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Goal Accomplished – A New Church!

Celebrating finishing the roof on the church
Celebrating finishing the roof on the church

On Saturday we took another group of 40 down to Tijuana to finish up the church building. The trip to Tijuana was a wonderful day on many fronts.
We accomplished our goal to finish building the church. The Lord gave us his favor as we experienced pleasant weather, a great group to work with, awesome food and outstanding hosts. The day couldn’t have been any better. Thank you Jesus!
Once again we were amazed by the progress everyone working together made in one day. Our task was to put shingles on the roof, paint the outside walls and put drywall on the inside of the building. All that is left to do is the finishing touches on the inside of the church.
Yesterday (Sunday) Lo Mejor del Trigo (LMT) Ribera de Bosque celebrated its inaugural service. A joyous celebration that Dawn, Hannah and I were privileged to attend. I will write more about that in my next post.
The church is near two communities Valle Verde and Ribera de Bosque. Since a number of the people in the church are from Ribera de Bosque they are using that for the name, although the sign above the church will just say Lo Mejor del Trigo.

Two Cultures – One Church

Putting up the drywall
Putting up the drywall

One of the many things that I love about bringing groups from the States down to Mexico is seeing people from different cultures and different languages intersect for the purpose of the Kingdom. I believe God is glorified when we do this work. Over the last two weekends 75 Americans worked with 20 of our friends from TJ.
Jesus is glorified when his church grows. When there are more people to worship him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
It takes a community of people sometimes from different cultures to come together to see the church grow. The Lord has given all of us different gifts, and when we put the gifts that we have before the Lord good things happen.
Dawn with Rocio and Ivan
Dawn with Rocio and Ivan

Pastor Daniel Nuñez has been involved in building many churches, but this was the first one that he led. He did an outstanding job. We give praise to the Lord.
Daniel told me that while we were helping to build the church for Pastor Ivan and Rocio Casados in Ribera de Bosque that another group was helping pastor Cesar and Kristina Zavala build a church in another community in Tijuana. Dawn and I have gotten to know Cesar and Kristina over the last year, and they are very dear friends. We are happy for them and their church.
It was an unbelievably busy and productive weekend for Lo Mejor del Trigo. I told Daniel and his wife, Yolanda that I hope they are able to get some rest this week. Dawn and I are worn out from the work we did, but we were only responsible for one group.

Church #3

David Jr., Dawn and Jon. It was great to have my family participate
David Jr., Dawn and Jon. It was great to have my family participate

This is the third church that Harbor and Lo Mejor del Trigo have come together to plant. It’s the 20th church for LMT!
Thanks so much for lifting us up in prayer. God surely heard our prayers as we didn’t have anyone get hurt, and there were no accidents save for a small tree that I backed over with the van. Oops!
I heard only positive reports from all those that participated. Actually, a number of them asked, when can we do this again? God comes through!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By evanlaar1922
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    so that they may learn Your name God!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Yes, so that more may know!

  • By Karina Susanto
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you and Praise the Lord. Finally His home done 🙂 Amen!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      We are all very encouraged – the pastor and his wife were moved to tears

  • By sustainabilitea
    Posted April 15, 2014 at 4:55 am

    What wonderful news!!

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted April 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      I agree – thanks!

  • By Larry Who
    Posted April 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This may be a silly question, but here goes anyway: what’s the approximate cost of building a church in Mexico?

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted April 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      The land varies depending on the location and size. The local church buys the land. We help with the buildings, and they usually cost between $15,000 – $20,000

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