Our Family

Mark 4/17 - Anahí 4/8
& Sophia 5/25/11


Personal Testimony

Mark

I was born on April 17th, 1986 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My parents have served God faithfully in Argentina for more than 30 years. I grew up bilingual and also was involved in ministry from a very young age. I have been blessed to have grown up in a family that always kept God in first place in their lives.

I was saved in 1992 in a junior church class. I was later baptized in 1994. In 1997 I went to camp, where the Lord called me to be a missionary. At camp there was a special speaker who spoke on the need for missions worldwide. Not knowing where the Lord would send me as a missionary, I knew that the Lord had called me into full time vocational service. At the age of sixteen the Lord confirmed that the place He was leading me was Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since that time, I have been involved in many evangelistic opportunities, discipling Christians, and teaching and preaching in the Local Church. The Lord has burdened me to plant churches in Argentina. Currently, there are few, if any, ministries in this area. I have been blessed with already knowing and understanding the culture, as well as speaking the Spanish language.

I went to the argentine public school from first grade through sixth grade, as well as home schooling in English throughout that time. During high school I home schooled through the Beka Books ministry. After graduating from high school, I continued my education by attending Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. There I received a bachelor of arts in Pastoral Studies. I then continued my education at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I received a Master of Divinity. Throughout all these opportunities of education, God has confirmed and strengthened the desire to serve Him in the field of Argentina.

I am married to Anahí Self. We were married on September 8th, 2007. We have a daughter named Sophia. Sophia was born on May 25th, 2011.

I have been blessed with much ministry experience since my teenage years. I have had opportunities of discipleship, as well as opportunities to preach. Throughout my college career, I was able to travel down to Argentina and be involved in various pastoral internships.

Anahí

I was born on April 8th, 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was born into a Christian family. My parents taught me concerning the love of God and His Word. But growing up in Argentina it was difficult for my family to find a doctrinally sound church where we could attend.

In 1999 I arrived with my family at the Missionary Baptist Church of Don Torcuato. There I had the opportunity to hear the gospel clearly presented. It was at that time that I repented of my sin and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. The Lord, through the teaching of His Word, answered and clarified many of the doubts and areas of confusion I had in my heart. I was filled with joy when I understood that the Lord loved me much more than I could ever imagine and understood that I was His daughter, and knew that nothing nor anyone could separate me from the love of God.

Serving the Lord in ministry has been a desire the Lord has put upon my heart for many years. When I accepted the Lord as my Savior I understood that the Lord called me to be faithful and serve Him. I have had the opportunity to be involved in ministry as a part of a missionary family with my parents in Argentina. During this time I was able to teach children as well as disciple ladies and develop leadership. I count it a blessing to continue to serve the Lord with my husband in Argentina

I completed my elementary and highschool studies in Argentina. I graduated from college with a teaching degree with a special emphasis on preschool and kindergarten. I also had the opportunity to take many classes at a Bible Institute in Argentina. After moving to the United States I was able to take English classes (ESL) and teacher training conferences.

I am married to Mark Self. We were married on September 8th, 2007. We have a daughter named Sophia. Sophia was born on May 25th, 2011.

We plan to return to Argentina in the future as church planting missionaries in Buenos Aires