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Pastor Leo - taken at the YWAM center in Rosarito, Mexico

Pastor Leo – taken at the YWAM center in Rosarito, Mexico

Wow! I just received a call from pastor Leo Nevarez from Rosarito, Mexico. You might remember that Harbor partnered with Lo Mejor del Trigo to help plant pastor Leo’s church. You can read more about it here…

Leo called to thank me for connecting him with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Rosarito. YWAM has a ministry center near Rosarito, and one of the things they do is build homes for the homeless. Since I introduced Leo to the people at YWAM in July they’ve been able to work together to build homes for homeless people who have a connection to pastor Leo’s church. God is so good!

The Lord even used this blog to make some kingdom connections. Pastor Leo told me that someone who lives in Oxnard, California felt the Lord prompting them to do some work with the homeless. She did a Google search, and found my post about pastor Leo and their ministry in Rosarito. After seeing my article about the work with the homeless, she was able to contact pastor Leo, and she’s started helping the church. That’s so encouraging! I never thought that the Lord would use my blog in that way. God is so much bigger than all my ideas and plans.

It lifts my soul to see the Lord work, and I feel privileged to be part of if.

Pastor Leo & Gloria meeting with Janet Lambert at the YWAM center

Leo & Gloria meeting with Janet Lambert at the YWAM center

The connection with pastor Leo and YWAM began through a prayer letter I sent out. One of my friends from Phoenix saw the post, and mentioned that YWAM was located near the Rosarito church. He gave me the name and contact info of Janet Lambert, who is one of the principle leaders for the YWAM center. I contacted her, and was able to introduce her to Leo and his wife, Gloria.

Since we’ve been in the middle of this move, I haven’t been able to stay in close contact with pastor Leo. It was so good to hear from him today, and learn how the Lord is blessing their ministry as they reach out to hurting people in Rosarito. God is on the move on the border. Glory be to God!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeontheBorder.org

Pastor Leo Nevarez and his wife, Gloria

Pastor Leo Nevarez and his wife, Gloria

Apart from the hour and a half wait in line to cross back into the US we had a great time in Rosarito and Tijuana on Friday!

While there we met Leo Nevarez, pastor of Lo Mejor del Trigo in Rosarito, and his wife, Gloria. It’s so encouraging to be with them and learn about what the Lord is doing as He touches lives in their church.

We were able to introduce them to the ministry of “Juventud Con Una Mision,” YWAM. They have a base about three miles from the church. Juventud Con Una Mision brings churches in and they build homes for families that are living in card board boxes, or in homes with dirt floors. It’s an important ministry since there is so much poverty in Tijuana.

Leo & Gloria meeting with Janet Lambert

Leo & Gloria meeting with Janet Lambert at the YWAM center

This ministry of YWAM is called, Houses of Hope or Casas de Esperanza. While we were at the YWAM base we met with Janet Lambert, who is one of the key leaders. Janet and her husband started Casas de Esperanza over twenty years ago. The Lord has blessed them with a beautiful facility to house the church groups that come to build homes.

I got connected with Janet through a friend in Phoenix at one of our supporting churches. The church regularly sends groups down to Tijuana to build homes. A friend, Eric Tooker, saw in my newsletter that we were involved in starting a new work in Rosarito, so he sent me a note and encouraged me to contact Janet.

I’m excited to see what God will do through this ministry connection! It’s encouraging for me to see how God brings all the moving parts together. He is the Lord of the Kingdom!

Dawn and our intern Lindsay Anne waiting in line to cross back into the US

Dawn and our intern Lindsay Anne waiting in line to cross back into the US

If you have a helpful ministry connection for us, please send it my way. There’s no telling how the Lord might use it for His glory!

What made it wonderful to connect pastor Leo and Gloria to Juventud Con Una Mision is that there are many impoverished people living in the community where the Rosarito, Lo Mejor del Trigo church ministers. This could open up some new doors for both ministries to reach out with the love of Christ to hurting people.

Wow, thank you Jesus! We look forward to watching what God will do!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeontheBorder.org