Zaida Matus: Volunteer
Zaida was born in Mexico City where she lived with her family until the age of 6 and then moved to the border city of Juarez. It was there they heard about God’s saving grace for the first time and as a family made a commitment to follow Christ. She did most of her elementary and middle school education in Christian schools of El Paso. It was the first two years of her Christian schooling that gave her solid foundations for the Christian walk. Her real walk began one day after wrestling with God over the loss of a family member. It was here she received a revelation of the love of God, and surrendered her life completely over to God. At the age of 15, her parents felt a call to serve the Lord in the southeast part of Mexico and left the border life to settle in Merida, Yucatan. She became a nurses’ aid, but God had different plans for her and shortly after graduation began teaching English as a second language. Though at the time it didn’t make sense, this career opened doors of ministry opportunities she wouldn’t have had otherwise. The call to missions came in stages. She went on her first short-term missions trip in 1992 to the neighboring country of Belize. The opportunity for serious mission straining came in January 1997 when she joined the church’s missions school and went to North Africa with the thought of giving the rest of her life to the overseas mission field. She has been a missionary to Great Britain and now Thailand. She has also been on shorter trips to several other countries in Europe and Asia. More recently Zaida has stepped down from working for New Vision for Life Foundation as camp manager for a Karen-Burmese refugee children’s home in the jungle of northeast Thailand and now lives right around the corner from Hannah House. She helps us with the prisons, teaching English and in discipling and teaching the girls.