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Our Vision for Growth on the Border, The Baja & Beyond!
The view towards the Pacific from the church plant in Rosarito

The view towards the Pacific from the church plant in Rosarito

Our vision for the Border, the Baja and Beyond is to see church planting movements ignited and flourishing. Some of the ways we’ve envisioned doing this is through partnering with like-minded ministries, to enlist, engage and equip leaders.

One of our important partnerships is with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico (NPCM). When I was in Mexico City last week I was able to meet with the president, secretary and treasurer of the NPCM. I felt encouraged as we discussed the importance of planting churches and reaching Northern Mexico. You can pray with us that the relationship grows, so that we can see a Spirit filled move of God.

Presently, we have two main projects with them in our region. One new project in La Paz that we started in May of 2015, and one in Ensenada that we are getting ready to start this Fall.

A New Project in Rosarito

Pastor Davis Pardo & and his wife, Luz leading the church in worship

Recently, I’ve started developing a relationship with a new church planter that is working in Rosarito. Davis & Luz Pardo went through our discovery center last November and they are beginning a new work in Rosarito.

This past weekend I visited the church site. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great experience. I met some people from a group of churches from San Diego that are interested in supporting this church planting project and helping it get off of the ground.

God has blessed Davis and the church with a great location for a church. It’s set on a hill in the middle of a community that doesn’t have any churches. Since Rosarito is not far from the ocean, and the church is set on a hill it has a beautiful view of the Pacific.

I’ve invited Davis to go through our church planting training that we will be starting up in June. This is a two-year training program, called the incubator, that equips pastors to plant their church.

Join Us in Prayer

Pray with us that the Lord will guide and lead us in these strategic partnership relationships. Pray for Davis and Luz as they lead the core group that they’ve raised up in Rosarito. Pray for Victor and Fanny Gonzalez, who are planting the church in La Paz, and for Petri & Yudy who are planting the church in Ensenada.

Dawn and I are also excited about our partnership with our friends from Ministerios Transformación led by Pastor Daniel Nuñez. We are getting ready to plant a new church with them in Tijuana this Fall, led by Obed & Cesiah Lares.

The church is growing! God is at work! Hallelujah! Praise Him!

In His Grip, Dave

Dick Kaufmann leading the church planter's meeting

Dick Kaufmann leading the church planter’s meeting

Yesterday I met with two wonderful servants of the Lord. Pastor Lee de Leon, from Templo Cristiano in Santa Ana and pastor Dick Kaufmann from Harbor Presbyterian. It pumps me up when I’m able to meet and learn from such great men.

Pastor Lee de Leon is ministering at a bilingual Hispanic church of 5,000. They planted a number of Hispanic churches already. The church has also started a community development outreach that is having an influence on the city. It’s such a blessing to learn from and connect with someone who God is obviously blessing and using in a powerful way for the kingdom! I can’t wait for the next opportunity to get with Pastor de Leon!

Dick Kaufmann has had a long and successful ministry. I think he is a humble genius. He has a MBA from Harvard, and he’s been used of the Lord in organizing growth for the church. Dick was instrumental in the beginning of Redeemer Presbyterian’s growth in New York City. Over the last 12 years he has spearheaded the Harbor network.

Dave with Dick Kaufmann

Harbor has planted seven churches and they are in the process of planting the eighth. Dick along with his wife, Liz, have been used in a powerful way to see many lives changed and transformed through the power of the gospel. He is in the process of transitioning from directing Harbor to mentoring, coaching and writing. I meet with Dick about once a month to talk about strategies to reach Hispanics in San Diego – Tijuana.

We are looking for strategic partnerships. Pray with us that the Lord opens the doors and directs us where to look for good partners as we seek to carry forth the gospel message.

As I mentioned in my last post Harbor has 43 people who will be working with Daniel Nuñez this weekend and next weekend to build a new church in Rosarito, Mexico. Pray that the Lord uses the time to build into the lives of those that participate as well as to be a witness to the community laying a strong foundation for the church.

It is an exciting and even thrilling adventure to serve Jesus on the border! What a privilege to minister with and learn from these men of God.

In His Grip, Dave