Alberto and Ann Aguilar are on the mission field in central Mexico. Ann arrived there in 1994 as a single woman called by God to a small mining town in the state of San Luis Potosí. At the same time, Alberto (who is Mexican) was led by God to return and finish his ministry studies in a nearby town. They were married in 1995 and worked together to plant the first protestant church in this small community – which they still pastor today. Issues in their town include a high rate of alcoholism and idolatry, as well as drug abuse and family dysfunction. Ann and Alberto work to teach and mentor adults, youth, and children as well as friendship evangelism. They seek to disciple people in order to help them find the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ in their daily lives. They have 3 children and hope to adopt a fourth in the future.
Missionaries to the Mixtecs in Guerrero, Mexico
Bill was commissioned by Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas in 1981.When arriving in Mexico City, Bill meet Victoria Azua. She was born in Rayon, San Luis Potosi. After her sister’s incredible deliverance from Voodoo witchcraft in 1975, Vicky went to work for the Faith, Hope and Love Center in Mexico City where Bill and Vicky met. They have been married since 1982 and have been full time missionaries in Mexico. The first five years they were trained personally by Bro. Danny Ost. They worked as pastors in the Faith, Hope and Love centers at one of the largest cities in the world – Mexico City. This church held services 12 hours a day, every day of the year. Bill ministered at least 5 times a week in the 70 or so weekly services. During this period of time, thousands were saved, hundreds were healed, and many were set free from Satan’s grip. In 1986, they started traveling extensively as evangelists throughout the country of Mexico. The Lord led them to 11 other nations as well, regardless of the fact that Bill has been blind since the age of 13. In all of their 22 years of ministry on the mission field, Bill’s blindness has never been a handicap to carry out God’s call on their lives.
For the next 5 years they held evangelistic campaigns in cities, rural towns and indigenous villages. During this time the Lord placed a strong burden on Bill for leadership development of the church. They began to focus on teaching and encouraging Pastors and their staff.
In July of 1990, they had contact with the Gospel Recordings Representative of Mexico, Ed Young. Immediately, they knew that the Lord had divinely put them together.
Bill was born in Artesia, New Mexico. After graduating from High School from New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped in Alamogordo. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He was on the Honor Roll during his whole college career and majored in languages, graduating in 1981. After giving his heart to Jesus in his junior year in High School, he was immediately prompted by the Holy Spirit to begin declaring the Good News everywhere he had the opportunity. As a sophomore in college, he met Bro. Danny Ost and was drawn to his work in Mexico.
For it had always been on Bill’s heart to work with “the least” reached that include the native indigenous population of Mexico. They immediately helped organize the first outreach to the natives in the Culiacan Project north of Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. This lead to their leaving Mexico City in 1994 and moving to Tlalpa, Guerrero where they have been planting churches and training Mixteco natives to reach their own people.
Miguel and Gloria Benitez-Pedd are missionaries in the city of Posadas, Misiones, a province of Argentina. They have been working in that area for more than 8 years helping men, women, and children with drug and alcohol abuse problems through Reto Centers by offering bed, food, and the message of salvation to all who need it. There are 4 Reto Centers established in that area: 1 for women, 2 for men, and 1 for children with different abuse situations. The Reto Centers hold more than 150 interns in the 4 Centers. Miguel and Gloria are also Pastors to the Reto Church in Posadas, where families are evangelized and later attend meetings. Miguel and Gloria have been married for more than 12 years, having met working in the Reto Ministries in the Province of Buenos Aires, where they both served God when single. They have a 4 year old son – Joshua Samuel.