Portantorchas in Costa Rica, is part of Torchbearers of the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship.  The first Capernwray Center was founded by Major W. Ian Thomas in England in 1947. The ministry has extended through Europe and the rest of the world with more than 20 centers worldwide. Each center functions as a base for evangelistic outreach, intensive short-term Bible Schools, Bible conferences and camps.

Founded in 1991, Portantorchas is situated on 5 1⁄2 acres with colorful gardens and trees. The spacious living accommodations provide room for 30 students. This limited number creates a small family atmosphere, which leads to close fellowship and lasting friendships. The grounds are perfect for sports, picnics, and for spending quiet time with God.