A little about Juan

My name is Juan Curling, and I am a missionary on the border of Texas and Mexico. I was born in Mexico but moved to the U.S. border when I was five years old. My parents were church planters in Mexico and medical missionaries to Honduras. They also started Macedonian Christian Academy, a Christ-centered, discipleship-model school for Christian families on the border of Texas and Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley.

I graduated from Macedonian Christian Academy in May, 1997, and continued my education at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. After finishing my first year of college, my brother, Santiago, and I returned home and were shocked and heart broken to find my mother bed-ridden. Cancer had gone into overdrive, and she could hardly move. My mother had not told us how ill she was because she did not want to “trouble us” while we were at college.

We had many difficult decisions to make that summer. We did not believe our mother would make it through the following semester, so we decided not to return to college. Instead, we stayed home to take care of her and help out in the ministry. My mother passed away on October 3, 1998. My brother, Santiago, and I were only 21 and 19 years old at the time we took over the ministries of Missionary Evangelism. Santiago took over the educational side of the ministry, while I was in charge of the summer missions program.

The following spring I returned to Bob Jones University to continue my education. I changed my major to Information Systems Management (Computer Science) with a minor in coaching. I felt this major would be more useful to our ministry. I continued my education off and on for the next several years, attending as many semesters as possible.

I met my wife, Rachel, in April, 2000. We were married December 13, 2002, and I graduated in May, 2004. Our mission board insisted that we pay off all our school debt before moving to the mission field full time. We had a total of $87,000.00 to pay off and felt overwhelmed and discouraged. With much prayer and hard work, the Lord allowed us to pay everything off by April, 2005.

We moved to the border in August, 2005. The Lord has continued to show Himself faithful to us by providing for all our needs each and every month. We have been blessed to have many friends and families supporting us, but we are still in need of more support. God has promised to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. I look forward to seeing God meet those needs just as He has in the past. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for His ongoing faithfulness in my life.

A little about Rachel

I was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where I was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home by parents who love the Lord. I praise the Lord every day for giving me parents who saw the value of a Christian education. They were willing to sacrifice financially so that my three sisters and I could learn and grow in a Christ-centered environment.

Although I prayed the sinner’s prayer at the age of eight, it was not until my sophomore year of college that I truly realized my need for salvation. I may have had the head knowledge all along, but my heart was black with sin. My life was completely centered on self, and I gave no thought as to what God, my Creator, would have me do. I praise the Lord for opening my eyes, so that I could see the path of destruction I was heading down. I praise the Lord for friends and family who prayed for me. And I praise the Lord for saving me from eternal separation from God. Matthew 21:22 states, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” It is my prayer that my testimony will be an encouragement to believers to continue praying faithfully for that son, daughter, or loved one who is lost or away from God.

Looking back, it is amazing to see how the Lord has been preparing me for this ministry. Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” This verse has been so evident in my life. Even as a young girl, I had my own ideas about what I wanted to do with my life. In fact, when I was in elementary school, a church leader asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Much to my parent’s dismay, I proudly stated I was going to be either an artist or a professional wrestler. At that point, my parents wisely decided I was no longer allowed to watch Sunday afternoon wrestling. Instead, I would begin taking piano lessons.

In junior high and high school, my interests turned to music, especially singing, so upon entering college, I chose to major in voice performance. Unfortunately, I did not choose that major because I desired to better my talents for the Lord’s use. The truth was I had selfish ambitions, and I was full of pride. Looking back now, I praise the Lord that even while my heart was devising my own selfish ways, the Lord was truly directing my steps. I now use those musical skills that I developed to teach voice and violin lessons, prepare our students for music competitions, and organize music for summer mission teams.

Like I mentioned earlier, it was not until my sophomore year of college that I received Christ. It was at that time that I began to see the Lord guiding me more directly. When I changed my major from performance to education, everyone in my family – including myself – was surprised, including myself, because I had never before had the desire to be a teacher. Surely the Lord was working in my heart and preparing me for a future ministry that I was unaware of.

Juan and I began dating at the end of my junior year of college, and that was when the Lord began to unveil his will for my life. Not only did God want me to be Juan’s wife and helper, but He also wanted me to minister as a missionary teacher on the border of Texas and Mexico. Little did I know, the Lord had been preparing me for this exact ministry all along. At Macedonian Christian Academy I am using the skills I developed in both music and teaching to help prepare young people to serve the Lord. I praise the Lord for directing my steps even when I did not quite know where I was going.

At times, the responsibility of ministry can seem overwhelming, but the Lord has brought much encouragement to me through passages, such as, Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, ‘saith the LORD’, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." We know without a doubt we are serving in God’s will. Please pray for Juan and me as we seek the Lord’s direction in all our steps.