Full Sail Ministries
Full Sail Ministries Outreach supports Christian ministries in Costa Rica, by receiving tax deductible donations from US residents and transferring them to the ministries. Our programs came from our belief that it is better to build the Kingdom of God in 10 churches of 100 rather than 1 church of 1,000.
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 assist the pastors in growing their programs where they are planted.
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 offering financial assistance where possible.
CONCEPT: Full Sail Ministries 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. Full Sail Ministries’ believes it is better to build 10 congregations of 100 rather than 1 congregation of 1,000.
Pastor Julio Brenes and Dayana, in Rivas, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Pastor Julio Brenes has been in ministry for 28 years, beginning his journey as an evangelist. He and his family have a passion for evangelism and have been called to preach in other nations in addition to Costa Rica. Their church currently has approximately 120 members, and their vision is to attract, retain, establish, and send. Their desire is to take an ‘ordinary’ person, committed to spreading the values of Christ, and teach them how to share the Word beyond their own church. Spiritually, the church looks forward to expanding their discipleship programs in order to grow God’s kingdom.
Pastor Carlos and Maria Yalmar near Tablato, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Pastor Yalmar and his 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 hope to find monthly support to fund this pastor and his great program well into the future!
Pastor Carlos and Eufemia Lopez in Martina Bustos, Costa Rica
Pastor Carlos and his wife Eufemiand 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 including food for hungry children! Will you pray and consider partnering with this gospel centered church?
Pastor Danilo and Alfonsina Mayorga, Obandito, Sardinal
Pastor Danilo is originally from the south part of the country (Pérez Zeledón) and found his calling for ministry after moving to Obandito, Sardinal many years ago. His church has been in existence for 12 years and Pastor Danilo and his wife Alfonsina started leading the ministry 7 years ago when the church leaders recognized their spirit of service. When Pastor Danilo and Alfonsina first began attending, the church was simply a basic structure that had few walls. It was through their leadership and the grace of God that they managed to build a beautiful church for their community. Currently, the congregation is mainly comprised of women, as the men in the community are reluctant to ‘get closer to God’. This unfortunately has had a negative impact on the church’s financial health as most of the families’ incomes are controlled by these same men. It is the goal of Pastor Danilo to change this dynamic in his church and in the community.
Pastor Jose Jimenez and Nubio Grillo, Sardinal, Costa Rica
Pastor Jose and his wife Nubia arrived in Sardinal many years ago, called by God into His service, starting their ministry with virtually no resources. They had come from Alajuela and had originally worked in Bagaces, raising cattle. Pastor Jose was willing to work at anything to raise money for the ministry – cleaning homes, doing laundry, all kinds of manual labor – because his passion for the church was truly a labor of love. And despite health challenges his wife continues to experience, both Pastor Jose and Nubia have been able to grow their ministry. He is now a full-time pastor, and their church offers several discipleship programs for children and adults, with an emphasis on evangelism.
Pastor Odir and Katia Sarrano in Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
Pastor Odir Sarrano and his wife Katia lead the small church Inglesa Biblica Gyaybal. Gyaybal is a barrio outside of Santa Cruz, Costa Rica. Pastor Odir has been able to accomplish much in the past several years, and now has a thriving congregation. Providing training materials, mentoring, and the community that the Soporte Pastoral program is designed for, has afforded encouragement. Just a hand on the shoulder makes a difference.
Pastor Sergio and Maribel Gonzalez, in Guadalupe, Liberia
Pastor Sergio and his wife Maribel were married 26 years ago when he was just 19 years old and she was 18. From that moment on, they committed their life to serving the Lord and building the Kingdom of God through their church called Iglesia Sin Muros, which translated means ‘church without walls’. Eventually, they were able to purchase the property their church now sits on and that they still lead today. Their main vision is to share the good news of salvation and establish a strong discipleship program within, as well as outside of, their congregation’s church. Their desire is to grow their outreach to include the children of the community, as well as continuing to be a place of rest and restoration for all.
Pastor Juan Carlos Reyes and Maria Edith in San Blas, Nayarit
Pastor Juan Carlos Reyes and his wife Maria Edith moved to the San Blas area 10 years ago to assume the leadership of their church which at the time had just 8 members. The congregation has since grown and the church building has been renovated through the years to accommodate that growth. Pastor Juan Carlos continues to work to improve the conditions of his community and routinely demonstrates his willingness to serve in every capacity, from preaching all services to cleaning the church before and after each meeting. He and his wife are focused on the spiritual growth of the souls of their congregation and building disciples to go out and love and serve others in their small community.
Pastor Ronald Valverde and Irene
Pastor Ronald Valverde and his wife Irene have been in ministry for over 30 years! Their original church was one of the projects supported by a ‘home improvement’ program many years ago, but unfortunately the church was built on rented property. With their economic resources significantly reduced due to the pandemic, they could no longer afford to pay rent and had to vacate their church home. This resulted in Pastor Ronald holding his services in various homes until a generous couple offered the front yard of their house on a regular basis. Pastor Ronald’s vision is focused on the restoration of souls through the Word, with the additional goal of developing a program that allows them to teach their congregation skills (such as painting and wood-working) in order to create job opportunities for the community.
Pastor Edgar Ruiz and Maribel, Langunilla, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
Pastor Edgar and his wife Maribel arrived in Lagunilla in 2011 and began their ministry. A year later, their church was destroyed by an earthquake and they were forced to meet in a tent, and with a much smaller congregation. Despite a myriad of challenges, they were able to rebuild their church in 2014 with the help of their congregation and missionary teams visiting the area. With their building projects behind them, their focus and vision is discipleship, outreach, and a strengthening of their youth group and children’s classes.
Pastor Eduardo Rodriguez and Wendy Porras, Sarapiqui, Costa Roca
Pastor Eduardo’s church is new, just recently formed in 2021. Pastor Eduardo’s father was sick, and a group of 5 people decided to visit him and pray for his health. After that, this same group decided to start meeting regularly for prayer, and their only option at the time was to meet in a shed. Since then, the church has grown rapidly and because of this, there is a big need for discipleship among the congregation. Thankfully, the church has been able to secure ownership of a property and were even able to buy a bus for transportation of the congregation. They have a big heart for the community and are involved in projects for the elderly, the children and social/renovation projects for households.
Pastor Ernesto Evans and Alba Arias, Siquirres, Limón, Costa Rica
Pastor Ernesto came to lead this congregation in response to a need for a new pastor, since the former pastor recently resigned. He has been a man of faith for 60 years and was initially called to this community thinking it would be for just a short time. Fast forward to now and 25 years have passed since he first joined this church – being one of the original 6 members! The church has grown significantly ever since and has collaborated with other pastors to open other churches closer to the main communities to facilitate access for a broader base. Pastor Ernesto and his flock are looking forward to working more closely with men and the youth in their area, especially those involved in drugs and prostitution, which are a significant problem in the Caribbean region of the country.
We continue to host mission teams-groups that provide various services to our supported churches, teams that have ministered to the community and youth, and construction teams.
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