God Works Through Relationships
Pastor Daniel Nuñez with the mic leading us in prayer at the pastors meeting for Lo Mejor del Trigo

Pastor Daniel Nuñez with the mic leading us in prayer at the pastors meeting for Lo Mejor del Trigo

I feel the longer we are here the deeper our relationships grow, and the wider the ministry reaches. We’ve often prayed that the Lord would enlarge our borders. The journey has been much more crooked and with more lows than we could have ever imagined, but still God is on the move.

One of our believes is that ministry flows out of relationship. God’s Spirit seems to be unleashed as kingdom minded ministries work together.

The Lord brought this point home to me as I participated in a meeting with the pastors from Lo Mejor del Trigo (LMT) last week. It warmed my heart to rub shoulders with such wonderful servants of the Lord. Pastor Daniel Nuñez leads the group, and he and his family are special friends.

The Spirit Enlarges Our Borders – Praise Him!
Dave Preaching at Lo Mejor del Trigo - Terrazas

Thankful for opportunities to share the Word with my friends from LMT

Later in the week I had the chance to preach at El Niño, the mother church for Lo Mejor del Trigo. Pastor Daniel was the pastor of this church, and he recently handed over the reins to his son, Pastor Turi Nuñez.

Dawn, Hannah and I also spent some time with some friends in Ensenada and San Antonio de las Minas, which is near Ensenada. God is opening up some doors for us in these places as well.

We rejoice in the breath of the Spirit. He moves in a powerful way. It’s so easy for relationships to go awry. We’ve seen some of that as well. Another motive for prayer.

Join Us In Prayer!

Pray with us that Jesus will continue to deepen, strengthen and widen these relationships. We have some important ministry opportunities taking place over the summer.

This coming Sunday we will celebrate with Lo Mejor del Trigo in the inauguration of their 25th church. Half way there, in their goal to plant 50 churches! Rejoice with us!

In His Grip, Dave

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God’s Amazing Work!
Dave preaching at Monte Sion

Dave preaching at Monte Sion

The Lord gave us an incredible time on Sunday in Tijuana at Monte Sion with pastor Jaime Avila and his wife, Claudia. Pastor Jaime is just beginning to come into the Lo Mejor del Trigo network of churches. We’ve gotten to know each other through the training on life transformation that I’ve taken Jaime and some of the other LMT pastors to.

God keeps taking us and the pastors deeper, which is exciting!

Dawn, Hannah, David, our nephew Tyler, our friend Polly and I all went to pastor Jaime’s church. What a marvelous time of fellowship it was!

The Lord gave us an invigorating time praying for the people in the church after my sermon. It ministered to our spirit to see the Lord touch the people. There was much brokenness and healing as they confessed their sins, and asked God to meet them in their place of need.

There are a number of things that I enjoy about the work that God has called us to. One of my favorites is visiting the churches of the pastors we are working with, and having the opportunity to exhort and encourage the people.

As we’ve ministered in this way we’ve found it to be a tremendous encouragement to the pastors, the members of their church and to us. The Lord is using us in new ways as we learn more about prayer and addressing root issues.

Glory be to God!

A Testimony of God’s Saving & Healing Work!
From the outside looking in to the Monte Sion Church in Tijuana - they are praying for a bigger and better facility

From the outside looking in to the Monte Sion Church in Tijuana – they are praying for a bigger and better facility

After the service we had the opportunity to get to know Jaime and Claudia better.

Jaime has an unbelievable testimony. He was caught in a life of addiction for 15 years before God broke through and redeemed him. During that time he lost everything – his wife, his job, his family and his dignity then he cried out to God for help.

God heard his cry. He found a church and he came to Christ!

The Lord took away his desire for the drugs and he came back to his family. He invited his wife, Claudia to visit the church and she gave her life to Christ a month later.

Claudia had epilepsy. She suffered from epileptic seizures for 13 years. She was told that she would have epilepsy for the rest of her life.

Then Jaime saw someone healed of epilepsy at the church he was going to, and he told Claudia about it. She decided to go the church. They prayed for her and she was gloriously healed of her epilepsy. She has not had a seizure for 20 years, and she doesn’t have to take medicine. What an amazing God we serve!

Join Us In Prayer!

Pray with us for Jaime and Claudia as they seek to reach their community and grow the church. The church has been through some recent trials, but God is bringing about healing and wholeness as they minister. The Lord is also doing a healing work in their family.

We see so much brokenness, so much need, but God is greater still than all our sin and sorrow. He brings restoration, and meets us in our place of need.

In His Grip, Dave

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God’s Big Surprise!

The group from Skyview with some of the leaders from La Nueva Jerusalén

The group from Skyview with some of the members from La Nueva Jerusalén

Last week Dawn, Hannah and I had such a wonderful experience in Ensenada. God is working there, and it’s fun to watch him at work.

I remember two years ago when La Nueva Jerusalén church approached me, and asked me if I could find a group in the U.S. to partner with them to run a VBS. At first, I didn’t know what to think, because I didn’t know the people in the church at all.

God surprised us in a big way! We’ve grown to love the people at the church in Ensenada. The ministry outreach has also given us an opportunity to get know our friends from Skyview better as well.

Our Vision & The Value of Short-term Missions

Recognizing the children on the last day of VBS

Recognizing the children on the last day of VBS

Dawn and I are believers in short-term missions projects, because we’ve seen the Lord use them in our lives as well as in the lives of others. This particular project has opened our eyes to the opportunities for the church to reach out and expand in Ensenada.

A big part of our vision for the border and the Baja is to see a network of churches started that are used by God to bring about transformation in families, neighborhoods and cities.

We are getting ready to hold our first ever church planters evaluation for the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico in Tijuana this Fall. I’ve asked two of the leaders from La Nueva Jerusalén to participate as church planting candidates.

Lord, Enlarge Our Borders!

There’s so much we are hoping that Christ will do in our midst. It’s thrilling to experience His Spirit at work as he goes before us and opens new doors.

We know that a big part of the reason the Lord is at work here is because of the prayers of so many faithful followers of Christ like you. Thank you for going on this journey with us! We do appreciate the part that you play.

In His Grip, Dave

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Sowing the Seed of the Word
Yudy leading one of the VBS classes

Yudy leading one of the VBS classes

The seed of the Word of God is planted in many young hearts during VBS, but we don’t always see immediate fruit. Dawn and I have met and talked to friends this week who told us they came to know Christ through a VBS! What a privilege it is to see broken hearts become whole through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

We pray together for much fruit as the principles of the Bible are taught this week in Ensenada through the songs, activities, teachings, and more.

Sowing in the Hearts of Families
Jesus teaching the parents

Jesus teaching the parents

One of the highlights of this week was a seminar for the parents that was taught by one of the key leaders in the church, Jesus Petrikowski. We all loved this seminar, because we not only reached out to the children through VBS, but also to the parents of the children.

The church did a wonderful job of inviting the parents, and encouraging the children to let their dad and mom know about the class.

There was a good group of parents that came to the seminar.  After Jesus taught the lesson he asked them how many of them would like for their families to follow Christ; how many would like to learn how to follow His principles for their family. Believe it or not they all raised their hand!

They also said that they would like more seminars on how to raise a family. The majority of those that came are not from the church, so it was thrilling to see their reaction.

We pray for God’s continued and bountiful work in their hearts!

In His Grip, Dave

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Two World’s Become One
VBS in Ensenada!

Children Learning about Christ at VBS

This week Dawn, Hannah and I are partnering with Skyview Presbyterian from Denver and one of our national partners INP La Nueva Jerusalen (The New Jerusalem church). So far it’s been a wonderful week filled with much laughter and significant life change.

The VBS theme is My Father’s House. 60 children are experiencing a week of fun while learning about how God created the world, and how much he loves them. More than 40 of these children are from the community and don’t attend the church.

You would be excited to see, what a great opportunity the church has to show the love of Christ to their neighbors. Tonight the church will host an event for the parents of the children that are attending the VBS. Pray that the Lord touches the hearts of those that come, and that they will receive the love of the savior while they are here.

A Highlight of the Year!
Learning about God's love

Learning about God’s love

This week is one of the highlights of the year for us. It energizes us, and lifts our spirit when we can bring our two worlds together. We are so thankful to have one of our partner churches from the US work with a Mexican national partner. Glory to God!

Both groups are upbeat and positive. They are exhibiting the love of Christ.

This year a total of nine people came from Skyview. The team is led by Tim and Kari Berglund who came along with seven amazing youth and young adults. This is the second year in a row that they’ve joined us in Ensenada.

One of the advantages of coming back for a second year is that they know the people in the church here in Ensenada. Their relationships are becoming more intentional and growing deeper.

VBS fun!

VBS fun!

Dawn, Hannah and I have grown to love the people from both churches as we’ve spent time with them by working together and serving the Lord. We feel like these summer projects open many doors for us as we build a much closer relationship with the church in Ensenada. The Lord is doing an incredible work here!

It’s interesting how people come together from different cultures, who speak different languages and yet they connect at a deeper level, because they both love Jesus.

God’s Spirit breaks through the initial apprehension when people are willing to take risks and be uncomfortable. Jesus is changing lives right before our eyes!

Pray Church

Join us in prayer for God’s ongoing work in Ensenada. We pray that His kingdom will be extended on earth. We pray that the Holy Spirit will do a life changing work in many people’s hearts. Change our hearts, O Lord! Do your mighty work. Be Glorified and lifted up!

In his Grip, Dave

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God’s Spirit is on the Move
Dave and Larry Trotter with Pastors Cesar Santizo, Felipe Hernandez, Benjamin Romero & Victor Hugo Herrera

Dave and Larry Trotter with Pastors Cesar Santizo, Felipe Hernandez, Benjamin Romero & Victor Hugo Herrera – leaders of the Presbytery called Fronterizo Noroccidental (Northwestern border presbytery)

I sense Jesus among us as Dawn and I minister on the border. God is doing a number of marvelous works.

On Friday I met with the leaders who represent the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico on the border and throughout the Baja. We discussed candidates for our first ever church planting readiness evaluation in Tijuana for this group of churches! You might say this is a historic event for them.

I’ve grown to love these men who lead the churches on the border and the Baja. They are careful to make wise decisions, while willing to take a risk to try something new. God’s Spirit is blowing on the border, and we pray for even more of his presence. We want Jesus to be among us as we serve!

God moved and directed as we sought him.

We selected 8 candidates that we think have the potential to be good church planters. The assessment event will take place in the first week of November, so pray for the Lord’s continued guidance and leading as we move towards that week.

An Exciting Week Awaits
Skyview and Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén in Ensenada

Skyview’s group from last year and our friends from Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén in Ensenada – fun times await!

This morning Skyview Presbyterian Church from Denver, Colorado arrives. Then we will head down to Ensenada where we will serve with La Nueva Jerusalén (The New Jerusalem) church. This is the second summer in a row that Skyview has come. The churches know each other some, so we are glad to see this relationship continue.

Skyview will be collaborating with La Nueva Jerusalén to reach out in the community through a VBS program.

Can’t wait to see what God does!

This is another demonstration of Jesus among us.

Praise Him From the Highest

Friday morning, my dad, Ron Diaso had surgery on his carotid artery. He just turned 80 last month, so we had some concerns about the surgery. I’m thrilled to report that my dad made it, and he is now recovering. Thank you Jesus!

We see Jesus’ fingers prints all around us. Praise him, Praise him, join the hallelujah chorus.

Pray with us that Jesus’ presence will be felt in a powerful way as we minister in Ensenada. We are praying for a successful outreach and that those in the church will be strengthened in their faith. That those outside the church will come to a new and living faith as they meet the Savior!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

VBS Outreach in Ensenada
The Skyview group at the New Jerusalem church in Ensenada

The Skyview group at the New Jerusalem church in Ensenada

We are all excited as we gear up for the arrival of our friends from Skyview Presbyterian Church. They arrive this Saturday, July 11 from Denver to go down to Ensenada to partner with Iglesia La Nueva Jerusalén (The New Jerusalem church). They will work together on reaching out in the community through VBS.

Last year the majority of the children that came were from families that don’t attend the church. Some of them continued to attend the church after VBS.

That’s one of our goals to make a difference in the community. To reach families that aren’t connected to Christ and his church. Pray with us that these goals will be realized as we seek to honor Him through this ministry!

Lord, Grow Your Church
Skyview and Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén in Ensenada

Skyview’s group from last year and our friends from Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén in Ensenada

A longer term goal that we have is to see the church and the kingdom expanding and growing in Ensenada.

Dawn and I feel very encouraged by the relationship we’ve been able to build with our friends at La Nueva Jerusalén. Skyview’s visit last summer helped open the door for our relationship with the Ensenada church to begin.

We desire to see churches planted throughout the Baja. Ensenada is one of the cities we have our eye on. We pray that we will be able to open up a new work there soon.

Join Us In Prayer

Tim Berglund, who is the leader of Skyview’s group mentioned that they don’t have any Spanish speakers coming, which makes them feel a little uncomfortable. We do have some good young translators lined up for them. Pray with us for the Lord’s peace, and for good communication between all the participants.

Join us in prayer for a successful week filled with the joy of Christ. We look forward to sweet fellowship and effective outreach that makes a difference. Dawn, Hannah and I will be going on this trip. Please pray for us as we give leadership for the week that Skyview ministers with La Nueva Jerusalén church.

In His Grip, Dave

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Growing Together - Course on The Keys to a Transformed Life

Growing Together – Through the Course on The Keys to a Transformed Life

God is Taking Us Deeper

Over the last two weeks God has drawn us deeper. Dawn, Hannah and I have been going through a workshop on Keys to a Transformed Life. What’s made it extra special was that we were able to take our missionary colleagues Peter & Jenny Boling and Jim DeWitt. Four pastors from Tijuana and four church leaders from Ensenada also went with us.

2 Keys – Forgiveness & Repentance
Pastor Jaime Avila, Pastor Mario Perez and Pastor Ivan Casados with Calvin Anderson & Jeinny Escorcia

Pastor Jaime Avila, Pastor Mario Perez and Pastor Ivan Casados with Calvin Anderson & Jeinny Escorcia

Two of the keys we spent a lot of time focusing on were forgiveness and repentance. These are bedrock Christian disciplines. On the one hand, they are very basic to our faith. On the other hand, we often struggle to put them in practice.

We don’t like to admit that we are wrong. Our pride gets in the way. Yet forgiveness and repentance bring healing. God’s grace meets us at our place of weakness.

Luther said that all of life is repentance.

The Benefits of Confession

James speaks of the benefits of confession, even confessing to one another. A Christian practice that has mostly been lost on the church today.

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (‭James‬ ‭5‬:‭15-16‬ ESV)

I can’t say that it is easy to open up and share about areas where we are wounded, but it is freeing when accompanied with forgiveness and repentance.

Turn to the father. He promises to remove our sin as far as the east is from the west. Learn of the father’s love for you.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he removes our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. (‭Psalm‬ ‭103‬:‭8-13‬ ESV)

The Keys to a Transformed Life

Our Group – The Keys to a Transformed Life

It’s all part of the upside down kingdom. Where we see a flaunting of sin in the world, God calls us to repent. In many ways that word, repent, seems old an antiquated today. It sounds harsh, and yet it is what the Lord chooses to bring us healing and wholeness. God ministers to us through confession and repentance.

Also when we are willing to forgive those who have wronged us, we receive God’s healing touch. It is freeing to forgive. Jesus taught us to pray asking our Heavenly Father, “to forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.… For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:12, 14, 15)

That may be a hard passage, but it’s a wonderful promise. Forgiveness is an amazing gift that the Lord offers us. Come and receive his many gifts!

In His Grip, Dave

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