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Our hope for the Border

Our hope for the Border

A friend of mine, Susie Fikse who went with her family to one of our recent outreach trips to Tijuana just wrote a helpful article on immigration issues. Click on the link to read the article Immigration: Reforming Hearts as well as Policy.

I like to highlight articles like Susie’s that can help us think through an issue that many people feel strongly about. Yet, I think most of us don’t understand all the complexities that are involved. What is our responsibility as Christians? How should the church respond to the needs of the immigrant community? Difficult questions for sure.

Fikse in her article cited above asks,

What are our deepest beliefs about immigration? Are they influenced more by the political parties and the media, or by Scripture and the heart of God? As Christians more fully understand the deeper issues embedded in the immigration debate, grasp God’s love and compassion for the “alien,” and begin to love those in our midst, our political positions will be infused with the compassion and truth of our Heavenly Father.

These are the types of issues and questions that we deal with daily here on the border. On the U.S. side of the border I frequently interact with people who live here, who have out stayed their visas. On the Mexican side some of the ministries that we are directly involved in are reaching out to the homeless and disenfranchised.

Ministering to the Needy on the Border
pastor Leo leading us in prayer

Pastor Leo leading us in prayer at the border

There are many people living in Tijuana right at the border line that have been deported, and they have nowhere to go. Fortunately, there are loving friends like, Leo and Gloria Nevarez who care for these people. They share the good news of the gospel with them, and they feed them.

The complexity and challenges of the border are some of the things that drew Dawn and me here. Jesus loves the foreigner, the alien, the lost and the destitute, and he calls us to do the same.

One of the passages that the Lord used to call us here is found in Isaiah 61.

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound… They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1,2,4 ESV)

In His Grip, Dave

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What a day! What a week!
Hannah, Dawn and Dave in TJ

Hannah, Dawn and Dave in TJ

When we live in this crazy world, and maybe even more so when we are on the front lines we get attacked.

Earlier this week a friend of ours, who is a wonderful Christian woman. She’s a great wife and mother. Dawn and I have grown to love them. Well, she took a wrong turn as she was taking her nephew to school, and ended up in a detention center.

Her husband has already spent thousands of dollars in lawyers fees trying to get every thing sorted out.

When I received the news on Tuesday of what happened I felt very sad. Tears welled up in my eyes, although I was with other friends so I held it in.

I feel for those that get hurt through the brokenness on the border. That’s one of the reasons God brought us here. To bring good news to the poor, and to repair the broken city.

Family Trials
my daughter Hannah's car

my daughter Hannah’s poor car

Today (Thursday) I felt like the enemy was coming after my family full on.

My daughter, Hannah called me at 6:30 in the morning, because she got stuck in the snow and ice. Someone ran into her, then another and another. When it was all over there were five cars involved in the accident.

Hannah was cold and afraid. I tried to keep her calm and give her hope. I know that our Lord protected her from further damage.

Then about when I was done helping Hannah, I got a call from Dawn that our son, Jonathan had a serious problem with his eye. His retina is detached.

Jon, Hannah & David Jr. having some fun

Jon, Hannah & David Jr. having some fun

The doctor wants to do an emergency surgery, but since my son ate lunch before he received this news, and they need to perform the surgery after 8 hours of fasting he decided to put the surgery off until Friday morning. Again I found myself sad, and the tears welled up.

My son, Jon will have an emergency eye surgery to repair his retina on Friday morning at 7:20 AM PST.

Someone once said that dogs don’t bark at parked cars. I do believe that one of the attacks our enemy uses is to try to discourage us while we are serving the Lord. I’m not sure that knowing that makes it any easier. It’s still painful to see those we love suffer.

God Gives me Hope

What does give me hope is knowing that somehow, someway God uses this for his glory and for our good. I’m reminded to keep my eyes on him.

Jesus said that, in this world you will have many troubles, but cheer up I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

After I sent a note out to some friends today asking them to pray, a pastor friend sent me some encouraging verses, so I thought I would share them with you, and ask you to pray.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV84)
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV84)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thanks for joining us on this journey of faith, and for standing with us in prayer.

In His Grip, Dave

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Dave sharing with the seminary students at Covenant

Dave sharing with the seminary students at Covenant

Mobilizing for kingdom work. It’s something I enjoy.

It gives me energy to interact with young people who love Jesus, and have an interest in missions. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Covenant Seminary. When I think about it I love to tell our story, and to share about the needs of the border. It’s not difficult to build a case for the area of the world we minister in.

The tale of two cities. You have the beauty of San Diego, yet under the surface, deep in the social fabric of the city there are some huge needs. Drugs. Sex trafficking. Immigration issues, and the list goes on. The tale of Tijuana is well noted. Crime and violence have been rampant, although they have slowed down recently. The problem can’t be ignored.

Do we have an answer for this problem?

We just celebrated the answer this past Sunday. Christ triumphant is the answer. The gospel is the answer, and it’s man’s only hope! He is the light of the world. He is the living water. He brings hope for the broken and downtrodden.

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Covenant. Thankfully I was pleased and invigorated by the quality of students that came to our lunch presentation. It gives me faith that there are individuals out there that the Lord is calling to serve Him in missions. Some in God’s grace will join us on the border.

The Arch in St. Louis

The Arch in St. Louis

Of the students I met with yesterday about five expressed some level of interest in future internships. There may be some other doors that open as I follow-up with the students. I’ve already begun to talk to the school about a return visit in the fall.

Finding people who God is calling to work with us is sometimes a slow process, but it’s a good one. We have a terrific albeit challenging work, with some outstanding partners. Our story is compelling. I had at least a couple of people tell me that when I showed them the Harbor video that I have on my ministry partners page that it moved them. One said, “it makes me want to go.” That’s what I like to hear.

This journey is a journey of faith. We trust the Lord to raise our funds. We trust him to sell our house. We trust Him for our family. We trust Him to build our team. We trust Him to call people to serve with us that are a good fit.

Continue to join us in prayer for laborers for the San Diego – Tijuana field of harvest.

In His Grip, Dave

P.S. On Friday, April 13th at 4:30 PM (PT) we launch our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Please pray for a good group of students, and that God would draw them to Himself.

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