Mario Xoca

Isaiah 55 is a grace-based ministry whose primary focus is evangelizing the deaf, an unreached people group in Mexico. This is done mainly through education. Isaiah 55 builds schools, trains teachers and then provides a quality education for deaf children with the ultimate goal of sharing the gospel with the students and their families. Isaiah 55 also has the privilege of hosting work teams from all over the US and providing them an opportunity to participate in short-term mission projects helping the full-time staff with not only construction projects but also in the various ongoing mercy ministries such as vacation Bible school, ESL classes, sports clinics, medical missions.

 Mario and Keila met their last year of high school (1989) and married in 1996. In 1998, he was hired by LG Electronics as an engineer in computer science in Reynosa. From 2007 to Aug 2016 Mario was working as an IT manager for an automotive company, and he was in charge of the 4 factory plants located in Reynosa.  

As a bi-vocational pastor, Mario has a passion for sharing the Gospel and leads Bible studies three or four evenings a week.  He and wife, Keila, started a church in their home which soon reached 50-60 adults and 25 children.  Two years ago, Mario started leading VBS with Isaiah 55, and the relationship grew.  He is now serving as the full-time pastor of the ministry, leading the staff and teachers in devotions, Bible study, and worship.  Keila has been working with Isaiah 55 Ministries organizing VBSs, and their two high-schoolers, Debbie (18) and Ian (16), enjoy working with volunteer teams as translators. 

Using his many years of experience as an engineer, Mario will also play a key role in further developing the vocational and production ministries in Aquiles Serdán, the impoverished neighborhood where Isaiah 55 is working.  In the evenings, Mario will continue his ministry with his local church fellowship.  Please pray for Mario and Keila in their roles with the ministry.  Pray that the love of Jesus will naturally overflow on those God brings his way.  Also, pray for Mario and Keila as they trust God for the much needed financial support for their family as they serve.