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.

 


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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


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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

To view more pictures of the Lord’s amazing beauty, past and present, go to the gallery on our home page.

 


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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.


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2016 IN OUR FATHER’S HANDS

 

…I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread.

Psalms 37:25

It has now been one full year for the Mission / One 27 Foundation opperating on its own. There were moments when we were all wondering if and how everything would work out, and God always showed Himself dependable to make sure that the everyone was covered. Although it’s often a disconcerting situation to be in, it is always exciting and encouraging to see our Lord provide in ways that we don’t anticipate.

Initially we had a figure for our monthly opperating costs, but often times that wasn’t met… but than doesn’t mean we didn’t have enough. In the past there were certain “luxeries” (peanut butter, honey, etc.) that we had to buy sparingly and heavily regulate how it was used. Well, we haven’t had the budget to even consider buying those things, BUT we have been enjoying those indulgences in greater abundance than ever before. We have been spoiled lavishly by caring individuals and visiting groups.

Even though the monitary figure hasn’t been what we thought we needed to pay for all the things we used to, God has shrunk our shopping list to match the budget. He has been supplementing our needs with practical donations beyond what we would have justified to purchase. He has always made sure we have enough to pay the bills and buy the diapers and meds. And now we don’t have to regulate the use of peanut butter.

He always gives us just enough money to cover our “true” needs, and not too much so that we keep coming to Him remembering that it is on Him that we depend, and that we don’t spend it on things He knows we don’t need. Yet He blesses us with elaborate gifts from the body of Christ that we wouldn’t have enjoyed even if we did have the targeted monthly budget.

The many visiting groups have also been exceedingly instrumental in very significant improvements on the facilities. I can’t even begin to recount all the things they have done and bought for the the kids, staff, and the facilities. The infirmary is finished, propane tanks installed, palm awning built on the cocina, pool supplies, ice machine, new freezer, massive clean up, and even more great sacrificial contributions of love, work, time, and money. …And then came Christmas… WOW! Everything beyond what we can give sufficient acknowledgement to.

THANK YOU! We thank our Father in heaven and the body of Christ for this amazing demonstation of His love. We look forward to seeing all the more of God’s great demonstrations of His undeniable existance and presence among us.

God bless you all and many thanks from the whole Mission family!

 

 


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SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP 2017

 

Wow! We have had a whirlwind of the last few weeks. We just had a great Christmas with many visitors, and the kids and staff have been abundantly blessed by so many generous brothers and sisters from all across the country.

But what we are also excited about is something that seems to defy logic, rational thinking, and common sense (sounds like God). A few weeks ago our wonderful and amazing single staff conspired and approached me with a proposition. The reason we haven’t been trying to do a School of Discipleship before is because we have only had three families and one of them has been out of commission. Our thinking was, “If we only just had one more family…” But the staff said they would be willing to take on extra responsibilities to free us up to prepare and lead and school.

They have been such a delightful bunch that get together and pray and worship on their own and desire to be Spirit led. For fear of possibly quenching the Spirit and missing an opportunity that may very well be coming from God through them, Miguel, Caleb, and I decided to venture forward and see if maybe our Father in heaven might just have a group of students ready and waiting. As of today, we have received our first application for the school, and we are all excited and praying repeatedly that the Lord will keep the way open for all who are able to come join us.

The school will run from February 10 through May 11. It costs $1200, which covers food, utilities, guest speaker expenses, and an outing or two. The mornings begin with morning worship and communion and class time till noon. The afternoons are spent either working alongside out staff as they care for the kids in various ways, or spending time in prayer, studying and meditating on the word, or just simply walking with our Lord. The subjects in class are foundational; the fundamentals of the faith, spiritual disciplines, etc..

But the greatest work and revelations are rarely picked up in the classroom. We have long had a saying, “As we are changing the kids, the kids are changing us.” God uses the “feet on the ground” experiences to do the most profound works in peoples lives. And many, many lives have been radically changed for people around the world. The stories of how God met people while hanging out with Juan Carlos, Lupe, Ana and the rest have been preached in Africa, England, Vanuatu, and many other countries.

We are inviting people from the ages of 18 to 29 to come and give the Lord three months of their lives. They will get back a lifetime of closeness to our Savior.

Visit http://www.one27foundation.org/school-of-discipleship for and application and brochure, or email me at jeff-moody@hotmail.com

May God be gracious to you.


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Sela (Gisela Cota Arce)

Sela was born March 18, 1988 and came to the Mission October 20, 1992. She was born with cerebral palsy and has mental retardation and may also have tuberous sclerosis. There are no records on her files of her history before she came to the Mission, apart from having temporarily being in another orphanage that wasn’t equipped to meet her needs.

Sela is very limited in her abilities. She depends on the staff to do everything for her. She can’t speak and primarily only uses her right hand to hold a rattle or a bottle. She loves being tickled, so much so that if no one else will do it she tickles her self behind her head or on her leg. Depending on the mood that she’s in she sometimes enjoys holding a persons hand (particularly if it’s a boy), or she’ll let you know that’s not what she wants by pushing you hand away. 

She has complications eating and swallowing. Her food has to be pureed, and her drinks are thickened into a paste form so that it doesn’t go down into her lungs. There have been times that she has struggled with various health problems, but she has been generally free of major complications for the last two years.  

Throughout the years all of the wheelchairs have been donations that we mixed and matched to make them fit our kids. They’ve never had custom fit chairs. Last summer a couple of girls who have spent time serving at the Mission did a fundraiser called “Make Sela Smile.” They raised not only enough for Sela, but also enough for a significant portion for a chair for Eddie. On November 6th Sela’s chair was delivered. We had no idea how much difference a custom fit chair would make. She has been happier and laughing more than any other time in her life. The fit of her chair now gives her the confidence to lean forward and appear more engaged with everything going on around her, which she has never done in the past.

All of the staff are really amazed and are enjoying the change of character that it has brought out in her. She’s never been able to express any problems or discomfort that she may have experienced in the past. When she would cry all we could do is guess what she might be unhappy about.

Please pray that Sela’s comfort continues and that the Lord would give insight to the staff when she when she does cry. Also pray that she will be able to overcome her swallowing difficulties.

These are links to the videos related to the fundraiser:

“Make Sela Smile”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PLp6624cwtQ

“Selabrate”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa_vTg9GhAI

 


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IT IS FINISHED!

It is finished!

Those are great words when talking about most things… except maybe a bowl of ice cream. First of all it’s such a relief to remember that the work is finished for our salvation and Jesus didn’t leave anything for us to do. But he has given us other projects that we can work on for other’s salvation and well being. One of those projects has been two and a half years in the making and is now up and operational for God’s glory, the Mission’s infirmary.

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Many churches have made huge contributions to this project.

We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master-builder I laid a foundation, but someone else builds on it.     I Corinthian 3:9-10

It has been wonderful to see God being the architect, not only of the infirmary but also the lives of the people He brought to lend their expertise and labor. While they were building for Him, He was building them up. Often times he used people who had no skills, but simply a willing heart to do whatever was needed. What’s amazing is that just hours after the last group finished working on the clinic a team of physicians came down from San Diego and had the opportunity to utilize the facilities for the first time, doing echo cardiograms on the kids, staff, and some neighbors.

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Often times groups or individuals who are coming down ask how they can help or what kind of projects they can help with. I’m going to take this opportunity to share vision, needs, and prayer requests as it relates to La Mision Para Ninos, (The Mission for Children). These are not our own personal requests. Any contributions should be directed to www.one27foundation.org.

*Nilse needs a CT scan for a better evaluation for her seizure diagnoses. There are always various other medical tests and expenses.

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*More than enough money was raised for Sela to have a new chair built (which will be arriving soon. Update soon to follow.) With the extra money we are having a molded chair for Eddie made, but the Mission will have to make up some difference for that. There is a special fund for that through the One 27 Foundation.

*The commercial grade range for the kitchen is showing its age and is falling apart faster than we can keep up with the repairs.

*One of our staff girls is a dentist and we are planning to convert one of the smaller buildings into a dental office for her to serve the kids of the Mission.

*Please pray for rain! We have been in a drought for the last few years.

*We currently have an opportunity to purchase water rights which are needed in order to drill a well on the Mission’s property. The person selling the rights says we can make payment but those are still significant.

*For the last five years a few of us have all had the same vision and desire to build a chaple on the property. A place dedicated to our various church and devotional services, morning worship and otherwise a quiet place dedicated to waiting on our Lord Jesus the Christ.

*God has been answering our prayers for staff. As Christmas approaches some of them will be returning home. Pray that the Lord will put it on the hearts of brothers and sisters to come join us as we continue to serve Him. There are also two family positions available.

Praise be to our Father in heaven for all of the prayers he is answering, and we would also like to thank all of the churches and brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus who are His hands, mouths, ears, feet, and knees. We see His covering every day.

God bless you,

Jeff & Corinne Moody

 

 


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James 1:27 just got a little more challenging

 

About a month ago the inevitable dreaded day finally arrived… the newly installed cell tower in our valley came online… The Mission is now connected with the rest of the world 🙁

The Mission had always been a place focused on:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 1:27

Until now our remote location and lack of phone service provided a location where visitors could experience being undistracted from the world. That made being “unspotted from the world” a lot easier to put into practice. But as our Lord keeps repeating to me, I must “learn to abound”.

…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound 

Philippians 4:11-12

I love to abide in a condtion where its easy to stay close to the Lord, without distraction, but if I’m not challenged I might be in a secure place with the Lord, but I’m not strong. There comes a time when he pushes us out into the world and we have to exercise what we believe when we encounter resistance… resistance strength training.

 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:15-16

Also, I have a habit of underlining in my bible the numerous times God commands us to, “Be strong.” He is our strength and there comes a point that He moves us into a situation where He proves Himself strong.

Fortunately there haven’t been any major effects on the atmosphere of the Mission. Our staff are great and are very mindful and focused on the kids. It has improved peoples ability to contact us to answer questions or make arrangements for visits… which is a good thing… but there are many of us who wouldn’t hesitate to go back to the “good-ole-days” when we were more at God’s mercy and grace and peace.

Soooo… if anyones needing to contact the Mission I’ll have the phone on me from Sunday noon till Friday noon, and I’ll check my email… with a good attitude 🙂

Mission office phone: 619-729-7277

jeff-moody@hotmail.com

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Jena

Jena (Genoveva Aguilar Ramirez) born January 3, 1992

Jena came to the Mission on April 8th, 1995. It was only supposed to be for a couple of weeks, but she is still with us to this day. Jena was born normal to a poor Oaxacan family from San Quintin, which is a couple of hours south of Ensenada. She suffered some kind of trauma when she was an infant, but it is unclear what specifically caused her brain damage. Her family says that she had been sick with a high fever, but she had also suffered a fall from her mothers baby sling.

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Her family were migrant workers, indigenous from the state of Oaxaca. They are often discriminated against and have to settle for low paying jobs, such as field and orchard work. They were not able to provide for her special needs and therefore surrendered her to DIF. Her family loves her very very much, proven by their faithful visits that they make at least twice a year for the last 20 years. They had hoped for a long time to be able to take her back home, but now that she in her mid 20’s it has become clear that this will remain her home. It is a great sacrifice for her family (mother, brothers, sisters, and in-laws) to make the three to four hour journey just to see her for a few hours. They are Christians and her brother wanted to be a pastor.

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When Jena came to the Mission she was just a tiny thing and we took to calling her Jena Bug, a name that has stuck with her to this day. Her first summer here she (being tiny) developed a close bond with a student in the School of Discipleship who just happened to be the biggest guy around. He used to swing her around and she loved him for it. Her best buddy, Mike Whitman, just recently visited this summer and the bond is still there.

Ever since she was a baby, Jena has been known for her drastic mood swings. We would be holding her in our laps and she would be laughing and giggling hysterically one minute and then arch her whole body and be screaming made a second later without any reason at all. These days her moods just change from one day to the next, but still to the extremes of laughing uncontrollably or weeping and crying sad.

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Apart from feeding herself and scribbling with markers there isn’t much more she can do for herself. She used to love to mimic the things that the staff do. She would try brushing her hair or wiping the table. She also used to “army crawl” around the house, but as she has moved out of her teens her mobility and interest has diminished a little.

Please pray for Jena’s family, that our Father in heaven will continue to provide for them and they will be able to visit more frequently. She will also be getting fit for a new chair with the extra money that was raised from the “Make Sela Smile” fundraiser. Pray that it may be an answer to some leg discomfort that we suspect might be a source of some of her fussing. We aren’t always sure because she isn’t able to communicate with us.

Thank you, and may our Lord richly bless you.

 


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