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The Mexican Fiesta - Rejoicing for What God is Doing on the Border!

The Mexican Fiesta - Rejoicing for What God is Doing on the Border!

I am thankful for the many wonderful things that the Lord has done and is doing in my life. After I returned from one of my recent trips, where I was able to share with new friends about our ministry, I came back stoked! I felt the joy of the Lord, and God showed me in a new way what a privilege it is to serve Him.

God has given me some marvelous experiences in my years of ministry with my wife and family. I’ve met some outstanding people, and I’ve seen God move in wonderful ways. I realize I would most likely be wealthier if I would have chosen another profession, but I don’t think I would have been richer.

I don’t want to paint too rosy of a picture here. I do have my down days, and Dawn and I have gone through some deep valleys in our life. We’ve lived through some stressful days. When I get down it’s largely because I’m getting my eyes off of Christ, and I’m focusing on the circumstance. I’m putting my value and significance in my “success” rather than who I am in Christ, and what Christ is doing in and through us.

Hannah, Dawn and Dave with Yolanda and Daniel Nuñez in Rosarito - south of TJ

Hannah, Dawn and Dave with Yolanda and Daniel Nuñez in Rosarito - south of TJ

This is huge, because if we are in Christ we are a royal priesthood! We are privileged people. Yes, maybe it should be privileged sinners, but sinners who are loved and redeemed. We are a new creation. Paul says we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us, and that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ in Romans 8.

I feel honored and it gives me great joy that the Lord has given me the opportunity to serve Him in ministry. I’m so enthused about what God is doing now, and hopeful for He will do in the future as we serve Him on the San Diego – Tijuana Border.

Mario & Silvia, Dave and Dawn with the Phelans

He has given us such great partners and friends to work with. Dawn and I love those that he has introduced us to over the last year or so that we are working with. Friends, partners and co-workers like, Ray and Michele Call, Jim DeWitt, Mario and Silvia Silva, Stephen and Bradford Phelan, Edgardo and Elizabeth Avila, Dick Kaufmann, Daniel and Yolanda Nuñez, Juan and Marta Arjona, Tom and Debbie Stellar, Russ and Diane Kapusinski and the list goes on. There are others we are getting to know that I think will also become great partners and special friends. Thank you Jesus!

I don’t feel worthy in many ways to receive the blessings God has given me. I still struggle on some days with feeling like I’m inferior to my many gifted friends. God has given them amazing gifts! Apart from Christ, I’m not worthy. I must continually preach the gospel to myself and remind myself that God is there, and He is faithful. “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). It’s not about me, and it’s not dependent on me.

What is my focus on? Thank you Lord for the many blessings you have bestowed upon me and my family. Rejoice with me!

In His Grip, Dave