99 Plus 1 Ministries Newsletter January 2007 99 + 1 Ministries Av. Jacarandas #239 San Felipe, BC CP 21850 México Mailing address: (packages, UPS) PMB 5558 233 Paulin Ave. Calexico, CA 92231 Mailing Address (letters only): P.O. Box 9019 SF 168 Calexico, CA 92232-9019 Phone/Fax (from US) 011 52 (686) 577-2993 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.99plus1.org Wilson Visit 99 + 1 was once again blessed to have Chuck and Joanne Wilson with us for a few weeks. Chuck’s major project for this trip…make one bathroom into two showers and a half bath (sink\toilet) each of the three with a separate entrance. But the highlight for us was the opportunity to see the video’s Chuck and Joanne had taken during their recent six-month mission trip to Malawi, Africa where Chuck served as “Headmaster” at a Christian school and Joanne tutored as well as helped teach at a local medical laboratory. We had a lot of help on the bathroom project from Nueva Canción, Luis (Toto), Pastor Cesar his son, Daniel, Rogelio, and Brother Leonardo Cerda Nuñez. See the web page for more photos of the project. 99 + 1 Board Meeting. The annual board meeting was held in San Felipe rather impromptu because of the passing away of John’s dad. Praise the Lord we were able to get a majority quorum. Chuck was already in San Felipe and fellow board member John Bolster lives down here. We were able to announce formally to the board the formation of 99 Plus 1 in Mexico. Donated Van Thanks once, again to Bud and Mary Raymond for the help in securing a van that will be used to obtain and transport food for a mission plant in the outlying area of Mexicali. The van was a utility vehicle so it was multi-functional. The mission is serving a group of people that are Mexican but have no documentation (birth certificate) and so cannot enter into the schools, medical care, or other normally expected government services. One of the goal of Pastor Eduardo Wong is to intervene with the government to obtain some sort of a waiver for registering the people in this area. Bud drove the van to Sacramento where Chuck and Joanne (Chuck pictured) drove the van down from the Sacramento area to Calexico, CA to present it to Pastors Eduardo & Irene Wong. First Orphanage Construction Team. Mt Shasta Baptist Association came to be the first team to work on the Sonshine Hacienda Orphanage building construction. They had the talent in house to work along side the Mexican helpers to tie the rebar for the floor of the largest building and start digging the trenches for the footings. The team was made up of four of the Associations churches and for some it was a “first mission trip”. Not only did they work on the orphanage but they were able to bring the bathroom remodeling project to a useable status. I appreciated the work being accomplished and the other group members appreciated having the extra showers available. Sonshine Hacienda Update The work is moving forward on the construction. The slab for the largest of the three building is poured. The wall will start going up by the end of January. We are currently waiting for an estimate on the roof of the first building. God continues to provide what we need when we need it. Several of the local businesses have completed their promises of good discounts on material. The government continues to open doors for reducing our overall costs for Social Security and other areas over which they have control. A local architect that is not associated with the project has bent over backwards to help us with some of the paperwork at no charge. The list goes on and on of the cooperation and help from both sides of the border. I would invite you to the 3 web pages that have photos of the project. 99Plus1, www.99plus1.org (photo gallery), the architects, www.arlop.com.mx (click on inside construction), and Marketplace Missions www.marketplacemissions.net . New Face Lift. The front entrance of the mission complex is getting some long overdue repair and a face lift. Three sections of the block fence are being refitted so the two on either side will allow some air to flow through but hopefully cut down the dust flow. The middle section will have the lettering “Ministerio 99 + 1 AC” since we now have a Mexican organization and we had withheld putting up any signs so no “red flags” would be raised with the authorities. The workers on this project are Brother Leonardo Cerda and Rogelio Reyes. That’s right, Rogelio (Roger) is back with us after a few years of traveling the world. It is a blessing to have him back with us again. Rogelio lived with us while he was in high school and then went to Canada for a time followed by a period with family in Riverside, CA. PRAYER AND PRAISE Praise the Lord for the continued co-laboring with other ministry organizations. Praise the Lord for allowing us to see His hand moving here in Mexico. Praise the Lord for the donations toward the construction of the “Sonshine Hacienda” orphanage. Praise the Lord for the formation of the Mexican non-profit association, 99 Plus 1, AC. Pray for: Traveling mercies for John's frequent travels around Mexico and to the US. The continued construction of the Sonshine Hacienda orphanage in San Felipe Request from 99 Plus 1, Other Mexican Ministries and Mexican Churches Mini bus for Iglesia Nuestro Refugio located in the outskirts of Tijuana. Van for a Hispanic Church plant in Spring Valley, CA by a Pastor from Tecate, Mexico. Small trailer for a job shack at the Sonshine Hacienda Orphanage.