- Prayer & Praise
|Dave and Debbie have been serving with MGF since 1991, when they arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, and continued with an effective film and evangelism ministry that Bruce and Nina Wakelin had started years earlier. In 2001, Dave & Debbie were divinely led to reach Mixteco Indians in Tijuana. This people group had migrated from southern Mexico looking for work and a better life. Although it wasn't their purpose, in the beginning, to establish a church, the need soon became clear, and they are excited that, after meeting in 2 different temporary locations, the Lord has provided for the purchase of a property for a permanent meeting place. They are praying that the Lord will guide and provide for the construction of the new permanent church building. It has been exciting to see the people of the church become very involved in the ministry. It is the desire of the church to reach their community for Christ, and minister to the many poor and needy through love and God's Word. The church is located in the colonia named "Pedregal de Santa Julia".
||For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
||Here are some marvelous things the Lord is doing here in our little church in Tijuana:
*2 of our young ladies graduated from Jr. High this year
*We are preparing for a house to be built on the church property in August.
*Attendance has been very strong with about 70 people on Sundays and 50 on Wednesdays.
*I began a class of basic doctrine and ministry in order to begin to prepare the people to evangelize and disciple on their own both in our own area and on future missions trips.
|Prayer Requests & Praises
|The Tazelaars in Mexico March 2016
Since our last prayer letter many wonderful things have been happening in the ministry. We have felt your prayers, and God has answered! Thank you for continuing to lift up His work here in Tijuana!
February was a month of training and focusing on outreaches. Three of our church members, Angel, Rosa, and Nayeli, went to Camalu (4 hours south of Tijuana) for a weekend missions training conference. They came back with an even deeper desire to reach those in darkness and are helping to plan future outreaches to the community and in other parts of Mexico.
Angel and Rosa will be our first "sending" missionaries for a 13-day mission trip to Chiapas (the very southern part of Mexico). We would covet your prayers for them as they leave on March 16th and will return on March 28th. Pray for safe travels and much fruit for God's glory. It is definitely an exciting new chapter for our church.
Another great miracle recently has been to see Lucero (Lucy's oldest) come back to the Lord after a long bout of rebellion. Last year our hearts were broken when she was led astray by the world, but now the lost sheep is back in the fold, and we rejoice in God's mercy, goodness, and unfailing love for her. Please pray she will remain strong in the Lord, and that she will see herself as God sees her; a precious jewel.
Let the walls come down! We have started the tear down of the old temporary church building! We have waited many years for God's green light, and we are now entering into a great time of excitement and faith as we begin the construction of the permanent church building! We ask your prayers for wisdom and strength for each step.
We have purchased a large tent that we will use for our services once the building is down and until the new one is up. We also will be using the tent for community outreaches. Our first step in the construction of the church building after the tear down will be a retaining/security wall and foundation wall to level the land for footings. We will also need to submit the plans to a Mexican architect, and then to the government. This first phase will cost around $7000.00 for all the construction materials and fees. (Almost all of the labor will be done by church members who will donate their time.) This is all by faith, and we are trusting God for the finances, timing, and every detail.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) is almost here, and we will be celebrating all week with several events which include a large outreach to the breakfast program children, a teen's drama, and a Sunrise Service followed by a potluck breakfast and fellowship.
Praying each one of you has a blessed Resurrection Sunday as we celebrate and remember all our Savior has done for us!
Dave & Debbie Tazelaar
Missionary Gospel Fellowship
P.O. Box 1535
Turlock, CA 95381
Our account name: Tijuana Ministry
Mar 28, 2016
|Dear friends and family, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas today as we celebrate our
Lord's birth. He is the giver of life and there is hope in Him. We would like to ask prayer for
Angel, Rosa, and Angel's family right now. His brother was kidnapped a few days ago and last
night it was confirmed that he was murdered. So much has gone on these last few days of not
knowing where Angel's brother (Bon) was, the many rumors, and the fear of others being
kidnapped. Angel and Rosa are temporarily living at the church since the kidnapping took place
near their home, a few doors down where his brother lived with family. His brother was into
drugs and it was a cartel that was involved in the murder. Please pray for this situation. Angel is
heartbroken that his wayward younger brother is no longer here on this earth. He has been
witnessing to all his family in these many months. We are praying for comfort for the family
as Bon's body will be released today and their need to make all the funeral arrangements today
on Christmas day. The family had to be at the morgue at 6:00 AM today.
Last night at our Christmas Eve event Angel's son, Josgan, tried to keep a smile on his face
but came up to Debbie finally and needed a hug as he poured out his heart that he won't see his
uncle anymore. Please pray that God will bring good to this sad situation as He promises in His
Word. Thank you for lifting Angel and his family up to the Lord. Angel and Rosa just started
working full time at our church as of two weeks ago and are planning on going to seminary in
the Fall. Though our hearts are heavy we feel sheltered by God in this storm. Thank you for
your prayers. Dave and Debbie
Dec 29, 2015
|Praises and Prayer
|I wanted to share some praises and prayer. We praise the Lord for the marriage of Angel and Rosa yesterday. It
was a testimony to their family and our church family. Please pray for them as they continue to follow the Lord.
We also praise the Lord for the successful surgeries on Raul's eyes (he has had 3 0f the 4 laser surgeries) We
will not know for awhile yet if his eyesight will be completely restored but so far all has gone very well. He is
in pain and we would appreciate prayer for him. God supplied the needed funds for these surgeries for which we
praise the Lord. Great is His faithfulness. Debbie and Dave Tazelaar
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Oct 6, 2015
|Prayer Requested for Youth Mission Trip
|Dear friends and prayer partners, We will be taking a small group of teens this morning on the church's first missions trip. This is quite a step of faith for the church and the youth. We will be traveling to Mexicali, which is about a 4 hour drive, and will be helping out with a medical outreach. The teens will have a wonderful opportunity to share their faith and evangelize the many people who will be waiting to see the doctors.
Our prayer request is that the trip will be safe, as road hazards and drunken drivers are always a danger.
Please also pray for the teens, that the Lord will use them in a supernatural way, and that the Holy Spirit will flow through them as they share. Pray that the Lord will remove their timid spirit and they will speak with boldness.
As a note, this year has been particularly difficult for Debbie and I, and we would both appreciate your prayers, for spiritual, emotional and physical strength. Their have been numerous attacks and emotionally traumatic events throughout the year. On several occasions, children who attend the Saturday breakfast, have refused to return to their homes, because of physical abuse, usually by their mothers' boyfriends, and have pleaded with us to not force them to return. This is heartbreaking. One young lady spoke of how her grandmother would hit her with a 2 by 4 board, which the grandmother admitted to when we spoke to her. Others have said they will not allow themselves to be hit one more time by their step fathers. We talk with the parents in these cases, but know the abuse continues. There are no easy rememdies here, as there might be in the U.S. Many of the homes experience frequent violent brawls.
Our van was had two locks busted while we parked in front of a restaurant, but thankfully because of the alarm, we ran out and watched the thief run away. On another occasion a couple of months ago, I was speaking (at least attempting) to speak to a deaf mute who often comes by the church, sometimes comes in the service, and who keeps an eye out when ever he can. A rock was thrown at us while we were talking, which broke the windshield of the van. I don't know if the rock was meant for me, or for our friend, but the folks in the neighborhood says that it is cultural for a deaf mute to be treated abusively. He often tells stories of attacks. Pray for him please. He has a very soft and dear heart, but probably due to the way he was brought up, and the trauma he faces each day, he is a drug user. I don't mean to make excuses, but when children have no love in the home, are attacked in the street, don't have a way to communicate, only the worst can be expected.
Our security dogs were also attacked, and our precious German Shepherd was almost killed. Someone hit her with sticks through the fence, apparently trying to put out her eye.
On another occasion, Debbie parked in the street, straddling the sidewalk, so that her car was actually only a foot onto the street. Her car was smashed in the side by another vehicle, we are not sure if this was by accident or on purpose, or if was a drunk who had a hard time staying on the road.
Well, stories like this hopefully help you to know how to pray for us. We would like to be among a large army of christians working in this very difficult community, but we are just 2, and you, our supporters, backing us as we move forward, inch by inch, by faith.
We know, and have experienced, over and over, that the Lord is with us, which gives us great comfort, and to see the many souls that the Lord has rescued from darkness, and many, this week, going on their first (hopefully of many) missions trips. We thank you also for your financial support, as without that, we would have no funds for the many many expenses.
About a year ago, a christian fellow who we had gotten to know, and who is a lawyer, helped us set up a civil association. He preaches at one of the conservative churches in Tijuana. He received funds from the government for our breakfast program, which we used during the first few months. And then we noticed a deposit the governent made to our account was removed, and we quickly learned that the lawyer stole the funds, some 7,000.00 dollars from the account. He later confessed to what he did, apologized, said he would reimburse us, but of course he has not. This has just been another huge disappointment to deal with this year. We had to make many difficult and expensive changes in our legal papers to remove him, and study to see what other damage he had done. Debbie and I have continued to feed the children with the funds you have sent. We have been advised that our support will be reduced substantially beginning in January, and would appreciate your prayers for the Lords continued provisions. We would like to make some changes this year to our breakfast program, and make it more of a discipleship program, with a meal, as we clearly see that the greatest and most important need for these children is discipleship, and a full tummy to go along.
We love you all and thank you so much for your faithfulness in prayer and support. Without you, the work here could not exist, and these precious lives would not be reached.
We are very excited that a group of men will be coming from Hamilton Baptist Church in Virginia around the middle of February. They desire to help with some of the projects, primarily finishing the caretakers house on the church property. We encourage others to come during the year, as you can, as there are many projects, and we really are blessed by the fellowship.
Many blessings to each of you,
with love, Dave and Debbie
Dec 30, 2014
|November 5, 2014
| We have 2 grave situations we need prayer for today. The first is for a young mother, named Isabel, who attends our church from time to time, and who is in danger of losing her leg. Dave took her to the hospital yesterday. She has epilepsy and during one of her attacks 2 weeks ago she was alone, and fell into the cooking fire and burnt her leg with 3rd degree burns. Her leg was sitting on the fire for at least several minutes. Dave took her and her husband to the hospital back then and she has been having treatments. Yesterday the doctor said she has a fever, a terrible infection, and might lose her leg or worse. We would appreciate prayer for her. (Her name is Isabel.) Today, Sunday Nov. 2, as an update to this, Isabel is still in the hospital, and the doctors are doing everything they can to save her leg, including skin grafts. Please continue to pray for her and a spiritual awakening in her life, and the large extended family she belongs to.
Our 2nd request has to do with our breakfast ministry on Saturday. As you may already know, about one month ago we had an incident with a man carrying a machete, trying to attack the children on their way home from the church breakfast. Since then the children have been slowly coming back and we are back to 55-60 coming. On October 18, the same man sent his wife to throw large rocks (the size of grapefruits) at our gates and at the children. Now she has just threatened to kill the kids and also to kill Lucy who lives on the church property. We are on high alert and need great wisdom on how to handle this. The reason she threatens us is because we (and others) called the police when her husband tried to attack with the machete. Unfortunately, here in Mexico a simple bribe will get you right out of jail, which was the case with him; so, further involvement with the police doesn't seem the best route at this time. We are praying for God to help us know what to do. We have not ruled out going to the police station to talk to them about the situation but do not have peace about doing that at this point. We mainly feel the great need for prayer for this spiritual battle. Both the man (50 to 60 years old) and his wife are on drugs and not in their right minds so there is no talking to them. Please pray that they will leave the children and the family living on the church property alone, and also that the children will not hear the foul words they are called. It really hurts the children to be so hated and for no reason. We truly believe this is God's battle and He will fight it. Thank you for joining the battle through prayer! Debbie
p.s On a wonderful note of encouragment and blessings, 6 of the children, a teen and an adult were baptized on Sunday October 19! Many of their testimonies, even the children's, were very touching, and encourages us that yes, it is absolutely all worth it.
Thank you for your very coveted prayers. Please send any email corrections or changes to me, as I rebuild our list.
In HIS arms of mercy and protection, Dave & Debbie
Nov 5, 2014
|The Tazelaars in Mexico
Summer is an opportune time to minister to the children who are on summer break. We organized many outreaches and have been amazed at the turnouts! We have new children coming faithfully as a result. Please pray for them as they learn about the Lord.
Five of our older youth had the amazing opportunity to attend a week-long youth camp in Ensenada in July where some 500 teens attended. The purpose of the camp was to equip the teens to impact their community with God’s love. Our youth came back re-charged and more determined than ever to follow the Lord with their whole heart. This younger generation is making an impact in the church and the future is bright!
In January, we plan to take the youth on their first mission trip to Southern Baja. This wil be a huge step of faith for the teens. We are seeking God’s direction as we make all the plans. We hope to raise funds for this trip and ask your prayers for God’s provision and guidance. Please also pray for the teens’ continual spiritual growth.
The children in the church will soon be heading back to school, and we are busy helping some of the needy families with uniforms, shoes, etc. This year we will have four new students (from two different families) who will be receiving help. We will have a total of 15 students who we will be helping throughout the school year. We would ask you to pray especially for them as they come from difficult homes.
Bumps Along the Way
So many wonderful things have been happening, however as you can imagine, there have been bumps along the way. The latest “bump” happened last Sunday during the church service when a vehicle ran into our parked car causing damage to the door, door handle, and window. The car or bus that hit it didn’t stop. The time, energy, and cost of fixing our car is an added burden at this time. Please continue to pray for protection at the church for everyone, including the vehicles.
In September we have plans for a Mexican Independence Day outreach to the community. Please pray for many to come and hear of God’s love for them. The teens will be helping to organize and lead this outreach. We will have an outreach to the children later in the Fall and hope to have 70-80 come out. We have been having 60+ lately at the breakfast program.
Thank you for all your prayers and love. We appreciate each and every one of you!
Dave & Debbie Tazelaar
PO Box 120159
Chula Vista, CA 91912
Missionary Gospel Fellowship
PO Box 1535
Turlock, CA 95381
Our account: “Tijuana Ministry”
Aug 28, 2014
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