By: Matt Postiff
October 27, 2017
We are Raul and Jane Villalba and are excited to share with you the rewarding ministry to which the Lord has called us to according to His grace and mercy.
We are missionaries currently serving with Gospel Mission of South America. God has called us to the specific & biblical ministry of “staying by the stuff” (1 Samuel 30:24) responsible for the logistics for 42 missionaries, 26 churches, 4 camp ministries, and 3 Bible Institutes.
The Lord has allowed us to be a part of the great commission through serving our missionaries in the things they cannot do for themselves while tending to the ministry in foreign countries. We consider ourselves an extension of those who are on the front lines preaching the Word and know we will one day reap with them the rewards. Truly there is joy in serving Jesus.
Raul was born in Paraguay and raised in Argentina, South America in a Catholic home. It was through a co-worker at work that he heard about the Lord Jesus Christ. At a Bible believing church near his home he heard the gospel several times and then received the Lord as Savior. This is where he met Jane, who was already missionary with GMSA. Several years later they were married and served the Lord in this same church in Argentina for some 25 years.
Jane was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents who loved the Lord and brought her up in spiritual things. Even though she walked the isle for salvation at the age of 11 she didn’t have the assurance that she was saved until she was 16 when she prayed to receive the Lord at a youth retreat. Following high school Jane assisted for 3 years and graduated from Southland Bible Institute in Pikeville, Kentucky. During her senior year she felt led to pursue missions followed by a 6 month short term trip to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay with the Gospel Mission of South America. This confirmed her desire to serve the Lord in Argentina. She raised her needed support and spent one year at Rio Grande Language School in Texas studying the Spanish language. In 1977 she returned to Argentina for her first term of service to participate in a church plant with other missionaries, helping with music and children’s and women’s ministries. She returned to the states for a year of furlough and was on the field again in 1982. A year after returning she was married to Raul and took up residence near the church we attended.
In 2001 because of economic and political unrest in the country of Argentina we prayed about a future in the United States. Our mission board extended an invitation to work in the home office which we took as the Lord’s leading for our family. We moved in 2002 after seeing many doors open for us to be a part of this new ministry.
We consider it a privilege to serve the Lord in our mission home office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida these past years.
Staying by the stuff,
Raul & Jane Villalba