Posts Tagged ‘pastor Rodrigo Vallarta’

Excited About the Church in Valle Verde
Ivan and Dave at the church site surrounded by all the building materials

Ivan and Dave at the church site surrounded by all the building materials

I think it’s fun to be involved in the start of something new. There is so much potential for good things to happen. This is definitely the case with the start of the new church in Valle Verde.

Today (Thursday) I went to see pastor Ivan at the church site. It was exhilarating to see the materials at the site, and all the prep work that has been done for the church build. Ivan is excited to begin the work on his new church.

Eleven people including the following pastors, Ivan Casados, Daniel Nuñez and Rodrigo Vallarta all worked on preparing the church to be ready for our group when we descend on Tijuana in Valle Verde this Saturday. We have 40 people who will be coming down to build the church this Saturday. Then on April 12th we have another 50 people ready to finish up the work.

Ivan and his brother are spending the night to watch over all the materials to make sure that no one takes it, since it is out in the open. I feel for Ivan as he’s going to end up spending three nights out on guard.

Excited About the Gospel Going Forth
Rodrigo Vallarta, Tury Nuñez, Scott Griffis, Daniel Nuñez and Ivan Casados getting the roof beams ready

Rodrigo Vallarta, Tury Nuñez, Scott Griffiths, Daniel Nuñez and Ivan Casados getting the roof beams ready for Saturday

Just think of all this church represents. All the people who have worked to get it to this point. The lives that have already been touched by the gospel. The Word of God that will be preached from the pulpit of this church. Heaven will rejoice as new people are won into the kingdom of God.

As heaven rejoices, we will rejoice. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Lord, extend your kingdom and bring heaven to earth.

Pray for God’s protection for all that go on this trip, and that the Lord will use this church in a powerful way to touch those who live in the surrounding community.

In HIs Grip, Dave

A Day in Tijuana, Mexico

Have you ever wondered what it is like to cross the border? Or maybe you would like to see what one of the churches we work with looks like. Who are people we work with?

Well, you are in luck! A friend of ours, Rob Kursten made a video for us. On this video you can see us crossing into Mexico and ministering with the Lo Mejor del Trigo church in Pipila. It was an outstanding day, and I believe you will be encouraged by what you see!

Enjoy the video of our day in TJ

Thanks for joining us on this journey of faith!

In His Grip, Dave


Dave, Dawn and David Jr. with Dave's parents, Virginia and Ron

Dave, Dawn and David Jr. with Dave’s parents, Virginia and Ron

Today I felt somewhat stressed, overwhelmed and down. There’s a lot going on and I’m having a hard time keeping up with everything. I have an all day meeting tomorrow and a ministry trip on Thursday. Too much to handle, but one of the biggest downers is that my parents left today after a fun visit.

Join Us in Prayer For My Dad’s Health

I’ve never been very good at good-byes, which isn’t good when your career of choice is missions. It’s also hard, because my dad is experiencing some issues with his heart, and he going to need a bypass surgery in the next week or two. That alone is stressful for the whole family!

I mention that in part, to ask for prayer. Please join my family in lifting up my dad in prayer.

God Used Rodrigo To Lift Me Up!
Dave and Rodrigo meeting over some coffee

Dave and Rodrigo meeting over some coffee

The Lord pulled me out of my funk this evening in his grace. I met with pastor Rodrigo Vallarta. He’s the pastor in Pípila on the eastern side of Tijuana.

Rodrigo shared with me the many good things that God is doing in his church. The church is growing. God is bringing more families to them. He’s also training the church in leadership on Wednesday nights.

One of the things that Rodrigo would like to see improved in the church is for them to grow in sharing their faith. We began to brain storm, and decided to provide some training in evangelism in October. Then we are hoping to have Harbor Mid-City partner with their church the following weekend to do an outreach to children and families in the community.

I left my time with Rodrigo feeling uplifted, and I hope that he felt the same way.

Since I was down when I was driving into Tijuana I didn’t feel to excited about it, but God changed all that.

Lord, Hear Our Prayer!

O Lord, thank you for your love, and for bringing me out of the pit. I pray that Rodrigo and the church he leads in Pípila will continue to grow and be a blessing to the community. Lord, have mercy on my dad and heal his heart, whether that be through surgery or not.

In His Grip, Dave