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Juan Romero, award-winning musician and retired AGWM missionary, died on July 21. He was 88. 

Romero wrote more than 430 hymns and produced 29 albums in his decades of ministry. He received a Latin Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Excellence in 2009. He was also a host for the Spanish PTL show, founded Royal Rangers in Latin America, and pastored churches in San Antonio and Mission, Texas. Prior to his service across Latin America with Assemblies of God World Missions, Romero had been elected as Christian Education director and Youth director for the Latin American District of the U.S. AG. 

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, young Juan Romero accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior with his mother and brothers when they attended an evangelistic service held by AGWM missionary Louise Jeter Walker in a nearby church. That legacy of missions ministry in his own life helped motivate his own commitment to reach the lost around the world. Juan and his wife, Aurora, were appointed as AGWM missionaries in 1967. They began their missionary ministry traveling across Central and South America, promoting Sunday School and encouraging church growth in local churches. 

As the ministry of Christian television developed, Juan became a widely viewed television host working with the PTL organization to offer Christian programming in 10 nations and territories in Latin America. During ensuing years of media ministry, Juan would preach to millions of people and receive personal testimonies from many telling of their decision to follow Jesus Christ and their experience of the miraculous. 

Juan and Aurora Romero retired from AGWM after nearly 36 years of service. In retirement, Romero continued in ministry in Florida hosting The World of Juan Romero, a weekly radio broadcast through the Spanish-language CVC satellite network. Through the years, Juan also authored articles, books, poems, pamphlets, and teaching tools for Spanish-speaking churches. 

Juan is survived by his wife of 68 years, Aurora; three children, Aurora (Aurorita), Ivon, and Juan Carlos; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Berean. A memorial service will be held August 8 at Cooper City (Florida) Church of God to celebrate his life and ministry. Cards may be sent to: Aurora Romero, 11405 West Point Dr., Hollywood, FL 33026.

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