KAYAK MINISTRY UPDATE

The La Paz Sea Kayaking Ministry:
Using adventures at sea to
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We are taught in the Bible that it is wrong to bury our talents and do nothing with them.  We also see cases in the Bible where Jesus taught from the known to the unknown, for example, he used the apostles’ experience in fishing to call them to be fishers of men.  He often used agricultural stories to reach people who were much more tied to the land that we are today.  Jesus often tailor made his answers to the knowledge base of those to whom he was speaking,
Bearing these thing in mind, Lois and I have fully relaunched our kayak ministry. We have been using the kayaks sporadically this past year, but now it is a more substantial part of our work once again.  We originally began this service to the city of La Paz in 1995 and used it with great success until we returned to the US in 2009.  The ocean has been part of our lives since childhood, and now we are being given the opportunity to give back to the Lord what he has invested in our past.

This was a group of visiting pastors here for a denominational conference. It was a privilege to take these pastors out and introduce them to the beauty of Balandra Bay.

The kayaking ministry works by creating large blocks of uninterrupted time in which to talk about Jesus, make disciples, do marriage counseling, teach about the value of a healthy environment, or simply offer a listening ear in a very non-threatening environment. This almost begs people to open up about their needs, desires and dreams.
We currently have 8 fiberglass touring kayaks and one plastic sit-on-top plus all the necessary equipment to make paddling in the Sea of Cortez both safe and fun. We could use 3 more sit-on-tops. Our greatest need, however, is for a mid-size crew cab pickup truck. Not having an adequate vehicle is hampering this ministry by requiring that we use borrowed vehicles to tow the trailer to the launch site and back.

Spending time at sea with my friends creates large blocks of time in which to build relationships

Spending time at sea with my friends creates large blocks of time in which to build relationships

This was the official relaunch of the sea kayaking ministry.

This was the official relaunch of the sea kayaking ministry.

 

If you are interested in this ministry and would like to contribute to it, please click here.  DONATE TO KAYAK MINISTRY

Or you can mail a contribution to:
TEAM – USA
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

Add a note that it is for “KAYAK EVANGELISM Acct. #524300

Below are some links to videos about the kayaking ministry.  Enjoy these short videos.
https://team.org/blog/?s=kayak

KAYAKING BALANDRA BAY

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Whew! There is a lot going on!

DRESSELHAUS UPDATE AUGUST 2016

DRESSELHAUS UPDATE AUGUST 2016

A family photo taken during a wedding I officiated this summer

A family photo taken during a wedding I officiated this summer

“It was the names of your kayaks” which caused me to seek out Christians to find the answers I was looking for.”

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Each kayak has a name of the fruit of the Spirit painted on the bow.  In the  photo above the featured boats are Patience, Love, and Goodness.

“I don’t want the sermon to be any longer than eight to ten minutes.”  Perfect, my kind of sermon,  and one I got to give at the wedding of a good friend when we made our recent trip to the US.
“Uruguay is on line”  These words from my coworker Craig who has been working hard to get TEAM missionaries into Uruguay.  Thanks to Craig’s efforts we are ready to go in Uruguay, and also Colombia.
“I’m on a road trip visiting our missionaries.”  This from Mark, one of my coworkers and leader of TEAM’s ministries in the US.  This was a momentous occasion because for nearly all of TEAM’s 126 years we have not worked in the US or Canada.  Now we consider both of these countries needy mission fields just like any other.
“We could place as many church planting missionaries as TEAM will send us;”   are the words my coworker Martin frequently says as he sees limitless opportunities in Mexico and Central America to start churches which will help make disciples and transform our cities.
“Emilio died this morning.”   This was the call from Memo, a worship leader at our church, letting us know that the man Lois and I had helped care for had passed away.  Emilio had recently become a follower of Jesus.  Being with him in the different stages of his journey from life to death to life was an experience which taught me more about myself and my faith in Jesus than a hundred classes ever could have.

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I wish there was an adequate way to keep all of you, our friends and supporters, up to date with all that is going on.  Facebook, SKYPE, e-mail all help, but it really is impossible to keep you current on all we would like to share with you.

FAMILY NEWS

Joel is very much enjoying his career  in international marketing.  He is doing well at it and we are grateful.
 Claire is now in  South America starting her Fulbright Fellowship.  She will be facing a huge list of unknowns in this phase of her life.
Lois has been involved in teaching Spanish and English, helping with children’s outreaches, visiting her parents in California, and preparing to assist in a counseling ministry for survivors of abuse.

We would appreciate your prayers for:

The kayaking ministry which has become very sought after, as it creates so much time to spend with people (https://steveandlois.com/2016/07/28/time-to-relaunch/).  We are in need of a vehicle to tow the trailer.  The lack of a vehicle is severely  limiting the number of people I can take out.

This was the original kayak ministry van. We need a vehicle for hauling the trailer

This was the original kayak ministry van. We need a vehicle for hauling the trailer

  • The El Faro church where we attend needs a roof.  We currently lack the funds to build.
This church building lost its roof to an arsonist.

This church building lost its roof to an arsonist Our personal financial support is a bit low.

  • Our personal financial support is a bit low.
  • I am still  analyzing  my current role in TEAM. Should I take a lesser role in TEAM’s leadership and dedicate more time to direct ministry in La Paz?  Should Lois and I help start El Faro 2? How much time should we dedicate to the kayaking ministry, which  could easily become our full time ministry?                                                                                                                         CONTACT INFORMATION
  • Email:  steven.dresselhaus@team.org   —   stevenloisdress@gmail.com Click here to  DONATE TO DRESSELHAUS MINISTRY
    SKYPE stevedresselhaus or lois.dresselhaus
    Our fun blog is MACROCHRISTIAN

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Contributions to our work can be mailed to  TEAM’S NEW CONTRIBUTIONS ADDRESS.
TEAM
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

To support our  ministry, please include a note stating our name or ministry project, and the amount you are giving.  Thank you!

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TIME TO RELAUNCH!

USING ADVENTURES AT SEA TO HELP MAKE DISCIPLES OF JESUS

This is what the kayaking ministry looks like

This is what the kayaking ministry looks like, how it works, but most importantly WHY WE DO IT .

After an afternoon kayak trip with a friend the following partial quote appeared on my page on FACEBOOK.

Discussions were deep and warm,  filled with  laughter ….It has been years since I have done this.”

To be successful in ministry there is really only one essential human element needed: time with people.  There is not a pastor, missionary, ministry leader anywhere in the world who wouldn’t do nearly anything to create uninterrupted blocks of time to spend with people.  Why do we take people out in kayaks?  For only one reason:  it creates those blocks of uninterrupted  time during which we can encourage people and work with them to help meet their needs, be they spiritual, emotional or physical.

This was our old logo on a T-Shirt. We'll probably keep the logo but make this a ministry of El Faro church.

This was our old logo on a T-Shirt. We’ll probably keep the logo but make this a ministry of El Faro church.

The reason the kayaking ministry works so well is that it:

  • Creates hours and hours of uninterrupted time to talk with people while we share a healthy and exciting experience.
  • Creates conditions in which conversations flow naturally.
  • Creates conditions where people “open up,” making counseling possible.
  • Creates inexpensive and healthy activities for church youth groups.
  • Creates opportunities for creation care ministries.
  • Creates a practical link to local and state governments.
  • Makes the TEAM missionary very visible in the community and creates an understandable identity.
  • Creates opportunities for interns interested in missions.
  • Makes being part of the sponsoring church better than ever.
Kayaking puts us in contact with the community. This was briefing on a beach cleanup project.

Kayaking puts us in contact with the community. This was a briefing on a beach cleanup project.

The kayak fleet is available to followers of Jesus in La Paz who want to use it as a tool to share Jesus with their friends.  Local schools, service clubs, youth programs, and environmental protection groups are also free to use the fleet to further their good and worthy programs.

HOW CAN YOU HELP NOW?

The kayaking  ministry is being relaunched on a shoestring budget and with what we have on hand. To help make this  ministry more effective, the following items are needed.

A sturdy and reliable vehicle, preferably a  mid-size crew cab pickup truck for towing the trailer.  This vehicle could be donated  in the US, and we would  drive it to the ministry area.

Kayaking gives us hour after hour to talk with people and develop freindships.

Kayaking gives us hour after hour to talk with people and develop freindships.

Paddles, personal flotation devices (life jackets), manual bilge pumps, spray skirts, paddle floats, bailing sponges, and dry bags for gear on camping trips.

One waterproof  hand-held marine radio.

Two first-aid kits.

Refurbishing the trailersanding, painting, protective padding.

A place to store the trailer and the boats.

Six small plastic kayaks to the fleet to allow grade-school children the opportunity to learn.

volunteer to create and manage a web page.

Volunteers to help organize and carry out activities.

We would like to replace the aging  fleet slowly over the next couple of years. Some of the boats are now 20 years old and showing the stress of thousands of hard hours at sea–often paddled by inexperienced kayakers whose favorite paddling  pastime seems to be crashing into the North American continent.

If you would like to contribute to this ministry please CLICK HERE

If you would like to become part of this ministry contact me,  Steve Dresselhaus, at steven.dresselhaus@TEAM.org

The kayaking ministry is part of  TEAM’s RANCHO EL CAMINO  as an element of their adventure sports program.  The church home for this ministry is the EL FARO Church in La Paz.  The kayaking ministry serves as part of TEAM’S CREATION CARE ministry.

Below is a short video of Balandra Bay near La Paz where we take our beginner kayakers.    The focus of this video is the natural beauty of the bay and ends with the joy of sharing the experience with others.

 

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GRATEFUL

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MAY 2016 NEWS UPDATE FROM STEVE AND LOIS DRESSELHAUS

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The original church planting team of the La Paz de Cristo, TEAM’s first church in La Paz. Susie and Martin , Lois and Steve Dresselhaus, Tony and Jeannette . We got together again for the first time in many years

LIKE A STUMBLE-TONGUED CHILD

Do you remember when your small children would come home from the zoo and try to describe the day?  They had so much to say and report on that they stumbled over their words, unable to articulate their enthusiasm fast enough.  I feel like one of those stumble-tongued  children now.  There is simply no way to report all that is going on.

  •  A sister church in San Jose del Cabo, Emanuel, sponsored an excellent conference on combating domestic violence
    This is the domestic violence conference put on by Emanuel, our sister church in San Jose del Cabo.

    This is the domestic violence conference put on by Emanuel, our sister church in San Jose del Cabo.

    • The Americas Team I lead is making solid and speedy progress in opening up new ministries in new countries with new partners.
    • The kayaking ministry has been relaunched. We are starting small but will see where it goes. Click this link for a fun 3.5 minute video introducing the kayak ministry.

    KAYAK MINISTRY VIDEO

    Kayaking with Caleb as part of the relaunch of the kayaking ministry

    Kayaking with Caleb as part of the relaunch of the kayaking ministry

    • Lois and I have decided to become part of the El Faro fellowship in La Paz. We decided to join this group of Jesus followers because of their vision – they exist because La Paz needs them and they see new and innovative ministries as a way to reach the city for Jesus.

    This is El Faro (the Lighthouse) Church. The roof was burned down by an arsonist last year.

    This is El Faro (the Lighthouse) Church. The roof was burned down by an arsonist last year.

    SOMETHING REALLY NEW

    • Lois continues teaching a few classes a week at a language school in La Paz, EL NOPAL, and also meeting with our neighbors to help them with their English. She is also involved in teaching a women’s Bible study and serves as the language and culture coach for new TEAM coworkers.
    • New missionaries are joining TEAM – to quote one of our missionary leaders, “we are experiencing exponential growth” in the number of missionaries. This is excellent but it does mean a lot of work. There is always room for more – come join us.
    • We are learning what it means to physically care for a man who is dying – alone, abandoned by his family, who falls outside of any existing healthcare system, blind, incontinent. We are part of small team from El Faro who are taking care of this man while he dies. We are learning a lot – about ourselves.

    FAMILY NEWS

    • Joel continues to do well in his role as director of international business at his company.  He was able to add a few days to a business trip recently and come for a visit.
    • Claire is about to head to  South America.  She was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and will be working  as a teacher’s assistant at a university in South America.
    • July 1-18 we will be in the Wheaton, Illinois area for a TEAM conference, a wedding, and some family time. We hope to touch base with many of you during those days.
    • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Our blog is MACROCHRISTIAN
    Just for fun PUNTA ARENA

  • CONTRIBUTIONS ADDRESS.
    TEAM
    PO Box 1986
    Grapevine, TX 76099-1986To support our  ministry, please include a note stating our name or ministry project, and the amount you are giving.  Thank you!
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WOW!

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This is La Paz. It is always good to come home.

This is La Paz. It is always good to come home.

TRAVELING AND SEEING SOME AMAZING AND WONDERFUL THINGS

I’m sitting in the Mexico City airport on my way home after a trip to Honduras and Costa Rica.  I spend a lot of time in this place.  The purpose of this trip was to visit new TEAM folks in Costa Rica, participate in the anniversary celebration of  a TEAM related church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and visit with and develop partnerships with sister organizations and churches.  God is at work in Central America and on this trip we saw some absolutely wonderful things that made us proud to be Jesus followers.  We saw churches training their own people to be the next generation of pastors and elders.  We saw churches enthusiastically becoming missionary sending churches.  We saw churches caring for orphans, the oppressed, the abused.   We saw churches who view themselves as the tool and not the goal.   We saw churches which want to grow so they can do more to help  the broken world around them.   We saw churches which have obviously read the last half of Matthew 25 and have learned from it and are practicing what they learned.  It is an honor to be allowed to partner with these churches and become part of their team, part of their dream.  My take-away from this trip?  They and we  need more workers, lots of them.  Might King Jesus be asking you to participate in mission?

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This is the IMPACTO church in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.This was the Sunday morning service celebrating their 15th anniversary. They had a group of nearly the same size at their first service on Saturday night.  This is an amazing church – very active in leadership development, disciple making and missions.I could talk about this church for hours; and I hold it up as an example of what a church with a vision can become.

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This is Project Abraham in San José, Costa Rica. It is a church which has developed an onsite orphan care project using small group homes and a day care facility for kids from troubled neighborhoods. Much of this building is made from used and re-purposed construction materials.This is one of those “wow” places.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • We need lots of new missionaries, thousands of them around the world.  We need people who are so in love with the church they  want to spend their lives building it up, either by starting new fellowships or by launching ministries which will help the existing fellowship become bigger, stronger and more effective in making Jesus- following disciples.  There are countless ways to be involved in this.  Write to me, and keep praying.
  • As the Americas Team I lead becomes increasingly effective, I am hoping my schedule will lighten up a bit.  If this happens, I would like to launch a secondary, part- time ministry of kayaking in La Paz. Should we start that up again?  Please feel free to let us know what you think; and please be in prayer with us about this.
  • Now that we are mostly settled back into life in La Paz, Lois is looking for her major ministry.  She is involved in several things but is seeking clear understanding of where the Lord is leading.
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This photo is from the former sea kayaking ministry we used to run. This was a group of young people from a support group for kids whose parents had really messed up their lives. It was an effective tool for sharing the good news of Jesus, counseling and for helping people become more like Jesus.

 

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This was on the kayak outing yesterday which was led by my friend. Here the guide is giving a talk on conservation. Should Lois and I relaunch the kayak ministry? This morning during the gathering of the church with which we meet, three families asked us to relaunch the ministry.   Pray with us about this. Thanks.

HOW TO CONTACT US:

Email:  steven.dresselhaus@team.org   —   stevenloisdress@gmail.com 

Click here to  DONATE TO DRESSELHAUS MINISTRY
SKYPE stevedresselhaus or lois.dresselhaus
Our fun blog is MACROCHRISTIAN
Look us up on FACEBOOK
To explore TEAM click on  TEAM

Contributions to our work can be mailed to  TEAM’S NEW CONTRIBUTIONS ADDRESS.
TEAM
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

To support our  ministry, include a note stating our name or ministry project, and the amount you are giving.  Thank you!

 

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BUSY IN BAJA

  
   This is our new rental in La Paz.One of the keys to being a successful missionary (or a successful Christian for that matter) is getting to know your neighbors.  We moved into our new rental house three days ago and are having the wonderful privilege of meeting our neighbors.  We  met one neighbor, Raul, when our small dachshund took on his St. Bernard and English sheep dog simultaneously in what was looking like a fight to the finish.  After rescuing our dog from the jaws of death,  we met  and talked with our new neighbor and hopefully friend.  We met our neighbor Pilar when she and we were out walking our dogs.  Luis Enrique and his wife Jasmine just came by our house to invite us to a neighborhood Christmas party.   We have already been made to feel welcome in our new community.  Now you can begin praying that we will develop honest friendships with our neighbors which will lead to many opportunities to talk about Jesus.
WHAT HAS KEPT US BUSY?

                             TEAM’s senior directors meeting in South Africa.
  • I took a work-related trip to South Africa with TEAM’s global ministry leaders.
  • Lois has started teaching both English and Spanish in a local language school.
  • We moved into our new rental house – shopped for appliances,  contracted with an internet provider, installed curtain rods,  did lots of prior house hunting.
  • I go out to the ranch once a week to make sure things are going well during the 6-month home assignment of the ranch directors.
  • We are getting reacquainted with old friends in La Paz – what a treat that is!
  • I am attempting to get back to my normal senior director activities.
HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR US?  Pray:
  • That we be useful servants in our neighbors becoming Jesus followers
  • That we quickly get an internet connection at our house (we have the contract for service but things are not moving quickly).
  • That we would discover which local fellowship to join
  • That the Americas Team,  made up of  the four regional leaders  with whom I work, would be used by the Lord to open up many new ministries in many new countries and that many new missionaries would join us.
  •  That the regional leader for North America would be given exceptional wisdom as he develops TEAM’s work in the US and Canada.  This is a major shift in missiology as we now view the US and Canada as “receiving nations.”  Not all North American Christians understand this shift yet.
  •  For our support to come up a bit since it is a tad low.
  • Claire graduates from college on Dec. 19 and will continue the job hunting process.
  • That Joel finds ways to serve in the church he is attending in St. Louis.
            HAVE  A WONDERFUL JESUS CENTERED CHRISTMAS

Our fun blog is MACROCHRISTIAN
Look us up on FACEBOOK
To explore TEAM click on  TEAM

Contributions to our work can be mailed to  TEAM’S NEW CONTRIBUTIONS ADDRESS.
TEAM
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

To support our  ministry, include a note stating our name or ministry project, and the amount you are giving.  Thank you!

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WE ARE BACK

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Steve in a debrief with TEAM's missions coaches talking about culture, kayaking and the beauty of the Bride of Christ

Steve in a debrief with TEAM’s missions coaches talking about culture, kayaking and the beauty of the Bride of Christ

WE ARE BACK

There was instant recognition from the barber, an extended hand for a warm greeting,  and then his first words, “You have less hair.”  Such are the dangers of returning to live in La Paz to serve as missionaries after a six-year absence.  In spite of that greeting, it is really a delight to be back in Mexico
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Some things have not changed.   The potholes may have shifted position over the years, but they are still pretty much omnipresent.   We already have our old friend,  a hopeless substance abuser,  coming by seeking  breakfast and asking “Do you have coffee?  I’d like two teaspoons of sugar.”  The overwhelming friendliness of the local population, the very warm welcome we have received, and the offers of help we are getting from many people are unchanged and are some of the reasons we wanted to return.  One friend offered to shut down his business for a couple of hours and bring his workers over to  help unload the truck with our shipment when it got here.  Four families have offered to share their homes with us while we look for our own place.  We also happen to have some wonderful TEAM coworkers with whom to share life and ministry.  Is it any wonder we love Baja?

WHAT IS GOING ON?

  • We helped host 60+ TEAM mobilizers for one week at their annual retreat/conference.  Lois co-led the worship times, and I took almost all of them on kayak outings as part of a cultural orientation workshop.
  • Looked (still looking) for a house to rent.
  • Resumed  my work as TEAM’s senior director for the Americas .  Lots of catching up to do.
  • Finished up the required visa process.
  • Observed young people being discipled into leadership positions in the church by the church and for the church.
  • Begun relearning where the stores, banks, gas stations and newly redirected one-way streets are.

    This is the house out at the ranch. Steve will go out there once a week to check on things while the TEAM staff is in the US for six months.

    This is the house out at the ranch. Steve will go out there once a week to check on things while the TEAM staff is in the US for six months.

HELPING WITH YOUR PRAYERS

*We are still looking for a place to live.  We are hoping for a place near the Malecon, the city waterfront.  Then we have to start over with furnishing it, since we only brought Lois’s desk and one coffee table with us.
*Lois will soon start teaching English and Spanish at a language school in town.
*I have a trip to South Africa coming up soon.  It is the annual get-together of TEAM’s senior directors.
*We will be helping manage the TEAM ranch  (one visit per week) for the next several months while the ranch directors are in the US.  Because we have internet out at the ranch, I’ll probably do some of my senior director work out there.
*We still do not know which Sunday fellowship we should join.
*There are a lot of people who are encouraging us to relaunch the kayaking ministry.   If we do this it will be on a much smaller scale than it was before, with probably only three or four boats instead of a dozen.  Should I do this?  Please pray for wisdom.

CONTACT US

Telephone (until November  12): 630 639 8378
Email:     Steven.Dresselhaus@team.org  or stevenloisdress@gmail.com
Click here to  give to the Dresselhaus Ministry:  CLICK HERE
Our fun blog is MACROCHRISTIAN
Look us  up on Steve’s Facebook
To explore TEAM click on TEAM

Contributions to our work can be mailed to  TEAM’S NEW CONTRIBUTIONS ADDRESS.
TEAM
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

To support our  ministry, include a note stating our name or ministry project, and the amount you are giving.  Thank you!

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