October 2018

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.

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FFHM BOARD & LEADERSHIP

Our annual Board meeting will be held on Saturday, October 20th in Baja.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5. We claim that precious promise.

We pray for safety as we travel to and from the Baja Mission. We will be dedicating the new daycare center in San Quintin, 17 miles south of the Mission.

BABIES IN THE NURSERY

Please pray for the infants and children who are adjusting to their new home and housemothers. We currently have 11 babies ranging in age
from four months to two years old in the nursery in Baja.

EUNICE LOPEZ PRAYING WITH THE HOUSEMOTHERS

Eunice (Niche) writes, “I want to thank the Lord for the house parents and recognize the willingness they have for the service for the Lord, day after day. They are on duty 24 hours a day caring for the ‘least of these.’ They lay their lives down for these children in Oaxaca. They often suffer fatigue and weariness.  There are difficult times and also moments of joy and satisfaction.

Perhaps you remember Niche from Etla.
She faithfully serves as supervisor of the Oaxacan house parents.

JOY WILLIAMSON IN THE COMMUNITY

Joy is back at the medical center in Baja. She is such a vital asset to the community.  We are praying to get our X-ray machine at the medical center certified. Right now, both of the local hospital’s X-ray machines are down.

Please continue to pray for the medical center,
that we can become a real light to our community.

AMELIA AND THREE OF HER PAINTINGS

Dana and Antoinette Pereau’s grandchild, Amelia, is a cancer survivor. She suffers from WAGR syndrome, a rare form of autism. Born with no irises in her eyes, she must wear sunglasses all the time. Although considered legally blind she can see broad images. She also has very limited language skills but is improving by leaps and bounds.Recently three of her paintings were auctioned off at a charity event for cancer survivors and garnered $1000 for the charity.

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ALEXIS JUAREZ

Alexis' father called the Baja Mission to ask us to have a
memorial service for Alexis in the Mission Church. Even though many of his family
were not Christians, the father said, “Alexis was a son of God,
I want them to do everything that he would want.


The companions who grew up with him in the Special Education Center, teachers, his family, and some of the staff at FFHM were there to say goodbye to this student who fought until the end. The father gave thanks for all the financial support, prayers and the demonstration of affection towards the family. A memorial service is a great opportunity for preaching the Gospel.

We are faced with life and death issues. Where will we spend eternity?

GIVING THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

In the fall of 2000, Jamie and Jane Caldwell welcomed us to our new office and volunteered the services of their cleaning crew. We were overwhelmed by their generosity. “We were strangers and you welcomed us.

Jane is now in a Senior Living community in San Juan Capistrano, 
but Victoria and her crew continue their custodial service as a gift to us.

RON RAMOS AND ANDY BROSCHE

Ron, a former administrator at the Baja Mission,
and Andy of Mariners Church, dropped by the office last week.
It is always wonderful to be visited by dear friends.

SARA PETERSON AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JANELLE KELLER

Sara will be transitioning to her new role as daycare supervisor for the new facility in San Quintin. More to come next week.

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PATRICK AND SHARI BAILEY

Monthly Dinner update: Patrick
 and Shari, missionaries to the Philippines,
will be sharing at our monthly prayer dinner Friday, November 2nd.
 
The dinner will be at Lutheran Church of the Cross
24231 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA at 6pm.
Please call in your reservation to Linda (949)492-2200
by Wednesday, October 31st.

FYI…  A rummage sale is planned for November 3rd from 7am to 2pm.
Please excuse any clutter at the far end of the dining room.
All the proceeds are going to missions.

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TWILA BELK

We are in the process of writing a contract with a published author for the sequel to Charla’s Children. Our friend, Godfrey Dawkins, suggested we contact Cecil Murphey, author of Gifted Hands. He is now retired but his associate, Twila Belk agreed to write the sequel. This is an answer to prayer.  I just read a book of hers recently published titled, The Power to BeIt was delightful!

WILLIAM ZERSEN

William writes, “In my prayer time, I have to stop and ask the Holy Spirit to clear my mind of everything that is not of the Lord and the purposes of my prayer.
Once I do that, rarely do thoughts other than what I am praying for come to my mind!

Sincerely,

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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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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.