, but God is on His throne and we WILL be victorious in spite of the evil in the hearts of so many. 


A time to weep and a time to laugh, 
    A time to mourn and a time to dance.
”  Ecclesiastes 3:4

US BOARD AND LEADERSHIP TEAM

Thank you for praying for our annual board meeting. It was held at our beautiful Oaxaca Mission, a place where everyone should visit. We had the opportunity to go to the prison and other historical places.

YOUTH BAPTISM

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YOUTH BAPTISM

The youth group at the Oaxaca Mission is experiencing a move of God the Holy Spirit with the leadership of Pastor Edgar Rivera. Pastor Edgar ministered in the remote regions of Oaxaca for years. Five teenagers were baptized Sunday afternoon.

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VOLUNTEERS

In preparation for the board meeting, the work group from Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin spent days laboring. They worked from early morning to late at night and were tremendous representatives of servanthood.

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MAYA AND KEITH


The monthly Friday night prayer group was tremendously blessed by the ministry of Keith and Maya Durkin who work with the street children in Tijuana. Thank you all for praying for the Durkins. 

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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

 

JACK AND LOIS

We thank God for Jack and Lois Schofield who are back with us again this year. They are busy sending out cards with beautiful ornaments to those who are participating in giving to our Alternative Christmas

If you would like to participate and give a gift towards Alternative Christmas click hereYou can also order free paper ornaments to send to your loved ones.

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FFHM

Although Doug Williams, our C.P.A. has yet to finalize our annual audit, we believe FFHM is approximately $58,000 in the red. This is the second year we have had a deficit. The fact that it is nearly impossible to transport donated goods across the border into Mexico is the reason for this deficit.

We know that God’s work done God’s way will not lack supply.  

ANDREA

Andrea Pereau Lombard went through surgery on Wednesday to put in a pacemaker. Please pray for a quick recovery and total healing.

MARCIA AND PASTOR LELAND LANTZ
 

Please join us in prayer for Pastor Leland Lantz and wife Marcia, who will be traveling to Uganda, Africa to visit and minister to the world’s largest refugee camp. They are dear friends of His Ministry.  They will be bringing support to three different missionaries located in MoyoMbale, and Kampala. 

November 3, 2017

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OAXACA MISSION

The U.S. Board will hold their annual meeting in Oaxaca, Mexico from November 2nd – 4th. We would appreciate your prayers that God would grant us His wisdom, direction, and purpose for this vital ministry.

KEITH AND MAYA

Our beloved Keith Durkin will be sharing at the Friday night dinner, November 3rdKeith and Maya have served in Mexico for many years as church planters. He began his ministry at the Baja Mission. Presently they're feeding hundreds of displaced children in Tijuana.

Please call Linda at (949) 492-2200 if you plan to attend the dinner. It will be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross on El Toro, Laguna Woods, CA.

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MARGARET IN BELIZE

Barry Wineroth introduced us to Brian Mooney who served as the mission host for a number of years. Brian often told the miraculous story of his healing as a child. He married Margaret and they went on to Belize to serve the Lord at a daycare center. Then the Lord took Brian home. Margaret was left with three children and continues to serve in Belize. Please pray that God will meet her many critical needs.

TURKEYS

PREVIOUS THANKSGIVING DINNER

For 50 years Bel Air Presbyterian Church has furnished turkeys and the makings for our Thanksgiving dinner. But the day has come when we can no longer transport turkeys across the border into Mexico. The Van Dykens, who have made all the preparations for Thanksgiving dinner for many years, were prepared for this year but we have no turkeys and fixings. Please pray. This may be a project to which you’d like to contribute so we may purchase the ingredients in Ensenada.
 

JUDY

Judy Gama is the founder of Wings in Redding, CA, our only auxiliary. Judy is in critical condition and has had multiple issues related to her heart. We can never forget the celebration she hosted for our 50th anniversary. She was led by the spirit to honor the oldest member of Wings and Lorraine Barter, our bookkeeper, who graduated to heaven shortly thereafter. Judy needs a healing touch by Jesus. 

ROBIN AND CHARLES

Charles and Robin Nahas have faithfully served our newsletter mailing team for years. They come to our Friday night dinners every month, and each month I see Charles’ strength waning. Please pray for him and for Robin, who had a bout with cancer.

CONNARD

Connard and Deanna Hoffman have served both in Oaxaca and at the Baja Mission. The Hoffmans are multi-talented missionaries and very faithful prayer warriors. Connard will be having a kidney and growth removed on November 30th. Please pray. 

LINDA

Linda StromDiscipleship Unlimited, has been a faithful supporter for years. They have purchased Charla’s Children and The Little Lost Pup and distributed them throughout the prison at Gatesville, TX. How we thank God for Linda and her ministry to “the least of these.” Thanks to their donation, one of the staff members in Oaxaca was able to travel to Ixtepec, which was affected by the recent earthquakes. They were able to construct a shower for them and are providing the water needed to run the shower. They also handed out needed supplies to the people living in this camp. 

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ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
 

Our annual Alternative Christmas campaign started in October. You can help meet the basic needs of the ministry as well as our surrounding communities in Baja and Oaxaca. 

A friend of the ministry included a note with her donation: "This gift is given to further the wonderful work you are doing. It it given in memory of my husband, Reverend Alfred W. Walck and his sister, Amanda M. Walck, parish worker, it is also given in honor of our family of 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

My husband and I were foreign missionaries to Papau New Guinea for 26 years. 

We have been impressed with your work and regularly read your newsletter, often sharing it with the family. The grandchildren chose to give toward the peanut butter and milk project. The little ones will enjoy receiving an ornament to hang on their Christmas tree to let them know where their grandfather's memorial was sent. 

Thank you for the good work among the children of Baja and Oaxaca."

If you would like to participate and give a gift towards Alternative Christmas click hereYou can also order free paper ornaments to send to your loved ones.

The Mission Exists Because of This

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Graciela Cordoba, Baja outreach supervisor, writes: I received a call from a brother asking for help for a family in great need. When I had time at the end of the day I went to look for the family. They were in a sad situation. They literally had nothing. That day they had to leave the house that had been loaned to them for a year. Now their aunt loaned them some land, but there was nothing on it. It was only a piece of land.
   
The 12 year old daughter, Beatriz, went out to look for work and arrived at Roberto Rojas’ camp. She told him she was 18 years old so they would give her work, however Roberto saw how young she looked. 

He still wanted to help the family, so he took them pasteboards to make a small house. He gave them laminate sheets for the roof, a nice stove, a gas tank and a lot of food. They now had a house with eight children, the oldest was Ricardo who is 17 and the youngest was Milagros who was three years old. 

Their beds were wooden racks with cardboard on top and they had four blankets for 10 people. They had no glasses, so they used cut plastic bottles.   


I brought Ricardo and the three oldest girls to the clothing room in outreach at the Mission. 

The siblings

The siblings

Beatriz said, ‘Wow, my mom has never brought us to such a big clothing store!’ They were overwhelmed to find clothing and shoes for the whole family and a blanket and pillows for each of them. It is our privilege to serve the poorest of the poor.


The mother is 34 years old, from Guerrero and is sick in bed. The father is Triqui from Oaxaca. He is the only one who works in the family. Their situation is very difficult, but God is faithful. Beatriz said to me, ‘Isn’t it true sister that our house is beautiful?’ ‘Of course it is,’ I said, ‘it shows your effort and work.’ 


The Word says that when we give to the poor, we are loaning it to Jehovah.

The Little Lost Pup

Al Cunningham, San Quintin State Prison, is one of many inmates who have received a copy of The Little Lost Pup. Hundreds have been sent to prisoners, in both English and Spanish in the U.S. and Mexico. 
 
Another prisoner found a copy of The Little Lost Pup that was left behind and thought it was a kid’s book. He began to read it and was captivated. The lights went out in his cell, but the halls were illuminated. He moved over to the bars and continued to read. He was shocked; he was in the book on page 26! He was the inmate with the tattoo “Pup” on his arm! Craig had led this white supremacist to a saving knowledge of Jesus while he was incarcerated in Norco State Prison years before. A compilation of these stories is included in The Little Lost Pup, a must read.
  
Terry Meeuwsen, Co-Host of 700 Club said, “Sometimes a story is written that is so poignant in its simplicity and truth that it is powerfully effective! I highly recommend this book.” 
“Craig Pereau’s story reminds me of Isaiah 61:4, that the Lord bestowed on him beauty for ashes and the oil of gladness instead of mourning. His story deeply moved me, as it will you also. Craig’s saga is a gripping parable of his own life. I encourage you to read it and share it with your family and friends.” – George O. Wood, Former Assemblies of God General Superintendent.  

Many of you have read an Angel Award-winning book, Charla’s Children; “A wonderful twenty- first century missionary story with accounts of God’s miraculous power.” God Among Us compiles many more stories of God at work, using ordinary people to accomplish what no one thought possible.  

All three books can be had for your $30 donation to Foundation for His Ministry, or in Canada, Maranatha Evangelistic Association. Separately they can be mailed for $13/each shipping included; a precious gift for your Christmas giving. Order online
www.ffhm.org or use the pink envelope. 

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Count Your Many Blessings,  See What God Has Done! 

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 Thanksgiving is an autumn day
And a tree of scarlet hue, 
A special time we set aside
When thanks alone are due. 
 
Thanksgiving is a quiet place
Where we may kneel in prayer, 
And there converse
alone with God, 
Enfolded in His care. 
 
Thanksgiving is a table spread
With bounties from the land, 
A special time to share with all
God’s wealth in every hand. 
 Thanksgiving is a sacred time
To praise our Lord above, 
For guidance through
our earthly day, 
His comfort, care, and love. 
 Thanksgiving culminates a year
Of blessings from God’s store. 
He pours them forth to all on earth
Then offers more and more. 
 
We give our thanks and
praise to Him, 
For He has blessed our days
With life and health
and blessings
In many uncounted ways. 

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING
By Al Cunningham, San Quintin State Prison

 

No words better express the spirit of this season, than these from a great old hymn: “count your many blessings, name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” I hope your heart, as mine, is singing them today. Despite the tribulation and trials that come our way, God is good and gracious. He has seen us through another year and produced another harvest. It’s a joy to partner
with you. A blessed Thanksgiving.