October

Prayer & Praise Newsletter

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BOARD MEMBERS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MATT JUAREZ,
CHUCK BRAUN, JANELLE KELLER, CHARLA PEREAU, STEPHANIE RICKE,
PASTOR BILL DWYER, BOB CHRISTIAN AND ROD SOUTHARD


Thank you for praying. Our annual board meeting was held at the Baja Mission this year. 

Annual reports were presented and Janelle Keller, Executive Director, presented a STRATEGIC PLAN for 2019 to 2021.

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NEW DAYCARE CENTER

The group also visited the new daycare center in San Quintin, where 45 children will be immediately loved and cared for. This is another wonderful opportunity for outreach.

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GLENN ALMERAZ

For me, the highlight of the Board meeting was Glenn giving thanks for his education, ministry, and the fact that his two children were given the opportunity for education. Glenn’s daughter, Genesis, graduated from medical school
and is now in an internship program. His son, Glenn Jr.,
is attending a Culinary Arts school in Ensenada.

Glenn awaits treatment in Mexico for Hepatitis C. Please pray for him.

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

Patrick and Shari, missionaries to the Philippines will be inspiring you with stories of their adventures of faith, Friday, November 2.

Please make reservations by calling (949) 492-2200 by Wednesday, October 31st. 

Dinner is at 6 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Cross:
24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods.
 

CHUCK PEREAU, JANELLE KELLER AND DALE  FORSSE

Thanks to Vicki Gravell for handling the annual Christmas stocking project for the children. She shops all year long for the best buys, then a group of women from the Village Church in Laguna Woods, meet together to “stuff the socks." It took three vans to transport all of them to the warehouse.

Thank you Chuck, Janelle and Dale!

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ANDREA, ROSALINDA, LAURA AND CHARLA

Keith and Maya Durkin, formerly missionaries of FFHM, now provide meals for hundreds of children who live in abject poverty in Tijuana, Mexico.
I frequently pray for the Durkins. Not long ago,
I had a dream of three little girls who came for assistance.

I shared the dream with Keith and Maya and long story made short:
Maya arranged to have these three destitute girls interned at our home in Baja.

Please pray for these children separated from their mother.

TWILA AND STEVE BELK

After many attempts to write the sequel to Charla’s ChildrenTwila has agreed to write it and a contract has been signed. Now the hard work begins. 

Please pray for Twila. She expects to complete the project by mid-March.

Prayer & Praise Newsletter

LET THIS BE OUR PRAYER TODAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

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PRAISE GOD, YES, THERE ARE GOOD THINGS HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Christian Doctor Who Heals Rape Victims.” Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege is on a crusade for women’s dignity. Mukwege is the son of a Pentecostal minister and was inspired to pursue medicine after traveling with his father to pray for the sick. Panzi Hospital, which he founded in 1999, is managed by the Pentecostal Churches in Africa. This 63 year old doctor works with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in the Congo. Mukwege challenges fellow Christians to be a light that shines in the world of darkness for the dignity of man and woman.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Our medical and dental center is buzzing with activity. We are endeavoring to get everything up to code. We are excited to announce third and fourth dental operatory and an upgrade to our OB/GYN department. The construction team is working hard to get everything up to code.

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 ANDRES AND SUPREENA

Our homebound and wound care patients are being visited regularly. Supreena, a home care nurse from Canada joined our team to visit the “shut-ins.”

CHARLA WITH SANDY PISTOLE

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2018 FAMILY BIBLE CAMP

How many of you remember Family Bible Camp at Camp Seeley or Pinecrest? Each year we took children from Mexico to the US  for this special event.
But after 9-11 our world would change forever! We could no longer take children into the US for this greatly anticipated event.

Sandy became the director of our Kid’s Camp in Baja. 
But last year and this year, Jill Adams restored Family Bible Camp.

Thank you for sending a kid to camp.

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LAURA RODRIGUEZ 

Laura, administrator to the Oaxaca Home for Children, writes, “I see the ways we can grow as a home and respond to the needs in the community around us, but we need more staff to do that…We feel stretched pretty thin from time to time.”  Open positions in Oaxaca: maintenance, cleaning, teenage girls’ housemother. 

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CHILDREN WITH NEW SHOES IN OAXACA

A long time ago, I remember well the day Chuck and I took the children from Etla to the Central Market to buy shoes. They were in desperate need, so Glenda’s story touched my heart. An unknown donor from Mexico City purchased shoes for His little ones. May God bless the donor.

MODESTO

MODESTO CLIMBING UP THE MOUNTAIN

Modesto, one of our Bible school graduates is legally blind. He ministers in a remote region of Oaxaca. This area is often dangerous and hostile to evangelists.
Recently a man was killed there. As a precaution, a pastor in this area asked Modesto to stop coming for a season.

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

Thank you for attending the prayer group monthly dinner. Over 50 came on Friday night. Chuck Pereau gave a mini concert, accompanied by Janelle.
Charla shared events from a long time ago. Janelle completed the evening
with a beautiful rendition of “Be Still My Soul.” 

Next month Patrick and Shari, missionaries to the Philippines will join us.

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ELLIE LUGO HOLDING THE BOOK

Ellie
, former nurse in our medical center, married one of our Bible Institute students. They pastor a church in the Baja area. Ellie writes, “My father has been failing rapidly and now looks very end-stage.”   

Hospice has been called in and Ellie is traveling to see him.  Please pray for her stamina, emotionally and spiritually, and for her dad’s salvation.

Sincerely,

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Prayer & Praise Newsletter

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CHARLA AND JEAN

Jean Darnell, a student of Amy Simple McPherson, has literally traveled around the world preaching the Gospel. She ministered at the Church on the WayVan Nuys, CA, until she was 90. Jean now semi -retired, recently had a stroke. Her daughter LaDonna hosted a gathering of old and new friends last Sunday. We shared memorable events.

Many years ago, Jean was a guest speaker at Old Pisgah in Highland Park, CA. She promised to give a boomerang from Australia to the person who brought the most guests the next night. Charla recruited seven friends from the Lutheran Church and was gifted the boomerang by Jean. Charla has treasured this special gift since 1963; she returned it to Jean at this gathering. A boomerang always comes back to the sender!

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ANOTHER CHILD RIDING HER BIKE

Two children from our Special Education Center learned to ride their bikes without training wheels. This is not an easy feat for a child with a disability.

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LAURA AND MELISA

ODBULIA AND EFREN

 MARIBEL AND ROSALINDA 

This past month Cheryl Trevor, school supervisor, taught the children the attributes of God. Last week, she specifically spent each morning devotional sharing the principles of salvation. She was truly blessed when at the end of it six children told her they had prayed to receive Christ for the very first time.

Please pray for these children who have
experienced the new birth in Christ Jesus.

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THE LADIES DISPLAYING THIER QUILTS

Thank you to the ladies from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tillamook, Oregon who made 50 quilts for the Baja Mission. These precious women have sent us quilts for many years.There are not many quilters left.

CHUCK PEREAU, JANELLE KELLER AND CHARLA PEREAU

Don’t forget the monthly prayer group dinner today, Friday, Oct. 5th.
We will be meeting at 6pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross,
24231 El Toro Blvd., Laguna Woods, CA.

Chuck, Janelle Keller and Charla will be speaking.

ANDREA LOMBARD

Andie writes: “Thank you for the prayers. It is the only thing
that has helped restore me. It has been miraculous!

TEAM OUTREACH IN THE MOUNTAINS OF OAXACA

Our team from Baja is ministering in the mountains of Oaxaca where there is such need. They are encouraging the weary Pastors and evangelizing communities. There are both spiritual and material needs, but there is great hunger for the Gospel

The group will be returning to the Mission this weekend,
rejoicing in the fruit they harvested.

NEW DAYCARE CENTER IN SAN QUINTIN

Praise God, the new daycare center in San Quintin, Baja, CA
will open up Monday Oct. 8th.
 

We rejoice because 45 children will receive the love of God
and the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

Congratulations to the graduates from the University of Tijuana! 
We are so proud of each one and you have faithfully
supported these young men of promise

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Ruben Eliacim Aviña graduates with a degree in Business.
He will stay in Tijuana and look for a job in his field.

Moises Rodriguez graduates with a degree in Graphic Design.
He is working as a graphic Designer with a publicity firm in Tijuana.

Isai graduates with a degree in International Relations. He plans on continuing his education and serving his country by joining the Mexican Naval Corps.

Sincerely,

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For 55 Years they met for Prayer

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I do believe that by intercessory prayer, as Jesus himself has told us, the great power of God works in ways we cannot conceive.” Oswald Chambers. 

In 1963 a group of Lutherans met weekly for intercessory prayers, primarily for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. 

In 1966 that little group unanimously launched on a mission that would change all of their lives and the lives of countless others; the founding of the mission in Vicente Guerrero, Baja, CA, Mexico. (See Charla’s Children, chapter 14) 

During the ‘70s, our group grew in numbers and became very interdenominational and remains so. In answer to prayer, we saw tremendous miracles. God worked in ways beyond conception. 

In 2000 we moved to San Clemente and to our home in Laguna Woods, CA. We never missed a prayer meeting. The Petersons, Barnes, Schofields, Sanders, Sheltons, Knowltons, Smiths, and precious Pat Durkin was soon to follow. 

For over 55 years these intercessors continue to meet weekly for prayer.

We meet at the Pereau’s home, 2355 #3H Via Mariposa W., Laguna Woods, 92637. All are welcome; we have a prayer group dinner the first Friday of each month at the Lutheran Church of the Cross. Once again, all are invited. 

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face …” 2 Chronicles 7:14. 

Want to receive our weekly Prayer and Praise e-newsletter? Send us your email address to: info@ffhm.org  or call our office at (949) 492-2200.

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By Charla Pereau, 
Founding Director

Oaxaca TJ House Trip

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Dear Foundation for His Ministry and Camano Chapel,

My name is Franco Vazquez and I am 18 years old. I want to thank you all for making our missions trip to the Oaxaca Mission possible and praying for us while we were gone.

I am so thankful that I received the blessing of going to Oaxaca. It blessed my life in so many ways. I learned many new things and experienced things I never thought I would.

I grew up at the children’s home in Baja, where missions teams would visit and help for a week. Those missions teams were always working and giving and being a blessing to people. This Oaxaca trip let me be the giver, the worker, the one blessing.

On our trip we visited the city of Huajuapan to help a missionary family. We were able to help them clean up their little facility, paint and fix up their little school. 

In Huajuapan I learned about thankfulness and being grateful for all that we have. I also really saw people who believe that God is always with them, no matter how little they have.

Around the children’s home we served by washing dishes, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. 

But what I loved the most and learned from the most was taking care of the little boys and spending time with the youth. The kids at the home are so kind to one another and really accept each other as family.

We also visited the women’s prison which really ministered to me. Seeing how the women have faith in God, even while they aren’t free and their lives have been and are so hard. It is impressive.

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Finally, but not most important, we were able to visit and tour the city of Oaxaca. Oaxaca has a rich, artistic culture. 

We visited the ruins of Monte Alban, the weavers in Teotitlan, and the black pottery of San Cristobal. Oaxaca is a beautiful city.

Thank you again so much for your support, and making this trip possible for me. I am so thankful for what God did in each area and part of this trip. This trip blessed my life.

Thank you, 

Franco Vazquez

Missionary Spotlight: Maria Villa Pablo

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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 Maria de Jesus Villa Pablo. I am 40 years old and for me it is truly a delight to serve our Lord Jesus Christ as a missionary in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca. 

I come from a family who was affected by alcoholism. My mother raised four daughters and one son alone; I am the second daughter of five children. Because of a great need of food and care we ended up at FFHM in Vicente Guerrero in 1980. 

They took care of me and two of my siblings. Later, after one year and seven months, my mother came for us and took us to Yucuyi in Oaxaca, which is the town where I was born. I grew up there together with my sisters and my brother surrounded by violent and alcoholic family members. Because of sorcery I suffered with very strong spiritual battles for most of my childhood. 

However, seven years later, God in His sovereign grace took us back to Baja California. One day, two child evangelism teachers from the outreach ministry of FFHM arrived where I lived. It was during a Bible class that the Holy Spirit revealed to me my sin and showed me Jesus as my Savior. That day I was liberated from spiritual attacks and the extreme terror that had paralyzed me in the nights. 

The day I received Christ, I also felt a strong calling to missions. I felt the conviction to return to Oaxaca and to take the good news. 

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At 12 years old, I started to go to the Mission Church. At 13, I was baptized and at 14 I entered the Bible Institute for two years. 

When I was 16, I arrived in Oaxaca as a missionary. I have now been serving for 23 years as a missionary in this region of Oaxaca. 

The need continues being enormous, but I am dedicated. Like the child who gave Jesus his five loaves and two fish, I give Jesus my small contribution, trusting that He will multiply it for more people to continue the call to preach the Gospel and make disciples. 

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MY MINISTRY IS FOCUSED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

• EVANGELISM – To be the arrowhead to enter places that are difficult to access with the good news (evangelism is one of my passions).

•TRAINING OTHERS - To stimulate and help in the training of mature believers and to support them in their integration into ministry service according to their gifts. 

• DISCIPLESHIP – To strengthen in faith the new believers through Bible studies in homes or public places especially women and children. I love working with children.

• ADMINISTRATION – To support in the administrative area of our church Abundant Grace Family Christian Center

• RADIO – To pray for my work at the radio station as the programmer. Through the transmissions a great diversity of programming is sent to people of different ages with a focus on the restoration of individuals and families. Believers and unbelievers have been deeply and radically impacted. 


HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR ME?

1. For the radio station. Protection of the equipment, wisdom and discernment for the administration and programming. 

2. Protection when I travel to remote towns.

October 27, 2017

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JAN HOLTER WITH HER FAMILY

The memorial for Jan Holter will be at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI on November 4th at 2pm.

Carl, Jan’s husband who serves on the FFHM Board, requested these verses be prayed for him: Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths: Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” 

And a verse from Jude: “But you dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” 

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OAXACA MISSION

The Board will be traveling to Oaxaca on November 1st for our annual meeting. The Oaxaca Mission will host us from November 2nd-5th. Please pray for those who will be traveling and that we be granted God’s wisdom and understanding as we direct Foundation for His Ministry

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KEITH AND MAYA

Our beloved Keith Durkin will be sharing at the Friday night dinner on November 3rdKeith began his ministry at the Baja Mission, and together He and Maya have served in Mexico for many years as church planters. Presently, they are feeding hundreds of displaced children in Tijuana. Maya recently went through breast cancer surgery. To know them is to love them.

Please call Linda at (949) 492-2200 by noon on WednesdayNovember 1st, so Valerie, our cook, will know how much food to prepare. It will be held at Lutheran Church of the Cross on El Toro in Laguna Woods, CA. 

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RUTH WITH HER FAMILY

Chuck and Charla have been invited by Ruth Diehl to speak Saturday night, November 11th and Sunday morning, November 12th. The Sunday morning service will be at 10 am at Arizona Hills Community Church, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy, Anthem, AZ

For information about Saturday night’s 6pm service,
please call Ruth Diehl at (623) 256-5461.

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BRUCE AND TEAM

Wonderful news: Friend of the ministry, Bruce Camp will be flying to Cuba despite two hurricanes, on Friday, October 27. Pray that he and the missionaries with him do not encounter any difficulties on their journey. Pray that the medicines and Christian materials arrive safely and clear customs.

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LAURA

Laura Rodriguez, Oaxaca Administrator writes, “We are discouraged!” In Oaxaca and other places in Mexico there is an annual practice of Day of the Dead on October 31st. There is often demonic manifestation connected with this celebration We don’t know whether or not this is a demonic manifestation, but…we’ve had mechanical failures, two washing machines that refuse to run, the internet has been sketchy, the copier is jammed and the guy who promised to come fix it didn’t. The children are struggling in school. All this to say we are in need of your prayers as we prepare to hold our annual Board meeting November 3rd and 4th in Oaxaca.

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DORANNE AND JOHN

John Gause, husband of Doranne, is recovering from extensive heart surgery on Tuesday, October 24th. Doranne has accompanied Charla a number of times on visits to Oaxaca. They are faithful supporters. 

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THE LITTLE LOST PUP

We have another request for distribution of The Little Lost Pup at a prison in San Diego. This is a very powerful tool in making Jesus Christ known to inmates and to those who love them. Perhaps you would like to make a contribution to this worthy cause? Any amount would be appreciated. We would like to send the books as a gift to this Chaplain. Donations can be made here.

October 13, 2017

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ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS RUMMAGE SALE WILL DIRECTLY BENEFIT THE RECENT HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS. PLEASE PRAY THAT THERE WILL BE AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED GREATLY. THE CHURCH'S PRAYER CHAPEL WILL BE OPEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

Come and shop till you drop - for those in the Orange County, CA area there is a giant rummage sale at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 24231 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 from 7am to 3pm. All proceeds will be given to earthquake and hurricane victims. This is a great cause that will bless others.  Donations are accepted. 

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BERTIE AND JIM

Bertie and Jim Knowlton have both gone home with rewards waiting for each. Bertie was an artist of note. She illustrated Craig Pereau’s book, The Little Lost Pup.  Jim and Bertie served in Papau, New Guinea as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Jim was a history teacher. Jim graduated to heaven Sept. 28, 2017.   

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OAXACA

Tarps provide protection from torrential rains in Oaxaca for earthquake victims.

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SHEILA MILLER

 The Women’s Retreat at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods was a great blessing. Thank you to those who prayed. Sheila Miller, a prayer warrior organized this very special event.

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PIO (FAR LEFT) AND FRIENDS

Thank you for your prayers for Pio's eye surgery. He had cataracts removed and permanent contact lenses placed in both eyes. Please continue to pray that Piowould gain clear vision as his eyes heal.

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ESTHER

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ESTHER WORKING WITH A STUDENT

We are having to say good-bye to Dirk and Mary Kos, founders of the Disabled Children’s Learning Center (DCLC). May we introduce Esther Torres, DCLC administrator. Pray for her as she assumes this vital ministry to His special little ones.

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RICARDO, ANDREA AND THEIR CHILDREN (CENTER)
WITH THE STUDENTS IN OUR TJ HOUSE


Ricardo and Andrea Bolanos oversee the students going onto higher education. Our children are given the opportunity to pursue higher education at the University, Tech School or nurses’ training. Pray for Ricardo and Andrea, as they oversee these children of promise; and for these young people, that their faith in Jesus Christ will remain strong in this secular environment.

We have a Story to tell the Nations

Maria Villa Pablo

Did you know we have a radio station in Juxtlahauca, Oaxaca? Recently we were able to upgrade the transmitter from 600 to 1000 watts, thanks to a very generous friend. We broadcast from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and reach the Spanish, Mixteco, and Triqui speaking people in Oaxaca. The following are four testimonies Maria Villa Pablo received from listeners: 

Emilia is a young single mother living with her Catholic parents and six year old daughter. In the past, her family wanted nothing to do with Evangelical Christians, but now Emilia and her mother love to listen to our Christian radio station. “In moments of affliction it gives us peace. It has been a great help for my mother who was quick to judge people, but now she thinks before judging.” Emilia is faithfully taking her daughter to Maria’s church because she has understood the value of God’s Word.
 
Cristina is a member of Maria’s church and teaches Sunday school. Our radio station has a special place in her family. “The broadcast has been a great blessing in the life of my husband, Alberto, who listens to the preaching. When his customers ask questions about the Bible, he answers according to what he has learned on the radio. 

Now Alberto has started coming to church. When I tended the store, one of our suppliers listened to the station and now he comes from out of the area especially to hear the broadcast.” 

Gudelia and her husband came to Christ four years ago, broken, because of infidelity in their daughter’s marriage.  God not only strengthened their own marriage, but restored their daughter’s marriage. “Through listening to the station’s counseling programs, I have learned how to love and honor my husband and how to give counsel to my own family.  I take care of my grandchildren and apply the advice I received from the broadcast.  I thank God for the radio program because life principles are taught from a Biblical perspective.”  

Gabriela is married and has a three year old son and a three month old baby girl. She and her husband serve as teachers in Maria’s church. “We have heard advice on the radio broadcast on marriage and health remedies. We don’t have money to buy medicine for our children so we use the home health aides. God has used the station to help our marriage and bring us closer to Him.” 
 

Adventures in Canada

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The late Rev. Harald Bredesen, a noted Christian statesman, moved to Van Nuys, CA. We became the best of friends. 

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Harold Bredesen

Later, he was called to pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship, Victoria, B.C. Harald said, “When we get settled in our new church, we must have reports of Baja Adventures.” Thus I was invited to British Columbia. 

Following the service, I was invited to High Tea at Colonel Bill Riddell’s lovely home. He asked me if I would be willing to share this incredible story with Rev. John Lucas, his friend in Calgary, AB. 

Minutes later he was on the phone with John saying,  “John, a Lutheran lady spoke at our Sunday morning service. She has an amazing story of how she and her husband adopted a Zapotec Indian baby which opened the door to their current ministry in Mexico.” 

I overheard John’s reply, “Why would I be interested in the testimony of a Lutheran lady? I’ll call you back after I’ve prayed about it.” Twenty minutes later, John called, “Fly her to Calgary and I’ll have her speak at the mid-week service.” 

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Pastor John Lucas

It was a short flight from Victoria to Calgary, AB. As I stood at the airport waiting to be picked up, a young man inquired, “are you Charla?” I replied, “Yes.” Then he said,  “Missionaries don’t usually wear hoop earrings.”

I was puzzled by his statement, but then was driven downtown to the Immanuel Assemblies of God church where I was received with the warmest of welcomes. This invitation opened the doors to ministry across Canada. 

Our Baja adventures were shared in small and large congregations from Ft. McMurray, AB
to L’Assomption, Quebec. I was invited to be the plenary speaker to 10,000 attendants at Mission Fest, B.C. in Vancouver. 

Our dear friend, the late Rev. Percy Gutteridge recommended that I share the amazing story at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Churh in Mission, B.C.  

While speaking there, I met Olive Kieler, who was the church secretary and
 cook at Camp Luther. 

She caught the vision of bringing work groups to  the Baja Mission. Her husband, Larry, was the bus driver and they gathered up young people from all over Canada who would have their lives changed forever by the trip to Mexico. 

Pictorial journeys with Larry and Olive were amazing adventures of joy and yes, a few tears. 

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Larry Kieler was a master mechanic/bus driver. He provided the transportation to Mexico. Olive made all arrangements for their sojourn. When the Kielers and their crew arrived he was sent to the auto shop. There were vehicles waiting, including our back hoe, which was always in need of repair. Olive was met with a truck load of tomatoes. She knew how to can. Olive and her crew canned thousands of quarts of tomatoes.

Often Pastor John Lucas drove me hundreds of miles to speaking engagements that he had arranged on my behalf and Olive did the same. There were times when I scheduled my own itinerary and ended up hitch hiking.

I was guest speaker at Burnaby Christian Fellowship in British Columbia and had an evening service in Anacortes, WA. There was no bus transportation. What could I do? I walked a few blocks away from the church carrying a suitcase, a slide projector and put up my thumb. Sid Fluvog picked me up and drove me all the way to the church. I will forever be grateful.

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Nick and Zoya

From Anaimo, B.C. I met Nick and Zoya Andruff. They were certainly heroes of the faith. He was a master maintenance man.  She, a gourmet cook and a healer of the broken hearted. 

The Andruffs used their van to do procurement and made a weekly trip from Osborne Neighborhood Church in Arleta, CA to the Baja Mission. For 14 years they picked up everything from nuts and bolts to restaurant supplies. 

If you want to be great in God’s Kingdom, you must be servants of all. Nick and Zoya Andruff were certainly servants of all. 

More than a Carpenter

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Elaine's painting

WhiIe in Wetaskiwin, AB, on one of my sojourns in Canada, I met Ian and Elaine Croft. I was invited by them to coffee at Tim Horton’s. Ian asked, “Could you use us in Mexico? I am just a carpenter.” 

I immediately thought, “He was just a carpenter.” He added, “My wife is deaf.”
Ian was more than a carpenter and she far more than an artist.  

With Elaine’s creative touch, things became works of art.

We have several of Elaine’s paintings in the San Clemente office. 

When children arrived at the home in Oaxaca, they were given a beautiful quilt lovingly made by Elaine. She taught quilting to indigenous neighbors and in the prisons. 

The Crofts have faithfully served in Oaxaca
for 17 years.