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sammy's story

Doctors told us before we got married that we might not be able to have children. When our son was born, we named him Samuel, which means "God answers prayer." His life so far has been a testimony to just that.

Sam was born with breathing and digestive problems, and he spent his first 13 days in intermediate care in a hospital in Puebla, Mexico.

At age 9, he still struggles with fine motor skills like writing neatly and gripping small objects.

Sammy did not speak intelligible words until age 5 1/2, and even then he spoke in one- & two-syllable words for some time. He began speaking in full sentences at age 6 1/2, and he still has trouble forming questions correctly in both English and Spanish.

Our son is a fighter, an overcomer, but we know that it is all because God answers prayer!

our story IN A NUTSHELL

Rene & Kate Nevarez, missionaries

breaking ground in Christ

What can we tell you about our family? 

We love one another. We love to laugh & have fun together. We love Jesus & telling others about Him.

Rene is passionate about God's church, and he is a wonderful husband and father.

Kate dedicates much of her time to the home and rearing Samuel, with ministry as her third priority.

As a family, we like exploring new places, which are often zoos, because Sammy is fascinated by animals and knows more about them than most adults.

While we have had our share of tough times, we live what many would called a "charmed" life. We know it is God who blesses us, and we are very grateful to Him and to everyone He uses to encourage and support us.

2003 - Kate moved to Puebla, Mexico to volunteer   full-time at Esperanza Viva Youth Home.

Rene overcame a drug addiction at Casa Triunfo Christian rehab center and committed his life to following & serving Jesus.

2004 - Rene attended La ViƱa Ministry School in Puebla, where Kate was one of the missionary teachers. Later a friendship and eventually courtship began over e-mail while Rene volunteered full-time at a church in Juarez, Mexico.

2005 - We got engaged, and Rene moved to Puebla to volunteer full time in the ministries there. We were married in November.

2007 - Samuel was born while we continued serving in full-time ministry in Puebla.

2008 -2013 - Rene & Kate served in the church, ministryschool & youth home in Puebla.

2014 -present -Our family moved 1200 miles to Juarez, Mexico to follow God's next step for us.