Linda and I just returned from our "big hike" from Cusco to Machu Picchu in Peru. It was a great hike with good friends.

While we were in Peru, we thought we would connect with the Church of the Nazarene in Cusco. There was a story in Engage Magazine about a project sponsored in Cusco, Peru called "The Meeting Place." It was a local restaurant/coffee house where Nazarenes were engaged in outreach ministries. Here is a link to the article:

We made the effort to go to The Meeting Place, but were disappointed to learn that it is now under different ownership. The Church of the Nazarene is no longer involved. I don't know whether the change is an indication that the project was a failure or if the people involved just decided to place their efforts elsewhere.

I would observe that this result seems typical of my past observations -- When a business attempts to be a "ministry" it is usually not successful at either. It may be that a ministry can be a successful business (consider Joel Osteen). I have not seen a business operate as a successful ministry. It is true that my own businesses have provided significant funds to ministry, but I have never confused business with ministry. They are two different kinds of activity.