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The Incubator Church Planters Training
Incubator church planters training

Incubator church planters training

I always get encouraged when I hear one of our pastors refer to a principle that he learned during one of our training events. It means that they are beginning to process and apply what they found helpful to their specific ministry situation.

Last week we had the wonderful opportunity to train some of the pastors and church planters in our incubator church planting training. I love the seeing the guys connect and interact and to begin to think through how they can use the information in their context.

Our prayer is that we will have healthy and growing churches. In order for this to happen, it’s essential that we have well-equipped pastors and leaders.

Christ Centered Biblical Counseling & Conflict
Dave with Pastor Saul Lopez

Dave with Pastor Saul Lopez

The topics we covered during this training session dealt with Gospel Centered Biblical Counseling and Conflict. These are two keys areas that pastors deal with regularly. I enjoyed hearing the interaction as we discussed some of the difficult conversations they are dealing with in the church they serve at.

If you attend one of their churches, don’t worry names were not shared. We just shared the situations, and then how to navigate through the issues they were dealing with in a Christ centered healthy way. There are no copy and paste answers to most situations we face. Prayer is always key and seeking out the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The enemy of our soul loves to help foment division via conflict. I think it’s one of his primary means of attacking the church. Too often people run from conflict rather than choosing to wade in and work towards reconciliation. We grow as we work through the difficult conversations. This is one of the many reasons learning to deal with conflict is so important.

Join Us In Prayer
Pastor Jorge Aleman leading a session on Christ-centered Biblical Counseling

Pastor Jorge Aleman leading a session on Christ-centered Biblical Counseling

Thank you for standing with us in prayer. These pastors are under a lot of pressure from various sides. They need our prayers to stay strong and to walk closely with the Lord as they look to him for wisdom.

In His Grip, Dave

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Training Off to a Great Start!
Our group of pastors and trainers for the incubator church planting training

Our group of pastors and trainers for the incubator church planting training

How would you feel if you had to start a new job, and you received little if any training? Or if you were starting up a new business and you just had to wing it? Believe it or not, many church planters receive almost no training. Sadly, it’s a sink or swim scenario.

We are trying to stop that trend, and help church planters to be better prepared for the ministry the Lord has called them to. Last week we held our first incubator training for church planters in the Tijuana region.

God Gave Us a Great Group
Dave leading one of the sessions

Dave leading one of the sessions

Ten pastors attended the training, and began the process. The incubator is a year and a half of preparation for starting a new church.

Our Baja team partnered with MTW’s team from Monterrey to provide the training in Rosarito/Tijuana Mexico. The church planters came from the two groups we are working with, Ministerios Transformación and the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico.

The Lord gave a great group of guys, who love the Lord and desire to see his named proclaimed in the communities they are serving in and beyond! Three of the men are starting up new church planting projects this Fall.

I’ve dreamed about providing church planting training for the pastors we work with since Dawn and I arrived on the border almost four years ago. I feel like it’s so important that we see men and women equipped to serve the Lord in the church. There are too many pastors who are struggling to survive and they don’t know where to turn.

A Network of Support
Pastor Jorge Aleman sharing with the group

Pastor Jorge Aleman sharing with the group

I am thankful that we can train our friends so that they are better equipped to plant churches. My hope is that these pastors develop strong and enduring friendships so that they can encourage and support one another. Some of the pastors that came said they felt all alone. They don’t feel like they are receiving any support from the outside, or even within their own camp.

One of the challenges to providing the training and encouragement is manpower. We could use more workers. Yet, we are doing all we can to train and multiply coaches and mentors who can support leaders in ministry.

Pray with us for the Lord’s continued and ongoing encouragement for these pastors. That the Lord will raise up a mighty army of equipped leaders, who will be effective in ministry.

In His Grip, Dave

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The Band of Brothers and Sisters
Pastor David Feiser, Pastor Victor Bravo, Dave & Pastor Daniel Nuñez celebrating the opening of Victor's church in Rosarito last year

Pastor David Feiser, Pastor Victor Bravo, Dave & Pastor Daniel Nuñez celebrating the opening of Victor’s church in Rosarito last year (What a great celebration it was!)

One of the things I love most about serving in ministry is the camaraderie that we share with such outstanding people here on the border. The Lord has gifted us with a wonderful group to work side by side with. What a rich blessing it is for me to serve with other men and women who truly love the Lord. They encourage me and my family in so many ways!

When Dawn and I where getting set up here on the border, God gave me a great mentor and coach in Dick Kaufmann. Dick told me, “when you look for ministry partners make sure that they are like minded.” That was invaluable advice as there are so many potential people that we could look to work with. God answered our prayer, and gave us some like minded people to work with who have become precious friends!

Walking Together on this Journey
All of our friends from Ministerios Transformación

All our friends from Ministerios Transformación

Pastor Daniel Nuñez, and the ministry he leads which just changed it’s name from Lo Mejor del Trigo to Ministerios Transformación have become some of our best ministry partners. Dawn and I truly do love serving alongside them.

I share some of my heaviest burdens with the pastors of Ministerios Transformación, and likewise they share their burdens with me. After all, isn’t than what Paul encourages us to do? “Bear one another’s burdens…” —Galatians 6:2 ESV

If you’ve followed our story at all, then you know that Dawn and I have travailed through some deep valleys. The Lord is bringing us out of the valley, but at times we wondered where and even if it would end.

In those times of darkness it gave us great comfort knowing that Dawn and I could share our hearts with the men and women associated with Ministerios Transformación. Our closest relationships are with the pastors and their wives. They’ve sent us encouraging notes, and they’ve asked their whole congregation to pray for us.

It lifted up our spirits knowing that whole congregations were praying for us. We know that this was going on in churches in the U.S. and some of the National Presbyterian Churches of Mexico in Baja California as well.

Thank you Jesus for These Special Friends
Daniel & Yolanda Nuñez celebrating Daniel's birthday!

Daniel & Yolanda Nuñez celebrating Daniel’s birthday!

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” —Psalm 133:1 ESV

Today (Sunday) I was able to go to the church in El Niño, Comunidad Cristiana. We celebrated Daniel Nuñez’s birthday. Even though it was a rainy and gloomy day there was much joy, life and light in the church as we celebrated.

I give thanks to the Lord for these special friends. They make my family and me feel very loved and we feel like we are part of them when we are together.

I say thank you Jesus for all of our friends in Mexico! Thank you for Ministerios Transformación! Thank you for pastor Daniel Nuñez and his family and all the pastors and leaders that are part of that ministry!

We give thanks for you, and recognize that it’s all for God’s glory! Praise Him!

In His Grip, Dave

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2016 Here We Go!
JD Pearring in the center on the left side sharing with the LMT leadership

JD Pearring in the center on the left side sharing with the LMT leadership

2016 got off to a great start for us. Dawn, Hannah and I met with pastors and leaders from Lo Mejor del Trigo (LMT). It’s always a highlight for us to connect with these friends.

Another ministry friend of ours, JD Pearring challenged all of us to be faithful to share the good news of Christ. Even pastors need to be reminded to follow Jesus example to be about our Father’s business.

James in Acts 15:9 says, “Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God.” James assumes that people who aren’t yet believers are interested in turning to God.

The Spirit is at work all around us, and we need to stay faithful to share this good news.

JD’s words were a healthy and needed exhortation to all of us.

Share the Gospel, Plant Churches
Pastor Daniel Nuñez praying for all the pastors and leaders of LMT

Pastor Daniel Nuñez praying for all the pastors and leaders of LMT

The reason we plant churches is we believe the task it not done. There are people who need to hear the gospel. There are lives that are being transformed by Christ, and that are yet to be transformed. God is on the throne. Hallelujah!

The Lord has blessed LMT with some outstanding leaders who love Jesus. Daniel Nuñez and LMT have a compelling vision to see 50 churches planted. They just planted number 26 in November.

I’m working on raising the funds to help them plant the 27th church this Spring. Pray that the Lord works and makes this happen!

It excites me to be a part of a movement that is growing like this one is. Such good people, but even sharp men and women need support and encouragement.

Gospel Coaching & LMT
Dave sharing a few words about the value of coaching at the LMT meeting

Dave sharing a few words about the value of coaching at the LMT meeting

I’ve been working with LMT on strengthening their coaching. Daniel and I hope to see every pastor with a coach. This will create a stronger movement, and it gives the pastors a place to go during the fight. It’s not easy to lead a church, and it’s next to impossible when you go it alone.

Pastor Daniel asked me to share a few words about coaching during the meeting last week. I enjoyed the opportunity to minister to this wonderful group of servants of the Lord.

Join Us in Prayer

Pray with us as the year gets underway that Lo Mejor del Trigo will continue to grow and be strengthened. Pray that the Lord gives Pastor Daniel Nuñez wisdom as he leads this movement. Pray for a growing group of gospel coaches to come alongside these leaders.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

We Urgently Need Your Prayers!
Our training team preparing for the Gospel coach training

Our training team preparing for the Gospel coach training

Today we are starting our coaching training for 25 – 30 pastors and leaders in Rosarito, Mexico. We need your prayers as we begin this training. This is an important event as we seek to see the gospel take deeper root here on the border and the Baja.

Pray that our training team which consists of Gary Watanabe, Jim Moon, Jr. and me (Dave Dias0) works well together. This is the first time that I am helping to lead this training, so I could use extra prayer.

Pray for energy for me and those that I’m training with.

Pray that the Lord will prepare all those that are coming, and that He will use it in a profound way in their lives.

Pray for my family as I’m staying in Mexico until Wednesday. Pray especially that Dawn, Hannah, David and Jon do well, and that the Lord keeps them from harm.

Pray for our vehicles, and for all the computers and projectors that we will be using during the training time.

Dave, Jim DeWitt, Jim Moon, Jr., Matt Jesch & Gary Watanabe

Dave, Jim DeWitt, Jim Moon, Jr., Matt Jesch & Gary Watanabe

Continue to pray that our car will get fixed this week, and that we can drive it again soon.

Thanks for Standing With Us!

Thank you so much for joining us in prayer. Dawn and I firmly believe that the Lord hears the prayers of his people, and it’s one of the principles means of protection in this war that we are engaged in.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Give Thanks to the Lord, For He is Good!
Dave & Dawn with Sol & Victor

Dave & Dawn with Sol & Victor

Dawn and I have many things to be thankful for this year.

The Lord has given us some wonderful friends on both sides of the border. This week I was talking to Victor Bravo and Sol this week. Victor is leading the new church plant in Rosarito. When I was visiting their church I told the congregation that Victor and Sol are special friends of ours. Later Sol told me that it encourages them when I say they are our special friends.

In many ways they lift us as well. We are truly grateful for them and their heart to see their community transformed by the gospel. Jesus, thank you for all our wonderful friends and partners that we minister with.

Giving Thanks For All God Has Done

We give thanks that even though it’s been a year filled with some huge trials, the Lord has drawn us nearer to him and we’ve experienced some major victories.

Dave & Dawn

Dave & Dawn

We give thanks for and celebrate all that the Lord is doing here on the border and the Baja. To God be the glory for His mighty work!

Dawn and I recognize that we couldn’t accomplish these things without you. You strengthen us and your prayers play a huge part in the advance of gospel. We give thanks for you as well.

Thank you dear friends for standing with us! Thank you Jesus for your grace and love!

In His Grip, Dave

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Learn to Rest in the Lord
Bill Yarbrough with Dave and Jim DeWitt at the border crossing in Mexico

Bill Yarbrough with Dave and Jim DeWitt at the border crossing in Mexico

I thank the Lord that he loves me even when I rest. For some reason grasping this concept is like trying to catch a slippery fish. This is true for me. What has your experience been?

Our Latin American director for Mission to the World (MTW), Bill Yarbrough has been mentoring me in growing in my inner life. In this process he’s encouraged me to stop and to create space and a rhythm in my life that helps me to grow closer to the Father. Bill’s not just a boss, but a friend!

Bill asked me about my sabbath rest. As I reflected on that I realized that my rest isn’t as rich as it could be. When I expressed my struggle to Bill he reminded me that I am loved even when I rest.

How Do I Block Out All the Noise?

I think I get that at least to some degree, and it’s not like I don’t rest physically. The trouble is when I seek rest for my soul, spiritual rest there are so many things that begin to crowd out the quiet. I start worrying about what I have to do today, or about a ministry situation that isn’t going the way I would like it to go.

I feel like this pattern is a lot like what Martha struggled with when Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the better thing to sit at his feet. I want to become more like Mary and less like Martha.

Church planters gathering

Church planters gathering

The last two days I’ve been in some invigorating meetings with church planters from around the U.S. and Mexico. Three of the guys that shared spoke about the importance of maintaining our intimacy with Jesus. Two of the pastors said that they felt like they were so focused on the ministry that their relationship with the Lord had waned. They had to get alone with God and restore their first love.

Unfortunately, I found that I could relate to them.

There’s so much to do, so much noise, so many distractions. 

Taken from Sunset Cliffs in San Diego

Taken from Sunset Cliffs in San Diego

I don’t know how this is for you, but I think it is common in our culture whether you are serving in vocational ministry or not. We are a busy people. We don’t like to be still. Yet that’s what the Lord calls us to.

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  – Psalm 46:10

I’d appreciate your prayers for my family and for me that we will grow in and maintain an intimate relationship with our Abba, Father. Maybe you should pray for yourself in a similar way. We can’t take a break from growing deeper with Jesus. His mercies are new every morning. Our soul cries out and we long to know him better!

I’d love to hear from you. What have you found that has helped you to maintain a close and intimate walk with the Father?

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org