Archive for October, 2012

Phases of Church building

Phases of Church building

Jesus shines brightly as the church grows and the gospel goes forth in Tijuana!

This last Saturday a number of people and ministries came together to build a church in eastern Tijuana, in an area called Pipila. My son, David Diaso Jr., and I went down with a group of friends from Harbor Church. We built the church for the ministry of “Lo Mejor Del Trigo,” (The Best of the Wheat). Baja Christian Ministries coordinated the building of the church.

When we lived in Mexico City we helped a number of churches build their church buildings. We loved it then, and we love it now! This was different from our experiences in Mexico City, in that through the system we use here we are able to build the church over two weekends.

This last weekend we got the walls and roof up, and started some of the electrical work. This coming Saturday we will work on finishing up the inside of the church, and painting. We will also help the church launch their outreach in the community.

Pastor Rodrigo with his wife, Nancy and their children

Pastor Rodrigo with his wife, Nancy and their children

Then this Sunday afternoon at 3 PM the church will hold their first service. Pastor Rodrigo will lead the ministry at the church.

It’s a different way of doing ministry and outreach than I’ve done before, but the Lord is using it in a mighty way. This is the 16th or 17th church (I have a hard time keeping up!) that Daniel Nuñez has started. His vision is to start 50 churches in 20 years.

Pray with us that the Lord will not only allow him to reach this God-given vision, but to exceed it! Pray as well for our safety and the Lord’s rich blessing as we head down again this weekend.

David Jr., Issaid Arechiga and I will be going into TJ on Friday night to meet with the Lo Mejor Del Trigo pastors for their monthly meeting. The rest of the group will join us Saturday morning.

In His Grip, Dave

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A group of us at the new church plant site in eastern Tijuana

A group of us at the new church plant site in eastern Tijuana – in about a week there will be a church on this site!

Saturday morning we will head down to eastern Tijuana to start phase one of building a new church!

I’m thrilled to be a part of this! It’s an added bonus that my oldest son, David Jr. will be joining us.

Please be in prayer for us as we head across the border at 8:30 AM with 25 people from the Harbor Church Network. It should be a good time. Pray for our safety, and that we work in a unified fashion as we seek to present the gospel in word and deed.

We will be working with Daniel Nuñez and Lo Mejor del Trigo. I’m looking forward to connecting with the people and meeting the pastor of this church site.

Thanks so much for encouraging us and standing with us in prayer!

In His Grip, Dave

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Oliva - God is doing a good work in her life

God is doing a good work in Oliva’s life

The Lord has done a good work through our Friday evening English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Two woman have come to faith through our ESL ministry. Last spring an international Korean college student, Tesory, came to Christ and was baptized into the church.

Recently, Oliva, a Mexican woman started coming to ESL classes. She learned about the class through a newspaper ad.

As a part of the class, Ray Call leads a devotional time in English to encourage their English and to share the love of Christ with the students. Our intern, Emily Gryder is also involved in ESL. She has been teaching the classes while she’s been with us. Emily took the initiative to invite Oliva to the Spanish service we have on Friday evenings.

While Oliva was at the service she met Edgardo and Elizabeth Avila who lead the Spanish ministry. Elizabeth explained the gospel message to Oliva, and she gave her life to Christ.

Oliva has been faithfully attending Harbor Mid City on Sunday. The Lord is drawing her nearer and she is considering making a deeper commitment to Christ and his church.

It’s so encouraging to see the Lord at work!

A huge need we have now is to build up our teaching team. Emily has done a great job, but she is leaving in about a month, on November 30th. We are talking to some other friends about teaching English. Pray the Lord raises up a good team, and that he continues to use ESL to be a blessing to the City Heights community.

In His Grip, Dave

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The next two Saturdays we will work with our good friend, Daniel Nuñez and Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Best of the Wheat) to build a new church building for Daniel’s 17th church plant. His vision is to plant 50 churches in 20 years! This is the second church plant that Harbor has partnered with Daniel on.

It’s been so encouraging to see what the Lord has done in Rosarito through the first church plant. I’m thrilled that we are on the border, and that we can participate directly in this new work!

This video that our talented friend, Danny Kim put together features some of the highlights from the Rosarito church plant.

“Lord, we do pray that there will be many more churches, and that the city of Tijuana will be transformed as people are won to Christ, and the gospel is powerfully proclaimed. Amen!”

In His Grip, Dave

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Worship with Harbor Mid City

Worship with Harbor Mid City

Now that we’ve moved to the border each week we look forward with much anticipation to worshipping with our good friends at Harbor Mid City Church. It’s a wonderful multicultural, bilingual time of worship each Sunday morning.

We sense the Lord’s presence in a very real way during the service. God is both immanent or present and transcendent.

Pastor Stephen Phelan has assembled a great team to minister alongside of him. Stephen is the lead pastor at Harbor Mid City, and Edgardo Avila leads the Spanish-speaking congregation.

Even though we worship in two languages, we are able to start and end each service together. It’s a beautiful sign of the diversity in the church. We conclude most Sunday mornings with communion, The Lord’s Supper, which reminds us of the death of Christ, and that he is coming again. It’s also an equally beautiful display of our unity in Christ.

I wanted to highlight the church this week, because we just launched an upgraded and new looking website. It’s an awesome upgrade, so I figured you’d want to check it out. Here is the website with the weblink: http://www.harbormidcity.org

Pray for the ministry of the church as we reach out to the various cultures represented in City Heights and beyond.  The following two Saturdays we will go down to Tijuana with those from the other Harbor sites to build a church for a new church plant in east TJ.

Our prayer along with Harbor is that the bi-national city of San Diego – Tijuana will be transformed in every way socially, spiritually and culturally by the gospel.

In His Grip, Dave

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A group of us visited the new church plant site in eastern Tijuana

A group of us visited the new church plant site in eastern Tijuana

It’s so encouraging to see how the Lord is blessing the first church that Harbor partnered with Lo Mejor del Trigo and Daniel Nuñez on. Later this month, October 27th and November 3rd we will again partner with pastor Daniel and his church planting movement to start a new church in eastern Tijuana.

I recently posted a video about the church plant in Rosarito. Leo Nevarez shares his testimony on the video. The Lord is doing an outstanding work through pastor Leo and the church there.

It’s amazing that in just a few months we are ready to start a second church in Tijuana. The Lord is providing the funds and the planter to begin this new work.

A few of us visited the new site a couple of weeks ago. It’s in a busy and populated part of the city. I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do through this work.

Join us in prayer as we recruit people to help build the church, and as that the Lord opens doors for the planter and his team as they share the good news of the gospel.

In His Grip, Dave

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P.S. Harbor Mid-City just opened a Facebook page – check it out here…

Dave preaching at Lo Mejor del Trigo

We had such a wonderful time Thursday night with pastor Daniel Nuñez and his church, Lo Mejor del Trigo. I preached in Spanish for the first time in a while.

I felt a little anxious going into the night, since it’s been a while since I’ve preached in Spanish, but the Lord blessed. It reminds me of how God works through our weaknesses.

I enjoyed the opportunity to share the Word of God from Romans 8. My sermon was titled, “Nada, quiere decir Nada,” (Nothing means nothing). Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. What a great promise. Why do we worry? Why do we fret? Our loving Father holds us in the palm of his hand and he will never let us go.

Romans 8:37-39 (ESV),

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Pastor Daniel Nuñez

Paul repeats over and over again that there is nothing created that can separate us from the love of Christ. If we are in Christ we are not condemned, and it’s impossible for anything to separate us from Christ’s love.

It was so good to worship together with our brothers and sisters from Tijuana.

Then after the service we enjoyed fellowship over some delicious tacos!

In His Grip, Dave

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