Jose was born in El Salvador. From a very young age he came to the country of Belize with his parents. In 2009, they started attending a church in Belize City where Pastor Nelson and Consuelo Juarez ministered. From the age of 12, Jose began to serve in the Lord's work in the Children's Ministry and a servant/usher of the church where he served until he was 20. Jose says, “it was an experience of much learning and spiritual growth.” From a young age, Jose has had a passion for God's work. He knows that there is much to do to spread the Gospel to the nations. He has a desire to serve God and bring His Word to people in need of Jesus in their lives. Since January of 2018, Jose has served as the lead pastor for Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante in Belize City, where he will continue to plant churches to extend God's Kingdom. Jose’s goals and plans are to be able to start new works in Belize City and in different communities, offering training and spiritual growth opportunities for new leaders. His vision is to create, with the help and wisdom of God, a network of churches throughout the country of Belize—including the islands. His vision includes meeting the great need for safe shelters, where needy and homeless children can be given spiritual and physical help.
While at a church service in Belize, at the age of 12, the pastor presented the Gospel message and made the call to receive Jesus. That same day, Jose made the decision to walk with God in his life. “It is a great joy to be able to serve my Creator.” His wife, Yesenia Carolina, also received Jesus in her heart at the age of 12, during a crusade in Ahuachapan, El Salvador. Yesenia has a passion for people and for the development of God's work. Currently, Yesenia is serving in the Children's and Worship Ministry.
Jose met his wife, Yesenia Carolina, at the church where they currently lead/pastor. Some years later they decided to join their lives in marriage. They got married on the July 17, 2017.
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With wonderful diversity, this lush country makes a home for blended cultures and many kinds of wildlife
In Belize cultural roots run proud and deep and are intertwined with Mayan, African and European colonial heritage.
Within its small borders—180 miles long and 68 miles wide—a third of the country provides a protected home for an impressive array of wild animals, including howler monkeys, jaguars and crocodiles.
The land itself provides the primary source of livelihood for its citizens. Natural resources produce exports of crude oil and industrial minerals, as well as bananas and sugar cane. Natural beauty makes Belize a popular destination for scuba diving, hiking and kayaking that attracts tourists outnumbering residents three to one.
Belizeans are known for their friendly and welcoming spirit, even as many struggle to overcome poverty due to underemployment and lack of infrastructure.
Your participation with Missions Door supports music ministry and evangelism in Belize, and helps bring clarity of Christian teaching among diverse traditions and beliefs.
Paca (also called Gibnut) is the “royal rat” of the jungle and popularly enjoyed as game meat.
Christian faith is often blended with Garifuna cultural practices, a blend of African and Amerindian traditions common throughout Central America.
Major Religions: 40% Catholic, 32% Protestant
Languages: 46% Spanish, 33% Creole, 9% Mayan dialects, English official
Poverty: 33% overall, 40% in rural areas
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