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The Battle Rages, but We are Victorious in Christ
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Pastor Obed Lares and Cesiah

I am convinced that our Lord is doing a good work, despite all the pain and all the sorrow we are going through with the loss of our daughter, Hannah. I don’t know why it was Hannah’s time to go, but I do know that the enemy of our soul will do anything to try to slow us down and defeat us.

The day before Hannah died we celebrated the inauguration of church number 29 with our friends from Ministerios Transformación. On that same weekend we finished building the church. We helped Pastor Obed Lares and his wife, Cesiah launch their new church plant.

The Joy of New Birth
The inaugural service for Ministerios Transformación in Rosarito. Church #29

The inaugural service for Ministerios Transformación in Rosarito. Church #29

That was a joyous time to see new life, the birth of a new church. Hard to believe that the following day our daughter would be with Jesus in Heaven. We don’t understand, but we know that God is a good and loving God and that we can trust him.

I just met with Obed and Cesiah earlier this week, and I felt so encouraged hearing how the church is growing as they reach out in the community. They’ve had some obstacles to overcome. The church doesn’t have power yet. On Sundays they plug into their neighbors outlets.

The recent rain also slows down the progress. Yet God is on the move there in the community in Rosarito, Mexico.

Obed and Cesiah are very gifted and sensitive to the Holy Spirit as he guides and directs them. When we were together they shared stories about some of the new people who are coming to the church, and how the Lord is touching their lives. As Obed shared, “people are coming to church, because they want to find God. They want an encounter with him.”

Join Us In Prayer

The light of Christ is shining brightly in this community. This is one of the reasons we get attacked. It’s a reminder of how important prayer is. We need protection as do Obed and Cesiah.

Please join us in lifting up Obed and Cesiah as they reach out and share the love of Christ  with the community. Pray that the Lord will protect them and their family. Pray for our protection as well.

Dawn and I are in Juarez, Mexico this week training pastors and leaders in coaching.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Walls and Roof Are Up!
Our amazing group who came down to build the church with Pastor Obed Lares and his wife Cesiah on the right

Our amazing group who came down to build the church with Pastor Obed Lares and his wife Cesiah on the right

I’ll never cease to be amazed by how much work a group of well-coordinated people can get done in one day!

When we arrived on Saturday in Rosarito to build church number 29 with our friends from Ministerios Transformación only the foundation had been laid. Then by the time we left at the end of the day, all the walls were up and the roof was almost finished. A few stayed later to finish up the roof.

Pastor  Daniel Nuñez and his team had done a great deal of prep work before we arrived. They cut the wood and had it laid out for us, and the difficult pieces had already been put together. Nonetheless, it’s exciting to see how quickly the church goes up in one day.

This last Saturday was a warm and sunny day, so everybody was worn out about mid-day. Our group isn’t used to hammering nails and lifting walls, siding and roofing. When we crossed the border at the end of the day I could see a sense of accomplishment in those that came. After a while as we drove back they got quiet. They were tired. They worked hard, and the Lord used them to help bring light to a new community.

A Labor of Love
Pastor Daniel Nuñez, Dave and Pastor Obed Lares

Pastor Daniel Nuñez, Dave and Pastor Obed Lares

At the end of the day Pastor Obed Lares said the church would always remember the group through the pictures and be thankful for their labor of love that brought the light of Christ to the community.

Obed and his wife, Cesiah brought their children and their parents and they worked hard at making the midday meal for us and keeping us hydrated.

I always love these days even though I don’t have a background in construction. It lifts up my heart to see so many people come together to work on a lasting initiative. The building is just the beginning, but it gives the church a presence in the community.

Our son, David Jr. (far right) hard at work. He flew out to join us. It's a family affair

Our son, David Jr. (far right) hard at work. He flew out to join us. It’s a family affair

The Launch of a New Church

The work is not done. This coming Saturday I will lead another group down and we will put up all the drywall, doors, windows and shingles. Our goal is to finish the church by this coming Saturday the 15th, so they can hold their inaugural service on Sunday, October 16th.

Pastor Obed is thrilled to officially launch the church on the 16th, because on that day he also celebrates his birthday. A double celebration!

It will be a glorious day!

Jeff Sloan with the neighbor Roberto who will be the first church member along with his family

Jeff Sloan with the neighbor Roberto who will be the first church member along with his family

The building is just the beginning, but it’s a good and an important beginning to seeing lives transformed as those in the community encounter Christ.

The church is in a humble community, and the family that lives right next to the church were blessed to have their home built by another ministry, YWAM. I was able to meet the family, and Roberto the man of the house told me they were planning on being the first members of the church. The Lord touched me as I saw Roberto and his family pitch in and work with us in seeing the church built. They also let us use their electricity and their bathroom. Two essentials!

Pray for the advance of the kingdom in the community of Colonia Ramos in Rosarito. Thank you Jesus!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Foundation is Being Laid
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Pastor Daniel Nunez with Obed & Cesiah and family on the land where church #29 will be built

Daniel sent me an exciting message earlier today. He said, “we are putting in the foundation today.” He was referring to the foundation for church number 29 for Ministerios Transformación.

I’m working with pastor Daniel and coordinating a group of churches in San Diego that are part of the Harbor network to go down to Mexico on October 8th and 15th to help build the church. It’s a wonderful experience to bring people together to start something new, especially when it’s a new church that will bring the light of Christ into a community!

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The foundation of the church is being laid!

Of course, in order to be able to build the church, we need a strong foundation. I told Daniel to make sure he sent me a picture of the progress today.

On Tuesday night Dawn, Hannah and I met with pastor Obed Lares and his wife, Cesiah. They are the church planters for this church. We’ve grown to love them over the months that we’ve met with them. They are a wonderful young couple, who love Jesus!

While we were together we studied the importance of developing discernment in ministry. I love how teachable Obed and Cesiah are. When we were about done Obed shared about some of the bad experiences they had in the past. He said, “we didn’t have the opportunity to study this when we ministered before.”

This demonstrated something positive to me that they are reflecting and learning from their past experiences. One of the many things that encourages me about Obed and Cesiah is while they are sensitive to the Lord, they also realize they have more to learn.

God Hears Our Prayers
Obed & Cesiah Lares

Obed & Cesiah Lares

I love being able to have Dawn and Hannah with me when they can join me. They are gifted in prayer. Obed shared that his back was bothering him, so Hannah led us in prayer, and Obed’s back began to feel better. By the way I just texted Obed before I sent this out, and he said his back still feels good. Thank you Jesus!

Also, while we were praying and just coming before the Lord, God’s Spirit began to work in Obed. Dawn noticed that tears came to his eyes, and she asked him what was going on. He shared that the Lord reminded him of his brother-in-law’s spiritual need.

His brother-in-law hasn’t been doing well and Obed believes the Lord is encouraging him to go talk to him.

It was so encouraging to see the Lord working through our family, but also in the lives of our friends. The church that Obed leads will be blessed to have him as a loving caring pastor who wants to seek the Lord in all he does.

Join us in prayer for our friends, and for the building and planting of this new church. We are in a battle, and we need warriors to stand with us in the battle.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

My Cup is Overflowing: Tremendous Advance!
Pastor Daniel Nuñez with Arturo Vasquez and his wife on the property for MT's church plant #28!

Pastor Daniel Nuñez with Arturo Vasquez and his wife on the property for MT’s church plant #28!

One of the things that fills my cup to overflowing is to see God’s church grow! And it really gets exciting when I’m able to help and be involved in seeing that happen.

Some awesome doors are being opened for us right now!

Ministerios Transformación: Gospel Advance
Church planters Obed & Cesiah Lares

Church planters Obed & Cesiah Lares

Last Monday pastor Daniel Nuñez put the money down on two lots that will be used for church plants. The churches will pay off the land over time, and we’ve raised the money to help construct the churches on the land.

We are directly helping with one of these church plants that will be led by Obed Lares and his wife, Cesiah. Our target is to build to launch the church plant in October.

The other church plant will be built and launched in August. Arturo will lead this church plant.

Both Obed and Arturo are going through our church planting incubator training that we just started this month.

I give thanks to the Lord for our relationship with Ministerios Transformación and all the wonderful ministry that is taking place through their ministry! There are other church plants that started over the last few years that we are also coming alongside and encouraging, but these two are the most recent. Thank you Jesus!

New Projects with the NPCM
Church planting incubator training

Church planting incubator training

There are two new projects with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico (NPCM) that we are also involved in at various levels. I’ve written about the good work and the excitement of the new project in Ensenada led by Jesus “Petri” Petrikowski. The plan is to launch the Renuevo project this Fall.

I’ve also been building a relationship with another church planter with the NPCM, Deivis Pardo. Deivis and his wife, Luz are starting the first church for the NPCM in Rosarito.

Petri and Deivis went through our church planting evaluation last November and were approved along with their wives to plant a church. Now Petri & Deivis are going through the incubator church planting training along with our friends from Ministerios Transformación.

I think it’s significant that we have two groups participating together in the training. They are encouraging and strengthening one another. We hope that as they get to know one another better they will create a network to see a growing movement of church planting on the border, and the Baja that influences the rest of Mexico as well.

Ministry flows out of relationship. This is especially true in a Latin context.

Many of the pastors we work with feel alone and isolated. We want to change that. As a friend and church planting network colleague, J.D. Pearring, says “we are not trying to change the whole world, but we do want to change the church planting world.” Of course, if these church plants are healthy and as effective as we pray they will be they will influence and bring change to the world through the gospel. In that sense we are trying to change the world!

Pray that it will be so in Christ!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

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 Light on a Hill
Dave with Victor and Sol Bravo in front of their church

Dave with Victor and Sol Bravo in front of their church

The light of Christ shines brightly in the community of Rosarito, Plan Libertador through our new church plant! We rejoice in what the Lord is doing there.

Last week I had the opportunity to interview some of our favorite people south of the border, pastor Victor Bravo and Sol. Every time I’m with them I come away encouraged. God is using them to see lives transformed. Wonderful stories of grace are taking place in this church that is light on a hill.

I think you will enjoy watching this video and learning more about Victor and Sol and the outreach in Rosarito, Plan Libertador.

Lives Transformed by the Gospel

In the video Victor and Sol share about one of the families that have been transformed by the gospel. Here’s a few more details about how God worked in their lives, and brought hope where there was little.

Marco lives near the church with his wife, Martha. Initially when they were invited they weren’t interested in the church. When we started building the church they saw all the activity going on. It peaked their interest, and one of our team members invited them to help.

Before we knew it Marco started hammering nails!

The following Sunday Marco and Martha showed up along with their three children. Marco used to have a problem with drinking, but since he got involved in the church he’s been able to have victory in this area of his life. The gospel not only saved him, it changed his life!

Not only was Marco’s life transformed, but the course of his family was changed forever. His 19-year-old daughter, Beatrice was pregnant out-of-wedlock. Beatrice and her boyfriend, Hector were gripped by the gospel. After they came to Christ they got married, and were baptized along with the rest of the family. What a great day of celebration!

When Dawn heard this family’s story tears came to hear eyes. She was touched by God’s redeeming love. We hope that the Lord will minister to you in a similar way.

Thank you for your loving prayers and your support!

Help us end 2015 strong.

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In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

A Glorious Sunday of Worship
Dave preaching at LMT Plan Libertador in Rosarito

Dave preaching at LMT Plan Libertador in Rosarito

Today (Sunday) was an invigorating day! It’s so good to see God’s church in action. The church growing, and reaching out to the glory of God!

In the morning I was able to visit and preach at Lo Mejor del Trigo (LMT) Plan Libertador in Rosarito. Victor Bravo pastors this young church, which we helped him and his wife, Sol launch this past March.

Victor and Sol are some of my favorite people. They have so much energy and enthusiasm and it’s plan to see that they love their people and the people love them.

Dave & Pastor Victor Bravo in front of the church

Dave & Pastor Victor Bravo in front of the church

I preached on Christ’s tender invitation to come learn from him, and rest in him from Matthew 11:25-30. I’ve been camped out on that passage for a while now. It was hot in the church today, so I feared the congregation might take my exhortation to rest literally. Fortunately, they stayed awake and I sensed the Lord used His Word to lift up the spirit of the people.

Even though this church is only a few months old they already have about 40 people in their service. Victor and Sol are doing an outstanding job in showing the love of Christ in the community of Plan Libertador. I wish all our church plants would start off like this one is.

That’s our continued prayer. Lord, build your church.

7 Year Milestone at LMT La Morita
Jaime & Valentina on the far right receiving a plaque of recognition for their 7 years of ministry at the church

Jaime & Valentina on the far right receiving a plaque of recognition for their 7 years of ministry at the church

In the afternoon I was able to go to LMT La Morita in Tijuana to celebrate their seventh anniversary. My good friend, pastor Jaime Rodriguez is leading this church. He planted the church with his wife, Valentina in 2008.

Jaime also ministers as the Hispanic pastor of Bridge church in San Diego. I really enjoy working with him. As I’ve said before it’s a real privilege for me to minister with the men and women like Jaime & Valentina and Victor and Sol.

So encouraging to visit these two churches, and see how God’s Spirit is working in each church.

God’s Amazing Work – What a Joy!

When I pray and think about the future and what God wants to do on the border and throughout the Baja I keep being reminded of Ephesians 3:20.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV)

I love  the idea of Christ doing far more abundantly than all that we ask or think. It doesn’t only say abundantly, but the passage says far more abundantly. God can and will do more than we can even ask or think of. I don’t know about you, but that gives me hope.

Sometimes I get frustrated when I try to do the ministry in my own strength, or even when I lean on my own understanding too much.

So many wonderful promises in the Bible to keep me going in the right direction, and to remind me who’s in charge.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭127:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Thanks for praying and standing with us as we minister here, and see God fulfilling his promise to build his church.
In His Grip, Dave