July 28, 2017


Please cover Janelle Keller in prayer for her upcoming itinerary. She left early in the morning on July 27, to go to Chicago for our FFHM board meeting.

I wanted to give you a rundown of my schedule so that you know where I am but also so you know how to be praying: 

  • On Friday, I’m meeting with Peter, Rod and Matt to work on some goal setting and planning for the coming years of the ministry. 

  • Saturday is our board meeting all day. Grant us wisdom and direction for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. 

  • On Sunday, I will visit Messiah Lutheran Church in the Chicago suburbs. They have supported us for years. I will be doing the sermon at three services that morning. 

  • Next Saturday, August 5, I’m flying out early morning to go to Mjorud Family Bible Camp in Montana. I will be speaking three times during the camp – once with teens, once as an hour long intro to the ministry and once as a mission spotlight in an evening service.   

  • After camp I’m going to be with the Malcolm family in Lolo. They are hosting an evening in their home on Saturday with people who are interested in the ministry. 

  • On Sunday I’m speaking in the adult Sunday School class about the ministry, and I’m doing a 10 minute intro to the ministry in their two services. And then that afternoon I’m flying back and will get in to LA around midnight. 



Jan Holter was living with Dave and Audrey Taylor in Costa Mesa, CA at the inception of His Ministry. She later married Carl and extended the first invitation to Chuck and me to minister in her home church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris, IL.  Later she scheduled our itinerary in Illinois and Wisconsin. Jan is facing a critical situation.  She is to undergo surgery in the immediate future for a tumor in her kidney. She needs a miracle. Carl Holter serves on our U.S. board. 


Carrie Irving, FFHM board member, was in a very serious car accident. Only the grace of God could have spared her life. The vehicle was totaled. While being examined they discovered swelling on her brain. They’re believing God for a miracle! The Irvings are in the process of moving to Idaho.   


There was a wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the kid’s camp hosted by the Mission Church. Thank you for praying. Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit this would just be another camp. More to follow in September’s newsletter.


Larry and Olive Kieler have made countless trips to the Mission.  They recruited young people from all over Canada to join them on an adventure that would change their lives forever.  Larry has been suffering with major heart problems for a number of years.  He will undergo surgery this week. Please pray for a total recovery. 


Recently I, Charla, had a minor stroke. I am back in the office and under excellent medical care. Thank you for all those that pray. 


Please continue to pray for the Bible Institute’s outreach in the remote regions of Oaxaca. 


Although we don’t have a picture to accompany this prayer request, please pray for Theresa Vanderkooi,, who has cancer throughout her body. Theresa is Pete Van Dyken’s sister. The Van Dykens have prepared our Thanksgiving dinner for many years. 

July 7, 2017


Brian Durkin has been a faithful contributor to FFHM for many years and is the son of Jack and Pat Durkin, part of our Friday night prayer group. Brian has a detached retina and will be going into emergency surgery today. Please pray for him.


George Wakeling who previously served on the FFHM board, is the guy we always go to in a time of need. Recently, George was on a Mediterranean cruise and had a fall suffering a broken right hand and injury to his knees, elbow and shoulder. He was just released from a hospital in Corfu and arrangements are being made for him to fly home. Please pray for healing and his safe return.




Please pray for travel mercies for Mario and Bernardo while driving Maria Villa Pablo's jeep to her in the mountains of Oaxaca. Also for the Bible Institute students who will follow them, driving throughout Mexico for ministry in Oaxaca and Chiapas. The men and the team need protection from all evil.


The violin was sold and FFHM will benefit greatly from it's sale.


Herlinda has been part of our mission family for 30 years. She came as a little girl with her parents to the Baja mission where they served for many years. After attending Bible College, Herlinda married Norberto and they returned to serve together in many areas including house parents for 13 years.

The cement roof of their small home has caved in and in serious need of repair. The estimated cost is $5000. We have willing hands for the construction, please pray with us in meeting the financial need.


John Keller, the brother of Executive Director Janelle Keller, wrote the following:

On Saturday, while at our family’s cottage, our 2 year old daughter Emersyn was the victim of an unprovoked dog bite. Unfortunately the bite nearly severed her lip. She was taken to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong in Rochester, NY where she received excellent care from a facial trauma team. The Plastic Surgeon was able to do a multi-level repair and was very pleased with how the closure turned out. She continues to deal with a lot of swelling and pain, and the potential for infection is a major concern. Please pray for complete healing for her both emotionally and physically, and for minimal scarring on her beautiful face.


Progress has been made on getting the corrected documentation of the property here at the mission. Please pray for a good finish to this whole process.


Laura, the Oaxaca Mission Administrator, needs to renew her temporary resident visa but so far there have been several obstacles. Please pray for a successful and timely resolution, as she travels to the states soon.

Class of 2017 - Ketta Faith VandenBos

The VandenBos family of Lynden, WA, served at the Baja Mission. Steve, as our builder and Sherry, as our piano teacher and tutor. The VandenBos’ were strongly led to adopt Ketta. The following is their letter:

“Dear Chuck and Charla, 
We are sending you a video of Ketta’s senior violin recital. We hope this is a reminder to you that one of ‘Charla’s Children’ has been given a second chance at life. Praise God! We have seen God’s hand on Ketta’s life since she arrived at ‘our’ orphanage. We thank you for listening to God when He gave you the vision of the field ripe for harvest. Thank you Chuck and Charla! Ketta has been the biggest, most unexpected blessing in our life.

Now we are excited to see where God leads Ketta next. We are SO PROUD of her. To God be the Glory.”

Nancy Benning represented FFHM at Ketta’s graduation and at her violin recital. Ketta enjoys many activities including running on the cross country team, playing tennis, volunteering in the junior high youth group and church ushering. Ketta will attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ , majoring in accounting.

Bringing Light into Darkness

Hugo and Lizette serve in a suburb of Culiacan, Sinaloa. They minister in the migrant laborers’ camps, which surround the city. 

If you want to reach all of Mexico for Christ, Sinaloa is the place to serve. Laborers come from every state to work in this coastal, fertile valley. 
But it’s the drug capital of Mexico and possibly the world.

We have felt strongly led to establish an orphanage for the countless children left orphaned in the Southern part of the state. 

Through generous donors, God provided the funds to purchase property. But it wasn’t to be had as there were disputes among the sellers. So we are waiting and trusting for God’s timing. 

We want to have a beautiful property that will bring peace and healing to the lives of children who have experienced violence and abuse. And we want a property located near migrant camps so we can continue the work of reaching the lost in this area.