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H. Israel Zalazar stands next to the First Baptist Church sign congratulating him on achieving American citizenship. (Photo/June McKenney)


Indian Lake gets a new U.S. citizen

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Updated: 12:47 PM

INDIAN LAKE - H. Israel Zalazar, a resident of Indian Lake, was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America Wednesday, July 17.

The ceremony, attended by his wife, Julie Ana Miller, son, Caleb Israel, and the Rev. E. Paul and Shirley Miller, took place at the Department of Homeland Security in Latham.

Julie Miller, Argentine-born but a native of Indian Lake, and Zalazar met in Argentina while serving under Word of Life International in Buenos Aires, Province for nearly 10 years. The Zalazars were married in Argentina and re-affirmed their vows in a lovely stone chapel between Ticonderoga and Hague.

Julie, Israel and Caleb will return to Argentina Aug. 22 to continue their ministry as church planters and leadership developers under the Baptist Union of Northwestern Argentina and World Venture International. While their former ministry centered around the low-land, humid pampas, their new area of service will begin 5,000 feet above sea level and go as high as 14,500 feet above sea level.

"We wish God's blessings on Israel and his family as they continue to share the gospel with others in the land of silver and gauchos," Paul Miller said.


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