The Fraternity of Costa Rican Evangelical
Churches (FIEC), a group of seven Protestant churches formed in 1985, works to
improve the physical and spiritual lives of the people in Costa Rica through
the Gospel. In 2003 the FIEC voted to become the Costa Rican Presbyterian
Church. It envisions nurturing new faith groups in under-churched areas
of the north, with new worship spaces built to solidify their witness in the
partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Costa Rica originally began in 2005 in the
small Pacific coast community of Brasilito and has since expanded to Shalom Community Church in 2010. Founded
17 years ago, Shalom Community Church started with two couples who had a vision
to build a community of believers by being the hands and feet of Jesus in the
small, impoverished community of Fraijanes. From this tiny circle of Christians,
whose first act of service was simply picking up garbage in the streets and
cleaning local creeks and rivers, the church has grown to over 800 members. Their
presence has brought transformation in this community through loving and
serving together. In 2009, a devastating earthquake rocked this small
community, destroying homes and local greenhouses that were the mainstay of the
economy. Since then, Shalom Community
Church has been working to rebuild homes and livelihoods. Peachtree has
sent several teams of all ages over the past few years to support Shalom
Community Church and the community of Fraijanes as they rebuild their
greenhouses, start a community supermarket and a women’s ministry.
Pray for the Shalom
Community Church as it lives out the gospel in its community.
Pray for the Costa Rican
Presbyterian Church and its goal to reaches out to the under-churched corners
of the country.
Pray for the small
community of Fraijanes to have resources it needs in an economically
challenging region of Costa Rica.