Yesterday I met with two wonderful servants of the Lord. Pastor Lee de Leon, from Templo Cristiano in Santa Ana and pastor Dick Kaufmann from Harbor Presbyterian. It pumps me up when I’m able to meet and learn from such great men.
Pastor Lee de Leon is ministering at a bilingual Hispanic church of 5,000. They planted a number of Hispanic churches already. The church has also started a community development outreach that is having an influence on the city. It’s such a blessing to learn from and connect with someone who God is obviously blessing and using in a powerful way for the kingdom! I can’t wait for the next opportunity to get with Pastor de Leon!
Dick Kaufmann has had a long and successful ministry. I think he is a humble genius. He has a MBA from Harvard, and he’s been used of the Lord in organizing growth for the church. Dick was instrumental in the beginning of Redeemer Presbyterian’s growth in New York City. Over the last 12 years he has spearheaded the Harbor network.
Harbor has planted seven churches and they are in the process of planting the eighth. Dick along with his wife, Liz, have been used in a powerful way to see many lives changed and transformed through the power of the gospel. He is in the process of transitioning from directing Harbor to mentoring, coaching and writing. I meet with Dick about once a month to talk about strategies to reach Hispanics in San Diego – Tijuana.
We are looking for strategic partnerships. Pray with us that the Lord opens the doors and directs us where to look for good partners as we seek to carry forth the gospel message.
As I mentioned in my last post Harbor has 43 people who will be working with Daniel Nuñez this weekend and next weekend to build a new church in Rosarito, Mexico. Pray that the Lord uses the time to build into the lives of those that participate as well as to be a witness to the community laying a strong foundation for the church.
It is an exciting and even thrilling adventure to serve Jesus on the border! What a privilege to minister with and learn from these men of God.
In His Grip, Dave