To Our Supporters, In this time of quarantine due to Covid19, I have been given time to ponder what will change and what will move forward. The one thing that has the most lasting influence is people’s hearts, their bond to a value, their beliefs - and in this case, the power of faith. My thoughts are taken back to Colombia and the community of Santa Cecilia. The church there succeeds because they reach broadly across their community, making their faith a reality for the ordinary lives of their people. The effects of this faith are most visible in times of crisis - especially during this pandemic. Loyalty has an intimate bound with the values and faith of a community of diversified people.. Fundación Formavida will survive this crisis because this bond is expanded and has reached the hearts of their people…It has become part of the culture of the community.
I am taken to the biblical scripture in Acts 4:32, that says, “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Luke gives us a status report of the early Church. It's a snapshot of a community of people whose hearts are utterly revolutionized by believing in Jesus. This is intended to further convey the idea of the Kingdom of God being evidenced on Earth, with its constant growth. Here, we see that they lived differently than we do. Dr. Bryan Widbin, Alliance Theological Seminary professor, taught his students about Mishpat – a powerful dynamic order, as in the early church; the power that God embedded in the design of creation that made the world a life sustaining place with His partnership; giving humanity the ability to live well with one another. “If you have me, you have it all”. We depend on a relationship with God or we have no breath. We must share land and resources and obey God. ONE GOD, ONE LAND, ONE PEOPLE. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is. For brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalms 133:1 Fundación Formavida emulates the early church, living out of mishpat, love and unity. Great things will be done in Santa Cecilia, Colombia! Great things will come forward out of our hearts! With God's Love & Gratitude, Angie Hanlon-Toth