Posts Tagged ‘Dawn Diaso’

Dawn with Hannah

Dawn with Hannah

Dawn shared this a couple of days ago on Facebook, and I thought she did a wonderful job of expressing her own pain, and how she can identify with Mary the mother of Jesus. Since we are in the Christmas season, and also seeking to raise awareness of the funds we are raising for the church we are planning on building in Mexico in Hannah’s memory. I just talked to pastor Daniel Nuñez with Ministerios Transformación earlier today, and we are hoping to build the church on the weekend of April 14th.

Dawn’s Reflections on Mary and Her Journey

Since Hannah has moved to heaven so young I feel that I can relate to Mary more than I ever could before. I believe that only a mother that has also had their child move to heaven before them- knows the grief involved in this long and painful journey. (Although I believe that the journey of grief after losing a spouse would be even more painful and more difficult than that of losing a child. At the moment I am wondering if losing a parent- especially as a child might be most difficult still.)

There are more parents than I had realized who have lost a child. Every parent that has been through this painful experience that Dave and I have met, join us in saying that none of us wanted to be members of this club. Not one of us would have chosen to be part of this club for parents who have had a child move to heaven before them. Somehow, this makes me feel a deep love and respect for both Mary and Joseph since they both had to join this club as well. I believe that they both experienced much more grief than most of us have ever considered or experienced.

Facebook reminded me of this quote below that I posted a few years ago. Wow, I never anticipated that as my life progressed that I would grow to identify with and appreciate Mary’s sacrifices that she made for us all so much more.

I believe that Mary experienced more emotional pain and grief though- than I will probably ever be able to identify with. What a sacrificial and Godly life she lead- and so very much behind the scenes. Walking beside my husband through this journey of grief has been and continues to be sobering. Previously, it never crossed my mind to be appreciative of the sacrifices that Joseph made for us. This experience has taught me some painful lessons and linked to Mary and Joseph in a deeper and more profound way.

Mary and Jesus – The Father’s Greater purpose!

Facebook reminded me of this quote below that I posted a few years ago.

E3434D46-7BA6-4542-9015-887B2122743E“Mary must surely have spoken to her baby, Jesus, and said, “I wanted Your pathway smooth. I wanted Your steps on earth to be easy. I wanted you to have a painless and perfect life. But I sense the presence of Your heavenly Father here with us, and He has a far greater purpose for You than I can ever imagine.”

-The Miracle of Christmas

La Pieta

Michelangelo’s La Pieta

Dawn’s reflection reminds me of our experience at the Vatican this September when we saw Michelangelo’s La Pieta. An amazing sculpture that tells the story of Mary’s pain over the loss of her son. We give thanks that the story doesn’t end there, that Jesus did rise on the third day, which gives all of those in Christ hope.

Click to make a donation

Click to make a donation

We are at year-end, this is a great time to give towards the Hannah Diaso Memorial Church Plant. Our goal is to raise $30,000, and we were recently given a matching gift, which helps us get closer to reaching the goal. Dawn and I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider a gift today. You can give a donation by clicking on this link.

Thank you for praying for us and for taking the time to consider our request.

In His Grip, Dave & Dawn

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Mexico City, Mexico, source: prind1m

 

Mexico City: An Amazing Place!
Hannah & Chivis in Mexico City

Hannah & Chivis in Mexico City a few years ago!

I can’t believe that Dawn, Hannah and I are in Mexico City again!

We called this city home for almost 10 years from 1990 to 2000. Jonathan and Hannah were born here. Our guero, mexicanos. David Jr. was only 5 months old when we moved to the big city.

Mexico City is an amazing place. A sprawling metropolitan of over 25 million. The city was huge when we lived here, and somehow it’s continued to grow.

We still have many good friends here, and it’s wonderful to be able to visit them while we are here. This is the first time that Dawn and Hannah have been back since we left. Hannah was only about 6 years old at the time. Wow! Where does the time go?

Missions & Mexico
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Zócalo Mexico City 

At one time the mission we minister with Mission to the World (MTW) had more missionaries in Mexico than any other field in the world. Today Japan hosts the most MTW missionaries. MTW no longer has any missionaries that are serving in Mexico City. We do have some church plants and ministries that we have a strong relationship with.

That’s not to say that there aren’t needs here. There are many.

I do hope by God’s grace we will see a move of the Lord in this city and in this country, and that we can be a part of that. Lord, hear our prayer!

Remember to Pray for Mexico

Join us in prayer for the Lord to move in the heart of men, women and children in the Mexico City, and in Mexico. The Border, The Baja and Beyond! That God will be glorified and lifted up here. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14, ESV)

In His Grip, Dave

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A Mother’s Reminiscing & a Trip to Mexico
David & Chivis ready to take off for Mexico City

David & Chivis ready to take off for Mexico City

Here are some thoughts from my heart to my David Jr. right after I hugged and kissed him goodbye, sending him on his way to Mexico City for the first time in 13 years! ….

My David, I’m so excited for you sweetie! I’m praying that God blesses you there in many ways…way beyond what you can even ask or think! We will be missing you here son, but we are glad we can bless Mexico City and Chivis’ family with you! Please give everyone there big hugs for us!

…With tears in my eyes I can see you there in our first home in Mexico City, even before God had given us our Jonathan, well he was probably in my tummy! You would be standing there, down by my side… looking up at me and smiling and asking me your daily morning question, that I could always count on, “What we doing today Mommy?”, and for emphasis you would repeat, “What doing Mama?”

little David with his mom

Little David with his mom

You were always ready to take on the day, and excited to discover what God had in store for our day. You loved to be able to leave the house and explore the world of Mexico City; it’s amazing people, places and events, and we can’t forget the Mexican food…. and hot chili candy…that filled your little life with great adventure!

From the very beginning of your little life you began to change your world for the better; with your joyful, expectant heart, your desire to serve others, and your love for people! Every time the doorbell rang you were excited to be a little host.

You wanted to greet everyone with your gregarious and welcoming smile and personality! You would then run to the kitchen to get out a big bowl or serving tray so we could share some chips or other yummy treat with our guests.

David having fun with the Piñata in Mexico

David having fun with the Piñata in Mexico

You always wanted everyone to feel welcomed, loved, and to have fun with us in our home! Your love for people and excitement about life was contagious from the beginning of your little life!

Blessings on your return to the roots of your childhood, son. We are grateful to Mario Silva and Silvia Arellanos for this precious and generous college graduation gift of a two-week, all expenses paid, trip to Mexico City! May God richly bless their family for their gracious generosity of this amazing gift to you, our first college graduate! Sending a hug your way!

written by Dawn Diaso

In His Grip, Dave

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P.S. Pray for the group from Denver, Skyview Church that arrives today. We will be working in Ensenada, Mexico this week with the Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén.

Dave & Dawn celebrating on March 5th

Dave & Dawn celebrating on March 5th

A Celebration of 25 Years!

Dawn and I celebrated 25 years of marriage yesterday, Wednesday, March 5th. Wow! It’s hard to believe! I can still remember when my parents celebrated their 25th.

It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been good. I have to praise my wife for making my life better. She doesn’t let me settle for just taking the easy way. She desires to take the road less traveled. The Lord uses her to push me in a good way to explore places that I might otherwise be reluctant to pursue.

I Give Thanks for My Wife
My wife, Dawn on our 25th wedding anniversary

Dawn on our 25th wedding anniversary

I know that because of her I’m a better man. It maybe somewhat of a cliché to say that behind every great man, there is a great woman. Yet in my case I realize that I am who I am today in large part, because of my wife.

We’ve endured together many of life’s storms, and even when we think we’ve had enough the Lord brings more. God has used the difficulties of life, even some of the recent ones that I’ve written about to cause us to grow. The suffering and trials have been used by the Lord to mature us, and to make us more like Christ.

Our children are one of greatest testimonies of Dawn’s hard work to raise them up. We’ve done it together, but I know that a lot of the burden has fallen on her. Since we work in missions I have traveled and been gone a fair amount, but Dawn has been faithful to love on our kids.

Now that our children have become young adults, it’s so wonderful to see how they are following Christ. I love watching them grow and learn how to use the gifts and talents that the Lord has given them.

An Excellent Wife Who Can Find?
Dawn & Dawn with one of the children, Hannah

Dawn & Dawn with one of the three children, Hannah

Dawn often likes to tell other women that they are Proverbs 31 women, and that she is a Proverbs 31 wannabe.

In Proverbs 31:28, 29 it says,

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.

My kids and I do love her and we do praise her. We are forever thankful to all she has done, and continues to do for our family.

At the beginning of Proverbs 31 in verses 10 & 11 the writer asks,

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

Why did King Lemuel ask this question? I suppose it’s because it is not easy to find an excellent wife. In my ESV Bible at the start of Proverbs 31 there is a note stating that King Lemuel learned these lessons from his mom. He wants to pass theses lessons on to us.

In an earlier chapter in Proverbs Solomon pens something similar. Solomon writes,

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. —Proverbs 18:22, ESV

I recognize that I am blessed, and I give thanks to the Lord for his favor. It’s another demonstration of his love and his grace.

I give thanks for Dawn and I praise God for the good gifts that he has given to me.

In His Grip, Dave

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Dawn speaking in front of the women with Martha

Dawn speaking in front of the women with Martha

This past Saturday Dawn had the opportunity to share her story with our friends at Lo Mejor del Trigo in Rojo Gomez. Our friend, Martha Velazquez organized an event for over 100 women. Abraham and Martha are great friends! We’ve grown to love them. Abraham pastors the church, and Martha is very involved in the ministry of the church.

Thanks for Martha’s Encouragement!

When Martha first asked Dawn to speak, she was reluctant to accept the invitation. Dawn felt like Moses, feeling nervous about speaking in front of a large group in Spanish. Martha encouraged Dawn, and since we’ve built a close relationship with Abraham and her Dawn decided to take the plunge.

She was very nervous heading into the event, but we prayed and she shared her story with the women. Dawn’s vulnerability and her journey towards healing in Christ hit home with those at the event. A number of women were moved to tears as Dawn spoke from her heart. Her Spanish just flowed, and she felt like it was a miracle.

Both Abraham and Martha told Dawn later that she did an excellent job, and the event wouldn’t have been the same without her.

Dawn’s Spanish is actually very good, but she felt insecure speaking in her second language in front of a crowd.

All the women enjoying a meal and fellowship

All the women enjoying a meal and fellowship

Martha did a wonderful job pulling together the women’s event. She also spoke and the Lord used her to touch many women that were there.

Praise the Lord with Me!

I praise the Lord for using my wife, Dawn! He is using her brokenness to enable her to minister to others in a deeper way. God has a way of using our brokenness for his glory!

Another exciting outcome of the blessing that came from this Saturday, is that this gives Dawn more confidence moving forward.

We pray that the Lord will continue to bless the church in Rojo Gomez, and our friends involved in the Lo Mejor del Trigo movement.

In His Grip, Dave

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Dawn and Vicente after the mordida

Dawn and Vicente after the mordida – you might say they enjoyed their cake!

Surprise! That’s what our family and a friends yelled out as my wife walked into the door last night. We celebrated Dawn’s birthday with people we love here on the border. God has blessed us with a number of wonderful relationships!

One of the families that we’ve gotten close to is the Salinas family. Vicente and I go out every week to evangelize and promote our ESL class. His son, Vicente Jr. recently reached a milestone as he just turned 20. We celebrated Dawn and Vicente’s birthday together.

What a great time we enjoyed with everyone that joined us for the festivities. The festive occasion reminded me of how privileged I am to have just a good wife, and so many wonderful friends.

We love what we do here, and a lot of that has to do with the people we are ministering with. We are on a journey with Jesus, but this journey is not one of solitude. Thank you Lord that you’ve surrounded us with such a wonderful family and friends!

Our celebration was extra special, because Dawn’s parents and Jonathan were also able to be here. They joined in the festivities!

I think to of the many friends we have in other places who love us, and hold us up in prayer. The Lord is giving us some wonderful opportunities as he opens doors for us, and we are so thankful that we are not going it alone!

In His Grip, Dave

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Rodrigo & Nancy, Dawn & Dave, Martha & Abraham (from left to right) pastors, ministers, pastors wives

Rodrigo & Nancy, Dawn & Dave, Martha & Abraham (from left to right)

I have often wondered, who will encourage the pastors? I ask this question in part because I spend a lot of time with pastors. I see them loving and ministering to others, but I realize they also need to be loved on, prayed for and encouraged.

Pastors and their Wives in TJ

Tuesday afternoon the Lord gave us a wonderful blessing. Dawn and I spent the afternoon with two pastors and their wives: Abraham and Martha Velazquez, Rodrigo and Nancy Vallarta. Young couples involved in ministry with Lo Mejor del Trigo in Tijuana.

You might remember that we helped build the church in Pipila where Rodrigo and his wife, Nancy are ministering. They are very encouraged by all the Lord is doing in the church. It’s so good to hear how the gospel is entering into that community.

Abraham leads worship at Lo Mejor del Trigo, the mother church in El Niño, and he is the lead pastor in Rojo Gomez. He is a very gifted young guy, and he’s great to be around. I love Abraham’s smile and energy when he leads worship.

Dawn and I have made it a point to get to know some of the pastors in Tijuana and to love on them, and ask them about their needs. After 24 years in ministry together we’ve learned a few things that we’d like to pass on to our friends who are serving the Lord.

Nancy, Dawn and Martha - pastors wives

Nancy, Dawn and Martha

Ministry Flows out of Relationship

One of my mottos is that ministry flows out of relationship. This is even more true in Mexico. Relationships are so important. You can’t shortcut spending time with people to get to know them better and to learn what their needs are.

If we observe Jesus’s life we see he spent time with people. He saw that the people had needs, and he came preaching the good news of the gospel, which brought healing and hope.

It was a joy to be with these couples. We enjoyed a meal together, and spent time getting to know them. They genuinely appreciated our taking an interest in their well-being.

Martha told us, “It means a lot to us, just knowing that you care for us and that you are willing to be there for us.”

Great Dialogue and Discussion

One of the questions they asked was, “what are some of the most important things you’ve learned in your more than twenty years of ministry?” We talked about the importance of growing deep in grace, being humble and always being a learner among other things.

Abraham asked, “how can you emphasize grace, and yet not encourage people to think they can live however they want to?” That’s a really good question, which led to some great discussion.

After this time with our friends I feel filled up today, my cup is overflowing! Even though we sought to be a blessing to them, we received a huge blessing ourselves. Thank you Jesus!

Join us in praying for our friends who are serving faithfully in Tijuana!

In His Grip, Dave

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