The Lord has blessed us, and is continuing to bless us with some great ministry partners as we seek to see the border transformed through the gospel. Only God can truly change hearts, and ultimately transform a people, a city, a region and a nation! God does this as His church works together.
One of our key partners is the Harbor Church network in San Diego – Tijuana. Dr. Richard Kaufmann started the Harbor church planting movement in 1998. Dick shares in this video how the gospel is bringing renewal to the border through Harbor and another one of our partners, Daniel Nuñez and Lo Mejor del Trigo.
It’s so Encouraging to See God’s Church Grow on the Border.
Stephen Phelan is pastor of Harbor Mid City. Stephen pastors Harbor Mid City with Roberto Shim, who pastors the Spanish speakers in the church. We are very excited about our partnership with Stephen and Harbor Mid City. Check out this video for an idea of what Harbor Mid City is doing, and what we hope to see spread all throughout the border.
Stephen Phelan Lead Pastor at Harbor Mid-City
Stephen Phelan stated, “The bi-national city of San Diego-Tijuana needs the Diasos. San Diego-Tijuana, with a population of over 5 million, forms the largest bi-national conurbation on the border, yet in the P.C.A. we only have one fledgling Spanish-speaking work and one bilingual church, not to mention the dearth of gospel-centered, evangelical churches among Spanish-speakers on both sides of the border. Thus, we need the Diasos to bring together all of their 20 years of cross-cultural experience pastoring, mentoring, coaching, and planting churches to help ignite a church planting movement that will so fill the bi-national city of San Diego-Tijuana that it will be renewed in every way–socially, spiritually, and culturally. Please help make this a reality by supporting them.” Grace and peace, Stephen Phelan (Lead Pastor–Harbor Church (Mid-City).
Dr. Richard P. Kaufmann’s Encouragement
“As the Senior Pastor of Harbor Presbyterian Church (PCA), I am excited that Dave and Dawn Diaso will be working with Harbor and other like-minded churches in San Diego and Tijuana, to so fill this great bi-national city with gospel-centered churches, so that the whole region is transformed spiritually, socially, and culturally.
Mission leaders, whom I respect, have told me of the great work the Diasos have done over the past twenty years. In several meetings with Dave and Dawn, it is evident to me that they have a clear sense of calling and exceptional gifts in the area of training, coaching, and mentoring. I am excited to be partnering with them in this great mission. I invite you to partner with the Diasos and help us together bring gospel transformation to San Diego and Tijuana.” Dr. Richard P. Kaufmann
Daniel Nuñez and Lo Mejor del Trigo
Another gifted leader that we want to learn from and partner with is Daniel Nunez. Daniel has planted 19 churches in Tijuana in 8 years, and has a vision to see 50 churches planted in the next 20+ years. Check out my interview with Daniel here:
God Works Through His Church as we Work Together
We are also building a relationship with other churches in the area like New Life in La Mesa, and North City in Poway. New Life in Escondido has a Hispanic church plant, Misión Vida Nueva (New Life Mission), led by Juan Arjona that we want to encourage. There is also Harbor Chula Vista. They are, hoping to launch a Hispanic church plant soon. God is definitely moving in many different ways on the border, and we believe he will open even more doors, and lead us to more strategic partners as we pray and see the Lord grow the ministry.