Posts Tagged ‘Pastor Davis & Luz Pardo’

The Good News of New Life
Our familia on the Big Island – a growing church

Dawn and I have been praying and contending for breakthrough here on the Border, the Baja and Beyond. We are amazed by how the Lord is working through our familia on the Big Island. One of the churches we are working with has shared the gospel with more than 12,000 and seen more than 7,000 respond to the good news of Jesus. I know I’ve written about this in the past. It’s such good news! It’s worth repeating.

There are good things happening in Mexico as well. The church is growing, but I feel like it’s been harder to see the growth. I’ve been praying that the Lord will use the Coronavirus to cause a greater openness to the gospel. Yet, so far it’s mostly slowed down our churches.

God is Faithful to Build His Church
Pastor Jose Luis & Mariel Rodriguez

We are seeing unbelievable growth in one place we are working, the Big Island, and more measured growth in Mexico. Some of our church plants have shared some encouraging news about what God is doing in cities like Tijuana and Colima. Just today our church planter in Colima, Jose Luis Rodriguez sent me a message and said that four new people came to an event they held on Saturday. On Sunday he met a new family and Pastor Jose Luis was able to lead all six of them to Christ. That is good news!

Dave & Dawn having some fun with Pastor Davis and Luz and their three children: Deivis, Ashley and Emi

Dawn and I met with Pastor Davis and his wife, Luz last week. They are planting a church in the community of Playas in Tijuana. They’ve held some well attended outreach events over the last several months. Luz shared with much excitement about the 15 women that came to a breakfast that she organized. She said all of those that attended were either new Christians that Luz led to Christ or women who have not yet come to Jesus.

Luz on the left with some of the women that came to the breakfast

The theme of the breakfast was “Woman be Free”. It was based on the women who had hemorrhaging for 12 years. She was healed when she touched Jesus’ tunic. Some of the women were moved to tears as they reflected on Jesus’ power to heal.

We give thanks for how the Lord is moving and drawing people to himself. He is faithful to do so. Thanks so much for praying. We recognize that prayer key to seeing the church advance.

Extend Your Hands to Help
Our familia – some of the wonderful pastors and churches we are working with

Help us to end the year strong! Dawn and I appreciate you and the pivotal role you play. You are helping extend the love arms of the Father to bring the living water, the spring of eternal life to the Border, the Baja and Beyond! You can help through prayer and through a financial gift to support church planting in Mexico and on the Big Island.

We ask you to prayerfully consider joining us by giving an extra gift this year.

Your gift will help us to accomplish the God given vision to impact, Tijuana, Colima, the Big Island and Beyond for generations to come. Our familia on the Big Island is still dealing with staggering needs. Sadly, the crisis is ongoing and it has only gotten worse as time has gone on. Not only is there a lack of food and basic goods, but the prices are skyrocketing and they are having to stand in long lines for hours at a time to get the little food that is available. We are thankful that we can be an instrument to bless others, and we’d love for you to join us in this effort of offering food to the hungry, and drink to the thirsty.

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Merry Christmas!

In His Grip, Dave

BeyondBordersLife.org

Sent Out in the Power of the Spirit
Dave & Dawn with Luz & Davis

One of my prayers that Dawn and I pray often for ourselves and those that we minister with is that we will minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. And that in doing so that he will give us an anointing that is equal to the task that he has called us to. When I read Acts, which describes how the early church grew it highlights how Paul and the other followers of Christ depended on the God’s power and his work in their lives through the Holy Spirit.

The early church in Antioch felt led to send out Saul and Barnabus as they worshipped and prayed. The Holy Spirit spoke to them and told them to set apart these two men.

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 13:2,3 (ESV)

We desire to be led in the same way as we send out our church planters in Mexico and on the Big Island. It’s so encouraging when we see God at work, even as we go through such a difficult season.

Davis & Luz Pardo – Ministering in Playas

One of the church planting couples that we are working with in Tijuana is Davis and Luz Pardo. They are a gifted and friendly young couple. Jesus has called them to minister in a beach community called Playas, which means beach. One of the challenges of planting a church there is that the rent is high, especially for their budget. They’ve been living in a small apartment this last year. We realized as time moved on that they needed a bigger house to be able to have people in their home. Yet, we weren’t sure how they could afford a bigger place.

We’ve raised funds to plant this church, but the church in Mexico which we are partnering with was also supposed to be giving them some financial help. Mexico has been hit harder by the pandemic financially than the US. Most churches are cutting back and having to reduce their budgets. So we felt stuck in some ways with the budget shortfall and the cost of renting in Playas.

Jehovah Jireh – God is Our Provider
Luz & Davis

We began to pray with Davis and Luz. When I pray for God’s provision I like to remember his promises. God’s name is Jehovah Jireh, which means the God who provides. Paul declares in Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

To be honest even though we prayed and trusted the Lord I was wondering whether they were going to need to move to a community near Playas that was less expensive. I guess you could say, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

God in his grace and mercy came through again! God opened a door through a family member of one of the couples that Davis and Luz have been reaching out to. The family member’s name is Enrique, and he had a home he wanted to rent in Playas. When Enrique woke up in the morning on the day he was to meet Davis and Luz he felt like the Lord put it on his heart that it was important for him to meet them.

When they met Davis and Luz told Enrique what their budget was. The amount they have to rent the house is about $250 USD less than Enrique could have rented the house for. God worked in his heart, and he felt good about renting the home to Davis and Luz. He liked the idea that they were going to use the home to start a church!

One of the joys of our ministry is seeing the Lord come through like this. Even when my faith may be small it doesn’t limit the Lord’s ability or his desire to provide.

These testimonies of God’s wonderful grace are so good, and so important not only for Dawn and me, but for Davis and Luz as well. It’s a further confirmation that the Lord is at work and that he desires to plant this church and reach this community.

Alpha Outreach
Luz & Davis leading a Zoom Alpha meeting

One of the ways that Davis and Luz are reaching out in the community is through Alpha. They’ve been learning how to use Alpha online with some of our other pastors. Alpha is an outreach ministry that has been used to reach thousands of people around the world! The timing is wonderful since in many places in Mexico the people are not able to gather, or they are afraid to be with others.

Pray with us as they continue to reach out in Playas. Pray for the Lord’s continued favor and provision, so that they will see many lives transformed by the gospel in the community of Playas, Tijuana.

Thank you so much for strengthening our hands when we are weak, and for praying with us as we seek and serve the Lord!

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The needs caused by the pandemic in Mexico and on the Big Island are heart breaking. The prices are increasing and the salaries aren’t even close to keeping up. This is especially true on the Big Island. Many pastors are being forced to find another job so they can buy food and feed their families. This is a great time to give to these needs. Just click below and designate the funds for Mexico or the Big Island. Thank you!

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In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The Ever Expanding Kingdom
Some of our dear friends on the Big Island. We are helping them plant their fourth church in this city. The church is multiplying!

Dawn and I are in regular communication with a number of pastors and church planters in Mexico and on the Big Island in the Caribbean (which I’m purposely trying to be more discreet about mentioning during these days). Our desire is to come alongside them so that they will be more effective in their work. We are working and praying for multiplication, a church planting movement that brings about life transformation.

I like the way that Luke describes Paul and Barnabas’ ministry as they traveled to various cities when the church was just beginning.

They were “Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Acts 4:22 AMPC
Difficulties in the Midst of the Pandemic
One of The pastors, Manuel Santos from Durango sent me a photo to show me how he is streaming his services in Mexico. Most of the pastors I know are just using their cell phone to stream their services, but Pastor Manuel has a more complex setup.

One of the challenges that we’ve faced recently is that we haven’t been able to have many face to face meetings with our pastors. The pastors that live near us are still dealing with a lot of restrictions, and they are not able to hold live services yet. We thank the Lord for Zoom and similar video calling platforms, which enable us to stay in touch with these dear friends, our pastors.

On the positive side, I would say that we are able to meet with our pastors more frequently, because of Zoom. We give thanks for the technology that allows us to see each other while we talk. Yet, there is something we miss when we can’t meet face to face.

Connecting Face to Face and Via Zoom
Dave & Dawn with Petri and Yudy with Ensenada in the background. The plant is helping us to practice safe social distancing 😃

Dawn and I were able to drive down to Ensenada this last week for the first time in five months to meet with Pastor Petri and his wife, Yudy. It was so good to be together again, and the Lord gave us a beautiful day.

We’ve also been able to meet with Pastor Davis and Luz who are planting a church in Tijuana. They aren’t very far from us, so it makes it easier. Although there are still a number of our friends in Tijuana that we’ve not been able to see.

Of course, it’s easy to focus on the negative and get down during these days, but I believe the Lord has something good for us even during this time. I know a number of people have to use Zoom now for their work, so I’m not alone. Just think if this pandemic would have hit 5 – 10 years ago it wouldn’t have been as easy to stay in touch. Life could have been much worse.

Pastoral Work is Often Lonely Work
Dave & Dawn with one of the pastoral couples that we work with in Tijuana, Davis & Luz

On the bright side, I’ve started having more contact with church planters that live a long ways from me. Couples that are ministering in Ciudad Obregon, Hermosillo, Culiacán, Durango, Queretaro, La Paz, Tapachula, Monterrey, Mexico City, Guadalajara and on the Big Island. The church planters often tell me that they feel alone and isolated, so I’m working on bringing them together on Zoom calls so we can create a community to pray for and to encourage one another.

I’ve spoken to all of these church planting couples individually and now we are planning on having our first meeting as a group in August. I appreciate your prayers as we come together. Church planting and pastoral work can be a lonely job, so it’s so important that they know that they are not alone. We are in the trenches with them.

I’m often amazed when a church planting couple or pastoral couple tells us how thankful they are for us. Some have told us they’ve never had someone that’s come alongside them to encourage them and help them in ministry. This is huge because it gives them greater confidence knowing that they are not alone. It also confirms for Dawn and me that we are using our gifts wisely as we love and minister to these dear friends. As I’ve said before many of them become like family to us.

Extend Your Hands to Help Families in Need
Some of the pastors and families that we are helping on the Big Island. Our familia – such wonderful people!

Our family on the Big Island continues to struggle to come up with the basic needs to live. There is an ongoing shortage of chicken, beans, rice, cooking oil, soap, toothpaste, and other essential items. Dawn and I have been able to help more than 300 people on a regular basis since March, because of your generosity. Since the needs continue your gifts make a BIG difference. Please extend your hands to help by giving to these families in need. Also, help by praying for them and the other pastors that we are working with in Mexico.

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In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org