Sharing the Gospel with the children in the community center led the Foundation to develop SuperVacas, a recreational Bible program taught through week-long camps. The impetus for developing this program was to give children a safe place to play and learn about God during school vacations, especially in areas where there are no parks or other recreational areas. SuperVacas curricula are shared with other churches through the community center in hopes of keeping local children off of the streets and expanding the reach of the Gospel. SuperVacas utilizes local churches as safe places for the community and is used a tool to plant new churches in unreached communities.
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One of the largest needs identified by the Foundation in its early years was that of cyclical child abandonment and the resulting orphan crisis. The Foundation created La Cueva (“The Cave”): a refuge for orphans who have aged out of government care, making the difficult transition into adulthood alone. Once accepted into La Cueva, individuals gain immediate access to a support network normally unavailable to them: job opportunities, university loans, affordable rent, spiritual mentors, and a faith community.
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what we do
The guiding principles of the Foundation are rooted in the principles of Christian Community Development established by John M. Perkins and further developed by the Christian Community Development Association.
The main pillars of Christian Community Development are known as the Three R’s: Relocation, Reconciliation, and Redistribution.
Relocation into broken communities causes those who wish to serve to clearly understand the real problems facing the poor. Relocation transforms the concept of “you, them, and theirs” to “we, us, and ours.” The effectiveness of the ministry comes from communities of believers that have a personal stake in the development of their neighborhoods.
Reconciliation has two components: people to God and people to people. Jesus commanded us to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt 22:37-39). We believe that to truly live out the gospel, we must first help people develop relationships with Jesus Christ, and then develop community relationships that break down racial, ethnic, and economic barriers.
Redistribution brings new skills, new relationships, and new resources and utilizes them to empower the residents of a community to bring transformation. When the body of Christ is visibly present in a community, and when His people are intentionally loving their neighbors as themselves, there is a just distribution of resources. Seeking this distribution in underserved communities helps people help themselves, which ensures that the efforts of Christian community leaders are effective in the long-term.
**Adapted from https://ccda.org/about/philosophy/
why we do it
Jorge and Ginny Enciso moved to Bogota, Colombia in 2008 for the purpose of serving their community by being good neighbors, showing an example of what it means to be Christ followers, working for community justice, and using their skills and resources to meet the needs of the community. They relocated for the essential component of effective ministry: reconciling people to God and to each other in a very broken, hurting community.
In hopes of bridging the local church with the communities, Jorge and Ginny started the non-profit Christian community development foundation, Fundacion Comunidad Viva (“the Foundation”). The Foundation’s mission is to empower Christian neighbors to become true agents of social transformation in their communities, by restoring and weaving the social fabric. Its vision is to see cities and towns all over South America transformed by the impact of local churches committed to the Christian ideal of love, community and social justice.
We are men and women with one goal in common: transform communities one neighborhood at a time. We discover needs through the age-old strategy of living in community and building relationships.
who we are
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In 2015, there was a massive drought in the Guajira region on the Northern Coast of Colombia. The Foundation felt called to assist the Wayuu, which are the largest people group in that region. Once the Foundation became connected to the vibrant Christian community, they discovered that one of the desires of that community was to equip their young people to be empowered to work with children and teach them about the Bible. Conexion Wayuu was developed as a training for young people of the Wayuu people group who want to be builders of peace in their communities and who come together to collectively design pedagogical tools to transmit Biblical learning in their communities. The training is multi-faceted, and revolves around Biblical pedagogy as well as giving the youth tools for cultural empowerment. In the past, one component of the training was the approach of using literature as a creator of empathy for peace and the proposal of creating a network of free public libraries. With the help of Colectivo Artístico Júbilo, the training was also able to explore radio and audiovisual initiative as tools for cultural empowerment.
Because we who are a part of Comunidad Viva feel an authentic calling to not walk through this world without leaving a footprint.
Because we believe that in order to be listened to, we must first listen to others.
Because we believe in the local church as an agent of social transformation.
People began expressing interest in the work of the Foundation, wanting to become more involved. These people came to be called “agents of peace”: local individuals who love their communities and liaise between the Foundation and the neighborhood. It became clear, through this process, that “house churches” (gatherings of smaller groups in local homes for inductive Bible study, worship, and fellowship) were the most effective way to bring the Gospel into local communities. These gatherings are typically planted in areas of the city without a strong evangelical church. Currently, the Foundation consists of six house churches run by agents of peace.
As Jorge and Ginny opened their home to the community, 30 to 40 neighborhood children would show up after school to play and study in a safe place, which gave them the opportunity to hear the Gospel. They also identified a need to provide Bible teaching for the children of the house churches. As they began implementing an instructional program for the house church children, they realized the great impact it had on the neighborhood children.
Eventually they opened a community center to allow even more children and local volunteers to participate. This became known as Club Supervacanes. The children of Club Supervacanes meet after school for homework help and to learn about important values and character qualities as they sing, plant, pray, and memorize Bible verses that pertain to a weekly theme. Children take home the lessons they have learned to become agents of peace and change in their communities.
In partnership with local churches, we identify agents of transformation and empower them to work towards the construction of social fabric. We support the work of local churches, thinking together of strategies to reach and impact their communities in a holistic way.