Marcos Antonio Chávez Mezquita was born on April 19, 1994 into a Christian home. As a child he attended a Christian school, yet he did not have a personal relationship with Christ. It wasn’t until he had a heart to heart talk with his teacher at the age of 8 that he realized he needed Christ. During his pre-adolescent years Marcos was mischievous and hyperactive. One day, at the age of 14, while in ninth grade, one of his pranks surpassed reasonable limits. For the first time his parents were genuinely disappointed in him. Marcos will never forget his mother’s frustrated words regarding his rebellious nature nor the punishment he received: No activities or friends for one month. During this month Marcos came to terms with the fact that it was necessary for him to change the direction of his life.
Marcos attended Awanas as a child at Vida Nueva. He successfully finished the program by eighth grade and was offered the opportunity to train to be a Sparks’s small group leader. Marcos enthusiastically accepted the opportunity and began to serve. He also joined the Vida Nueva Sunday School teaching team at the same time.
At the age of 17 Marcos went on his first mission trip with Vida Nueva and Good News In Action. He was convinced that he needed to go on a mission trip every time he had vacation. Marcos had found his purpose in The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19-20 “Go to the nations.” At this moment he felt the Lord call him to missions, however Marcos tried everything he could to ignore this voice. He knew it would be a life of sacrifice. Even so, the burden he felt for those who did not know Christ continued to ring loud in his heart, finally he could resist no longer.
In 2012, upon graduating from High School, he considered going to college outside of El Salvador, but his father, who did not consider him mature enough to handle such a step, counseled him to stay. Marcos chose to stay and study Marketing in a local university.
In 2013, as he was playing ping pong at Vida Nueva, he saw an announcement on the wall about the Theological Seminary at Vida Nueva. He spoke to Steve Kern about the possibility of studying in the seminary since he felt called to serve full time in ministry.
In April of 2013, Steve called him in and offered him the opportunity to begin working at Vida Nueva, in an evangelistic ministry through soccer for children. Marcos was able to see God’s hand orchestrating his beginnings in ministry through his two greatest passions, children and soccer.
At present Marcos is an Intern, serving in both youth and children’s ministries.
A Personal Message from Marcos:
Have a personal relationship with Christ. Church membership cannot save you; a pastor cannot save you, only a personal relationship with Christ will save you. If you are young and God has called you into the ministry, I have two pieces of advice for you: Be upright and honorable in all things, being honorable is worth a lot, second, get prepared in every way possible. God wants honorable and prepared people who desire to serve him with excellence. Be diligent, have a close relationship with God, and make His Word your priority.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6