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         Juan & Debbie were raised in Alamo, Texas. They were high school sweethearts and married in 1972. Both were born- again at a marriage encounter weekend in 1981 after the reading of the "Marriage Feast in Cana". Although not mentioning it to one another at the time, they both felt and saw a hand (God's hand) enveloping their two hands as they held hands during this reading. Once back at their room, Juan fell to his knees and said to Debbie,"What we need is Christ in our marriage!" Debbie had a friend who was witnessing to her at work. It all came together as she also fell to her knees. They both kneeled in prayer, asked Christ into their life, and asked one another for forgiveness for the wrongs they had done to one another. Their lives have never been the same. They immediately began telling others what had happened with various responses. Some of the marriage encounter team members commented that they "had a glow about them."

They have a daughter, Melissa, and son-in-law, Tim Meyer and five grandchildren, Melody, Tommy, Makayla, Megan, and Moriah. Their son Matthew, 24, is finished his home education, and he is now married to his lovely wife, Raquel, and they have one daughter, Ashley Danielle. Matt is attending Texas A&M in Kingsville, working towards a doctor of vetinary medicine degree.

Missions began for them when Debbie and their, then 11-yr. old daughter, Melissa went on a missions trip with their church in 1986. The following year Juan and Debbie went on the same missions trip. They were hooked, and began taking family vacations to the same area in Central Mexico. In 1995 Melissa and her husband Tim Meyer accepted the invitation to become full-time missionaries with the same ministry and area in Central Mexico. Juan and Debbie continued by taking short-term mission teams to minister the gospel.

In 1998, Juan and Debbie sold most belongings and Juan took the plunge, leaving behind a successful 20 year career in college & university accounting. Matthew 19:29- "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life." The Garza's are learning that true contentment isn't found in where you live or in all your trinkets you are collecting, but it is found by walking in obedience to God's will for your life.

Word of Life Church in Beeville, Texas is their home church, pastored by Doyle and Pamela Barnett.

They work with La Viņa (Vineyard Christian Fellowship). The La Viņa ministry in Central Mexico was founded by Fred and Debbie Collom, whom have been missionaries to Mexico for around 30 years. Fred and Debbie are now in Mazatlan where they have founded La Viņa-Mazatlan and several more church plants in that area.

Moriah, Melody, Makayla, Melissa, Tommy, Megan, and Tim

Matthew and Raquel Garza with Ashley

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