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Javier Tapia

Javier Tapia

Missionary to Argentina

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Ministry Description

As a medical doctor, Javier serves as the Director of the Medical Center on campus, offering primary care to Bible Institute students, missionaries and their families. He also works one day a week as a general surgeon at the public hospital in the nearby town of Monte. At this stage in our children´s lives, Laura is dedicated to her roles at home as wife and mom. Both of us enjoy teaching opportunities at the BI and in local churches, but our passion is serving as counselors, discipling BI students. We support the various ministry activities of Word of Life which include summer camps, evangelistic campaigns, concerts and conferences, and are heavily involved in our local church. For the past two years, we've led both the teen youth program and the college and career ministry, but will be handing those responsibilities over this year, though Laura will continue teaching the Ladies' Sunday School class and Javier still serves on the pastoral leadership team. From October of 2018 we've also accepted the challenge to partner with Joni & Friends to establish their ministry to people affected by disability here in Argentina. We will be coordinating their efforts here for the next two years.

About Javier

I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. At the young age of six, my mother used a lie to help me see that I was a sinner and needed to accept Christ's gift of salvation in order to cleanse my heart forever. From that time on, I was active in my church. During my youth, I attended WOL camps, and served in their volunteer program every summer. Upon finishing high school, in 1995 I completed the basic one year BI course, and then returned to my home province to study medicine. After graduating as a doctor in 2002, I returned to the Bible Institute to finish the full three- year program of study. That is when I met Laura, whom I married on July 20, 2003. We began collaborating on staff then, however, for the following three years, I completed a residency in General Surgery. As that program was drawing to a close, in December 2006, we were accepted as full-time missionaries committed to serving at the Bible Institute in Argentina.


Like Javier, I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home, where my parents were faithful to serve God through our local church. However, I was not saved until the age of fourteen when our new pastor explained that salvation is not through church membership or baptism, but through Christ alone. When I went to college I found that having never been discipled, I was not ready to confront the teaching of a non-Biblical worldview, nor face its lifestyle and my walk with the Lord was weakened in both ways. By God's grace, while on a study abroad program in Ecuador, I met missionaries from WOL who shared about the BI in Argentina. Upon graduation from college in 1998, I studied there on and off for three years, restoring my relationship with Christ and strengthening my commitment to Him and His call on my life. In 2002, when I returned to Argentina, committed to stay and serve with WOL, Javier and I met. We were married the following year, and God has given us the enormous gift of three beautiful children: Lucas (02/13/06), Hannah (02/10/08) and Rebekah (10/22/10). We pray for wisdom to raise them to know, love and serve the Lord.

Life Verse

"For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." --Romans 11:36