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Nov 7

Missions Emphasis Week 2012 in Review

This year’s Missions Emphasis Week was a wonderful time to revisit the commission of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations by welcoming Hugo W. of Arab World Media, Dr. Jaime Jacobo and Jannette Pineda of Guatemala, as well as our missionaries in residence Chuck and Cindy Harper who minister through Western Indian Ministries (WIM).

Dr. Jacobo and Janette spent the week of October 12-18 reconnecting with friends at DSC as well as touring a few sites in and around Albuquerque.  Their time included mass ascension at the Balloon Fiesta, as well as visiting Acoma, Taos, Jemez, and the Valles Caldera.  Besides connecting with friends, Jacobo and Jannette joined DSC Rabinal Achi Partnership leaders on several occasions to discuss the past, present and future plans of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) among the Achi.  The CHE strategy includes the traditional medical and dental clinics, as well as water sanitation projects, but is even expanding now into microbuisinesses like a possible fish farm, improved stoves to help with lunch disease among women and children, and even latrines in the most rural village.  Please pray with us that the Achi villagers will realize some of the causes behind their physical problems, like lack of latrines and stoves, so that they can be a part of figuring out the solution, and therefore, more likely embrace the change of behavior, culture, and tradition that may come with it.   If you’d like to help with any of these endeavers, email Stay tuned to this blog for upcoming missions trips to Guatemala to serve along side our Achi family in Christ.

Hugo preached on Sunday October 21st from John 4 and drew a picture of what God is up to in the Arab World.  Pastor Ryan also gave an update on our church planting efforts and giving to date. He also challenged us to consider how we are currently supporting these efforts, and whether we can do more in the remainder of 2012, into 2013, and beyond, all by the grace of God.

It was special to see Hugo, a former missionary to North Africa (now directing Arab World Media from Europe), sitting at dinner with the SNAP team helping them process their recent survey trip, as well as the path that still lies ahead of them with preparing to leave, packing up, and moving to the other side of the world.  Hugo was impressed by our church’s commitment to these families, but he was also sure to encourage us to stay the course, and keep our resolve toward this goal of sending out a team to plant churches.

Sola Aqua went well, but we have to admit, we forgot to remind folks to bring their Sola Aqua money on Lord’s Supper Dinner night, so if it slipped by and you forgot, but were planning to give, you still can under “Guatemala Projects” on DSC’s online giving page here.  So far, $803 has come in.

Finally, our missionary dinner was a hit.  There were originally 50 spaces, and that was expanded to 60 the night of to make room for all those that signed up.  The food was amazing (watch for the recipe on this blog) and we were able to hear from Dr. Jacobo, Hugo, and Chuck Harper about their hopes and dreams for ministry in the coming year.  We pray it blessed you all as we took some time to fill up our global missions tanks, so to speak.

The silent auction at our missionary dinner went well also.  In our first year to do this, we raised just under $1000 after subtracting the costs of the meal and some of the auction items.

We are hoping to bring in other global missions partners next October, including our dearly beloved Carol and Rodrigo Barrera, Wycliffe translators of the Achi New Testament.  And since the dinner went so well, we will plan to do that again as well.



Nov 1

Response to Hurricane Sandy – Helping Local Churches

2012 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Prayer

As you know, Hurricane Sandy has made a devastating impact on the Northeastern part of the U.S.  Relief is already being mobilized by organizations like Red Cross and World Vision, and we would encourage folks in our body to contribute to those as you are willing and able.

However, when it comes to DSC Missions funds, the elders have decided to focus gifts given to Desert Springs on behalf of those in need to sister churches in the area that have been impacted by this natural disaster.  Our hope and prayer is that as these churches, who likely won’t have denominational support to help them out, will be able to minister to their own body of believers, as well as those around them that they know and are in need.  We are already working to contact churches we know about in the area to see how they have been impacted.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  (Galatians 6:10 ESV)

If you feel compelled to give, please do so using a missions envelope at the church and designating it “Disaster Relief.”  Or, you can give via the church’s online giving here listed under “Disaster Relief” soon as well.  But until then, please use a missions envelope if you are able.

Please especially be in prayer for believers in this area that God will use them and the church to rise up after this disaster with hope amid certain despair.  May the believers cry out with Paul as he says:

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV)



Oct 29

Baby Shirly Update – Possible Surgery in the States, Please Pray

2012 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

Just over one month ago we asked you all to be praying for Baby Shirly Mendoza, infant daughter of Pastor Rene Mendoza.  Pastor Mendoza leads a small church in a small village in Rabinal Achi country.  And as you may remember from the blog post, Shirly has a congenital heart condition that if not treated, will end up taking her life.  As God has prompted His people and resources at DSC, medical professionals and others with a deep heart for Guatemala have been tirelessly seeking a solution for this dear child.

Our merciful God seems to have paved a possible way just this week as Loma Linda Universtity Medical School has decided to take Sherly’s case, and, as they are able, provide the surgery needed.  At this point, folks at DSC are working with Loma Linda to see if immigration visas can be obtained for Baby Sherly and her parent(s).  If visas are indeed obtained, one direct way you may be able to help out with this (beyond praying) could be to give toward travel expenses, as we have committed to covering those on behalf of the family.

Pastor Rene Mendoza and his family, including his 10 month old, Sherly.

Please, continue to pray, especially for these things:

  1. That Baby Shirly will endure physically as a solution is sought.
  2. That the Mendoza family will feel God’s care and love through the global body of Christ in this time.
  3. That God will continue to make a way by granting favor from immigration offices for a visa.
  4. For wisdom for the doctors at Loma Linda University.

Above all, we pray, in the way Christ did, saying “not our will, but Yours be done.”

Thank you for praying.  We will keep you updated on this situation and on possible ways to give in the future.