October 2017

October 27, 2017

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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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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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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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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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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.



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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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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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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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 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.   



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

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 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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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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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 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. 


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.