A Reformed church started by Dutch immigrants that became part of the IRB when the federation was established in 2000. Pastor Beto and the Unaí Council provide spiritual and administrative leadership. The church is part of a larger Dutch colony that includes farms, a school, a hotel and restaurant, opportunities for eco-tourism, and a “Colony Days Fair” to celebrate the colony’s life in Brazil.
The region has experienced rapid development in recent years after the building of Brasília and the opening up of the cerrado soils to cultivation of soybeans and irrigated rice. There are large herds of cattle—305,000 head (35,000 milking cows)–and extensive plantations of corn, beans, soybeans, sorghum, and rice.