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Last Frontiers puts out a quarterly newsletter to share about what the Lord is doing in this ministry.  Thank you for taking the time and interest to prayerfully read of God’s workings here.

Spring 2022

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Dear Friends,

How can one calculate the value of a changed life? Over the years we have seen that God has used His own adoption of us as His sons and daughters to radically turn our worlds rightside up.

We have also seen the lives of 11 children changed through adoption. From their desperate earthly situations each was given godly upbringings and opportunities to call on His name and be changed in his or her physical and spiritual lives. Only Jesus can do that.

In Mexico there is a beautiful tradition honoring a young girl when she reaches 15 and celebrates her “Quinceañera”. It is usually such a beautiful occasion that the young girl often chooses to have a party with family, friends, godparents and a cake that may be as big or bigger than she is! There are songs, speeches, dances and prayers for her life. She wears a beautiful, long dress – all reminding us that she is a young flower that is blooming. The festivities celebrate the guests’ love for her and honor her value.

Fifteen years ago, a tiny, premature infant was put in an incubator in a rural clinic after her mother died in childbirth. The desperate father, not knowing us, offered the baby to us. He was grief stricken over the loss of his wife, lived in abject poverty and could not care for the child. We paid a dear young, single mother in the village church to go to the clinic to touch, hold, sing and pray for this child through the openings in the incubator. Day and night she kept to the task for one month. We looked for a family that loved the Lord to adopt the infant as their own. 

 We had a group of 10 men here on a work project when the infant was released and given to us. Each man eagerly awaited his turn to hold the new baby. One friend, Jim, said, “Let’s call her ‘Gloria’!” So Gloria it was. By God’s mercy, we were able to present Gloria to our friends for adoption on Mexican Mother’s Day (May 10th). They have loved their daughter dearly all these years. Little Gloria Noemi turned 15 in April and the party was planned.

The party took place in our yard and was one of the most beautiful, Christ and adoption-honoring events in our lives. Gloria Noemi has grown to love with all her heart not only her parents, but Jesus Himself. The “Quinceañera” was deeply moving.   

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Gloria Noemi

Yet, only a few steps away from all the happiness of the festivities, another young girl lay on a bed inside our home. She was in great discomfort and her life was far from the joy-filled life of Gloria Noemi.This 14 year old had become pregnant by an evil, obsessed man. While the ceremony was continuing outside, she was being examined by two Christian doctors who had come for the party. They told us she had preeclampsia and needed to be taken immediately to the hospital for an emergency C-section. Imagine, a C-section at 14 years old!  She was terrified at the possibility of death with this emergency surgery and bringing a helpless, little infant into the world. 

What a sharp contrast of joy and pain, love and abuse, celebration and fear! What would become of the young girl and her child?

Literally shaking like a leaf, young Irene (not her real name) had a C-section two hours later. The little guy wailed for hours into the night in an inconsolable manner as though he had carried all his mother’s pain. Irene knew she could not care for the baby. She had no way of providing for him. She wanted to go to school which her blind mother had denied her from attending. She was so grateful and happy that adoption was a possibility for the care of the life she had carried inside of her. 

Then the depression of her circumstances set in. She could not go back to the village and face the danger of this obsessed man who she knew was frantically looking for her. Just the day before the birth, Irene was playing with dolls in our home and drawing pictures with crayons. She was still a child in so many ways! 

Her older half-sister, who has custody of Irene, had been the whistle blower in this situation. She brought her sister to our home and asked us if we would help them find a Mexican Christian couple to adopt the baby. The risk of being jailed and legal implications of all sorts were too high for an international adoption to be feasible due to possible child trafficking accusations.  

A personal friend and pastor recommended a childless couple who had been praying for 11 years for a baby. They loved the little baby from the start! The legal process of adoption has begun for the infant. 

But what of Irene´s future?

She had lost hope of an education.  Irene had no idea of where her future food, clothing and shelter would come from.  We are so happy to say that she is now in a loving, caring home that assists children whose lives are in danger. We have been assured that she cannot be traced or reached by anyone who would want to do her harm. Denise visited her last Saturday on the Mexican “Day of the Child”. Waiting for Denise at a picnic bench, Irene´s eyes brightened when she saw her. Irene shared that she is happy, and has already made 3 friends; she likes the food and her lower bed on the bunk. There are 10 girls in the room. She has to recover a little more but cannot wait to go to school and play sports with the other girls. “Estoy contenta” (I’m content) she said with sparkling eyes. “I am too!” Denise replied joyously, giving her a hug. Her older sister talked to Denise by phone and said, “I can already tell she is different – so much happier and free!”*

We look forward to seeing her come to faith and grow. God makes new and makes “beauty from ashes”. How grateful we are for His continual redemption in the lives of those we work with, as well as His redeeming and teaching us daily.
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Blessings to you all and we ask for continued prayers for this situation. 

We also say, “Happy Mother’s Day” to all you beautiful Moms, Grandmas and Mothers of the heart,

Ed and Denise

 

 

 

 Winter 2022

 
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January 2022

On Christmas Day, we went to visit several widows – some so destitute that their supply of corn had completely run out.  

As God would have it, we planted and harvested by hand 2 tons of corn to give to those most in need. We only required that each bring a sack to put the corn in.

One of the widows looked at us in disbelief. She raised her hands and pointed to heaven. “How I thank God for this!” she said. “I was at the point of needing to buy corn, and with what could I do that?” She broke down in tears.

Another told us, “I was so discouraged. I went into my room, shut the door and knelt on the ground. I told the Lord, ‘I won’t ask You for much, but I have one need, Lord. I have one great need.’ And look! He heard and answered this very day!”

This verse becomes real, “Open thy mouth and I will fill it.”

Psalm 81:10

View when the corn is received
Video above of a widow receiving her corn
Why does the Bible talk about widows and orphans so much? It is not only because they have to depend completely on Him for their deepest needs, but it is also that God wants to use His people to meet those needs and forges ties of kindness, love and provision for them, in Christ’s name.
We not only visited widows but other women who were alone with profound inner needs. 

As we came to Aurora’s (not her real name) cabin, we saw her round the corner, a tumpline on her head and firewood on her back. She leaned back and dropped her load squarely on the ground as the perspiration drenched her face and back. It was the perfect time to speak with her. No one else was there other than her young half-brother.  

Aurora has a tragic past – at only 23 years of age. When she was 14 her wicked step-father raped her. She didn’t even know what was happening. Months later she gave birth to a baby in the cornfield.  

Overwhelmed by fear, anger and shame, Aurora walked into the hut of the family’s kitchen with the baby hid behind her back. Suddenly she revealed the baby and angrily threw the newborn down on the dirt floor in disgust. Her bitter hatred of the step-father’s repeated abuse was shown in one terrifying outburst.

Aurora’s sisters saw the infant was still alive, took her to a hospital but the baby did not survive. From that point, Aurora became dead inside too.

On this Christmas Day, we knew God was at work when we found Aurora home alone. We wish you could have seen her there in a single wood cabin with dirt floor. She received not only our fresh corn but also our words of acceptance. We spoke of assurances, not judgement, of being worthy and loved by God the Father. We shared the truth that God would never, ever defraud her.

She looked down the whole time we spoke with her, fiddling nervously with a paper in her hand. We prayed for her and as we went to leave, she looked up with tears and hugged each of us so tightly that we thought she was not going to let us go. Yes, the Word will not return void even when it appears that the person we speak to is cut off. The Lord, in this new year and every year continues to reach for the lost.  

Thank you for praying, supporting and believing,

Ed and Denise