1 Peter 4:10

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Update on Virginia

Virginia is still in coma and her family is only allowed to visit her for 5 minutes at a time. This is to protect others and Virginia as well.
We are waiting to hear the results of the test to find out which kind of Meningitis she has, either bacterial or viral. From what we understand, bacterial meningitis is the more severe and life threatening. They are treating her for this until they get the results back. It should take about three days.
Thank you for your continued prayers!

Urgent prayer request for Virginia

This is an urgent prayer request that is being posted by a friend of Michelle (via my computer since hers is still not working).
A dear friend of ours, Virginia Suarez (deaf pastors' wife) had been sick for a few days and on Sunday morning she passed out and has only woken up once since. She is still in a coma at this time. The Doctors say that she is dehydrated and that her sodium and potasium levels are very low. They had originally diagnosed her with diabetes but they just rediagnosed her with menengitis.
As you can imagine this has really shaken up their family. Her husband's mother is visiting for the holidays and is able to be the mediator at the hospital and make sure she is getting the best care. She will be having a neurologist come and check Virginia in the morning and if she is not getting proper care she will be asking for her to get a transfer to a better hospital.
We covet your prayers for her.
1.For her to wake from coma and for the doctors to effectivly treat the correct problem.
2. That she would be getting the best possible care.
3. For the family, her husband Carlos and the two kids. For their peace and comfort during this time.
4. For their financial situation. They do not have any insurance and do not have the resources to handle a situation like this.
Thank you so very much!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

For I know the plans I have for you.

As most of you know, Lonnie is on peritoneal dialysis. His kidney's failed about 3 years ago. We have praised our Lord for peritoneal dialysis because it allowed us to continue to serve here in Mexico.

But now we need prayers for clear vision, since Lonnie's numbers are not so hot (to put it mildly), the doctors threatens that he may need to go back to hemodialysis. That would be 3 times a week and a full days worth of recovery, since it wipes him out. Also, it's painful for my needle-phobe hubby.

Admittedly, Lonnie could do a whole lot better if he just took all his meds and ate right, so now he is really really trying, but it is his weak spot-that's for sure- and all my loving nagging wouldn't help one bit.

As it is, the doctors want to see him twice a week to give him shots to boost his red blood cells, since they are particularily low. This makes him animic, which makes him easily tired.

This has the potential to change things

a lot of things

So the prayer request is this: ". . . asking God to fill [us] with the knowledge of his will. . ." Col 1:9

For I know the plans I have for you.

As most of you know, Lonnie is on peritoneal dialysis. His kidney's failed about 3 years ago. We have praised our Lord for peritoneal dialysis because it allowed us to continue to serve here in Mexico.

But now we need prayers for clear vision, since Lonnie's numbers are not so hot (to put it mildly), the doctors threatens that he may need to go back to hemodialysis. That would be 3 times a week and a full days worth of recovery, since it wipes him out. Also, it's painful for my needle-phobe hubby.

Admittedly, Lonnie could do a whole lot better if he just took all his meds and ate right, so now he is really really trying, but it is his weak spot-that's for sure- and all my loving nagging wouldn't help one bit.

As it is, the doctors want to see him twice a week to give him shots to boost his red blood cells, since they are particularily low. This makes him animic, which makes him easily tired.

This has the potential to change things

a lot of things

So the prayer request is this: ". . . asking God to fill [us] with the knowledge of his will. . ." Col 1:9

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The deaf church of Ensenada

Good news!
Last Sunday there were 28! people in attendance.
Doesn't sound like much, I know, but we have had about 10 people come on average before . . . so the numbers have more than doubled.
And almost all of them need Jesus, or training in the Christian walk!
Isn't it wonderful . . . .
It is wonderful to hear see their many questions, its even more delightful when you see them amazed at who Jesus is, or what he has done for them.

So, here are some pictures of some faces we are beginning to see in regular attendance . .

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Suarez family stopped by yesterday. Not an unusual occurrence, they wanted to know if they’d received any mail? Did we get them the milk they needed?, and just to visit . . .

Oh, yes, and tomorrow morning Carlos will need an interpreter for a meeting. Did we still plan on meeting for worship song practice this Friday and when did Lonnie want help for some of his projects?

Also lets talk about starting a bible study on Saturdays for the ladies, Carlos is going down for a deaf rights march in town, are we going to be there? and there are so many deaf couples and people to continue praying for . . . . .

· Newly saved Manuel and his wife are struggling—
· Jose and his wife are getting divorced - How painful for them and their 4 kids
· Jorge and Dana we haven’t seen or heard from them in a while . . .

But Praise God! We’ve had two more come to receive Christ last Wednesday! And that the camera Carlos needed along with a computer for editing has come through so he can start working on his vision of creating Christian deaf DVD’s . . . So exciting!

All this plus the blessed addition to our family—Alexander Paul was born by cesarean September 17th. Again, Michelle’s recovery was quick and relatively painless (thanks for the prayers!) so that meeting mentioned earlier? With 2 week old Alex in a sling, Michelle was able to interpret for Carlos. And this Sunday she’s back in the signing worship mode . . .

The Lonnie file:

An update of the projects Lonnie has been working on:

Casa de Porvenir drug rehab center—They’ve been out there starting the laying out of the buildings and roads. They just had a group come down and help finish up a septic tank and leech lines. They just started their center in August with a couple of guys. At the same time their director Carlos Carrion had just become a full time Mexican missionary. Lonnie warned Carlos that he will work harder and longer than he has ever done before as missionary director. Something Lonnie lives out now with our ministry and is enjoying doing so every day.

Church of Porvenir— New 3,000 gal. septic tank and leech lines. One of the big problems that Mexico has is with their sewer systems. One blessing that Lonnie’s Engineering background has really helped out in is the design and installation of septic tanks. Praises to God after this one is finished it will be the 3rd system built with a 4th system planned to be built later this year.

Children’s Ministry building—Olive Tree ministry just had a group down and we were able to get the plumbing roughed-in and get some detail framing completed in order to start sheet rocking as God provides.

The other day Lonnie was working with William, one of the gentlemen at the Casa de Porvenir drug rehab center and a new Christian. William said usually when he “helps” people they just give him the broom or shovel, Lonnie had him working on the piping and with great appreciation William said that Lonnie was the first guy to teach him as he worked.

It is our privilege to be working here in Ensenada every day in everyday things . . . Where Christ is working in their lives and we do our part to nurture His work. We put our life out to His service even though it may seem non-glamorous. Doing our part so that His will be done - His kingdom be furthered.

Our privilege!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

An answer to prayer!

Hello everyone . .


With Lonnie going crazy on different projects and me trying to get ready for a new baby I've been letting some thing slide, like this blog . . . My apologies!

Anyway, I am EXCITED to let you know that, if you recall the prayer posted here about Pastor Carlos getting a camera and computer to make Mexican Sign Language DVD's . . . . IT'S HAPPENING!

I just got done translating for him on the use of the camera! It's easy too . . .we are so thrilled, and soon he will be getting a computer for editing that will be kept at the church . . .

We Praise God!

So, now, pray that Pastor Carlos gets hopping - cause it is a needed thing!!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Here we are . .

It's been an active time. Lonnie continues to work on several drafting projects and construction in Porvenir for several people.

And jobs keep lining up.

So much so that we are considering finding land to build our own home somewhere a little closer to where all his projects are.

I would continue to work with the deaf here in Ensenada, interpret on Sundays and other situations, but what I do isn't a day to day commute like what Lonnie does, and if the deaf need me to make phone calls they usually can text message me or instant message.

No matter what, though we would like to purchase land for ourselves.
Also, since Lonnie's work projects are lining up, he is looking for either a volunteer or a student to teach his drafting and construction skills that could help him out.

And so we ask your prayer for guidance and God's leading to a "promised land" :-)

We are blessed to be working for the family of God.

Monday, July 2, 2007

LSM at Rancho Sordo Mudo

This is the children at Rancho Sordo Mudo during their graduation. They signed a song in (mostly) Mexican Sign Language.

Although they are taught a sort of American Sign Language (ASL) with a Spanish twist, they are now beginning to start to teach them Mexican Sign Language (LSM). But the trouble is that the volunteers at the school are mostly American. The school resources and signing resources are mostly for ASL so it is difficult to find volunteers capable to teach them sign in LSM.

But it is changing, slowly, but surely. Because the signs are different - with similarity's sure, but different nonetheless.

Still, we (and they) are grateful to learn ANY type of sign to communicate and then learn the 3 R's and finally but most importantly . . . about Jesus. That sign is the same in LSM or ASL.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

In the trenches again!

Lonnie has been digging trenches for the sewer lines for Ventana Ministry lately!

It's hot,

It's dirty,

but he is never happier then when he is able to use his skills for others.

1 Peter 4:10

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
After a good days work!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The rehabilitation center.

This month has been busy with a rehab center that Lonnie has been asked to design and help build. He's been out in his 'classroom' working on drawings and measurements every time he has felt good enough to work.

To keep in prayer, he hasn't been feeling 100%, and we have been watching that closely, but could still use your prayers.

In the meantime, I thought you would like a visual of what we do here:

Monday, April 23, 2007

God's Roof -Children's Minstry Project

God's Roof - Children's Ministry Project Porvenir, B.C. Mexico

What happens when you build something on faith? Things end up the way God wants it which is not always the way we had envisioned them. These pictures tell it all.

We were blessed with free roofing material for our project. This is the finished roof for one of our projects. I call this our rainbow roof. We were blessed with a high school group who helped us lay the shingles.

One side is a rainbow and the other side has three different type of shingles. The awesome thing about this a perfect example how God often provides in our lives. We wait around praying for what we want and God provides what we really need not necessarily what we want.

P.S. the eaves are 20' to the ground. Praise God no one got hurt!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

You've all been praying, haven't you!

I am thrilled, thrilled to tell you what happened on Sunday.

A miracle before my eyes.

Our deaf pastor, Carlos, asked me on Sunday to be his interpreter with a meeting he wanted to have with the Calvary Chapel of Ensenada Pastor Juan Domingo .

In the meeting with Juan he explained about his video making vision, to make videos in Mexican Sign Language of the Bible, some devotional DVDs and preachings. Barely had Carlos gotten the words out "I want to make DVD videos for the deaf in sign" when Juan Domingo jumped up and brought in another man . . . Paul, and another from Calvary Chapel of Chino Hills.


It sounds like Carlos will be getting a video camera, DVD burner and a computer capable to handle the work! Praise God!

And Carlos just went in there to ask for Pastor Juan's prayer about this vision that God had put on Carlos's heart!

God timing, God's grouping and God's work . . .

I stand amazed at the way God opens doors!

Now if we can just keep in prayer that what was promised doesn't get put on a back burner but instead it's results are seen in a timely manner.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

From the Pastor

Our deaf congregation continues studying in the four gospels. I do believe that the deaf are starting to really understand.
And Praise God we had a deaf man, Manuel, come to accept Jesus as his savior, where previously he had been with the Jehovah Witnesses. A true victory in Jesus to be sure! He understands the Good News and is beginning to really grow spiritually, although still a ‘baby’ in Christ.

I mentioned to our hearing congregation pastor of Calvary Chapel of Ensenada, Juan Domingo, about the two who were recently saved (including Antonia from the deaf woman’s retreat). And we spoke of their desire to be baptized. I asked if Juan would be willing to baptize them and he thought I should do it!

It would be an honor.

Our deaf congregation is motivated; they pay rapt attention and are asking questions . . . but once they leave the church and go home it is so hard for them to study the bible on their own. The words are big and difficult; the semantics of grammar are sometimes incomprehensible. A few have an easy version of the bible that they are able to understand, but most do not. It is a different culture they are trying to figure out and it is a challenge.

One woman whose soul is hungry for Jesus asked my wife if she could borrow her bible devotions that were done in ASL. But there is nothing for those that only know Mexican Sign Language. Now this woman knows a bit of ASL, but even then she doesn’t understand ‘full’ ASL and so the bible devotional helped, but was still difficult to follow.

It is on my heart, my hope and prayer to make some bible devotions in Mexican Sign Language. It is a request that I’ve set before the Lord and a much needed thing.
To make this happen I would need a video recorder, someone who is skilled at doing these types of things and, personally, to study more Mexican Sign Language so that I am careful not to make any mistakes in ‘translation’. I know it is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit and on him I will depend.

I could do this on my own (with God’s help), but if I could get the assistance of someone better skilled at video recordings, then I know it would be quicker and faster that we could make and spread this resource. Please continue praying for this video ministry that God has put on my heart.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


Tomorrow (Sunday) I will be serving as an interpreter for an English speaking group at the church in Porvenir.
Funny how I feel less confidant to do this interpretation than I would to sign.
Well, guess that's how it goes.
Also, since Lonnie finished the last project with the spring break groups he has been working on the project for Olive Tree Ministry and I am just trying to pin him down for a bit to tell you about it . . and hopefully post pictures.
He mentioned how he was uncomfortable with heights on that 12 foot wall . . . well these last days he's been on the roof of a two story building!
Talk about God stretching you right where you'd rather He not!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Interpritation vs. the giggles

This Sunday while I was interpreting worship we came to a song called "Christo Vive".

It's fast, and repetitive.

Christ lives, Christ lives, Christ lives,
my savior is not dead,
He is not in a tomb
my savior is not dead,
He is resurrected!
Christ lives, Christ lives, Christ lives!

A fun song . . . but like I said, fast and as I saw the deaf congregation keep up with the pace of the song I suddenly had the mental image of the action song "head, shoulder, knees and toes" and almost busted into a pile of giggles right there!

I managed keep it to a wide smile and we all had fun celebrating that Christ indeed is alive!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

It's Spring Break!

And for most of us missionaries it means that it is anything but a "break"!

All last week and all this week Lonnie has been working in the "Gran Ciudad de Porvenir" with Ventana Ministries and the groups that have been coming down to work.

We have been working with a group of around 90 high schoolers on fire for the Lord. We broke into smaller teams and we were assigned small projects around town. Our project was a test of facing our fear of heights. We are replacing a broken down fence on top of a 12' high soccer back stop. It is a simple project that would only take a day or two but with the height issues it has taken us the whole 2 weeks.

Praises to the Lord nobody has seriously fallen from the ladders or scaffolding yet. We still have two more days of work until completely finished please keep us in prayer. When I agreed to help my pride would not let me confess that I am petrified of heights. But praise God He has been my strength and courage through this project! God is Good!

Sad news.

This deaf couple and their little boy are being torn apart at the seams. Soon their divorce will be finalized.
The mother is not walking in the ways of God, and when anyone approches the father he just says "leave me be".
And we know it is their little boy that will hurt most of all, who is now staying with his grandmother.
Our hearts ache for them and families like them . . .

Help Wanted

It has been needed for a long time . . . an assistant for Carlos.

He is looking for someone who is willing, and able to learn Mexican Sign Language if they don't already know it, that would study and mentor under him to help with the ministry.

From inside the fold or someone with a heart for missions . . . if you could bring this up in prayer . . .

Know someone who wants to volunteer some time? E-mail us!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The deaf womens retreat

The angels rejoice because the last lady pictured (Antonia) accepted the free gift of Salvation while at the retreat!!!

And that alone would have made this time all worth the while! But the blessings of it did not stop there . .

We studied Psalms 23.

It was in a small beach house with scented candles, chocolates and little goodies all around . . .

We had good fellowship, relaxed, joked and generally, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Also we made a bracelet that followed the 23 Psalm:

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. - One white bead for "sheep"
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, - a green bead for "green pastures"
he leads me beside quiet waters, - a blue bead for "quiet waters"
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. - a clear bead for "righteousness"
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; - a black bead for "valley of the shadow of death"
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - brown bead for "rod and staff"
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. - another brown bead for "a table"
You anoint my head with oil; - a yellow/orange bead for oil
my cup overflows. - a purple bead
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, - a pink bead
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. - a gold bead for "the house of the Lord"
I don't know about you, but this bracelet helped me to memorize all the this Psalm . . pretty cool if you ask me.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Febuary Update

The place is reserved, a guest speaker arranged, the flyers posted, the brochures handed out, and the announcement made in church. It is becoming one of the biggest outreaches the deaf women’s ministry (all three of us !) have done yet.

Imagine our delight as we prepare for our first ever deaf women’s retreat! We have invited all and any deaf women from Ensenada and even as far as Tijuana. It will take place March 9-11 so we are at the point where we are awaiting responses from the women. Also our guest speaker is Linda Gehm. She is deaf, a missionary from Oregon with her husband, Eugene, also deaf, and have worked with the deaf in Mexico for over 17 years.

The awesome part of this is that it has been a long time prayer of ours that Carlos Suarez (our deaf pastor) would find a peer, a mentor to get some encouragement and spiritual refreshment from. And the Gehms plan to stay with the Suarez for a week over this time of the retreat, and we anticipate that Carlos will be greatly blessed by the visit.

Do, do, do pray:
· that the women come,
· that they understand the messages
· that those who don’t yet, come to know Jesus,
· those that do, pray they find a deep walk with him!
· And that Carlos be blessed by the Gehm visit and get some answers too.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Lonnie's year review

We thank God that this last year Lonnie was able to complete several projects with Baja Compassion Ministries:

End of January we finished up one of our larger projects of 6 months with Ventana Ministries. The job included the setting up and remodeling of 4 double wide mobile homes, and the installing of a commercial kitchen, food pantry and dinning area. One in particular was extensively gutted. The variety of this project has allowed our guys to learn a lot of different skills. One day we were framing, hanging up sheet rock, and painting. Still another we were installing sinks and urinals. We did everything on down to flooring (wood laminate, carpet and linoleum).

The project also included all underground water and waste piping and electrical wiring. In addition to a 10,000 gallon underground water tank and 3,000 gallon septic tank system we also constructed a pump house/storage building over the water tank. We built wooden decks for each of the homes. All wrapped up in huge chain link fence.

We were really tested by all the different aspects of this project, trying to keep 3 to 4 people busy each day with materials and instruction while at the same time keeping within the shoestring budget. In the end Ventana Ministries are very pleased to have their new base up and running and we are grateful to been given the opportunity to help them.

With Olive Tree Ministries, our second large project, is a two story wood framed structure 7,000 sq ft children’s ministry building. We are currently still in the framing phase. This past year has seen the slab go in with the wood framing of the first and second floors and the roof up. We had to use a crane to lift the trusses up to the roof. I think it was the first time anyone has ever seen a crane in the small town of Porvenir.

We have the siding and most of the windows up and are currently ready to shingle the roof and then start the interior items. This project, like a lot of projects here in Mexico, is patiently waiting for groups and money. Our ministry oversees the construction when they have groups coming down to work. I hope this will be completed some time in 2007 or early 2008. We have lots of work to do on this one.

With Casa De Paz Orphanage our ministry helped draw up a set of plans for a new toilet room 25’x35’ building. They had some large groups come down and built this rather fast 2-3 weeks. Our plans helped give the director a clearer picture of what he had in mind.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Feburay update part 3

Praise report: Now some answers to prayer:
· in December Michelle underwent surgery and had a large cyst removed along with one of her ovaries. The surgery went well without any complications and recovery was pretty close to painless – we know this is a direct result of those who were praying for her during this time.
· Now we are pleased to announce that Michelle is pregnant and due in October for baby Pfingston III. J
· In large part to the giving of Grace Community Church of Seal Beach we now will be able to have a debt free mini-van for our family! Thank You!
· Lonnie’s health (living with peritoneal dialysis) is still holding strong, we thank God for each day He gives Lonnie to continue to do His work.

Again, it is through the prayers and faithful support of each of you that lets us do this ministry God has set before us. We are humbled and grateful.

Monday, January 1, 2007

To support our ministry

If you would like to support the ministry and receive a tax deductible recite, please make checks out to

Baja Compassion Ministry
1000 Lake Davis Rd.
Portola, CA 96122

And if it is specifically for the Suarez, please leave memo saying so on the check.

Thank You!