Costa Rica News Outreach

2009 Update on the Moravian Church in Costa Rica







Current Scope Of Ministry

The cornerstone has been laid for the School of Music and Worship. Approximately 77 students are registered with the first semester beginning in the summer of 2008.

There are presently seven Moravian groups in Costa Rica. Many are Creole and Miskitu people who have migrated from neighboring Nicaragua. The province has purchased land for a youth camp and plans to make youth ministry a priority of its service in the future. Some North American congregations have taken an interest in partnering with Costa Rica in this important ministry.


The Chair of the Provincial Board is Dr. Leopold Pixley. The Moravian Church in Nicaragua is the Unity-recognized primary affiliated province with the Moravian Church in Costa Rica.

Role of Board of World Mission

The Board of World Mission is most directly involved in the Costa Rican Province through the cooperative support for Samuel and Alvina Downs. The Downs, Nicaraguans who relocated to Costa Rica, began service at the Moravian Theological College (MOTHECO) in Mbeya, Tanzania, in February 2001. They are serving there under terms of a partnership of Costa Rica, Moravian Church in Western Tanzania (MCWT) and the Board of World Mission (BWM).