Posts Tagged ‘Abraham and Martha Velazquez’

The Lord Gave us Another Outstanding Week.

It was hard to beat the wonderful experience with the children’s outreach in Tijuana this last Saturday. So we didn’t try, but it did give us some great momentum going into this week!

God Works Through Relationships
Martha, Dawn and Abraham getting to know Rafael

Martha, Dawn and Abraham getting to know Rafael

On Tuesday Dawn and I were able to share the gospel with a Rafael. After we shared the gospel with Rafael, and probed a little we believe he had already trusted Christ, but that he is still a very young in his faith.

Rafael is hungry to learn. He told us he wanted to find a good church, and learn more about God through the Bible. We introduced him to one of our favorite pastor friends, Abraham. Our new friend, who has a new-found faith is looking to get plugged in, and to grow.

We first met Rafael at Harbor Mid-City. He came to visit, because he was in San Diego with his parents. They were visiting a friend of his mom’s that goes to Harbor Mid-City. Wow! It’s so good to see God work through relationships on both sides of the border.

Encouraging the Hearts of Pastors

After our meeting with Rafael, Dawn and I spent some time with pastor Abraham and his wife, Martha. These are some of my favorite times in ministry. Abraham has such a heart for the Lord. He wants to serve the Lord, and honor him in all that he does. Abraham asks me some great questions, which forces me to lean hard on Jesus.

A New Church Connection
Pastor Mauro and his wife in a small group discussion

Pastor Mauro and his wife in a small group discussion

Then to top the day off I taught at a new church that I’m establishing a relationship with. The pastor’s name is Mauro. He is a great man, who loves the Lord. His church is going through some growing pains.

Dawn and I had such a good time worshipping with the church. The people responded really well to my teaching. The church has been through some difficult days over the last few months. They are in need of healing, and hope.

Our prayer is that the Lord will use the little that we bring to be words of comfort and healing.

I found it interesting, because I just loved my time teaching at this church. I left filled up. Before I went to the church though, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. For some reason even though I usually feel so encouraged afterwards, I feel like I don’t have the energy or desire to teach or preach before I get up to do it.

I reflected on this tendency after I spoke, and I think part of the battle is that Satan wants to discourage me, and keep me down. This is another reason why your prayers are so important!

Today we are off to a conference in Chicago. Pray with us that the Lord ministers to us, and fills us up at this conference, so that we are better equipped to serve here on the border.

In His Grip, Dave

Dave preaching at Lo Mejor del Trigo in Rojo Gomez

Dave preaching at Lo Mejor del Trigo in Rojo Gomez

God’s Math in Tijuana is the same as it is anywhere else around the world. The Gospel + nothing = everything!

On Sunday I spoke at one of the Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Best of the Wheat) churches in Rojo Gomez, which is an area in eastern Tijuana.

It was so encouraging, because there was a great group of people. Pastor Abraham Velazquez asked them to invite their friends and family to the service. They did just that!

The Message of Grace

I preached on Galatians 1:1-9. I love this passage. Paul speaks somewhat harshly to the Galatians, because they are turning to a different gospel. Then he adds, not that there is another one. If you change even the smallest part of the gospel you lose it all together. The gospel of Christ, is that Jesus is the only way. It is through Christ’s sacrifice and his resurrection that we receive the grace of God. We can’t add to the perfect work that Christ has already done for us.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.  —Galatians 1:6-9, ESV

The simple message of the gospel is that in Christ alone are we saved, by grace alone, through faith alone. It’s elementary math, but unfortunately we often like to add to this formula that God has laid out for us.

Dawn, Dave and David Jr. with Abraham & Martha Velazquez and their children

Dawn, Dave and David Jr. with Abraham & Martha Velazquez and their children

My good friend, pastor Abraham told me that he’s been preparing his people and preaching about grace. At first they resisted the message of grace. They thought he was teaching that it didn’t matter how they lived, but that is not the point. If you believe that you can live in sin you’ve missed it altogether. It’s just that we don’t get to God through our good works.

Another big part of the teaching of grace is that only the gospel can truly change us from the inside out.

Through Abraham’s preaching and the work of the Spirit the Lord had prepared the heart of the people. They were ripe to receive the message.

A Wonderful Response to the Gospel
David Jr. and Dawn with the young couple that visited the church for the first time

David Jr. and Dawn with the young couple that visited the church for the first time – pray for God’s continued work in their lives.

After the message I asked people to come up for prayer if they felt they had a need in their life. Many came up! Then I wondered how we were going to pray for them all, but little by little Dawn, Martha, Abraham and I prayed for them.

One woman, Rosa gave her life to Christ. A young couple who came for the first time asked prayer for their marriage. They came with many needs, and I believe the Lord’s Spirit touched them and brought healing to their broken places!

Pray for pastor Abraham and his wife, Martha. They are a beautiful young couple who love and serve the Lord. God has given them many gifts, and he is blessing them as they serve at the church in Rojo Gomez.

Thank you Lord, for giving me and my family the opportunity to minister to these dear friends.

In His Grip, Dave