I thank God for the wonderful heritage that He has given me. I grew up as a missionary kid in the country of Spain. My parents, Julio and Andrea Velasquez were missionaries in Spain for 14 years and they have been missionaries to Venezuela for the past 10 years. Not only my parents but also my grandparents are missionaries. I truly am blessed because from a young age I have seen the great need and the marvelous rewards of working in the service of the King. But all of my Godly heritage could not save me. I had to make a personal decision to receive Jesus Christ as my Savior. At the age of 5 after hearing a message about Hell I became convicted of my sin and I realized that if I died in that moment I would go to Hell. My father showed me from the Word of God the plan of salvation and I received Christ by faith in my heart. For me being a missionary was the most normal thing in the world and at times I took it for granted. But it wasn’t until the age of 11 during a mission’s conference while my family was on furlough that I surrendered my life to be a missionary. The guest speaker was a veteran missionary and He spoke of the great harvest around the world and the need for laborers. I went forward during the invitation and committed my life to be one of those laborers on the missionary field. From that point on I decided that I would structure my life so that I would accomplish what God had called me to do. My parents went to the country of Venezuela where I had the privilege of starting a youth ministry and I was able to see the lives of young people changed by the power of the gospel. One of those young men, Raul Zorrilla, is still serving Christ and is preparing to be a missionary in the country of Venezuela. I went to the country of Peru when I was eighteen to continue training for the ministry. In Peru I was able to work in the ministry and at the same time study in a Bible College to prepare for what the Lord has for me in the future. While in Peru, I met a godly young lady, Favianna, and we were married March 1st 2006. I look forward to working in Spain alongside my wife and to see all that the Lord has in store for us.
I was born in Arequipa, Peru into a non-Christian family. At the age of six several of my family members began to go to the Hunter Baptist Church, a church that was started by missionaries from the United States, so as a result I started going with my family as well. After I had been going to church for three months one of my aunts Eliana Montenegro, took me aside and shared with me the plan of salvation. She showed me from the Bible that even at my young age my destiny was Hell. She explained to me that it was only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ that I could be saved. After being saved I had the opportunity to get involved in different church ministries. At the age of 12 I began to teach the children’s Sunday school class at my church. The Lord has truly given me a great burden for children who at a very young age need to be guided and loved spiritually. Also, from a young age I was able to make several missionary trips to different parts of Peru where I was able to learn many things about the ministry and to see the spiritual needs of those around me. It was during these missions’ trips that I surrendered my life to share the gospel with those that have never heard. Today, I am preparing to go to the mission field because a missionary cared enough to share the gospel with my family. I thank God because with the exception of my father most of my family is saved and serving God faithfully. I also thank God because he gave me a godly husband. I look forward to see all the things that the Lord has in store for our lives.