Posts Tagged ‘Relief efforts’

The Earth Shakes Again
The Devastation caused by the earthquake

The Devastation caused by the earthquake

Amazingly 32 years to the day since the big earthquake of 1985 struck in Mexico City, another earthquake hit Mexico. The earth shook again on September 19, causing much damage in Mexico City and the surrounding areas. More than 300 people perished in this natural disaster.

Dawn and I lived in Mexico City from 1990 – 2000. Two of our children, Jonathan and Hannah were born there. We have many friends there who were affected by the fallen buildings. Yesterday some of our good friends, the Cisneros family told me that they have been without water for 6 days. I spoke to a pastor friend today, and he told me that surrounding his church many buildings had crumbled as the earth shook. They are mobilizing to provide relief to the families that were affected.

Sad to See Friends Suffer – A Startling Video!

 

It saddens us to see our friends suffer. The first time I visited Mexico City was in the summer of 1985. I was there with a group of seminary students just a month before the big earthquake hit. 10,000 people died due to the damage caused by that quake. I remember visiting the following summer and seeing all the fallen buildings. The buildings that had been damaged as the earth shook.

It was during the summer of 1985 that I first met my friends, the Cisneros family. They are a wonderful family. They love the Lord and have been true friends over the year. God used them to minister to us since Hannah passed away. Our heart goes out to them as they live through this trying time.

Pray for Mexico
Praying for Mexico!

Praying for Mexico!

Please join us in prayer for the many people who lost loved ones, and others who are without basic services and needs. I’d also like prayer for wisdom regarding a visit to Mexico City and Morelos to see the damage that was done, and to explore what more we can do to help.

Mission to the World (MTW) has sent a donation of $10,000 to aid the families and ministries that suffered loss. If you would like to make a gift towards the relief effort you can give to the MTW Compassion-Global Disaster Relief Account #40043 and earmark for Mexico relief.

Thank you, friends, for standing with us in prayer!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Nightmare of Hurricane Odile Aftermath
Some of the damage from hurricane Odile

Some of the damage from hurricane Odile

Peter Boling and family have been living through a nightmare in Cabo San Lucas, since hurricane Odile hit. Peter told me that they’ve been without running water and electricity until today.

Unfortunately, the storm brought out the worst in many of the people. There was rioting and rampant looting. Peter and his neighbors had to band together to protect their homes from those seeking to invade them. They had to arm themselves.

Peter shared about the unbelievable experience,

It was a motley crew…. samurai swords, machetes, baseball bats, golf clubs, clubs. I could not believe it was happening…We ran off multiple assailants. It was all out warfare. How is this possible? We survived the night and fortunately it was the worst. Order has been restored in most parts and now the biggest danger is Dengue Fever.

Peter & Jenny on the left with Emilio & Mytee

Peter & Jenny on the left with Emilio & Mytee

Thanks for praying for the Boling family. They’ve been through quite an ordeal and it’s not over yet.

The government along with others have been working to restore order and clean up the streets. Things are improving, but thousands have lost their homes and they are living without their basic needs.

I am working with Mission to the World (MTW) to bring aid to the area. If you would like to give to help the people affected by hurricane Odile and assist with the disaster relief efforts we will have a project fund set up through MTW that you can give to.

The Light of Christ Shines Through the Darkness

We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to bring the gospel to Los Cabos.

You can be a part of this effort! More details to come. The main way you can help now is to pray.

Join Us In Prayer

Pray for the Lord’s protection for the Bolings and the thousands of people who are in need. Also, lift up one of our partner churches, JesuCristo el Buen Pastor, “Jesus the Good Shepherd” in San Jose del Cabo led by pastor Benjamin Romero. Many are still living without their basic needs. Pray that God will comfort them and shower them with his peace in their time of need.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Hurricane Odile

We just wrapped four days of MTW worldwide leadership meetings in Cambodia. While I’ve been here the worst hurricane in recorded history landed in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Hurricane Odile. Our friends and fellow missionaries Peter and Jenny Boling live and serve in Cabo.

If you’ve read the news you’ve seen that they are airlifting 26,000 – 30,000 stranded tourist from Los Cabos. They are without water and electricity. It is estimated that the residents will be without water and electricity for three weeks.

I received one message from the Boling’s daughter, Leslie saying they were okay, but there was a lot of damage. Since they don’t have electricity, I have not been able to communicate with them since the Hurricane hit.

Our hearts and our prayers go out to the Bolings and to the residents of Los Cabos and La Paz.

Relief Efforts for Los Cabos

I am working with Mission to the World (MTW) to mobilize relief for the area. Since I’m traveling and communication with the Bolings has been limited it probably won’t be until next week that I have more info.

There will be opportunities for churches and individuals to help.

Right now I’d ask you to pray. Pray for the safety of the people and the relief efforts. We also need wisdom and discernment on how we can best help. This is also an opportunity for the church to show the love of Christ in a tangible way!

Thanks for standing with us in this effort. I will write more about the situation and what we are doing to help in the next few days.

Missions in Cambodia
Andres Garza & Dave in Cambodia

Andres Garza & Dave in Cambodia

It has been wonderful to learn about all God is doing around the world and to rub shoulders with other missionaries and nationals.

Good things happen when you bring people together that love the Lord and want to see the kingdom of God advance!

Tonight I will start my long trek back home. I will write more about all the Lord did in Cambodia when I get home.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org