Javier Saavedra

 Location: Cusco, Peru.

Location: Cusco, Peru.

I was born in Frías, Piura, in Northern Peru. My family was Catholic, and I was raised in the traditions of the Catholic Church. When I was 17, I enlisted in the Peruvian Air Force. I was in the military for two years. During this time, I met a soldier named Gabriel who invited me to his church’s youth group. I was impacted by the way they acted and by the group’s sense of friendship. I attended a few times, but it was difficult to go regularly since I was still living in the military barracks.

When I left the military and began work as a mechanic, Gabriel again invited me to church. In 2002, I started attending again while I was studying automotive mechanics. After attending for 5 months, I came to know Christ as my Savior during a missions conference. I was discipled and baptized in the same church, but I was content living as a mediocre Christian, only helping out occasionally with the youth group.

For years later, I was asked to assist in Sunday school. After two months, I started teaching the class. A year later, God also gave me the responsibility of overseeing the youth group. This leadership responsibility challenged me to have a deeper walk with the Lord. In 2007, during one of my visits to the jail where a few of us had begun a ministry with the prisoners. I realized that everybody needs the Gospel. God gave me an intense burden to prepare myself for the ministry and to take His Word to those who don’t know Him. The Lord led me to the seminary in Cuzco, where I studied for four years. I met my wife at the church I attended in Cuzco. We were married in August 2013, and now we live close to where I grew up. I am serving as Assistant Pastor in the church where I came to know Christ, and we have begun visiting other churches and presenting our ministry plans, so that they too can get involved in our work of starting a new church in Cuzco, where we are going as missionaries.