My name is Maria Elena Soltero. Most people call me “Mary”. I was born in Tucson, Arizona on Meyer Street, which is now in the center of town. A young Presbyterian missionary went through a small mining town in Mexico about 100 years ago and led my grandparents to the Lord. My mother than was saved and so I can see God’s faithfulness in my family: Grandparents, Parents, Me, my children, my grandchildren and on down to my great-grand children all worshiping the Lord. All of this, because one missionary dared to go!
I asked Jesus into my heart when I was five years old and was baptized at age 10. I knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a missionary to China or Africa. To prepare myself I attended the Chinese Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons. I didn’t understand what they were saying but I faithfully continued.
However, in my early twenties, I chose God’s good (getting married) for God’s best (going to the mission field).
I have divided my life into twenty year segments. The first twenty years of my life I spent in the home where I grew up. The second twenty year segment I spent married and raising my four children. The third twenty year segment I spent working at the University of Arizona as an Academic Advisor. The fourth twenty year segment I have finally served the Lord in different capacities in the following countries: Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, and Mexico. I am now waiting expectantly for my fifth twenty year segment which means being absent from the body will be present with the Lord.