River Jordan Project

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Agua Viva was founded by Chuy Davalos many years ago. At that time, the camp was nothing but bare land with some trees and cacti. But God gave Chuy and his early collaborators an amazing vision: A vision for a place where people could hear about and respond to God’s plan for their lives. A vision for a place where men and women could be trained to be leaders in their village churches. And a vision for a place where people could experience the passion of serving God in a missions environment, to forever change the way they view the world!

As time passed, the camp experienced overwhelming blessings from God, and has developed into the place that it is today: a vibrant, full service facility with many beautiful buildings and a wonderful staff of people committed to serving the Lord and His people. God has used Agua Viva to bring thousands of people to Him, and to make heaven a more populated place!

Early on, Chuy and his collaborators recognized that God was going to bless the ministry, and felt responsible to maintain faithful stewardship. Chuy began to ask God for a team of men and women to develop and facilitate the vision for the future of the ministry. Out of this came the Agua Viva Board of Directors.

In recent years, as the camp has gained value, not only in terms of ministry, but additionally financial value, Chuy and the Board of Directors saw the need to form a Civil Association, Mexico’s version of incorporation. Chuy would transfer the land, which, until now, has been held in his name, to the Civil Association. The Civil Association would own the camp and ensure its continued effectiveness for generations to come. Many meetings were held, countless documents drafted, and spools of government red tape unraveled, until we finally obtained everyone’s blessing to transfer the land.

That brings us up to this past summer.

Since all the reams of paperwork had been completed, we felt confident that we were almost finished with the process of passing the baton from Chuy to the Civil Association, much like we read in the book of Joshua about the transfer of Moses’ leadership to Joshua.

At God’s leading, Moses had been training Joshua to assume the role of leadership, once he had accomplished the work God had for him. We read in Joshua 1:1-2, "After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aid: ‘Moses my servant is gone. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan river into the land I am about to give them-to the Israelites.’" Joshua was now the appointed leader. It was up to him to lead the people into the long awaited Promised Land.

Imagine his excitement! Surely God would lead them right into the land without a hitch, right? This was going to be easy. He surely would find a bridge across the Jordan River that he hadn’t known about. Wrong, wrong, and wrong!

The first assignment God gave Joshua was one that was totally beyond what he could accomplish on his own. He was staring at the Jordan River, at flood stage, with the whole nation following him and depending on him.

The leadership of Agua Viva is now faced with a "Jordan River" of our own. When we approached the government to complete the land transfer, we were informed of the transfer tax that would be due and payable, equivalent to 20% of the value of the property.

Rancho Agua Viva property has been appraised at $550,000, which calculates out to $110,000 taxes that need to be paid within 90 days of the application! Add to that the Board’s recommendation that we purchase the two properties on either side of Agua Viva for the purpose of expansion and/or buffer from neighbors. That brings our total target goal to $150,000, needed practically immediately.

Wow! How’s that for a God-sized challenge? But just as God told Joshua to step into the river and it would dry up, we are convinced God would have us move forward with this critical step of stewardship. We embrace these times of seeming testing from God with excitement and anticipation. As we enter into this stage, we are reminded of Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 1:6: "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

We are thankful to have such a strong under girding of supporters and prayer warriors, such as you. That is why we bring this need before you. We stand confident, as Paul did, that God will provide for the needs of the camp, and will glorify Himself in the process. This will be a miracle that cannot be explained away, but will be an obvious work of the Lord! Please pray with us as we each consider how He would have us respond individually and collectively.

Let’s Cross the River Together

The Lord has called Agua Viva Ministries to the great task of Reaching Mexico for Christ. The Lord has blessed us with the Rancho Agua Viva facilities. Our desire is to be good stewards of what the Lord has provided. We believe that the Lord is leading us to transfer the ownership of the property to the ministry in order to ensure that the ministry will continue for years to come. This land transfer, which is an enormous obstacle blocking our arrival where God wants to take Agua Viva, is our Jordan River.

We invite you to cross this river with us and to be a part of this miracle. Would you commit to praying for Agua Viva Ministries monthly, weekly, or even daily? We need your prayers. Also pray for the local churches of Ensenada and of all of Mexico. Pray that the Lord would continue the work He is already doing in the hearts of Mexicans throughout the Republic of Mexico.

We also need financial support. Would you prayerfully consider a monthly or a one-time gift to the River Jordan Project? If you would like to join us in this project, please let us know.