Goal Accomplished – A New Church!
Celebrating finishing the roof on the church

Celebrating finishing the roof on the church

On Saturday we took another group of 40 down to Tijuana to finish up the church building. The trip to Tijuana was a wonderful day on many fronts.

We accomplished our goal to finish building the church. The Lord gave us his favor as we experienced pleasant weather, a great group to work with, awesome food and outstanding hosts. The day couldn’t have been any better. Thank you Jesus!

Once again we were amazed by the progress everyone working together made in one day. Our task was to put shingles on the roof, paint the outside walls and put drywall on the inside of the building. All that is left to do is the finishing touches on the inside of the church.

Yesterday (Sunday) Lo Mejor del Trigo (LMT) Ribera de Bosque celebrated its inaugural service. A joyous celebration that Dawn, Hannah and I were privileged to attend. I will write more about that in my next post.

The church is near two communities Valle Verde and Ribera de Bosque. Since a number of the people in the church are from Ribera de Bosque they are using that for the name, although the sign above the church will just say Lo Mejor del Trigo.

Two Cultures – One Church
Putting up the drywall

Putting up the drywall

One of the many things that I love about bringing groups from the States down to Mexico is seeing people from different cultures and different languages intersect for the purpose of the Kingdom. I believe God is glorified when we do this work. Over the last two weekends 75 Americans worked with 20 of our friends from TJ.

Jesus is glorified when his church grows. When there are more people to worship him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

It takes a community of people sometimes from different cultures to come together to see the church grow. The Lord has given all of us different gifts, and when we put the gifts that we have before the Lord good things happen.

Dawn with Rocio and Ivan

Dawn with Rocio and Ivan

Pastor Daniel Nuñez has been involved in building many churches, but this was the first one that he led. He did an outstanding job. We give praise to the Lord.

Daniel told me that while we were helping to build the church for Pastor Ivan and Rocio Casados in Ribera de Bosque that another group was helping pastor Cesar and Kristina Zavala build a church in another community in Tijuana. Dawn and I have gotten to know Cesar and Kristina over the last year, and they are very dear friends. We are happy for them and their church.

It was an unbelievably busy and productive weekend for Lo Mejor del Trigo. I told Daniel and his wife, Yolanda that I hope they are able to get some rest this week. Dawn and I are worn out from the work we did, but we were only responsible for one group.

Church #3
David Jr., Dawn and Jon. It was great to have my family participate

David Jr., Dawn and Jon. It was great to have my family participate

This is the third church that Harbor and Lo Mejor del Trigo have come together to plant. It’s the 20th church for LMT!

Thanks so much for lifting us up in prayer. God surely heard our prayers as we didn’t have anyone get hurt, and there were no accidents save for a small tree that I backed over with the van. Oops!

I heard only positive reports from all those that participated. Actually, a number of them asked, when can we do this again? God comes through!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

There is Joy in the Church
Pastor Daniel Nuñez & Pastor Ivan Casados

Pastor Daniel Nuñez & Pastor Ivan Casados

Today we head back down to Tijuana to finish the church building that we started last week. Our group from Harbor is about the same size this week, 40 people.

I talked to pastor Ivan on Friday and he was joyful. I asked him if they were ready for us, and he assured me that they were more than ready. It put a smile on my face to hear his excitement.

We build the church on the rock, which is Christ our Lord!

What a wonderful time of year to see the church grow as we celebrate the resurrection. Pastor Ivan is planning on having their inaugural service on Palm Sunday. Dawn and I hope to be there to celebrate with them.

The 20th Church for Lo Mejor del Trigo!
Before and after with the whole group in front of the church before we left

Before and after with the whole group in front of the church before we left last Saturday

This is the third church that Harbor and Lo Mejor del Trigo have planted together. It’s the 20th church for Lo Mejor del Trigo. Pastor Daniel Nuñez’s vision is to plant 50 churches in his lifetime. I think he might exceed that, although he tells me that the Lord told him 50. It will be fun to see God provide and to be involved in helping his church grow.

Pray for a good day in Valle Verde. Lord protect us, and to give everyone a wonderful experience. We’d all love a short wait crossing back into the States at the border!

Thanks for joining us on this journey.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

The Kingdom Expands
Daniel Nuñez directing our group at the start of the day

Daniel Nuñez directing our group at the start of the day

Wow! was the common sentiment expressed on Saturday and Sunday. The quick progress left our group of 40 that went down to Tijuana on Saturday amazed.

When we arrived in the morning there was only the concrete slab for the foundation, and a lot of lumber lying around. Once we got to work the building progressed quickly. Pastor Daniel Nuñez and part-time foreman did an outstanding job directing us.

I didn’t hear one complaint the whole trip, which doesn’t happen all the time. God truly answered our prayers. Thanks so much for joining us in prayer.

God Works Through Our Weaknesses
Dave & David Jr. (I loved having my son with us!)

Dave & David Jr. (I loved having my son with us!)

When I put these trips together I must admit that sometimes I stress over the details coming together. I got frustrated last week when I was working on organizing the trip. Things shouldn’t have bothered me as much as they did, but I let them get the best of me.

I’m confessing my own sinful struggles, but also proclaiming the Lord’s faithfulness to work through my weaknesses to bring everything together.

The Church is Standing!
Everybody working hard to get the church built

Everybody working hard to get the church built

By the time we left the work site on Saturday afternoon the church was standing, and had a covered roof. Amazing that we could get so much accomplished in one day. It’s a testament to Daniel and his crew’s hard work at directing us and working with us.

Now we are excited to go back this next Saturday to finish the job. We will put the shingles on the roof and put up all the dry wall.

Some of the favorite parts of the trip for me are watching as our team worked so hard, and worked so well together. I loved meeting more of the people from the church, and seeing how happy pastor Ivan and his wife Rocio were. It was wonderful to get to know Ivan’s dad and brother as well.

The church made us a wonderful lunch – fish tacos with great salsa.

Before and after with the whole group in front of the church before we left

Before and after with the whole group in front of the church before we left

Thank you Jesus for the good work that you are doing. Next Sunday, April 13th Ivan and Rocio are planning on having their inaugural service in the new church building.

I’m hoping that it will be a little easier this week preparing for the trip. I was able to get most of the work done last week, so I’m grateful for that.

Pray that this next week will go as well or better than this last Saturday went.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Excited About the Church in Valle Verde
Ivan and Dave at the church site surrounded by all the building materials

Ivan and Dave at the church site surrounded by all the building materials

I think it’s fun to be involved in the start of something new. There is so much potential for good things to happen. This is definitely the case with the start of the new church in Valle Verde.

Today (Thursday) I went to see pastor Ivan at the church site. It was exhilarating to see the materials at the site, and all the prep work that has been done for the church build. Ivan is excited to begin the work on his new church.

Eleven people including the following pastors, Ivan Casados, Daniel Nuñez and Rodrigo Vallarta all worked on preparing the church to be ready for our group when we descend on Tijuana in Valle Verde this Saturday. We have 40 people who will be coming down to build the church this Saturday. Then on April 12th we have another 50 people ready to finish up the work.

Ivan and his brother are spending the night to watch over all the materials to make sure that no one takes it, since it is out in the open. I feel for Ivan as he’s going to end up spending three nights out on guard.

Excited About the Gospel Going Forth
Rodrigo Vallarta, Tury Nuñez, Scott Griffis, Daniel Nuñez and Ivan Casados getting the roof beams ready

Rodrigo Vallarta, Tury Nuñez, Scott Griffiths, Daniel Nuñez and Ivan Casados getting the roof beams ready for Saturday

Just think of all this church represents. All the people who have worked to get it to this point. The lives that have already been touched by the gospel. The Word of God that will be preached from the pulpit of this church. Heaven will rejoice as new people are won into the kingdom of God.

As heaven rejoices, we will rejoice. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Lord, extend your kingdom and bring heaven to earth.

Pray for God’s protection for all that go on this trip, and that the Lord will use this church in a powerful way to touch those who live in the surrounding community.

In HIs Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Baseball & Church Planting
Dave with Pastor Ivan

Dave with Pastor Ivan on the foundation for the new church plant

I’m excited about two events that are going on this week. One is the beginning of baseball season, and second is the building of the new church in Tijuana.

On Tuesday I will be with some church planters to discuss church planting in Southern California and Tijuana. Then after the meeting we’ll go to a baseball game together. That’s like a day made in heaven!

Hope for Valle Verde

As much as I may enjoy baseball, the new church is even better. When you think of all the lives that will be touched, and the people who will be reached for the kingdom in the community of Valle Verde in Tijuana. Wow! What a privilege to play a part in that.

Join Us in Prayer
Meeting on Sunday with some of the people that will be going to build the church in TJ

Meeting on Sunday with some of the people that will be going to build the church in TJ

Pray with us for all the details as we make the final preparations for our trip to Tijuana with a group from the Harbor network of churches on April 5th and 12th. I’m still working on setting up all the van transportation, and getting all the insurance forms filled out. The details aren’t the fun part of the trip for me, but very necessary if we wish to have a successful trip.

Our church planting couple Ivan and Rocio Casados just got back from the church planting assessment center in Monterrey, Mexico. They did very well there, and told me that it was a real blessing for them to be there. Ivan said that they were able to learn more about themselves and church planting through their time in Monterrey.

Thank you Jesus for your good work!

One of the many things that encourages me as we serve here on the border is that the longer we are here the more we learn and we are able to improve. God’s grace enters in and allows us to do an even better work.

Rejoice with us! Pray for a wonderful two weekends and a Spirit  inspired launch of this new church plant.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

 

Be Still My Soul
The Diaso Family at Christmas!

The Diaso Family – growing together in God’s grace

Through our work in the ministry and our family trials God has been teaching me some great lessons. One of them is the importance of resting in him.

That has not been an easy lesson to learn. The Psalmist in Psalm 46:10 says to cease striving and know that I am God. Yet I continue to strive.

I’m grateful that the Lord does not give up on this slow student. He is a patient and loving teacher.

There are some wonderful promises in the Bible, that I have a hard time believing. Just think of Psalm 127:2, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

Draw Near to Jesus
pastor Leo leading us in prayer

pastor Leo leading us in prayer at the border

I think that’s an amazing verse, because I often feel guilty if I’m not staying busy. There’s this battle to be always at it, always doing something that at least feels productive. Jesus said Mary had chosen the better thing as she was at Jesus’ feet while Martha was busy serving.

The Lord has impressed on my heart that I need to grow in listening to his voice, and to do that I need to be quiet. I ask the Lord that he will work in my heart and help me to slow down and rest in him.

When I meet with the pastors I’m working with, I’ve been encouraging them to learn to listen to the voice of God. It’s essential for ministry, especially if we want to last and be effective.

God calls to come before him and to rest in him

God calls to come before him and to rest in him

O Lord, please continue your holy work in me. Make me like Jesus. Cause me to work hard, but also to slow down and to rest in you. Be still before the Lord.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

 

 

A New Church is Born
Pastor Ivan Casados with Pastor Daniel Nuñez on the new church's foundation

Pastor Ivan Casados with Pastor Daniel Nuñez on the new church’s foundation

On Friday afternoon pastor Daniel Nuñez and his wife, Yolanda and I went to visit pastor Ivan Casados at the new church plant site in Valle Verde. They just poured the slab for the foundation last week, so it’s exciting to see the progress on the building.

Ivan gave us a good report about how excited his people are about the construction for the church. It will give them more visibility in the community and create the opportunity for them to reach new and different people.

We are praying that we will have the majority of the church building completed in time for their first service on April 13th, Palm Sunday. Join us in prayer that the Lord will bring everything together for his glory, and that the church will reach their neighbors as the gospel goes forth.

Training Our Pastors
Rocio & Ivan - Please pray for them as they lead this new work

Rocio & Ivan – Please pray for them as they lead this new work

Pastor Ivan and his wife, Rocio are heading to Monterrey, Mexico today for a church planting assessment center. This will help them to discover their strengths and weaknesses, which will be a tool to aid them in being better church planters.

I was planning on going with Ivan and Rocio, but because of the trials my family is going through right now many friends and co-workers counseled me that it would be better for me to not attend this time around. I’ve worked with Ivan and Rocio and talked to other friends that will be there to make sure they will be well taken care of and have a good experience.

The assessment center is part of our larger plan to better equip our church planters. The next step will be incubator training that they will attend in the fall.

I’m thrilled that even though we’ve only been on the border for a year and a half that the Lord is moving this forward, and new works are springing up.

The Church Moves Forward on Her Knees

We should attempt great things for God, but in doing so we need much prayer.

Dave with Pastor Ivan

Dave with Pastor Ivan

Here are some specific prayer requests:

  1. Ivan & Rocio’s travel to and from Monterrey, Mexico and for a great experience at the assessment center.
  2. For all the details to come together in the building of this new church.
  3. We will be doing the majority of building on April 5th and 12th.
  4. I’m working on recruiting and organizing 50 – 60 people who will be coming down to build the church.
  5. Transportation – that we have enough for everyone, and that we don’t have any trouble getting to the site.
  6. That God will protect everyone that goes on the trip, and that they will all have a great experience.
  7. That the Lord will use this for his kingdom and his church will grow in Tijuana.
  8. That the Valle Verde church has a wonderful opening church celebration on April 13th.

 

Thanks so much dear friends. I don’t know what we would do without your prayer covering!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org