Encouraged by Stories of God’s Grace
Pastor Victor and Sol

Pastor Victor and Sol

Every time I’m with Pastor Victor and Sol I come away encouraged by all the God Stories. The Lord is definitely on the move in Plan Libertador. It’s amazing to think that this church just started a little over a year ago.

Victor and Sol told me about Viviana Hernandez and her son, Miguel who recently came to Christ and were just baptized in the church. Miguel is the drum player at the church for the worship team.

They came to the church through a friend that attends the church Viviana says, she was attracted to the church by the love shown and the message. She heard the wonderful message of the gospel of grace and she decided to place her faith in Him.

Then Viviana invited her friend Carmen. They know each other from nursing school. Carmen’s husband is a bodyguard. They have a growing interest in the gospel.

Lupita: The Light of Christ is Shining

Another person who recently came to Christ is Lupita Rodriguez. She’s 22 years old and she was also baptized into the church. She invited her mom to church. Lupita’s mom has a number of health problems, so they’ve been ministering to her and praying for her. Lupita is grateful and her mom is encouraged by all the love they’ve received.

Lupita has a contagious faith and she started sharing the gospel with her cousin, Cristal and she has started attending the church. God is moving through his people. Babes in Christ.

Loving & Caring for Orphans
Pastor Victor, Sol & Abraham with Dave, Dawn and Hannah

Pastor Victor, Sol & Abraham with Dave, Dawn and Hannah

The church is ministering in an orphanage in the community – it’s called Nueva Generación – New Generation. Sol, who is a trained psychologist is meeting with the children and their parents. They have 17 children and the directors are coming to the church on Sundays.

The ministry is growing as they lovingly share the message of Jesus. Victor and Sol are two of my heroes, and I think if you knew them they would also be your heroes. To God be the Glory!

In His Grip, Dave

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Blessed by Skyview Church
Skyview Presbyterian Church

Skyview Presbyterian Church

Dawn, Hannah and I loved our visit with Skyview Presbyterian Church in Denver today (Sunday). Skyview has brought groups down to Ensenada Mexico for the last three summers in a row to work with us. This group and the church has blessed us and our friends at La Nueva Jerusalén (The New Jerusalem) in Ensenada a great deal.

It was so good to be with them, and give a report of our work on the Border, the Baja and Beyond!

Dave sharing at Skyview

Dave sharing at Skyview

Skyview is an important and valuable partner. They’ve not only encouraged us, but they’ve become great friends with the leaders at the Nueva Jerusalén church. It’s been wonderful to watch the relationship grow.

The Lord has used Skyview to open doors for us in Ensenada. The seeds of the new church planting project, Renuevo were born through the relationship that was built through these projects.

God has brought other churches into this partnership as Redeemer Church in San Diego has brought numerous groups down to minister through medical clinics. These trips have also been a huge blessing and the seeds of gospel have gone forth through their ministry. Redeemer has also been a key cog is seeing Renuevo come to life as they have prayed and given towards the new project!

Join Us In Prayer!
Skyview Church team and La Nueva Jerusalén church team

Skyview Church team and La Nueva Jerusalén church team

This Fall Petri and Yudy are hoping to launch the church planting project, Renuevo. Pray for them as they lead this project, and seek to make a difference for the gospel in Ensenada.

Pray for Saul Lopez as he takes on more leadership as La Nueva Jerusalén Church. We pray that this church will also see renewal in Christ. Jose Zunun is leading a mission church in Maneadero, which is south of Ensenada. The mission is called Gracia Eterna, which means Eternal Grace. Pray as he labors to see this mission grow.

In His Grip, Dave

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A Successful Launch!
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Pastor Daniel Nuñez Commissioning Pastor Arturo Torres 

We are excited to announce the latest church to launch with Ministerios Transformación (MT) in Tijuana. Church number 28, Cielos Abiertos just celebrated their inaugural service on Sunday! Hallelujah.

We weren’t able to be there because, Dawn, Hannah and I are in Colorado for some friends’ weddings. We are also visiting ministry partners and friends. It’s a great opportunity for us, although even while we travel part of us is still in TJ!

Exciting news all around!
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Ministerios Transformación church #28 Cielos Abiertos

We give thanks to the Lord for Pastor Arturo Torres as he leads this new work. This is church number 28 for Ministerios Transformación. The church is called, Cielos Abiertos, which means Open Heavens.

I first got to know Arturo and his wife at the Discovery Center for church planters that MT held in February. Arturo is also a part of our incubator church planting training. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him. He’s a humble man, who loves Jesus and has a heart for Tijuana. He wants to be a light for Christ in the community they are serving in.

The Lord fills me up as he ministers to my spirit through all my friends with MT. I love their vision to plant churches and to make a difference in the communities that these churches minister in.

Pastor Daniel Nuñez and his team of ministers have been such an encouragement to my family and me. They have become wonderful friends, and we are so grateful for such amazing ministry partners.

We look forward to seeing all that God will do through Pastor Arturo and this new church. Many lives will be changed forever as they receive new life in Christ.

Now that church #28 is officially launched we look forward to helping them build and launch their 29th church plant in October in Rosarito. Dawn and I have been meeting with Obed and his wife, Cesiah. They will be leading the next new church. They have tremendous gifts, and it’s a real joy to minister with them!

Wow! we continue to be blown away by God’s grace.

Join Us In Prayer!

Pray for the ministry of MT as they continue to plant churches and help reach Tijuana and Rosarito for Christ. Also pray for Dawn, Hannah and me while we meet with churches and friends and share with them about our work on the border and in the Baja and beyond. We need a strong team standing with us in order for us to be effective and fruitful in ministry.

Thanks for the vital part you play!

In His Grip, Dave

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The Afterglow of an Outstanding Week!
VBS at Gracia Eterna in Maneadero south of Ensenada

VBS at Gracia Eterna in Maneadero south of Ensenada

This week we’ve been in the afterglow of the outstanding week of VBS outreach we had this last week in Ensenada. Part of what I enjoy is the amazing friends that God has given us to work with.

Skyview Church team and La Nueva Jerusalén church team

Skyview Church team and La Nueva Jerusalén church team

The group from Skyview led by Tim & Kari Berglund is a quality group of individuals who love Jesus and have a heart to serve him and learn about another culture. The group from Ensenada led by Petri & Yudy Petrikowski is equally amazing. We’ve grown to love and respect those that the Lord has given us the privilege of working alongside.

Apart from the relationships there are the new children and their families that experience the gospel, some of them for the first time. We are praying for the ongoing work of La Nueva Jerusalén as they seek to be an influence in their community. We are lifting the new church planting project called Renuevo that will be in the city center.

Jose Zunun in front the of the mission Gracia Eterna

Jose Zunun in front the of the mission Gracia Eterna

This summer God gave us the opportunity to work with Jose Zunun, who is ministering in a poor community called Maneadero. Jose is working with a new mission called Gracia Eterna (Eternal Grace). Despite the fact that Jose began preparing for ministry without even an elementary school degree that he has persevered. He’s gone back to school and finished his high school degree, and he is now enrolled in a theological extension program.

Blown Away by God’s People

Dawn and I continue to be blown away by all the wonderful, godly people who the Lord connects us with as we serve here. Our prayer and desire is to see a movement of God’s Spirit so that His church will grow. Many new churches will be planted and many will come into the kingdom of God.

I put together a short video that highlighted our week of VBS in Ensenada. I think you will enjoy it!

Skyview – Nueva Jerusalén Summer VBS

Thank your for praying for us for this outreach, and God’s ongoing work in Ensenada and throughout the border and the Baja!

In His Grip, Dave

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A Story of New Life in Christ
Petri with Lorenia & her husband

Petri with Lorenia & Miguel and the Bibles we gave them

One of the many highlights during our week in Ensenada for the summer VBS was how the Lord used our daughter, Hannah to share the gospel with her host. Lorenia and her family hosted Hannah and the other women from Skyview that came on the trip.

Hannah and Lorenia stayed up late talking one night, and Hannah had the opportunity to share the gospel. She asked Lorenia, “if you died today do you know for sure that you would go to heaven? Lorenia responded, “No, I’m no sure.”

Even with Hannah’s limited Spanish she bravely went on to share the gospel with Lorenia and to let her know how she could have a saving faith. After Hannah had the opportunity to let Lorenia know about the wonderful, sacrificial work of Christ on the cross she asked Lorenia, “Would you like to pray to receive Christ as your Lord and Savior?”

She said yes! 

Hannah with Lorenia and her two children

Hannah with Lorenia and her two children

Then Hannah led her in prayer to place her faith in Christ. Hannah asked her, “do you have a Bible that you can read and learn from?” She said, “no, I don’t have a Bible”. The next day Hannah asked me if I had a Bible that we could give to Lorenia.

Then during the week I saw Lorenia with her husband Miguel when they brought their children to VBS and I was able to give both of them a Bible!

Lorenia’s two children attended VBS all week long, and they enjoyed a great time and learning more about Christ and his kingdom. Hallelujah!

Pray with us that Lorenia and Miguel will grow in their faith as God continues his good work in their lives.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Our Best VBS Yet!
A Fun-filled week at VBS

A Fun-filled week at VBS

We’ve had a great week of VBS in Ensenada with La Nueva Jerusalén church and Skyview Presbyterian. This is the third year in a row that these two churches have come together to partner on VBS.

The children and teachers alike are saying that this is the best VBS yet. It’s been fun, and the children don’t want it to end! That is very encouraging.

Our ongoing prayer is that the Lord will use the VBS to reach children and their families for Christ. We pray that they will grow to love Jesus and his church.

Today (Friday) we will be holding the closing ceremony. It’s a celebration of all that God did during the week. Also, it gives the church a chance to love on and care for the parents as there will be a brief presentation for them as well. Wow! What a wonderful opportunity, and boy do we ever need prayer.

Petri will lead the ceremony and give the presentation to the parents. Here’s a short video that we’ve put together for the parents. The brief interviews are in Spanish, and I believe you will get the main gist of it. Next week I will post an English video of the VBS.

Video of VBS Highlights from Ensenada, Mexico

Thanks so much for praying. We know the Lord hears the prayers of his people!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

A Fun Week!
VBS at La Nueva Jerusalén church in Ensenada

VBS at La Nueva Jerusalén church in Ensenada

Our week has gotten off to a fun and exciting start with VBS in Ensenada. A group of friends from Skyview Church in Denver is here! It’s the third summer in a row that they have come, and it’s always a good time.

This year they are helping lead a VBS at two sites. One of the sites is La Nueva Jerusalén in Ensenada, and the other one is Mission Gracia Eterna in nearby Maneadero.

Skyview & La Nueva Jerusalén Serving Together
Yudy leading the children in a fun learning activity

Yudy leading the children in a fun learning activity

Skyview is partnering with La Nueva Jerusalén to reach out to children in the surrounding communities. 55 children have come to the morning VBS in Ensenada and 35 have come to the afternoon session in Maneadero.

This is the third year that Skyview has come, but the first year that they’ve helped lead VBS at the mission church in Maneadero. It makes for a long day, but all those involved have had a wonderful attitude and real servant hearts.

The Lord has used these short-term summer mission trips to help the church to be a light in the community. The group from Skyview has served as an encouragement to those from La Nueva Jerusalén. The leaders from the local church said that before they weren’t as motivated to organize a VBS. They felt worn out from the school year, but Skyview has given them energy and they’ve come to enjoy and even look forward to the week-long outreach.

A Fruit-filled Week
Luz teaching her group of young children

Luz teaching her group of young children

Dawn and I have worked with a number of short-term groups and this has been among the best of them as far as the fruit that we see. The two main church groups that have worked with La Nueva Jerusalén over the last three years are Skyview from Denver and Redeemer from San Diego. The Lord has used both of these churches in a powerful way here.

Now we are working with the leaders Petri and Yudy on a new church plant that we hope to start later this year.

It’s fun to watch the children smile, laugh and have a good time. I love seeing the parents bring their children to a VBS for the first time, and seeing how it encourages them as well. God is working in ways that we don’t even know.

Thanks so much for holding us up in prayer, and continuing to pray for the work in Ensenada Mexico. We pray that many will come to know Jesus as the Word of God is proclaimed in various ways!

In His Grip, Dave

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