Posts Tagged ‘VBS’

Give Thanks for the Lord’s Mighty Work!

 

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Young Children learning about the Creator of the Universe!

The Lord gave us another wonderful week this year with our friends from Skyview Church and our friends from Renuevo. We came together for the fourth year in a row to bless the city of Ensenada with Summer VBS. Many lives were touched, and many families took steps towards Christ!

 

Renuevo – Skyview Summer VBS Ensenada 2017 Video

Here’s a video that shows some of the highlights from our time together.


Thanks so much for praying with us, without faith and an army of friends praying with us none of this would be possible.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Summer VBS in Ensenada
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Singing to the Creator of the Universe 

This was our fourth year of VBS in Ensenada with Skyview from Denver and the church in Ensenada. We started with La Nueva Jerusalén, but this year we have a new church plant called, Renuevo. This is a sister church plant with a strong relationship with La Nueva Jerusalén.

There are some new challenges in running a VBS with a new church plant. There aren’t as many church members to draw from or as many children that are part of the group. Yet, Petri and Yudy did a wonderful job along with their core team of recruiting friends and new believers to get involved. Many of the people who helped lead weren’t in a church as little as 6 months ago!

God the Creator of All
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Yudy teaching the eager children 

Most of the children that came are from families that are not yet involved in a church. Maybe they are interested, seeking or were just looking for something for their children to do that was positive during the summer months. The VBS had a different feel this time around.

The theme of the VBS was on creation. God created with world, and the galaxies. The idea of God’s involvement in creation was new to many of the children. One of the teachers, Luz Angela said that she asked the children she was teaching who created the chicken, and they responded the mother chicken. The concept of God creating the chicken was foreign to them.

Reaching New Families
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Petri sharing with the parents about the importance of teaching their children about the Creator

One of the highlights of the week was parents night, on Wednesday night. Forty parents showed up. Petri and Yudy said they didn’t know how many to expect. They thought maybe only 10 or 15 would come.

Petri talked to the parents about the importance of forming their children’s character and teaching them about having a relationship with God. He told them one of the most important things is that the parents themselves set the example and grow personally in their relationship with the creator of the Universe.

The parents responded very enthusiastically. One of them mentioned that their child came home and had all kinds of questions. Their son asked if God created the world does that mean he created the fly as well? It opened the door for positive interaction among parents and their children.

Praying for Renewal in Ensenada
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Kari Berglund from Denver leading the children with Diane Farris

Petri at the end of the evening was able to invite them all to be a part of the new project, Renuevo. Renuevo means renew. They are working to bring about renewal in Ensenada! So encouraging to see God’s work and the hunger.

The parents were also invited to the closing ceremony on Friday. There was an equally strong showing. The parents were proud of their children as they finished up the week and received their certificate for being involved in the summer VBS.

Thankful for Skyview from Denver!
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Thankful for our friends from Skyview Church

The group from Skyview plays a key role as they show love to the children and lead the crafts and activities. They’ve also developed a wonderful relationship with the team from Renuevo. The love of Christ is very apparent as these two groups come together to work on VBS and to enjoy the week together.

Thanks for praying for us. Please continue to pray for Petri and Yudy and their team as they seek to bring renewal to Ensenada through the good news of the gospel.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org
The Afterglow of an Outstanding Week!
VBS at Gracia Eterna in Maneadero south of Ensenada

VBS at Gracia Eterna in Maneadero south of Ensenada

This week we’ve been in the afterglow of the outstanding week of VBS outreach we had this last week in Ensenada. Part of what I enjoy is the amazing friends that God has given us to work with.

Skyview Church team and La Nueva Jerusalén church team

Skyview Church team and La Nueva Jerusalén church team

The group from Skyview led by Tim & Kari Berglund is a quality group of individuals who love Jesus and have a heart to serve him and learn about another culture. The group from Ensenada led by Petri & Yudy Petrikowski is equally amazing. We’ve grown to love and respect those that the Lord has given us the privilege of working alongside.

Apart from the relationships there are the new children and their families that experience the gospel, some of them for the first time. We are praying for the ongoing work of La Nueva Jerusalén as they seek to be an influence in their community. We are lifting the new church planting project called Renuevo that will be in the city center.

Jose Zunun in front the of the mission Gracia Eterna

Jose Zunun in front the of the mission Gracia Eterna

This summer God gave us the opportunity to work with Jose Zunun, who is ministering in a poor community called Maneadero. Jose is working with a new mission called Gracia Eterna (Eternal Grace). Despite the fact that Jose began preparing for ministry without even an elementary school degree that he has persevered. He’s gone back to school and finished his high school degree, and he is now enrolled in a theological extension program.

Blown Away by God’s People

Dawn and I continue to be blown away by all the wonderful, godly people who the Lord connects us with as we serve here. Our prayer and desire is to see a movement of God’s Spirit so that His church will grow. Many new churches will be planted and many will come into the kingdom of God.

I put together a short video that highlighted our week of VBS in Ensenada. I think you will enjoy it!

Skyview – Nueva Jerusalén Summer VBS

Thank your for praying for us for this outreach, and God’s ongoing work in Ensenada and throughout the border and the Baja!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Our Best VBS Yet!
A Fun-filled week at VBS

A Fun-filled week at VBS

We’ve had a great week of VBS in Ensenada with La Nueva Jerusalén church and Skyview Presbyterian. This is the third year in a row that these two churches have come together to partner on VBS.

The children and teachers alike are saying that this is the best VBS yet. It’s been fun, and the children don’t want it to end! That is very encouraging.

Our ongoing prayer is that the Lord will use the VBS to reach children and their families for Christ. We pray that they will grow to love Jesus and his church.

Today (Friday) we will be holding the closing ceremony. It’s a celebration of all that God did during the week. Also, it gives the church a chance to love on and care for the parents as there will be a brief presentation for them as well. Wow! What a wonderful opportunity, and boy do we ever need prayer.

Petri will lead the ceremony and give the presentation to the parents. Here’s a short video that we’ve put together for the parents. The brief interviews are in Spanish, and I believe you will get the main gist of it. Next week I will post an English video of the VBS.

Video of VBS Highlights from Ensenada, Mexico

Thanks so much for praying. We know the Lord hears the prayers of his people!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

A Fun Week!
VBS at La Nueva Jerusalén church in Ensenada

VBS at La Nueva Jerusalén church in Ensenada

Our week has gotten off to a fun and exciting start with VBS in Ensenada. A group of friends from Skyview Church in Denver is here! It’s the third summer in a row that they have come, and it’s always a good time.

This year they are helping lead a VBS at two sites. One of the sites is La Nueva Jerusalén in Ensenada, and the other one is Mission Gracia Eterna in nearby Maneadero.

Skyview & La Nueva Jerusalén Serving Together
Yudy leading the children in a fun learning activity

Yudy leading the children in a fun learning activity

Skyview is partnering with La Nueva Jerusalén to reach out to children in the surrounding communities. 55 children have come to the morning VBS in Ensenada and 35 have come to the afternoon session in Maneadero.

This is the third year that Skyview has come, but the first year that they’ve helped lead VBS at the mission church in Maneadero. It makes for a long day, but all those involved have had a wonderful attitude and real servant hearts.

The Lord has used these short-term summer mission trips to help the church to be a light in the community. The group from Skyview has served as an encouragement to those from La Nueva Jerusalén. The leaders from the local church said that before they weren’t as motivated to organize a VBS. They felt worn out from the school year, but Skyview has given them energy and they’ve come to enjoy and even look forward to the week-long outreach.

A Fruit-filled Week
Luz teaching her group of young children

Luz teaching her group of young children

Dawn and I have worked with a number of short-term groups and this has been among the best of them as far as the fruit that we see. The two main church groups that have worked with La Nueva Jerusalén over the last three years are Skyview from Denver and Redeemer from San Diego. The Lord has used both of these churches in a powerful way here.

Now we are working with the leaders Petri and Yudy on a new church plant that we hope to start later this year.

It’s fun to watch the children smile, laugh and have a good time. I love seeing the parents bring their children to a VBS for the first time, and seeing how it encourages them as well. God is working in ways that we don’t even know.

Thanks so much for holding us up in prayer, and continuing to pray for the work in Ensenada Mexico. We pray that many will come to know Jesus as the Word of God is proclaimed in various ways!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

 

Skyview Returns!
The group from Skyview with some of the leaders from La Nueva Jerusalén

The group from Skyview in the summer of 2015 with some of the members from La Nueva Jerusalén

This week we are gearing up for the arrival of our friends from Denver, Skyview Presbyterian Church. This is the third summer in a row that they’ve come to work with us, and partner with the church in Ensenada.

The wonderful thing about when a church like Skyview makes a commitment to keep coming back and minister with the people is that they get to know each other. They grow to love each other!

Our dear friends, Petri & Yudy

Our dear friends, Petri & Yudy

I’ve enjoyed observing the relationship, and how it has grown. Tim and Kari Berglund, who lead the trips have developed a very close relationship with Petri and Yudy Petrikowski our leaders in Ensenada. Even though the Petrikowski’s don’t speak English and the Berglund’s aren’t fluent in Spanish they are able to communicate. They use Google translator to help them.

I must say that these computer translation tools have come a long ways. They do a good job and come pretty close to getting the translation right!

Skyview is bringing a group of 10 to work with La Nueva Jerusalén, and one of their mission churches. They will partner together to hold a VBS outreach.

Join Us In Prayer!

Pray for us as we all make our final preparations for the week of outreach, which will start this Saturday, July 23 and go until the following Saturday.

Prayer is always a huge need and greatly appreciated!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

God’s Big Surprise!

The group from Skyview with some of the leaders from La Nueva Jerusalén

The group from Skyview with some of the members from La Nueva Jerusalén

Last week Dawn, Hannah and I had such a wonderful experience in Ensenada. God is working there, and it’s fun to watch him at work.

I remember two years ago when La Nueva Jerusalén church approached me, and asked me if I could find a group in the U.S. to partner with them to run a VBS. At first, I didn’t know what to think, because I didn’t know the people in the church at all.

God surprised us in a big way! We’ve grown to love the people at the church in Ensenada. The ministry outreach has also given us an opportunity to get know our friends from Skyview better as well.

Our Vision & The Value of Short-term Missions

Recognizing the children on the last day of VBS

Recognizing the children on the last day of VBS

Dawn and I are believers in short-term missions projects, because we’ve seen the Lord use them in our lives as well as in the lives of others. This particular project has opened our eyes to the opportunities for the church to reach out and expand in Ensenada.

A big part of our vision for the border and the Baja is to see a network of churches started that are used by God to bring about transformation in families, neighborhoods and cities.

We are getting ready to hold our first ever church planters evaluation for the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico in Tijuana this Fall. I’ve asked two of the leaders from La Nueva Jerusalén to participate as church planting candidates.

Lord, Enlarge Our Borders!

There’s so much we are hoping that Christ will do in our midst. It’s thrilling to experience His Spirit at work as he goes before us and opens new doors.

We know that a big part of the reason the Lord is at work here is because of the prayers of so many faithful followers of Christ like you. Thank you for going on this journey with us! We do appreciate the part that you play.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org