|Walter & Adriana Forcatto|
Walter was lovingly raised in bilingual home to parents who also immigrated to southern California from Argentina. Some of his fondest childhood memories are of lively family gatherings typical in a Latin American home. Walter's only brother was the first in the family to accept Christ. Soon after, while in high school, Walter too surrendered his life to Jesus. Walter graduated cum lade from the University of California, Riverside in 1994 with a degree in Liberal Studies and subsequently obtained a bilingual credential at California State University, Fullerton to teach at the primary level. For three years, Walter worked as a bilingual teacher at a California public school.
Adriana, an only child, was raised in a loving home in Southern California by parents that come from a long line of Christian tradition. At the age of 11, she personally invited Jesus Christ into her life. As a daughter of immigrant parents, she recalls the uniqueness of her childhood and is thankful for how her upbringing fostered in her a love for and understanding of other cultures. She is grateful to have been raised in a bilingual home and taught Spanish, the language of her parents' native Argentina. In 1993, after earning her degree in Speech Communications, Adriana graduated from California State University, Long Beach, then continued on to receive a credential to teach English at the secondary level.
Adriana and Walter met during their college years, when a friend, aware of their similar backgrounds, introduced them. They were married in 1996 and honeymooned in Argentina. Sharing this family history together kindled the idea of one day re-locating to Argentina permanently and raising a family. In 1997, they traveled to India as part of a Word Made Flesh Discovery Team and grew in understanding of God's great love for the poor. Their individual lives and marriage were marked by their experiences in Kolkata. Upon their return they were led to join Word Made Flesh full-time. They moved to Lima, Peru in 1998 and began a ministry among children on the street. Their first daughter, Cora, was born in Lima in 2002. During Adriana's pregnancy, the dream of raising their family in Argentina was re-kindled. After much prayer and counsel, they felt the Peru community, including the youth, releasing them to continue serving God among the children of the streets of Buenos Aires. The Forcattos arrived in Argentina in 2005, where their local church has embraced the youth and is partnering closely with them. In 2006, their second daughter Amani, was born in Buenos Aires. Walter and Adriana are currently serving as the Argentina Field Directors and South America Regional Coordinators.