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God Has Blessed Us With Some Amazing Friends
Dave & Dawn with the Cisneros family

Dave & Dawn with the Cisneros family

Some of my favorite friends are the Cisneros family. I first met them when I was a young, fledgling seminary student in 1985. I came down to Mexico City with Dr. William Iverson and 16 other students and professors. That was a life changing trip for me, because it was there that the Lord first called me to serve in Mexico.

Through the years Dawn and I have been able to stay in touch with the Cisneros’s. We’ve prayed for each other, and encouraged one another. They are a family that is deeply committed to Christ. I first met them, because of they were serving with Campus Crusade for Christ, now Cru. Then later they began to work with Operation Mobilization. They continue to serve in missions in Mexico, and other countries.

They are like family to Dawn and me, and we have a strong love for one another.

The Impact of Hannah’s Life!
Dave & Angel on the street outside Angel's home

Dave & Angel on the street outside Angel’s home

This reunion was special in many ways, as it was the first time Dawn and I have seen them since Hannah passed away. They made a special effort to love on us and encourage us.

Angel's daughter, Ana Rut

Angel’s daughter, Ana Rut

Angel Cisneros who is now like the patriarch of the family had three of his children with us. All of them were sharing how Hannah’s life and death impacted them. One of them, Ana Rut said she remembered Hannah being happy as a small child, and she saw how she grew to love Christ as she became a young woman. She said that Hannah’s death really impacted her, and made her think about her own life and her own devotion to Christ. She shared this through her tears, which brought Dawn and me to tears.

They were healthy, cleansing tears, and we felt so much better after we had cried together. One of my prayers has been and continues to be that Hannah’s death was not in vain. I suppose I know in the grand scheme of things God uses even death, so it’s not in vain, but I want to see an impact left by my beautiful daughter’s life. Ana Rut’s story was an answer to this longing that I’ve had. She told me as well as the family told both Dawn and me that Hannah’s life and example touch many people’s lives.

The Lord Met Us in a Special Way

After a wonderful meal we were able to sing together, and then pray together. They asked us if we would pray for them and pray over them, and it was a very special time. We all sensed the presence of the Lord as he ministered in us and through us. Hallelujah!

Thank you Jesus for the Cisneros family. Wonderful servants of yours, and we do pray your rich and bountiful blessing over them.

In His Grip, Dave

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Celebration and Mourning
The inaugural service for Ministerios Transformación in Rosarito. Church #29
The inaugural service for Ministerios Transformación in Rosarito. Church #29

The day before Hannah died, we had reason to celebrate. Ministerios Transformacion’s 29th church held their inaugural service. A church that we helped to build, and plant. We were so excited for the new birth and for our friends Pastor Obed Lares and his wife, Cesiah.

I’m not going to lie that even though this is a great achievement for kingdom advancement, that because of the circumstances it was hard to celebrate. We were and we are thankful for this new work, but the shock of Hannah’s early departure totally knocked us off balance. Her home going caught us by surprise. We’ve been trying to sort life out since then.

Getting Back in the Battle
Our beautiful daughter and beloved sister, Hannah
Our beautiful daughter and beloved sister, Hannah. We miss her dearly.

The Lord in his graciousness is bringing healing, but it is a slow process. Dawn and I are getting back in the battle. We are starting to minister to others. Yet, our hearts aren’t always there.

Today we head out to Mexico City. Then on Tuesday we arrive in Havana, Cuba to connect with some friends there. The Lord is opening some wonderful doors for us in Cuba. I will write more about that later.

Over the last month and a half Dawn and I needed to slow down. We’ve needed to mourn and grieve. We still are in the process of doing that, but as time goes on we are grieving while serving. Some days we feel more up than others. Things that used to bring us joy, now don’t. Yet we are not despairing.

Death is a terrible thing. The Apostle Paul says, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26). Later in same chapter Paul,goes on to say, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:54, 55). Glory to God that in Christ we have victory over death, as painful as it might feel today, Jesus has removed the sting of death.

We give thanks that the ministry is not dependent on us. The church continues to grow. Yet, the Lord is so loving and gracious. He carefully teaches us and draws us to himself.

Join us in Prayer!

Please join us in prayer as we learn this new way. We are learning what we call our “new normal”. We need wisdom and grace, as we move forward in ministry. We pray that we will see many more churches planted. Many more people reached for Christ, many more that become disciples. We pray that the Lord will use, even Hannah’s  untimely death to spur others on to love and good deeds. O Lord, do be glorified! Be lifted up, and build your church!

In His Grip, Dave

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Dave & David, Jr. at the beginning of the journey. David has now successfully moved!

Faithful Partners in Ministry
Stand with us in crying out to the Lord

Stand with us in crying out to the Lord

In my last post I mentioned that I’m helping my son, David move to Fairfield, CA. While helping David move, we made a stop in Fresno. On Sunday I gave a ministry update at one of our longtime partner churches, Sierra View. It’s fun to see friends and talk to people who are praying for us. They are encouraged by what the Lord is doing on the Border and in the Baja, which lifts us up as well.

Dawn and I realize it’s crucial that we have churches and individuals standing with us in prayer. Friends who are strengthening our hands along the way. It’s hard to believe, but we moved to the Border almost 4 years ago. It’s even harder to believe is that we first moved to Mexico City 25 years ago.

Pray for a Thriving Ministry!
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Dave & Dawn

We don’t want to only sustain this ministry, but we want to see  it thrive. It’s vital that we have a strong base of partners who are praying for us, encouraging us and supporting us financially. Pray that the Lord opens doors for us and leads us to new people who will join with us and partner with us in this way.

To have a strong and growing ministry it’s essential to have a growing team standing with us. I’m grateful for all our partners! What a gift you are!

Dawn and I need to dedicate some of our time over the next several months to building and strengthening our support team. We thank you for being a part of that team.

Pray with us that it will continue to expand!

Pray With Us

Today I fly back home. I’ve helped David move to Fairfield in Northern California. Mission accomplished! Pray for David as he begins his new job. Pray for our family as we adjust. God is doing a great things and I know he is taking care of our family.

In His Grip, Dave

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Good Times in La Morita
Dave preaching at Ministerios Transformation in La Morita Tijuana

Dave preaching at Ministerios Transformation in La Morita Tijuana

Car problems, healing and friends that’s what made up our Sunday afternoon. Apart from the car problems it was an inspiring time.

Dawn, David Jr. and Hannah joined me in Tijuana as we ministered at Pastor Jaime Rodriguez’s church in La Morita. Jaime invited me to preach, and I loved the opportunity to have my family with me. Great prayer and moral support!

I loved the opportunity to preach on our identity in Christ. Too often Christians listen to the lies of the enemy.

Just as God loves us and has a wonderful plan and purpose for us, the devil hates us and has a horrible plan for our life. Therefore, as Paul says we need to stand firm and put on the armor of God.

Much of our battle is in the mind. The enemy of our soul is an accuser and he is the Father of lies. Remember the gospel – preach the gospel to yourself. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

As we engage in the battle and remember to repent often, and be quick to ask forgiveness God brings healing. I pray we will see more and more believers receiving the Lord’s healing touch.

Praying for God’s Healing Touch
Praying with and for our friends in La Morita

Praying with and for our friends in La Morita

After the sermon Dawn, Hannah and I had the opportunity to pray for a number of people in the church. It was so encouraging to see the Lord minister in a deep way to the people.

I love being able to minister with my family. It was especially gratifying to see Hannah jump right up and join Dawn and me in praying for the people. Many of them had tears in their eyes as they shared their needs and we led them in prayer. Thank you Jesus for unleashing your Spirit on us as we cried out to you!

Outstanding Friends & Car Troubles

On the way home our car started making these scary noises. I got out and looked, but I couldn’t see anything. The sound was metal scrapping on metal. It was somewhat nerve-wracking. I didn’t really know what to do.

I tried to call Jaime, but I wasn’t able to get through to him. I wondered who else I could call? Who else could help us? I decided to call a couple other pastor friends, Mario Perez and Abraham Velazquez. Both of them came to give us a hand.

It was so comforting to know that we have friends we can count on when we are in need. I mean we felt stuck. Not only wasn’t our car working, but I wondered how are we going to be able to cross the border and get back home.

We prayed and our friends checked the car out. After we prayed the metal scrapping dissipated. Abraham’s dad helped us look the car over and make sure that we could get back home safely. After driving the car around, and looking it over he felt like it was running well enough to make it. So we did literally make a run for the border.

We are victorious in Christ! The Lord gave us a wonderful time ministering at the church and he increased our faith through our friends and our car. Rejoice with us!

In His Grip, Dave

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The Church Marches Forward in TJ
Pastor Daniel Nuñez leading the missions service for Ministerios Transformación

Pastor Daniel Nuñez leading the missions service for Ministerios Transformación

As the church advances there is often opposition. Should we be surprised? I think Jesus even promised us that in this world we would encounter trouble. Then he goes on to say, “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b ESV)

Often with growth comes trials and tribulation. The church should be encouraged though, because we are on the winning side! There is victory in Jesus!

My friends at Ministerios Transformación are growing. They are going to be planting church #27 in March, and we are going to help them plant church #28 in June. It’s exciting to be connected to something that the Lord is blessing in such a powerful way. Yet, this ministry does encounter opposition along the way.

Worship & Missions
Praying for Jesus & Lucina Acosta

Praying for Jesus & Lucina Acosta

Last night (Saturday) I was able to be with them for their missions service. They bring all the churches together to worship and thank the Lord for what he is doing. Pastor Daniel Nuñez the leader of Ministerios Transformación also challenged the churches to give towards the next church plant, which is already in process.

I love that the church is always thinking about multiplying as they work towards their goal of 50 churches.

We had the new church planters Jesus & Lucina Acosta come up in front of the church, and we prayed for them. All the pastors laid hands on them, and blessed them as they start this new endeavor. Jesus and Lucina went through our church planting assessment in November, so it’s wonderful to see them progressing towards the actual launch of the church.

Christ’s Promised Peace Even in Trials
The Sunset on the Pacific

The Sunset on the Pacific

Pastor Daniel gave me a chance to share for a few minutes during the meeting. I felt like I should seek to encourage them as I knew over the last couple months they had lost a few churches. They’ve been through a huge trial amidst the advance.

I shared something I heard a few years ago, that dogs don’t bark at park cars. When we are moving, when we are advancing for the kingdom of God we should be prepared for opposition.

In John 16:33 the same passage that I quoted above Jesus begins the verse saying, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.” Christ promises us peace in him. He is the prince of peace. Yet we are in a war, and the prince of this world battles against us. He seeks to thwart the advance of the church.

We are more than conquerors in Christ. John writes, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4, ESV)

The church continues to march forward into the battle. We are overcomers in Christ, more than conquerors!

I give thanks and praise to the Lord for the work he is doing in Tijuana and the growth of the church through Ministerios Transformación. Remember to hold them up in prayer. Pray for Jesus and Lucina Acosta as they start this new church.

In His Grip, Dave

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