This past Sunday I, Katie, had the opportunity to participate in person in the worship service at Fuente de Salvacion Covenant Church. I think the last time I participated in person was back in January before the peak of infections when everything went back online.
The church has been meeting together, with a limited number of people, social distancing and masks as a way of caring for one another when we are still very much in the midst of a pandemic. I can’t tell you the joy it brought to my heart to see friends in person, to have conversations, to sing and pray together. It was truly a time of reconnecting.
After the service I was invited to stay for a lunch and leader’s meeting. They were discussing steps forward in a new ministry initiative that is taking place in a displaced community nearby. A group of leaders from the church has spent a year being trained by the Biblical Seminary of Colombia in a certificate program called “Faith and Displacement.” This program helps churches identify how to serve the displaced communities in their midst. A pastor, Carlos, of another Covenant Church in the city who has worked 17 years with a displaced community in Granizal was invited to share his church’s experience. Cristina, who led the project, Community Transformation for Peace was also invited to share.
We had the opportunity to pray for those leaders who are facilitating this new ministry at the Fuente de Salvacion church.
I also had the opportunity to meet with the children’s ministry team and hear their plans and encourage them as they are focusing on the theme of building peace this trimester. I was there from 10am to 4:30pm and came away exhausted (not used to being with people that long 🙂 and at the same time highly encouraged.