Friday, October 31, 2008

EDEN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

I am posting two videos which describe the needs of our new junior high school. We need more help or we are going to have to stop this valuable ministry. If you are concerned about the education of the Caring Hearts Children, please consider helping us in some way.

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM

We have had a couple of slow weeks here to catch our breath before our next wave of groups. We are anxiously awaiting four different groups in November, and we will be very busy. During this time I have had the opportunity to make some videos which I will be sharing on this blog later on today. My wife continues with her work with the children. We are seeing new people coming to church thanks to the Medical clinic, and pastors, leaders and Bible School students are doing followup on folks who received Christ. Pedro and the boys are excited about God's hand moving through the cell group they are having. Over 30 people, young and old, attended last Monday. Pedro is also taking knowledge he has learned from a number of carpenters who have helped us, and together with the boys, he is making furniture. Our local Christmas visitors are starting to filter in to get information so that they can do their annual Christmas giving programs here at Caring Hearts. The Bible School is ready to start its next trimester, and they will have 20 new students. So though it seems slow, a lot is going on as usual at Caring Hearts. Check in often as we continue to update what God is doing through YOUR ministry to Mexico!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

UN DAY AT KENDI'S SCHOOL


Kendi participated in an UN Day celebration at the municipal gym with her classmates from kindergarten. Their class all represented nations from Asia. Do you recognize what country Kendi represented?

Monday, October 27, 2008

MEDICAL UPDATE

Paul de la Torre has let us know how much is needed for materials for the two prosthetics needed. For Guadlupe's arm, we need $750, and for Nico's leg we need $1350. Please help these needy people if you can. If you want to sponsor these needs, write us at caringheartsmexico@gmail.com

CHILDREN ARE YOUR REWARD!


HERE IS OUR MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM CARING HEARTS BOARD MEMBER PASTOR GARY SIMPSON.
Renee' and I were working at Teen Challenge, living in a Mobile Home and raising our two year old son when God blessed us with twins, a boy and a girl we named Matthew and Jamie. Money was tight and work hours long, but those were some of the best times of our lives. Of course we had no idea of how hard it would be to raise three kids to follow Christ in a world that no longer recognizes Him, but God helped us and we're very happy with the way they turned out. Now we have five grandchildren and we pray that they will grow up to know and serve Christ. The children at Bethel Orphanage and the boys at Oasis are being loved and nurtured because of the work of people like you ministering through Caring Hearts. In this time of economic and political uncertainty, I can't help wondering what our grandchildren and the children of San Luis will experience in their lifetimes. But the Bible tells us that God's promises are for us and our children. Our job is to pray, give, love, teach and guide these children through the dangerous waters of life. It's hard work for Ken and Juana and Bertha and all our staff in San Luis, so don't forget to pray for them everyday. I'm very happy with the way these precious children are growing in the Lord and finding that there is a God who loves them and that He has a plan and purpose for their lives. When we care for them they are our reward. Be Blessed this Thanksgiving. Pastor Gary

Monday, October 20, 2008

SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS

During this years medical clinic we were blessed to have our friend Paul De La Torre with us. He manufactures prosthetic devices in Pittsburgh. Two special cases came while we were doing the clinic with special needs. Paul has agreed to help them, but needs help with the materials. If you would be interested in helping with these special needs, let us know. caringheartsmexico@gmail.com

Brother Nico, from the Cocopah Nation, lost his leg to diabetes. Here Paul is measuring for a prosthetic device.


Guadalupe lost her arm in an accident.

UP COMING SURGERIES

In about 3 weeks we will be taking another trip to Tecate, and we are starting the preparations. The different patients come and we take down their information and take pictures of them. We then send that to the head of the clinic, who lives in Carlsbad California, and he decides if he will want to see them this trip. We then arrange, together with our local Rotary, to get them to the clinic which is about 3 hours a way. Today, little Mariana came, ready for her second surgery. Pray as we organize all this, and also pray that our friends at the Rotary will be able to help as we need vehicles and drivers to get all the patients to Tecate. Also, with the tolls, gas, food and hotel, we need around $500.00 to provide this service. If you would like to help, please let us know.

MARIANA BEFORE HER FIRST OPERATION.

MARIANA AFTER HER OPERATION




PREACHING IN YUMA

Juana and I went to the New Hope Church of God in Yuma to share about Caring Hearts and encouarge people with the word of God. We met Jim and Jackie Lacy 4 years ago, and through them, in a miraculous way, we met Pedro, our boy's home director. Jim recently took the pastorship of this church and invited us to come and preach. It was a blessing to fellowship with them and their church. We are hoping that they and other local churches will be a part of Caring Hearts as well.

I shared on the love of God. If we don't understand and receive it, we will never be able to love him (1 John 4:19). God is not a divine boss, angry judge or distant diety, He is our Heavenly Father, and we are His children. Those of you who are fathers or mothers, how much do you love your children? We know that God loves His children even more. If you struggle with God as your father because you did not have a loving earthly father, the Bible also says He loves us like a mother (Isaiah 66:12-13, Isaiah 49:15)

Have you ever considered how the eternal attributes of God affect His love for you? For example, we know that God is Omniscient, all knowing. He knows everything, if He didn't, we couldn't trust any prophesy. Do you realize that because God knows everything, that He cannot be disappointed with you? What is disappointment? It is when we expect someone do do something, and they don't, we are disappointed with them. If God knows all things, he knows when we are going to fail. In fact, when Jesus died on the Cross, He knew every sin you were going to commit your entire life, and yet He saved you anyway. God cannot be disappointed because he doesn't expect anything - He knows what you are going to do before you do it. Rest in that truth. We are often disappointed with ourselves, but our heavenly Father is looking down and comforting us, picking us up and saying keep going, I know the plans I have for you, the Good Works I prepared for you are waiting, keep moving ahead. I knew you were going to fall, but that does not change my love for you nor my ultimate plan for your life.

We also know that God is omnipotent. He is all powerful, he can do all things. Do you know what that means? We can all be His favorite child. There is enough of God to go around. God has a special love for each one of us, and because of His all powerful nature, we can consider ourselves His favorite. It is not like Jacob, who had Joseph as his favorite, causing problems in the family. God can call all His kids his favorite, because he is not bound by mortal boundaries that would hinder him from sharing an immense love to all of His Children, in an equal but special way for each one of us. God rejoices and sings over you (Zephaniah 3:17), do you hear Him singing a special song for you?

God bless and we hope to hear from you.
Ken
caringheartsmexico@gmail.com

HANGING OUT AT OASIS

For the first time in a long time Juana and I spent a day just fellowshipping at the Boys Home. It is wonderful to hang out with these boys and feel the sense of family that has developed in the home. God has moved in their lives and we thank Pedro, Fran, Marcelo, Angelica and Sarai for all their work investing in the lives of the boys.

SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS

This past Saturday we honored the loyal soup kitchen volunteers by giving them Caring Hearts T-Shirts. They were very happy to receive this special gift and are excited that they will have a uniform that they can wear proudly. This group of brothers and sisters in the Lord help every week to feed and reach out to needy people in their own neighborhood. They best represent what Caring Hearts is all about, and we appreciate them.

ENGLISH CLASSES

Here are some pictures of Adalberto teaching his weekly English classes. We are amazed at how much the kids show they have learned when they interact with Americans. Those who have been adopted also have had an easier time adapting thanks to the classes Adalberto gives.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

SPECIAL NEEDS

Here are some special needs that have been brought to my attention. Please be praying for them and if you want to help, let us know writing caringheartsmexico@gmail.com

Our local pastor Jose Luis needs a fence in front of their new home. It would cost $700.00, and it would be to keep dogs out of their front yard and deterrent for thieves.

A pastor in Pennsylvania wants to donate a car to Adalberto, our Bible school director, and needs someone to drive it to San Luis. If you would be interested, let us know writing caringheartsmexio@gmail.com

We also need at least three new vans, one for the church, one for Oasis and one for the Bible school. The ones we have now are running, but are causing constant problems. If you know of anyone that can donate one, let us know.

SPECIAL DONATION FROM KALOGRIS FOUNDATION

This past Wednesday, Mike and Cindy Lancaster, Baptist missionaries in Monterrey and representatives of the Kalogris Foundation, accepted us as part of their plan to nourish the world. We will be receiving three months of nutritional shake mix for all of our children at Caring Hearts this week, and if it is a success, they will continue to send us the mix. I want to thank Tom Duke of Pittsburgh, PA, who helped get this all set up. This is a foundation from the Reliv Company, and we appreciate their commitment to help our children. If you want to know more about the Kalogris Foundation and Reliv, visit their website at www.reliv.com or call Tom Duke at 412.882.9523 or 412.951.4689.

OASIS BOYS IN MINISTRY

One of the greatest joys a missionary can have in ministry is when those you are caring for and discipling step into ministry themselves. Last Sunday during the Life Club youth meeting, Luis ministered in Word and prayer with the young people. After the time of ministry and prayer, motivated by Luis, the young people thouroughly cleaned the entire church. We praise God that the years of work God has allowed us to do is bearing fruit in their lives. Here are some pictures and audio of Luis praying for the boys.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MEXICAN FIESTA

We held our traditional Mexican Fiesta the last night of the medical clinic at Bethel. Members of the medical team, Mexican volunteers and members of the municipal government joined together to celebrate a successful medical clinic. We were blessed by the Grupo Viena with music, and the Sol Azteca group, with their regional dances. Mama Bertha provided wonderful food for all. A great way to end a blessed time.

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Enjoy the pictures from the fiesta.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CARING HEARTS CHILDREN AND STAFF

Our photographer friends Chris and Max took new pictures of all our children and staff, we want you to see how we are all looking now. Enjoy!

THE FACES OF SAN LUIS

At this years medical clinic, we were blessed with two photographers, Max and Chris. I wanted you to see the excellent portraits of the people of San Luis who attended the clinic. You can see the gratitude and joy of the Lord in their eyes as they waited to receive the services provided by Caring Hearts.

HERE COMES THE NAVY!

We were pleased this year to have help from a group of navy doctors and corpsmen who are stationed at the Marine Air Station in Yuma. We have met with the chaplain for the Air Group stationed there and hope that we can establish a long term relationship. Together with our four American Doctors and a team of Mexican doctors, we were able to have 3155 Medical Treatments in 6 days. Thanks to donors who helped with medicines like Kingsway Charities, Brother's Brother and Maps, among others, we were able to give free medicine to those who needed it. Check in tomorrow for even more pictures.

MEDICAL CLINIC REPORT

We are starting to relax and get back to our daily routine as we have finished the medical clinic. In the next few days I will be posting many pictures, testimonies and reports so you can know how the clinic went. Today I am offering a potupourri of wonderful pictures which express what happened in the 6 locations we held our clinic. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

2008 MEDICAL CLINIC - FINAL DAY

Here are the results of the final day. 683 people came and received 875 different treatments. The final count: 5551 people came to our medical clinic, and received 7868 different treatments. Praise the Lord. The best news of all - 1601 people entered into the family of God! Hallelujah.

Please note that my report of the first day was incorrect, I have changed it to the correct figures.

Please check in daily for photos, reports and testimonies from the Medical Clinic.

Monday, October 6, 2008

2008 MEDICAL CLINIC - DAY FIVE

We are underway on the 6th and last day of the clinic, but I wanted to drop in a quick report of the 5th day, Sunday, which was a half day from 12-5 PM. 683 people came to the four clinics receiving 1101 treatments. God is good, and it will soon be over. Keep checking in for testimonies and pictures, which I will be posting soon. Back to work!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

2008 MEDICAL CLINIC - DAY FOUR

Saturday was our biggest day yet with 1213 people receiving 1742 treatments, praise the Lord! Today and Monday are half days, two days left and we will be through with this years clinic. Keep checking in for photos and testimonies when all is said and done. Real busy now, gotta go, but we will have a fuller report soon!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

2008 MEDICAL CLINIC - DAY THREE

We finished our third day of the medical clinic having seen 987 people who received 1347 treatments. We also provided medicines for 62 shut ins. God is moving in a great way, and we have seen 338 people receive the Lord during this time. Praise God! Please be praying, today promises to be very busy, and we are lacking medical doctors. Pray that those who said they will come come, and pray for wisdom for our American doctors so that they can work quickly and efficiently.

Friday, October 3, 2008

2008 MEDICAL CLINIC - DAY TWO

We finished our second day of our clinic having seen 1004 people who recieved 1447 treatments. Praise the Lord! Continue praying as we enter our third day.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2008 MEDICAL CLINIC - DAY ONE

The clinic is underway and we started out with a bang. There were 981 patients who received 1356 different treatments, praise the Lord! The weather has not let up yet, so we are still battling 100+ temperatures, but folks came out and waited anyway. Here are some pictures of the event.

NEW WEBSITE


Today, our new website is online (http://www.caringheartsmexico.com/). It will be more informational on what Caring Hearts is all about for new people wanting to know more about us or who are looking for a missions trip. Check it out and let us know what you think by writing at caringheartsmexico@gmail.com. We will be using this blog for reports and testimonies, so check here daily. We are in a new month now, we had 27 reports in September, if you missed them, look to your left and click on where it says September to see the links for our reports.

MEDICAL TEAM ARRIVES



Last evening at 6 PM the medical team arrived. Orientation was held and everything was organized for our annual medical clinic. Be praying during this time that we will be able to help the needy people and that we will see many souls saved. Check daily to see pictures and the days results, as well as special reports and testimonies as they happen.


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SPECIAL VISIT

Harold and I went to a pre-clinic press conference, and at the same time, the U.S. Consul from Nogales, Mexico, John Dinkleman, was at the mayor's office. He was thrilled with what we are doing and wanted to take a tour of our facilities. He was honored and humbled by the scope of our ministry.