We are Veronica and Salvador Barrantes, and we serve the Lord in San Jose, Costa Rica. Veronica is from Argentina where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at age 14, and then dedicated her life to Christ at age 16. She graduated from Word of Life Bible Seminary in 2004, and in 2005 was asked to become a missionary with SCORE International in Costa Rica. I, Salvador, am from Costa Rica and I accepted Jesus as my savior at the age of 23. I dedicated my life to serve God in 2000 at the age of 26, and after that got involved with the local church working in the youth ministry. In 2004 I was introduced to SCORE International ministry and was asked to help where needed. In 2005 I met Veronica through SCORE and we fell in love and were married in 2009. God has blessed us with 2 wonderful children: Josue (10) and Sofia (5). Together as a family we serve God as full-time missionaries here in Central America with SCORE International.
We have been in ministry for the last 15 years working in an extremely poor community outside of San Jose called Los Guido where drugs, gangs and violence are a normal daily occurrence. Our main ministry is with the youth of Los Guido and their families. We have a group of 20 teenagers where we meet on Fridays for discipleship and leadership training, again on Saturdays for Youth Group. Every other Sunday, we meet for Bible study. Once a year we have youth summer camp where our youth from Los Guido and the surrounding communities come together for 1 week of evangelical messages and Bible studies.
God has also opened doors in Los Guido to have ministry with a school and a day care center. We teach the Bible to both the children and the teachers there. Through SCORE International short-term mission trips, we have been able to bless this school and day care through sports clinics, vacation bible school, day camps, dental clinics, teaching English, and doing different construction projects. Last year, we started a partnership with a church called Shalom in Los Guido where groups with SCORE blessed Shalom with a new kitchen. What a blessing this was for them!
God created other opportunities to work in 2 other schools located in Los Cuadros & Linda Vista, areas similar to Los Guido. These schools do not receive government assistance like other schools in the San Jose area. After years of neglect, teams with SCORE have partnered with the schools to revitalize the buildings and upgrade technology, which has had a huge impact in sharing the gospel with the students, families and teachers.
We are praying that in 2021 we will be able to extend our ministry further. Veronica and I are in contact with pastors in other towns and provinces to help spread the gospel and assist the pastors and churches where there is a need. If you are interested in coming on a short term ministry trip with your sports team, school, youth group, church, women’s or men’s ministry, medical or dental clinic, or with your family please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or SCORE International at scoreintl.org. Without a doubt you will be a huge blessing for The Barrantes Ministry reaching Costa Rica for Jesus through your gifts financially, prayerfully, or by working in the field beside us. God Bless You and Pura Vida from Costa Rica.
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