(in the picture right, we are standing in the shop door). One of the ministries of the church is in the area of micro-business. They are keenly aware of the need to be about developing opportunities to sustain families.
The congreation's biggest entrepreneurial endeavor to date is an investment in one family's fish business. This family farms fish for eating and for aquariums. The family has grown to the point of operating a number of sites where they farm the fish, a restaurant where they serve fried fish (very delicious), and the little store selling fish and aquariums. They are starting to handle tropical birds also.
In the back end of a Land Cruiser we rode around the mountain side community of Supia visiting fincas, eating and hearing the stories of the beautiful people of Union Misionera de Supia. We were accompanied at each stop by a farm truck loaded in back with the young adults of the congregation. It is clear to me that while these folks enjoy their gatherings for worship, however, the true stuff of the church is in how they are living in the world.
Our visit with the mayor of Supia indicates the expected scope of ministry for Jhon Fredy and his congregation. Because of Jhon Fredy and his congregation's lobbying with the mayor and city council, the town now celebrates an annual day of peace complete with a peace parade (Pan y Paz) which coincides with United Nations International Day of Peace. Might it be that we in North America have, in our lust for separation of church and state, forfeited our voice?