Mission and Ministry in Costa Rica

Due to the high cost of properties there is no venue for worship in Costa Rica. Pastor Edmundo and Deaconess Betty have built an addition on the house to hold services with youth and children. The family has a bookstore in their home, run by their son Diego who also supports services and meetings with his musical ability.

I want to support mission and ministry in Costa Rica.

Project 1816 Goal: $25,000


Facility rentals in Cartago and San Jose

1504 CR rentals

Pastor Retana leads Bible study.

By God’s grace Lutheran Church–Canada’s mission in Costa Rica is expanding into the large city of Cartago and into the capital, San Jose. Several mission and social ministry services have started in Cartago such as Bible study for women, outreach to teenagers in challenging life situations, sewing, Bible study groups, international mission teams’ work and other activities.

A new outreach has now started in the capital San Jose with the vision of making it a Lutheran national/international connection since the capital is on the north-south road in Central America.

The church cannot afford to buy property in Costa Rica so rental facilities are needed in both cities.

I want to help support outreach in Cartago and San Jose.

(Project 1504) Goal: $12,000


Children’s Christian education program

Children learn the basics of the Lutheran Christian faith.

Children learn the basics of the Lutheran Christian faith.

Deaconess Betty Retana, together with her husband, Pastor Edmundo, lead this program which gathers children weekly for special Bible story time, catechesis, fellowship, snacks and refreshment. This project funds basic needs such as a stipend for the deaconess, educational resources, Bibles, Catechisms, teaching resources and tools as well as helps with the cost of food and transportation for the children. Your gift of $500 per month can help fund the program.

I want to help support the outreach to children in Costa Rica.

(Project 1503) Goal: $6000


Lutheran outreach in Costa Rica loses meeting place

Children gather to learn about Jesus from Deaconess Betty Retana in Costa Rica.

Children gather to learn about Jesus from Deaconess Betty Retana in Costa Rica.

A children’s program in Costa Rica had to adapt quickly to an unexpected change. The landlord of the house the mission rents in Alajuelita, a San Jose suburb, gave notice to Lutheran pastor, Rev. Edmundo Retana and his wife Betty, a deaconess, that he no longer wanted to rent the property. Fortunately, the pastor made arrangements to continue the children’s program at a local community centre.

They are currently looking for a more permanent location in which to continue the outreach. Wherever the program eventually finds a home, it will need support from Concordia Lutheran Mission Society to help pay rent and buy supplies.  You can help here.

Space to worship, work and sleep

Space to worship, work and sleep – Rental Facilities

A street in Cartago

Pastor Retana continues mission work in Cartago, Costa Rica

Pastor Edmundo Retano is continuing to focus on mission outreach in Cartago and also the capital city, San Jose. These funds will cover the cost to rent a small office space, a missionary’s residence and a place for worship.

Project amount – $6,700
I want to help support this project (1216)

Finding the way to reach people and share the Gospel

Finding the way to reach people and share the Gospel – Transportation

Taxis are expensive in Costa Rica, public transportation is limited and walking is not possible to reach all the distantly located communities that need to hear the Gospel. This project would provide the funds to help assist Pastor Edmundo Retano purchase a car for use on behalf of the mission in Costa Rica.

Project amount – $6,000
I want to help support this project (1215)