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Dave and Dawn with Rodrigo, Nancy and Luz

Dave and Dawn with Rodrigo, Nancy and Luz

The Gospel Shines Brightly

Earlier this week Dawn and I met with pastor Rodrigo Vallarta and his wife, Nancy. They lead a Lo Mejor del Trigo (The Best of the Wheat) church in eastern Tijuana. The area of the city is called Pípila.

It was so encouraging to meet with them, and to learn how the Lord was providing for them.

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about their church, and I listed some of the needs they had as a prayer request. Click here… to see that post and those requests.

The Lord’s Awesome Answers

God has provided in wonderful ways for Rodrigo, Nancy and the church.

  1. The local church was able to pull together and put some bars on the windows for security, since it had been broken into and it wasn’t safe to leave things of value in the church.
  2. God reminded Rodrigo of a dentist in Tijuana that told another pastor friend that he would be willing to treat people who didn’t have the means to pay. Nancy went to the dentist this past Wednesday. We are anxious to find out how that went! She still suffered through tremendous pain for more than a month.
  3. Some items were also donated to the pastor and the church: a car, a computer and the funds to put in electricity at the church site.
Rejoice in His Provision

Sometimes we pray, but forget to thank God when he answers. I want to make sure everyone knows, and ask you to rejoice with us in how the Lord marvelously provided for them!

David reminds us in Psalms 103:2 (ESV)

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

Family Outreach in Pípila
Nancy & Dawn - We are praying the Dentist visit will take care of the pain Nancy has had, and bring healing.

Nancy & Dawn – We are praying the Dentist visit will take care of the pain Nancy has had, and bring healing.

Tomorrow (Saturday) a group of us from Harbor are going to partner with the church in Pípila to do an outreach in the community. We are going to have a number of fun activities for children, and then a meal for the families that come. There are 20 of us that are going on the trip.

Friends from the church in Pípila are already messaging me, and letting me know how excited they are that we are coming. When Dawn and I met with Rodrigo and Nancy on Tuesday, Rodrigo said he was thrilled that we were coming so soon after we helped start the church last November.

Rodrigo also told me that the church is growing. God is moving in the community. We pray that this outreach will help them to further their reach.

Join us in Prayer

Join us in prayer that the Lord uses the fun activities and Bible stories to help the church make a positive impact in the community of Pípila. It’s a wonderful way to get the word out, and to make more people aware that the church is there. A city set on a hill. We are also praying that we will be an encouragement to the people in the church. How pleasant it is when the brothers dwell together in unity!

In His Grip, Dave

Mario and Silvia with Dave and Dawn, San Diego Harbor

Mario and Silvia with Dave and Dawn

The last week has been super fun and super busy. Some of our best friends in the world, Mario and Silvia Silva along with their three children have been visiting us. On top of that our son, Jon came in on Saturday for a surprise visit. Our other two children, David and Hannah are also here. We’ve had a full house.

Since Mario and Silvia are here it’s given us a chance to get to know San Diego better. We’ve been in the area for five months, and there is a great deal to see and do.

What makes all this extra special is Mario and Silvia have a very strong interest in ministering with us on the border. That’s a huge prayer request for us and them, that God will open the door and show us the way to make that happen.

I’ve written about Mario and Silvia before. This has been a long journey, and sometimes it takes longer than we’d like, but we believe we are getting closer.

Mario and Silvia Silva family, David and Dawn Diaso family, Sea World

The Silva family and the Diaso family enjoying a day out

At this point Mario and Silvia have the strongest interest of those we’ve talked to about joining our team. We’ve prayed that the Lord will raise up workers. It is still our cry, “O Lord, do send us men and women who are called by you and willing to work with us to see your kingdom expanded on earth as it is heaven!”

I’m learning that it’s not easy to mobilize people for the harvest. I enjoy it, but it’s a long process. The Lord keeps reminding me that one of the most important things for us is to see God drawing them. They need to be called by the Lord. If they are truly called they will feel a strong commitment. It’s not dependent on us. God and his grace must be preeminent.

There are some things that we are still trying to figure out with Mario and Silvia. It is a journey for them, just as it has been for us. We know the Lord wants us to trust him, and to have faith. Also, we need prayer for protection as there are times we can sense that the evil one is trying to divide us or dissuade us.

Please join us in prayer as we seek the Lord and ask him for his leading, guidance, protection and direction.

In His Grip, Dave