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Sanborns, Dave, Marcos

Dave and Marcos enjoying a wonderful meal in Sanborns

Wow! I feel super sentimental to be in a Sanborns today after so many years!

On the one hand there isn’t anything inherently special about Sanborns. The food is above average and they usually have a small store attached with a variety of items. You are usually going to pay top dollar, or in this case top peso for your purchases.

What makes it special is all the memories. All the breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings with family, friends and ministry partners. It’s one of the few restaurants that you can find in most major cities in Mexico. I guess, they are kind of like Starbucks in that they are good places to meet and grab a cup of coffee or a meal when you want to meet with somebody.

Even though I’ve been in Mexico and Tijuana numerous times now, I’m still getting to know the city. An example of this is that I got lost on my way back home trying to find the Sentri border crossing.

Marcos, buffet, Sanborns

Marcos with our waitress and the spread – a buffet today!

Another thing I had yet to do was to visit Sanborns. It brings back a flood of memories. I’m very content with where the Lord has us now, but that’s not to say I don’t miss some of the friends and things I had in Mexico City.

The Lord blessed my time in Sanborns today, apart from my sentimental experience I met with pastor Marcos Gomez. Marcos is a relatively new friend. He is one of the pastor’s from Lo Mejor Del Trigo. It was great to get to know him better, and to talk about his ministry needs.

We pray that the Lord will bless and grown his church!

In His Grip, Dave

Crossing back in the U.S.

Crossing back in the U.S.

I love living on the border, and the interaction we have with such wonderful friends in Tijuana and San Diego. One of the many things I appreciate is being able to see Tijuana every day. It helps me pray for the needs there. Since we live so close it makes it easy to go into Mexico frequently.

Dawn and I just received our Sentri (Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection) pass, which allows us to cross the border in much less time. We can now go in the fast lane. In December for example, I waited for more than five hours to cross back into the U.S., while friends of mine who have the Sentri pass crossed in 15 minutes. Wow! What a difference.

There are many things you can think about and do in five hours. One of the things I’ve reflected on is how many people wish they could be in that line, and cross legally into the US. There are many others who have to cross back and forth each day for work. Amazing! I wonder how they are able to persevere?

Tijuana at the San Ysidro Border crossing

Tijuana at the San Ysidro Border crossing

The San Diego – Tijuana border crossing is the most land crossed border crossing in the world. We are thrilled that we can now cross back and forth more easily. It makes it much more reasonable to live and work on both sides of the border.

My wife and I are excited as we start this new year. We see God opening more doors the longer we are here.

I’m praying about and working on putting together goals for 2013. Please join me in prayer, that the Lord will guide, lead and direct. One of the things I’m asking the Lord for is that I will become more sensitive to his voice and his leading.

Thanks for joining us on this journey of faith!

In His Grip, Dave