Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Otoneil Guanilo Rios
My name is Otoniel and I was born in a small town in the north of Peru in a Christian family. At the age of 13 I received Christ as my Savior. It was in an evangelistic service in my local church, when the guest speaker was inviting people to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. I went to the front and asked God to forgive me of all my sins and to be my personal Savior. Three years later I was baptized. When I was 18 years old I decided to surrender all my life into God’s hands to live only for Him, and I said “God, take all of my life and guide me to be who you want me to be and do in my life what you have planned for me”. A few months later my family and I moved to Argentina, and it is there where I experienced a significant growth in my faith and in service to the Lord in my local church in Buenos Aires. When I was 21 years old, while I was serving God as a youth leader, I felt the desire to prepare myself in the Bible Institute to be better equipped to serve Him in the Ministry. I began attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Buenos Aires, and it is there where I met my wife Sarah. While I was in my fourth y ar of studies God burdened my heart with the desire and passion to plant churches in the northeast of Argentina in a province called “Misiones”. After I finished my fourth year of studies, I received my Degree in Theology and Missions, Sarah and I got married and I started working as an assistant pastor for three years in a small church in Buenos Aires. The three years that we served there was a time of pastoral training and preparation for what God has called us to do, which is to plant churches in the province of “Misiones”, Argentina. To achieve this dream we decided to come to Canada to be with my wife’s local church, Northside Baptist Church and become part of the mission organization ABWE (Across Borders for World Evangelism).
Sarah Ashley Guanilo
My name is Sarah and I was born in London, Ontario in a Christian family. When I was just 8 years old I received Christ as my Savior. After learning at church what sin was, and how Jesus died on the cross for me, later that night I asked Him to forgive me of my sins and become my Savior. It wasn’t until I was 15 years old that I really started to grow spiritually. I started attending Northside Baptist Church with my Grandparents and it is there where I started to read the bible daily and fall in love with the Lord. When I was 16 years old I went away to serve for two months at the Word of Life Youth Camp in Owen Sound, and it is there where I gave my life over to the Lord. Just two years later, after finishing high school, the Lord led me to study at Word of Life Argentina. It was a big step of faith to follow the Lord’s leading for me to move to another country by myself, and without knowing the language but His peace surpassed all my understanding (Phil 4:6-7). It was in my first month of the Bilingual Program at Word of Life Argentina that I felt called to serve the Lord full-time as a Missionary there. He continued to confirm that calling through my one year bilingual program and three years in the Word of Life Argentina Bible Institute. In my second year of the Bible Institute I fell in love with Otoniel Guanilo (who is now my husband). We both shared the same desire to serve the Lord and work in Church Planting Ministries, even before we met the Lord gave us an individual interest in the province of Misiones. After getting married and throughout the years of ministry, the Lord continues to strengthen and confirm that calling in our lives to Plant Churches in the province of Misiones. We are blessed to have had our daughter, Hannah Gracia Guanilo, on November 16th, 2016.