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Jhosued and Omayra Castro Rivera
We are working with Word of Life Dominican with the project, The Children’s Festival, Bible clubs in the North of the country, camps, and Super Match. We serve in the teaching and preaching of the Gospel in churches, and the training of leaders of Bible classes.
Our vision is that , through the ministry that the Lord gives us, many children and young people will hear the Gospel of Christ and be discipled so that they can reach their generation and make a difference in the place where they are, and that this ministry will grow so that we can reach every province in the Dominican Republic.
I was born in Bogota, Colombia. When I was only 3 years old, my father died. I grew up in a home where God was not a part of our thoughts or decisions. We moved when I was 9 years old. The new friends I met were bad influences, and it was with them that I first tried drugs and made poor choices that led me to crime. While in this condition, I entered a Christian rehab center. It was there that I heard the Gospel and began to understand that my problem was not drugs, theft, or my poor choices. I realized that my problem was the sin in my heart which sadly separated me from God. That was when I made the most important decision of my life, to accept the salvation of Christ in my heart. After this decision I began getting to know God, and when I finished my time in the center, I met a missionary from Word of Life Argentina who invited me to camp. In 2008 I traveled to Argentina, and during that week of camp I dedicated my life to God, all that I am, all that I have, devoted to the Lord and His service. That same year I started my studies at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Argentina.
I met Omayra in the Bible Institute, and after a while of being good friends, we began to pray together, then we started dating, got engaged, and were married in the Dominican Republic. Two years later God gave us our beautiful son, Eliel Jhosued.
By the grace of God I was able to grow up in a Christian family in the Dominican Republic. At an early age I realized that was a sinner and that Christ alone could cleanse me of my sins. At 8 years old, I understood the security of my salvation, and soon after I was introduced to the ministry of Word of Life. When I was 10 years old I went to my first camp, and in the camp-fire service I dedicated my life to Christ. From then, I continued to grow in the church with very godly parents. At just 10 years old, I was already teaching children’s classes in the church, and so I grew up with a great desire to serve the Lord. When I was 17, my parents decided to study in Word of Life Argentina and a year later I began to study there as well. It was a beautiful time where I could learn a lot from the Bible and to love my God even more. In my first year I consecrated my life to Christ as an adult to serve and bring His Word to the many people who do not know him.
I met Jhosued in the Bible Institute, and after a while of being good friends, we began to pray together, then we started dating, got engaged, and were married in the Dominican Republic. Two years later God gave us our beautiful son, Eliel Jhosued.
...Art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things. Jeremiah 14:22b