Archive for January, 2013

San Diego Christian College, David Diaso

Dave & David Jr. at SDCC

Dawn and I had the privilege of participating in San Diego Christian College’s (SDCC) International Outreach Festival. We enjoyed interacting with the students and meeting with some of the other missionaries.

The thing that we enjoyed the most is that our son, David Jr. attends the school. It was fun being with David and his friends. The Lord has blessed David at the school. Some of David’s teachers came up to us and told us that they think very highly of him. They told us, “your son is a leader and an impact student.” Since Jon and Hannah just left it makes it extra special that we could spend time with David today. Thank you, Lord for comforting us!

We took the opportunity while at the school to encourage and motivate students to get involved in missions on the border. One of the ways we could use their help is to go out into the community of City Heights to promote our ESL class. Another opportunity we are exploring is for students be involved in outreach with our church plants south of the border.

We pray that the Lord will raise up all kinds of different workers to serve with us.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

family, Mexico, coffee, Mario & Silva Silva, Dave and Dawn Diaso

Dave & Dawn enjoying some coffee and tea with Mario and Silvia Silva

Mario and Silvia Silva along with their three children, Silvia, Cesia and Daniel just left on Sunday. They visited us for 10 wonderful days. They were exhausting days, but great all the same.

Our family loves the Silvas. The Lord has done a good work in their lives, and in their family.

Dawn and I were involved in a church plant with Mario and Silvia in Mexico City in the late 90’s. We became good friends during those days. The Lord used that time to give Mario and Silvia a heart to plant churches.

After we left Mexico City we didn’t stay in close contact with Mario and Silvia. The Lord used the Silva’s daughter, Silvia or “Chivis” to reconnect us. Mario reminded me of how Chivis was going to have a big Quinciañera party (when a girl turns 15 in Mexico they throw a fiesta). Then Chivis changed her mind, and decided she wanted to reconnect with us, and come live with us for six months. She lived with us in 2010.

God used that reconnection to spark something new. It rekindled our friendship. We began to dream about the possibility of working together on the border.

Mario and Silvia have worked as bi-vocational church planters in Mexico City. They call their ministry Vida Abundante or Abundant Life. Mario gets very passionate when he explains how most Christians are not experiencing the Abundant Life that Christ came to give us.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

–John 10:10 (ESV)

They teach the Bible in such a way that those that are learning begin to understand how they might experience the abundant life. Their heart is to see that ministry expanded on the border. Dawn and I love their passion. When we were together they shared about some of their dreams. What they hope to see the Lord do here on the border. We came away inspired and hopeful about what God might do!

In order for them to be involved with us here, they’ve got to get a visa. Join us in prayer as we work with them on figuring out how to get the correct visa. We are learning it’s not an easy thing. God is the God of the impossible, so we will trust that he will bring it to pass. We just have to wait on his perfect timing.

If any of you have experience with a religious workers visa or another type of visa please send me a note.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Jonny Boy, surprise, family

Jonny Boy the night he arrived for the fun surprise!

Last night Dawn and I said a tearful good-bye to our son, Jonathan as he flew back to Colorado.

Before that was the wonderful surprise visit!

Jon called me last week, and said he had some extra days off, because of the Martin Luther King holiday. Since Hannah and our friends from Mexico were also going to be here at the same time, I thought maybe we could take advantage of Jon’s days off.

I furiously searched the internet to see if I could find any affordable flights. After some digging I found a reasonable flight if he flew into the John Wayne airport in Orange County.

My son has a fun personality. I think he got that from his mom! 😉 He said, “don’t tell mom, let’s surprise her.” So we decided to surprise Dawn and our friends from Mexico.

David and Hannah took the girls, Silvia and Cesia, to a nice mall in Irvine near the airport. I took Dawn and our friends, Mario and Silvia, out on the town. I told Dawn I had a surprise for her, but she thought the surprise was some of the places I took them.

David and Hannah blindfolded Silvia and Cesia before they picked up Jonathan at the airport. They were thrilled when they saw Jon. Then they drove back home. It’s an hour and a half drive.

It was a late flight, and they didn’t get home until about 12 AM, so I was trying to figure out how I was going to keep Dawn up. By the time they got home she was in the bathtub. It took me a little while to get her out of the bathtub for the fun that awaited.

We told Mario, Silvia and Dawn to come downstairs for a surprise.

David has a flair for the dramatic, so he had us all go outside for a fashion show as the girls showed us what they bought at the mall. Dawn and the Silvas were a little disappointed there wasn’t more to the surprise. Meanwhile, Jonathan snuck upstairs.

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Jonny Boy and the gang with some friends having some fun

When we went to go back in the house David had mistakenly locked the door, which added to the drama. Finally, we made it back in the house. Jon left a trail of his clothes for clues. We somehow missed the clues, but when we got back upstairs there was Jonny Boy sitting on a chair, drinking coke in his boxers!

Wow, his mom was very surprised and overjoyed!

The Lord gave us a wonderful five days together. It was the first time we’ve had our whole family with us since we left Colorado. What a blessing! Our house has been busting at the seams with the Silva family and our family. There’s been much activity and fun late into the night!

Thank you Lord for the fun kids that you’ve given us! Thank you for a great visit with our son. I just wish it wasn’t so hard to say good-bye.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Mario and Silvia with Dave and Dawn, San Diego Harbor

Mario and Silvia with Dave and Dawn

The last week has been super fun and super busy. Some of our best friends in the world, Mario and Silvia Silva along with their three children have been visiting us. On top of that our son, Jon came in on Saturday for a surprise visit. Our other two children, David and Hannah are also here. We’ve had a full house.

Since Mario and Silvia are here it’s given us a chance to get to know San Diego better. We’ve been in the area for five months, and there is a great deal to see and do.

What makes all this extra special is Mario and Silvia have a very strong interest in ministering with us on the border. That’s a huge prayer request for us and them, that God will open the door and show us the way to make that happen.

I’ve written about Mario and Silvia before. This has been a long journey, and sometimes it takes longer than we’d like, but we believe we are getting closer.

Mario and Silvia Silva family, David and Dawn Diaso family, Sea World

The Silva family and the Diaso family enjoying a day out

At this point Mario and Silvia have the strongest interest of those we’ve talked to about joining our team. We’ve prayed that the Lord will raise up workers. It is still our cry, “O Lord, do send us men and women who are called by you and willing to work with us to see your kingdom expanded on earth as it is heaven!”

I’m learning that it’s not easy to mobilize people for the harvest. I enjoy it, but it’s a long process. The Lord keeps reminding me that one of the most important things for us is to see God drawing them. They need to be called by the Lord. If they are truly called they will feel a strong commitment. It’s not dependent on us. God and his grace must be preeminent.

There are some things that we are still trying to figure out with Mario and Silvia. It is a journey for them, just as it has been for us. We know the Lord wants us to trust him, and to have faith. Also, we need prayer for protection as there are times we can sense that the evil one is trying to divide us or dissuade us.

Please join us in prayer as we seek the Lord and ask him for his leading, guidance, protection and direction.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

dinner, Lo Mejor del Trigo

Hannah, Dawn, David and Dave having dinner with Leo and Gloria and other friends

This past Tuesday our friends, Pastor Leo & Gloria Nevarez invited us for a wonderful dinner at their church in Rosarito, Mexico. They also invited Pastor Marcos Gomez and Pastor Bennie and some other friends from the church.

Leo and Gloria wanted to thank Dawn and me for encouraging them in their ministry by introducing them to Janet Lambert and Youth With A Mission (YWAM). The Lord also used this blog to connect Leo and Gloria with a family in Oxnard, California that wanted to make a difference, and minister to people in need. All of these people and ministries have begun to work together and God is moving in Rosarito in a powerful way.

I really didn’t do that much, but I’m glad the Lord used the little I did to bless Leo and Gloria and their church Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Best of the Wheat). It reminds me of how the Lord takes the little that we have and multiplies it. He took a young boy’s lunch, five loaves and two fish and fed 5,000.

I think the Lord takes pleasure in using the weak things of this world.

I wrote about some of the latest things God is doing in Rosarito in the post: God’s Blessings Keep Rolling Down in Rosarito! I like that title, because I think it accurately describes what the Lord is doing there.

I would have never connected the Nevarez’s with Janet and YWAM, if a friend of mine in Scottsdale, Arizona wouldn’t have suggested that I introduce them. Eric Tooker gave me Janet’s contact info, and it all began from there. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for faithful friends. Thank you for bringing all the loose ends together.

border, Tijuana border, San Ysidro

The San Ysidro Border crossing going into Tijuana

Leo told me that they now have about 60 people coming to their church. The church is growing!

I also enjoyed getting to know Pastor Marcos and Pastor Bennie better. They are pastoring churches that aren’t too far away from Leo’s church. Dawn and I pray that the Lord will use us to be a blessing to them. We hope their ministry and outreach into the community will grow for God’s grace. Please join us in prayer as we engage in dialogue with them and explore how best to encourage and strengthen them.

Thank you Lord for using the little we have to offer to expand your kingdom! May your rich and powerful blessings continue!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Jonathan & Dawn, family fun

Jonathan & Dawn having some fun together

Over the last month we’ve experienced the joy of having our kids visiting us. David Jr. has been home from college. Jonathan was with us for Christmas. Hannah is visiting now.

Dawn and I have entered the stage of being empty nesters. There are some things we like about it, but we really miss our kids.

A friend told us that we give our children roots, so we can give them wings. We do pray that they will soar! We just don’t want them to soar too far away. 😉

Our prayer is that our kids will walk with the Lord all the days of their life. That they will truly be in love with Jesus. If that is true of them then they will make the right choices as they grow in God’s rich grace.

David, Hannah, Dawn and Dave Diaso, family

David, Hannah, Dawn and Dave

We love all three of our now grown children so much. We are hoping that they will live closer to us. In the meantime, we trust in God’s goodness. We give thanks that they can visit. We praise the Lord that they are doing well, and that we have a strong relationship with them.

Part of the difficulty we face is that on the one hand we are to love our children, but we shouldn’t make an idol out of them. Only the Lord can fill the deep recesses of our heart. It’s so easy to look to things or people to do what only God can do.

Dave & Hannah Diaso at Coronado Island San Diego Harbor

Dave & Hannah on Coronado Island with the San Diego Harbor in the background!

I do thank the Lord for my children, and I give them to the Lord daily. I pray that they will walk with the Lord and love him more each day. “Lord, you know our heart. Work in our hearts as well that we will love you, and put you before all others.”

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” (Psalm 127:3,4 ESV)

I suppose there are others of you that can identify with what we are going through. If you have children you may have already gone through it, or you may be in the process of going through it, like us, or it may still be ahead of you. Let me know what encouraging bits of wisdom you’ve learned along the way. We need all the insight we can get!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

biking, cycling

Dave on a bike ride

On Saturday I enjoyed a wonderful bike ride with my son, David. I started riding a bike for fun and exercise just over two years ago.

In September of 2010 my doctor told me, “you’ve got pre-diabetes. You need to lose weight, and start exercising more.” Not the news I wanted to hear. I already exercised a good amount, or at least I thought I did.

Then my good friend, Scott Kracht, suggested that I try the bike. We went on a ride together, and the rest is history, or something like that.

By the way, I did lose some weight and got my blood sugar down, although it’s a continual struggle to stay disciplined. I’d appreciate prayer that I will do even better this year. I do want to stay healthy!

The wonderful thing about the San Diego area is the weather is temperate year round, so I can ride my bike with shorts on all the time.

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Scott Kracht near Mission Beach

I love the beauty of our former home, Colorado, but it was 9 degrees there today. You have to be very dedicated to ride a bike there in the winter months.

One of the great things about riding a bike is that it adds variety to my exercise routine. I still go to the gym, and I even do the stationary bike while there, but there’s something about getting outdoors.

I love being able to ride where I can see the ocean.

I find biking not only gives me a chance to exercise, but it also helps me to clear my head. I’m able to think and pray while I bike. I connect with the Lord when I exercise. It strengthens my inner life. I pray, read and reflect while I’m walking, riding or working out at the gym.

I’m still exploring some of the great places and trails I can go on in the area we live in. If you know of any good ones send me a note, and I’ll give it a try.

Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to exercise and ride my bike in such a beautiful place. Thank you for the beauty of your creation!

Even though we live in such beautiful place, it is a place in need of the gospel. I received a stark reminder of this while writing this post. Just across the street from us a crime was committed. There was a fight and someone was stabbed. Pray that we can minister to our neighbors. Pray that the love of Christ will shine forth brightly, and bring about transformation in our neighborhood!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org