- development of healthy leaders, multiplication of committed disciples and empowerment of transformational churches
- wisdom and discernment for District Leader Pastor Pedro Flores as he serves the district and his family
- effective and lifelong effects of the Roots curriculum in the lives of Costa Rican children
- Community Church Planting to bring new spiritual depth, numerical growth and economic sustainability
- missionary Wendy Lorenz as she serves the Latin America TCKs (third-culture kids)
Almost half of the Costa Rican population lives in the central valley, an urban sprawl that surrounds the capital city of San José. Four of the district’s churches are in this central valley; the other two are several hours north toward the Nicaraguan border. The district is advancing in its priorities to develop healthy leaders, multiply committed disciples, plant churches, strengthen the FM identity and achieve financial sustainability. The mission district is also training teachers to use the Roots curriculum for children.
In early 1990 a group of some 300 adults who had formerly been part of the Methodist Church heard about the Free Methodist Church from Spanish speaking Free Methodists in Lawrence, MA, and expressed interest in affiliating with a holiness denomination. Free Methodist missionaries studying language in Costa Rica at the time made contact and began attending services. Later the area director visited the congregation’s leadership and took steps to establish a formal relationship between the Free Methodist Church and the congregation. In October of 1990, this group was approved as a mission district under Free Methodist World Missions. Contacts through Costa Rica provided the bridge to start the FMC in Nicaragua, Colombia, and a creative access country, as well as the new 360 Mission District.
Costa Rica Mission District
Wendy Lorenz serves the Latin America Area as the care coordinator for Third Culture Kids (TCKs), working with missionary kids and parents throughout Latin America. She also gives direction to the Free Methodist TCK global team. As an additional responsibility, Wendy...
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Psalm 42 is a precious portion of God’s Word. Here the psalmist opens his soul and allows us to see his reality and emotions: exhaustion, sadness, anguish, loneliness and a crisis of faith. What a contrast to our expectations from a servant of the Lord! Amid the pandemic, many of our Latin American leaders have experienced similar circumstances and deep emotions.
- Population: 4,755,234 (59% urban)
- Evangelical Christians: 14.8%
- FM Work Opened: 1991
- FM Churches: 6
- FM Membership: 318
- Ordained Ministers: 6
- Ministerial Candidates: 3
- District Leader: Pedro Flores
- Ecclesiastical Accountability: FMWM through Latin America Area Director, Dr. Ricardo Gómez
- San José (1.4 million)
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Church Planting & Development
Support for the Costa Rica Church Planting and Development (CPD) fund will help resource the following people and strategic initiatives:
- Mission District Leader – Pastor Pedro Flores
- The district vision plan that includes four priorities: developing leaders, planting churches, strengthening FM identity, and economic sustainability
- Four churches that have started schools for leaders at the local level and a team of people relaunching the Seminario Biblico to offer classes for ordination at the district level
- New church plants in development
Extra Mile Projects
Lorenz Car Fund
Glenn and Wendy Lorenz’s MSA and start-up budget do not include a vehicle. While they are in language school, they are planning to make do with public transportation but once they move to Alajuela to begin their work, a car will be essential.
Pura Vida Esterillos Building Fund
A local developer asked town officials to recommend an organization to receive a plot of land in a new development. They recommended Pura Vida Church Esterillos because of their work in the community. A new Christian and new member of the FMC is an architect and has drawn plans for an attractive, functional community center/church facility on this donated property. This fund will be used to raise and disburse funds to make this dream a ministry reality.