There is a unique diversity within the city of Playas de Tijuana. There are many Spanish speaking nationals, there are many bilingual also, many who have been deported, and those who are homeless. Playas is unique in that we have at least four alternative cancer clinics which operate in our city. People come from all over the world, Africa, India, China, Canada and the United States, to name a few. We have been blessed to meet many wonderful Christians who have come to seek cancer treatment in an alternative manner. Through the years we have built friendships with some of these families and have been blessed to have them stay with us as they return for treatment. We find ourselves often encouraged by them as they share their hardships and we hear of the great faith and biblical understanding they have that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. They don’t want to go, but they know their hope is not in this world, but in the one to come!
My good friend Elijah Demeray brought a team from Calvary Chapel Springs in Heyburn, Idaho. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and ministry. It was a quick trip as they went to the Tijuana dump to minister to the homeless, served at our Mexican Independence Day Celebration and they were a blessing as they helped around the church. We were able to pray for and hear an update from our good friend, Jake Emerson who was a missionary at our church and now is a missionary at Calvary Chapel Guanajuato. You can be praying for Elijah, Jake, and I, as we will be heading to Jordan in late January. We are going with a team from Calvary Chapel Saving Grace to encourage the countless refugees that have come in from Syria seeking refuge from war. Many people are coming to the Lord as the Body of Christ reaches out to these people who have lost everything. We are very excited to meet some of these families and let them know that we love them and are praying for them!
The Gause family is crazy! We have 4 kids, between the ages of 16-19 years old. Three of them are working, two of them will graduate from High School this year and life is crazy busy. It is so difficult to maintain spiritual balance in the home, as I am sure many of you have experienced. Sure, we go to church together, we serve together, but the madness of life makes home fellowship difficult. Karen has started a group chat with our family where we read chapters of the Bible day by day and share thoughts about the scripture or simply acknowledge that we read. It has been a great way to stay connected to the kids and God’s word as a family.
Men’s Conference on Dec. 7 at Calvary Chapel Playas
New Bible Study Home Groups in January
Ordaining two new Pastors
New Feeding Kitchen in Playas