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We Began The Trip With Some Fear

Special Moments with dear friends

Dawn and I felt some apprehension as we returned to Colorado for the first time since Hannah moved to heaven. We saw many dear friends, who love us. Through tears Dawn and I retold the story of how Hannah passed from this life to the next. I would say it wasn’t an easy trip, but God showed up as he always does. He brought healing through our tears.

Maybe what we didn’t expect is as we shared our hearts, and friends empathized with us it strengthened us. We were afraid of being pulled down into the valley of the shadow of death, but rather the Lord lifted us up.

Comforted in Our Grieving

Thankful for Opportunities to share our story like pictured here at Village 7 

Upon arriving to Colorado Springs we attended a conference for grieving parents. Then the next day, Dawn participated in a workshop of grieving mothers. When she arrived Saturday morning and saw all the pictures that had been made into button to be pinned on their clothes. Photos of all the children that passed away too early from our perspective. When Dawn saw those, she lost it. She wasn’t sure she would be able to make it through the workshop. Yet, the women were very loving and supportive and once she got through that she had a great day.

Overall, it was so good to see our friends. We loved visiting with people who care for us, friends who have been praying for us!


We enjoyed speaking in two churches, Cheyenne Mountain and Village Seven. We shared our story with them and many others. We told how our hearts still ache for the loss of our precious Hannah. Yet, that’s not the whole story, because the Lord has been healing and redeeming Hannah’s untimely passing.

Encouraged by All That The Lord is Doing
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Raising Funds for the Hannah Diaso Memorial Church!

It encouraged us as we shared about the changed lives through the church planting work and other ministries on the border, the Baja and Beyond. I think it lifted our spirits, because those who came, and listened were excited with us and for us. Also, we challenged people with getting involved in helping us to raise the funds, $30,000 so we can plant a new church in early 2018 that will be a memorial church. A church to honor Hannah’s memory and her legacy! In doing so we know that it will also bring glory to our loving Father.

Dawn and I realized anew that we can’t do what we do without an army of friends standing with us!

An Exciting Week Lies Ahead of Us


It seems like we just got back home in time to catch our breath, as we head out today to Ensenada with Skyview Presbyterian for a week of ministry. Pray for our time there, and that the Lord will use it in a powerful way to extend his kingdom in Baja California.

Yes, we were afraid, but God came through again. He rescued us, and he continues to redeem our pain and our suffering for that we give thanks!

Thank you as well, dear friend! What would we do without your faithful prayers and encouragement?

In His Grip, Dave

Dave preaching at Cheyenne Mountain

Our friends at partner churches encourage us a great deal. And as we visit churches to build a prayer team, raise funds for our ministry, and make people aware of the needs and challenges on the San Diego – Tijuana border we see the Lord opening doors.

On the weekend of January 22nd I had the opportunity to preach at Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. Then I taught in Sunday School class. It gives us such a boost as we share our story and the Lord’s work in our lives with friends in churches that have an interest in partnering with us.

Since the border is frequently in the news many are fascinated with it. There are some obvious challenges with all the violence that has been highly publicized. It’s probably not as bad as the media portrays it, but there are still concerns. It’s great to have friends from Cheyenne Mountain committed to praying for us as we make this move forward.

Yesterday we were with our friends at Skyview Presbyterian Church in Centennial, Colorado. They were celebrating the new church building that they just purchased. A permanent home for the church. The church invited many friends and neighbors of the church, and it was a joyous celebration.

Pastor Rick Vasquez preaching in Skyview's new church home

Hannah and Jonathan were able to drive up and visit the church with us. It was a great time. Pastor Rick Vasquez did a great job leading and preaching. Then after the service we had a special lunch together. We’ve gotten to know a number of the people at the church, and they are very friendly.

As we make connections at these churches often we see the Lord open new doors. Yesterday we spoke with a business professor from Colorado Christian University, and he asked me some good questions about our ministry plan. He said he’d be willing to give us some advice on our plan, maybe things we haven’t thought through yet. We also met a family that often travels to San Diego for work. They asked us if there might be a way to plug into the ministry while they are there. Wow! That’s exciting, we love to involve friends in ministry. There’s also a family in the church that is exploring the possibility of joining our BEAMM team on San Diego – Tijuana border.

Dave & Dawn with the San Diego Harbor in background

It is a somewhat long journey in getting to the border. It’s easy to take our eyes off the ball. These friends, and these great churches encourage us as they show interest in what we are doing, and as they pray.

On Friday, February 3rd, Dawn and I leave for a 10 day trip to DC/Baltimore/Lancaster. We will be at Liberty Presbyterian in Owings Mills this Sunday. Pray with us that the Lord continues to open doors, and brings encouragement and blessing as we visit many friends during the trip.

With you on the Journey – In His Grip, Dave