Archive for May, 2011

Dave at Jonathan's graduaton

In my last post I shared about our son, Jonathan’s graduation and asked you to pray for him as we look to the future. Today I thought I’d post the speech I gave at Jonathan’s graduation.

Jonathan Daniel Diaso 

Jonathan I’m encouraged by the verses you chose for your graduation, I Timothy 1:15-17, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”

I’m encouraged that you chose these verses, because it speaks of your recognition that you need God’s grace and mercy to grow and make it in life. I’m also encouraged that you desire to share this grace, the gospel of Christ through word and deed.

I would like to affirm your heart’s desire to reach out and love hurting people. I’ve seen in your life that you are very good at loving people, at reaching out to people. You have a knack for reaching out to people on the fringes. People that others often give up on. You love being around friends, and reaching out. You are always asking mom and me if you can go over someone’s house, or have them come to our house.

Mario & Jonathan

One of my favorite experiences with you was when we went to Croatia last year. It warmed my heart to observe you reach out to the Croatians. You always had a few young guys around you, and you were laughing, smiling and encouraging them. We had only been there a couple of days, and we were going to go out in the evening, and you asked me if you could invite Mario to join us. Mario just loved you – he called you Jon dude! It was fun to watch, and see your heart to have a good time, but in doing so reach out to new friends like Mario who need Christ. Mario and some of the others we met were familiar with the church and Christ, but not committed to Him.

Another thing that I admire about you is you are one of the hardest working teenagers that I know. It was impressive to your mother and me to see you getting up at 3 and 4 in the morning to go to work over Christmas break. When most teenagers want to play around, and just hang out with friends you were hard at work. Although I must say you always do find time to hang out with friends and have fun! 

It was so encouraging to me when Kathie Schwerdt told me she was waiting in the line at Safeway, and she didn’t recognize you, but she was observing you. She said she thought there was something different about you. She saw Christ in you. There was a joy, and you treated people well even when they were difficult. Maybe without realizing it you were being, and you are a witness for Christ, which I think is your heart’s desire.

Jonathan we’ve shared many great moments together on the baseball field, and I’ve loved coaching you and being your dad. I told David last year that one of the fundamentals of baseball is to keep your eye on the ball. And in life one fundamental is to keep your eyes on Christ. Never stray from Christ. More than one well-known theologian has responded when asked what is the greatest truth they have discovered with, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” This too speaks of God’s grace, and our need for that grace.

  • Jonathan - class of 2011

    Continue to live in, and depend on God’s grace

  • Joyfully share the love of Christ with others
  • Work hard as unto the Lord in all you do

My prayer is that God will use you powerfully, and I believe if you continue to do these things God’s grace will shine brightly through you!

People are looking for someone to lead, someone they can follow. I believe the Lord can use you in a powerful way as you exhibit His grace, and lead as a servant leader.

Jonathan I love you and I am proud of you! 

Your Dad,

David Diaso Sr.

Jonathan's graduation speech

A number of our friends ask Dawn and me about our children. What are they going to do, since you are moving? Will they go with you? These are some of the questions that we are asked. I thought I’d take some time to address those questions. In this particular post I will highlight our son, Jonathan. We just celebrated Jonathan’s graduation from high school on Friday, May 20. It was a great celebration. Dawn’s parents and my dad were able to come out for the graduation. I had the privilege of being the master of ceremonies for the event. 

Jonathan's grad display

Now the question is what is Jonathan going to do now that he’s finished high school? This is something that we are praying about. We are trying to decide with Jonathan whether he should stay in Colorado and go to Pikes Peak Community College, or whether he should move with us to California. He has applied to some universities in California, but so far the cost is just too high. He has a strong interest in Biola, but we haven’t been able to come up with a suitable financial package. We are looking into some of the State schools, but since we don’t have residence in California it makes it much more expensive. These are some of the issues we are thinking through and praying about. We would appreciate you joining us in prayer for this need.

Jonathan, David & Hannah with Grandpa Diaso

Jonathan is interested in studying to become a physical therapist. We want God’s best for him, but we are not sure what that is at this point, so we need wisdom. I will write more about David and Hannah in a future post. David is interested in studying to serve in ministry, possibly missions and youth work. He is planning on going to San Diego Christian College starting this Fall. Hannah is still in high school, so we are trying to figure out what the best option is for her – homeschool, charter school, public school? These are all major decisions that we are praying through with our children.

Thanks for joining us in prayer!

In His Grip, Dave

I’ve spoken before about Mario and Silvia Silva. They are praying about joining us in ministry on the border. We are praying for the Lord to build up our team. I wrote about one answer to prayer this last week – Ray and Michele Call. God is calling them to move to the San Diego – Tijuana border area to reach Hispanics for Christ. They are joining our team! They are in the process of moving to the Chula Vista area this week. God is hearing our prayers. Thank you for standing with us and praying with us.

We also continue to pray that the Lord will open up the doors, and make the way for Mario and Silvia to join our team. They hope to have a huge impact ministering alongside us there. It’s an exciting opportunity before us! I’ve uploaded a new video clip where Mario shares his heart for ministry, and his desire in the Lord’s timing to reach out to lost and hurting people on the border. O Lord, hear our prayer!

In His Grip, Dave

The Majesty of Pikes Peak (taken from a trail in our neighborhood)

Today marks day 45, the half-way point in reading through the Bible in 90 days. One of the main things that the Lord has shown me so far as I’ve been on this journey is that I need to listen to Him. I pray to the Lord, and ask Him to hear my plea, to answer me. Yet I realize that I’m not always listening.

Psalm 86 spoke to me in a new way as I read it a couple of days ago. “Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you–you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I life up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord to, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me” (Psalm 86:1-7).

A Church in Tijuana where the Word of God is proclaimed

I do desire that the Lord hears my voice. I’m grateful that I’m crying out to a gracious and loving God. The Lord is not a tyrant, but a good and forgiving God. Therefore, I can come before Him with confidence. But Lord am I listening when you speak to me through your Word? When your Holy Spirit nudges me? I do desire to grow in listening to my Lord, and going where He leads me.

The Word of God is transformational. It does not return void. It has the power to change us from the inside out. It brings us grace when we deserve judgement. It brings healing when we are wounded. It gives hope to the broken-hearted. We can place our confidence in the Word of God, because God does speak to His people through His Holy Word. God does indeed speak through His Word. Are we listening?

In His Loving Grip, Dave

Ray & Michele Call and family (a good looking group!)

I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that we have been actively recruiting team members to join us as we serve in the Chula Vista area. The Lord has answered that prayer in bringing Ray and Michele Call to minister with us. They were serving with MTW in Mexicali, but the Lord closed some doors there, and opened doors for them to work with us. It is indeed, a new call for the Calls, and we are excited about it!

Ray and Michele grew up in Orange County in Southern California. After they graduated from college they were involved in an evangelism and discipleship ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ. They were ministering at Fresno State, my alma mater. While they lived in Fresno they got to know Sierra View Presbyterian Church. Sierra View became their home church. Dawn and I also have a strong connection with Sierra View, since my family lives in Fresno. So we have some things in common with the Calls. We both have served with Campus Crusade for Christ, we have the Fresno and Sierra View connection, and now we will be working together on the border. One difference is that Ray and Michele have six children, so they’ve got us beat there. Their children are Rebecca, age 13; Jeremiah, age 11; AnnaGrace, age 10; John, age 6; Daniel, age 4; Christina, age 1.

The Calls have served with Mission to the World since 2006. They spent two years in Mexicali. We are looking forward to ministering side by side with them to see the gospel go forth, with the hope that many will come to faith, lives will be transformed by the gospel, and many churches will be planted.

Here’s a few prayer requests for the Calls:

1. They are moving from Mexicali to Bonita this upcoming week. It’s about a two hour drive, but the main challenge is bringing things back into the U.S. Pray for a smooth move.

2. Pray that their family will adjust quickly to their new surroundings.

3. The cost of living is higher in the Chula Vista region, so pray that the Lord will provide the additional financial support that they need.

4. Dawn and I will be with in Chula Vista from June 3 – 14, pray that we are able to have some good opportunities to meet with, and get to know Ray and Michele. Pray that we build a strong foundation for our team. 

5. Dawn and I would like to be an encouragement to them. Pray for wisdom, that we will be sensitive to the Lord’s leading as we seek to minister to them.

6. We are thrilled with this answer to prayer (the Calls joining the team)! Pray for more team members. We are still praying for the Lord to make the way and the steps clear for Mario & Silvia Silva.

In His Grip, Dave

P.S. You can learn more about Ray & Michele on the BEAMM website click here: BEAMMCAlls

Some of you have asked, what was the result of our 40 days of prayer with Mario and Silvia Silva? The 40 days of prayer ended on April 9th. Mario and Silvia told me that it was a good time of prayer for them, and they believe the Lord is leading them to continue moving forward. There are still a lot of unknowns, and they need prayer for that as well. We’d like to ask you to persevere in prayer with us. They are coming before the Lord to ask Him for answers related to timing. When should they join us? Other questions that we are all seeking the Lord for on their behalf are: how will they get workers visas? Where will their funding come from? What will their work look like? Our hope is that the answers to these questions, and many others will become more apparent as we continue to look to the Lord, and get closer to the time when they will actually make the move.

I’m including here the third interview that I did with Mario when he was with us. If you’d like to view Part 1 and Part 2, just click on the highlighted links.

In His Grip – Dave

P.S. I have some exciting news about another family that has decided to join our team. I will write about that soon – stay tuned!