POHA girls schoolWe all have the “cup of tea” the Lord has given us to carry on through life. Are you carrying your cup of tea or have you put it down and said, “I do not like tea?”

Many people have told us that they could not do what we are doing, that it is not their cup of tea. But the Lord has given us each our own cup of tea for the task that He wants us to do. MIF or TIF (milk in first, tea in first), hot milk, cold milk, sugar, no sugar.

The Lord does not ask us all to do the same thing, He just asks that we are willing and open to whatever He does have for us.

We have a cup of tea that we would like you to pray about to see if the Lord has given it to you. Our lives are far too overloaded and we need another couple to come alongside us to do admin—book keeping, payroll, reports, PR, and to give us a break every 3 months to recharge our batteries. We love what we do and we want to continue with our cup of tea without getting burned out.

You may need black tea to be here and do this but if it is what you are to be doing, it will be like a smooth cup with just the right amount of milk and sugar!

Maybe the Lord wants you to help with providing or serving the cup of tea.

Marv and Marie

Place of Hope Africa


Note:  Marv and Marie serve full time providing emergency housing and care for children in South Africa. Visit their website here for contact information and to learn more about the ministry of Place of Hope Africa.

Update from Mexico

Tammy Hagstrom —  February 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Dear Friends and Family,

Hoping everyone is doing well by the grace of God. It has been a long time since we have sent you any information of the work that we are doing here in Oaxaca Mexico. We like to thank God for allowing us to do the work that we are doing here at the mountain of Oaxaca for the past three years.

hector update1Last year we got the chance to start building a place for the brothers of Morelos, a place where we will be able to get together and have reunions and do different activities for the glory of God. A friend whose name is Ryan Lewis from Hawley, Minnesota, that spent time with me in prison, came to visit us last year. We got the chance to spend some time together with the brothers of the villages. I talked to him about the possibility to do something for the brothers of Morelos. We felt that God wanted us to build this place for us to be able to have reunions and a carpenter shop for the brothers and to do others activities.  Ryan and I started praying that God would open a door for us, if this will be to glorify Him. Thanks to God, He opened the door for us to be able to work with the brothers of Hawley Alliance Church.  The brothers from Hawley have been providing the money for the construction and they will be coming to Oaxaca, Mexico to do the construction work on March 1st. Please pray for all the brothers that will be coming to Oaxaca, Mexico, for this project, that God will protect and open their way for them.  My family and I also want to thank this church for the donation that you have given us for the ministry and for all your prayers and we thank you for helping the church of Oaxaca, Mexico.

We want to thank God because we were able to help my grandma on her last days of her life.  In December, my family called me to let me know that my grandma was really old and that the time for her to be with the Lord was close.  My wife and I prayed and felt that it would be good for her and for us to be able to go to the state of Michoacan and spend time with her and take care of her during her last days.  So I talked to Dave about the idea for us to go and help my grandma, and he told me that may be a good testimony for us to do.  So he gave me the ok for us to take a trip and spend the month of December and part of January. We were able to talk to her about God and spend time with her thanks to your help, support, and prayers. She died the 30th of December. She was able to see all her family together before she left to be with God. We pray that this will be an opportunity for us to talk to our family about the good news of God.

This year we started receiving the love and blessings of our God. We were praying for God to provide a new pickup for Pastor Fili,hector2 and thanks to the donation from Hawley Alliance Church we were able to buy a better truck for Pastor.  He is really thankful to God and to you for thinking about him and providing a new truck for the work that he is doing here at the mountain of Oaxaca, Mexico. He wanted me to let you know that he is praying for you and all the pastors from the US asking God that one day we will be all together in heaven with our God.


Please keep praying for the brothers of the mountains here in Oaxaca, Mexico, and pray for the team that is coming from Hawley. We thank you because without you it would be more difficult to do the work that we are doing.  Our prayer is that He will keep opening doors for us to be able to bring the good news of Jesus to all the people that come across us, may the Lord bless you and keep you safe from the evil.

It is hard tIMG_3495o believe that it is already December! This has been a year of many changes and we are thankful for your prayers to help us get through them.

I find it much easier to relate to the birth of our Lord in this part of the world since the events took place north of us and I have babies in my home. To imagine Mary’s travels, pregnant, and on a donkey for miles and miles to give birth in a dirty barn with animals and no other option than to place her newborn child in a manger with dusty dirty hay. I grumble at times because my house is not what I would like it to be! The question we keep getting asked is how we like our new home and if we are settled. There is good and bad here as in anywhere. Repairs are still needed and we are waiting for the addition so we can be more organized and accommodate more comfortable bedroom space for the children.

The upside is that we are still meeting new people who are coming on board to help us in numerous ways—we are so grateful to the Lord for that. We have a wonderful lady who has counseled the children free of charge; an accountant who has done our yearly audits for us, has agreed to do our bookkeeping; a young Scottish Dr who comes out and offers her services for free and her husband comes with to play with the children and help in anyway he can.

Also, we recently had a visit from a couple from Kansas. This couple, their church and friends have come on boIMG_3446ard to support us. He has a brother whom we have met and lives near us. Through all this, we have received special medical care, a repaired roof, snacks, extra hands to help with the children and funds. We have been blessed! We now have 16 children with three- 5 year old girls who start school in January—they are already asking every day if and when they are going to school! We also have a 4 year old boy, a 3 year old girl, three—2 year olds, five—1 year girls, an 8 month old boy, a 5 month old boy, and a 3 month old girl.

Merry Christmas!

Marv and Marie Bjorklund

Place of Hope Africa


photo (46)We recently introduced to you The Regeneration Center’s newest endeavor, Opportunity Enterprises, LLC. Now we would like to feature one of our employees, Bob Wilson who is our welding instructor and has been with us almost from when we first opened our doors.

Bob brings several years of experience as a welder to OE, with most of his experience in under water welding in barges. His most recent work experience was in part ownership of a bakery in Glenwood. Bob had to give up his partnership in the bakery business, however, three years ago when he was diagnosed with Myopothy, a muscle disease that left him without the use of his legs.

David Ask, a volunteer with The Regeneration Center, who had an active role in the start up of OE, knew Bob and knew of his welding skills. Bob was homebound when David approached him with the opportunity to take on the role of the OE welding instructor.

For Bob, this was an answer to prayer, an opportunity to have a new purpose in life despite his disability. Bob says, he was looking for something to keep him busy “instead of dwindling away” when Ask contacted him.

Bob is an overcomer and does not think of himself as handicapped. Bob said, “I may be handicapped but I’m not really. Now wheels are my legs”.

Ready to do whatever it takes to accomplish the task in front of him, with his new “legs”,  Bob first travelled from his home in Glenwood to the shop in Alexandria via a local bus service. Then recently, Bob purchased a van equipped for him to drive himself to and from work.

At OE, Bob will train welding to ex-offenders who want to turn their lives around and are willing to learn a new skill to make them more employable. We seek to subcontract welding and machining jobs to use as teaching opportunities. We also train each student in important Life Skills, such as resume writing, anger management, overcoming addiction and financial planning.

For more information about OE, please contact the Operations Manager, Dave Schonberg at 320-815-3590.