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Summer VBS in Ensenada
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Singing to the Creator of the Universe 

This was our fourth year of VBS in Ensenada with Skyview from Denver and the church in Ensenada. We started with La Nueva Jerusalén, but this year we have a new church plant called, Renuevo. This is a sister church plant with a strong relationship with La Nueva Jerusalén.

There are some new challenges in running a VBS with a new church plant. There aren’t as many church members to draw from or as many children that are part of the group. Yet, Petri and Yudy did a wonderful job along with their core team of recruiting friends and new believers to get involved. Many of the people who helped lead weren’t in a church as little as 6 months ago!

God the Creator of All
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Yudy teaching the eager children 

Most of the children that came are from families that are not yet involved in a church. Maybe they are interested, seeking or were just looking for something for their children to do that was positive during the summer months. The VBS had a different feel this time around.

The theme of the VBS was on creation. God created with world, and the galaxies. The idea of God’s involvement in creation was new to many of the children. One of the teachers, Luz Angela said that she asked the children she was teaching who created the chicken, and they responded the mother chicken. The concept of God creating the chicken was foreign to them.

Reaching New Families
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Petri sharing with the parents about the importance of teaching their children about the Creator

One of the highlights of the week was parents night, on Wednesday night. Forty parents showed up. Petri and Yudy said they didn’t know how many to expect. They thought maybe only 10 or 15 would come.

Petri talked to the parents about the importance of forming their children’s character and teaching them about having a relationship with God. He told them one of the most important things is that the parents themselves set the example and grow personally in their relationship with the creator of the Universe.

The parents responded very enthusiastically. One of them mentioned that their child came home and had all kinds of questions. Their son asked if God created the world does that mean he created the fly as well? It opened the door for positive interaction among parents and their children.

Praying for Renewal in Ensenada
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Kari Berglund from Denver leading the children with Diane Farris

Petri at the end of the evening was able to invite them all to be a part of the new project, Renuevo. Renuevo means renew. They are working to bring about renewal in Ensenada! So encouraging to see God’s work and the hunger.

The parents were also invited to the closing ceremony on Friday. There was an equally strong showing. The parents were proud of their children as they finished up the week and received their certificate for being involved in the summer VBS.

Thankful for Skyview from Denver!
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Thankful for our friends from Skyview Church

The group from Skyview plays a key role as they show love to the children and lead the crafts and activities. They’ve also developed a wonderful relationship with the team from Renuevo. The love of Christ is very apparent as these two groups come together to work on VBS and to enjoy the week together.

Thanks for praying for us. Please continue to pray for Petri and Yudy and their team as they seek to bring renewal to Ensenada through the good news of the gospel.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org
God’s Advancing Kingdom
The core team for Renuevo with Petri and Yudy on the right

The core team for Renuevo with Petri and Yudy on the right

The Lord gave Dawn, Hannah and me a wonderful experience with our friends in Ensenada this past Sunday. I’ve wanted to meet with Petri & Yudy’s core team for the new church planting project for a while now, and I got the chance on Sunday.

Dave preaching at La Nueva Jerusalén church

Dave preaching at La Nueva Jerusalén church

I preached at Nueva Jerusalén church in the morning. What a blessing to be with our friends there and to encourage them in their faith.

Then after church Petri took us to Arturo’s house for a meal and a meeting with the core team. God blessed us with an outstanding time of getting to know one another, and eating some amazing food!

After we were all fully satisfied, Petri led the group. He shared the vision for the new church plant, which we hope to start this Fall. The church is Renuevo, which means renewal. God makes all things new! The group was excited as they thought about their friends who they would like to see changed by the gospel.

The part of the city that Petri and Yudy would like to plant the church in presently does not have any churches. There is a huge need for the gospel to be proclaimed to the people there.

Join Us In Prayer

Pray with us for the Lord’s continued guiding and leading as they get ready to launch Renuevo. God’s kingdom is advancing through his church.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Oriesa with Jose Zunun

Oriesa with Jose Zunun

One of the young women, Oriesa Wiyona, who made up part of the medical outreach team from Redeemer San Diego shared her perspective on the trip. She did a great job sharing her story, so I wanted you to see it!

Yesterday was my third time going to Ensenada medical missions with my home church. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least feeling somewhat jaded and “numb”–whatever that means… I felt as if I had no business going again to serve the people there if my heart wasn’t fully invested. Truthfully, I think that one of the worst things to have is a lackluster/lukewarm heart (Revelations 3:16).
On Friday morning, the day before the trip, I was reading a Spurgeon devotional about those who have feeble faith :
“Oh that I had the courage of a great heart, that I could wield his sword and be as valiant as He! But, alas, I stumble at every straw, and a shadow makes me afraid… Peter and Paul, the highly favoured apostles were of the family of the most high; and so are you also; the weak Christian is as much a child of God as the strong one.”

Medical clinic in Ensenada

Medical clinic in Ensenada

Days before the trip, our team found out that a lot of our medical and dental equipments were confiscated on the way down to the border (ie medications, dental tools, lido injections etc.). What a disappointment… Usually we’ve had no problems with our items crossing the border, however this time, things were seemingly more difficult than ever.
On the way down to the border, one of our team physicians lead a morning devotional. He was quoting an idea from a book called, “When Helping Hurts” which stated something alone the lines of: helping and serving can often times feed into our sense of a God complex because people will thank you or “sing your praises”.

I was wondering whether my ego had started to feed into that role which led me to feel ‘holier than thou’ in a sense that these people needed me more than I needed them. Was I depending on the praises of these people to come and serve? Was I wanting to do everything by AND for myself? Were my intentions for going on to missions askew? A sense of sheer guilt began to wash over me for thinking that I could’ve possibly missed the whole intention/purpose of missions. The last thing I wanted to do was go into the missions field with a self-serving/righteous attitude.
However as I returned from Mexico that night, my feeble heart felt strengthened and encouraged as I began to realize God’s subtle blessings during our trip.

Some of our medical team

Some of our medical team

For example, the dental equipments that was lost ended up being provided by a friend of one of our missionaries in Mexico… a family member of one of the church planters is a nurse who rallied the help of her friends to aid with women’s health by providing screenings and free pap smears. And in the end, our team saw 77 patients and 7 prayed to accept Christ. Those numbers served as a reminder for why Christ intended us to do missions–not for my personal gain, but for His glory (One of our team members pointed out that 7 is a pretty holy number after all…)
So today, when my pastor addressed Genesis 1:1-9–the story of Babel, I was incredibly humbled and somewhat taken aback. These people were building towers for the sake of personal gain and achievements, however were rebuked in the end when God changes the language causing their tower building activity to fall apart. Whoa… that sounded a little too familiar.

 

Neighborhood where we held medical outreach

Neighborhood where we held medical outreach

Pastor Paul stated that that building our own tower makes us delusional–we believe that we are bigger and more important than we really are by providing our time, talents, achievements and accomplishments. When I compare my works to the vastness of His universe, I often forget that I am merely encircling myself in a web of pride and selfishness. Our towers do not last, no matter how big the glory and praises of the day seems. It was pride that led to the fall of Adam and Eve and it was pride that led to the judgement of Babel.
So while our doing is for the purpose of eternal kingdom work, it is only by His grace that the new faith of those 7 patients may be sustained AND that my feeble heart as practitioner/missionary can rest assured in His identity and be free to bless our other brothers and sisters in need. And lastly… what a beautiful reminder through missions that my prideful heart can be changed and renewed by His grace.

Thanks Oriesa for sharing your story!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Sowing the Seed of the Word
Yudy leading one of the VBS classes

Yudy leading one of the VBS classes

The seed of the Word of God is planted in many young hearts during VBS, but we don’t always see immediate fruit. Dawn and I have met and talked to friends this week who told us they came to know Christ through a VBS! What a privilege it is to see broken hearts become whole through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

We pray together for much fruit as the principles of the Bible are taught this week in Ensenada through the songs, activities, teachings, and more.

Sowing in the Hearts of Families
Jesus teaching the parents

Jesus teaching the parents

One of the highlights of this week was a seminar for the parents that was taught by one of the key leaders in the church, Jesus Petrikowski. We all loved this seminar, because we not only reached out to the children through VBS, but also to the parents of the children.

The church did a wonderful job of inviting the parents, and encouraging the children to let their dad and mom know about the class.

There was a good group of parents that came to the seminar.  After Jesus taught the lesson he asked them how many of them would like for their families to follow Christ; how many would like to learn how to follow His principles for their family. Believe it or not they all raised their hand!

They also said that they would like more seminars on how to raise a family. The majority of those that came are not from the church, so it was thrilling to see their reaction.

We pray for God’s continued and bountiful work in their hearts!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org