November 2018

Prayer & Praise Newsletter

THE TIJUANA BORDER

No matter what your political views are, the hungry are fed
at the Tijuana border in Jesus name.

KIM REA AND HANNAH REA

We are asking for prayer for Kim Rea who is now in stage IV of cancer that has progressed to her stomach.  Attached is a picture of Kim Rea (left) with Charla’s great granddaughter Hannah Rea. Kim and Greg adopted Charla’s great-grandchildren;
Hannah and Juliano, at a very young age when their mother, Melanie Lombard,
was no longer capable of taking care of them.
Kim, Hannah and Juliano have had more than their share of suffering!
 
Thank you, Denny and Andie Lombard

SANTIAGO WITH THE NEW LAWN MOWER

An Answer to Prayer: Laura Rodriguez, administrator of the Oaxaca Mission, writes, “We are so thankful for donations to the Oaxaca Special Needs fund!  Last month we were able to purchase a new riding lawn mower for Santiago after his old one finally gave out for good. Praise God for the ride on mower."

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SANTIAGO WITH THE LAWN MOWER HE USED IN THE MEANTIME

IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM (BILL) TENNY
 
Bill and George Anne were supporters from the very beginnings of His ministry in Mexico and faithful prayer warriors. Bill was a man of notable accomplishments. In 1976 he was responsible for lighting the Statue of Liberty. He was also the lead man for lighting of the movie Chariots of Fire. On more than one occasion, Bill helped finance my trip representing Foundation for His Ministry.
 
Each year, Bill personally delivered a giant poinsettia, an Easter lily
and huge pumpkin to our San Clemente office.
We will miss William Tenny, faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

OAXACA MISSION

BAJA MISSION

Very early Thursday, November 29, Janelle KellerCharlaTwila Belk, and her daughter Laney, traveled from Tijuana to Oaxaca and then hopefully
on to the Baja Mission. Twila has taken on the responsibility of writing
the sequel to Charla’s Children and this will give her a first- hand
experience to understand the magnitude of the ministry.
She will be returning to Bettendorf, IA on December 5th.

Please pray for us daily.

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SAM PARSONS

So happy to have Sam with us again for our
Christmas dinner on Friday, December 7th at 6pm
Lutheran  Church of the Cross
24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA.

Please make reservations by Wednesday, December 5th
by calling (949) 492-2200. Cost is $7 per person.

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CHUCK AND CHARLA WITH THEIR GREAT-GRANDCHILD

The Pereau’s hosted their extended family on Thanksgiving Day.
They welcomed another great-grandchild.

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THANKSGIVING DAY MONTAGE

Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.
Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Janice Van Dyken at the Baja Mission.
Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.

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BARRY WINEROTH

Please keep our faithful friend, Barry, in your prayers.
His surgery was done on Wednesday, November 21.
We pray for a full recovery and God’s protection over him and his family.
Barry has been bringing groups to the Mission since 1990.

THE ELY FAMILY

Please also remember all the victims of the catastrophic fires in California.
April Ely, Barry Wineroth’s daughter, was one who lost her home.

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SAM PARSONS

Our Christmas dinner with Sam ministering, will be held on December 7th at 6pm.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Rd, Laguna Woods, CA. 
It is $7 for the dinner. Please make reservations early. Call Linda (949) 492-2200.

OSBORNE NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH PACKED 2,537 BAGS

For many years, Osborne Neighborhood Church and Ken Gustafson (now in Glory) had a drive to collect Halloween candy for distribution at the Night in Bethlehem, our annual Christmas pageant at the Baja Mission.

The tradition has continued and we thank ONC for their support
and participation in this amazing annual event.
This year it will be held on December 13th , 14th and 15th.

REQUESTS FROM THE MISSION FIELD:

Migrants from Central America are a very complex issue!
Please pray for these people at the border and the law enforcement agencies.

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GLENN ALMAREZ

Glenn's treatment for Hepatitis C has begun. He is taking ten pills daily and will report back to the doctor in one month.

Please pray that Glenn will be healed.

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JANICE DYKEN AND CAROL

The Van Dykens have been hosting our Thanksgiving dinner at the Mission in Baja for many years.  This year Carol will assist Janice and we give thanks for these women who do so much, and for this blessed occasion.

MARIA'S NEW HOME

Meanwhile in Oaxaca, our missionaries have faced some additional challenges this month, but we give thanks to our God for His promises. Please pray for the health and safety of all our missionaries.

Yadira and Esteban oversee the missionaries in Oaxaca and recently visited with Maria Villa Pablo. Maria lived in very primitive conditions with dirt floors for many years. Today she is grateful to have moved in to a new home where she hosted Yadira, Esteban and Pastor Martin & family, for breakfast and fellowship.  

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EMBROIDERY CLASSES

Teresa Rodriguez, who graduated from our Bible Institute, uses embroidery classes
as a tool to reach a number of different communities with the Gospel in Yucundivi, Oaxaca. Eugenia (Maria Villa Pablo’s mother) shares the Word of God in Mixteco.
We pray for these classes and outreaches as an effective means
for preaching the Gospel.

 
“We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to the right, a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light. For the darkness shall turn to dawning and the dawning to noon-day bright, and Christ’s great kingdom shall come to earth, the kingdom of love and light.”  H. Ernest Nichol, 1896

KAILA PHILLIPS

Kaila, from New Jersey, visited the Baja Mission in 1991 and 1992. She said “this was an awesome experience that touched my life forever. I now face chemo therapy. I am on my second round. The prognosis is not good.” Please pray for Kaila.

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RUTH FOLSOM DIEHL IN FRONT OF MILLSTONE WITH CHILDREN

It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2

There is a millstone from Grindstone City, MI at the entrance to the Baja Mission.
Perhaps you have seen it. Ruth Folsom Diehl is standing at that entrance.
Ruth served as a missionary teacher years ago
and recently brought a work group from Arizona Community Church.

SARA PETERSEN AND JANELLE KELLER

Janelle Keller and Sara Petersen will be speaking at that church this Sunday, November 18th at 10am 4004 N Galivan Peak Parkway, Anthem, AZ, at Boulder Creek High School.

Please pray for these young women representing FFHM.

BARRY WINEROTH AND HIS CHILDREN

 Barry Wineroth writes: “Yesterday was not a very happy day. I found out that I have bladder cancer ...I have three tumors in my bladder. I go in to have them removed on November 21st. And my daughter April’s home was confirmed destroyed in the horrible fire that burned the entire town of Paradise and is still burning all the way into CHICO . I would so appreciate your prayers.”

RICK WARREN

Rick Warren, the pastor of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, (our neighbor here in Southern California) was hospitalized last Thursday. He underwent immediate surgery for an intestinal condition and is recovering at this time.
Another surgery is scheduled after Christmas.

Please pray for Rick Warren.

DIRK AND MARY KOS

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JILL ADAMS (LEFT), MARIO CORDOBA (FAR RIGHT) AND STUDENT ISAI NANDO
FROM THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CENTER GRADUATION

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THESE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES RECENTLY GRADUATED

Dirk and Mary Kos had a vision that has impacted lives of the disabled at the Baja Mission.
They first took children into their modest home at the mission. Then Dirk had a dream
of the Learning Center. They had faith and it became a reality.
These  students with disabilities recently graduated.

Hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in their hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:5.

BAJA STAFF AND CHILDREN

In as much as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it for me.

A number of the Junior high students pictured here have been out of school
because of a teacher’s strike. The teachers have not paid
and we pray for a quick resolve to this situation.

RIKER AFTER SURGERY

Riker, the Pereau’s great grandson, had to undergo another surgery
Wednesday morning to move his cornea. In January they are planning
a major surgery to reattach the optic nerve in one eye.

Thank you for praying for this precious little fellow who is now two-years-old.

Sincerely,

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SUZANNE, CHARLA AND BILL TENNY

Bill, one of “the greatest generation” graduated to heaven. Bill and George Anne were faithful donors from the beginning of His Ministry in 1966. Bill was noted as a lighting director, responsible for lighting the Statue of Liberty in 1976 on our nation’s anniversary. Other remarkable achievements include the lighting for Chariots of Fire. He would only work the sets of rated movies.

Services will be held at South Coast Christian Assembly
31501 Ave Los Cerritos, San Juan Capistrano, CA on Nov. 24 at 10 a.m.

TWILA BELK

Please pray that the manuscript for the sequel to Charla’s Children
will be out in the mail to Twila this week. Charla’s Children sold 75,000 copies and we pray this will have the same anointing.

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PATRICK AND SHERRI BAILEY

The prayer group’s Friday night dinner was marvelous! Missionaries Patrick and Sherri shared about serving in the Philippines. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Muslims have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through their ministry.

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SAM PARSONS

 You won’t want to miss our Christmas dinner on Dec. 7th
with Sam, our roving troubadour who visits countless nursing homes.

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"HOW GOOD AND PLEASANT FOR
BROTHERS TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY."


From left: Everett Wilson, past dean of Bethany University, who spent months working on the sequel to Charla’s ChildrenNoel Wilson, worship leader at Village Church and often leads worship at our Friday night prayer gathering; Reuben Wilson, the eldest brother, pastored in Washington and Northern California; and Lewis Wilson, once a missionary in Africa and dean at Vanguard University.

GLENN ALMERAZ AND NATHAN ADAMS

 Please continue to pray for Glenn as he awaits treatment in
Mexico for Hepatitis C and pray for Nathan who battles with the same disease.

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WORSHIP NIGHTS IN OAXACA

Praise God for TNT Worship Night at the Oaxaca Mission. Youth groups from the surrounding valley participate in this monthly event.

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PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LOVED ONES

The griefs we experienced last week were almost unbearable. Letter bombs sent arbitrarily to politicians, then the hateful murders of 11 people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
As Rodney King once said a long time ago, “Why can’t we all just get along?

God have mercy on us.

BRIAN FORSSEE WITH THEIR CHILDREN

Clayton and Mary Peterson were some of our oldest and dearest friends.
Our lives were intertwined with them for decades.
Both Mary and Clayton are now in heaven.

Barbara Forsse, their daughter, called with an urgent prayer request.
Her son, Brian, has stage 3 lung cancer. Brian lives in Montana
and is the father of these precious children.

Please pray for Brian’s healing.

MARTINA AND KEILA

Martina and Keila will be serving at the daycare in San Quintin. I remember well the day Martina came into our nursery. She was such a joyful baby and she has remained the same. I know these two young women will bring their joy to His little ones in the new daycare center.

GODFREY AND ELISABETH DAWKINS (LEFT) AND VISITING MISSIONARIES.
KENYA, AFRICA

 
Godfrey writes, “We praise the Lord with you that the writing project with
Twila Belk is proceeding apace…Elisabeth is due to have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
surgery done on her right hand at the Manor Hospital in England on November 8th.
It will be a more modern method. Elisabeth has not been in England for 28 years.
I’m sure there will be many changes
.”

Please pray for Elisabeth Dawkins surgical procedure.

AT THE OAXACA MISSION, LITTLE CHILDREN
MAKE NAME PLAQUES FOR THEIR BEDS


A very long time ago, one of the little children took me to her room
and showed me her twin bed. “It’s all mine. I don’t have to sleep with anyone else.” She showed me two drawers in a dresser. Again she said, “These are all mine.
This picture reminded me the children at our mission have twin beds
all their own and they have made name plaques for each.

PRAY FOR A FUTURE FARMER IN MEXICO

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LLANO GAVE HIS FIRST CUCUMBER TO HIS TEACHER

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FELIX WON FIRST PLACE FOR HIS CHILI PLANT

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DALE FORSEE, OPERATING THE FORK LIFT, RICARDO BOLANOS ASSISTING
 
For many years WINGS, our only auxiliary in Redding, CA,
Has taken on astronomical projects. This time they have provided beautiful furnishings for our students’ home in Tijuana. We thank God for each and every sister who has so faithfully supported us, and especially Judy Gama-Strausser.
She has been the heart and hands of Wings.

MARY RENSHAW

 Mary said, “My quilting days are over.” She dropped off the last quilts she made at our San Clemente office. We thank God for those who have been so faithful for so many years. Thank you for keeping our little ones warm. It has become increasingly difficult to transport anything across the U.S. border.
 

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SHARI AND PATRICK BAILEY

Have you made a reservation for our monthly prayer group dinner tonight? It is held at 6pm at The Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Rd, Laguna Woods. The Baileys, our beloved missionaries to the Philippines, will be sharing their amazing encounters. Call (949) 492-2200 before 2pm for reservations.

Sincerely,

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