Get to Know Ariel Hidalgo Burgos

Hi, I'm Ariel Hidalgo Burgos. I minister in the United States.


Ministry Description

I'm looking forward to joining the Biblical Counseling Internship program at Word of Life for two years. This program is designed to help train the intern in advanced counseling through things like discipling students, doing small group discussions, having active mentorship, taking part in counseling training sessions, traveling to conferences, etc... The motive behind taking this internship is to grow personally to become the person that God wants me to be, and to further prepare myself for ministry.

I am really excited to have this huge opportunity to keep growing and developing skills for ministry. This is also a stepping stone towards what I want to do full-time in the future which involves serving families and children with special needs through offering training, resources, conferences, and biblical counseling opportunities between other things.

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About Ariel

I was born in Buenos Aries, Argentina, but was raised in Mexico in a Christian-Missionary family. We didn’t have much but by God’s grace we never lacked any basic need. At the time, my family consisted of two parents, one older sister, and me. I don’t have a lot of memories from my early childhood but there is one night that I will never forget; My older sister and I were walking through the hallway in my house when my mom stopped us and said: “I’m pregnant… you guys are getting another sister.” At first we thought it was a joke, so we laughed. About nine months later, it happened, Keila was born. I finally got to meet her after three days. “There is something special about her, my mom said, she was born with Down Sindrome”. A year after this, she underwent a heart surgery that gave her only a 15% chance of living. The doctors were amazed that she survived it but told my parents that she wouldn’t be able to walk, talk or even communicate. Growing up with her has been a learning experience since the beginning. I have seen God’s grace at work in her life in many ways. Keila is now 17, she goes to a private school with kids without disabilities where she does sports, talks, laughs, and plays games with them (with only a few limitations of motor development and a lisp on her speech). While we have enjoyed every aspect of having her with us, having special needs in your family also allows you to see a whole new world of challenges and frustrations. Families don’t get to decide whether they want their kids to be born with disabilities or not. In fact, most parents would agree that they felt “unprepared” when they were told that their child was going to require special help for the rest of their life. What no one tells you about caring for special needs is that you hit a roadblock when you try to raise a child in a society that is not adapted to meet their needs. It can turn into a 24/7 job where the parents get no rest because you don’t only have to teach your child how to live but often times you have to teach other people how to live around your child. Many parents also feel “left alone” in this situation. 80% – 90% of marriages with special needs children end in divorce (, many siblings of kids with special needs report a ‘lack of care and love’ towards them because their parents have to spend all their time and energy with the special need child. The development of the child is highly affected by the situation at home and how they are raised. In summary, families are broken, needs are not covered, help is not offered, people are hurt, etc… and the sad thing is that all these problems end up unintentionally affecting the developing and quality of life of the children with special needs.

My vision is to create a ministry that works as a tool to train organizations, churches, and people to raise awareness of their role in supplying for these needs, working with parents and siblings, restoring relationships through Biblical Counseling, and providing them with the proper training and support they need to raise special needs kids.

Matthew 25:40 "And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

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Phone Number: (574) 312-9559

4200 Glendale Rd. Box: 894
Pottersville, NY 12860

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