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Dave and Blanca Gifford, Daniel and Alexandra
Christian Reformed World Missions, Mexico City

About us

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We are career missionaries with Christian Reformed World Missions, serving in Mexico City.

I (Dave) am an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and do leadership development. I teach three courses per semester at the Seminario Teológico Reformado de México, and serve as the faculty librarian of the seminary. I serve the Mexico field of our mission as Country Team Leader. And I serve the wider Spanish-speaking Christian community by helping organize training events for the Timothy Leadership Institute and by producing free Spanish web materials for Christians on the present website.

My wife Blanca (Honduran-American) keeps our home functioning, keeps our finances in order and keeps our kids fed. She also organizes a Saturday morning kids club that shares the love and message of Jesus with the children who live near our church.

We have two children, Daniel and Alexandra. Daniel was born in 1995 in Ecuador while we served there as church planters with SIM. Daniel is studying digital animation at a college here in Mexico City. Alexandra was born in 2000 in Michigan while I was studying at Calvin Theological Seminary. Alexandra studies at a bilingual private school here in Mexico City.

We hope you enjoy our website, one of several ways that we try to keep our friends, family and supporters up-to-date on our lives and ministry. God bless you.

The Giffords
Mexico City

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Somos misioneros con la Misión Mundial de la Iglesia Cristiana Reformada, sirviendo en el Distrito Federal de México.

Yo (David) soy un pastor ordenado en la Iglesia Cristiana Reformada y trabajo en el área de desarrollo de liderazgo. Imparto tres materias por semestre en el Seminario Teológico Reformado de México, y sirvo como el bibliotecario de la facultad del seminario. Sirvo como Jefe del equipo de nuestros misioneros a nivel de México. Y sirvo un público más amplio con los talleres de capacitacióon que organizo para el Instituto Timoteo, y con los materiales gratuitos que ofrecemos en español en el presente sitio.

Mi esposa Blanca (hondureña-americana) asegura que todo funcione en nuestro hogar, que nuestras finanzas estén en orden, y que nuestros hijos están alimentados. Ella también organiza un club infantil los sábados. El club comparte el amor y el mensaje de Jesucristo con los niños que viven cerca de nuestra iglesia.

Tenemos dos hijos, Daniel y Alexandra. Daniel nació en 1995 en Ecuador mientras servíamos como plantadores de iglesias con la misión SIM. Daniel estudia animación digital en una universidad aquí en el DF. Alexandra nació en 2000 en Michigan mientras yo estudiaba en Calvin Theological Seminary. Alexandra estudia en una escuela privada aquí en el DF.

Esperamos que nuestro sitio te sea de bendición. Es una de varias maneras en que intentamos informar a nuestros amigos, familiares y donantes acerca de nuestras vidas y ministerios. Que Dios te bendiga.

La familia Gifford
México DF, 1 de marzo de 2015

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Contact us

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emaildgifford@crcna.org
facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/giffmex

Dave and Blanca Gifford

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For friends

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We don't solicit financial gifts other than donations through our mission, above. But there are some who have indicated their desire to help in more personal ways, so we simply make these links available here for those who feel inspired to do so:

Photos

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We upload the photos we want to share to Flickr.

Some are of our own life and ministry. Some are of Mexico and Mexico City.

By clicking the following link you will find the sets or albums of photo by topics, with the most recent sets showing first.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/giffmex/sets/

Prayer requests for this month

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Prayer requests for February 2016

  1. Please pray for Pablo and Sheryl Canché, who are flying TODAY, Feb 1, to come to Mexico and serve as full time colleagues of ours. We give thanks that the Lord has provided them to us to initiate a transformational network here in Mexico City.
  2. Please pray for an enjoyable and refreshing retreat and an efficient and helpful Field Council meeting Feb 4-9, and safe travels for everyone.
  3. Praise that my seminary classes for the semester are off to a good start. The switch to holding classes in the sanctuary and combining groups of seminarians has helped reduce the distractions for the group I was finding harder to handle.
  4. Praise also for kids club, which had a good turnout in January. It will continue in Blanca’s absence, run by volunteers at church (see below).
  5. Praise for our son Daniel, who turned 21 in January, and who is now helping with the children’s Sunday school and children’s sermons.
  6. Praise for big changes at the Coyoacan church, with which I do not work directly, but which casts a large shadow over the ministries I am involved in. The church voted to comply with the recommendations of the presbytery to remove all the current elders and deacons. Given the troublesome activities of some of the elders, I believe this was a good decision. The interim pastors who helped bring this about are now planning to step aside, and the church is planning to call two new pastors. Pray that these transitions bring renewal to a church long vexed with conflicts.
  7. Continue to pray for Pastor Enrique Miranda, ousted from the church just mentioned, who has left the RPC denomination. He and those who left with him are meeting regularly, but are looking into becoming a church plant of a different denomination.
  8. Please pray for Blanca’s reconstructive surgery, set for Feb 23. She travels to MI on Feb 12.
  9. Please pray for my (Dave’s) grandmother, who is gravely ill. Pray for me as I travel to Grand Rapids MI Feb 11-17 to see her and to get some training in mission finances. Pray for our kids
  10. Please pray for our support, especially that we can get new supporters and churches. We have always enjoyed good support amounts, but this year we were already behind, and now we have lost one church and two major supporters, and another major supporter is cutting back.
  11. As my birthday comes up on the 27th, praise the Lord with me for sustaining me and blessing me in these 50 years of life.
  12. Please pray for our ongoing health concerns: Alexandra’s dysautonomy, Blanca’s insomnia and surgery recovery, and my sugar levels.

TiddlyWiki

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The present site is powered by TiddlyWiki, an open source web application that creates a collection of notecards inside a webpage. I (Dave) have used TiddlyWiki and have been involved in the TiddlyWiki community since 2006 or so. Over the years I have created various adaptations of TiddlyWiki and the older TiddlyWiki classic. The present page provides links to my various concoctions of old. Word of warning: I am too busy with new responsibilities to dedicate much time anymore to the TiddlyWiki community, and I do not maintain any of these adaptations anymore. They are here for nostalgic reasons only, and in case members of the TiddlyWiki community wish to mine them for parts and ideas.

TiddlyWiki "5"
Notestorm is a note-taking adaptation I created in 2014.
In 2013 and 2014 I created tutorials TW5 mall and TiddlyQuickly to help users of the most recent version of TiddlyWiki. But TiddlyWiki evolved and improved so quickly that these became difficult to maintain, and I have since taken them down. Tobias Beer took the TW5 mall idea and greatly improved upon it with his site of solutions.
TiddlyWiki classic resources
Introducing TiddlyWiki is a presentation I put on slideshare.net to introduce TiddlyWiki classic.
TiddlyWiki for the rest of us was a tutorial I created in simple language for non-developers. It has helped thousands of people over the years.
TiddlyWiki in Action was a showcase I created with links and information about classic TiddlyWikis that others had created. The purpose was to help users see how TW has been used, to give them ideas for their own TWs.
TiddlyVault was a topical catalogue of the plugins for TW classic that I had collected. This was a helpful tool at the time because plugins had been scattered across numerous sites and one had to really hunt around to find them.
Braintags and NoteStorm for classic are the most recent note-taking adaptations I created for classic. I also created a productivity TW called TiddlyDu, and a TW database for personal libraries called BibblyWiki. Our seminary library still uses BibblyWiki. See our library database (in Spanish) here.

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Ways you can help us

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Here are six ways you can help us:

1. Donate
You can donate to our regular support needs here
Each year we seek to raise $300 for expenses for expenses related to Dave's seminary / leadership project.
Each year we seek to raise $500 for expenses related to Blanca's children's ministries project. We are grateful that this project is now fully supported.
By mail: Send a check to Christian Reformed World Missions, 1700 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1407, and note on the check which fund to direct it to: either "Giffords' regular support needs" or "Gifford vehicle, fund code WMLA 805663", "Children's project, fund code 808071", or "Seminary project, fund code 805072".
2. Pray for us
We believe that what we do will only make a difference if God blesses it. So we ask for your prayers for us and for our ministry.
We update our prayer requests and notes of praise each month. You can read our prayer requests here.
Write to us to sign up to receive prayer letters at: dgifford@crcna.org.
3. Tell your friends and family about us
We need an ever-expanding circle of people who will pray for us and/or support us. But it is hard for us to meet new people from Mexico or during a rushed home service. Would you be willing to go to bat for us? Let your friends and loved ones know about what we do. Tell them about the goodies on our site. And encourage them to consider supporting us by their prayers and support gifts.
4. Encourage us
Email us at dgifford@crcna.org
Comment on Dave's posts on Facebook
5. Visit us on a Service and Learning Team or as a volunteer
We have requests from Mexican churches for construction teams, and we can accomodate prayer teams and evangelistic teams (Some knowledge of Spanish required for the latter). If you are interested in forming a team to visit Mexico City, please contact us directly, or contact Bill Thornburg, World Missions' Group Program Coordinator for Volunteer Ministries, at bthornburg@crcna.org
6. For family members and close friends only

We don't solicit financial gifts other than donations through our mission, above. But there are some who have indicated their desire to help in more personal ways, so we simply make these links available here for those who feel inspired to do so:

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