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God’s Continued Work in 2014
Dave with Pastor Ivan, Pastor Jose Luis and Pastor Daniel Nuñez

Dave with Pastor Ivan, Pastor Jose Luis and Pastor Daniel Nuñez on the new church plant site

I’m still reflecting some on all that God did in 2013. The Lord’s mighty deeds encourage my heart, and I hope it will lift your spirits as well.

One of the projects that we began in 2013 that I’m very excited about going into 2014 is a new church plant in Tijuana. We are working with Daniel Nuñez (Lo Mejor del Trigo, “The Best of the Wheat“) and Harbor to start a new work in Valle Verde. The pastor of this new work is Ivan Casados.

We’ve had some set backs in getting this project up and running, but our hope is to get this new church off to a strong start in the next month or so.

Pray For God to Bring Things Together

We appreciate your prayers for pastor Ivan Casados and his wife, Rocio as they lead this new work. Pray God brings all the resources together, so we can move this church plant forward.

One of the reasons that I get stoked about church planting is that as C. Peter Wagner has said,

“Church Planting is the best methodology of evangelism under the sun.”          Church Planting for a Greater Harvest (Ventura, Calif.: Regal Books, 1990), 11.

A Changed Life
Pastor Ivan Casados with the land for the new church site behind him

Pastor Ivan Casados with the land for the new church site behind him

I love the stories of changed lives that come from our church planters.

Ivan shared this story with me lately of someone who his wife, Rocio reached out to. Rocio went out with a group from the church to visit neighbors in the community where they are starting the new church. Rocio met Veronica, and asked her if she could pray for her. Veronica said she was nervous about her upcoming back surgery.

Rocio prayed and Veronica felt God’s peace which gave her strength and carried her through the operation. Through the witness of Rocio and the prayer and loving support of the church Veronica gave her life to Jesus. Then her husband, Saul and her son, Samuel came to Christ. Now they are becoming an integral part of the church.

Pray for many more people like Veronica and Saul to come to know the Savior, and see their lives transformed. We’d love to see the Lord do a mighty work through this church in 2014 and beyond!

In His Grip, Dave

Daniel Nuñez and Ray Call on land where church will be built

Daniel Nuñez and Ray Call on land where church will be built

We get excited about new births. It’s thrilling for the family, and their friends. Jesus said there is a party in heaven when someone lost is found – a new birth.

It’s equally exciting when a new church is born. One of the reasons we delight in seeing a new church started is that it leads to many new births.

C. Peter Wagner says,

“Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.”

That’s not just hyperbole, statistics bear out that new churches are much more effective at bringing new people into the kingdom of God.

That’s why we are giving praise to God that Harbor is working with Baja Christian Ministries to help our friend, Daniel Nuñez build a new church over the next two weekends. They will build another plant for ‘Lo Mejor del Trigo” (The Best of the Wheat) in Rosarito, Mexico. Leo, the pastor of the church owns the land where they will build. I share more about the wonderful story of how God brought this all together in “A New Birth is Coming Soon.”

Ray and Dave at Border Crossing

Ray and Dave at Border Crossing

I love seeing different ministries come together for Kingdom work! Pray with us that the Lord keeps the group from Harbor safe as they build the church in Rosarito. Also pray that many people come to Christ and that the community is blessed through this new work.

Speaking of prayer I was super encouraged that this last Sunday I posted  prayer requests, and some thoughts on prayer. I had the most views of my blog ever on Sunday. Wow! God is working, and He’s even using this little blog site to get the word out. Thanks for the great response, and thanks so much for standing with us in prayer!

In His Grip, Dave