Posts Tagged ‘Spanish language’

A great time at the "convivio" at our house on Sunday afternoon

A great time at the “convivio” at our house on Sunday afternoon

One the many things I love about our Latino friends is that they are strong relationally. Whereas, you might say Americans tend to be more task driven, Latinos are driven more by relationships. One isn’t better than the other, but Dawn and I do enjoy the latino culture.

One of my core values, or philosophical beliefs about ministry is that

Ministry flows out of relationship

That belief is not unique to me. The last time I was in Mission to the World’s headquarter’s I noticed they have a big banner that says exactly that, “Ministry Flows out of Relationship.” The point being that if you don’t have the foundation of a relationship with someone it’s hard to move forward. It’s hard to get the task done.

Convivio and the Bible

In Spanish a gathering is called a “convivio” the verb is “convivir” which literally means, to live together. This aptly describes time that is well spent living, laughing and loving with others.

This idea brings to mind some passages in the Bible, that express God’s heart for true fellowship.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. —Acts 2:42-44 (ESV)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. —Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

“O Lord, that this would be a true expression of the activity and level of relationships exhibited here.”

The Importance of Building on a Strong Foundation

If you need to build on the firm foundation of a relationship in the U. S., it’s even more true in Mexico and other Latin countries. Much ministry is done over meals. Food is a wonderful way to enjoy one another and to get to know each other. When I take our American friends into Mexico I usually remind them of the importance of breaking break together. When we are willing to spend time with someone, it demonstrates that we are interested in them personally.

enjoying some tacos with Pastor Daniel Nuñez and Pastor Rodrigo Vallarta and their families in TJ

enjoying some tacos with Pastor Daniel Nuñez and Pastor Rodrigo Vallarta and their families in TJ

On the border two very different cultures merge. I see this every time I cross the border and go into Mexico. I also experience it in our church, because we have two languages (Spanish and English) and people from different cultures in our church.

I remember when I started going into Tijuana to get to know the pastors and ministry of Lo Mejor del Trigo. I asked Daniel Nuñez, the leader of the LMT movement in TJ, how I could work with the pastors. He recommended that I begin by spending time with them, and building a relationship with them. That was very sound advice. Since we moved to the border, Dawn and I have worked hard at getting to know the pastors and their wives. We’ve grown to love those that we’ve developed a relationship with.

Also, we’ve eaten some great tacos, and other wonderful Mexican cuisine along the way.

Lord, Hear Our Prayer

One way you can pray for us is that we will build a firm foundation for ministry here that the Lord will use for the expansion of his reign on earth as it is in heaven.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Roberto & Mana Shim

Roberto & Mana Shim

Today (Sunday) marked the beginning of a new era for Harbor Mid-City. Roberto Shim began his first Sunday as pastor of the Spanish-speaking congregation.

Roberto and Mana Shim have been very involved at Harbor for a while, but he’s just started leading the church’s Spanish-speaking ministry. We are excited about what lies ahead.

We will miss Edgardo and Elizabeth Avila. Edgardo was the previous pastor at Harbor. He pastored since the inception of the church. Edgardo and Elizabeth did a wonderful job leading the church. They are great friends, and it’s been hard to see them move on. Yet we know the Lord has a new ministry for them. He will use them as they seek him.

Change is not easy, but we are excited, because we believe that Roberto has the gifts the church needs to help it move forward today. Our hope and prayer is the same, that God’s kingdom will be expanded through the ministry of his church.

Just as Edgardo and Elizabeth have been great friends, we love Roberto and Mana. They are wonderful servants of the Lord, and they are a joy to work with.

I’ve been meeting with Roberto and Vicente for the past several months. We have been planning and praying. I feel like the Lord has given us a great sense of camaraderie. We are working as a team and thinking through how to grow the church and how to be a blessing to the community.

Lord, we do pray that your kingdom will be expanded on the earth as it is in heaven. Use Harbor Mid-City to be a blessing to the community. We ask that you would give us wisdom and boldness that your Word will go forth powerfully and that many will be reached for Christ. Give Roberto wisdom as he leads the church.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Edgardo Avila, Dave Diaso and Stephen Phelan (from left to right) announcing Edgardo's ministry transition

Edgardo Avila, Dave Diaso and Stephen Phelan (from left to right) announcing Edgardo’s ministry transition

Change on the Horizon for Harbor Mid-City

There were many tear filled eyes on Sunday during the church service when we announced that our Hispanic pastor, Edgardo Avila will be making a transition from Harbor Mid-City. Edgardo and his wife, Elizabeth have served faithfully at Mid-City for six years. They worked with pastor Stephen Phelan to launch the church.

We celebrate Pastor Edgardo’s and Elizabeth’s sacrifice and service to Mid-City for 6 years. It is a bittersweet moment celebrating what The Lord has done in and through them and we will be celebrating their faithful service on May 17th.

Praise God for what they have done!

Many have come to Christ, and many lives have been changed through Edgardo and Elizabeth’s ministry. Dawn and I along with many at Harbor count them as dear friends.

Seeking the Lord’s Guidance

They believe the Lord is leading them on. As Elizabeth and Edgardo have come before the Lord they sense that God is calling them to serve in another ministry. They are still seeking clarity as to where that new calling will be. Edgardo said he felt like Joshua in the book off Joshua, where God was calling them to a new place, but there where many unknowns as they entered the promise land.

Join us in prayer for the Avilas’ as they seek clarity for their future.

New Leaders for the Hispanic Ministry

Along with the announcement about Edgardo and Elizabeth moving on, we announced that Roberto Shim will be leading the Spanish-speaking ministry at Harbor Mid-City. Roberto and his wife, Mana also need our prayers as they step into this new role. We pray the Lord will use them to take our Hispanic ministry to a new level.

Dawn and I will greatly miss Edgardo and Elizabeth. We love them, and the Lord has used them in incredible ways.

Despite our sorrow over seeing the Avilas’ move on, we are excited about who the Lord has provided to take their place. Roberto and Mana are wonderful servants of the Lord, and we have a growing relationship with them. They are special friends, and we look forward to ministering side by side with them.

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org