We are the Matsuda family. My name is Daniel, my wife is Kathy and our three children are Andy, Katie and Kristie, ages 6, 4 and 1 ½. My wife and I are about to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary and we have been serving the Lord as Independent Baptist Missionaries ever since we got married. Missions has always been a part of our lives. I was raised in a bi-cultural home, my father being from Japan and my mother being from the Amazon jungle of Peru. At the age of 9, the Lord convicted me and I fully trusted in Him. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8-9.Unfortunately, my father was a Budhist and died without knowing the Lord. This opened my eyes to the need of reaching others with the gospel and as of the age of 16 I was very much involved in different mission works and ministries. I attended a Bible Seminary and helped start a mission work in San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima, which is a very impoverished area.
My wife is from the United States and she is a third-generation missionary’s kid. Her grandparents worked as missionaries in the Andes Mountains of Peru and in Chile their entire lives. Her parents also surrendered their lives to be missionaries and worked in both Chile and Peru. My wife was born in Chile and spent most of her life in Peru. At the young age of 6, she trusted in the Lord as her Savior. Even as a child, her dream was to also one day serve the Lord as a missionary’s wife.
After being married, we spent our first two years together helping in the mission work in San Juan de Lurigancho. Later, God called us to go to Chiclayo, a city on the Peruvian coast. I was ordained into the ministry and we spent the next 4 years in Chiclayo, where we started two missions. After that, we moved to Huancayo, a city in the Andes Mountains, and helped in different mission works. During that time, I also did a lot of travelling and preached in several conferences and revivals. After that, we moved to Cusco and I was in charge of a mission work. Currently we are in Arequipa. I am serving the Lord as a pastor in a small church.
When we moved to Cusco, Peru, I met several missionaries from different parts of the world. Upon talking to them, they shared with me that they had to move overseas with their familes to study Spanish before being able to go to the place that God had called them to. Even after studying abroad for a year, they had to keep taking Spanish classes in secular institutions. It really made me think about coming up with a way to help missionaries and the idea for Spanish4Servants was born. Our goal is to lighten the load missionaries are facing and provide a simpler, more effective way for them and their families to learn the language. We also hope that this program will enable English-speaking churches to start their own Spanish ministries so that God’s Word will be spread. We want to help break down the language barrier and provide God’s servants with the tools they need to accomplish the work that God has called them to do.