Maria de la Paz Zabala

WWO Latin America Facilitator

My name is Maria de la Paz Zabala, but everyone calls me Pachi. I am from Argentina, Buenos Aires. 

I was adopted as a child and my constant search for Identity, became the engine that drove me to immerse myself in meeting with and supporting children, adolescents, and adults who have difficulties in their search for identity. 

I became a Christian when I was 22 years old and obtained my license as a Lay Minister of the Anglican Church in which I collaborate as part of the leadership and preaching team and also in the area of communication of the Anglican Diocese.  

I am a kindergarten teacher by profession and have worked for a few years with children from 1 to 4 years old.
I have been trained by Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Argentina in several areas related to childhood, adolescence, and family. I am currently studying Theology at the International Baptist Seminary.
As a soccer lover, I work as a Sports Coach at River Plate, one of the most important soccer clubs in Argentina. Combining soccer and hospitality, I have a house where I host and support professional soccer players from the interior of the country who must face the challenges of the big city as well as economic and emotional challenges. Most of them come from broken or absent families. 

I also support girls from 14 to 27 years old. This came after a one-year experience in Albania where I erved among the Muslim people through professional soccer by opening a soccer school for children in vulnerable situations.
Currently, I am a WWO Latin America Facilitator. My life story and example of constant improvement equip me to testify how holistic support to vulnerable children and youth can help transform lives. Together we can make a difference in the world if we understand the purpose and Love of God.