CLINIC EXPANSION PROJECT 2017

The Clinic Expansion Project is our construction project for this year and it has the goal of completing an extension to our clinic in order that we can offer Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2018.  The expansion of the clinic is significant and it is with the idea that there will be additional space for when the clinic grows in the future.  We have a goal to be a clinic that offers specialties, whether it be in Therapy, Women’s Health, Children’s Medicine, Traumatology, etc.

The Clinic Expansion Project will provide for the immediate need of space for Therapy but then there will be additional office space to grow in the future as well.  We had begun the extension previously in what we built earlier this year with the adding of the space for the bathrooms, office and expanded waiting area.  With what we have left to build for this expansion, we will need approximately another $25,000 in funding to complete the project.  If you would like to contribute to this construction project, please click below and type “Clinic Construction” in the place for a “Personal Message”: https://www.santiagopartnership.org/give/

The pictures below show you the expansion of the clinic that was completed earlier in the year that included a new waiting area, bathrooms and an office.  The rest of the photos are of the large expansion that is underway that we talked about above for the therapy rooms and additional space for the future.

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WELCOME ANNALEA!

We want to officially introduce to you Annalea Egging.  Although she has been here 6 months already, we have held off on the introductions because she has been studying Spanish primarily and getting settled in to life here in Ecuador.

Annalea is a Covenant first-term missionary who is and will be working with the Santiago Partnership in the area of medicine.  She has already helped in many capacities and has jumped right in with both feet.  She started last week working in the clinic alongside our physicians.  Annalea has been a Labor and Delivery nurse for 12 years and she also specializes in perinatal loss.  She has a variety of gifts that compliment us and the team here in Ecuador.

Kim and Annalea were in nursing school together at North Park University and she went to Covenant Bible college in Ecuador (2000) and was a dean of women at CBC in 2007.  She has visited Ecuador many other times and has also served in Africa before coming to serve as a missionary in Ecuador.

We are SO excited to welcome Annalea and are anticipating what God is going to do in and through her.  She is currently working in the clinic in women’s health in collaboration with our physicians.  She will also continue working with our medical caravans and will be adding more educational pieces to the clinic and community at large surrounding the clinic.  She will also be helping organize a women’s week in September in collaboration with Ecuadorian partners to serve Kichwa women holistically.

Welcome Annalea!  We’re so excited to have you!   https://www.santiagopartnership.org/about/

To learn more about Annalea and her journey in Ecuador, how to pray for her and support her, follow her at her blog:  https://annaleaswanderings.wordpress.com/

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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD

I (Kim) am keenly reminded quite often how our pasts can come back around.  That is definitely a loaded comment.  Of course, the negative parts of our pasts can. We can think of them and be angry or upset or be controlled by them.  Regardless our pasts shape us for better or worse.  People also shape us and our paths cross with many people along the way.  I have been aware of that this month as we have had visitors from our past.  We haven’t seen them since our time at North Park University, almost 13 years ago.  We went to nursing school together.  They have been supporters and encouragers for quite some time.

We have seen a lot of people from our past who have supported and encouraged us from the beginning when our ideas of a clinic and home were just that, ideas, dreams, what we would say “a calling”.    Support and encouragement may seem like simple words.  We use them a lot.  But we don’t take them for granted or use them lightly.   When we first started talking about this ‘call’ or dream that we felt we were supposed to do with our lives, some people came out of the wood work to support us.  Some, l’m sure thought we were crazy, which is understandable. Some days WE think we are crazy!  But whether from our past or people we don’t even know yet, the encouragement that we receive and the support given some days is overwhelming.  We are shown so often through this encouragement that we are where we are supposed to be.  Although days are hard and yes sometimes we think we are crazy, that encouragement we receive gets us through.  The support we receive keeps us and the Santiago Partnership going.  This is the time for new beginnings with the Santiago Partnership.  The clinic is open for over a year and the home for at-risk children for 2 months.  We have many friends who are part of these new endeavors.  At the same time, as we receive visits from our previous connections (Indiana Wesleyan University, North Park University, Northwest Covenant Church, etc..), we are reminded of all our friends from the past who help make this project possible.

We are thankful for our past and we look forward to our future and the future of the project and the Santiago Partnership.

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Thank you Northwest Covenant Church!

Our Construction Project for 2017: Expanding our Medical Clinic. We had the pleasure of hosting Northwest Covenant Church from Mt. Prospect, IL (our Home church!) and they are helping us with our clinic expansion.

The Clinic Expansion Project is our construction project for this year and it has the goal of completing an expansion to our clinic in order that we can offer Physical and Occupational Therapy in 2018.  The expansion of the clinic is significant and it is with the idea that there will be additional space for when the clinic grows in the future as well.  We have a goal to be a clinic that offers specialties, whether it be in Therapy, Women’s Health, Children’s Medicine, Traumatology, etc.  The Clinic Expansion Project will provide for the immediate need of space for Therapy but then there will be additional office space to grow in the future as well.  We had begun the expansion previously in what we built earlier this year with the adding of the space for the bathrooms, office and expanded waiting here.  With what we have left to build for this expansion, we will need approximately another $25,000 in funding to complete the project.  What Northwest Covenant Church did during their time here will help a great deal but we will need more help.  If you could like to contribute to this construction project, please click below and type “Clinic Construction” in the place for a “Personal Message”: https://www.santiagopartnership.org/give/

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Minga in OUR House

A few weeks ago, we had a bunch of friends over for a Minga in OUR house.  Just as a reminder, “Minga” is a Kichwa word that means coming together to do something together for the greater good… similar to that of an Amish “Barn Raising.”  We are used to holding Minga’s on the building of the Home for At Risk Children as well as the construction on the Medical Clinic.  This was the first time that we ever did something like this that is “ours.”  We were just so touched by the outpouring of love and support.  There were about 20 people there in total with about 8 children additionally.  It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.  See the pictures below.

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Before pictures of our house

We are finally getting caught up on some posts that we have been overdue on.  Here are the “Before” pictures of our house of what it looked like when we bought it.  We wanted to share these because we will be doing a lot of updates to the house and so it will eventually look a lot different.

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We bought a house!

If  you have been following Kim and I here in Ecuador for very long, you know that you have been praying for us as we have tried to purchase a house.  Well, those long-time prayers have finally be answered!  Here are the pictures from the signing this past Thursday.  We´ll be showing pictures of the house very soon as it will take a lot of work to fix it up so we will be showing you the before and after pictures soon.  However, in the meantime, you can rejoice with us and see the pictures from the signing day.  Praise Jesus!

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Meghan Rocks!

We have been blessed by having the best volunteer by the name of Meghan Lóser for the Santiago Partnership project in Cayambe who came to us through the Covenant.  Meghan comes to us from Saranac Community Church in Saranac, MI and has been with us since the beginning of March and we will be, unfortunately, leaving us in the beginning of July.  She recently graduated from the University of Michigan and is in her gap year before she starts Medical School in August.  The time that we have had her with us has been a true blessing as she has such a servant heart and has always been so ready to serve in any capacity that she is asked.  She has worked with us in all of our Medical Caravans mainly serving as a translator as she is fluent in Spanish.  Additionally, she has taken on the large task of assisting us with the inventory of all of our supplies for the Home for At Risk Children as well as the entire stock of Medical supplies that we have in our storage room of the Medical Clinic.  There are before and after pictures below of Medical storage area.  That alone has been a lot of work but all the while she still found time to teach English classes and help the Delps when they needed an extra hand with the kids.  Meghan will be sorely missed but we know she will be successful in her Medical career. Hopefully, we will see her again in the future here in Ecuador!   You can read her blog of her time in Ecuador thus far here: https://megsmissionmoments.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/here-and-now/  As a part of her time here, we were happy to welcome Mark Seversen and Praj David from the Covenant Offices in Chicago this past weekend as they wanted to see where Meghan has been serving as a volunteer as well as talk with us about future Covenant interns.

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Esther turns 3!!

Happy Birthday to our precious Esther Ashby Delp and her third birthday today!!!  Here are the pictures from her party yesterday.

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We are open!!!

We are open!!!! Today, is our first day of being officially open with our Home for At Risk Children where we are awaiting children with open arms. In reality, we wish the services of the Home weren’t necessary but alas the needs for its services in the area of Cayambe are greatly undeserved. We will soon be receiving children coming from situations of neglect, abandonment, abuse and other unimaginable situations. Please pray for our friends pictured here as they will be on the front lines working with these children and their families day and day out.

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