Category “Blog”

Medical Ministry

Saturday, 15 April, 2017

Angelina, Dentist Richard and Dental Hygienist Linda Powell

Report from Angelina Garcia in the medical center: In January our medical team of 12 went to the mountains of Oaxaca. Many patients received medical and dental care and the Gospel. We also ministered in the prison and at the children’s home.

We were blessed with a new dental chair and dental equipment.

Nurses Lynda Vanson and Jessica Brown came to serve and many patients were attended to.  The homebound were bathed and received wound care. Pediatrician, Carey Molberg, came for two weeks.

Dentist, Rick Powell and his wife, Linda Powell, hygienist, came to serve for one month.  The children, staff, Bible Institute students, and men from Rancho de Cristo all received care, along with many others from the community.

We still wait, pray and believe that God will send us a doctor.

An 80-Year-Old Biker

Saturday, 15 April, 2017

Dirk and cycle

Dirk Kos, who has a great vision for our ministry to those with special needs writes: “I have many tasks consisting of wheelchair repairs, overhauling of electric wheelchair control, fixing the ever-returning flat tires and rusted solid brake cables of the orphanage bikes, but a special opportunity crossed my path…

I met a gentleman, 80-plus years, walking with a food pack under his one arm and grasping a walking stick in the other. A first for me…to teach a person that age to ride the three-wheeled bike I built.  And I shared God’s love with him.

He went home zig zagging down the road with a double blessing!” The Angel Ministry has a constant need for diapers, all sizes but especially adult, and disposable underpads.

Loving Others

Saturday, 15 April, 2017


May is a month of honoring our mothers and serves as an opportunity for us to honor Judi Wineroth, who was an absolute joy to His Ministry and to the countless lives she touched.

Her love for God shone so brightly and she held a special place in our hearts. We first met the Wineroths when they came to our home in 1990 and shared their experience at the Baja Mission and the need for the house parents to have a time of refreshing.

Judi had been a foster parent and knew how critical      R &R was when serving day-in and day-out. They purchased a lot at Costa Brava for a beach house that could serve that purpose for the house parents at the mission.

In 1992, Barry took a group of Youth With a Mission and 14 of our teenagers to the Barcelona Olympics. This provided an unforgettable opportunity for the teenagers at the Mission to experience ministry and travel to Spain!

In the decades that followed they gave sacrificially to His Ministry. They served thousands of meals in the migrant camps, washed little bare feet, and provided shoes. The poorest of the poor were blessed with loving care.

For many years Judi and Barry were the heart of Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. The YWAM team served thousands of hot dogs wrapped in tortillas with of course a little hot salsa.

Judi leaves a legacy of unconditional love. “Well done, good and faithful servant”

April 14, 2017

Friday, 14 April, 2017
Have a joyous Resurrection day!


Praise God and thank you donors! We now have all of the money needed to purchase property in Sinaloa. Peter Bianchini and Mario Cordoba will travel to Sinaloa April 17th to meet with the sellers. Thank you for praying. The next faith adventure awaits! We will begin constructing a children’s home on this beautiful property. We will need tradesmen who have motorhomes to do the construction. There are full hookups on the property. Contact the San Clemente office at (949) 492-2200 if you want to help!


Niche and others have been praying for a teen girls house mother. Praise God! A house mother has been found and is on her way to serve at the Oaxaca Mission. A wonderful answer to prayer!


Our beautiful new Education Center was dedicated Friday, March 31, 2017. It was funded by staff and children of Strathcona Christian Academy in Alberta, Canada. More will follow in the June newsletter.


Please pray for Dr. Everett and Lois Wilson whose daughter Kristi Garcia works in the San Clemente office. Lois suffered a stroke Sunday night and is now in ICU at Saddleback Hospital, Laguna Woods, CA. Dr. Everett and Lois visited the Mission last year where he spent several days teaching at our Bible Institute.


Bob and Marie Southard have been friends of His Ministry since 1973. Their son, Rod, now serves on our U.S. Board of Directors. The Southards are praying about a potential move. They are requesting prayer for God’s guidance.


Please pray for Jim and Loretta Little who are seeking God’s direction regarding some business decisions and for Loretta who needs a miraculous healing.


We receive precious notes like this one: After I wrote the first check for $100 to use where most needed, the Lord’s Holy Spirit prompted me to write another to help you purchase the property in Sinaloa. I want to make a trip there to help build”. 


And notes like this one from Becky Peterson, Emmaus Lutheran Church: “Charla, I would encourage you to consider writing another book. So much has happened within the ministry since the last one. We prepare teams who come to serve at the Mission by having them read both books!


Becky also shared the Wycliffe Bible Translators publication. She thought I would be interested because it related to Oaxaca. She was right!

The publication tells us that in 1946, Cam Townsend, Founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, reluctantly sent the first two young women to a remote village in Oaxaca Mexico. We’ve learned they were housed in the very same two room adobe home of Charles Curtis’ grandparents, where they lived for two years doing translation work on the Zapotec language Bible. It is so obvious that God had a master plan. He wants to direct our lives and He promises to do so.

Counting the Cost

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Missionaries experience long and lonely separations from parents, relatives, friends, and customary support systems;

Living in unstable, disruptive, and potentially dangerous situations;

Becoming an alien and guest in a different society, subject to its norms and laws and the authority of its people;

Adopting the role of a servant, willing to assume humble and thankless tasks and ministries in partnership with national and expatriate colleagues;

The loss of financial security or career advancement, being content with less so that others may have more;

Adjusting to posts of larger responsibility and harder work than accustomed, which may require self-discipline, flexibility, and humility;

Raising a family and exposing one’s children to these same risks and conditions;

Personal sacrifice and the potential of martyrdom for the sake of the gospel.

When missionaries prove themselves, faithful servants of the Lord, they will find in Christ, in His Word, and in doing His will, a treasure, a joy and a strength that will far outweigh everything suffered for His Name.

From World Mission Prayer League

Have you prayed for your missionary today?

Proud Students

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

Excellent Christian education is provided at our children’s homes. Art and sewing instruction are offered as electives in our primary school. Some of the boys have a keen interest in sewing and have no trouble learning this challenging technique. In 6th Grade we are reading the story of George Mueller, “Father of the Fatherless,” and in 5th grade, we are reading “Charla’s Children.” The children have a great ability to remember details and the experiences of faithful men and women.

We celebrated the 100th day of school in a park, starting with a devotional and 100 things for which to be thankful. We finished up with a delicious cake made by a housefather and the students.


Thursday, 2 March, 2017

On the eve of my wedding, I look back over my life. At age five my two sisters, brother and I were taken to the orphanage. We had been victims of the drug culture and abused. We slept outside of our parent’s hovel and ate from the trash; we never knew love from my parents. When we arrived at the orphanage I felt like we were in paradise. They bathed me, gave me my own clothes and my own bed. It was beyond imagination. I was loved by my houseparents and so I learned the love of God, my Father.

I was given the opportunity to attend school, but had difficulty learning to read. I never thought I would finish elementary school, but was given hours of tutoring, and thanks to God I passed. I am thankful for the outreach team which rescued my mother from addiction. She received Jesus Christ as her Savior. My brother passed away at age 15 and there were people who gave us the strength we needed.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of family and the love of God. I will leave this place with thankfulness and gratefulness for all the blessings I have received in my life. You have planted love and a smile where there was only grief and sadness. Charla, you will always be my Abuelita (Little Grandma).

Editor’s note: Gloria married into a very good Christian family.

Ministering Angels

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

The cold and winter rains have come to the Baja desert. We have distributed countless blankets, quilts, and tarps. In a back corner of the warehouse, a hidden treasure was found … two boxes of jackets, sweaters, and hats for His little ones.

Are you aware that people live in garbage dumps? Our Outreach team prepared a hot meal for these poor souls and gave them blankets.

The Outreach team distributed 268 boxes of food to single moms with children, the aged, and the infirm. The boxes contained oil, beans, rice, and flour for tortillas, which are all the staples of their lives.

There was a continual stream of people into our Mission soup kitchen. Between 100 and 200 daily breakfasts were served to the children at the Breakfast Club in Las Aves.

Our young people from the mission church held a “sweaterthon.” They collected sweaters, jackets, and warm clothing to distribute to those living in San Francisco, an isolated area near the mountains where it is very cold. Hot chocolate, homemade donuts, and the love of God was served.

Without your support, none of this could be accomplished.

Send Angels to Sinaloa

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

There are 12,500 orphaned children as a direct result of the drug war in Sinaloa. We believe God called us to build a children’s home for these destitute little ones. We will also expand our outreach to the migrant camps in Culiacan and to the south.

The migrant workers come from every state in Mexico. Thousands of farm laborers are trapped for months at a time in rat-infested camps, often without beds, and sometimes without functioning toilets and a reliable water supply. Some camp bosses illegally withhold wages and prevent workers from leaving during peak harvest periods. They work six days a week for the equivalent of about $8 a day or less.

David Colwell is in the process of construction of housing for work groups and ministry teams which will be coming to Sinaloa. The Board has chosen a beautiful piece of property for the children’s home. Through very generous donations, we now have one half of the purchase price. Please join us in prayer and consider contributing.

Christians Persecuted

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

High up in the Sierra Norte region of Oaxaca, over 600 men, women, and children were driven from their homes. They walked 40 miles down a rugged dirt road to a place of refuge in San Pedro, Ocotepec. Some of the men stayed behind to protect their homes. The anxious, fearful group of refugees was camped out at the municipal building. The children were traumatized. Pastor Emiliano Garcia and these Christians were persecuted, watched, and blamed for everything.

Ian and Elaine Croft took a group from Wainwright, Alberta, Canada and a truck load of donated food to the refugees. The women in the hosting town cooked and served these poor displaced people.

Allen Bechtel brought an anointed message of God’s love in Spanish and the Holy Spirit moved in a powerful way. Many came requesting ministry.

Please pray for the misplaced, persecuted people. There is no word as to when they can return to their homes.

Allen and Claudette posted on Facebook, “Wow! It was a 5-hour trip to the remote region. An overnight stay, but we can’t stop giving thanks. Definitely an upper room experience.”