Posts Tagged ‘the Big Island’

Growth in Spite of the Suffering on the Big Island
The Church is Alive and Growing on the Big Island

Every day I receive messages from our familia on the Big Island. They are letting us know how they are doing, and how we can be praying for them. I like to send them short devotional messages and prayers with the hope that they will breathe life into their soul. Jesus uses these words to minister hope and encouragement to them. The isolation they live in from the rest of the world makes these words and the connection all the more important.

It’s the tale of two cities, because on the hand the church is growing. It’s growing in amazing ways! Thousands are coming to Christ and the Lord is moving powerfully through our familia. On the other hand the people suffer, because of the oppression and that the scarcity that they are forced to endure.

Many of our familia have health problems because of the lack of food medicine. It saddens our hearts to hear the stories of the families that we’ve come to love. Just today I received a message from Dairon one of the leaders in the church. He told me that his daughter, Jessica is seeing the doctor, because she has been battling with diabetes and hypertension. She’s very young to be dealing with these health issues. Jessica is featured in the video below that I’ve included in this post.

Dairon’s wife, Dayana (who is also featured in the video) had been experiencing some hemorrhaging and they feared that she might have cancer. The church prayed fervently and she’s been cleared, so we give thanks for that. We are also praying for Jessica’s health and healing.

Video: A Tale of Two Cities on the Big Island
God is doing an amazing work on the Big Island in spite of the hardships our familia is facing

One of the pastors, Jorge that we work closely with is often in ill health, because of the lack of protein in his diet. We are sending aid to these families, but it’s an ongoing struggle as the lack of food, basic needs and medicine is a ever present problem on the Big Island. Things that we never have to think about or worry about here in the USA are constant concerns for our familia. That’s why it’s so important that you pray.

Even with all these obstacles the pastors and leaders in these churches are committed to take the love of Christ to every man, woman and child. They are some of most powerful prayer warriors that I’ve ever met, which is one of the big reasons why the church is growing. God is on the move. Help us to pray for these wonderful friends, who have become our familia!

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Your prayers and your financial gifts are pivotal and they are making a huge difference in the lives of these families. We’d like to ask you to extend your hands to help those in need. You play an important part in seeing the extension of the kingdom of God in Mexico and on the Big Island! Our familia is forever grateful for your generosity.

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In His Grip, Dave

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God is Expanding His Church
Joy filled churches on the Big Island

In my last post I mentioned that Dawn and I are in awe of how the Lord is growing the church on the Big Island. The church is multiplying at such a rate in some parts of the Big Island that it’s hard to fathom that it can be true. In all our years of ministry, over 30 years, we’ve never experienced this kind of breakthrough before!

Last year in 2021 almost 13,000 people came to Christ. The churches we are partnering with reported a total of 12,782 people responding to the gospel message. The pastors that we partner with, our familia always surprise us with their amazing faith, perseverance and dedication. They serve under some of the most difficult circumstances.

Growth in the Midst of Trials and Difficulties
One of the families we are helping

One of the pastors we work with Ronaldo sent me a message recently. He said, “in these days on the Big Island it is very difficult to minister in the depressing and discouraging conditions that we are experiencing. We are praying for the strength and courage to continue to minister in adversity, poverty and discouragement. In the power of the gospel and in the power of the Holy Spirit we can preach the Word and encourage the brothers and sisters to live for the glory of God and to fight for the extension of the kingdom of God. We always appreciate your prayers, and we thank you for the love that unites us.”

Ronaldo’s comments sheds some light on the difficult circumstances that our familia is enduring. It’s sad to think about what they are growing through. Our love for them motivates us to encourage them and to raise funds so that we can aid them as they live and minister under these trying conditions.

Obviously there are some tremendous challenges that our pastors and their families are facing. I realize that the church often grows under pressure, yet I’m still amazed by the commitment of our familia to continue.

Many are Responding to the Gospel!
Our familia has a tremendous commitment to pray with fervor

The pastors that we are working most closely with reported that they shared the gospel with 23,589 people and that 12,782 came to Christ in 2021. 98 new churches were started last year, and they have a total of at least 314 churches. We sent aid that helped support 887 people, on a monthly basis. We also were able to raise funds to help buy music equipment, mattresses, a roof, an air conditioner, a bicycle, building materials to help pastoral families and expand ministries.

It brings tears to my eyes when I think of what our familia has to suffer through. I also tear up when I think of God’s goodness to provide through you so that we can send monthly aid to these dear friends who have become like family. It was almost two years ago when COVID began, and Dawn and I felt like we had to do something. We needed to raise funds so that we could help these families. I originally thought we would only need to help them in this way for a few months, but the need has actually grown over these last two years.

On the positive side the gospel ministry is also expanding. It’s just amazing to think about almost 13,000 people coming to Christ in one year. I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in 2022!

We’ve prayed for a move of God like this for a long time. It’s wonderful to see Jesus respond to our petitions. We would love to see this type of fruit in all the places we are working in!

Extend Your Hands to Help!
Some of the families that have received aid

Your prayers and your financial gifts are pivotal and they are making a huge difference in the lives of these families. We’d like to ask you to extend your hands to help those in need. You play an important part in seeing the extension of the kingdom of God in Mexico and on the Big Island!

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In His Grip, Dave

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Announcing a Website Upgrade in Progress
Dave and Dawn thankful for the Lord’s Good Work and Many Blessings!

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of January. It seems like just a few days ago the new year was starting!

I just realized that this month marks 11 years since I began this website/blog. That’s amazing!

I’m in the process of giving my website an upgrade, which has made it harder to post anything lately. In the near future, this site will look different. I believe you will enjoy the changes. Over the last few days if you’ve tried to access this site you may have received a message saying that it was a private site, and I apologize for that. There also may be a few other bugs as we work on the upgrade. Thanks for your patience.

In Awe of God’s Goodness and the Growth of the Church
Pastor Esteban and Cinthya Martinez leading the new church in Rosarito, Mexico

Today I’d like to share a video that highlights some of the ways the Lord blessed us in 2021. Last year wasn’t an easy year for many of us. We hoped for better, but the year presented a number of challenges. Despite these challenges the church grew on the Border, the Baja and Beyond!

Dawn and I are in awe of how the Lord is growing the church on the Big Island. The church is growing by so much in some areas, that it is hard to believe what is happening. We are so impressed by the faithfulness of our God, and the commitment and dedication of our familia. In my next post I would like share about how more than 12,000 people came to Christ this last 2021.

Here’s a link to a testimony from Pastor Omar that we think you will enjoy as he shares about what God is doing on the Big Island.

The church didn’t grow at the same pace in Mexico, but it is growing. In this video I share more about the church that we built and helped plant in Rosarito Mexico, as well what God is doing on the Big Island.

Video Highlights of Ministry from 2021
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Dawn and I appreciate you and the pivotal role you play through your prayers and financial gifts. You are helping extend the loving arms of the Father to bring the living water, the spring of eternal life to the Border, the Baja and Beyond!

We’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider joining us this year in prayer and through a financial gift to support church planting in Mexico and on the Big Island.

Your gift will help us to accomplish the God given vision to impact, Tijuana, Colima, Mexicali, Oaxaca, the Big Island and Beyond for generations to come. Our familia on the Big Island is still dealing with staggering needs. Sadly, the crisis is ongoing and it has only gotten worse as time has gone on. Not only is there a lack of food and basic goods, but the prices are skyrocketing and they are having to stand in long lines for hours at a time to get the little food that is available. We are thankful that we can be an instrument to bless others, and we’d love for you to join us in this effort.

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In His Grip, Dave

Some Reflections on the Past Year, and Hope for 2022
One of our highlights for 2021 is our beautiful granddaughter

I think for many of us as we start the new year it’s a good opportunity to reflect back on the highs and lows of the past year, as well as look forward to what we hope to do this year. I have spent some time praying and reflecting these last few weeks. It’s fun to remember the highlights. The positive things that the Lord did. And although it’s not as enjoyable to ponder the lowlights, it’s necessary especially if I don’t want to repeat them.

As others have said, It’s not wise to keep doing the same thing if it’s not working and expect a different result.

Contending for Breakthrough & Revival
Some of the Mexican pastors and families that we have the privilege of serving with

Dawn and I continue to pray for fruit in our lives and in our ministry. We pray for breakthrough and revival. It is something that we long for.

When we first felt called to the border over 10 years ago, the Lord gave us Isaiah 61.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…

Isaiah 61:1,2 ESV (emphasis mine)

This is a beautiful passage filled with hope and redemption. Jesus read from Isaiah 61 in the synagogue when he began his ministry, Luke 4:18-19. It’s always a good idea to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. On the border and in the other places where we minister there is much brokenness and many people are held captive, but Jesus brings hope. He brings redemption to the lost and the hurting. Only He can truly set the captives free.

As we work to see the Lord bring transformation to individuals, communities, and cities we recognize the need for the Spirit to work in the lives of the people we minister with. I have to admit this is not easy and sometimes I get frustrated and I start striving. In those moments it feels like I’m doing the ministry in my own strength instead of in the power of the Spirit.

The Lord has reminded me over and over again to, “cease striving, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10. I guess I’m a slow learner. 🙂 I can’t do it in my own strength. As He says in Zechariah 4:6, it’s “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit.”

A Reminder to Serve in His Presence & in Joy
Joy filled churches on the Big Island

Recently I shared some of my goals and desires with a friend of mine. I told him that we are contending for revival in the churches and communities that we are serving in. He aided me in my journey, and he has prayed with me. One of the other ways he has helped me has been by asking me good questions. He asked me, “Where is your joy when you are contending for revival?” He said, “If there isn’t joy your contending could lead to burnout.” That made me stop and think because I have to admit that the joy is not always there.

I don’t always stop long enough to thank God for all the amazing work He is doing. That is one of the reasons that I started this blog. I like writing to highlight positive news. I’ve found that it helps me to reflect on the good that God is doing. The good news lifts me up and I hope it does the same for others as well.

As I reflected on the need for joy in my life, the Lord led me to some passages in the Bible that speak about that topic. The Psalmist said, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11, ESV). Jesus also speaks of the importance of joy. In John 15:11 he says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

I believe one of the things the Lord is calling me to do this year as Dawn and I contend for revival on the Border, the Baja, and Beyond is to serve with joy. I love that joy is found in God’s presence.

Join Us in Prayer!
Pastors, leaders, and families that we are helping on the Big Island

Join me in praying that I will grow in living and serving in God’s presence and that I would experience more joy in 2022. I will pray the same for you as the Lord works in your life.

Pray as well for those we are ministering with that they will experience joy and see even more fruit this year. We pray for the Lord’s bountiful provision for the church planters and their families in Mexico and on the Big Island.

Extend your hands to help provide for the families in need on the Big Island and to see the church grow on the Border, the Baja and Beyond! Thank you so much for praying for us and with us!

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In His Grip, Dave

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Pastor Omar’s Visit
Pastor Omar sharing his story at a pastor’s gathering

Earlier this month one of our friends, our familia from the Big Island was here with us. Pastor Omar has played a key role in the expansion of the church on the Big Island. He has an interesting story, and much to tell, so we loved getting some time with him.

I took advantage of his visit and recorded some video of his first hand view of what is happening on the Big Island. I just uploaded Pastor Omar’s account of the triumphs and the challenges that the church and the people are facing. I’ve included the video in this post.

Dawn, Omar and Dave

Dawn and I loved having Omar visit us. It was the first time that someone from the Big Island has been able to come see us. The Lord used our time together in many ways. We were able to encourage one another, and pray for one another. In some ways it was like a healing balm for all of us. It helped Dawn and me to feel closer to our familia. We haven’t been able to visit them, because of all the COVID restrictions for almost two years. We’ve missed Omar and all the beautiful people in the churches there. They truly have grown to be our precious familia.

Pastor Omar – The Triumph & Challenges on the Big Island
Pastor Omar
Help us End the Year Strong

Omar tells the story of the challenges that the people on the Big Island are facing just to feed their families. We’d like to ask you to consider a generous gift today to help these families. They are families just like yours, with one big difference they don’t have all the opportunities that your family has. They live with lack every day. One of the pastors told me recently that his wife is so generous. We are sending them donations every month to help them, but she gives so much away to others in the church that are in need that their family doesn’t have anything left at the end of the month for themselves. These are the types of sacrifices our leaders are making. The churches are growing. We give thanks for that, but the needs are also very real, and we believe that we must continue to extend our hands to help! Please join us by clicking on the button below.

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Happy New Year!
In His Grip, Dave
P.S. You can also give via check to:
Beyond Borders
665 Crescent Dr.
Chula Vista, CA 91911

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The Good News of New Life
Our familia on the Big Island – a growing church

Dawn and I have been praying and contending for breakthrough here on the Border, the Baja and Beyond. We are amazed by how the Lord is working through our familia on the Big Island. One of the churches we are working with has shared the gospel with more than 12,000 and seen more than 7,000 respond to the good news of Jesus. I know I’ve written about this in the past. It’s such good news! It’s worth repeating.

There are good things happening in Mexico as well. The church is growing, but I feel like it’s been harder to see the growth. I’ve been praying that the Lord will use the Coronavirus to cause a greater openness to the gospel. Yet, so far it’s mostly slowed down our churches.

God is Faithful to Build His Church
Pastor Jose Luis & Mariel Rodriguez

We are seeing unbelievable growth in one place we are working, the Big Island, and more measured growth in Mexico. Some of our church plants have shared some encouraging news about what God is doing in cities like Tijuana and Colima. Just today our church planter in Colima, Jose Luis Rodriguez sent me a message and said that four new people came to an event they held on Saturday. On Sunday he met a new family and Pastor Jose Luis was able to lead all six of them to Christ. That is good news!

Dave & Dawn having some fun with Pastor Davis and Luz and their three children: Deivis, Ashley and Emi

Dawn and I met with Pastor Davis and his wife, Luz last week. They are planting a church in the community of Playas in Tijuana. They’ve held some well attended outreach events over the last several months. Luz shared with much excitement about the 15 women that came to a breakfast that she organized. She said all of those that attended were either new Christians that Luz led to Christ or women who have not yet come to Jesus.

Luz on the left with some of the women that came to the breakfast

The theme of the breakfast was “Woman be Free”. It was based on the women who had hemorrhaging for 12 years. She was healed when she touched Jesus’ tunic. Some of the women were moved to tears as they reflected on Jesus’ power to heal.

We give thanks for how the Lord is moving and drawing people to himself. He is faithful to do so. Thanks so much for praying. We recognize that prayer key to seeing the church advance.

Extend Your Hands to Help
Our familia – some of the wonderful pastors and churches we are working with

Help us to end the year strong! Dawn and I appreciate you and the pivotal role you play. You are helping extend the love arms of the Father to bring the living water, the spring of eternal life to the Border, the Baja and Beyond! You can help through prayer and through a financial gift to support church planting in Mexico and on the Big Island.

We ask you to prayerfully consider joining us by giving an extra gift this year.

Your gift will help us to accomplish the God given vision to impact, Tijuana, Colima, the Big Island and Beyond for generations to come. Our familia on the Big Island is still dealing with staggering needs. Sadly, the crisis is ongoing and it has only gotten worse as time has gone on. Not only is there a lack of food and basic goods, but the prices are skyrocketing and they are having to stand in long lines for hours at a time to get the little food that is available. We are thankful that we can be an instrument to bless others, and we’d love for you to join us in this effort of offering food to the hungry, and drink to the thirsty.

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Merry Christmas!

In His Grip, Dave

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Grateful for God’s Goodness to Us
Pastors that we work with in Mexico (clockwise starting from upper left): Pastor Davis & Luz Pardo (Tijuana), Pastor Eliel & Jessica Osorio (Oaxaca), Pastor Jose Luis & Mariel Rodriguez (Colima), A group of pastors including Pastor Petri & Yudy Petrikowski (far left – Ensenada), Pastor Federico and Blanca Muñoz (Mexicali).

Dawn and I were able to take a break during the week of Thanksgiving and the pause in our regular schedule gave me the opportunity to think about things that I’m truly grateful for.

One of the biggest reasons that I give thanks is for God’s goodness and His tender care for our family. This year he graced us with our first granddaughter. Who is truly angelic. Dawn and I both give thanks for how our Father is working in the life of David Jr. and Emily, as well as Jonathan and Hannah.

Dave & Dawn with Mirae Lee and Monse Santiago. They are studying at Westminster Seminary nearby. Mirae is from Korea and Monse is from Mexico City.

Another thing that I am thankful for is how God has graced us with a growing spiritual family. Dawn and I enjoy the privilege of being dad and mom, or papá and mamá to a number of the young people that our Papa God has brought into our lives. This reminds me that just a few months after Hannah moved to heaven some friends spoke into our lives and told us that they believed God has gifted Dawn and me to be a Mother and Father to others.

Redemption and Restoration through Family
Pastors that we minister with on the Big Island – our familia

This has been one of the ways the Lord has redeemed and restored what we’ve suffered. What we’ve lost. Not that these relationships can in anyway replace Hannah, but they do bring a measure of healing.

I feel proud as a Papá, and I enjoy being a dad to my own family as well as our spiritual family. I find great joy in these beautiful relationships. The wonderful thing about it is we mutually love and encourage one another.

At the end of the book of Job it says, “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold. And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had also seven sons and three daughters.”

Job‬ ‭42:10-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My point isn’t that we’ve suffered as much as Job, although we have suffered. I’m seeking to highlight how God in his kindness has a way of bringing healing, and restoring the loss that we’ve suffered.

Our Loving Father Uses Our Pain
Pastors and leaders from the Big Island – our familia

I hate that Hannah is no longer on earth with us, while at the same time I’m so grateful for our hope of heaven. I’m grateful for a God who is acquainted with grief, and who uses our pain. He uses our journey to bless others. There’s still so much that I don’t know, and that I don’t understand, but I do know that God is good and that He desires to give His children good things.

I know that he made me to be a loving and caring dad to other young friends that we minister with. It gives me a sense of pride when they call me papá in Spanish, which means dad. Some of them also call me padre in Spanish, which means father. And they call Dawn mamá and madre, mom and mother.

I give thanks for these relationships, and I see God doing a greater work in and through Dawn and me as our spiritual family grows.

These are some of the reasons that I give thanks!

God is so good!

Extend Your Hands to Help!
Families that we have helped on the Big Island – they are holding up signs that say “Friends helping hands,” to thank us for extending our hands to help them

Our love for our familia and our concern for them moves us to help them in their need. This is especially true for our familia on the Big Island, because of all they are suffering. We give thanks that they can now meet together for public church services after almost two years of not being able to gather. However, the food shortage continues, the lack of basic needs continues. The inflation for food and goods has reached 500%. So we ask you at this time to extend your hands to help our familia. Thank you for taking the time to pray for our familia and to consider this need!

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In His Grip, Dave

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Nothing Can Stop the Advance of the Gospel
Our familia loves to worship

In our ministry we seek to fulfill the Great Commission that Christ gave his followers. We primarily do that through starting new churches in Mexico and on the Big Island. It’s interesting to me that in spite of all the lack of food, basic needs and medicine on the Big Island the church continues to grow. It might have slowed down in some areas, because of all of the restrictions placed on the people. Yet, in other areas it is growing.

Pastor Lucas and his wife, Maria wrote the following to us, “so far this year, despite the pandemia, and many crises that we have faced, these statistics are the result of the work of the church.” Then they went on to share some of the jaw dropping statistics. Through their ministry they shared the gospel with 12,326, and 7,396 made professions of faith! They’ve divided these new people up into 11 territories and each territory has 6 house churches. That’s 66 new churches! The people worship the Lord, they are discipled and equipped in these house churches. The new believers have become an instrument in the Lord’s hands to bring new people, their family and their friends to church.

Wow! Praise the Lord! God is so good and so faithful!

Despite all the challenges we see that it has not stopped the advance of the gospel.

One of our friends on the Big Island
Pastor Ronaldo’s Open Letter

Our friend *Ronaldo recently wrote me, and gave me an update about the situation on the Big Island.

My beloved brothers, first of all we want to thank God for his faithfulness, his promises and care through these complex times.

At the family level we can tell you that we are doing well despite the crises that our nation faces, God has been faithful and provides what is necessary every day. While we see God’s faithfulness it is also true that our nation is going through a deep economic, political, and social crisis. The sense of uncertainty and depression continues to increase; Unfortunately, in people’s minds, it is becoming increasingly difficult to think of a decent future in the medium and long term; sadly many people live without hope of a better future, and the option of emigrating from the country.

Faced with all this bad news; We can thank God that the good news of the gospel continues to bring salvation and hope to many fellow citizens. We have not had face-to-face services in our churches for almost two years now, which has forced us to be creative in the ways we can remain a church in these circumstances.

Another distinctive element in the ministerial work is helping people in need, in that sense we can say that the ministries of mercy and justice are taking a very strong role in the life of the church. On the other hand, there is the work of training and training the leadership of the churches, investing heavily in the new generation of leaders in order to guarantee the continuity of the Lord’s vision.

Of all these good things that God is doing in our midst, you are participants through the gospel of all this, dear brothers and sisters. We are very grateful that together we can be working on the extension and advancement of the kingdom of God in this world.

We reiterate our gratitude for your support, and for joining us on this beautiful day and work.
We leave you this portion of the Word that is found in the Gospel of John 1: 5
The light shines in the dark, and the dark will never be able to put it out …
We praise and glorify the name of our God, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can stop the advance of the glorious gospel of him.

In Christ, *Ronaldo (name changed for security reasons)

There is nothing that can stop the advance of the Gospel! Let us rejoice!

Extend Your Hands to Help!
Our familia on the Big Island

Please stand with us and extend your hands to help those in need on the Big Island. One of the reasons that Ronaldo’s family is doing well in spite of the crisis is because of your generous gifts. You can help by making a donation today!

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Thank you, dear friends and family!

In His Grip, Dave

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Mom’s 86th Birthday
I imagine mom looks more like this in heaven

Today would be mom’s 86th birthday. I miss my mom, Virginia A Diaso, but I am grateful for the hope that we have in Christ. I know without a doubt my mom is celebrating this birthday in heaven with her Heavenly Father. I love the idea of dad and mom celebrating together with Hannah and other loved ones.

Last year at this time a year the Lord gave me a dream. In the dream there was a big parade celebrating my mom’s arrival in heaven. It made me happy to think about her life and the legacy that she left. I wrote about the dream, the parade celebrating mom on her birthday last year.

Mixed Emotions on Life & Death
Mom & Dave on her 25th anniversary

On the one hand, this day makes me feel sentimental, but I also feel joyful knowing that my mom is experiencing perfect health, perfect peace and great joy in the presence of her Savior. Mom’s last few years on earth she had COPD. She had a hard time breathing, because of the damage to her lungs from tuberculosis when she was a young girl. Sadly, mom suffered a lot while in her earthly suit. That is no longer true. No more suffering, no more pain!

I like to think that as my mom took her last breath here, her next breath she was in heaven! Wow! Jesus and the angels welcomed her into the heavenly kingdom of God.

Heaven and Earth!
Dad & Mom (Grandpa & Grandma) with David, Jr. Jonathan and Hannah

There’s a lot of mystery when it comes to our understanding of heaven and the relationship between heaven and earth. I’ve been pondering how the veil between us and heaven is much thinner than we realize. There is a connection, and there is more interaction than most of us are aware of. In Hebrews the Bible speaks of cloud of heavenly witnesses. I love to think of my dad, mom, Hannah and other loved ones cheering us on and interceding for us. Hallelujah!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,”

Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

In the meantime, we all groan as we wait for our heavenly home. There are trials and difficulties that each of us face, but thanks be to God that they are temporary. Saint Paul even refers to them as temporary light afflictions compared to the eternal weight of glory that awaits those of us who are in Christ. Hallelujah! Amen!

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:1-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ (emphasis mine
Make a Donation Today in Mom’s Memory!
Grandma and Hannah reunited in heaven

One way you can honor my mom’s memory is by giving a donation today to the pastors and their families on the Big Island. The scarcity of food, basic needs and medicine continue to be a huge problem. We’d like to ask you to prayerfully consider making a gift today! Thank you!

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In His Grip, Dave

BeyondBordersLife.org

Freedom to a Beautiful Young Woman and Her Family

I’ve been amazed by the testimonies coming from our familia on the Big Island.

Yoani with her son, Isaías (Isaiah)

The long lines for food and basic needs continue and even are getting worse, if that is even possible. Most of people cannot leave their houses after 1 PM, due to the restrictions placed on them. Yet, God is at work!

One of our dear young friends, Yoani shared this story of life change with me recently and I thought it would encourage you.

A Testimony of God’s Power and His Love
Yoani with her husband, Samuel

She begins, “I haven’t been able to go to church for about 6 months, because at first, I was pregnant with my son, Isaías (Isaiah). People who are considered vulnerable are not allowed to got out in public and attend church. Then after my son, Isaiah was born I couldn’t attend, because I had a small baby. Now most churches are closed and no one can attend.

Yet I thank my Heavenly Father for how He has worked in my life. I have not lacked encouraging words, because of my pastors here. The Lord also blessed me by allowing me to meet you. God freed me from the snares of the evil one when you came. I’m grateful that you continue to pray for me and that you send me powerful prayers and words of encouragement. I also enjoy the beautiful photos of your family, especially those of your pretty granddaughter.

My family is infinitely grateful for the financial help that you’ve sent to support us during these difficult times that we are all passing through here on the Big Island.

I’m so grateful for the marvelous redemptive work that the Lord has done in my life. When I was very little, shortly after I was born my father left my mom. He lived a life lost in drunkenness and chasing other women. He ended up in jail more than once for the crimes he committed.

About 6 years ago he got out of prison and said he wanted to change his life, so he moved close to where I live. He said he was proud of me for how I had chosen to live a good life, but he did not want to follow Christ at the time.

I prayed and cried for him. It was hard for me to forgive him, because he had caused me a lot pain. One day he developed appendicitis, and I was the only one who could take him to the hospital. While I was alone waiting for him during his operation God began to deal with me, but I wasn’t free, and I couldn’t forgive my dad.

It’s surprising how God responded to my supplications. He brought you from so far away to this small town as an answer to my prayers. I needed to be set free in some areas of my life, but I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know what to do. God guided you and my good friend and mentor Maria. The Lord used you to bring restoration, deliverance, healing, joy and forgiveness to my life. It was like a big weight was lifted off of my soul. I was finally able to forgive my dad.

I would have liked for this story to end with a happy ending like the fairy tales, but that’s not what happened. In a few weeks on the 10th of October it will be one year since my dad died from a heart attack. Now that he wanted to change his life and live a good life beside his family, his life was cut short. He never got a chance to meet his grandson, Isaiah. That has been very hard for me.

Today I give thanks to God that before my dad died I was able to forgive him for how he hurt me. God brought healing to me.

Pastor I wanted to share my testimony with you to encourage you to continue to minister. I believe that in whatever part of the world that you minister in that there are people that need God to do a miracle in their lives, like he did in my life through your ministry to me.

Thank You, Jesus!

Wow! What Yoani shared with me was so moving that I just had to share it. I hope that it might brighten your day as well. It gives you a glimpse of how the Lord is working in the lives of our familia on the Big Island as we extend our hands to help them. Despite all the pain, and all the difficulties God is on the move!

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In His Grip, Dave

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