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Aftab and Keylee Akash Patras
We are in the visa process to move to Southeast Asia. Meanwhile we are serving the Lord at Word of Life Argentina. Keylee is serving in the Marketing department making the Marketing strategies for the Bible Institute, summer, and winter camps. Akash is serving in the Human Resource Department. We are also engaged in discipling students, helping them to come closer to God and grow spiritually everyday.
We are also privileged to serve as a team leaders during the weekends to organize the activities for the students, where they share and spend time with other students, share devotions, take challenge to share their faith with non believers and we organize mission trips to reach the unreached groups.
I am 30 years old I was born into a Catholic family in Southeast Asia. When I was 9 years old I went to a Christian church with my mom and there I received Jesus Christ as my Savior. I was a Christian but my life wasn’t representing that because almost all my friends were Muslims, so my attitude was more like them.
In 2015, I met a missionary from Argentina, who was serving God in my country at that time. He is a good friend of my Pastor, so he introduced the idea to my pastor for sending youth to Argentina to study at Word of Life Bible Institute. We started praying and God made it possible that I was able to come and study at the Bilingual Program at Word of Life to learn Spanish.
At the Missions Conference in December, 2017 , I felt the burden in my heart that God was calling me to serve Him in my home country. The burden that I felt in my heart God also confirmed to me the same night when the preacher talked about the Bible verse, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few, therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in His harvest.” Luke 10:2
That year my life was changed because I knew God was calling me, so I decided to study three more years at Word of Life Bible Institute to prepare myself to serve the Lord.
In 2018, I met Keylee at the campus and I felt my feelings for her were getting stronger and when I got closer to know her more she said, " When she was 13, she consecrated her life to serve God and wanted to be a missionary."
On 6th,July 2019, we got married, God bound an Asian boy and a Guatemalan girl in Argentina to serve Him.
My name is Keylee Fajardo and I am 27 years old. I was born in a Christian family in Guatemala. When I was 12 years old, one Sunday at church, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, although all my life I had heard about God, but I lived with insecurity That day I decided to make the decision to receive Christ as my Savior, I understood that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to heaven and the only One capable of cleansing my heart completely from all my sins.
When I was 13 years old, I went to a Word of Life camp and I was very impressed with the way the missionaries served. That night they presented the life of missionaries who were serving in different countries, sharing the Word of God, leaving their lives to carry the Gospel, that night I understood that the world needs God. That night I could feel the passion of each story shared about taking the Gospel to the unreached and so I decided to consecrate my life to God. From that moment I had a heart ready to serve Him and I started praying about becoming a missionary and God answered my prayer in 2017 when I came to study at the Bible Institute at Word of Life Argentina.
“And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?" As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news." Romans 10:15