It was the prayers of a small immigrant church full of praying abuelitas that helped bring Marcos to faith in Christ. For this reason, Marcos has a great deal of love and appreciation for the local church, even (and perhaps especially), the small, seemingly insignificant ones.
Having grown up in an under-resourced community himself, Marcos knows firsthand how limited financial opportunities can beget violence. Threats from gangs forced him to drop out of school in the tenth grade and God spared his life on multiple occasions. Perhaps that’s where his sense of urgency and passion to advocate for communities in need comes from.
He remembered those days as he graduated with his first (and second) Master’s degrees - one in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA in nonprofit management. Unlike those who doubted that anything good could come out of Nazareth, Marcos believes that great things can come from places where the need is great.