How It All Began
God had a plan for the lives of Chuck and Charla Pereau,
a fireman and housewife from North Hollywood, California. In 1966 they took an unforgettable journey 178 miles south of the U.S./Mexico border and received a supernatural call and vision. This would change not only their lives but the lives of countless others.
The vision came in the sound of children laughing at a place where there were no children… only old and crumbling adobe buildings. A verse from the Bible was whispered in Charla’s ear, “Lo the fields are white unto harvest…” As she looked, the sparse wild grasses around her were transformed into a waving field of grain.
She and Chuck felt assured that God had brought them to this desert place. They prayed and shared the vision with a few trusted friends. God rewarded their faithfulness and soon they were able to purchase the old buildings on the 72 acres. Thus began “Hogar Para Niños,” FFHM’s first children's home. Abandoned children came and were fed, clothed, loved, nurtured and discipled in Christian faith.
By 1980 hundreds of indigenous people were brought to the fields around the orphanage from the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
They came to work in the tomato fields, the newly developing commercial agricultural industry of this region of Mexico. At the same time, Christian workers and missionaries arrived at the mission from the U.S./Canada. They helped to care for the children at the children's home and to distribute food and clothing to the destitute field workers. These unevangelized people responded to the claims of the Gospel with many coming to faith. The Pereaus and their growing number of prayer partners continued to work and to pray.
In 1999 FFHM launched a new mission base in the town of Tlacolula, Oaxaca with capacity to care for another 100 orphaned and abandoned children. Outreach ministries were established at this new mission.
Today the Baja Mission has grown to include the following ministries:
- Orphanage and Nursery to 90 children
- Largest Macadamia Nut Orchard in Continental North America
- Medical Center providing ambulance services and caring for patients with free medical, dental, and vision care
- Soup Kitchen
- Disabled Children’s Learning Center
- Care for at-risk babies and infants
- Macadamia Nut House and Confection Kitchen
- Daycare Center
- Upholstery, and Auto Shops
- Sewing Room
- Disability Aids Workshop
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center
- Literacy Classes
- Preschool-6 Christian School
- Child and adult evangelism
- Food, clothing, tarps, shoe, and blanket distribution
- Jail Ministry
- Prayer Garden
- Tijuana Student Home – for our young people pursing higher education
- Bible Institute
- Church to over 800
By 2011 a permanent base for new work in Culiacan, Sinaloa, was established focusing on reaching the unreached migrant workers who live close to the base. The fields remain white unto harvest.
Today Yadira and Esteban Valadez oversee FFHM’s work in the remote mountainous regions of Oaxaca providing training, support and conferences for national pastors and our pioneering missionaries who work amongst the unreached people groups.