Languages spoken, read and written: Spanish
What was your family life like? I grew up in a shantytown and my house was made out of straw mats. We did not have clean drinking water. It was very dusty and the streets were unpaved. I have two brothers. The oldest is 24 years old and the youngest is 10 years old. We get along very well. Glory to God, I have been raised with Christian values since I was very little because my mother, the brethren from church, and my tutors at my child development center instructed me under these principles. My stepfather drives a bus for a transportation company and his salary provides for our home. My mother has worked as part of the cleaning staff, a tutor, treasurer and director of my center at different times, but currently she is a homemaker. I have lived in a stable home and like any family, we have had difficulties, but we have overcome them.
Describe your childhood community environment: I studied in a private school from kindergarten until seventh grade, because I had won a scholarship. Later I was enrolled in a public school, where I graduated from high school. The building was precarious and there were many needs. They did not have a sewage system, the rugs were deteriorated, and the walls were unstable. I began friendships that still exist today. My challenge throughout my childhood was growing up without my father, but glory to God, He has helped me become who I am now and I can count on people who love me very much.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? My personal interests are to be an excellent teacher, have a degree, and continue on with my college studies. I am passionate about choreographed songs, singing and participating in plays.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? With the LDP program's support, I plan on being the best student in my college and being a great leader in my church, community and college. I want to take courses on leadership to develop all of the potential that God has given me.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: My spiritual goal is to grow in the missions ministry. My physical goal is to enjoy good health through balanced meals. My academic goal is to be one of the best students in my college.
Is there anything else you want to share? My father passed away from a stroke in 1997, when I was 1 year old. I cannot remember what he was like and I would have liked to share more experiences with him, but my mother has been such a good friend throughout all of these years that I have felt comforted.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? When I was 6 years old, I accepted Christ in my heart during a devotional that was taught by Claribet, my Level 1 tutor. She talked about salvation and asked who wanted to receive Christ as their Savior.
What is God teaching you right now? God is teaching me about the importance of integrity. The moments of significant spiritual growth are when I help in missions, preach, direct the services, and serve.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Compassion has been such a great help to me because they trained me in the cognitive, spiritual, physical and social/emotional areas. They taught me to persevere and desire to be better every day.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I help with the children in the family groups, participate in the choreography groups, and also serve as an usher in my church.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? The ones who have influenced my life the most are my mother and pastors. They have taught me and counseled me on how to face different ideologies and negative influences. They have helped me throughout my entire life.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? My challenges in college will be facing the different views about God and the bad influences from some of my classmates and staying emotionally stable, in order to concentrate on my studies. In the LDP, my challenge will be to fulfill all of the program's demands.
What are some of the problems in your community? The most common problems in my community are gangs, alcoholism, compulsive gambling and now, prostitution.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? In my community, I plan on forming study groups to help children and adolescents who need special tutoring. In my church, I plan on sharing lessons based on what I have learned in the LDP program and training great leaders who are willing to serve the Lord. In my country, I wish to design new teaching methods and projects to improve the educational level.