Archive for February, 2011

A Call to 40 Days of Prayer

Posted: February 26, 2011 in God's Leading, Journey

Mario & Dave at Garden of the Gods

It’s been a week since Mario and Chivis left, and went back to Mexico (Mario’s visit). We sure do miss them!

Mario called this last week, and he told me that he and his wife, Silvia had decided to pray for 40 days starting March 1, about God’s call on their life. They want to pray specifically about whether they should join us in ministry in Chula Vista, on the Border. Mario and Silvia’s commitment to give some dedicated time to prayer about the Lord’s leading has challenged me. It hit me we need to join them in prayer and ask our friends to pray with us.

There are a number of things we can pray with them for. 1) Clarity and confirmation that God is calling them to work with us on the Border; 2) That if the Lord is calling them to work on the Border that we will have a unified vision for what God is calling us to fulfill; 3) God’s provision for Mario and Silvia and for us; 4) Wisdom regarding timing as to when they should make the move; 5) They will need to sell their home if they come; 6) They need to figure out the best school options, and transition plans for their girls; 7) Many other details including Visas to live and work in the U.S.

Would you pray with us for Mario and Silvia in a concentrated way for 40 days starting this Tuesday, March 1? Send me a note by replying below if you’d like to join us in prayer for this need. It’s encouraging to know that others are praying with us!

In His Grip, Dave

Jim Alexander praying for us at Cheyenne Mountain

One of the great benefits we have as we share with friends about our ministry on the border is we get to meet a lot of people. We meet people in various places. Last week I had the opportunity to speak to a men’s group that meets on Tuesday morning. I began at 6:15 AM, which is a little bit of a challenge to be up, alert, and ready to present that early. After I spoke to the men they prayed for me. I always consider it a privilege when friends pray for me, and our work.

Then this last Sunday, I was able to speak at Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church. Pastor Jim Alexander prayed for me and my family after I spoke. We met some new people there, and we saw some old friends. Dawn, David and Jonathan (Hannah was at our church’s youth retreat) were able to join me. I always enjoy it when my family can be with me. It makes it much easier for me. Dawn is so good at meeting people, and they love her. She definitely adds a lot to the package! I wish she could join me more often.

Dave speaking at a Tuesday morning men's group

I have a number of trips coming up to meet with friends, and to connect with churches. This Friday I leave for Phoenix for Covenant Community Church’s missions conference. Then I’m back for about 10 days before I go out to California from March 12 – 28. It’s always a challenge trying to get everything set up ahead of time. I’m not sure why it’s so hard to get in touch with people. I suppose in part people are just busy. I do need prayer for God’s blessing and wisdom as I set up my trips, and try to arrange for appointments. Without God’s blessing I’m sure to fail. We depend on the Lord to lead us to the right people at the right time. I have been very encouraged by how the Lord has led, and provided through the trips I have taken so far this year. We are making good progress towards are goal of getting to Chula Vista!

We are privileged to have so many friends who pray for us. Thanks for standing with us!

In His Grip, Dave

The Week with Mario & Chivis

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Journey

Mario and Chivis

It’s been wonderful having Mario here with his daughter, Silvia, “Chivis”. Chivis has been with us for almost six months. Wow, how time flies! We’ve had such a great time having her in our home. It’s made us feel closer to Mexico, and our Mexican friends. It’s allowed us to able to work on our Spanish with her. Hannah and Chivis get along so well. They are like sisters. They’ve been reunited after all these years (Hannah & Chivis). It’s hard to believe that tomorrow our friends will fly off to Mexico.

Mario has been with us this last week too. It’s been fun getting reaquainted after so many years. We’ve been able to pray and dream together about the possibility of working together. It’s exciting that Mario and his wife, Silva are even more interested in working on the Border than I had thought. The Lord has given us a similar vision for ministering together to reach broken and hurting people. We thank the Lord, and look forward to what lies ahead.

David, Mario, Dawn, Chivis & Hannah

Please pray with us about next steps. There are still a number of questions to be answered. Our prayer is that they will be able to join us in Chula Vista next year in 2012. A lot has to happen in order for this to become a reality, so please do pray for us and with us. Also, pray for our families as we have to say goodbye on Saturday. It will be especially hard on Hannah and Chivis, who have been sharing a room and many other things since Chivis arrived. We are grateful for the time together, but it’s not easy saying good-bye!

In His Grip, Dave

P.S. On a side note, we just found out that Jonathan has a hernia, and will have an operation for it on Monday, February 21 at 1 PM. It’s supposed to be a minor out-patient surgery, but we would still appreciate your prayers.

Mario Silva’s Visit

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Journey

Mario sharing in Lighthouse

Dawn and I are excited to have Mario Silva here with us in Colorado Springs. Mario and his wife, Silvia are some of our best friends from Mexico City. They were involved in one of the church plants we worked in. God has done some amazing things in their lives since then. It’s exciting to reconnect and learn what God is doing in and through them. Mario is a businessman. He is also a bi-vocational church planter. He and Silvia have started a church in the Southern part of Mexico City. The church is called Vida Abundante, which means Abundant Life.

Yesterday, Mario attended Village Seven Presbyterian Church with us, and he had an opportunity to share about his ministry in our Sunday School community – Lighthouse. It was encouraging to see how our friends in Lighthouse responded as Mario shared about the challenges of ministering in a city of 27 million. They are reaching people for Christ, and those in the group are growing in their faith.

One of  Mario and Silvia’s greatest desires is to be able to serve full-time in ministry. It’s tough for them now. Mario gets home from work around 8 or 9 in the evening during the week, so the majority of their ministry ends up being on Sundays. Dawn and I have been in dialogue with Mario and Silvia about moving to the Border to partner with us in ministry. We believe that the Lord could really use their gifts to reach out to Hispanics on the Border. They are very interested in this possibility. Pray with us that the Lord will make clear to them and to us if he wants them to join us on the Border. We believe we could make a great team!

In His Grip, Dave

Dave speaking at Hidden Valley Presbyterian Church

Dawn and I are very grateful for our ministry support team. We realize that it would be impossible to be survive in ministry without friends everywhere standing with us in prayer and through financial support. Dawn and I have been married for almost 22 years, and during our entire marriage we have been involved in ministry. We have depended on the generosity of our ministry support team to be able to do what we do. We both were also supported by ministry support teams even before we were married. Many people wonder, “how do you do it?” Or they may say, “I could never do it.” Well, I must say that it isn’t one of the easiest things we do, but there are many benefits.

Here are some of the benefits:

  1. It builds our faith as we trust the Lord to provide for us.
  2. We meet many great people.
  3. Those that join our support team often become life-long friends.
  4. We have a number of people who pray for us, and are concerned for us as a direct result of our ministry support team.
  5. It’s encouraging that even some of the people that aren’t able to give financially help in other ways. Apart from praying from us, which is huge in and of itself, they may introduce us to their friends or their church. Often their friends will join our team. That’s a huge, and important help!
  6. Some of our biggest partners are people we met through other friends. They were friends of friends and now they’ve become our friends.
  7. We’ve been amazed by how our friends have responded to some of our needs.

Obviously, we now face a big challenge. It’s like hiking up Pikes Peak. We know what the goal is, we are walking towards it, but at certain points along the journey it’s harder to see the Peak. We are grateful that we don’t have to climb this mountain alone. We’ve set some financial goals that we’d like to meet, in order to reach our ultimate goal of ministering on the border, and reaching people for Christ. The Lord uses you to encourage us along the way. Just this week when I was a little down, because we hadn’t quite met our goal for the month. On that very day I got an email from some of our partners saying that they were increasing their giving substantially. That gave us a huge push forward. Praise the Lord! We appreciate all of you who take an interest in our lives, our family and our ministry. We appreciate your prayers and your gifts. We are on a mission together, which is exciting!

In His Grip, Dave

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Promoting the Ministry in SLC

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Journey

Dave speaking to a group of church leaders in Layton, UT

We have to tell the story of the tremendous needs on the Border. Dawn and I are telling friends everywhere what we are doing, and in doing so we seek to raise up a team of individuals and churches that will partner with us in ministry. We cannot do the ministry we do without a ministry team! This includes people praying for and with us, and people faithfully giving to our ministry. You can also see more about that on our Support/Giving page. We also desire to recruit people to come down and work with us either on a short-term or on a long-term basis.

This work of promoting our ministry, and telling people how they can get involved has me traveling around the U.S. In December I was in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In January I was in Phoenix, and now I am in Salt Lake City, UT. I meet some great people when I’m on these trips. I’ve also been able to reconnect with some old friends.

On this trip to Salt Lake City, I saw a friend from High School, Julie Hill Meisner. We found each other on Facebook. When I arrived on Thursday I posted on Facebook that I was in Salt Lake City for some meetings. Julie who now lives

Julie Hills Meisner & Dave

in the Salt Lake City area saw my post, and asked if I was going to be meeting with some of the pastors in the Presbyterian church. I said, “yeah, I was.” She mentioned that she attended Hidden Valley Presbyterian Church. Then I responded back, “I’m going to be speaking at your church on Sunday.” So not only did I have a great opportunity to speak at Hidden Valley PC, but I also saw Julie for the first time in a number of years. I was able to meet her husband, Steve, who is one of the leaders in the church. When I was in Phoenix I was also able to hook up with friends from High School, Kathy Kuether-Berts and Debbie Tingley.

I enjoy seeing my old friends, but it’s also great to meet new people. They also become friends. While I’m in the Salt Lake City area I’m staying with a great young couple, Brett and Hannah Kleeberger. They attend Grace Presbyterian Church. It’s a lot of fun getting to

Brett & Hannah Kleeberger when Ella was newborn

know them, and their two lovely children, Ben and Ella. I had some time open on Saturday, and they took me to eat at Tony Caputo’s in downtown SLC. It was great to spend some time with them. We even had live Accordion music while we ate! I’ve always believed that ministry flows through relationships. It’s important to spend time with people and build relationships. The travel can wear on me, but overall it’s great!

In His Grip,


God’s Leading to the Border, Part 4

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Journey

Hannah & Chivis in Mexico City

One of the cool things that we have seen as God has led us to the border to work with Hispanics is how he’s rekindled old relationships. I mentioned, Issaid and Mie, in the post, God’s Leading to the Border. They are friends we first met in Mexico City. Some other friends from Mexico City that God brought back into our lives are Mario and Silvia Silva. They were a part of the launch team in the second church plant that we started in Mexico City. Mario and Silvia were key leaders in the church plant, and they are very gifted. Mario is a businessman who continues to be involved in reaching people for Christ with his wife, Silvia.

Well about a year ago Mario and Silvia’s daughter, Silvia – “Chivis” found my kids on Facebook. Chivis and Hannah were very good friends (see photo of the two cute little girls). Chivis started communicating with Hannah and the boys, and she asked if she could come live with us for six months, so she could study and work on her English. We didn’t have to pray long about that. We thought, “Wow! perfect! Hannah’s been out of Mexico for a long time, and she’s forgotten her Spanish, and God is bringing a friend from Mexico back into her life!” The timing was amazing! We couldn’t have planned it any better. That’s not to say that having an additional teenager, and an adolescent girl at that didn’t bring some new challenges into our home. Hannah and Chivis have gotten along very well. Like sisters. I think they even fight like sisters (No, actually they rarely fight). David and Jonathan have also enjoyed having another little sister.

Hannah & Chivis Now

Chivis will be going back to Mexico on February 19th. That will be a very hard day for all of us, but especially for Hannah and Chivis. Please keep that day and the two girls in your prayers. Mario, Chivis dad, is coming to stay with us next week from February 11 – 19. Then Chivis will go back to Mexico with her dad.

I’ve been talking to Mario and Silvia about working with us on the Border. Please pray with us about that. It will be interesting to see where this story ends. I think God could really use them to reach out to the many hurting people on the Border. I will write more about that when Mario comes next week.

In His Grip,


God’s Leading to the Border, Part 3

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Journey

Jay & Maureen Kyle

God used a number of friends from our past to direct us to the Border. One of them was Jay Kyle, our former boss when we served in Mexico City. About a year ago I asked Jay if he could help me with contacts for some new ministry opportunities. Jay hooked me up with Russ Kapusinski, pastor of Harbor Presbyterian Church Chula Vista. Russ and I began to discuss the possibility of working together, which led to Dawn and me taking a scouting trip with Hannah to Chula Vista. While we were there God surprised us! As we saw all the Mexicans there, and reconnected with old friends, like Issaid and Mie, our love for the Mexicans was reawakened. We began to think we could see ourselves living and serving here.

Russ & Diane Kapusinski

After our visit, prayer and further discussion with Russ we decided it would best to partner with the Harbor Chula Vista church while reaching out to Hispanics. The Lord also opened doors with the Border Evangelism and Mercy Ministries (BEAMM) team as we continued to network. We thought this way we could get back on the field, and minister to Hispanics on both sides of the border. Our focus initially will be in Chula Vista, but our desire is to see the ministry grow and to facilitate outreach in greater San Diego and Tijuana. We pray in God’s grace that a number of churches will be planted, and many will be reached for Christ.

In His Grip,