Faith in Christ Along the Coast

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On the Nicoyan coast, ways of living and believing in Christ are so varied that there are more churches than schools, so The Voice of Guanacaste documented the groups that devote their time to studying Jesus’ work and worshipping in different ways.

Within a distance of about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Buena Vista in Samara to Nosara, there are Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses and several denominations of Evangelicals, who base their beliefs on biblical foundations. Although the basis of all of them is Christ, their styles of worship, music, doctrines and rituals vary according to the belief.

The parish of Nosara serves 22 coastal communities, and even though Mass is offered every day, Sunday is the most important day of the week for them. The faithful who attend Mass dress up in their best clothes, Bible in hand.

On the other hand, the evangelical churches meet four times a week to worship Jesus and acknowledge their sins before God. These churches are located in the Hollywood neighborhood of the town of Nosara, in the center of Nosara, and in La Esperanza of Nosara, as well as in Barco Quebrado and in San Fernando in the district of Samara.

For their part, Jehovah’s Witnesses imitate the model of life established by Jesus Christ and are known for the daily preaching work that they perform from house to house, usually organized in pairs of two. The Kingdom Hall is located in the town of Esterones, Samara, and has 33 active members who meet twice a week in a small hall to praise Jehovah, the creator of the universe. They also give Bible discourses in which the whole audience participates.