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Monthly Newsletter: August 2019

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God is moving in Romania and we are honored to be part of what He is doing. In April 2017, through a series of divine appointments, we found ourselves signing a purchase agreement for our 80,000 square foot facility in Sighişoara, Romania. Since then God has been faithful to meet us as we stepped out in faith!

In a country of just over 19 million people, there are more than 60,000 orphans and many more children who are living at risk. It has been an absolute privilege to show some of these children the love of God through meeting some of their most basic needs. So far, most of the first floor of the building has been remodeled and houses our local church campus, kindergarten class, after school program and temporary kitchen. Each day, over 50 children attend our programs. Most of them are from the Gypsy (Roma) villages that are on the outskirts of town. Although historically, there has been division between Romanian nationals and the Gypsy people, we have seen breakthrough in restoration as children from the villages and city center attend the programs together. 

Thanks to visiting groups this Spring, the remodeling of the second and third floors has begun and will eventually house our commercial kitchen and elementary school classrooms. Our team is currently serving 65 meals a day, out of a much smaller kitchen and they are looking forward to the day when that project is complete!

In March of this year, we opened our local church campus and have been overwhelmed by the response within the community. We have seen such a strong hunger and desire for His presence and true family. We are so thankful to everyone that has partnered with us throughout this journey! To continue partnering with us, you can sponsor a child from Romania, attend a missions trip or give financially at themissioninc.org/romania. Thank you!

 

TESTIMONY

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This April, Jean came to our Romania campus with her church, from San Diego, for a week-long missions trip. Right before going to Romania, Jean received a call from her doctor saying that her biopsy results were in; she had breast cancer. 

Upon hearing this news, Jean was filled with fear because she had lost three family members to cancer. However, her emotions shifted from fear to expectation as she remembered the people she had prayed for with cancer and seen them healed; she believed that God would do it again. 

When Jean arrived to Romania, two members of her team stood in agreement for her healing with her during worship and she began to feel tingling in her left breast. Jean says, that after this experience she was filled with hope that when she went home the cancer would not be found. 

Once Jean returned to the U.S. she underwent more testing; Jean was cancer free! 




July 2019

JESUS CULTURE MISSIONS EXPERIENCE

This June, over 300 people joined us from all over the world, at our Mexico base, to pursue the presence of God together and see heaven come to earth. This was our sixth year partnering with Jesus Culture for the annual JCME trip and it really is one of our favorite times of the year! 

Our hearts were so moved as we saw people hungry and ready to see God move not only in their own lives, but also in the lives of those they served. We saw God restore health, mend broken hearts and pour out His love on His people. We are overwhelmed by the goodness and the kindness of God over these last three days and are so excited to see how cities and nations will be changed because of the encounters that were had here. 

During the trip, there were times of worship and teaching with the Jesus Culture team, community outreach, VBS, work project and some fun was had on our high ropes course. Thank you to all who joined us as we poured into the beautiful nation of Mexico! 

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On the last night of JCME, we take the time to hear testimonies of what God has done. One of our favorite testimonies this year was from Cliff, a JCME participant from Sacramento. Before community outreach, teams were asked to participate in a treasure hunt, which is asking God for clues to look for while out in the community. He received a picture of the number 12 and a person that had something wrong with their eye. While out in the community, he came across a house with the number 12 on it and decided that this was his clue! 

He went to the house and met a woman who had a bandage under her eye and discovered that she had cancer that was affecting her face. Because of that she hadn’t been able to cry for 5 years. So Cliff prayed for her and as he prayed she began to cry! He also received the name Josue, which was the name of the woman’s late husband. He prayed over her again and the joy and peace of God filled her.

The amazing part of this testimony is that Cliff was healed of cancer years earlier and was able to freely give what he had been given!

Join us next year for JCME in Romania! April 2-5, 2020, save the date!


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June 2019

ROMANIA

Growth is happening in Romania! Over the past few months, thanks to visiting groups, we have began the process of remodeling the second floor in our facility. The entire floor is 10,000 square feet and will eventually house our commercial kitchen, dining hall, classrooms and a recreational area for the children in our program.

The progress in the remodel project is such a testimony of the Lord showing His provision and generosity through His children! We are incredibly blessed to have friends who are sensitive to His voice and passionately say YES to Him in everything they do.

Thank you to all who partnered with us! If you are interested in bringing a group to our Romania base, please contact us at groups@themissioninc.org.

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MEXICO

Meet Paul (13)! In 2018, he arrived at the Mission base in Mexico after having a rough year in his previous school. At that point, Paul was regularly missing school, getting suspended and finally expelled. Paul’s mother had a sense of hopelessness when it came to her son and his future. She came to the Mission, looking for a second chance for her son. Paul was accepted into our jr high and high school and eight months later, Paul has not been suspended once! He is excelling in school and building friendships. He refers to the Mission as a “safe place” and told us he hopes that more kids from his community join the school so that they too can experience what he is; the freedom to be a kid.




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NICARAGUA

Since 2017, our team has been facilitating a daily outreach program, Monday through Friday, for youth in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The program provides a hot meal, a safe place for them to spend time and daily interaction with people who love and value them!  

One of our boys, Maxwel, has spent most of his life on the streets and is part of our daily outreach program. Although he has seen extreme adversity in his life, Maxwel is finding family within the other kids in the program and our team! It is a joy to see him learn and be loved through this program, along with all of the other kids. Join us in seeking transformation for Nicaragua by sponsoring a child like Maxwel at themissioninc.org/nicaragua.





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May 2019

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Meet Octavio (13)! He has been attending our jr high school in Tijuana, Mexico for the past year. Before joining the school, Octavio said he often felt alone and the sense that he needed to defend himself from others. After a few weeks of being with us, he began to notice how affectionate our team was. Each day, through simple acts of kindness, Octavio experienced the love of God and began to learn how to trust others.  

Two months ago, he won first place in a regional art contest! Octavio says his sculpture (two hands holding a heart) was created to show others what he has experienced since joining The Mission family: God shows love through His people. 

We are so proud of Octavio, not just for his art but for the way he has fully embraced family. If you would like to donate school or art supplies for their class, please contact us using the information below!

 

ROMANIA

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This Sunday, March 31st, our new church location in Romania opened its doors to the community for the very first time! We have been meeting with our core team for about a year and we’re incredibly excited to welcome new faces into the family.  

It was a powerful and encouraging Sunday with over 150 people attending our first service! Throughout the time of worship and teaching, it was evident that the Lord was encountering His children throughout the room. Six people who accepted Jesus into their hearts for the very first time, requested prayer after the service because they desired to be filled with the Holy Spirit!

We are in awe of what God is doing in our community and city.

Please continue partnering with us in prayer each week as our new church family grows.


 

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Meet Sandra Melissa (11)!

She came to us reserved, scared and suffering from poor hygiene due to family neglect. Because of this, she found it difficult to relate with other kids and wouldn’t let anyone get close to her. However, we could see that she had a strong spirit of leadership. Our team began working with Sandra on her hygiene and in the process she learned to trust people; all while gaining self confidence.

Now, she is truly shining as she loves others and lets others love her! It is a privilege to see how her encounters with the love of God are transforming her and her three siblings lives.


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April 2019

MEXICO

Meet, the Fernandez Anderson family! Last year, we welcomed Jazmin (10), Katie (8) and Nichole (7) into our elementary school and family care program.

Although each of them were born in Tijuana, their parents are not Mexican nationals. Due to a lack of correct documentation for the children, the siblings had never attended school. Since first joining the school, we have seen an incredible amount of growth in them! Each day they are learning basic skills, encountering the Father and beginning to dream together. It is an absolute privilege to serve this family along with the many others in our community.

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ROMANIA

Our children are encountering God in a personal way! At the family care program in Romania, our team sets aside time each day to worship and encounter the Father with the children. It has been incredible to see the transformation in them as they learn they each have access to His love!

It is our joy to not only provide basic needs and an education, but also speak into their identities as a children of God. We can’t wait to see the testimonies that come from these times together, as they take the presence of God with them back to their homes and communities.

 

NICARAGUA

Meet Lester! He can usually be found with a group of children surrounding him and has been part of the team in Nicaragua for just over a year. Over the past 12 months, we have seen him grow tremendously as he loves and serves the children in Matagalpa each day!  Lester is a Nicaraguan national; it is an absolute privilege to partner with people who are passionate about loving the broken in their own nation. His love for the Father is evident in everything he does and we are blessed to have him working alongside us!

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March 2019

MEXICO

Meet Sheila, she is the kindergarten teacher at our Mexico campus. In 2004, when she was just four years old, Sheila and her siblings joined our family care program! Twelve years later, in 2016, she came back to volunteer in the program for a few months. Sheila wanted to create the same fun and safe environment that she and her siblings experienced when she was young!

After volunteering, Sheila decided to join our team and now has 25 students in her kindergarten class! Each day she is teaching them basic skills and leading them into encounters with the Father’s love, in the same place she first encountered God as a child! If you would like to donate school or art supplies for their class, please contact us using the information below.


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ROMANIA

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On March 31st our church is officially launching in Romania! Our team and a few families from the community have been gathering for the past ten months now. We can’t wait to open our doors to the beautiful city of Sighișoara!

Since we first began gathering with the core team, we have seen each of them fully take on the concept of family. Last month, we announced that we would be hosting a family work day to begin preparations for launch Sunday. We were overwhelmed when almost 60 women, men and children of all ages arrived to work together! We are believing that this was just a small glimpse of what God is going to do in our city through this new outlet.


NICARAGUA

Eleven months ago, when he was just 15 years old, we welcomed Norlan into our boys home in Nicaragua and The Mission family. Since then, he has experienced the confidence and security that comes from being a part of a family for the very first time.

In January, he began to experience personal breakthrough in worship and his relationship with the Lord. Soon after, he was given the opportunity to attend a YWAM school for two weeks in the capital city of Managua. He worked hard to raise the money to attend and the Lord was so faithful to provide.

God met Norlan throughout the two week school and each encounter brought healing to his heart. Norlan shares the testimonies of what God did in him, during the school, everywhere he goes! We are incredibly privileged to be able to love and help guide Norlan, along with the other boys in our home.



 
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February 2019

MEXICO

This month in Mexico, we were beyond excited to welcome two new groups of siblings into our family! All of the kids were brought to us by social services because their basic needs were not being provided. Each one of them are full of life and we are so looking forward to experiencing their individual gifts and personalities! Please partner with us by covering them in prayer during this time of transition. Their arrival truly was an answer to prayer! Matilda, who has been in the orphanage for a few months, experienced the faithfulness of God the day that the new kids arrived. Before coming to The Mission, Matilda was best friends with Maria Guadalupe (pictured). They were placed in a social services holding center before arriving with us. Matilda had been praying for friendship and a sense of family here at The Mission and was completely overjoyed when Maria arrived! Matilda and Maria have encountered the love of a Father who knows the desires of their hearts, completely.

Yatziri (2), Sergio (5), Citlali (8), Jesús Antonio (10), Carlos Adrián (11), Julissa (11) and María Guadalupe (14)


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ROMANIA

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During the after school program in Romania, our team felt led teach the kids how to encounter God wherever they are. Most of the kids in the program are hearing and learning about God for the very first time during their time with us. One of our greatest privileges is teaching them that they each have access to their loving Father, everywhere they go! During the prayer led encounter, our team was so encouraged to see the amount of peace that filled the kids’ faces. Each of them were so filled with His presence and we are excited to see the testimonies that come from this, as they take His presence back to their families.

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Priscilla is four years old and the youngest in her family. Due to malnourishment caused by the severe poverty her family was living in, Priscilla spent over six months in a re-nutrition center. Since returning from the center, Priscilla has joined our feeding program with her two older sisters and many cousins!

Doris, Priscilla’s mother, reached out to our team for prayer because Priscilla was hospitalized with pneumonia. Our team prayed with Doris and went to visit Priscilla in the hospital later that day. By the time they got there, Priscilla was already seeing major improvement! Soon after the visit we received word that Priscilla was out of danger and home with her family! We are rejoicing not only because Priscilla was healed, but because her mother reached out for prayer in a time of need.  It is a complete joy to work towards seeing transformation and healing within the entire family. Our team is filled with hope for this family and the many others we interact with each day!

 
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January 2019

MEXICO

Kiko (Jesus Alberto) arrived in 2013, when he was just five years old. He and his two siblings were placed in the orphanage because of an abusive home life. Because of that, they did not trust people and were not taught to value education.

For the past five years our community has had the privilege of fighting for love and family for Kiko and his siblings. Now, Kiko loves to serve wherever he goes! At school he is always the first to arrive so he can assist his teacher. Kiko is an influencer of peace and loves learning new things. Stories like this are beautiful reminders of why we do what we do. We live and breathe to rescue, love and restore the orphan!

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ROMANIA

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Gabriel and Ciprian are both 10 years old and have been in our after school program for the last six months. They both experience neglect in their home lives; getting very little supervision, affection or encouragement from their families.

Along with our family care program, our team works with families to get their children enrolled in public school. Even though these boys are above the normal age bracket, we enrolled them in kindergarten. Since then, the teacher has told us that Ciprian is her best student and that, despite his many medical issues and underdevelopment, Gabriel is learning to read and write! We will continue to work with the family and guide these young boys as they grow. They both have a bright future and we are so honored to be able to play a part in it!

NICARAGUA

Milagros is 13 years old and considers our feeding program her second home. She has consistently participated since we first introduced the program to the community in Matagalpa.

Since knowing Milagros we’ve seen her grow behaviorally and in so many other ways. She was afraid to speak in public and often had difficulty communicating her needs. We are honored to walk alongside Milagros and support her as she grows and takes challenges head on! Now, she is intentionally conquering her fear of speaking in public. So much so that she often volunteers to pray for the food during the program. Some of our most rewarding moments are seeing her during worship; weightless and carefree before God. Our heart is to not only help with the basic physical needs but to create a safe place where we teach children how to walk in confidence with their Father.


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November 2018

ROMANIA

The Family Care Program has been running for almost a complete year now. Early on in the program our team quickly saw that there was also a need for education. As a result, last month we opened our first kindergarten class! The class currently has 11 children all from the Albesti Village. The Albesti Village is a small village where you’ll find about 300 people living without electricity, gas or running water. Their only source of water is a small stream that runs through it’s valley which is mostly contaminated by livestock and garbage. In this village, there are roughly 150 children and less than 10% of those children manage to make it through school each year.

The children in our school are picked up from their homes each morning; they are bathed, given uniforms, fed breakfast and then participate in our school program. They are excited each day as they learn new things and are loved on by our team. We have received an incredible response from the community and are already coming up with plans to be able to accommodate many more children!

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NICARAGUA

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Our team has been amazed by how much the presence of structure helps kids find safety and confidence. We have seen behavior changes and kids who have never participated before find their voices. During one of our weekly lessons, a little girl started singing a song about sitting at His feet in response to the lesson that was being taught. Her song encouraged all of the other children and ended up leading the whole group into a time of worship! It was such a beautiful moment to see them really capture the heart of what was being taught!

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Aldair Salvador Valenzuela Moran is twelve years old and has been part of our Family Care Program in Tijuana, Mexico for seven years! His parents have also been on staff with us for several years as well. A few weeks ago, Aldair accompanied his mom on one of our outreach programs in one of the surrounding communities. As they served together, he began experiencing God’s love for those around him! Aldair was forever marked by that night as he witnessed people receiving Jesus as their Savior. Now, Aldair volunteers at outreach every Tuesday and has a hunger to see people encounter Jesus and know that they have a loving Father.


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and unforgettable one for our kids, please contact us at:

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October 2018

MEXICO

In Tijuana, Mexico we have education programs from preschool through high school, a Family Care program for after school hours, as well as a school of ministry. We recently began a new trimester which means the campus is full of growth and new life!

In the surrounding communities it is not unusual for teenagers to dropout of school before completing jr high or high school to help contribute to the families finances or care for their younger siblings. The accessibility of our education programs alongside our Family Care program, allow us to help children of all ages complete their education. This year, we are beyond excited to have eight of our high school graduates beginning their first trimester in the School of Missions!

It is a privilege to pour into, encourage and equip kids who would normally not be able to complete their education. Please pray for all of our students, that they would continue to grow, learn and experience His presence everyday.

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ROMANIA

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In Romania our team is seeing incredible testimonies come from the daily time of worship and devotions with the children in the Family Care program! From the very beginning, the children loved these times of worship because they love music and dancing. Our team quickly realized that although the children were enjoying themselves, they were not fully aware of the power of their worship. Through the intentionality of the team, we have seen the children fully take on this mantle of worship. Each day they are being filled with His presence and encountering the Father’s love!

Recently, three different boys, each from a different group, shared that they had seen a beautiful, yellow angel during worship. It is our joy and privilege to help usher them into encounters of love with their heavenly Father and teach them to listen to His voice.

NICARAGUA

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This month in Nicaragua at the outreach feeding program, our team shared on the power of prayer with the children. In this program you will find children and young adults that live on the streets and most are addicted to drugs.

After teaching about prayer, our team asked if any of them wanted to be prayed for specifically. Howard, a twenty-year old that has been on the streets since he was a child, quickly raised his hand. The team and the other youth laid hands on Howard while he wept as we shared our Father’s heart for him. Later that day, he completely opened up with our team! We are blessed to be able to continue loving, praying and connecting with him since!

Please continue to pray that our team experiences more breakthrough in building relationship with the people of this beautiful nation.

September 2018

MEXICO

Each fall the RDSN Mexico base of The Mission welcomes students and families from across east Tijuana to experience a new approach to education, an education that is committed to developing the whole child; body, mind and spirit. Our founders, Steve and Cathy Horner, began this program because they saw a need in the surrounding colonias. There were many families who had two working parents; which would often mean that the children would be left home unattended during the day and would not go to school. Through our Family Care Program and schools, we are able to help keep families together, all while providing an excellent education, two meals a day and transportation to and from their homes. This month we began a new trimester with over 350 children enrolled in our different programs! Please join us this school year by praying that our teachers would be filled with love, creativity and wisdom and that each child experiences the love of God as they learn.

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Our feeding program in Romania serves children from many different villages and areas of the city. This is actually quite unusual in their culture; as most of the locals tend to not be very welcoming towards the Gypsy villages that surround their city or even towards immigrants that live in town. A few members of our team were in the city center when they ran into Princess. She is a young girl from Albești, one of the Gypsy villages just outside of town where our team does outreach every Wednesday. Princess was there with her mother, begging for money, in the town center. With permission from her mother, our team took the opportunity to take Princess out for a good meal! We were so blessed with the opportunity to love her in this way. The kindness that the staff at the restaurant showed by helping us translate, and even playing music for her to dance to, just shows that the walls that have been separating the people of this beautiful nation will not be standing for long!

NICARAGUA

In the beautiful nation of Nicaragua, our team provides a home for teenage boys who, otherwise would probably be found fending for themselves on the streets. Our hope is to create a safe place for them as they mature and discover what it means to be a child of God. This month, we have seen breakthrough as two of our older boys found jobs! Vanega, who has been with us for four years, has recently found work in the local market. Victor, who has also been with us since the beginning, has began pursuing his passion of cutting hair. Our heart is to not only provide care and safety for these boys, but to also teach them that hard work is a key part of life and will help guide and give them purpose in their journeys! We are so proud


School Supplies

As we receive more and more students to our education programs on each of our bases, we are in search of partners who would like to join our effort by helping provide for our constant growing list of school supplies.

pencil sharpener

construction paper

liquid glue

thin markers

paints & brushes

playdough

various art supplies

calculators

geometry kits

Eng-Spanish dictionaries

notebooks

binder paper

pencils

pens

glue stick

colored pencils

crayons

thick markers

erasers

scissors

Feel like doing even more? For a more extensive list of needs visit themissioninc.org/back2school.

August 2018

MEXICO

This summer, we have hosted over 1,200 people from all over the world. We are overwhelmed by the love and generosity that was poured out by all those who have served alongside us! In July, for the Jesus Culture Missions Experience, we had the privilege of teaching, equipping and activating over 400 participants with tools to bring heaven to earth. Jorge, a JCME participant from Tijuana, felt the Holy Spirit lead him to a specific home during the outreach track and knew that he was supposed to pray for healing for someone living there. As he began talking to the woman who lived there, she shared that one of their relatives was in the hospital in Sonora, Mexico and was not doing very well. Jorge prayed for her relative over the phone and later on that afternoon, as they were about to leave the community, the woman excitedly ran up to Jorge! She was overjoyed to share that her relative had been completely healed and the doctors were sending him home!

Summer Internship Program
Each summer we host a VBS program for the children in our orphanage, family care program and local communities. This program creates a safe place for children when they aren’t in school and is especially helpful to the families who have two working parents! We feed, care for, and have fun with the kids five days a week! It is an honor to not only create a fun summer for them but to also set aside time each day to usher them into encounters with the Lord. This year we have been blessed with fifteen summer interns! They are doing everything from facilitating VBS to lifeguarding. If you are interested in applying for our summer internship program next year, you can read more at themissioninc.org.

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NICARAGUA

At 15 years old, Norlan was unable to live with his family due to emotional abuse. Upon learning his story, we welcomed Norlan into our home for at risk youth in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Since joining our family in March of 2018, he has flourished! He was enrolled in school for the first time in his life and has developed close bonds with our staff and the other boys living in the home. Norlan continues to surprise us with his love of others, selflessness and personal growth. We are amazed at how far he has come and are excited to see where God will lead him!

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ROMANIA

Meet Adi and Gabriel. Both of them are enrolled in our family care program and both are excellent examples of the love of Jesus! Adi, is nine years old and lives in a nearby village with his single mom, twin brother and little sister. Their mother works long hours in order to provide for their family and oftentimes, Adi and his siblings are cared for by their grandmother. Gabriel, who is also nine years old, lives with his eight siblings and both of his parents. Gabriel’s parents struggle to meet their large family’s day to day needs. During one of our Family Care Program activities, Adi noticed that Gabriel didn’t have shoes. The very next day, Adi brought a pair of his own shoes to give to Gabriel! The joy that Adi had as he gave his shoes to Gabriel was evident and the joy that Gabriel had as he received his very own pair of shoes was beautiful! As we continue to teach our children that the solution to the needs surrounding them resides within them, our hope is that they take what they learn back to their homes and families! Adi and Gabriel have done just that and we are so proud.

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July 2018

MEXICO

Jonathon Enrique was brought to us in 2012 with his older brother Jesus.  Through the years Enrique has grown into a very smart and handsome young man, excelling in sports and building strong relationships with his fellow students and leaders! Enrique began the 5th grade this year and in the beginning it was proving to be quite the challenge for both him and his teacher.  Our education team quickly began forming a plan of action!  They all knew how intelligent Enrique was and his ability to learn quickly proved to be an essential key in his fast turn around.   After a few months of hard work the director of the school met with Enrique telling him,  “I believe in you! You are so smart and we believe that you are ready for the next step.  We are promoting you to 6th grade!”  Enrique was shocked; his hard work paid off!  That morning, he excitedly walked over to his new classroom with a fresh hope for his future.  Enrique continues to thrive in his 6th grade classroom and has become one of the top students.  This July, he will graduate and advance to the junior high!  We are so proud and honored to have him in our family!

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ROMANIA

There is growth happening in Romania!  We have recently accepted 15 new children, from two different villages, into our family care program.  We are so excited to see unity developed between villages as their children begin to build friendships with one another.   In May we began introducing a time of worship for the children in our family care program.  During this time, we are able to teach the children what worship is and why we do it; we are coming together as a family, to love God and to be loved by Him!  During one of these services, one of our boys shared that he experienced God’s presence and joy for the first time!  It is such an honor to be able to create a space where children can learn how to worship our heavenly Father.  Please continue to pray with us as we introduce these families to the love of our Father!

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NICARAGUA

Our feeding program in Matagalpa feeds anywhere from 50 to 150 children each day.  We are overwhelmed by the response of each and every child that walks through our doors and it is an honor to love them in this way!   Two sisters, five and eight years old, have attended our program since the beginning.  They both live in extreme poverty and suffer from neglect, hunger, malnutrition and abuse; often they are left to fend for themselves while their single mother is away.  It has been a joy to show them the love of Jesus every time they join us for the feeding program.  Since being a part of the program, we’ve seen them begin to feel more and more at home with our team!  Now, they run through the gates and greet us with big smiles and hugs; wrapping their arms and legs around us!  Please continue to partner with us in prayer as we love these girls and the many others who join us each week.

June 2018

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On April 19th the population of Nicaragua began rising up against their government in protest of new laws that affected social security.  The government responded with force causing tragedy and fear in the hearts of the people.  In the midst of this movement, our team in Nicaragua has been gathering people together to pray and seek His face.  Recently, they held a gathering in the main park in the city of Matagalpa and cried out to the Lord in unity to heal this country. We believe with our whole hearts that the Lord has a bright future for this beautiful nation and it’s strong, passionate people! Thank you for your prayers for the team at our Nicaragua Base.  We ask that you continue partnering with us as we intercede for guidance for the people of this beautiful nation, wisdom for its government leaders and most importantly that heaven will continue to invade this nation like never before!

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ROMANIA

Nelu, a man from Sighisoara, was radically healed at one of our Worship Nights.  When he first walked into the church he physically felt heaviness beginning to  lift and be replaced with a great freedom in his body and soul.  For years, Nelu had been struggling with back pain and when our team began to pray for him he was able to bend over for the first time in years!  The next day, when he went to work, all of his colleagues were asking him what had happened because they noticed that something was different about him.  Nelu was able to share his testimony with his colleagues and show them what God had done in his life.  A few days later, one of our team members saw him in town and he was so excited to share that his back was great and that the joy of the Lord has made him a new man, from the inside out!

MEXICO

Lidia and her five siblings came to The Mission in 2013 due to neglect and the lack of provision by their family.  Lidia, who at the time was 9-years-old, had difficulty taking care of herself and connecting with adults. Often she would shut down emotionally and physically for hours at a time.  Caregivers would wait for hours until she would make eye contact, move or even speak.  Although she would struggle, there was always a glimmer of a fun girl who was brave and had a smile that could melt your heart.   Through personal mentoring and house parents that poured into her by reinforcing her true identity, she began to show others who she really was. Now, during our daily morning devotions and Sunday services you will see Lidia in the front passionately worshiping and dancing before the Lord! During a recent school talent show, she got up in front of her entire school and sang a song all by herself!  The constant reinforcement of the Father’s love for her and what He has made her to be is slowly being revealed one day at a time.  We are blessed and excited to be apart of this beautiful journey with her!

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May 2018

MEXICO

In May 2014, a family of 3 was brought to us from Child Protective Services (DIF) due to serious abuse and neglect. Bruno, who was 2 years old, was on 7 different kinds of medications. One of those medications specifically treated him for the seizures he was having multiple times a day. When the family arrived, Bruno couldn’t walk, talk or feed himself like a two year old normally would be able to. His muscles were so underdeveloped we had to use a stroller or carry him everywhere. After a year of intensive care and love, he was removed from all medication and was beginning to walk, talk and feed himself!

A few years later, in January of 2017, we received notification from DIF that Bruno and his siblings would be returning to their biological family and to our surprise, the following Christmas of 2017, we were asked by DIF to take Bruno and his siblings once again. After almost a year away from us we are happy to report that Bruno is still running, jumping, playing and bringing joy to all those who know him! We are so encouraged by all that the Lord has done in Bruno and are so excited to see what’s in store for him and his siblings!

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ROMANIA

There is movement and growth in Romania! God is so faithful. We have had great progress on the remodeling of our building from several visiting groups from England, the US and our church from our Mexico base. We have cleared out the first floor of our building and where we held our very first church service on April 22nd!

In addition to that, we are happy to report that we have seen growth and momentum during our times of worship together on Friday nights. Our team has been so blessed by the relationships that are forming within families from the surrounding villages. Many of these families have children that are a part of our Family Care Program and we are so excited for this opportunity to pour into them on a deeper level! Please continue praying for and covering our team as they

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NICARAGUA

God is moving in a fresh way in Nicaragua! For two weeks we were blessed by a visiting group from Redding, CA. They poured into us, served us and taught us all new ways to talk with God. On one specific day, the team sat with the boys from our children’s home and taught them about the languages of the spirit and how to hear God’s voice. One of the boys, Yilber, volunteered to practice and began prophesying over his house dad, Junior. It was so incredible to watch Yilber step so naturally into the prophetic and to see him grow in confidence and connection with Papa God! We are so excited to see the fruit that is being produced in the lives of these boys as they continue to soak up all the goodness that God has for them.

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April 2018

ROMANIA

Our Family Care Program, in Romania, is a place where our team gets to guide children in a time of encountering God, as well as care for them practically.  We provide a safe place, where they get to just be kids, feed them and also set aside time for academic tutoring.

In January we moved our Family Care program into one of our local gypsy villages.  We have seen a lot of favor in this village, allowing us to make great relationships and have seen many miracles within the families there.  Now that the program is there, we have seen a significant impact on the children of this village and we are so excited to see the testimonies that are coming from this!  We get to introduce them to God’s love, our love, fill their bellies, and give them a hand up on skills that will help them succeed in life.

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MEXICO

If you have been to our Mexico base, you have experienced “1st, 2nd and 3rd John” (the outhouses). We are so happy to announce that our new  bathrooms are done!  With the completion of the first two stages of our water treatment  system, we were able to open our beautiful new bathrooms! We started the bathroom project’s foundation in July of 2016, during one of our Jesus Culture Missions Experiences.  Throughout the last few years, by the help of visiting groups, the rest of the building was finished.  Thank you to all who contributed to this project!

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NICARAGUA

This is Victor; he was addicted to drugs and street life.  Instead of going home to his family, he spent his days and nights on the streets in dangerous neighborhoods. 

Victor came into our program at the age of 15, where he was provided a safe and stable home to grow in and to be loved unconditionally.  He has worked hard to change his life.  Now, Victor loves to study and dreams of running his own business one day.  Victor is currently in high school and is attending a trade school on weekends where he is learning to cut hair.  

We share stories like these because they are not only the fruit of our labor, and testimony of God’s faithfulness, but yours too!  These are your victories and testimonies.  Thank you so much for continuing to partner with us. 

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March 2018 - 30 Years of Ministry

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

On February 16, 2018, we celebrated the past 30 years of ministry.  We were amazed by the amount of friends and family that came along side us and celebrated.  We literally had people from all around the world join us!   They came from the United Kingdom, Romania, Nicaragua, Canada, Mexico and the United States.  We celebrated with an intimate time of worship, testimonies from Steve and Cathy, a time of honoring the past and a dedication to the next 30 years of ministry to the nations.

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OUR NEXT 30 YEARS

We live and breathe to rescue the orphan, love the broken and bring healing and hope to those who are lost.  We are dedicated to demonstrating that every person on this earth has a Father who loves them and is waiting for them.  Through this, families, cities, and nations will be transformed.  We are steadfast in our fight to restore true family, and we dedicate the next 30 years to the Father’s promise of bringing His kingdom to earth.

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ONE YEAR, ONE MILLION

In the last 30 years, over 5,000 children have been rescued, housed, fed, educated, loved and brought into family and we are fighting for exponential growth. We are excited to announce that, over the next 12 months, we are stepping out into a new season of faith.

Our goal as a family, and ministry, is to raise 1 million dollars over the next twelve months and sow into the next 30 years. The proceeds that are raised over this next year, will fund the expansion and growth of our new campuses in Romania and Nicaragua.

The Lord has, without fail, met every need we have faced over the past 30 years and our hearts are full of anticipation as we step into this exciting season of faith. So many of you have faithfully partnered with us since we began in 1987.

We are filled with hope, like never before, as we ask you to partner with us once again as we honor our past by investing in our future.

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A NEW WAY TO GIVE!

We are excited to share with you that we are now able to accept cryptocurrency donations.  We are accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum donations through our website.  Click the button below and you will be directed to our donations page where you will be able to choose which cryptocurrency you would like to give.


If you were unable to attend our 30 year celebration you can watch it here:

February 2018

MEXICO: Restoring families

Some time ago, Maximiliano (5yrs), Jonathan (14yrs) and their mom, Maribel,  heard of our family care program through a friend.  Maribel was in need of safe childcare for her two kids so she could work full time and keep her small family together. 

In November 2017, Maribel received bad news from relatives stating that two of her nephews had been picked up by child protective services and custody was removed from their parents because of severe neglect. 

Maribel remained hopeful for her nephews situation and began praying for the opportunity to take them into her home.  She fervently pursued a way to gain custody of the boys.  Maribel received the favor she’d been seeking and was granted custody of both boys, which is highly unusual in our social services department; Maribel is a single mom of two and living off of one income.  The social worker assigned to the case told Maribel that she was granted custody because she had lined up safe childcare, with us,  for her nephews ahead of time.

In the beginning of January we were introduced to Ivan (8yrs) and Adrian (9yrs) on their first day entering our family care program.  Our family care has made it possible for these boys to not see the inside of an orphanage and to be introduced to our Heavenly Father.  

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NICARAGUA: New Feeding Program

After 2 years of working with street boys in Matagalpa, we have begun to take steps towards phase 2 of our program; prevention. To determine the needs of at risk children and to feed hungry bellies, we started a feeding program in November, 2017. 

We currently feed about 100 children daily and this community is fast becoming a small church as we teach the children about The Father who loves them. In the next 2 months we will be assessing needs and then launching programs to keep children in school, in healthy social settings and off the streets. 

ROMANIA: Praying For Healing

Margarita found a lump in one of her breasts about a year ago and had a doctor exam it.  It grew large enough to become physically uncomfortable and caused her pain.  A few members of our team were ministering in the community near her home and were led to her to pray.  As they prayed Margarita began to feel heat in her chest and the pain in her breast faded away!  A few days later, she went back to her doctor where they took a scan of the tumor and confirmed that it had shrunk considerably! 

January 2018 - 30 Years

In the Beginning. 

In 1987, The Mission was founded out of an act of obedience, a simple yet firm step of faith. It was born out of a desire to see a nation transformed, one child a time. 

Steve and Cathy Horner were convinced that the Lord was asking them to care for abused and abandoned children. After moving their family to Mexico from the San Francisco Bay area, the Horner’s continued to say yes to every need that was highlighted to them. Because of their consistent and strong yes to the Lord, The Mission’s vision has grown to include orphan and family care, schools from Pre-K through High School, church plants, School of Missions, community outreach and feeding programs.

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How Far We’ve Come.

After leading for 22 years, in 2009 Steve and Cathy passed the leadership of the ministry to their son and daughter in-law, Jimmy and Genea Horner. Jimmy and Genea have a rich inheritance filled with faith and hope. They are firmly planted in the heart and original mandate of the ministry; which lies in the simplicity of following Jesus by simply saying yes to what need is highlighted. Because of this, they have passionately pursued growth and expanded the vision to include multiple bases across three different nations. 

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Where We’re Going.

The more we expand as a ministry, the more we have begun to understand that we’re citizens of heaven who genuinely own the nations. Wherever we set foot, becomes His. We don’t feel like we’ve been sent to a foreign land; we feel like we’ve been sent to our land, to His land.

As a ministry and family, we live and  breathe to rescue the orphan, love the broken, and bring healing and hope to those who are lost. We are passionately pursuing the restoration of true family, which has always been the promise of His kingdom.

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One Year, One Million.

The names on this page are just a few of the 5,000 children who we have rescued, housed, fed, loved and brought into our family over the past 30 years. We are incredibly excited to announce that we are stepping out into a new season of faith. Our goal as a family, and ministry, is to raise 1 million dollars over the next twelve months. The proceeds that are raised over this next year, will fund the expansion and growth of our new campuses in Romania and Nicaragua. 

The Lord has, without fail, met every need we have faced over the past 30 years and our hearts are full of anticipation as we step into this exciting season of faith. So many of you have faithfully partnered with us since we began in 1987. We are filled with hope, like never before, as we ask you to partner with us once again as we honor our past by investing in our future.