Aliro and LaRissa Hall Silva have joined more than 4,800 Southern Baptist International Mission Board workers in sharing Christ throughout 163 countries and among 336 ethnic people groups.
The Silvas were among 41 people appointed by the International Mission Board on March 31 during a service at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
These new missionaries will fill diverse job assignments from starting churches to using sports, education and business as tools of ministry.
In 1999, International Mission Board missionaries helped bring 363,703 people to Christ. Them and their overseas partners started 4,748 churches and reported more than 4.9 million members in 52,186 churches worldwide.
The Silvas will work in Austria ministering to refugees from all over the world. The Austrian government houses their refugees in jail cells and hotels. Aliro will visit refugees regularly to build relationships with them in hopes of bringing them to faith in Jesus Christ. LaRissa will work with her husband leading Bible studies in their home.
Currently, the Silvas live in Fort Worth, where he was a clinical counselor at Catholic Charities, and she worked as an analyst and manager at Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway Company.
The Silvas are members of Travis Avenue Baptist Church. Other churches instrumental in their spiritual growth, are Primera Iglesia Bau-tista in Cuidad Satelite, Mex-ico and Fair-mont Central Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas. First Baptist church in Kenai and North Kenai Baptist Church in Nikiski also have been influential in Mrs. Silva's spiritual growth.
Aliro was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to Aliro and Lavive Silva of Mexico City. He grew up in Mexico City.
He received the bachelor of science arts in psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylore in Belton, Texas; the master of arts in communication degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth; and the master of science in social work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
LaRissa was born in Booneville, Ark., to Retha Hall, now of Kenai, and the late Frank Hall. She considers Kenai her hometown.
She received the bachelor of science in mathematics degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.
After working several years for the Mexican government, Aliro moved to the United States to prepare for a social ministries career.
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