My name is Amarilys Vega, I'm 39 years old. I was born in a home where we didn't know about God. My mother was from a very strong Catholic family and my father believed there was a God, but He is there in heaven, we are on earth and we make the path for our own destiny.
I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior when I was 12 years old, the first time I stepped in a church I was 11 years old, my father didn't think that children can understand what is spoken in a church and the Bible was too complicated for us to understand and believe.
I got baptized when I was 16 years old and I continue serving at church as Sunday School teacher. I got an invitation to join the MV Logos II (missionary ship) for a month and after that, I was invited to participate in Operation Mobilization Ministries, I studied first in the missionary school and continued working with them at the office. I joined MV Doulos (the other missionary ship) that by the time was visiting Asia. Since my young age, I wanted to work in Asia and that is the reason I joined the ship during their period in Asia. I had the opportunity to visit Japan, one of my best friends is Japanese and I learned many things from her, she was also my cabinmate.
While I was in Japan, I made many friends, still, I have contact with them since 2006. I'm not in Japan, but I try to get in contact with Japanese people. I have a few contacts that are not Christians and I would like to continue working among the Japanese people.
I worked in India as well, teaching kids from the street to read, write and basic education. Here in Panama, I work with the Asian communities as a teacher and tutor. I teach the people that recently come to the country by teaching them to speak Spanish and English.
I'm learning Japanese at the moment, I didn't make very big progress because I'm self-taught and I homeschool my kids, but I know the basics.
I would like to improve the way I can communicate the gospel to the Japanese people, I'm aware that every country or culture they have a different way to see the things, that's why I would like to learn in their own context.
I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in these classes and looking forward to learning more about Japan, and to see how the Lord leads our family in this journey, serving Him and He may be glorified.
Amarilys Vega de Appukuttan