Serving with CEI (Training Indigenous People) - The Porras Family
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts1:8)
Manuel & Yorleny Porras have two children. Stephanie, 31, lives with her grandmother and works in the capital of Costa Rica. Andy, 17, is currently in his senior year of high school and lives at home with Manuel and Yorleny.
Their ministry is dedicated to serving indigenous peoples in Costa Rica. Motivated by the need in the indigenous communities, and with a desire to see growth and development, in 2008 they began coming alongside pastors and leaders of Christian churches within Central America with training. They have created theological courses and courses to teach practical skills like baking, agriculture, and carpentry.
In 2007, Manuel and Yorleny responded to God’s call on their lives to serve others by preparing for ministry with the Costa Rican missions agency Fedemec. Fedemec provides training for going to the field.
Four years later, the door was opened to travel to Peru to take the literacy program with the Wycliffe SIL organization, where they obtained tools that have helped them to continue with the development of them work within indigenous communities.
From 2013 to 2020, they served with the ministry CAPI (Learning Center for Indigenous) in Costa Rica. Their work consisted of teaching courses to representatives of nine ethnic groups from Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Instruction included Biblical studies, Christian ethics, and practical skills. They followed up on former students by visiting them in their own communities and while there, conducted workshops. In September 2020, CAPI had a change of leadership resulting in a new focus and direction of the organization. With the support of their local church, Manuel and Yorleny decided withdraw from CAPI and start their own organization, CEI (Training Indigenous People) implementing their 13 years of experience. God has blessed and many pastors and non-Christians have devoted themselves to the Lord wholeheartedly.
The vision of CEI is to prepare future missionaries among the Indigenous people who can bring the gospel to remote places in the mountains of Costa Rica that Manuel and Yorleny cannot reach. They believe God will continue to open doors for the spreading of knowledge of His Word. (Acts1:8)
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