Posts Tagged ‘Mexico City’

This weekend Dawn, Hannah and I enjoyed going through the pictures from our first 10 years in Mexico, before we moved to Colorado. It was fun reminiscing, and reflecting on the many good friends the Lord gave us while we lived and worked in Mexico. I thought I would share some of those pictures here. I’ll start with our first term in Mexico from 1990 – 1994.

The Diaso family at the end of our first term. Hannah was born in April and we left for our Home Ministry Assignment in May of 1994

The Diaso family at the end of our first term. Hannah was born in April and we left for our Home Ministry Assignment in May of 1994

David Jr. newly born with Esmeralda while we were still in language school in McAllen, Texas. David was always a hit with the high school girls we were working with.

David Jr. newly born with Esmeralda while we were still in language school in McAllen, Texas. David was always a hit with the high school girls we were working with.

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. and Bruce Thompson and friends from Language school in the Zocalo. Mexico's center - town square

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. and Bruce Thompson and friends from Language school in the Zocalo. Mexico’s center – town square with the cathedral in the background.

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. in our first few months in Mexico City visiting Angel & Celia Cisneros in Xochimilco

Dave & Dawn with David Jr. in our first few months in Mexico City visiting Angel & Celia Cisneros in Xochimilco

Enjoying a ride on a canoe with Armando Cisneros in Xochimilco

Getting ready to enjoy a ride on a canoe with Armando Cisneros in Xochimilco

Dawn, Dave, David Jr. & Jon with the Arechiga family from our first church plant in Mexico City

Dawn, Dave, David Jr. & Jonathan with the Arechiga family from our first church plant in Mexico City

Sinuhe Arechiga, with Dawn, Andrea & Leo Ruggeri, Fernando and Leo's friend. We worked with a lot of young people in those days. Our house was always fall of activity.

Sinuhe Arechiga, with Dawn, Andrea & Leo Ruggeri, Fernando and Leo’s friend. We worked with a lot of young people in those days. Our house was always full of activity.

Ernesto & Vivian two of the young people we worked with in our first church plant.

Ernesto & Vivian two of the young people we worked with in our first church plant.

Issaid Arechiga with David Jr.

Issaid Arechiga having fun with David Jr.

Dawn with some of the women that were involved in our first church plant

Dawn with some of the women that were involved in our first church plant

David & Jon trying to figure out what they thought of the clowns in Coyoacan

David & Jonathan trying to figure out what they thought of the clowns in Coyoacan

I like this shot of me working at night on my Mac with my son sleeping. The Mac dates me - it was one of the first models that came out in the late 80's.

I like this shot of me working at night on my Mac with my son sleeping. The Mac dates me – it was one of the first models that came out in the late 80’s.

A group picture of all the missionary families we worked with in Mexico City with Mission to the World! A fun group!

A group picture of all the missionary families we worked with in Mexico City with Mission to the World! A fun group!

I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many pictures, but this gives you a glimpse of what we looked like and some of the people we worked with in our first term in Mexico. If you would like to see more pictures, I posted more on my Facebook page, David Diaso Sr., including a slide show video.

I hope to post more pictures from our second term in Mexico, which takes us up to the year 2000. My goal is to get them up later this week. Enjoy!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

5031156430_43702ea5ab_o

Mexico City – Ciudad de México

Reminiscing & Reacquainting

Dave sharing the gospel in Mexico City with Isabel Cisneros

Dave sharing the gospel in Mexico City at UNAM with Isabel Cisneros in 1986

Dawn, Hannah and I made it home from our wonderful trip to the big city of Mexico.

This trip reminded me of why God called me to serve in Mexico those many years ago. I still remember how the Lord stirred my soul as I first met and interacted with the people. Even with my limited Spanish on my first trip I fell in love with the people and the country.

I realize that all these years later that love is still there, and that my family shares this affection.

God gave me the great privilege of attending seminary at the International School of Theology (ISOT) affiliated with Cru, at that time Campus Crusade for Christ.

IMG_2711

Enjoying some tacos with the Silva family

While I was at the seminary one of the requirements was that we go on a cross-cultural missions trip. A group of about sixteen of us, led by Dr. William Iverson chose to go to Mexico in the summer of 1985.

God gripped my heart way back then. That’s how it began, but I’m glad that I’m not the only one in my family that loves Mexico. It was fun to watch Dawn and Hannah connect with old friends and rediscover the city.

When we lived in Mexico the city was referred to as D.F. or the Distrito Federal, now it’s called Ciudad de Mexico. There are signs all around the city that have an abbreviated CDMX for Ciudad de Mexico.

Reconnecting & Dreaming

IMG_2682

Dave with Barush & Monse two university ministry workers at UNAM. Do you notice any differences from the photo taken above?  🙂 

As Dawn, Hannah and I reconnected not only with the city, but with many friends from days gone by I felt the Lord tugging at my heart. It warmed my heart to be with such wonderful and loving friends again.

My time connecting with old friends and some new one’s as well caused me to begin to dream and wonder how we could minister and encourage our friends who live here? I’m not sure what the Lord has in store for us, but there are so many needs in Mexico City, so many opportunities I would love to have a stronger connection with the people.

You can pray that the Lord will guide and lead us. There is still so much work to be done on the border and in the Baja that I can’t let up on that. Our tag line for our ministry is the Border, the Baja and Beyond, and Mexico City is part of that beyond! We so long to see the gospel extending out throughout the whole country of Mexico.

O Lord, continue to lead us and show us the way! Thank you for this wonderful trip and for your tug at our hearts. Strengthen the hands of those that our weak. Be glorified in this great city, and this great country! Hallelujah!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

Mexico Dear to Our Hearts

IMG_2653 (1).jpg

Dave & Dawn with the Cisneros Family

Our time in Mexico City after so many years has been special in so many ways. Dawn, Hannah and I (wish David & Jonathan could be here with us 🙂 ) have so many good memories of our time here. It’s been healing to reconnect with the city and the people.

It reminds me some of the first time we visited Chula Vista about 6 years ago. The visit reawakened something in us. I think in part our love for Mexico and her people. The time in Mexico City has been good in so many ways. It reminds me of God’s love for us and for the people here.

As I get older I find myself growing more sentimental. When we first saw some of our friends here after so many years I began to get emotional. I feel like the Spirit is doing a work in my heart.

A Sweet Reunion

IMG_2675

Dave & Angel share a tender embrace

This last Wednesday, Dawn and I were able to meet with the Cisneros family. They are the first family that I really got to know when I came to Mexico the first time in 1985. I was single at the time. The Cisneros family is a very loving family and they have a deep commitment to serve the Lord. They’ve embraced Dawn, our family and me.

They’ve served with Campus Crusade, Operation Mobilization and other ministries.

When I walked in the door and saw Angel we embraced and as I greeted the others I had to hold back the tears of joy. It ministered to my soul in ways that only God can do. There is something special about being reunited with a family that I’ve known for such a long time and we’ve passed through a lot together.

Dawn and I felt very loved by them the moment we walked in the door.

Encouragement and Tears

Dave sharing the gospel in Mexico City with Isabel Cisneros

Dave with Feli Cisneros at UNAM in 1986

Before we left I wanted to encourage them from the Word about some things that the Lord has been teaching me. As I shared more, and begin to tell them about some of the trials our family has passed through I began to cry. I don’t cry a lot, but I am becoming a little more tender.

I think I cried in part because, yes we’ve been through some very painful experiences. Also, the Spirit was working in me, and I wanted to be able to encourage them from my heart.

Well anyway, before long most if not all of us were crying even the guys. Dawn says she was surprised, she couldn’t remember a time when she was in a group and all the men were crying.

God was in our midst. He was strengthening and encouraging us in a very significant way.

Then we spent some time in prayer, and we all left feeling lifted up. Wow! I long for more times like that in my life!

Those that are part of the Cisneros family are heroes to me! God has used them in a significant way in my life, and I know in the life of many others. May the Lord continue to bless them and increase their fold. Also, may the Lord allow us to see each other more frequently. I know that I need it! Hallelujah!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

5031156430_43702ea5ab_o.jpg

Mexico City, Mexico, source: prind1m

 

Mexico City: An Amazing Place!
Hannah & Chivis in Mexico City

Hannah & Chivis in Mexico City a few years ago!

I can’t believe that Dawn, Hannah and I are in Mexico City again!

We called this city home for almost 10 years from 1990 to 2000. Jonathan and Hannah were born here. Our guero, mexicanos. David Jr. was only 5 months old when we moved to the big city.

Mexico City is an amazing place. A sprawling metropolitan of over 25 million. The city was huge when we lived here, and somehow it’s continued to grow.

We still have many good friends here, and it’s wonderful to be able to visit them while we are here. This is the first time that Dawn and Hannah have been back since we left. Hannah was only about 6 years old at the time. Wow! Where does the time go?

Missions & Mexico
zocalodf

Zócalo Mexico City 

At one time the mission we minister with Mission to the World (MTW) had more missionaries in Mexico than any other field in the world. Today Japan hosts the most MTW missionaries. MTW no longer has any missionaries that are serving in Mexico City. We do have some church plants and ministries that we have a strong relationship with.

That’s not to say that there aren’t needs here. There are many.

I do hope by God’s grace we will see a move of the Lord in this city and in this country, and that we can be a part of that. Lord, hear our prayer!

Remember to Pray for Mexico

Join us in prayer for the Lord to move in the heart of men, women and children in the Mexico City, and in Mexico. The Border, The Baja and Beyond! That God will be glorified and lifted up here. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14, ESV)

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

Good News about TJ

Tijuana

I love finding positive news about Tijuana!

The news about this border city just keeps getting better. I think TJ gets a bad rap, because of the past. It takes time for perception to change, even if the city is on an upward swing.

An article titled, The Rebirth of Tijuana appeared in The New York Times Opinion section on Sunday.  Author Sam Quinones writes a realistic view of Tijuana.

Tijuana is not pretty. A city of 1.3 million people, it is chaotic, grimy, unplanned, loud, and it smells bad. It possesses none of the colonial architecture or history of Morelia, Oaxaca City or Zacatecas, across Mexico’s interior. On the contrary, most of its neighborhoods, stacked across alarmingly steep hills, are less than 40 years old.

But Tijuana’s beauty lies deeper, and has to do with why the town is flourishing now.

The Welcome Arch in the Tourist area in Tijuana

The Welcome Arch in the Tourist area in Tijuana, near the border crossing

Quinones believes part of the appeal of Tijuana, and part of what makes it a special place is how far it is from Mexico City. Tijuana is the furthest city in Mexico from Mexico City.

I think it was one of Mexico’s poets, Octavio Paz who said, “poor Mexico so far from God and so close to the United States.” Quinones posits another saying, “Farther from Mexico City, the closer to God.”

Since we lived in Mexico City, it’s an interesting take on the power and influence that the capital city has over the nation and it’s people.

There’s Hope for TJ

Tijuana has survived much of its troublesome past and its beginning to thrive as it makes some positive strides forward.

Quinones finishes his article saying,

Decades after rising from the coastal desert, Tijuana finally has something like a history. More important, it has emerged from its darkest days to return to its roots as that rare place within Mexico where poor people like Mari can find refuge and a future.

We pray that the gospel will further invade this border town and that they will truly draw near to God! O Lord, hear our prayer!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Lord’s Special Gift!
Issaid & Dave with Issaid's English class

Issaid & Dave with the students Issaid’s English class

The Lord has blessed me with a special gift. I’m in Japan for a few days with our friends, Issaid and Mie Arechiga who Dawn and I first met in Mexico City. Next week I will be involved in Mission to the World’s (MTW) leadership meeting in Cambodia.

It seemed like the perfect time to visit Arechigas as I’m on my way to Cambodia. After we left Mexico City Dawn and I caught up to Issaid and Mie on the border. They were involved in our first church plant in Mexico, and then a church plant we are helping with on the border.

Last year they moved to Japan, where Mie is originally from. They are working on returning to the U.S. We’ve missed them a great deal. It’s a real gift to be able to spend this time with them.

The Beauty of Japan & The Need for Christ
One of the temples in Kyoto, Japan

One of the temples in Kyoto, Japan

Japan is a beautiful country with good people. It’s one of the safest places in the world to live. There’s only one problem, very few of them know Christ. Less than 1% of the population call on the name of Jesus Christ.

This is the paradox of Japan. On the outside things seem just fine, but when you lift up the hood you realize that it’s not as healthy as it first seemed.

It breaks my heart to see such a wonderful people lost. They are doing well in many ways. They are a moral people. For these reasons and more they don’t see their need for God.

There is not the poverty here or the violence that one finds in Mexico. Yet, there is a profound spiritual poverty that they are blind to.

MTW has a large missions force here, and the Lord is using them to make a difference, but it is slow work. Pray for their strength and that the Lord will encourage them as they labor.

The only hope for Japan is found in Christ!

O Lord, would you open the eyes of the people here so that they would see their need for a savior. Work in their hearts so that they might realize that they are poor in spirit and in need of a great Savior, Jesus Christ!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

A Mother’s Reminiscing & a Trip to Mexico
David & Chivis ready to take off for Mexico City

David & Chivis ready to take off for Mexico City

Here are some thoughts from my heart to my David Jr. right after I hugged and kissed him goodbye, sending him on his way to Mexico City for the first time in 13 years! ….

My David, I’m so excited for you sweetie! I’m praying that God blesses you there in many ways…way beyond what you can even ask or think! We will be missing you here son, but we are glad we can bless Mexico City and Chivis’ family with you! Please give everyone there big hugs for us!

…With tears in my eyes I can see you there in our first home in Mexico City, even before God had given us our Jonathan, well he was probably in my tummy! You would be standing there, down by my side… looking up at me and smiling and asking me your daily morning question, that I could always count on, “What we doing today Mommy?”, and for emphasis you would repeat, “What doing Mama?”

little David with his mom

Little David with his mom

You were always ready to take on the day, and excited to discover what God had in store for our day. You loved to be able to leave the house and explore the world of Mexico City; it’s amazing people, places and events, and we can’t forget the Mexican food…. and hot chili candy…that filled your little life with great adventure!

From the very beginning of your little life you began to change your world for the better; with your joyful, expectant heart, your desire to serve others, and your love for people! Every time the doorbell rang you were excited to be a little host.

You wanted to greet everyone with your gregarious and welcoming smile and personality! You would then run to the kitchen to get out a big bowl or serving tray so we could share some chips or other yummy treat with our guests.

David having fun with the Piñata in Mexico

David having fun with the Piñata in Mexico

You always wanted everyone to feel welcomed, loved, and to have fun with us in our home! Your love for people and excitement about life was contagious from the beginning of your little life!

Blessings on your return to the roots of your childhood, son. We are grateful to Mario Silva and Silvia Arellanos for this precious and generous college graduation gift of a two-week, all expenses paid, trip to Mexico City! May God richly bless their family for their gracious generosity of this amazing gift to you, our first college graduate! Sending a hug your way!

written by Dawn Diaso

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

P.S. Pray for the group from Denver, Skyview Church that arrives today. We will be working in Ensenada, Mexico this week with the Iglesia Nueva Jerusalén.