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Pastor Leo Navarez receiving the keys to the new church
Pastor Leo Navarez receiving the keys to the new church

In my last few posts I’ve written about the new church plant in Rosarito, Mexico led by our friends, pastor Daniel Nuñez and pastor Leo Navarez. Daniel is the leader of Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Best of the Wheat) movement in Tijuana and beyond. Leo is the pastor of the church in Rosarito, which is Lo Mejor del Trigo’s 14th church! Praise the Lord for how He is moving through this ministry.
As I’ve thought about this church plant it’s reminded me of the kingdom of God. It’s reminded me of Jesus teaching on how the kingdom of God grows. In part it’s a mystery. It’s something God does as the gospel goes forth. The kingdom of heaven is a powerful and dynamic movement of the Spirit.
Jesus said in His teachings in Matthew 13:31-32,

“… The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in it branches.”

The kingdom of heaven is a beautiful thing. The Lord brings together sometimes unrelated parts to bring about expansive growth. If we look, if we pay attention, we can see the seed scattered. Then we begin to see these smallest of seeds bear fruit. They grow into something big and unexpected.

Hannah, Dawn and Dave with Yolanda and Daniel Nuñez in Rosarito - south of TJ
Hannah, Dawn and Dave with Yolanda and Daniel Nuñez in Rosarito – south of TJ

Some of the things I’m already seeing even as the church in Rosarito just celebrated their first service this past Sunday are:

  1. Pastor Leo remembering that his family owned some land in Rosarito, and realizing they could use that land to build the church.
  2. The Lord bringing two ministries together – Harbor Presbyterian Church and Lo Mejor del Trigo to plant this church.
  3. A mexican woman, Billy, at Harbor Mid-City who saw the video that Danny Kim put together. She got so excited, because she has family that live in Rosarito. She planned to invite all of them to the church. I’m anxious to hear what happened. How many came?
  4. A friend from one of our supporting churches just wrote me when he saw my letter about the new church in Rosarito. He said their church has been involved in a ministry to build homes for the homeless in Rosarito, but they didn’t have a church to connect them with. This new church could be an answer!
  5. Only time will tell of all the wonderful things that the Lord will do through this church. I’m thrilled to see all these different moving parts come together. Small seed growing!

I love the way God works, so encouraging to watch. Tell me, how have you seen God at work? How have you seen Him take something small, the smallest seed to bear much fruit?
Let’s Praise Him together for His mighty work!
In His Grip, Dave
P.S. I’d appreciate your prayers as we do prayer walks this week and next week in San Diego and Tijuana. Pray the Lord will give us His eyes to see!


  • By SPTP2011
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

    How can I count the ways that I’ve seen God at work – my husband’s cancer CURED – my Grandson’s heart and ear problems – CURED – my other Grandson born with several medical problems – CURED
    God’s Plan in our lives – Priceless
    Prayers for your prayer walk and ministry
    Susie @ sptp

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted June 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

      It is encouraging to count the ways! I’m glad to see all the ways the Lord has worked in the life of your family. Much healing! When we pay attention to what God is doing it lifts us up

      • By SPTP2011
        Posted June 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        Truly God Lifts us up
        Praying for your Ministry
        God Bless

  • By Sandra Franchesca Cruz
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    When I saw the title of this post I imediately thought of the mustard seed and I see that you refer to it as well. (Holy Spirit). Just coming back from camping at San Simon, Ca had some whole mustard for my hot dog and I observed how teeny tiny the mustard seed is. Bought to mind the kingdom of God and to see this type of seed grow into a huge plant that grows and take over the fields. What a blessing for the soon to be huge Church of Rosarito. And what an encouagement to your faith and the faith of others who will work closely with them– Luke 17:5-6 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. I’m praying for this church and the faith of yours.

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted June 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      thank you for your encouraging words. It’s great to see the Lord touch people’s hearts.

  • By 5 Minute Bible
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Awesome reminder that as we do our part which we were called to, even if it feels disjointed or solo, that God is connecting all the branches in order to greatly glorify His Kingdom! I love this! Keep us posted….

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted June 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

      I agree – it’s very encouraging as we look and pay attention to what God is doing! Thanks!

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