A team of 12 students and faculty from Tabor College’s ministry entrepreneurship and innovation program travelled to Bogotá, Colombia this summer for a unique experience in studying entrepreneurship and ministry.

In addition to Bogotá, the group visited sites at several cities around the country including Ibague, Quibdo, Chocó, Istmina and San Antonio. The trip featured a mix of cross-cultural interaction, observation of entrepreneurial ministries, community building, spiritual formation, reflective practices, and sightseeing.

Tabor’s MEI program requires a course in an international location with the goal of offering students the opportunity to see entrepreneurial leadership in a different cultural context.

Rick Bartlett, director of theological education at Tabor, led the trip.

“The purpose of our international immersion course is to listen and learn from church leaders and others participating in innovative and creative ministries around the country we visit,” said Bartlett.

Students traveled to an organic banana and coffee farm and had the opportunity to sample both freshly picked, dried, and roasted coffee as well as bananas right from the tree.

The students were hosted and led by Cesar Garcia and Sandra Baez, a husband-wife team. Cesar is the General Secretary of the Mennonite World Conference. Both have degrees from Fresno Pacific University and were members of College Community Church in Fresno when they lived there to study.