Having worked as a teacher for seven years, leading young men and women, the Lord opened up the doors for Raquel to come and be part of something big in Nicaragua.
Raquel will be assisting Rigoberto Reyes in administrative duties as well as teaching as they work to open the first Christian bilingual school in Chinandega. The intention of the school is to build a strong academic environment based on the skills that each student, as an individual, develops in their daily life, providing them with a great capacity for leadership, and a greater social commitment. At the same time, the school will foster and cultivate a love for Christ so that students can impact their communities.
The ministry will also be opening a formal and professional Teacher’s of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program that will be available for the community of Chinandega and the surrounding areas. Raquel will also be instrumental in this as she speaks English, having attended Huntington University in Indiana for her bachelor’s, and is now completing her master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language.
Raquel grew up in a Christian home and says, “My mother literally taught me how to read from a Bible.” Growing up in the church, she was able to be part of a group called ICTHUS that greatly impacted her life. Raquel came to accept Christ as Lord and Savior through ICTHUS at the age of nine, during their national retreat. Throughout high school, Raquel was not only part of ICTHUS, but was also teaching the Word of God to younger kids.
Today, much of Raquel’s motivation comes from her parents. The dedication and love that her parents demonstrate in sharing about Christ through service, encourages her day by day to enjoy His grace and extend His kingdom.
Raquel grew up in La Ceiba, Honduras. She is the youngest of three children and comes from a family of doctors. Her father is an ophthalmologist, her mother is a pharmacist, and her eldest sister is a doctor as well. Raquel’s brother works in the computer science field. She also has two nephews and one niece.
In 2010, Raquel graduated from Huntington University (IN) with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is currently working on her thesis for her Master’s in teaching English as a foreign language and halfway done with classes for her Master’s in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.