Salvador & Veronica Barrantes
SALVADOR: I was born into a Catholic home and while growing up, I believed that doing good things and being a good person would get me to heaven. In 1997 a person asked me “If I die where will I go?” Conversations that followed showed me the truth as they opened the Bible and showed me that I was a sinner based on Romans 3:23 which says, For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God. My sin separated me from God and there was nothing I could do on my own strength to get to heaven. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. I also learned that Jesus Christ came to the earth 2 thousand years ago to die on the cross because He loved me. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 At that very moment, I surrendered my life to Jesus and I accepted the precious gift of salvation. Since that day, my life has changed and now I can say I have a reason to live and know that one day I will be in heaven with God. Right now, together with my wife Veronica our son Josue and our daughter Sofia we work as full time missionaries for Score International Costa Rica and our local church where we have a ministry with the youth in Los Guido. We are so thankful to God for all the opportunities that has been given us to serve our Heavenly Father.
VERONICA: I was born into a Catholic family in Argentina and very active in the church. During my childhood, I received training for competitive tennis. At the age of 13, I met a missionary from a Christian organization called Word of Life and she invited me to their activities. She explained to me that God has a gift for me, and that the only thing that I have to do was to accept it. That gift was Jesus Christ. She explained to me what He did on the cross and at that very moment I accepted Him as my personal Savior. After I accepted Jesus as my Savior, my parents got a divorce. This was a very difficult time for me but God’s love comforted and guided me through this hard time. At the age of 14, I became involved in serving God at my local church. Upon finishing high school, I chose to attend seminary at Word of Life because I wanted to serve God as a missionary. After completing seminary, I moved to Costa Rica to become a missionary with Score International. I worked with Score for 4 years, and during that time I met and became friends with a man who would later become my husband. In 2008, I had the opportunity with Score to go to Dominican Republic to serve our Lord in that country. This was a wonderful experience! During my time in Dominican Republic, my pastor from Costa Rica called me regarding a male friend and fellow worker in the ministry, Salvador Barrantes to inquire if I had feelings towards him. I explained to him that I had been praying for Salvador for the last 2 years, but he did not seem to be interested. A few days later I received a call from Salvador telling me that he loved me and would like to marry me. We started praying for God’s will for our lives… On April 11, 2009 we got married in San Jose, Costa Rica. Today, we serve God together full time at our church in San Jose, Costa Rica. We are actively involved with Score International Costa Rica and the youth from Los Guido through our local church. I praise God for everything He’s done in my life through the years.
For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36