Soporte Pastoral, A program of Hope Fellowship Outreach, Inc.
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 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. Our ministry remains invisible to their congregations.
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: 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 10 congregations of 100 rather than 1 congregation of 1,000.
Pastor Pablo and Etilma Dominguez in Belen, Costa Rica
Pastor Pablo and his wife Etilma lead a church in Belen, Costa Rica. They built their structure from nothing. Every week they 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 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 Ronny and Antonella Bustos, El Roble, Carrillo
Pastor Ronny and his wife Antonella relocated to the El Roble community over a year ago with the intention of establishing a strong Christian congregation in the area. They have 12 years of biblical college education and have planted churches before, but their mission in El Roble was more than that. When they arrived in the community, they found a church that was literally just a storage shed, with only 2 church members. El Roble, being a remote community with no more than 150 people living there, has strong catholic traditions that make it difficult for new church growth. But in spite of the extreme geographical and religious limitations, these pastors work tirelessly and with compassionate hearts for the community to provide the love and care the people here are seeking. In the year since they have been here, their church has grown to over 30 people, all serving selflessly to build the Kingdom of God!
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.
We continue to host mission teams-groups that provide medical and dental services to our supported churches, teams that have ministered to the community and youth, and construction teams.
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