Archive for August, 2013

David Jr. giving his speech at San Diego Christian College

David Jr. giving his speech at San Diego Christian College

On Wednesday I tweeted a tweet (not sure how to say that, but we’ll go with it 😉 ) about being excited that our oldest son, David Jr. would be addressing the faculty and student body at San Diego Christian College. David is the student body president, and they were kicking off the school year with the first chapel. A friend of mine of my seminary days, Maribeth Myers wrote, “proud papa”. Yes that would accurately describe how I felt.

I’m proud of all three of my grown children: David, Jr.; Jonathan; Hannah. They are all excelling in what they are doing, and more importantly they love Jesus.

I want to praise the Lord for the work he has done in my family, and not boast in what we’ve done. I know that it’s God’s work in their hearts.

It was so encouraging to listen David Jr. give his speech at the chapel service. He shared about how he used to get his identity in being a missionary kid when he was a child. Then as he started playing baseball that became a big part of his identity. Over the last few years he’s been growing in his understanding of Christ’s love for him. His identity is in Christ.

David used a powerful quote from Mark Driscoll that expands on the theme of Jesus’ love for us:

Jesus loves me. That’s the bedrock of the Christian faith. We can never outgrow that one great, majestic, and simple transforming truth. Once we know Jesus’ love, we can stop using people for their love and simply start loving them as Jesus loves us.

Foot washing ceremony with President Dr. Paul Ague and David Jr. (representing the faculty and administration serving the students at SDCC)

Foot washing ceremony with President Dr. Paul Ague and David Jr. (representing the faculty and administration serving the students at SDCC)

Our identity in Christ never changes, once we are in Christ, but we do grow. In the grace of God we do become more and more like our Savior. As we become more like Christ we find ourselves loving and serving others.

I pray that each of my children along with those at San Diego Christian College will grow to know and understand the depths of Christ’s love for them. I pray this will be true for Dawn and me, and for you as you read this post!

Pray With Us
Ron & Virginia Diaso (Dave's dad and mom)

Ron & Virginia Diaso (Dave’s dad and mom)

On a side note, I’d like to ask you to join me in prayer for my dad, Ron Diaso. He will be undergoing a heart bypass surgery on September 4th at 7 AM, PT. Pray that the Lord will guide the doctors hands, and that my dad will make it through the surgery. The doctors feel confident going into the surgery, but I know we need the divine doctors care. I will be going up to Fresno this week to be with my parents for the surgery.

Thanks so much for standing with us on this journey, and for encouraging us along the way!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

A Fun Children’s Outreach
Fun in Worship with the Children

Fun in Worship with the Children

I had a hop in my step on Sunday. I was feeling the joy of the Lord after the wonderful outreach in Tijuana on Saturday! It gave me reason to rejoice!

Redeemer (formerly Harbor North County) brought a group from their church to work alongside the Lo Mejor del Trigo church (LMT) in Rojo Gomez. Over 100 children came to the special event.

Smiles all around as the children enjoyed all the activities: face painting, coloring, gospel bracelets, bubbles, balloon figures. Then we fed the children sandwiches and ended the day with a piñata.

Blessing the Community

The Rojo Gomez church is surrounded by a number of families that struggle to survive, so this was a way to bless them. It’s also an encouragement to the church as they seek to make a difference in the community.

Our good friends, Abraham and Martha Velazquez lead the Lo Mejor del Trigo church in Rojo Gomez. They are a gift from God to us and they are a blessing to their church.

Dawn and I were also encouraged to see the way those from Redeemer jumped in and got involved. They all put their heart and soul into the effort. It was fun to work with them, and see them minister to all the children.

God is so good to give us such wonderful people to serve him with.

The church in Rojo Gomez is making a huge difference. They are located in a poor neighborhood, so they offer breakfast to the children before school. 100 children take advantage of the breakfast. The church charges less than 2 cents for the breakfast. They used to give the breakfast and didn’t charge, and they had 300 children coming.

Abraham and Martha with Dawn and Dave

Abraham and Martha with Dawn and Dave

When all the children left and we had finally cleaned we closed our day with a time of prayer for the Abraham and Martha and the church.

Prayer Requests

Abraham asked us to pray for the church in the following ways:

  1. Wisdom to guide and lead the church
  2. The physical and spiritual needs of the children and their families in the community.

Join us in prayer for these wonderful people.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

God’s Rich Blessings In Los Cabos
Dave preaching at the Fuente de Vida mission church

Dave preaching at the Fuente de Vida mission church

Our ministry trip to Los Cabos ended on a high note. In the morning, Peter Boling and I visited Vida Nueva. American missionaries who came several years ago started the church. These missionaries won many of the leaders and church members to Christ.

So encouraging seeing the legacy that they left. The missionary, Johnny Lynch who started the church didn’t even speak much Spanish. It’s amazing what God can do with a willing and faithful servant.

Now this church faithfully preaches the gospel, and they have ministries to gang members and the poor in the community that they are reaching.

May God’s Peace Rain Down on La Paz

Peter and I met with the church leaders on Saturday night, and we told them of the plan to start a new church in La Paz. They were very positive, and they started thinking of all the people they knew in La Paz.

La Paz means “the peace”. We pray that the Prince of Peace will bring his peace to the people of La Paz.

Then in the evening we went to the mission church that I wrote about in my last post, Fuente de Vida “Fountain of Life”.

The Journey from Prison to Missions
Peter Boling sharing his testimony at Fuente de Vida mission

Peter Boling sharing his testimony at Fuente de Vida mission

Peter shared his testimony. How God saved him from a life that was headed on a downward spiral. God used a fellow prison mate, who threatened to kill him to wake Peter up spiritually. Instead, the animal, as they called him, read Peter a Bible passage that brought him from asleep to being more than curious.

When he got out of prison he went to visit an aunt who was a believer. She didn’t want to open up the door when she saw Peter. He had a long beard, and long hair and looked like a bad dude. His reputation presided him. He told his aunt after she finally let him in; “I want to know how to become a Christian.”

She wasn’t sure she could believe him at first. “Are you serious?” she asked. Peter assured her he was, and she shared the gospel with him. Now Peter is a missionary with a wonderful testimony that he is using for the glory of God.

One thing I’ve seen about people who have been saved out of bad backgrounds is they get God’s grace. It’s not hard for them to understand the need for grace in their lives. Since they get it, they are good at sharing it with others. That’s what Peter and his wife, Jenny dedicate their lives to now.

The Gospel of Hope
The Arc of Los Cabos

The Arc of Los Cabos

After Peter shared his testimony I was able to preach about grace for those that don’t believe as well as the believer. I find there are so many Christians that either fall into liberalism or legalism. The people responded very well to the message. Grace gives us hope.

The Gospel gives all of us hope and lifts off the heavy burden that many try to carry alone. Jesus wants to take those burdens and carry them for us.

Our prayer is that the gospel will be powerfully proclaimed in Los Cabos and La Paz. Lord please do rain down your peace on La Paz and the Baja peninsula.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

God Works Through Relationships
Peter, Jasmin, Benjamin and Dave in front of Fuente de Vida Church

Peter, Jasmin, Benjamin and Dave in front of Fuente de Vida Church

On Friday Peter Boling and I met with Pastor Benjamin Romero in San José del Cabo. Benjamin also introduced us to his wife, Blanca and some of the people serving in the church, Jasmin and their summer intern, Othaniel.

Benjamin and the others shared about the ministry of their church, and a mission church they started a couple of years ago. I felt encouraged by their passion for Christ. They are praying and working to see Christ’s name proclaimed in the region.

On Sunday, Peter and I had an opportunity to share at their mission church, Fuente de Vida.

Our Hope for a Church Planting Team

Our hope is that Peter will partner with them in ministry to strengthen their work, but to also work with a church planter to start a new work in La Paz. The city of La Paz is about two hours from Los Cabos. It is the capital of Southern Baja California. It is an important city for the region.

10 Churches in the Next 7 Years

The National Presbyterian Church of Mexico has targeted 10 key cities in northern Mexico where they presently don’t have works. Their goal is to plant churches in these cities by 2020. La Paz is one of these cities. It’s exciting to see the expansion of God’s kingdom in the area. What a blessing that we get to be a part of this new work!

Pray for a Good Beginning

Pray with us as we establish a firm foundation to minister together with our new friends in San José del Cabo. Pray that God will lead the way for us to set up a beach head, a new church in La Paz. Our hope is to start the initial phases of the church plant in 2014.

We know we need much prayer to see this happen!

Pray too for the ministry of our new friends, Benjamin and Blanca Romero, along with Jasmin and Hugo, and their summer intern Othaniel. That their church will grow and flourish and God’s Spirit moves in and through the church.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnThe Ministry.org

Los Cabos: The Beauty and the Crying Need
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

For the last two days I’ve been with fellow missionary, Peter Boling in the Los Cabos area. He’s been showing me around, and we’ve been connecting with some of the ministries here.

I would describe Los Cabos as a land of contrasts. There is the beauty of the Pacific, the Sea of Cortez, the landscape and the beach. Then there is the barrenness, the dirt, the cactus and the shrubs inland. Some of the wealthiest people in the world have homes here, and many tourist come to enjoy all that Los Cabos has to offer. In contrast there are people who are struggling to survive, many people living in very humble conditions.

Most of the residents of Los Cabos depend on the tourism for their survival. The tourism has suffered over the last few years, because of the economy and the recent drug wars.

It hurts to see some of the people living in the humble conditions they live in.

Reaching Gangs for Christ

Peter and Jenny Boling have a passion for this area and for the many hurting people. I love watching Peter interact with those that live and serve here.

Peter sharing with the young gang members

Peter sharing with the young gang members

Just yesterday we met a group of 30 young gang members that had recently come to Christ. The Lord is using a Salvadorian hit man and drug runner to reach into the gang community. Emilio has street credibility with these gang members, because of his past. He had a dramatic conversation, and the Lord is now using him in a powerful way.

We dropped in on their meeting in the afternoon, and they asked Peter to share his testimony. Peter is a big guy, and he comes from a rough background. He was once involved in gangs and drugs. God got ahold of his heart while he was in prison, and he became a warrior for the Lord. Since, he lived the life that they are living they listen.

God is on the Move

It’s so encouraging for me to see that behind all the tourism that moves the economy that God is moving in people’s lives. He is touching the hearts of many that are now following Jesus.

The main reason that we are in Los Cabos is to pave the way for Peter and his wife, Jenny to move here so that they can minister in Los Cabos and La Paz. We want to see ministries strengthened and new churches started. The kingdom extended for God’s glory!

Join us in Prayer

Pray with us the God will grant us favor and open many doors for the Bolings to walk through as the look to serve here!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Dave, Dawn and David Jr. with Dave's parents, Virginia and Ron

Dave, Dawn and David Jr. with Dave’s parents, Virginia and Ron

Today I felt somewhat stressed, overwhelmed and down. There’s a lot going on and I’m having a hard time keeping up with everything. I have an all day meeting tomorrow and a ministry trip on Thursday. Too much to handle, but one of the biggest downers is that my parents left today after a fun visit.

Join Us in Prayer For My Dad’s Health

I’ve never been very good at good-byes, which isn’t good when your career of choice is missions. It’s also hard, because my dad is experiencing some issues with his heart, and he going to need a bypass surgery in the next week or two. That alone is stressful for the whole family!

I mention that in part, to ask for prayer. Please join my family in lifting up my dad in prayer.

God Used Rodrigo To Lift Me Up!
Dave and Rodrigo meeting over some coffee

Dave and Rodrigo meeting over some coffee

The Lord pulled me out of my funk this evening in his grace. I met with pastor Rodrigo Vallarta. He’s the pastor in Pípila on the eastern side of Tijuana.

Rodrigo shared with me the many good things that God is doing in his church. The church is growing. God is bringing more families to them. He’s also training the church in leadership on Wednesday nights.

One of the things that Rodrigo would like to see improved in the church is for them to grow in sharing their faith. We began to brain storm, and decided to provide some training in evangelism in October. Then we are hoping to have Harbor Mid-City partner with their church the following weekend to do an outreach to children and families in the community.

I left my time with Rodrigo feeling uplifted, and I hope that he felt the same way.

Since I was down when I was driving into Tijuana I didn’t feel to excited about it, but God changed all that.

Lord, Hear Our Prayer!

O Lord, thank you for your love, and for bringing me out of the pit. I pray that Rodrigo and the church he leads in Pípila will continue to grow and be a blessing to the community. Lord, have mercy on my dad and heal his heart, whether that be through surgery or not.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Dreaming About Church Expansion
The meeting with church planters and leaders

The meeting with church planters and leaders

This week I went around Tijuana with Daniel Nuñez and a new friend, JD Pearring looking at some of the new church plants, and dreaming about the future. There is some land for sale that could make for a good site for the next church plant.

One of the things I love about Daniel is that he is always looking to grow the church. His goal is to see 50 churches started in 20 years. Lo Mejor del Trigo already has 20 churches, so the Lord is blessing and the churches are growing.

JD works with Transformation Ministries and they have a heart to see the kingdom expanded through church planting and church revitalization. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet him, and learn more about the ministry that he is associated with.

Bringing Two of My Loves Together
Watching the game with Daniel Nuñez, JD Pearring and some of the other guys

Watching the game with Daniel Nuñez, JD Pearring and some of the other guys

Daniel and JD invited me to go to a meeting at Petco Park for church planters, and then to watch a game after. I didn’t need my arm twisted to accept that invite.

There were a number of pastors and leaders from California and Tijuana at the meeting. I loved meeting and interacting with these men and women who have such a heart for seeing the kingdom of God expanded on earth as it is in heaven.

One of my loves apart from church planting is baseball, so it was a great treat to have some fun and interact with the guys at the ballpark!

I enjoy interacting with other people who are passionate about the church. I feel like I always come away enriched, and often I even get a few new ideas. There usually are some opportunities to minister together in the future through these connections. I believe that God loves it when different, but like-minded ministries come together for the good of the city.

Lord, Hear Our Prayer

Lord, thank you so much for kingdom connections, and for your heart to see the church built up. I pray that we will see a renewed city and a revived border as we work together for the kingdom. Please guide and lead us along the way. Bring the right people to join us in this effort!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org