Joaquin was appointed to the Mission in 1985 and began serving in his home town of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Over the past 30 years Joaquin has served in church planting, leadership development, and has had the opportunity to equip and train missionaries around the world. He was asked to join the Executive Leadership Team in 2011 and became the first internationally-born Vice President of Ministries.
As of July 2015 Joaquin was promoted to Vice President of Engagement and Innovation. In short, Joaquin’s goal is to engage people to support not just missionaries, but programs that impact the lives of people and communities. He will be working on bringing new ideas, new methods of fundraising, and revenue to the Mission. In this new role Joaquin brings a fresh perspective and non-traditional ways of connecting people with opportunities.
Joaquin has a passion to develop strategic alliances and to collaborate with other organizations that will help expand the Kingdom of God. In the past he has collaborated with organizations such as Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, Arizona Christian University Natural Church Development, and others.
Joaquin was born in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 18 he went to Charleston, West Virginia as an exchange student. After returning to the Dominican Republic, he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. Following his conversion, Joaquin planted a new church in Santo Domingo in an impoverished community while attending a Bible institute there.
In 1985 he joined Missions Door when he was appointed to work in church planting, leadership development and as country coordinator. He returned to the United States in 1992 to complete a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communications (Missions) at Denver Seminary.
In 1995 the Vargas Family moved to the border town of Nogales, Mexico, to serve as missionaries, where they planted a new church and worked in leadership development.
In May of 2003 they moved to Denver when Joaquin was asked to join the Executive Leadership Team of the Mission. His initial responsibility was to oversee Latino ministry in the United States, as well as help the Mission better serve the Spanish-language missionaries. Soon he was asked to oversee ministries in the Caribbean and Mexico, and then all of Central America.
Joaquin is married to Oneida, also a Dominican, and they have three grown children: Mariel, Abraham and Laura. Mariel lives in San Francisco, California. Abraham is married and lives in Los Angeles, California. Laura is married and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Laura and her husband presented them with their first grandson, Lincoln Daniel Bell, in March 2014.
Ted and Malia met in Belgium, fell in love and married. And, like their parents before them, they have chosen to spend their lives spreading the gospel in a culturally rich but spiritually pour European setting.
After two terms ministering in church development, Ted and Malia Winston refocused their ministry toward youth work. Youth evangelism had already been an important part of Ted and Malia’s ministry over the past 10 years. They had been involved in helping Jeunesse et Vie (Young Life Belgium) with camps and clubs. And with WorldVenture’s agreement, the Winstons’ involvement with Jeunesse et Vie was stepped up to a full-time partnership.
Ted leads a youth club, directs camps, helps in teaching and discipling new counselors and speaks at different events. Malia focuses her time on making contacts and working in discipleship.
This new generation of young people is more spiritually committed, and there have been 14 baptisms among young people this past year. The Winstons are both encouraged and excited for the future.
The Winston family has integrated into a new church. Ted runs the "building" team dealing with improvements or purchases. Malia teaches Sunday school and leads worship. She is working on developing relationships with the girls. They both help lead a small group in their home.
Primary Ministry :
Working with youth in Belgium
Prayer Needs :
Conversions and commitment!
Major Challenges :
Building trust relationships so this generation will be open to the gospel. Young believers need the challenge to walk boldly in the light. Leadership development.
The People :
French-speaking youth (14 to 20 years old) from various socio-economic backgrounds who come from secular or Roman Catholic or evangelical homes.