Hope Fellowship Outreach supports Christian Ministries in Costa Rica, by receiving tax deductible donations from US residents and transferring them to the ministries. Our newest program is Soporte Pastoral (Pastoral Support) Program. This program came from our belief that it is better to build the Kingdom of Heaven in 10 churches of 100, than 1 church of 1,000.
VISION: To assist pastors in small barrio churches of Costa Rica, develop strong church leaders to disciple others in the community, and to build the local church into a dependable and reliable resource to the community. This will be done by mentoring of the pastors and their church leaders, providing equipment and education materials, and financial assistance where possible.
CONCEPT: Soporte Pastoral is a tool to be used to expand the Kingdom of Heaven in Costa Rica by providing pastors in small local communities with the tools, training, mentoring support and a stipend for their personal support and facility development. The purpose of the program is to build the Kingdom of Heaven, not the program. The Pastoral Support Program believes it is better to build ten congregations of 100, rather than one congregation of 1000.
HISTORY: Historically, local pastors in Costa Rica are on their own without support. They prefer to be the captains of their own ship, and we celebrate this! However, their growth can be stunted due to lack of resources, no assistance, no respite care and just the stagnation of ideas and lack of fellowship with other pastors. They are working as a pastor as their second job. Additionally, and understandably, they have been hesitant to associate their congregations with others, for fear of being taken over or their program being overshadowed, renamed and controlled by a (usually) larger group. Paramount, we must aim for the pastors growing their programs where they are planted, and never try to force anything on them or rename them. Our ministry needs to remain invisible to their congregations. Constant supervision of our support staff will be necessary to ensure that they do not inject themselves into the pastor’s program.
CONSIDER HAVING YOUR CHURCH, OR GROUP ADOPT ONE OF THESE CHURCHES. WE ARE DOING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF EACH CHURCH AT THIS TIME AND WILL PUBLISH IT SOON.
Pastor Pablo and his wife Etilma, lead a church in Belen, Costa Rica. They built their structure from nothing, wow! Every week the minister to "the least of these" and are in desperate need of supplies. Pastor Pablo is very passionate about building his discipleship program. Please pray for Renacer Church and consider partnering with them to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Yalmar and wife Maria, lead the small church near the Lakeside School. They have built their worship shelter from their own funds, and own other property to develop as funds become available. We look forward to supporting this pastor, and hope to start a meal program. We hope to find monthly support to fund this pastor and his great program.
Pastor Carlos and his wife, Eufemia are two very special people. They shepherd a flock in Martina Bustos, and run a program for 60 children every week. They have very minimal support and are in need of both educational materials and physical goods: like food for hungry children! Will you pray and consider partnering with this gospel centered church?
This is the entrance to one of our supported churches In Martina Bostos, one of the poorest communities in Costa Rica. It is sand bagged to prevent flooding.
Our first mission group is arriving September 20, to support Pastor Pablo, in Belen.
Our next mission trip is being planned now. More information to follow.
IF YOU ARE COMING TO COSTA RICA, WE WOULD LOVE TO TAKE YOU ON A ROAD TRIP TO VISIT OUR PASTORS. JUST CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW, AND LET US KNOW YOUR ITINERARY.
Your generous tax deductible donation will fund the training, mentoring, educational materials and financial stipend for local pastors with no support. Meal centers and other physical needs will be met so that the gospel can be spread more easily throughout Costa Rica, and the world.