Hero of the Faith

Hero of the Faith
Jesus “Chuy” Davalos, founder of Agua Viva Ministries, went home to his beloved Lord on Friday, November 26, 2011, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Chuy was known as a fearless, passionate evangelist; Chuy could never tell the story of his conversion without tears. His booming voice and the emotion he projected into his testimony brought thousands to the Lord.

During his 50 years of ministry Chuy took the Gospel of Jesus Christ into communities completely intolerant of the Gospel, at the risk of losing his life. Several times he was miraculously saved from danger while evangelizing.

With the support of friends in ministry, Chuy purchased the property of Rancho Agua Viva in the early ‘70’s and began bringing youth gang members from Tijuana.

In 1986, with the help of Richard Heinrichs, Jim Slevcove and Diana Deen, the current vision of Agua Viva Ministries was born: hosting American groups to minister in the Ensenada community and funding a seminary for the believers in southern Mexico to receive training for their young and fragile churches.

The first class of the Ministry Training Institute graduated in 1987. Since that time, over 500 students have studied in the institute, representing more than twelve states across Mexico. Several of these students have planted new churches. Some of those won to the Lord through the church plants have, in turn, studied at MTI and are now planting new churches. The work initiated by Chuy Davalos continues.

The Board and Staff of Agua Viva Ministries join in the grief of the Davalos Family. Chuy is survived by his wife Maria and his four children, Joel, Betty, Samuel and Eva, their spouses, and his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his church family, Alfa y Omega of Tijuana, Baja California, as well.

We all remember the story Chuy has told for years of the woman who told him of Jesus Christ. The woman died before Chuy finally gave his life to the Lord. Chuy expressed his wish that upon arriving in heaven he wanted to be held in an embrace by Jesus first, and then to deliver a hug to the woman who had shared Christ so valiantly with him. It is our joy to picture that wish becoming reality.