Second Incubator for Church Planters
Learning in Community

Learning in Community

We are in the middle of our second incubator church planters training. I love the energy that the pastors bring. What an outstanding group! Men who love the Lord, and desire to learn and grow. The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful group of trainers as well.

There are so many pastors and leaders that have little or no training for their work. I give thanks to the Lord for this opportunity.

A Mixed Group
Who says learning can't be fun?!?

Who says learning can’t be fun?!?

This group consists of four pastors from the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, and seven from Ministerios Transformación. It’s a good thing to have different ministries working and learning together. Both groups are enriched through the process.

Thrilled About God’s Work Among Us!
Hard at work in small groups

Hard at work in small groups

I’m exhausted from a long day, but at the same time I’m thrilled about what God is doing, so I wanted to send out this brief note before I head off to bed.

I realize there are some dangers in posting when I’m tired. In my last post I had numerous typos and formatting errors, because I was literally falling asleep as I wrote the post. Thanks for following along, and I hope in God’s grace that I do much better this time!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

Linking for Missions Mobilization
Dawn, Hannah & Dave at MTW's Link conference

Dawn, Hannah & Dave at MTW’s Link conference

This past weekend Dawn, Hannah and I had the opportunity to participate in MTW’s Link conference in Escondido. Link is designed to mobilize new people for missions.

We were given the opportunity to share about our work in Mexico on the border and the Baja. There were also missionaries there who represented, Peru, Costa Rica, Australia, Germany and other European countries.

This was the first time that MTW tried to do a mobilization event in the West.

Thankful for the Blessings & Benefits!
Barbara Jones directing us at MTW's Link event in Escondido, CA

Barbara Jones directing us at MTW’s Link event in Escondido, CA

There weren’t quite as many people there as we hoped for, but it was still a positive event. I felt like it was beneficial in many ways.

It was a good first step at promoting missions in the western U.S.

  • I loved the opportunity to meet and interact with the people who came, and the other missionaries.
  • MTW has some quality people, which is encouraging to see.
  • I enjoy telling our story, and the promoting the outworking of the great commission.
  • It was wonderful having Dawn and Hannah at the conference with me.
Pray for Workers!
MTW the Baja Team! Ringing the bell for the border, and the Baja!

MTW the Baja Team! Ringing the bell for the border, and the Baja!

I believe that Christ’s commission is a timeless mandate, and his desire for us to pray for workers also continues till the end of the world.

…”The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”                                —Matthew 9:37, 38

We must continue to ring the bell for missions, and look to the Lord of the harvest to send workers. He can and will do it, so let’s be faithful to pray in faith!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Incubator Church Planting Training
Church planting incubator training

Church planting incubator training

Pastor Ivan and I met this week to work with on planning and preparing for the incubator church planting training. Next Thursday we start our second phase of the training with 11 men who are involved in different phases of planting a church.

We believe that this training is a huge step forward in seeing our leaders here on the border and in the Baja better equipped to lead their churches!

Ivan went through the incubator training with our partners at the Church Planting Center in Monterrey, Mexico. Now that Ivan’s finished the course he is helping us train others. It’s exciting to see his progression, and to have him as part of our training team.

New Life in a Funeral Home
Dave & Dawn with Pastor Ivan and Rocio and their son Brandon

Dave & Dawn with Pastor Ivan and Rocio and their son Brandon

After the meeting Ivan was sharing with me some wonderful stories of how the Lord is working in his church that he started 2 years ago. He told me about Orlando and Martha Castro and their daughter, Diana.

Ivan and Rocio met Diana a few years ago as they were ministering in another church, and although she is young she has a real love for the Lord. She prayed for her parents that the Lord would touch their hearts. Then about one month ago Orlando and Martha started attending the church. Diana cried with tears of joy when her parents came to the church.

Unfortunately, about a week ago Orlando’s father died. Ivan was concerned that Orlando might blame God and stop coming to church. He felt like he should go visit Orlando and his family, so Ivan and Rocio went to the funeral home to show their love and support to the family. While visiting the family and paying their respects, to Ivan’s surprise Orlando asked him if he wold preach at the funeral home.

Ivan shared the gospel, the love of Christ with all Orlando’s family and friends. After he preached about the hope that we have in Christ he invited them to place their faith in Christ, and eight of them prayed with Ivan and put their faith in Christ! Hallelujah!

God indeed does work in mysterious and marvelous ways. He’s always working, we just have to be sensitive and look for it.

Thank the Lord with me for the wonderful work he is doing through Ivan and Rocio Casados in Tijuana, Mexico!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Foundation is Being Laid
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Pastor Daniel Nunez with Obed & Cesiah and family on the land where church #29 will be built

Daniel sent me an exciting message earlier today. He said, “we are putting in the foundation today.” He was referring to the foundation for church number 29 for Ministerios Transformación.

I’m working with pastor Daniel and coordinating a group of churches in San Diego that are part of the Harbor network to go down to Mexico on October 8th and 15th to help build the church. It’s a wonderful experience to bring people together to start something new, especially when it’s a new church that will bring the light of Christ into a community!

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The foundation of the church is being laid!

Of course, in order to be able to build the church, we need a strong foundation. I told Daniel to make sure he sent me a picture of the progress today.

On Tuesday night Dawn, Hannah and I met with pastor Obed Lares and his wife, Cesiah. They are the church planters for this church. We’ve grown to love them over the months that we’ve met with them. They are a wonderful young couple, who love Jesus!

While we were together we studied the importance of developing discernment in ministry. I love how teachable Obed and Cesiah are. When we were about done Obed shared about some of the bad experiences they had in the past. He said, “we didn’t have the opportunity to study this when we ministered before.”

This demonstrated something positive to me that they are reflecting and learning from their past experiences. One of the many things that encourages me about Obed and Cesiah is while they are sensitive to the Lord, they also realize they have more to learn.

God Hears Our Prayers
Obed & Cesiah Lares

Obed & Cesiah Lares

I love being able to have Dawn and Hannah with me when they can join me. They are gifted in prayer. Obed shared that his back was bothering him, so Hannah led us in prayer, and Obed’s back began to feel better. By the way I just texted Obed before I sent this out, and he said his back still feels good. Thank you Jesus!

Also, while we were praying and just coming before the Lord, God’s Spirit began to work in Obed. Dawn noticed that tears came to his eyes, and she asked him what was going on. He shared that the Lord reminded him of his brother-in-law’s spiritual need.

His brother-in-law hasn’t been doing well and Obed believes the Lord is encouraging him to go talk to him.

It was so encouraging to see the Lord working through our family, but also in the lives of our friends. The church that Obed leads will be blessed to have him as a loving caring pastor who wants to seek the Lord in all he does.

Join us in prayer for our friends, and for the building and planting of this new church. We are in a battle, and we need warriors to stand with us in the battle.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

On Monday I posted photos and memories from our first term in Mexico. Many good memories of the work the Lord did in those first years in Mexico. We began our second term with three young children, and some changes in ministry as we began a partnership with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico. Our focus continued to be church planting, but now we worked in a facilitative role.

Here’s some fun photos from our second term from 1995 – 1999 in Mexico City.

Our family as we served in Mexico City

Our family as we served in Mexico City

One thing about missionary life is we got used to traveling together

One thing about missionary life is we got used to traveling together

Flying with my two boys - part of the life we lived!

Flying with my two boys – part of the life we lived! I think it’s part of what made our family close.

Hannah, Jonathan & David going to Kinder with Miss Marilu. She owned and ran the school and often helped us out by taking our children to school.

Hannah, Jonathan & David going to Kinder with Miss Marilu. She owned and ran the school and often helped us out by taking our children to school.

Having some fun and ministering to the youth

Having some fun and ministering to the youth

Our children had a lot of fun in Mexico and we always thought of ministry as family affair

Our children had a lot of fun in Mexico and we always thought of ministry as family affair

Our good friends Roberto & Lupita with their two children Luis Roberto & Ana Lei

Our good friends Roberto & Lupita with their two children Luis Roberto & Ana Lei

Outreach event with the church plant Red Familiar led by Pastor Daniel Valencia

Outreach event with the church plant Red Familiar led by Pastor Daniel Valencia

Our good friends Mario & Silvia Silva

Our good friends Mario & Silvia Silva

Our neighbors Luis & Gloria loved our children and we had a lot of fun with them

Our neighbors Luis & Gloria loved our children and we had a lot of fun with them

We used to have interns work with us in the summer. Jeremy Gabrysch in the middle went on to be a doctor and served as a medical missionary in Ethiopia. Jose Antonio Navarro (on the right) a great friend and a valuable partner in ministry.

We used to have interns work with us in the summer. Jeremy Gabrysch in the middle went on to be a doctor and served as a medical missionary in Ethiopia. Jose Antonio Navarro (on the right) a great friend and a valuable partner in ministry.

Our children loved the parties and piñatas in Mexico!

Our children loved the parties and piñatas in Mexico!

David, Jonathan & Hannah with their good friend Chivis. They reconnected with Chivis and 6 years ago she lived with us for 6 months. Fun times!

David, Jonathan & Hannah with their good friend Chivis. The Lord used Chivis to reconnect our families. 6 years ago she lived with us for 6 months. Fun times! We’ve also spent some good times over the last few years with the Silva family.

After almost 10 years in Mexico we moved to Colorado Springs. We originally thought we’d only be in Colorado a year or so before we returned to Mexico. That year turned into 12 years. I guess the Lord had a lot of work to do in us. We continued to serve in missions while living in Colorado Springs. Yet come to think of it we are still a work in progress, but Philippians 1:6 gives me some hope.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

God proves himself faithful again and again. We are thrilled to be serving in Mexico again. God has given us wonderful ministry partners here. Thanks for joining us on this journey.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Image  —  Posted: September 2, 2016 in Christianity, Journey, Ministry, Reflections & Musings
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This weekend Dawn, Hannah and I enjoyed going through the pictures from our first 10 years in Mexico, before we moved to Colorado. It was fun reminiscing, and reflecting on the many good friends the Lord gave us while we lived and worked in Mexico. I thought I would share some of those pictures here. I’ll start with our first term in Mexico from 1990 – 1994.

The Diaso family at the end of our first term. Hannah was born in April and we left for our Home Ministry Assignment in May of 1994

The Diaso family at the end of our first term. Hannah was born in April and we left for our Home Ministry Assignment in May of 1994

David Jr. newly born with Esmeralda while we were still in language school in McAllen, Texas. David was always a hit with the high school girls we were working with.

David Jr. newly born with Esmeralda while we were still in language school in McAllen, Texas. David was always a hit with the high school girls we were working with.

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. and Bruce Thompson and friends from Language school in the Zocalo. Mexico's center - town square

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. and Bruce Thompson and friends from Language school in the Zocalo. Mexico’s center – town square with the cathedral in the background.

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. in our first few months in Mexico City visiting Angel & Celia Cisneros in Xochimilco

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. in our first few months in Mexico City visiting Angel & Celia Cisneros in Xochimilco

Enjoying a ride on a canoe with Armando Cisneros in Xochimilco

Getting ready to enjoy a ride on a canoe with Armando Cisneros in Xochimilco

Dawn, Dave, David Jr. & Jon with the Arechiga family from our first church plant in Mexico City

Dawn, Dave, David Jr. & Jonathan with the Arechiga family from our first church plant in Mexico City

Sinuhe Arechiga, with Dawn, Andrea & Leo Ruggeri, Fernando and Leo's friend. We worked with a lot of young people in those days. Our house was always fall of activity.

Sinuhe Arechiga, with Dawn, Andrea & Leo Ruggeri, Fernando and Leo’s friend. We worked with a lot of young people in those days. Our house was always full of activity.

Ernesto & Vivian two of the young people we worked with in our first church plant.

Ernesto & Vivian two of the young people we worked with in our first church plant.

Issaid Arechiga with David Jr.

Issaid Arechiga having fun with David Jr.

Dawn with some of the women that were involved in our first church plant

Dawn with some of the women that were involved in our first church plant

David & Jon trying to figure out what they thought of the clowns in Coyoacan

David & Jonathan trying to figure out what they thought of the clowns in Coyoacan

I like this shot of me working at night on my Mac with my son sleeping. The Mac dates me - it was one of the first models that came out in the late 80's.

I like this shot of me working at night on my Mac with my son sleeping. The Mac dates me – it was one of the first models that came out in the late 80’s.

A group picture of all the missionary families we worked with in Mexico City with Mission to the World! A fun group!

A group picture of all the missionary families we worked with in Mexico City with Mission to the World! A fun group!

I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many pictures, but this gives you a glimpse of what we looked like and some of the people we worked with in our first term in Mexico. If you would like to see more pictures, I posted more on my Facebook page, David Diaso Sr., including a slide show video.

I hope to post more pictures from our second term in Mexico, which takes us up to the year 2000. My goal is to get them up later this week. Enjoy!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Image  —  Posted: August 29, 2016 in Christianity, Church Planting, Family Happenings, Ministry, Missions, Reflections & Musings
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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

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org