Posts Tagged ‘Jim Moon’

The Gospel is Changing Lives in Cuba
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Dave with Jim Moon Jr., Yamil & Yuneisi Domínguez, Melissa, Ariadna & Frank Batista

Every time I go to Cuba I feel like God rocks my world. I’m both challenged and encouraged by the people and how I see the Lord working in the lives of the people.

I’m planning on writing more about my trip later, but I wanted to share this short video that I put together with the help of my Cuban friends, Frank Batista and Yamil Domínguez. The video focuses on the Gospel Coach training that we are partnering with them on. By the way, Havana is spelled with a b instead of a v in Cuba.

Gospel Coach in Havana (Habana), Cuba

Gospel Coach Habana from David Diaso on Vimeo.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Coaches Needed

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Dave leading a session on coaching with Alcides De La Cruz

Why do we leave leaders to struggle on their own? Why do some leaders isolate themselves from others? The casualties of those leaving the ministry every month are astonishingly high. The difference in effectiveness between ministers who have the support of a coach, and those that don’t is remarkable.

These are some of the reasons we believe that it is imperative that leaders in the church should have a coach. When I first arrived in Tijuana, I was talking to one of my missionary colleagues who’s also been a coach to me, Gary Watanabe. I explained to Gary how the church was growing so fast here that I couldn’t keep up, and that I couldn’t coach all the leaders myself. Gary encouraged me to explore ways to multiply myself, to multiply coaches.

Through Gary I met Tom Wood and Jim Moon with Church Multiplication Ministries (CMM). Tom Wood has developed some outstanding training for coaching church planters and leaders. The Gospel is at the center of their training, which is refreshing!

Multiplying Coaches in Mexico & Cuba
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Dave with Jim Moon and Josue Mayo

I began working with Tom, Jim and Gary on bringing the Gospel Coach training to Mexico. In December of 2015 we held our first training event in Tijuana and Monterrey, Mexico.

Jim Moon invited me and some of us who minister in Mexico to go to Cuba to see how they were applying the Gospel Coach in Cuba. That was a life transforming trip for me as the Lord introduced me to the wonderful people of Cuba, and showed me how he was at work there. The church is growing in amazing ways in Cuba.

This relationship with Jim Moon who heads up the Spanish ministry for CMM has continued to grow and flourish. Last weekend I worked with Jim and MTW missionary Jamie Burkemper to lead training in the Gospel Coach in Juarez, Mexico. Forty leaders came to the training.

We find as people are exposed to the concepts of coaching the Lord grabs them, and they desire to grow in their capacity to coach others. They also realize how important it is for them to have a coach.

God is Using Our Story
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One of the small group exercises during the coaching training

One of the emphasis that I love about the Gospel Coach training is the focus on the gospel. I led a module on the history of the gospel, and during my session I shared about Hannah’s passing. The Lord used the story of our family and the hope we have in the gospel to encourage our friends. One of my prayers has been that the Lord will use Hannah’s death to bring glory to himself. I know her death isn’t in vain, but as a father I long for evidence of God’s greater purpose. Jesus is already showing up, and showing himself strong as I share how he has sustained us during this time of sorrow and sadness. Thank you Jesus!

We see the light of Christ shining brightly as Dawn and I minister together. Dawn loves to pray for and encourage others. She has a knack for coming alongside those we meet, and showing them the love of Christ. We are much more effective as we team up and serve together. Jesus is giving us moments of light as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Thank you for praying for us as we seek to follow Jesus. We are serving as we grieve. God’s grace is sufficient. Thanks be to the Lord!

We pray that coaches will continue to multiply in Mexico and Cuba and wherever else the Lord opens up the doors for us to minister!

In His Holy Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

You Prayed, God Answered!
Coaching Training

Coaching Training

We asked you to pray for our coaching training that we held for pastors and leaders last week. God came through again! The Lord gave us a wonderful time with the pastors, leaders and missionaries that attended.

This is an important step as Dawn and I work with our partners to see church planting movements that are undergirded with a strong coaching component. A number of the pastors and leaders feel alone. They feel like they don’t have anyone to turn to when they have a problem.

One of the things that Dawn and I enjoy the most is connecting and coming alongside the leaders here on the border. But not long after we arrived I realized that we couldn’t keep up with all the pastors that are in the networks we are working with.

Multiply Coaches
Jim Moon leading one of our coaching training sessions

Jim Moon leading one of our coaching training sessions

Fellow missionary, Gary Watanabe has been one of the men I’ve turned to for coaching advice. When I explained how many pastors we were working with, he said you are going to have to multiply coaches. That set us on a journey towards putting together training for pastors and leaders here, so they could grow in their coaching skills.

Gary put me in touch with Church Multiplication Ministries, led by Tom Wood and Jim Moon, Jr. Recently they’ve started holding coaching training in Cuba. Jim is learning Spanish, and leads the training in the Spanish-speaking countries. The Lord is also opening doors for them now in Mexico and other countries.

My hope is that this training event was just the first step in a number of other training opportunities, so that we will see a multiplication of coaches on the border and throughout Mexico.

Connecting Across Mexico
Working in groups to practice coaching

Working in groups to practice coaching

We partnered with our Monterrey, Mexico team to pull off this coaching training. After our two-day training event in Tijuana, the same training was offered in Monterrey.

One of the other things that brought me joy is that we were able to offer this training for two of our missionaries that are working in Guadalajara and two that are working in Juarez. I have been working with our leadership so that we can begin to work in a more unified fashion when we provide training.

Dave facilitating a coaching training session

Dave facilitating a coaching training session

Those that came to the training were very positive about the experience, and expressed a desire to learn more. I would like to see a culture of learning here, and I believe that is what we are beginning to observe.

The work is not done, but we are definitely off to a good start!

Lift Up Your Voices to the Lord

Continue to pray with us that the Lord will multiply coaches on the border and throughout Mexico, so that pastors and leaders have someone they can look to as they minister.

Ministry is not easy. We recognize that we are in a battle, but it’s even harder if not impossible when we go it alone. Pray that our band of brothers and sisters will grow.

In His Grace, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org