Archive for September, 2021

Freedom to a Beautiful Young Woman and Her Family

I’ve been amazed by the testimonies coming from our familia on the Big Island.

Yoani with her son, Isaías (Isaiah)

The long lines for food and basic needs continue and even are getting worse, if that is even possible. Most of people cannot leave their houses after 1 PM, due to the restrictions placed on them. Yet, God is at work!

One of our dear young friends, Yoani shared this story of life change with me recently and I thought it would encourage you.

A Testimony of God’s Power and His Love
Yoani with her husband, Samuel

She begins, “I haven’t been able to go to church for about 6 months, because at first, I was pregnant with my son, Isaías (Isaiah). People who are considered vulnerable are not allowed to got out in public and attend church. Then after my son, Isaiah was born I couldn’t attend, because I had a small baby. Now most churches are closed and no one can attend.

Yet I thank my Heavenly Father for how He has worked in my life. I have not lacked encouraging words, because of my pastors here. The Lord also blessed me by allowing me to meet you. God freed me from the snares of the evil one when you came. I’m grateful that you continue to pray for me and that you send me powerful prayers and words of encouragement. I also enjoy the beautiful photos of your family, especially those of your pretty granddaughter.

My family is infinitely grateful for the financial help that you’ve sent to support us during these difficult times that we are all passing through here on the Big Island.

I’m so grateful for the marvelous redemptive work that the Lord has done in my life. When I was very little, shortly after I was born my father left my mom. He lived a life lost in drunkenness and chasing other women. He ended up in jail more than once for the crimes he committed.

About 6 years ago he got out of prison and said he wanted to change his life, so he moved close to where I live. He said he was proud of me for how I had chosen to live a good life, but he did not want to follow Christ at the time.

I prayed and cried for him. It was hard for me to forgive him, because he had caused me a lot pain. One day he developed appendicitis, and I was the only one who could take him to the hospital. While I was alone waiting for him during his operation God began to deal with me, but I wasn’t free, and I couldn’t forgive my dad.

It’s surprising how God responded to my supplications. He brought you from so far away to this small town as an answer to my prayers. I needed to be set free in some areas of my life, but I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know what to do. God guided you and my good friend and mentor Maria. The Lord used you to bring restoration, deliverance, healing, joy and forgiveness to my life. It was like a big weight was lifted off of my soul. I was finally able to forgive my dad.

I would have liked for this story to end with a happy ending like the fairy tales, but that’s not what happened. In a few weeks on the 10th of October it will be one year since my dad died from a heart attack. Now that he wanted to change his life and live a good life beside his family, his life was cut short. He never got a chance to meet his grandson, Isaiah. That has been very hard for me.

Today I give thanks to God that before my dad died I was able to forgive him for how he hurt me. God brought healing to me.

Pastor I wanted to share my testimony with you to encourage you to continue to minister. I believe that in whatever part of the world that you minister in that there are people that need God to do a miracle in their lives, like he did in my life through your ministry to me.

Thank You, Jesus!

Wow! What Yoani shared with me was so moving that I just had to share it. I hope that it might brighten your day as well. It gives you a glimpse of how the Lord is working in the lives of our familia on the Big Island as we extend our hands to help them. Despite all the pain, and all the difficulties God is on the move!

Extend your hands to help our precious familia
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In His Grip, Dave

BeyondBordersLife.org

Our Privilege to Serve
Dave and Dawn with Angel, Arely, Monse, Uriel and Daniela

Every week Dawn and I meet with a number of pastors as close as Tijuana and as far as the Big Island. Those that live far away we meet online, and those that are close we can see face to face.

I’m always amazed by our time with these men and women who’ve chosen to sacrifice to serve the Lord. It’s a privilege for us to coach, mentor and encourage the leaders that we work with. Most of the time we feel invigorated after meeting with these friends who have become like family to us. They often refer to Dawn and me as dad and mom, and we love the relationships that the Lord gives us with them.

Pastor Uriel and Arely Garcia
Pastor Uriel Garcia with his wife Arely and their three children, Angel, Daniela and Monse

This last week we met with Pastor Uriel and Arely Garcia who are planting a church in Rosarito, which is South of Tijuana. This church is in the community of Ramos 2 just a few miles away from the church we just built this summer in my parents memory in Lomas Altas.

The church that the Garcia’s are ministering in we helped start 5 years ago. The church has faced tremendous opposition. The day after we inaugurated the church in Ramos 2 our daughter, Hannah moved to heaven. I must confess that I don’t fully comprehend how spiritual warfare plays out, but I do know that Satan doesn’t like what we are doing and he will doing anything he can to deter us and discourage us from continuing. I also know that we are in a battle and that our battle is not with flesh and blood.

The first pastoral couple that were called to start the church left the church within a year. Until Pastor Uriel stepped in the church was struggling to survive.

Uriel told Dawn and me that the day after they accepted the call to pastor in the community of Ramos 2 in Rosarito that he was involved in a terrible car accident. He broke his arm and other family members who were in the car with him were also hurt.

Despite all the obstacles Pastor Uriel and his wife, Arely have been faithful to reach out in the community. It hasn’t been easy and they haven’t always been received well as they’ve shared the gospel in the neighborhood surrounding the church. In fact, one day when they were out sharing their faith one of the neighbors got mad at them and the woman of the house brought out a pistol and threatened Uriel and told them to leave.

God is using the García family as they show the love of Christ to the people that live in Ramos 2. On Saturday’s they’ve been having fun activities and Bible stories for the children and this has begun to open the door to the families.

God is building his church!

This picture was taken in October of 2016 when we built the church in Rosarito in the community of Ramos 2

It’s a real privilege to see the humility and the dedication in Pastor Uriel. He is a bi-vocational church planter, which means he has another job that supports his family. They are very busy working as pastors and fulfilling his other responsibilities.

The families that live in the community where Uriel and Arely are ministering are poor. They struggle to survive. Many of the the children are malnourished and they aren’t doing well in school. Arely told us that she has been learning from Sol who ministers at another church that we helped start nearby. Sol has is a Master’s in Education and Psychology, so she is a great resource to Arely.

God is bringing light into the darkness!

Extend Your Hands to Help!

You can help by praying for Uriel and Arely as they reach out and show the love of Christ in the community of Ramos 2. You can also give a gift, extend your hands to help these families who are in need.

Some of the families that we are helping on the Big Island

There are also other needs as I’ve shared in previous posts about the crisis on the Big Island. Our familia is suffering due to the scarcity of food, basic needs and medicine. You can read more about those needs here…

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In His Grip, Dave

BeyondBordersLife.org

JD Pearring & Excel Leadership Network
JD Pearring who leads Excel Leadership Network

In May I was interviewed by my good friend, JD Pearring who leads Excel Leadership Network. Excel has been a life saver for Dawn and me in many ways as we’ve been on this church planting journey over the last several years. They’ve been a huge source of encouragement to us through the many relationships that we’ve built. They were there for us when our daughter, Hannah moved to heaven. JD actually got on a plane and flew down to be with us for Hannah’s funeral. That’s something that you don’t forget! JD’s wife, Lori who is extremely gifted and loves to encourage others told us that JD doesn’t like to go to funeral’s, which I think would be true for most people. The point was that he made a special effort to be with us and to support our family during a time of tremendous need.

One of the many things Dawn and I have appreciated about our involvement with Excel is the quality of people that are involved. I don’t just mean in regards to their gifting, but also in their character. I’ve found that the pastors involved in this group are some of the most vulnerable and authentic people that I’ve ever been around. That is not very common in this day and age.

Changing the Church Planting World

JD says his goal isn’t to change the world, but to change the church planting world!

A Recent Excel event with pastors and church planters in Napa, CA

Dawn and I have partnered with Excel in Mexico, in the US and on the Big Island in Cuba. We’ve met some of the most wonderful people through this network. Another thing that I enjoy about Excel is that it is not denominationally focused. In other words, there are people from a variety of backgrounds that are involved. Yet we are all supporting one another to see the expansion of the kingdom. Christ is glorified in many ways through Excel.

Excel is partnering with us in a number of our church plants in Mexico as well as on the Big Island. We have come together on 26 church planting projects in Mexico and it’s hard to keep track of all the works popping up on the Big Island.

I’m including an interview here that was made into a podcast and you can listen to it via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and through the link below. In this interview I share our story including the times that I was kidnapped and robbed in Mexico City, as well as weathering the storm of our daughter moving to heaven. I also explain how the Lord gave me the goal of being involved in helping to plant 1,000 churches.

Dave’s conversation with JD

Click on this link to listen to the conversation with David Diaso and JD Pearring…

Dawn and I have partnered with JD and Excel on a number of church planting projects with our familia on the Big Island. Together we are seeking to encourage and support the pastors and their families. Just this morning I was on the phone with Adolfo and Maria photo below, and they shared how they are moving so that they can start more house churches. It’s always encouraging to talk to them to see how the church is growing. Adolfo told us that since they were moving they don’t have a refrigerator. They are in short supply like almost everything there.

Pastor Adolfo & Maria with their children Daniel & David
Extend Your Hands to Help!

We told Adolfo and Maria that we would let you know about it, so that we could help them. They told us that a refrigerator will cost them $600 USD. You can help by giving a gift today. Please join us in praying for Adolfo and Maria and our familia on the Big Island. Join us also in extending your hands to make a generous gift to feed families that are in need.

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In His Grip, Dave

BeyondBordersLife.org