First Sabbath Offering for the headquarters in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country located in the southern part of Central America. It borders with Nicaragua, the Caribbean Sea, Panama and the Pacific Ocean, comprising a total area of 51,100 km2. The country is mountainous and its climate ranges from tropical to warm with heavy rains most of the year. Costa Rica is blessed with more than a thousand species of orchids and abundant wildlife, with about 725 bird species.
The population of Costa Rica is about 5 milion of which about 50% live in rural areas. Spanish is the official language, although English is spoken by many. Roman Catholicism is the official religion; however, religious freedom is guaranteed by the country’s Constitution.
The Reformation message first came to Costa Rica in 1989 through the efforts of a canvasser and his family. They visited most of the country’s provinces, spreading literature and conducting public meetings and health seminars. Through hard work in preaching the everlasting gospel against the prevailing religious traditionalism, the work was established in the capital city, San José. Several supporters had begun gathering for worship in the home of the canvasser. Thanks to God, nine souls were soon baptized, while many other visitors continued to gather.
Since then, the missionary work has expanded and is now organized as the South Mission of Central America. This Mission integrates the work in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Our aim, through the efforts of our workers, pastors, brothers and sisters in general, is to soon become a Union. For this reason, the brothers and sisters of this nascent mission see the need for a mission headquarters and administrative offices that will be located in Costa Rica.
Despite being rich in faith, our brethren are poor in the goods of this world. To be able to develop our project we will need about US$220,345. For this reason, we appeal to our dear brethren, sisters and friends around the world to support us with a generous offering for this important project that will benefit the development of the work in the southern part of Central America. May God bless you richly.
Your brethren and sisters from the Costa Rican Mission