We follow the journey of faith of the Palacios family today. Juan Emilio Palacios is a medical doctor specialising in tropical medicine and his wife Adriana Palacios is a gynaecologist and diagnostic medical sonographer. They are members of the Christian Evangelical Church, Tucumán, Argentina, and serve as mission workers in Angola.
Juan: I grew up in a Christian home in the north of Argentina. We always hosted mission workers in our home. My family planted in me a love for God above all things, and so, my calling was a process that culminated when I was 18 years old. At a conference, the Lord called me using the passage in Isaiah 6 ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ I decided to study medicine and serve the Lord using my profession.
Adriana: I was brought up in a Roman Catholic home. When I was 15 years old, a person spoke to me about the love of God and I received Christ as my Saviour. Together with a Bible, they gave me a biography of the missionary Isobel Miller Kuhn. The story of this women impacted my life, and I wanted to be like her. The book mentioned her lack of medical knowledge, limiting her ability to be able to meet people’s needs. That made me decide to study medicine and serve as a mission worker.
Both: We met each other at university (and married shortly before graduating) and on discovering that we had the same concerns, we began to study, pray and give to missions. As we used our gifts in our local church and worked in hospitals in our city, the Lord confirmed our calling. He gave us the opportunity to serve Him in Equatorial Guinea, Africa, replacing a doctor who had to leave the country for a year’s break.
I decided to study medicine and serve the Lord using my profession
God used this short experience to bless our lives, to grow our love for mission and to give us Didier, our adopted son who was originally our patient.
We have worked with a medical missionary project in Amazonas, Brazil, travelling along numerous rivers taking God’s Word and medical help to the river communities, and ministering in various villages in Mozambique.
Today we live in Luena, in the Moxico province of Angola. Angola has profound spiritual and social needs. We minister through evangelism, discipleship and Bible teaching and serve as doctors at the Jesus Saves Medical Centre. The Lord says ‘…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded’ (Lk 12:48). We believed and responded ‘Here am I. Send me’.
May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands. (Ps 90:17)
- for church leaders in Argentina to train others in ministry and for the country, as it faces economic struggles
- for the medical help, which the Palacios, and others like them, provide in remote areas and that the message of eternal hope they bring will bear fruit
- for Angola, which is still recovering from the long civil war which impacted the country and for people living in desperate poverty.