We are a multi-cultural family that has been serving in missions in South America for over a decade. We have been married for eight years, and have two beautiful daughters, both born in Argentina: Isabella (age 6) and Katarina (age 4). Rafael was raised in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Sarah is from Calgary, Canada.
We spent most of our young adult lives serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in a rural city of Northern Argentina called Corrientes Capital. Rafael had previously been working at the YWAM base in the city of Curitiba, Brazil for two and a half years (since 2003) when God called him to Argentina with a vision to plant biblical studies ministries throughout South America. During his nine years with YWAM Corrientes, Rafael served as Director for the Biblical Studies School and for the Biblical Studies Ministry and its staff. He also developed and directed an external biblical seminary school, called Eagle Seminary School. This school was prepared especially for pastors and congregational leaders in rural parts of Argentina and Uruguay, who otherwise had little to no access to pastoral study materials. God also carried out the vision that he had given to Rafael, leading him to plant and direct Biblical Studies Schools in Chile, Venezuela and Uruguay. He is currently completing his last year of his Bachelors in Theology through online learning at the South African Theological Institute and FIET Theological Institute in Buenos Aires. Rafael speaks his native Portuguese, as well as Spanish and is quickly refining his English.
Sarah served in YWAM Corrientes, since 2006, in the areas of administration and in the performing arts ministry, which worked directly with evangelism through the arts and artistic training in churches. She also served in both oral interpretation and written translation, using her native English, as well as her fluency in Spanish and Portuguese.
After almost a decade with YWAM Argentina, we felt God leading us to serve in something new in Canada. After much prayer, we knew He was calling us to use our Latin American experiences and languages to reach the influx of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking immigrants coming to British Columbia, Canada. We had no Canadian contacts or familiarity in pioneering a new ministry in Canada but the Lord began to open doors and create divine connections with the right people. Soon enough, we were able to connect with Ray Woodard, Church Planting Catalyst for the North American Mission Board. The rest is history, Burnaby Born Again’s history, as we continue to take steps towards the ministry that God has entrusted to us here in Burnaby, Canada.