Planting in Costa Rica

Planting in Costa Rica

Why is Church Planting So Important?

“It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow … What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving.” (I Corinthians 3:7, MSG)


Can you imagine having church under a tree? In a field? Outdoors during the rainy season? Or in very cold temperatures? In the unreached corners of the world, many church plants struggle to make a visible imprint due to a lack of permanency; the lack of a building.

You can fix this. Right now, in Costa Rica we are building permanent structures for growing congregations. Every $5 you donate will supply and lay a brick to build a church.

Planting new churches worldwide transforms lives and communities. It is a primary focus of PAOC International Missions.

Gary and Kathy Heinrichs are a kingdom-minded couple working alongside the church in Costa Rica, planting and building churches in indigenous areas of Talamanca. Suitable sites are identified by local pastors, and their congregations contribute half of the costs to build a structure.

Recently they planted and built a church with Pastor Maria Isabel Norango Fonseca. Here is her story:

“God bless you all. This church plant has transformed our small community. Our congregation felt that a permanent structure was impossible to build; but for God, nothing is impossible. Every time someone asks us ‘How did you do it?’ we share our great testimony that God is there when a congregation believes. What an impact! With our building, we are able to work for the community; the church is used for many events, such as weddings, funerals, birthdays and Children’s Day.”

Jesus is building His church.

We each have our part to play. Will you empower, build, and transform a nation? Will you make a permanent place of worship accessible to every family in Costa Rica?

For the kingdom,
Murray Cornelius Full Name Signature

Murray Cornelius
Executive Director for International Missions 

Plant a Church is Costa Rica!

Every church planted will impact the lives of 40+ families.


Your gift is matched by the Costa Rican Church. You are equipping local pastors to plant churches where they are needed most.


You are providing the bricks and mortar that give the church a permanent home to reach its surrounding community.


Your donation makes a difference. Whole families are changed forever as they encounter Jesus.