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    A Love Story founded in God's Purpose

    They both are from Costa Rica, Central America, and met under unusual circumstances.  The Lord had a divine appointment for them. Jorge and Lorena met at the First Christian Music Contest: "Canto de Libertad", Costa Rica, in 1987.  Lorena was a singer in a band called "Encuentro" and a special education teacher.  She was a student in "Cristo al Mundo" (Christ for the World) and an active member at MOVIMIENTO CRISTIANO JUVENTUD NUEVA.   Jorge was a fine soloist, a musician and a professional soccer player.  He was an active member of ESCUADRON DE SERVICIO CRISTIANO.

Grupo Encuentro

Manuel, Lorena and Gina *ENCUENTRO*

       Different races and different backgrounds.  But in spite of having everything against them they fell deeply in love and started singing and ministering together. After a very short courtship they decided to join their lives with one only Purpose:  Serving God together.

     They  got married on September 17th, 1988, and have been singing and preaching together since then.  

Our Wedding

     They were worship leaders at CASA DE ALABANZA church (with pastor Bruce Gale)  for 3 years and were working with the teens as well.  After they moved to another city in San José, they relocated themselves into a new congregation  that was their home church until 1994. CENTRO EVANGELISTICO DE ZAPOTE (with Pastor Hugo Solís).   They were praise and worship leaders there for almost 4 years.  These two congregations marked their character and love for the missions and the ministry.  

      Meanwhile they were known as singers through the TV program AQUI ENTRE NOS, and through the TELETHON at channel 23. (TBN broadcast in Spanish)  They saw this TV channel coming to life and when it was just LA VOZ DE LA CUADRA  (the voice around the block).  Today this Station is the largest Spanish station in Latin-America.


Channel 23, Costa Rica

Jorge & Lorena at Channel 23 (today ENLACE)

     They were called by God in 1994 to leave their native country, families, home and jobs in order to dedicate their lives to the Lord.  They started serving as worship and youth leaders at Lakeside Assembly of God  in Spring , Texas, with their  three children: Daniel, Catalina and Alejandra.  

      In 1996 they joined Good News in Bad News Places Ministries and in 1998 they began their own full-time  ministry as overseas evangelists preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, imparting family seminars and have been  in more than 50 countries around the world since they started.

     The songs they perform come from their own inspiration, and they  have recorded some productions with different styles and subjects. 


Jorge and Lorena

      Today they both are ordained ministers, worship leaders, teachers and writers as well. They are well known in different countries of Latin America and United States where their books, manuals and teaching materials are being used as special evangelism tools.  They studied and graduated from the University of Costa Rica, Christ for the Nations (Cristo al Mundo) and have different studies in Greek, Spanish, music and orchestra. 

     The Gamboas participate in local TV programs such as: CELEBRATION at DAYSTAR and DILES at International Spanish TBN in Houston.


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     The Gamboas’s home church is Grace International  in Willis, TX where they are part of the apostolic leadership team along with Pastors Bill and Evelyn Traylor, since 1997.  

      As an extension of their ministry they also belong to VIDA INTERNATIONAL BIBLE  INSTITUTE and work as the Hispanic coordinators.   Among the books they have written are:  "Marriage according to God", "Practical Evangelism", "Religions and Cults" "By the Power of His Presence", "Discipline, Correction and Punishment", "Free from bondage", "Free to Worship Him", "DELIVERANCE", "Courtship and Dating",  etc.

     They have built their own recording studio in Conroe, TX where they have their ministry offices as well.

Gamboa family

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