Posts Tagged ‘The Great Commission’

Find Your This
Our MTWMexico team at our booth (about half of our team is pictured here)

Our MTWMexico team at our booth (about half of our team is pictured here)

Once every three years Mission to the World (MTW) has a national missions conference called, Global Missions Conference #GMC17. This past weekend Dawn and I participated in the GMC in Dallas, Texas. There were close to 2,000 people there including 450 missionaries.

The theme for the conference was “Find Your This”.

MTW MEXICO was well represented. Almost all of our missionaries from Mexico attended, including some of our national partners. Our team made an outstanding display for our booth. I was blown away by how good it looked, which helped us to attract attention. We not only had a beautiful booth, but our Mexican partners made homemade salsa, so we had chips and salsa at our booth as well.

Send More Workers, Lord!

All of this hard work on our presentation made for a wonderful backdrop on our conversations with many people who are interested in Mexico. Some of them already know us, some of them are interested in getting involved in one way or another. One of our prayers is for more workers.

Lord, send us more partners and more workers!

God is on the Move in Mexico
Dave speaking at our seminar on Mexico at the conference

Dave speaking at our seminar on Mexico at the conference

I had the opportunity to give a seminar at the conference to encourage people there to consider Mexico. I enjoy the opportunity to share about God’s call on our lives to serve the people of Mexico and to ask people to join us.

It saddens me to see all the negative news coming out about our neighbor. Yes, there are still many challenges, many needs, many hills to climb in reaching Mexico with the gospel. There is much work to do and a huge need for more laborers. Yet, despite all the bad news, God is on the move.

I pray along with Dawn and our team for a renewed Mexico as the gospel so thoroughly impacts every corner of the society as the waters cover the sea.

We must not forget what primary task is. As missionaries, we are not called to build walls, if anything we are called to tear down spiritual strongholds and to build bridges for the gospel.

  • We are ambassadors for Christ.
  • We represent a different kingdom.
  • We are people of the Lamb.
    • The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!
Rejoicing in the Work the Lord is Doing!
MTW Mexico Display

MTW Mexico Display

I thank the Lord for all the churches that have been planted since we began our work. These churches in cities like, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Acapulco, Monterrey, Durango, Juarez, Reynosa, Tijuana, and Ensenada represent lives changed and transformed by the gospel. How can we not praise the Lord for his good work!?!

We give thanks for you!

Wow! What a blessing to have friends like you praying with us, and encouraging us along the way. Thank you, Jesus!

Our MTW MEXICO team just launched a new website to represent our work in Mexico. You can find the website on this link: www.mtwmexico.org

Continue to pray with us that the Lord raises up more laborers for the harvest field.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Linking for Missions Mobilization
Dawn, Hannah & Dave at MTW's Link conference

Dawn, Hannah & Dave at MTW’s Link conference

This past weekend Dawn, Hannah and I had the opportunity to participate in MTW’s Link conference in Escondido. Link is designed to mobilize new people for missions.

We were given the opportunity to share about our work in Mexico on the border and the Baja. There were also missionaries there who represented, Peru, Costa Rica, Australia, Germany and other European countries.

This was the first time that MTW tried to do a mobilization event in the West.

Thankful for the Blessings & Benefits!
Barbara Jones directing us at MTW's Link event in Escondido, CA

Barbara Jones directing us at MTW’s Link event in Escondido, CA

There weren’t quite as many people there as we hoped for, but it was still a positive event. I felt like it was beneficial in many ways.

It was a good first step at promoting missions in the western U.S.

  • I loved the opportunity to meet and interact with the people who came, and the other missionaries.
  • MTW has some quality people, which is encouraging to see.
  • I enjoy telling our story, and the promoting the outworking of the great commission.
  • It was wonderful having Dawn and Hannah at the conference with me.
Pray for Workers!
MTW the Baja Team! Ringing the bell for the border, and the Baja!

MTW the Baja Team! Ringing the bell for the border, and the Baja!

I believe that Christ’s commission is a timeless mandate, and his desire for us to pray for workers also continues till the end of the world.

…”The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”                                —Matthew 9:37, 38

We must continue to ring the bell for missions, and look to the Lord of the harvest to send workers. He can and will do it, so let’s be faithful to pray in faith!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Great Commission

The Great Commission

It all starts with vision!

Our vision for the Border, the Baja and Beyond is to see a multiplication of churches which results in transformed individuals, families and communities.

Christ gave us the Great Commission in Gospel of Matthew.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teach them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. –Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)

God Works Through His Church
Meeting with church pastors and church leaders in Tijuana

Meeting with church pastors and church leaders in Tijuana

The best way to make disciples is through the church. The size and type of church is secondary, but the church is God’s chosen vehicle. I realize the church is imperfect made up of broken and sinful people like you and me. Yet there is much hope, because of the gospel. The gospel changes everything. The gospel brings transformation!

Since the church is God’s chosen vehicle this is the reason we believe church planting is so vital to the growth of the body of Christ.

Someone has said that Tijuana is the most evangelized city in the world and one of the least churched. This may be an exaggeration, but the point is that many groups come down to do outreach on the border, but much of it isn’t connected to the church. This leads to fruit that doesn’t last. The fruit perishes as it is often choked out by the world.

The One Another Passages
San Ysidro Border Crossing into Tijuana, Mexico

San Ysidro Border Crossing into Tijuana, Mexico

Followers of Jesus are meant to grow together. This is evident in many passages throughout the  Bible. Some of those passages are the one another passages. Here are a few of them written by the Apostle Paul.

  • Members of one another – Romans 12:5
  • Devoted to one another – Romans 12:10
  • Honor one another – Romans 12:10
  • Same mind as one another – Romans 15:5
  • Accept one another Romans 15:7
  • Serve one another – Galatians 5:13
  • Bear one another’s burdens – Galatians 6:2
  • Submit to one another – Ephesians 4:2
  • Encourage one another – I Thessalonians 5:11

I’ve been involved in meetings on Friday and Saturday with pastors and church leaders who are working in a number of cities in Baja California. My hope is that God will work through us to see his kingdom expanded through his church here on the Border, the Baja and Beyond.

O Lord, Hear our prayer. Grow your church!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Thank You Jesus for Your Good Work
The Zocalo - Mexico City's center with the National Palace in the background

The Zocalo – Mexico City’s center with the National Palace in the background

I give thanks to the Lord for giving me the chance to come back to Mexico City after 12 years. I didn’t realize how much I missed this mammoth city and it’s people until I returned.

It’s been so good to reconnect with many of my friends. I wish I could have seen even more of them. I guess, I’ll have to make another trip soon.

While I’ve been in this city, it’s made me wonder if the Lord may have people here who he might call to serve with us on the border. It may take some time to find them, but I know this is not a difficult task for the Lord. After all, there are over 25 million people here.

Join Us In Prayer

Join us in prayer as we ask the Lord for workers to join us. O Lord, expand your kingdom on the border and in the Baja!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

P.S. I’m getting ready to get on a plane to fly back home from Mexico City. It’s been hard to get online today, so I will try to post more about my trip tomorrow.

Mission to the World’s Global Missions Conference
Mission to the World's Global Missions Conference in Greenville, SC

Mission to the World’s Global Missions Conference in Greenville, SC

This weekend Dawn and I participated in Mission to the World’s (MTW) Global Missions Conference. The conference was called, The Spirit Moves. I love this title, because it’s a good reminder that we are dependent on God’s Spirit to see any fruit.

It’s too easy to depend on our own efforts, but when we do so the work becomes hard. I pray as we move forward in ministry on the border that we will see the Spirit move in powerful ways!

A Full House at the Conference
Dr. Paul Taylor MTW's Asia Director greets Dr. Ravi Zacharias before he gives the closing keynote speech

Dr. Paul Taylor MTW’s Asia Director greets Dr. Ravi Zacharias before Dr. Zacharias gives the closing keynote

There were 2,500 at the conference. Thank the Lord for all the interest in God’s mission.

The conference began with a keynote from MTW’s coordinator, Dr. Paul Kooistra, and it ended with Dr. Ravi Zacharias. All of the speakers did a wonderful job of lifting our hearts, and inspiring us to look to Jesus in this great journey of mission that he has called us to join him on.

Promoting and Praying for the Work of Missions
Dawn and Dave at the booth with friends, Dale and Sunny Cho

Dawn and Dave at the booth with friends, Dale and Sunny Cho

Dawn and I set up a booth to promote the ministry on the border. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet people, and share about how God is moving where we live and work.

I found it invigorating to connect with friends that I work with, and to meet so many that are interested in missions.

We continue to pray that the Lord will raise up men and women to work alongside us. MTW has set a prayer goal to see 150 people go to the mission field by 2015.

Join us in praying for 150 by 2015. Click on this link to learn about ways you can get involved.

Dawn with two college students, friends from Colorado - Ashley Bates & Chelsea Baird

Dawn with two college students, friends from Colorado – Ashley Bates & Chelsea Baird

Today Dawn and I are in Lookout Mountain, Georgia  where we are participating in Covenant College‘s missions conference. 🙂 We are getting all of our conferences in. This gives us even more opportunities to interact with people and to sow the seeds of missions.

In God’s good timing he will bring others. His Spirit has been moving and continues to go ahead of us and move people’s hearts.

Thanks be to the Lord, the author and finisher of the work of missions. It is his work after all!

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:18-20

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org