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Our Latest Newsletter

 

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9/14/2018

Dear Family & Friends,

Veronica and I apologize for not sending a newsletter since our last one.  We will work at keeping you more informed from here on out.  We’ve had a really busy ministry season both in Los Guido and with mission groups from the USA.  God is doing amazing things in both our ministry and family.
MINISTRY:                                                                                                                                   In April Veronica and Sofia were able to travel to the states to visit some of the churches and individuals that support our ministry, and share what is happening in our ministry.  One of the churches that Veronica visited, Mountain Top Community Church in Alabama, actually had their youth group here with me in Costa Rica doing ministry in Los Guido during the same time.  Amazing things happened during that week with some of our teenagers.  We want to share a story of one of our youth named Ruben (his nickname is Choro) who is one of the older teenagers in our youth group who was a very troubled young man.  We asked him several times to leave the youth meetings because of his bad behavior, but for some reason he kept coming back over and over again.  We always felt he came back because he knew something was missing in his life.  This last January we took our youth group to church camp, and after camp we saw something very different in Ruben.  You could see he was at peace, both in his actions and the way he talked to us and others, and now he wanted to obey the Lord.  Praise God!!!  While Mountain Top Community Church youth were doing VBS in Los Guido with me and our youth group, Ruben was actively involved all week helping us, inviting youth from his neighborhood to join in the activities and he told me loud and clear I know now what God wants from me, and that’s to serve God!  Those were some of the most amazing days for us, because we had prayed for him for years, praise the Lord there was a 360 degree change in his life!!  Friends, all those difficult times of discouragement that we went through for all those years was worth it if just one life is changed by the power of Jesus Christ!!  Praise God!!  Ruben is right now working as one of our leaders in our youth group.  Please be praying for him because it’s not easy, and we know that God has amazing plans for this young man’s life. During VBS with Mountain Top we had 3 wonderful days of activities for students and parents from the school and from the community with approximately 200 coming each day and many who were saved!!  Praise God!!!

We just got a new group of GAP students (Score Spanish Program), and this year we are going to start a new activity in the school in Los Guido on Saturday mornings, teaching English for free and are praying this will open more doors for us to share about God with all that come.  Please be praying for this project and for the GAP students that will be teaching these classes every Saturday.

We ask that you continue to pray for our youth group and the plans that we have through December.  Katty, one of our leaders in the youth group will be finishing high school in a couple of weeks, and God has placed on our hearts to try to help her go to college.  In order to do that, we are praying for those of you that have come on mission trips who have either gotten to know her, or delivered food to her home would consider sponsoring her so she can have the opportunity to go to college.  If any church or person feels led to do so, please contact us to know more about our idea of making this possible.  God Bless You!!
FAMILY:                                                                                                                                     
Many of you know that we have been saving money for the last couple of years in order to visit Veronica’s family in Argentina.  She had not seen them in 6 years.  This last December we got the amazing news that a family from Texas was sending us a love offering that was just enough for us to buy airline tickets so the whole family could make this trip.  We just returned so we want to thank this family for making this possible!  This was a huge blessing for our family to spend time together. What a blessing!!

When Veronica was in the states in April, Orland Park Church answered our prayers by paying for Sofia’s school tuition this school year, which blew our minds away with God’s blessings.  This was a huge answer to prayer!!

Three days after we came back from Argentina both Josue and Sofia went back to school!  Sofi is in Pre-K from 7:30 – 2:30. This was pretty hard on her and her Mommy the first couple of days, but now they’ve both adjusted to the new schedule.  She loves school and comes home every day with a new song to teach us.

Josue just started 2nd grade, with some changes in school in the academic area that we all have to get used to, but good changes including more Costa Rican subjects in the curriculum, it is a small school, but we’re really thankful to God because it’s a really good Christian school.  We are now praying for Josue’s tuition of $350 monthly which would be a miracle, but with God anything is possible!

We are really happy with the new church that we’re attending called El Camino-The Way.  It’s really close to our house and have gotten really involved in the different activities that they have when we’re not active in our ministry in Los Guido or with Score.  We’re very thankful to our pastor in how he gives flexibility with our ministry schedule.  The end of this month Veronica will be one of the speakers at the Women’s retreat at our church.  Please keep us in your prayers as more opportunities of ministry come that we are careful not to overdue so we can do everything to the best that God would have us do.

Thank you so very much for all of you that has been holding us up in prayer and financial support.  I don’t know if you all understand this, but you all are such a huge blessing and part of our ministry here.  Without your prayers and financial support, we would never be able to do all that God has put in our hands to do in the way of ministry here in Costa Rica.

We love you dearly and we’re so thankful to God that He has surrounded us with all of your love and support!!

God bless you richly!!

 

We love you so much and are praying for you all!!

Salvador, Veronica, Josue and Sofia

PRAYER REQUESTS: 

-Josue’s $350 for school payment

-For wisdom in our ministry in Los Guido

-Wisdom in teaching our children what is right according to God’s Word

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58

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12/12/2017

Dear Friends and Family in Christ Jesus,

We would like to thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and financial support through all of this year.

This has been a tuff year, but at the same time a really good year full of blessings from our Lord and Savior!!

We have been able with your help to partner with a Christian school in Los Guido and accomplish many projects from painting the outside front and inside of the school, the school was blessed with different items like a TV for the school, sport items, and through VBS in July each student was provided a Bible, and also children in the neighborhood.  We were able to partner with a Day Care center in Los Guido, where with your help we were able to help them make a soccer field, bought hammocks for the babies, fixed their playground, provided TV’s for some of the classrooms, a CD player, a projector for the teachers to use, bought some chairs and tables for one of the classes, and with your help we were also able to paint their dining room.  This blessed and helped all the amazing teachers that work there to help all these children that are coming from dysfunctional homes to have a better opportunity in accessing a better education.  The principal at the school said “We believe that if we work hard and give these children a better education, that we’ll help them to have a life with bigger opportunities.”  Also with your amazing help we were able to provide some food to the families of our teenagers, school supplies, school shirts, and with your support we were able to have special activities for our teenagers.

This year has been a really hard year for Costa Rica with a bad hurricane, but even worse was a Tropical Storm that affected thousands of Costa Ricans.  Many of you were willing to give money for food and to buy items for families that lost everything here in Costa Rica, and Veronica and I are really thankful for all that you’ve done!!

Please continue to pray for us and our ministry here in Costa Rica, and always remember that all of you are such an important part of our ministry through your prayers and financial support!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

We love you!!!

Salvador, Veronica, Josue & Sofia

 

‘’but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord;”  Joshua 24:15

 

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8/24/2017

Dear family in Christ,

So many things have happened these last couple of months here in Costa Rica, and I would like to share some of them with all of you.
MINISTRY:                                                                                                                               Last time that we sent our letter to all of you we were still trying to find a place to meet with our teenagers on Saturdays for our youth group, and also for our Bible study on Sunday mornings.  God answered our prayers!  Praise God!!  He provided the best place for us to get together at a Christian school in Los Guido called Escuela Cristiana Los Guido that opened their doors to us to use for our ministry.  We are renting a classroom to have our meetings there, and we can also use their gym to play games there with our teenagers.  Veronica and I are so thankful for Adriana who’s the principal of the school for the blessing she is for us and our ministry.  Now we’ll be partnering with this school, and will be working together not only with the children at the school, but also teaching the Bible to the parents of the children.
We are so very happy also, because we are also working with the day care center in Los Guido, and in 3 other communities in 3 other day cares.
God is so very good, and when He does things He makes it ever so perfect!!!!
In July we had the opportunity to have 2 weeks of VBS in Los Guido with 2 different churches that came from the USA.  Cibolo Creek Community Church from Texas, and Mountain Top Community church from Alabama.  Both Veronica and I are so thankful for these two churches, because both churches prepared really amazing stuff for the children of Los Guido to enjoy, play, and learn more about Jesus Christ!!!
Also we had other teams from the states that came and helped in different ways at the school in Los Guido with either painting the school, laying sod in the soccer field or supplying money to buy different things that the school needs.  Thank you to so many of you that helped us bless this amazing community that God is allowing us to work in.
Just one story from the many that we could share from this summer.  One of the teams that came with their little children raised money back at home doing different things to buy food for the families of Los Guido.  We had a little extra money left of what we normally ask teams to buy to put in a bag of food for one family, so with the extra money we decided to put items like cereal in the bags as well.  When we took the bags to the families one of the girls became so excited, and said I can’t believe that we got cereal!  We can’t afford to buy cereal so we hardly ever have it in our home!!
We are so thankful to all of you for helping us to keep working in this community and keep teaching them about God’s love and goodness.
FAMILY:                                                                                                                                   Our little Sofi just turn 2 years old!  How time passes so fast!!!  Josue is about to start first grade in September.  Please pray for him, and us because it’s going to be a hard transition from kindergarten to first grade being that the school he’s attending is a really demanding school.                                                                                                                                             Veronica and I want to thank our God for an amazing summer, and for how blessed we’ve been working with all the teams that came with Score this year.  We also are so very thankful ou so much to all of you who faithfully support us financially, and pray for us, and constantly encourage us to keep doing our ministry here in Costa Rica.  Without you we couldn’t do our ministry!!     God bless you all!
We love you,
Salvador, Veronica, Josue and Sofia

So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God    Colossians 1:10

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6/6/2017

Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you so much to all of you that support our ministry and family here in Costa Rica. I hope that all of you know what a blessing you are not only to our family, but also to so many others around us that are being blessed through the financial support that you send us.
MINISTRY:                                                                                                                                    After spring break we started working hard and getting ready for all the mission teams that are coming this season. This year ahead of time Veronica and I started praying for each one that will be coming to do ministry, so that they can be a blessing for so many here in our country, but also that God will do His work in each one of their lives, and prayerfully that He will minister through us towards them.
We are so happy this year, because we’ve started partnering with a Day Care in Los Guido where we love to go visit and spend time with the children, and getting to know the amazing teachers that put their hearts out there every day not only in teaching school curriculum, but also teaching all those children about our Lord and Savior.
We are so very thankful also, because a couple of churches and schools from USA helped on some important projects that the Day Care had needs of. Like making a small soccer field by removing a tree and laying sod, getting televisions for some of the class rooms, buying some new tables and chairs for classes, and getting some items for the babies. Thank you so much to all of you that spent your time and money helping the Day Care in Los Guido. Please be praying because we just got a new contact to start visiting and working with 2 other new Day Cares in very poor areas as well. We are really excited to see what God is going to do in these new centers for children!
Our youth group and church are doing really good, but we still have problems in renting a place in Los Guido, because the place we usually rent from, rents out the building out to others leaving us struggling to find another place to hold our ministries. Last year Veronica and I started praying that God would provide for us a new place in Los Guido big enough to have our meetings (which aren’t many in that area) or that God would provide that money for us to be able to buy either a building or land where in the future we will be able to have a multipurpose center that would be able to be used as a church and to have our youth activities. Our dreams are that one day we would be able to host different activities in there like, teaching English to the youth and adults in the community, teaching the Moms to make things that they can sell and make money to help their families and, host camps for children and youth of the area and have the children from different schools come for a day retreat along with their teachers. A piece of land we were looking at it and so thought God had opened doors was shut today. Yet God knows where this future land or building will be in Los Guido. He has already blown our minds away when we received the amazing news about our first donation for the purchase of land!! We don’t even have to share with anyone the desires of our hearts, because our God is so awesome, and He knows all our dreams and desires. He knows our hearts, and how much we love the people of the Los Guido community.                                                             FAMILY:
Our family is doing well. Sofia is about to turn 2 years old, and is talking and is our sweet little princes. Josue is about to finish kindergarten. Please pray for Josue’s health. He’s been diagnosed last year with asthma
so he receives treatment every day, but lately he has been getting sick so often that the doctor says that his immune system needs to be built up, so we are now giving him a treatment to help with that as well, so please pray that this will help him.
Also, Veronica and I have gotten really sick this year, so please pray for us that even with the busy schedule that we can take care of ourselves to be healthy so we can accomplish everything that God has put in our hands to do.
We just want to finish this letter saying, “God is so good” as we see this day after day in our lives, in how we see His goodness!!
-Through the people that God surrounds us with, that care about us, praying for us, send us messages encouraging us to keep doing God’s work, people caring about our spiritual life and people that just are there to love us up.
-Through the beautiful family that He’s given us, which is a huge blessing from above that supports us big time.
-Through an amazing work team (Score International) and an amazing leader Andy Gordley who takes care of us, and helps us so much in helping us in our ministry and making it so much better.
-Through His mercy towards us, giving us a beautiful ministry where we can invest in the lives of people every day, and to teach them about how awesome our God is, and how truly good He is.
Thank you so very much for being there for us, praying and supporting us financially! You all are a part of what God is doing in so many lives here in Costa Rica.
With a thankful heart for all of you!!
God bless you
Salvador, Veronica, Josue and Sofia

So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God Colossians 1:10