Posts Tagged ‘La Paz Baja California Sur’

Peace in La Paz
From upper left clockwise Benjamin & Blanca and Sofi; Dave, Alice, Blanca, Dawn, Sofi and Benjamin; Dawn and Dave; Peter and Jenny

Last week Dawn and I were in La Paz, Mexico which is on the Gulf of California side of the peninsula. We went there to get some time with our fellow missionaries, Peter and Jenny Boling, and our church planters, Benjamin and Blanca Romero.

It was our first ministry trip that we took where we had to get on a plane since the pandemic began.

La Paz, Baja California Sur

It’s always good to get some face to face time with those that we work closely with. Even though La Paz is on the same Peninsula as Tijuana it’s about 800 miles away.

Dawn and I get a lot of time with our church planters in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada, or at least we did until the COVID-19 restrictions began in March. Since these cities are close to where we live it makes it much easier to visit the church planters and encourage them.

Expansion Even in the Midst of the Pandemic
Some of the pastors with are working with throughout Mexico

Despite, the difficulties that the coronavirus restrictions have caused it has forced us to be creative, and in doing so we’ve been able to work with other church planters. In the last year, we’ve started funding, coaching, and training church planters in a number of other cities in Mexico: Neri and Karina in Tapachula, Chiapas; Manuel Santos in Durango, Durango; Roberto and Gabriela Mendoza in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora; Hector and Lulu Bautista in Hermosillo, Sonora; Eraclio and Amy Conde in Culiacán, Sinaloa; Jorge and Clara Izaguirre in Querétaro, Querétaro. And on top of that, there are all the church planters that we are supporting on the Big Island.

As I wrote the list of church planters we are working with I thought, “well it might not be all that exciting to read through that list, but if you consider the Apostle Paul and many of his letters he would end them greeting all the people he partnered with.” Part of the point is that we don’t do ministry alone. Too often church planters tell me, they feel alone and isolated. We are trying to change that. I’m encouraged by all the Lord is doing, and in the next few months, we are planning on partnering with even more church planters in other cities in Mexico.

That does encourage me! It represents kingdom expansion and that’s what we’ve been praying for.

Hard Times on the Big Island
Church that was torn down

Before I go I wanted to update you about some concerns on the Big Island. We just learned that the powers that be bulldozed a church. As you can see in the photos above the church was destroyed. This has all our familia there very concerned! They need our prayer. You can learn more about the tearing down of the church via this website: 14ymedio.com.

The Scarcity Continues
The Bread Shortage as reported by 14ymedio.com

Also, we’ve been getting more reports about the lack of basic needs like bread. And as I mentioned in my last post some church planters are not able to get the medicine they need. One of our pastors, Roberto has diabetes and he can’t get any insulin to help with his glucose levels.

Pray with us for these needs and give to help provide for these families. I wish that you would have the chance to talk to some of our familia, they are so grateful for the ways that we have helped them. Many of them call the help that they’ve received, “Friends Hands.” You are the friends that extend your hands to help them.

Pray and Extend Your Hands to Help our Friends, our Familia Today!

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In His Grip, Dave

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Ministry in This New Season
La Paz, Mexico at night

Dawn and I are on a flight to La Paz, Mexico to visit our missionary teammates and Mexican church planters. It’s our first ministry trip since the coronavirus restrictions began last March. As I write this I reminded what a strange and different season we’ve been living in. It’s not been an easy season to minister in. Yet, in spite of all the obstacles we see God at work.

In mayt ways our ministry has grown during this time. Just since last Saturday Dawn and I have had video calls with pastors and church planters on the Big Island, and in Mexico. The various pastors that we’ve talked to in Mexico represent more than 12 cities throughout the country. Since we’ve had to be more creative in the ways we’ve ministered it’s begun to open doors for us to influence leaders in cities that are new for us.

The Waymaker Brings the Increase
Pastor Roberto & Yolanda on the Big Island. Join us in praying for this wonderful couple and their family. We pray for the Lord’s healing touch on them.

It’s an answer to prayer, because we have been praying for increase. We’ve been praying that the Beyond part of our vision will grow, and that the Lord will make a way. He is the waymaker, as the popular Michael W. Smith song proclaims. It’s so good to see Jesus at work in the lives of men and women.

On Saturday Dawn and I spent over an hour praying with a pastor and his wife from the Big Island, *Roberto and *Yolanda (Not their real names). Roberto has diabetes and because of the ongoing crisis there is a shortage of so many things including medical items like insulin and antibiotics. We felt very concerned for Roberto when he told us that he was running out of insulin, and there wasn’t a way to get more, so we set up a time to met and pray with him and his wife. We prayed for healing and the Lord’s provision. Roberto and Yolanda were moved to tears as we prayed. When we were done Roberto said that he felt better, and as I’ve kept in touch with him this week he’s continued to improve!

Roberto and Yolanda just told us this morning that they don’t have anymore insulin! Prayer for healing and God’s provision is URGENT!

Please join us in prayer for Roberto and Yolanda and so many others who are hurting and having to go without on the Big Island. Send a gift today to help meet these needs, so that we can continue to send aid to our beautiful familia.

Outreach Through Alpha
Zoom meeting for Alpha training

Last night we had five church planters throughout Mexico who are taking an online Alpha class with us so that they can learn how to reach out in their communities even while they are faced with the limitations that we living with. Two more pastors told me today that they would also like to go through this training.

I must admit on the one hand I’m frustrated with all the Zoom meetings. At times life seems so busy, even though most of my meetings now take place on my computer in my home office. Yet, I also realize that I am connecting with pastors who live 100’s if not thousands of miles away in places in Mexico like Tapachula, Durango, Culiacán, Hermosillo and La Paz. And as I’ve already mentioned Dawn and I also have regular, even daily contact with our friends and familia on the Big Island.

The Lion is on the Move!
Outreach in Tijuana & Mexicali

God is on the move! There is a lot of swirl going on right now, with the coronavirus, the social unrest and political divide, but I believe there is breakthrough. There are things we can be excited about, but maybe we just have to look a little harder to find them!

Dawn and I continue to pray for, work for and trust the Lord for breakthrough. It is inevitable that the church will grow. His kingdom will be established on earth as it is in heaven! I hope that these words might encourage you. Both Dawn and I hope that the needs especially the lack on the Big Island will move you to be generous and give. Donate today! You can’t believe what a tremendous blessing your generosity is to our familia. The reports and testimonies we are receiving are heart warming.

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In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Enjoying The Beauty of God’s Work

La Paz

La Paz

One of the many wonderful things that we enjoy about our ministry is that we get to travel to see those that we partner with. The Lord is doing a marvelous work through our friends in and around Mexico. An added bonus to all our travels is that we’ve found that it really helps us as we grieve Hannah’s loss. It helps us to not think about it as much, but also the people we connect with are very loving and encouraging to us.

Recently, Dawn and I visited Peter and Jenny Boling who are serving in La Paz, which is in Southern Baja California. La Paz is a beautiful peaceful city, and it is also the capital of the State. La Paz means the peace, so it is appropriately named.

A Place to Pray for Peace

Peter & Jenny Boling

Peter & Jenny Boling

Peter and Jenny have rented some space downtown for a prayer center. This gives them a presence in the city and the opportunity to meet people, and to share the love of Christ. Our goal is to form a beachhead to see the community transformed as we start new churches. The Boling’s just moved to La Paz last September, and they’ve made great progress.

Pray with us for a breakthrough in La Paz. We are also looking for a national church planter who can partner with them. Even though La Paz is a beautiful city, there are great needs in the community. The prayer center is a way to open doors. Peter and Jenny have already had some wonderful conversations and opportunities to pray with people who are curious and seeking.

Praying for Transformed Lives

While we were there Peter showed me a building a stone’s throw away from their prayer center that would make for a great church facility down the road. We have a vision for the future and for a better tomorrow. We know that God’s heart is to see lives transformed and for entire communities to experience his saving love.

Thank you for standing with us on this journey of faith!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

P.S. Pray for Dawn’s dad, Al. He has cancer and is not doing well. It’s tough that it’s so close to losing Hannah, and that my dad also has cancer.

Our Vision for Growth on the Border, The Baja & Beyond!

The view towards the Pacific from the church plant in Rosarito

The view towards the Pacific from the church plant in Rosarito

Our vision for the Border, the Baja and Beyond is to see church planting movements ignited and flourishing. Some of the ways we’ve envisioned doing this is through partnering with like-minded ministries, to enlist, engage and equip leaders.

One of our important partnerships is with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico (NPCM). When I was in Mexico City last week I was able to meet with the president, secretary and treasurer of the NPCM. I felt encouraged as we discussed the importance of planting churches and reaching Northern Mexico. You can pray with us that the relationship grows, so that we can see a Spirit filled move of God.

Presently, we have two main projects with them in our region. One new project in La Paz that we started in May of 2015, and one in Ensenada that we are getting ready to start this Fall.

A New Project in Rosarito

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Pastor Davis Pardo & and his wife, Luz leading the church in worship

Recently, I’ve started developing a relationship with a new church planter that is working in Rosarito. Davis & Luz Pardo went through our discovery center last November and they are beginning a new work in Rosarito.

This past weekend I visited the church site. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great experience. I met some people from a group of churches from San Diego that are interested in supporting this church planting project and helping it get off of the ground.

God has blessed Davis and the church with a great location for a church. It’s set on a hill in the middle of a community that doesn’t have any churches. Since Rosarito is not far from the ocean, and the church is set on a hill it has a beautiful view of the Pacific.

I’ve invited Davis to go through our church planting training that we will be starting up in June. This is a two-year training program, called the incubator, that equips pastors to plant their church.

Join Us in Prayer

Pray with us that the Lord will guide and lead us in these strategic partnership relationships. Pray for Davis and Luz as they lead the core group that they’ve raised up in Rosarito. Pray for Victor and Fanny Gonzalez, who are planting the church in La Paz, and for Petri & Yudy who are planting the church in Ensenada.

Dawn and I are also excited about our partnership with our friends from Ministerios Transformación led by Pastor Daniel Nuñez. We are getting ready to plant a new church with them in Tijuana this Fall, led by Obed & Cesiah Lares.

The church is growing! God is at work! Hallelujah! Praise Him!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Beginnings of a New Church

Victor & Fanny Gonzalez with their daughter, Xaris

Victor & Fanny Gonzalez with their daughter, Xaris

Dawn, Hannah and I just returned from an amazing week in Los Cabos, La Paz and Puerto Vallarta. The first half of our trip we visited our fellow MTW missionaries Peter and Jenny Boling, and our national church planters Victor and Fanny Gonzalez.

We are thrilled by all God is doing at the southern end of Baja California. The Bolings and the Gonzalez are building a strong foundation for the beginnings of the new church planting project in La Paz.

Victor and Fanny are getting to know the city, the needs, and the people. It takes a lot of time, and it’s imperative as they begin this project. We are praying with them for wisdom and direction.

Pray for Direction for the Bolings

Dave, Dawn and Hannah with Peter & Jenny, Victor, Fanny and Xaris in La Paz

Dave, Dawn and Hannah with Peter & Jenny, Victor, Fanny and Xaris in La Paz

Peter and Jenny Boling play an invaluable role in encouraging them, praying with them and supporting them along the way.

The Bolings are in the process of praying about moving their family from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz, which is about a two-hour drive across the peninsula. They would like to be more directly involved in this new church plant. We are excited about the possibility!

Join us in prayer that the Lord will make clear to the Peter and Jenny what he has for them. At this point they are leaning towards making the move, and we look forward to what God will do. Victor and Fanny are a loving couple and they have many gifts. They will be even stronger and more effective if they have a team to work with them.

Jesus Will Build His Church

It’s not an easy thing to start a church from scratch. The Lord is one who builds his church, so we are looking to him and trusting him.

Jesus said,

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. —Matthew 16:18

An aerial view of La Paz, Baja California

An aerial view of La Paz, Baja California

The Lord continues this work of building his church. He promises that he will build it, and that the gates of hell shall not be able to contain what God is doing. Our God is greater and more powerful than any force that the enemy would seek to lift up against us. We are in a battle, but we are on the winning side!

Dawn, Hannah and I were grateful we could connect with these two very special families.

We are praying for them, and asking the Lord to do a great work that the city of La Paz will be transformed by the gospel. That the city will be true to it’s name a city full of peace.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

The Gospel in Cabo & La Paz

Pastor Victor Gonzalez on the left with Peter Boling and the core group for the new church

Pastor Victor Gonzalez on the left with Peter Boling and the core group for the new church in La Paz, Baja California

Dawn, Hannah and I are on our way to Cabo San Lucas and La Paz today. It’s exciting that the Lord worked it out for the three of us to go together.

We just sent a church planter to La Paz in May. Victor Gonzalez has been in La Paz with his wife, Fanny for the last four months getting set up. They are off to a good start as they meet people and work on developing a core group to launch the church.

Mission to the World missionaries, Peter and Jenny Boling are currently living in Cabo San Lucas. They’ve begun helping Victor and Fanny.

Praying for Wisdom & Direction

Peter & Jenny on the left with Emilio & Mytee

Peter & Jenny on the left with Emilio & Mytee some key leaders they are discipling and ministering with in Cabo San Lucas

One of the reasons for this trip is to work with the two couples on strategizing how they can best work together. The Bolings are considering moving to La Paz, so they can be more directly involved in this church planting project.

Our desire is to see the Border and all of Baja California and Beyond transformed by the gospel. We believe the church is the instrument God has chosen to carry the good news and to bring about transformation in the hearts of men and women as they encounter Christ.

Pray that the Lord leads and guides our time together, so that it is fruitful. We also want to be a blessing, an encouragement to our friends.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer as the gospel goes forth.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

A New Work in La Paz

Pastor Victor Gonzalez on the left with Peter Boling and the core group for the new church

Pastor Victor Gonzalez on the left with Peter Boling and the core group for the new church

Last week church planter Victor Gonzalez arrived with his family to La Paz, Baja California. This is a project we have partnered with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico and the Center for Church Planting on for the last two years to get it off the ground.

La Paz means the peace in Spanish. We pray for God’s peace to reign in this city!

Your Prayers are Key!

Your prayers and the prayers and work of others have played a huge part in getting this project going.

La Paz is a key city. It’s the Capitol of Southern Baja California. This will be the first Presbyterian church in this city.

Victor and his wife, Fanny found a house in the area they are targeting for the church plant in their first week there. It will take them some time to settle in, but even this time is key as they develop relationships and get to know the city.

Lord, Open the Doors – Prepare the Way

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos

Dave & Peter Boling (in the back) with pastor Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos preparing for new church planting project for La Paz, Baja California Sur

Our prayer as Victor and Fanny begin this work is that the Lord goes before them so that the gospel will go out in power. That many people will come to Christ through the witness of this church, and that this will help spark a movement in La Paz and Los Cabos.

Fellow missionary Peter Boling is coming alongside Victor and Fanny and helping them as they get settled and work on first steps.

Continue to lift up our friends. We know the enemy doesn’t like it when we invade what he thinks is his territory. The Kingdom of God is on the move!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

God Can & Does Use Meetings!

Dave and Larry Trotter with Pastors Cesar Santizo, Felipe Hernandez, Benjamin Romero & Victor Hugo Herrera

Dave and Larry Trotter with Pastors Cesar Santizo, Felipe Hernandez, Benjamin Romero & Victor Hugo Herrera

Meetings aren’t always fun, but God can and does work through them. This last week fellow MTW missionary, Larry Trotter and I met with the presbytery for northwestern Mexico (Presbiterio Fronterizo Noroccidental). The meetings were held in Ensenada, Mexico. The Lord gave me the added bonus of being able to visit our friends and to stay with Jesus and Yudy Petrikowski.

Christ-centered Preaching

Dr. Larry Trotter teaching on Christ-centered preaching

Dr. Larry Trotter teaching on Christ-centered preaching

The presbytery is filled with a great group of pastors and leaders. They are enjoyable bunch to be with. They gave Larry the opportunity to teach three sessions on Christ-centered preaching.

What a wonderful opportunity!

It lifted my spirit to see the interest the men and a few women displayed as Larry spoke on such an important topic.

Our prayer is that the grace of God will so fill this region of Mexico that individuals, families, communities and even cities will be transformed by the gospel.

New Church Plant Beginning in La Paz!

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos preparing for new church planting project for La Paz, Baja California Sur

We rejoice in other important advances as God is opening up for us new opportunities in Baja. Victor and Fanny Gonzalez will be moving to La Paz, Baja California in May  to begin a new church planting project there. This will be the first Presbyterian church in this city. La Paz is the capital of Southern Baja California. It is a key city.

Pray for Victor and Fanny as they move from the Monterrey area to La Paz. It’s a big undertaking, and they will need much prayer support.

Looking for More Church Planters

One more exciting bit of news is that we decided on the dates for the first church planting assessment center that we will have for this presbytery. It will held in Tijuana in October of this year!

Hallelujah! That’s a huge answer to prayer. Now pray that the Lord will raise up the right church planting candidates as we prepare for the assessment center.

Prayer & Praise

Dawn and I are so grateful for your prayers. God hears! We see him answering in big ways, despite our limitations. He is bringing healing to our family, even as we walk through this valley that we’ve been passing through.

Sometimes I wonder what God is doing, but then I look back and I marvel at all he has done. Join us in praising him! He is worthy of our worship and adoration!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Should We Get Excited About the Church?

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos exploring a new church planting project for La Paz

We talk a lot about planting churches. You could say we get excited about seeing new churches start-up. And maybe you wonder why? To some the church seems like a mess. I mean how could God use it? Just read the newspaper and you will find some bad news about a church somewhere.

Those are good questions.

And yet despite its shortcomings, God in his infinite wisdom chose the church as his vehicle for his kingdom to grow on the earth. Jesus taught us to pray, thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray for the expansion of the Lord’s kingdom as he works through his church.

Life Transformation is Why!

One of the main reasons why we do what we do is because of the transformed lives. It’s gets us stoked to see and hear the stories of a life changed by the gospel. When Jesus enters in and turns someone’s world upside down.

This last Sunday at the multi-cultural, bilingual church, Bridge Church (formerly Harbor Mid-City) that we partner with Dawn and I were able to share in the story of wonderful story of a man with many last names who God claimed as his own.

Robert’s Story – Covenant Renewal

Many people were moved to tears as they listened to Robert’s testimony. Watch the video here, and see if you don’t agree that God has done an amazing work in Robert’s life.

Dawn and I feel privileged to get a front row seat to what God is doing in the lives of people through the work of his church. As feeble as the church may be Jesus reigns supreme and he is the giver of life. He gives us hope and through the gospel we see life transformation.

Some Exciting New Works

I just returned from Los Cabos and La Paz Mexico where we are working on a new church planting project. We are working and praying for the right church planter to lead this project.

We are also talking to Pastor Daniel Nuñez about partnering with Lo Mejor del Trigo to start a new church planting project near Rosarito in Mexico. God is on the move here and he that keeps us busy.

Please join us in prayer that we will see the Lord open the necessary doors and bring everything together so that these churches will be healthy from the beginning.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

I find that often after I preach a message that the Lord soon gives me an opportunity to put into practice what I preached on. Maybe it’s because I’m a slow learner? 😉

A New Work in La Paz

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos

Dave & Peter (the small guys in the back) with Pastor Benjamin & Blanca Romero and Pastor Victor & Fanny and Karis Gonzalez in Los Cabos

Last week I was in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas in Baja California. I was with fellow MTW missionary Peter Boling and a Mexican church planter that is considering leading a church planting project in La Paz. We were also to see some of the sites and people affected by Hurricane Odile.

The Lord blessed our time together. It’s encouraging to think about starting something new, especially a new church in the capital city of Southern Baja California. I hope to write more about our time in La Paz and Los Cabos in my next post.

Continuing to Learn to Rest in the Lord’s Hands

While that was going on there were some troubles at home, so I had to leave earlier than I was planning on. That’s when I especially needed to apply what I had preached on – The Incomparable Peace of Christ. 

The Lord promises us a supernatural peace that will guard our hearts like soldiers guard a city. He encourages us to pray and not to be anxious.

I was listening to some praise songs today, and one of the songs I heard sang, You hold me in Palm of your hands. What a wonderful promise.

God has often reminded me as I pray for my family that he loves them even more than I do.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭49‬:‭15,16‬ ESV)

Isn’t that a comfort to know that God will not forget you? He cares for you, and that you are continually before him. This promise gives me great hope. Isn’t it good to know that the Lord cares for you in such a loving and tender way?

These are some of the things that I had to remind myself of as our family encountered some difficult trials. It seems to be a hazard of my trade. Yet, God hasn’t forgotten us. He has a good plan for us and he uses it for his good, which is ultimately for our good as well.

Thank you Lord for your loving care. Thank you for your tender mercies. You are so gracious to remind me of the truth of your Word and your promises.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org