The Western District Welcomes You!

Thank you for visiting the Western District Foreign Mission's Department blog. Our intent is to provide you, the pastors, ministers, and saints of the Western District and the United Pentecostal Church International as well as our friends who would like to visit a place to be informed of events happening in our district and to share their thoughts concerning missions with us. We appreciate you taking the time to look over our site, to read the different posts, and last but not least to share your thoughts.


Missionaries traveling in our district:

May 2012

~Dwane Abernathy - Belize, Central America
~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine

June 2012

~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine, Middle East
~Jason Long - Nicaragua, Central America

July 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~John Hemus - United Kingdom, Europe

August 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~Cynthia White - Jordan, Middle East


**David and Yonda Schwarz - Costa Rica

David and Yonda Schwarz

Region(s): Central America/Caribbean

Field(s): Costa Rica

Bio: David Schwarz was pastoring the United Pentecostal Church of Kermit, Texas, and serving as the Texico District’s Pentecostal Conquerors secretary when he and his wife, Yonda, received their appointment as UPCI missionaries to Costa Rica in October 1988. Following deputation and language school in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Schwarzes arrived in Costa Rica in October 1991, accompanied by their two daughters. He is the president of the United Pentecostal Church of Costa Rica and oversees the total work of this rapidly growing church. In addition, he has started a new church in the valley and is the president of the Bible school.

Costa Rica

Republic of Costa Rica/Rep├║blica de Costa Rica

Area Coordinator: David H. Schwarz


Population: 4300000

Area: 19,730 sq. mi.

Capital: San Jose

Languages: Spanish

Religions: Roman Catholic, 76%; Evangelical, 14%

Lying between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, the Republic of Costa Rica has been described as Central America’s most stable nation. In contrast to its neighbors, only two brief periods of violence have marred its democratic development since the late nineteenth century. Oscar Arias S├ínchez, the current Costa Rican president, won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace talks that eventually ended the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Costa Rica has a literacy rate of 96% and an average gross national product per capita of $10,100. The United Pentecostal Church of Costa Rica was founded in 1975 by the Ralph Hollands. In 2007, David Schwarz reported that the Costa Rican church now has 4,800 constituents, 75 churches and preaching points, and 34 licensed ministers.

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