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Travel, Hellos and Goodbyes

David Jr. with Dawn and Dave in Napa, CA. Our last day together before David left for Connecticut

Last week Dawn and I were traveling in Northern California for a ministry meeting. We were also able to fit in a few days with our son, David before we said goodbye. He is moving to Connecticut for his job. After saying a tearful goodbye to David, we headed to Fresno. While in Fresno we saw my parents. My dad was in ICU after surgery on his lungs. We now know that he has cancer caused by asbestos from his days of working in construction when he was younger. Another unpleasant trial for our family.
Dave & Dawn with Nadine

One of the highlights of the trip was my cousin Nadine’s daughter, Audra’s wedding. While at the wedding we saw a number of relatives we hadn’t seen in a while. Most of them weren’t able to come to Hannah’s funeral service. It was good to visit with my extended family again. They encouraged us through their heartfelt words.

We Have to Keep Moving Forward

Dave and Dawn with the newlyweds, Michael and Audra Rodriguez  with Dave’s brother, John his wife, Treena and daughter, Baylee

One of my relatives who lost her husband a few years ago told me the first year was very difficult, and that all she could do was just keep trying to move forward. I feel that’s what Dawn and I are doing. We are staying busy, and we are traveling more than usual.
The Lord has ministered to us as we’ve been on the road, and it seems as we give to others it lifts up our spirits.
Yesterday (Saturday) marked four months since Hannah passed away. Our emotions are all over the place. We do feel the Lord’s presence and we believe he is bringing healing to us, but grieving has definitely been the hardest thing we’ve ever done.

O Lord, Make Our Lives Count for Eternity

The Rainbow a beautiful reminder of God’s promise

Part of my prayer through this is that the Lord will make the time I have left on the earth count for eternity. It’s not necessarily a new prayer, but I do think it’s more focused and more intense. Hannah’s early home going made it crystal clear how short our time is. The Bible says the time we have on the earth is but a vapor. I didn’t think about that very often until my daughter’s life was cut short.
I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but one of the primary elements that the Lord has used to keep us afloat is the encouragement and prayers of our friends. All the notes are amazing. It’s been wonderful to have all the communication we’ve had on the Hannah Diaso Memorial on Facebook.
Dawn and I keep pouring our hearts out, and so many of you respond and love on us and tell us that you are praying. Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus for our friends. Thank you for letting us be real.

The Necessity of Prayer!

The Lord ministered to me in a very profound way through a time of prayer last night. I was going to write about it here, but I don’t want this post to be too long. I hope to write about how God met me and comforted me at my point of need in my next post later this week.
In the meantime I’d like to ask you to keep praying for us.

  • Pray for the Lord’s continued healing and grace
  • Pray for wisdom as we serve and plan out the upcoming months
  • Pray for my dad’s healing as he’s in rehab, and we are still waiting to find out what the treatment for his cancer will be.
  • Pray for the Lord’s protection as we are experiencing ongoing attack. We know that Christ is the victor and we trust in him.
  • This upcoming Saturday we are taking a youth group from Redeemer San Diego to Ensenada to work with our new church planting project, Renuevo. Pray also for Petri and Yudy as they lead the church plant.
  • Continue to pray for the pastors and leaders we work with in Tijuana.

Thanks so much dear friends!
In His Grip, Dave


  • By Mary Lichlyter
    Posted February 20, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Love and prayers for you all! Mary

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks so much

  • By Bob and Linda Morgan
    Posted February 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    This hard, dark, confusing time for you dear folks has to be harder than anything we can imagine. Still, you are having an incredible impact on others as we all see you clinging to your Lord in faith and trust. Bob and I both still weep with you and feel actual physical pain as we think of what you are going through. We love you guys and your boys and care so much.
    Bob and I are not going to have internet access for around 3 weeks. Please know that even though we are not responding like here or on Facebook, you all still very much remain in our daily prayers.
    Psalm 62:5-8
    “Find rest, o my soul, in God alone;
    my hope comes from Him.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation;
    He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
    My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
    Trust in Him at all times, O people;
    pour out your hearts to Him,
    for God is our refuge.”
    So much love and caring ~~ Bob and Linda

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted February 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      We appreciate all your love and support

  • By gwennonr
    Posted March 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Praying for you now. May God comfort you.
    Revelation 22:1-5
    Psalm 34:4

    • By diasolifeontheborder
      Posted March 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thanks for your prayers and for your encouragement!

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