On the 3rd of September of this year, Angel Santiago from Mexico and Joseph Mathias from the U.S. made their life-long commitments to the Servants of the Word.
Angel was born in 1985 in Mexicali, in the Baja California state of Mexico, and has three sisters and two brothers. His parents raised him in the context of a strong Christian community (the Sword of the Spirit’s Verbum Dei community) which was fertile soil for his missionary vocation.
He studied law at the University of Baja California, graduating in 2007. He served for a while in the university outreach in Mexicali, and this is where the Lord invited him to a more radical life. In 2008 Angel went to live with the brothers in Monterrey, Mexico, serving university students and high school youth.
Angel is very sociable and enjoys running and camping. He is currently helping to man our temporary household in Mexicali.
Joseph was also born in 1985—in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the youngest of four siblings. His parents now live in nearby Jackson, Michigan.Joseph studied music composition at Interlochen Arts Academy, a high school for musicians and artists, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a degree in Russian language and Literature.
After a brief stint at a local franchising company, Joseph began serving full time in University Christian Outreach (UCO), first by helping introduce Asian international students to Christ, and later took on more supervisory and teaching responsibilities as UCO Ann Arbor has grown.
Joseph composes worship songs for our prayer times in the Servants of the Word, and is also working on an epic poem on biblical themes, titled In “Nimrod’s Day.”
We thank God for these brothers and invite you to join us in praying that the Lord will raise up more men like them.
This article is from our Winter 2016 Newsletter: SW_Newsletter_Winter2016.pdf