Fundación Comunidad Viva is a Colombian foundation started by Jorge and Ginny Enciso, leaders of SAM Colombia’s Bogotá team. At the heart of Comunidad Viva are house churches (Casas Corazones) who collectively meet monthly as Ciudad Corazón.
The house churches are the protagonists in Comunidad Viva’s story. They are organic gatherings of the local community expressing their faith and hope found in Christ. Each house church is a community of faith where people eat together, share life, study the Bible in a participative way, and offer themselves to the needy as they grow in their knowledge of God and in relationship with his son Jesus Christ.
Fundación Comunidad Viva’s mission is to empower Christian neighbors to become true agents of social transformation in their communities by restoring and weaving their social fabric. There are many ways in which they invite the community to serve locally. One of these opportunities is at La Cueva, a transitional home for youth exiting the foster care system. Another opportunity to serve is through SuperVacas, a children’s program, which began as a VBS, that infuses teachings of Christ-centered values.
Comunidad Viva is also shaping the narrative of peace in Colombian communities as the country enters a post-conflict era. As the Colombian government announced its negotiations with the FARC guerilla group, Jorge Enciso decided that Fundación Comunidad Viva would be an integral part of bringing peace to the communities. He wrote “If a peace treaty is accomplished, the civil society will face the challenge of forgiving and embracing thousands of ex combatants. This is a task only possible within the Christian ethic of loving one’s enemies. Therefore, no one but the Christian church, united and determined, can face up to this challenge”. Through the redemptive grace that the Gospel offers, and through curriculum in their SuperVacas program, the transformation of this society is possible.
Fundación Comunidad Viva and South America Mission are strategic partners, working together to see transformation as the church multiplies and the people of God embody His Kingdom. Through this ministry, we hope 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.
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