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

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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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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:


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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.


Prayer requests for this month

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Prayer requests for January 2017

  1. Praise for a decent vacation. Our car had to go to the shop and we were kicked out of a restaurant for not being sufficiently high class, but over all we had a good time in San Miguel de Allende with my (Dave’s) parents.
  2. Praise for good ministry moments in December. I had a good semester at seminary. Great students. A joy to teach them. Blanca wound up the year of kids’ club with a Christmas program. I preached at our church and also preached an impromptu funeral sermon when church member Juanito’s unbelieving wife passed away. Having the seminary be out helped me catch up on most items for the mission, and allowed me to finish the transfer of my old materials to the new format I use at http://recursos.giffmex.org. This is something I have been desperate to get done for three years, and by the grace of God, a new process and a little time to work on it made it happen. From here on in, everything will be writing of new materials.
  3. Please pray for our support level, which is low, and for our preparations for home service in late July.
  4. Please pray for the transition to the New Mission Agency. I get to continue doing what I am doing, so that is a blessing.
  5. Please pray for the preparations for our retreat in March, especially the planning and budgeting portion with Joel and Luis and the Caribbean missionaries, which was unexpected. We are looking forward to seeing / meeting them all, and we hope we can make the necessary progress on plans and budgets, which will be due in March, but we also hope the retreat can still be an enjoyable ‘retreat’.
  6. Please pray for our daughter Alexandra as she looks at colleges (she is interested in Calvin), entrance requirements, scholarships, and loans. Not easy to do from this distance with few connections. Pray that the Lord will provide a good education for her.
  7. Please pray for our son Daniel who jumps back into his digital animation studies in a few days. Pray the Lord will shape and mold him to be ready for the working world.
  8. Please pray for health: I will still be dealing with my seasonal allergies in January, and Blanca has her chronic insomnia, leg pain since November, and residual pain from her surgery last year.
  9. Please pray for my class preparation. This semester I will teach Acts and Paul to the seminarians, and will teach my intensive course on Revelation again in late Feb/early March for the master’s degree students.
  10. Please pray for my premarital counseling sessions with Suni and Isaac, and after them with Hernan and Christian. (Isaac is new to me, but Suni is Pastor Enrique Miranda’s daughter, Hernán is the lay pastor at our church, and Christian is a member of our church).
  11. Please pray for our initial prep work for home service – scheduling our church dates and especially finding a place to rent in Jenison or Hudsonville that permits pets. We plan to drive up in July and take our pet Pomeranian Muffin with us.
  12. Please pray for some of Dave’s extended family members, who are going through difficult times – some with debts, some with unemployment, some with marital difficulties.
  13. Please pray for the union of Home Missions and World Missions into the as yet unnamed New Mission Agency this year.
  14. Please pray for the political and financial situation both in and between the United States and Mexico, that it will not hinder our mission, the churches, or ministry here in Mexico.


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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.
See our TiddlyWiki 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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