Archive for September, 2014

Relief & Aid for Victims of Hurricane Odile
Damage done is some of the poorer areas of Cabo San Lucas

Damage done is some of the poorer areas of Cabo San Lucas

Aid is slowly coming to the battered in Los Cabos and La Paz. 40% of the people now have power. It’s going to be a very long and slow road to recovery.

I am working with fellow missionary Peter Boling and his family, who live in Los Cabos. The Boling family are ministering out of their church to provide food and clothing for the many affected in the area. Peter, Jenny, Leslie and Josh are frayed at the edges, but the Lord is sustaining them.

Pastor Benjamin Romero is ministering to those in his church and the surrounding area in San José del Cabo.

It’s sad to see all the loss. Many are hurting. The love of Christ is shining through the compassion and aid being given to those affected by the hurricane.

I’m working with Mission to the World (MTW) so we can send aid and work teams to the hurting in Los Cabos. We now have a fund set up that you can give to in order to help the many in need.

You can Help!

Make your gift out to MTW and designate it for #93922, and send it to:
MTW
PO Box 2589
Suwanee GA 30024-0982

You can give online at: www.mtw.org

Peter’s First Hand Account
Many of the poor lost everything in the hurricane - devastating!

Many of the poor lost everything in the hurricane – devastating!

If you have never been in the eye of a monster hurricane, it is an unforgettable experience. From total chaos to total calm in the matter of less than a minute. All of the neighbors popped out of hiding to check on one another knowing we only had about 30-40 minutes before the storm raged again. Unreal.

The winds literally picked our Volkswagen up and moved it twenty feet. Thankfully it did not slam into another car and we ran below to move it back in place and then waited…

The church were we serve, Vida Nueva or New Life, has become a command center of sorts for the humanitarian relief effort. The Government has provided food for feeding 200 people two meals a day for the foreseeable future. We just had to provide the workers. Leslie and Joshua are very involved with this effort but are really upset about missing school 🙂 We have also started a clothe distribution center on the property as well as a medical brigade staffed with two volunteer doctors.

The need is almost overwhelming but we are doing our part to be the hands and feet of Christ. Thanks to a generous gift from one of our supporters we were able to build a shelter for an elderly couple who lost everything.

Pray for the hurting
The Hurricane winds were fierce throwing cars around!

The Hurricane winds were fierce throwing cars around!

Peter and his daughter Leslie are both sick now along with hundreds of others as the effects of stress, trauma, open sewage. Peter’s wife, Jenny has not had a chance to rest and is now playing nurse.

Continue to pray for our the Bolings, pastor Benjamin Romero and his church and the many affected by the hurricane. Those that are healthy are worn out from helping others. Lord, please give them strength.

In His Grip, Dave
DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Nightmare of Hurricane Odile Aftermath
Some of the damage from hurricane Odile

Some of the damage from hurricane Odile

Peter Boling and family have been living through a nightmare in Cabo San Lucas, since hurricane Odile hit. Peter told me that they’ve been without running water and electricity until today.

Unfortunately, the storm brought out the worst in many of the people. There was rioting and rampant looting. Peter and his neighbors had to band together to protect their homes from those seeking to invade them. They had to arm themselves.

Peter shared about the unbelievable experience,

It was a motley crew…. samurai swords, machetes, baseball bats, golf clubs, clubs. I could not believe it was happening…We ran off multiple assailants. It was all out warfare. How is this possible? We survived the night and fortunately it was the worst. Order has been restored in most parts and now the biggest danger is Dengue Fever.

Peter & Jenny on the left with Emilio & Mytee

Peter & Jenny on the left with Emilio & Mytee

Thanks for praying for the Boling family. They’ve been through quite an ordeal and it’s not over yet.

The government along with others have been working to restore order and clean up the streets. Things are improving, but thousands have lost their homes and they are living without their basic needs.

I am working with Mission to the World (MTW) to bring aid to the area. If you would like to give to help the people affected by hurricane Odile and assist with the disaster relief efforts we will have a project fund set up through MTW that you can give to.

The Light of Christ Shines Through the Darkness

We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to bring the gospel to Los Cabos.

You can be a part of this effort! More details to come. The main way you can help now is to pray.

Join Us In Prayer

Pray for the Lord’s protection for the Bolings and the thousands of people who are in need. Also, lift up one of our partner churches, JesuCristo el Buen Pastor, “Jesus the Good Shepherd” in San Jose del Cabo led by pastor Benjamin Romero. Many are still living without their basic needs. Pray that God will comfort them and shower them with his peace in their time of need.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Hurricane Odile

We just wrapped four days of MTW worldwide leadership meetings in Cambodia. While I’ve been here the worst hurricane in recorded history landed in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Hurricane Odile. Our friends and fellow missionaries Peter and Jenny Boling live and serve in Cabo.

If you’ve read the news you’ve seen that they are airlifting 26,000 – 30,000 stranded tourist from Los Cabos. They are without water and electricity. It is estimated that the residents will be without water and electricity for three weeks.

I received one message from the Boling’s daughter, Leslie saying they were okay, but there was a lot of damage. Since they don’t have electricity, I have not been able to communicate with them since the Hurricane hit.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to the Bolings and to the residents of Los Cabos and La Paz.

Relief Efforts for Los Cabos

I am working with Mission to the World (MTW) to mobilize relief for the area. Since I’m traveling and communication with the Bolings has been limited it probably won’t be until next week that I have more info.

There will be opportunities for churches and individuals to help.

Right now I’d ask you to pray. Pray for the safety of the people and the relief efforts. We also need wisdom and discernment on how we can best help. This is also an opportunity for the church to show the love of Christ in a tangible way!

Thanks for standing with us in this effort. I will write more about the situation and what we are doing to help in the next few days.

Missions in Cambodia
Andres Garza & Dave in Cambodia

Andres Garza & Dave in Cambodia

It has been wonderful to learn about all God is doing around the world and to rub shoulders with other missionaries and nationals.

Good things happen when you bring people together that love the Lord and want to see the kingdom of God advance!

Tonight I will start my long trek back home. I will write more about all the Lord did in Cambodia when I get home.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

God is on the Move
The fascinating country of Cambodia

The fascinating country of Cambodia

I feel very encouraged about how I see God working around the world and that he is using Mission to the World (MTW) among other missions organizations to advance the kingdom of God. I’m in Cambodia for MTW’s worldwide leadership conference. It’s so good to be with so many missionaries who are serving all over the world.

The Importance of a Humility

Earlier today, Dr. Lloyd Kim the new coordinator for MTW spoke on Matthew 6:5-9. In this passage Jesus warns his disciples not to pray like the hypocrites. Dr. Kim warned us of the dangers of being in professional ministry. It’s easy to become cynical and to just go through the motions. God calls us to be humble and to be broken before him.

This is the way of the cross and the way of the gospel.

It was a helpful reminder for me and all my colleagues. We are about a great task, taking the gospel to the nations.

Striking Contrasts between Japan and Cambodia
Some of the foreign gods of Cambodia

Some of the foreign gods of Cambodia

I just left Japan which is the 2nd largest unreached nation in the world. Now I’m in Cambodia a world with many foreign gods. There are reminders all around the hotel we are staying at. Even though there is much work to be done in this nation it is one of the places where the gospel is growing fastest in the world.

What a contrast! I don’t understand fully understand the great why one country is so responsive and another is so cold to the gospel of Christ!

Our Hope!

We are not without hope, because the message we proclaim is a hope filled message. Our job is to sow the seed. We need to learn how to sow it more effectively, but it must be done.

When I’m around so many talented and gifted leaders I often feel different emotions. If I compare myself to them I begin to feel insecure. I don’t stack up! I must remind myself of Christ, and that my worth is in him.

I also feel humbled when I sit around the table with these choice men and women and hear their stories. Dedicate servants who have given their lives to serving the Lord.

Of course as Lloyd Kim reminded us in the morning we are broken people. We all need the gospel and we need it daily.

My Prayer

O Lord, use me in spite of my own brokenness and weaknesses. Use me along with all the saints that serve you in missions. I do pray that Jesus will be preached with power and that many will come to a saving faith and be discipled in that faith. O Lord, hear my prayer!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Open Doors in Osaka
Mie's brother, Hideaki (on the right) at their family run restaurant

Mie’s brother, Hideaki (on the right) at their family run restaurant

The Lord opened up a great door for me here in Osaka, Japan. I’m here visiting Issaid and Mie Arechiga, who are friends I’ve known for over 20 years. They were in the first church plant Dawn and I worked at while we ministered in Mexico City.

Osaka is a city of more than 17 million people, and less than 1% call on the name of Jesus!

Mie’s family lives here, and I’ve had a couple of chances to meet her brother, Hideaki. He doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Japanese so our communication has been limited. Mie has been kind enough to translate for us.

Komachi and Takayasu Disease
Issaid & Mie Arechiga

Issaid & Mie Arechiga

Mie and Issaid shared with me that Hideaki’s daughter, Komachi has Takayasu disease, also known as aortic arch syndrome. It’s a condition that affects the arteries and it mainly affects women of Asian descent. Komachi is only ten years old, and she’s been in the hospital since July, because of this disease. The latest news is that she is expected to be in the hospital until November.

No one in Mie’s family believes in Christ. She feels burdened for her family. While Issaid and Mie are living in Japan they have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with their family.

The Gospel in Japan
Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan

I asked Mie and her brother if I could go to the hospital to pray for his daughter. He said yes! So this morning Issaid, Mie and I went to the hospital and we met Hideaki there. We went up to the floor that Komachi was on, and we shared Jesus with them.

We didn’t have much time, because of the schedule they keep at the hospital. Mie translated for me as I shared how sickness and death entered the world through Adam.

Our hope is in Christ alone. He is the answer to man’s sin.

Japanese people are on the shy side, but I felt like it was a good first step.

Then after Mie and I shared the gospel with her brother and her niece we prayed for the Lord’s healing touch. I’m praying that God will hear our prayer and she will be healed.

Lord, Hear Our Prayer!

O Lord, that you would show your mercy to this family and bring healing. As they see you work in a powerful way that they would also recognize that you are the true Lord and Savior. That they will bow the knee to you O Lord. Give Mie and Issaid wisdom and open doors to share the love of Christ with Hideaki, Komachi and the rest of the family.

Dear friends, please join us in prayer for this family. Japan is one of the most unreached nations on the planet. God often uses small things, so we pray he might use this testimony. Holy Spirit be poured out, and wake up this family and this slumbering people.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Lord’s Special Gift!
Issaid & Dave with Issaid's English class

Issaid & Dave with the students Issaid’s English class

The Lord has blessed me with a special gift. I’m in Japan for a few days with our friends, Issaid and Mie Arechiga who Dawn and I first met in Mexico City. Next week I will be involved in Mission to the World’s (MTW) leadership meeting in Cambodia.

It seemed like the perfect time to visit Arechigas as I’m on my way to Cambodia. After we left Mexico City Dawn and I caught up to Issaid and Mie on the border. They were involved in our first church plant in Mexico, and then a church plant we are helping with on the border.

Last year they moved to Japan, where Mie is originally from. They are working on returning to the U.S. We’ve missed them a great deal. It’s a real gift to be able to spend this time with them.

The Beauty of Japan & The Need for Christ
One of the temples in Kyoto, Japan

One of the temples in Kyoto, Japan

Japan is a beautiful country with good people. It’s one of the safest places in the world to live. There’s only one problem, very few of them know Christ. Less than 1% of the population call on the name of Jesus Christ.

This is the paradox of Japan. On the outside things seem just fine, but when you lift up the hood you realize that it’s not as healthy as it first seemed.

It breaks my heart to see such a wonderful people lost. They are doing well in many ways. They are a moral people. For these reasons and more they don’t see their need for God.

There is not the poverty here or the violence that one finds in Mexico. Yet, there is a profound spiritual poverty that they are blind to.

MTW has a large missions force here, and the Lord is using them to make a difference, but it is slow work. Pray for their strength and that the Lord will encourage them as they labor.

The only hope for Japan is found in Christ!

O Lord, would you open the eyes of the people here so that they would see their need for a savior. Work in their hearts so that they might realize that they are poor in spirit and in need of a great Savior, Jesus Christ!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Church planting incubator

Church planting incubator

Last week I was in Monterrey, Mexico with pastor Ivan Casados from Tijuana and MTW colleague, Jim DeWitt among others. It was an exciting time going through the church planting incubator.

I felt like it was the beginning of the realization of a dream that I’ve had for the Border and the Baja. I desire to work with our team to see church planters trained and equipped so that they are better prepared to plant a church.

What a thrill to have the most recent church planter that we’ve partnered with Ivan Casados going through the training. We hope to be able to bring this training to other church planters we are working with in Tijuana, but this was a wonderful first step!

I’m so thankful for our partners with Lo Mejor del Trigo. God is blessing their efforts and our partnership as they work towards planting 50 churches.

While we were in Monterrey Jim DeWitt put together a video with the help of one of our other colleagues Jarett Hall. Here it is for your enjoyment.

God is doing wonderful things on the Border, the Baja and Beyond! Rejoice with us!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org