Making Sense Now Of The Things That Didn’t Make Sense Before

Before I try to make sense… I’ll give you all a general update on the Mission. As some of you are aware of the regular cycles of the Mission, we have recently passed from a season of abundant staff to a season of low staff. We call it “Feast or Famine”. There’s nothing to be overly alarmed about when we go through the slim seasons. Many actually really appreciate that cycle. Of course we like the assurance that we will always have enough staff, and we love having lots of people to share the load and enjoy great fellowship with. But there come times when there is a mass exodus and we realize just how busy the atmosphere had been. When we go through the famine season we do work longer and harder days, but it is calmer and quieter. It’s great to see the staff look for opportunities to cover those who are having a particularly harder day. And, when we sit around the table at meal times it feels a lot more like family. As of recently there are people who planning to come and serve at various times.

Apart from a few normal colds and flus the kids have been in good health. Our daughters, Sarai and Noemi, have returned home after spending three months in Oregon with grandpa and grandma while taking their GED tests. Corinne and I were particularly thrilled when they said that they missed the Mission and couldn’t wait to come home.

I am always glad when I can erase another project from our extensive list. Last week a group came and did an amazing job in a short time converting one of the buildings into a dental clinic for Eli who is a dentist that has been serving with us for a couple of years. Now she will be able to treat all of the kids and we won’t have to transport them to Ensenada anymore.

Another group during Spring Break did an amazing job contouring the dirt in front of the chapel. They made it look better than I had envisioned. Later, when talking with the leader of the group, I asked him what he did for a living he said he is a forestry engineer… he builds roads. The Lord sent the perfect person for the job without us even realizing it until after it was done. Praise God. After that a group that comes at the end of every month came and made significant progress laying block on the chapel. Again, we praise God that he has also allowed me to be able to lay block without it affecting my head too much. We managed to get the windows set before I had to leave.

There are a couple of features for the chapel that God had put in motion 11-16 years ago. My brother-in-law had planted a grove of palm trees for the purpose of drying up a septic drain field that was later abandoned. Also, for 11 years, a massive boulder just sat in the middle of our field, left over from when the amphitheater was built. We had tried to move it, but it was too big for the machinery we had. But now the purpose for both of those features had come to fruition. The palm trees are perfectly arranged to shade a patio area in front of the chapel that will be an extension of the quiet place for people to meet with Jesus. Also, we were finally able to move the boulder out in front to be part of the landscaping.

There are often things in our lives that we question, “What was that all about?” or “Why did God allow that to happen?” We may not ever receive an answer, or it may come a decade or two later. Inevitably, it turns out to be for something beautiful.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

There are even things that we assume that we have the full understanding of what God is preparing us for, but again, it isn’t until years later that more understanding is revealed to us. Currently I am writing to you from my dad’s hospital room in Oregon. He’s had ongoing complications from his hip replacement in the middle of February. Just having the experience of working with the kids at the Mission, along with my mom’s experience working for a care giving company, has contributed significantly to caring for my dad. At this point I don’t know how long I’ll be here, but my hope is that he’ll be able to stand up without assistance before I leave.

Corinne and the girls are helping hold down the fort at the Mission. Please pray for my dad’s rapid recovery and Corinne and the girls while I’m away. Thank you, and may our Father in heaven bless you.

Professor J

In my previous post I asked for prayer for one of the “boys” (he’s actually turning 39 this year). He’s currently doing better, but we still have to regularly monitor his temperature because he still has a hard time keeping it up to where it should be.

Since before my time here at the Mission he has been called The Professor. He has the ability to teach the toughest of men humility. There have been multitudes of men who’s lives have been permanently transformed. There was even one young man who loves him so much that he had his face tattooed on his leg. Girls even find him irrestible, calling him their “One and only”. The Professor doesn’t speak, but everyone knows his opinion on many things. In a split second he can go from raging mad to an intense belly laugh.

Very little is known of his history before coming to the Mission in the early 90’s. What is known is that he had been left at a Red Cross facility. They didn’t have sufficient room, so they had set up a bed for him in the janitors closet.

He has cerebral palsy leaving only his right side functional and severe mental retardation. It used to be when he was mad or overly stimulated that he would punch himself or bite his hand (but never lashed out at anyone else). Now that he has gotten older he has mellowed in the last few years considerably.

What he is most famous for is his love of Twinkies. Even though he can’t speak he does understand certain words that we say… and Twinkie is his favorite. At one time he was actually of some financial worth. When the Hostess company ceased making Twinkies those that remained were being sold for $300 a piece. He had a sizeable supply because every year at Christmas people send him a mountain of boxes of them that last him most of the year.

The other thing that he loves are “J.” jokes. To him words don’t have much meaning, but if you get right in his ear and just make random sounds like “raspberries”, “zurbers”, fffff, or sssshhhhh, he loves it. His absolute favorites are the kissing sound and wolf whistle.

Currently there aren’t very many men on staff, so please pray that our Father would put it on people’s hearts to come and assist in their care. Pray for his health and that he would still have many more comfortable years to change people’s lives for eternity.

End of 2017 Update

Wow! 2017 turned out to be one of the most amazing years, seeing God take command and direct in a way we’ve never seen before. During the first part of the year, I wrote about his direction with the first Season of Discipleship and the chapel. That has still continued through the end of the year. I haven’t been able to write as often as of late due to the Fall Season of Discipleship. Being the sole teacher for most of it had me studying almost all the time. And when I wasn’t studying, the construction of the chapel increased at the same time. The school ended in mid-December and we’ve had four groups visit since then, one of those for Christmas. Christmas was a great blessing and a delight for the kids. We all greatly appreciate and thank everyone who sent gifts down to the kids and the staff.

After the last group leaving yesterday, the Mission is enjoying a quiet peaceful spell until more come in February. A lot of the staff left in December. Over the next few weeks, some are returning and some new people will be joining us too. It’s amazing how the Lord is using the kids to work radical changes in peoples lives. Over and over again, people that only intend to come for a few days to a week are so moved by the kids and the staff that they abandon everything back home to come spend a longer season here.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to share more about the kids, but DIF (the Mexican family services) is now enforcing (rightfully so) that we can’t share names or pictures of the kids over the internet. I’ve tried to find loopholes but they are insistent. I will still write about them by referring to them by their initials.

In general, they have been in good health. Please pray for the oldest boy (J who was born in 1979). Although he is not old, some aging signs seem to be catching up with him. A round of bronchitis went around in November and he still has chronic irritation in his throat and possibly lungs. He’s been tested and doesn’t have TB, but we haven’t yet been able to determine if it’s just a slow recovery from bronchitis or something else.

Our daughters, Sarai and Noemi, finished homeschooling and have gone up to Oregon for three months to study and take their GED (which they like to call their Good Enough Diplomas). Fortunately, they aren’t rushing to leave home and will be coming back after that. But the reality of them moving out is close and looming over Corinne and I. We recently converted all of their old baby videos which we haven’t seen since we shot them. Corinne and I marvel at how blessed we’ve been at the relative ease of raising them. They are such a delight.

Thank you for every way that you all help us and make it possible for us to continue serving our Father in heaven here at the Mission. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support. May our Father in heaven richly bless you.

Making progress as our Father in heaven determines.

Sunday Evenings With “The Mission Family”

October 15th, 2017

Sundays are different from the rest of the week for the mission.  On Sundays shift ends at 6:00 p.m. so everyone can dine together.  This last Sunday, Belo grilled carne asada and made tortas for dinner.  He made his homemade salsa with roasted tomatoes, onions, chilies, and spices.  Delicioso!!!  The night continued with a hike up to “Shark’s Fin” (a favorite climbing spot in the hills behind the orphanage) for an evening of worship together under a clear, star filled sky..  There were candles set up on the rocks and a couple of the single staff played their guitars.  What a wonderful evening with “The Mission Family”…

Dining together as one big “Mission Family”!

Belo grilling the carne asada.

Belo’s homemade salsa was amazing! The roasted ingredients brought out wonderful flavors!

The tortas are a type of sandwich made with the special bread, mayo, carne asada, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Belo’s salsa!

The TORTA!

Ground Breaking

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

 

Day 1

Preparing for the backhoe

Belo, Daniel, & Isaiah helped Jeff measure the outline of the area for the chapel to determine where to have the backhoe dig.

Ground breaking!
The first dig with the backhoe!!! Prior to this, many people from visiting groups throughout the summer have volunteered to manually dig out the foundation. The ground is very hard making progress very difficult and slow.

A meeting of the minds – Jeff, Miguel and the backhoe operator…A little hiccup with the backhoe… the water pump broke, but the backhoe operator was able to fix it.

Staff watching as the backhoe easily carves out the foundation. Everyone is excited about the chapel. Many are wanting to be help with the building of the chapel, learning to do the block work, etc.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Digging Continues!

This a view from the road above the mission after the digging was done for the day.

Baptismal
        A hole was dug for the indoor baptismal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Digging complete!

Hopefully you can get an idea of the area that the backhoe was able to dig out. We can’t even begin to calculate how long it would have taken to dig this area out with manual labor…

More manual labor!
Right after the backhoe left, Izzy began moving the mound of dirt. It will be used for landscaping the grounds around the chapel.

Just one more thing before the backhoe leaves…
There was a big boulder in the middle of the field that the backhoe was able to move. The operator was able to maneuver the backhoe so easily to position the boulder exactly how Jeff & Miguel wanted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backhoe operator
It was amazing to watch the operator skillfully execute the functions of this powerful machine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 to present

The manual labor continues…

Jeff & Miguel meet with Jose who is an architect. He will help with the electrical plans.

Preparation for the next phase. The rebar & wood for the cement forms arrive.

Isaiah & Belo continue digging out the draining ditch for the baptismal pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belo, Daniel, & Spencer worked all day digging the footer for the foundation. This is extremely hard work as the ground is like rock!

 

 

We are thrilled to see God’s hand consistently moving on this project, inspiring people who visit and also those who don’t to contribute to all the various steps. We are even more excited to see the ultimate purpose and designs that our Father in heaven has that would have Him push this project through with such urgency. Thank you for your continual prayers and support for our family and The Mission.

THE BEAUTY OF WAITING (A CHAPEL FOR THE MISSION)

The purposed image for stained glass (in progress).

A few years back when we were living in Oregon the Lord was working all sorts of amazing things in our lives. It was the product of a very trying time. We spent a lot of time at our church. It was an amazing season with one sort of church service or another every night of the week. Almost daily there was morning worship, evening service, and sometimes evening worship. There were a number of things I was coming to the Lord about and every day out of desperation I would just sit and pray and read and wait… and wait… and…

Then the Lord started moving and answering prayers in ways with results that had His signature all over it. As I kept returning to my seat to continue to wait on the Lord it was so awe inspiring to see the power, perfection, and beauty of the work that God does with precision, that all I ever want to do from now on is just wait on the Lord to see the great works that He is orchestrating. That season taught me the beauty of waiting. Now I underline any verse I come across that that speaks of waiting and being silent before the Lord.

“…Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You  would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.”

II Chronicles 6:18‭-‬21

I had never been one to put much importance in a church building, but that changed when I was in need of a place where I could daily get away to a place design and dedicated to seeking the Lord. The image came to mind of a “waiting room” where people were waiting to hear from the Great Physician who was working healing in their lives. I thought that, although the Mission is already a quiet place set apart to seek and  serve the Lord, it would be great if it had chapel specifically for that. Upon our return (which was another of those answered prayers) it turned out that Adam Hulstrom, John Wencl, and Miguel Rivera (and maybe others) also had the same vision for a chapel.

In the last year, after finishing the last building project, we decided to finally start moving in that direction. We thought that we wouldn’t request any money for it until some other projects (seemingly more important… hahaha) were covered. That’s when the Lord intervened and readjusted our priorities according to His priorities. A man who didn’t know the Mission approached a pastor who was bringing a group and asked if we had a chapel (not a gymnasium or pool or other random thing). The pastor said, “No, but they want to build one.” The man said, “Every orphanage needs a chapel,” and proceeded to write a check for a $1000. The Lord spoke, and it was clear. Without daily coming and talking and asking Him we can do nothing.

We have made it repeatedly clear that this is purely a freewill offering. If someone wants to give their time, labor, materials, or money, it’s all by the Lord’s Spirit as they feel led. So far $6070 have been given towards it. A person says they have a bell for it. I’m astounded weekly when I give visiting groups options for projects that guys and girls, younger and older, choose to go out in the near 100 degree weather and pick and dig. Yesterday a guys that visits monthly “happened” to have a jackhammer in his truck and has loaned it to us for a month. There is so much more to this already long story that I will spare you. But this is the work that God has ordained for this season and will be excited to share in the coming years to see and tell the great things that Jesus is waiting to do when people come and ask and trust and wait on Him.

 

The front facade and floorplan to seat 72.

Fall School of Discipleship

In May our family had an amazing vacation in which we drove almost entirely around the U.S. in two weeks and then spent another week with our family in Oregon. We were all blessed to get to see and briefly visit many places and friends along the way. Two weeks obviously isn’t sufficient time to do any of those visits justice, but it was a great introduction.

As is the norm for the Mission, it cycles through seasons of what we call “feast and famine” of lots of staff followed by a mass exodus to few staff. Those cycles are actually greatly appreciated. When lots of people come we make lots of new friends, get a lot of projects done, and the kids get a lot more attention, therapy, and love . And then about the time when we’re overstimulated and in need of some quiet time people all seem to plan to leave at the same time. During those times we enjoy more of a family feel where we all sit around a single breakfast table, work a bit harder together, and sleep a bit deeper at night after longer days of work.

While we were gone the Mission had gone through one of those mass exoduses and almost seemed like a ghost town compared to the 20 single staff and 4 families we had before we left. That last Season of Discipleship was an amazing time in which the Lord really did “take the reins” and take control. Whenever He does that everything works out far better than if we try to dictate or design how we think things should run. There has been much interest expressed for another School of Discipleship and we want nothing other that to just let the Lord have the reins again. But the dilemma is how to make plans without getting in the way of our Father’s plans…

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Fortunately the Lord gives us the freedom to choose a direction and start moving in it, while yet guiding and directing us along a pathway that He sees is even better. Therefore we are putting together our plans for the school excitedly awaiting for the Lord to step in and start making adjustments.

The school will run from September 12 to December 14 for anyone from the ages of 18-29 who either are new believers, want to build a strong foundation for their walk, or are looking for an opportunity to live out what they believe. The cost will be $1000, and depending on the turnout there may be a couple of scholarships available for people with financial challenges.

The morning will be spent in class and the afternoons will be a mix of serving the kids alongside the staff or time dedicated to prayer, studying and meditating on the Word, and walking the desert roads with our Lord. The classes will revolve around the simply profound foundations of what it means to be a born again believer in Jesus the Christ. They will include:

THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE FAITH: the preeminence of Jesus, salvation, the deity of Christ, baptism, the trinity, the relation of faith works and righteousness, the Holy Spirit, the church, and much more.

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES: prayer, reading God’s Word, communion, fasting, fellowship, evangelism…

THE WORD: Jesus is the Word, the Word is living, studying the Word, sharing His Word, principles of His Word…

There will also be days and times dedicated to corporate prayer, questions and answers, and students sharing.

There will soon be more information available on the website: www.one27foundation.org, but in the meantime you can contact myself:

Jeff Moody

619-729-7277 (Mission business phone from Sunday noon to Friday noon)

Jeff-moody@hotmail.com

To apply fill out an application found at https://www.one27foundation.org/join-team, and indicate that it is for the S.O.D..

Most of all, please pray that the Lord provides for the Mission and the school, and that He holds the door open for all those who He wants to come for that time. Thank you, and may our great Father in heaven richly bless you.

 

Come Aside to a Deserted Place and Rest a While

I have been delinquent in keeping up with our newsletters. The last two months have been full with back to back groups, visitors, and trips. The Lord keeps lavishing His grace on us in so many ways I would either bore you, make you doubt me, or make you envious of us if I went on and on about all He’s done in this season. It has been the greatest season the Mission has ever experienced. I’ll tell all next time when the school/Season of Discipleship is over.

However, one thing I will share with you is how he blessed the staff. Normally during a school we take the students camping at Bahia de los Angeles (Bay of Angels). We didn’t consider that to be an option considering that we didn’t charge for those who did come down and everyone couldn’t leave all at once. But the Lord just laughs at our limited reasoning and gives us a demonstration of how all of our impossibilities are such minuscule effortless act for Him. Someone provided for two trips so that all of the staff could go. He even provided extra experienced coverage for the Mission while each group was away.

Although I love going there if, it wasn’t for my family I would have opted not to go. I was too wrapped up in all of the “coming and going.” It had been over a year and a half since I’d taken time off, and after getting there the Lord reminded me of the importance of taking a break from the service to readjust and fix my perspective and focus on Him.

He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). Mark 6:31

Another reason I was hesitant to go is because of what we are about to do as a family. Two event coincide this year within just a few months of each other. This Wednesday, April 26th, Corinne and I celebrate our 20 year anniversary. Also, on July 2nd our daughters, Sarai and Noemi, turn 18. After considering that after this summer we may not have another opportunity to have all of us together again for a sufficient length of time, we decided to take a three week road trip vacation and drive around the U.S.. So on May 12th we will hit the road and try to see as much of the country as possible together.

We’ve told our girls that they can stay with us as long as they want, and they will be with us until they finish their homeschooling, but after they turn 18 anything could happen and we don’t want to regret missing this opportunity. Thank you for praying for us and all the other ways the Lord uses you to bless us.

 

Jeff, Corinne, Sarai, Noemi

God’s Gift of Rain and His Holy Spirit in the Desert

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing… they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. Isaiah 35:1-7

At a time that we were supposed to receive rain last year it didn’t come. But this year, which was supposed to be exceptionally dry, the Lord has sent rain in abundance, demonstrating it is a gift from Him.

Likewise, He has been pouring out His Holy Spirit on the Mission. We announced the School of Discipleship earlier, but we didn’t get enough students to have a “normal” school, but those that were interested came anyway, along with the Myer family to teach for the three month period. Just over a week ago we started our Season of Discipleship instead, and the Lord is demonstrating His hand and direction in it. Our staff are excited to have daily classes at 10 am and nightly events.

The Mission of course is to care for those who are blind, lame, and imprisoned in bodies that don’t function fully. But along with ministering to those who have those who have those physical limitations we also minister to one another who have those same disabilities in our spirits, souls, and minds.

We never tire of getting to see Luke 7, Matthew 11, and Isaiah 35 being fulfilled in peoples lives the same way that it is always astounding to see the apparently dead, dry, and dusty land of Baja come alive when the Lord sends His rain down on it.

Having grown up in Oregon rain was an unappreciated regular fact of life that I took for granted. But in a dry land it has great significance. Having grown up in a family that is strong in the Lord I now have a greater appreciation for our Father’s gift of His Holy Spirit after seeing so many people pass through the Mission coming from dry, broken, painful backgrounds. When He rains and breathes new life in both ways it produces a beauty that is incomparable and can only be from the Holy Lord God Almighty.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time… Ecclesiates 3:11

 

Season of Discipleship

We knew that the time we had to prepare for a “normal” School of Discipleship was short, but we wanted to see if the God had something in works. The Lord did move in people’s lives, but not in our imagined way. The Myer family, Andrew, Melissa, and their four kids, are going to move down for this three month season. They are another couple who met down here during a school, got married and spent time here as a family serving and teaching in the school.

Because of information about the school seven people expressed interest, but because of various reasons some could not commit to the whole school. Please pray for one of them, a young man who had survived cancer but it came back after he had already applied. He is still going to spend a week with us, and we hope that we can be a blessing to him while he’s here. Besides, the Lord is not constrained by one week or three months to do a significant work in a persons life.

All the other’s who had applied still chose to come on as staff in spite of there not being enough students for a school. Also, some of our staff were hoping to participate. So, there will be no charge for those who do come down. They will join and serve as staff.

So, we are making some adjustments for the next three months and are going to focus on discipleship. Every day at 10 a.m. there will be an hour of teaching, and everyone who is available will be invited to participate. A few evenings of the week will have either teachings, koinonea, or Spirit led services. Three of us will be teaching on the fundamentals of the faith, the book of Acts, and a survey of the bible. Miguel will continue to teach Sunday morning church. But ultimately it is the kids who teach the greatest lessons of love, patience, grace, mercy, and longsuffering.

As the Lord leads and according to what we learn through this season, we are hoping to have a School of Discipleship next fall and we’ll be sending out a notice of that in the next couple of months. That way people will have proper time to plan accordingly.

Please be praying for everyone; kids, staff, and teachers during this season.

Thank you, and may God richly bless you.