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THANKS for Praying…Licensing Update

Posted by on August 31, 2012

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

First, we just want to say thank you for your continued prayers regarding Kim’s licensing here in Ecuador.  We just have to say, GOD IS SO GOOD!  After a bit of a hectic week and three visits to the Medical Federation here in Ecuador, we were able to talk with the president of the Federation today!  He was about ready to stand up and give a presentation, but Olga worked her magic and a lady asked us what we needed (we must have looked a little out of place).  This lady ended up going up to the front of the auditorium and asking him to come talk with us.  He talked with us and then brought another friend in who spoke English very well to talk with us too.  Olga told him the situation and also that I am a missionary and working with the Evangelical Covenant Church of Ecuador (IPEE).  We talked a little about being a nurse practitioner and he stressed the NURSE part which made me explain that I was more than a nurse, especially a nurse defined here in Ecuador.  He quickly brought the conversation back around, asking how long I had been in school etc.  (I think I surprised him when I said 8-9 years!)

He then said that after completing the “rural medicine” requirement that all doctor’s do here in Ecuador, he thought I would be able to be certified.  He said up until the completion of this, I will be considered a nurse; there is no question in that.  However, after I complete the rural requirement, I can be licensed to practice (as a doctor) here by the Ministerio de Salud (the Ministry of Health)!  Praise the Lord!!!

I almost started crying!  I can’t believe all of this is coming together.  He gave me his personal cell phone number and email address and told us to keep in contact with him about this.  It is not a guarantee that I will be able to do the rural medicine time in Otavalo or Cayambe, but he said they can work on getting me there.  Basically, you are assigned a place to go.  Joel was talking with me and said, “remember how difficult your time at Rush was and remember when you said, why do I have to go through this?’  Well, had I not had the diploma from Rush, things just may not have worked out because it is the fact that Rush is such a well known university that it is recognized as a certified medical university here in Ecuador.

This is such exciting news and we really want to thank you all for your prayers.  When we were leaving I told Olga that so many people had been praying for this, and it showed because the way it happened was such a God thing!

Hallelujah!  Thanks be to God!

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3 Responses to THANKS for Praying…Licensing Update

  1. Scotti Anderson

    Hello Kim,

    My name is Scotti Anderson and I’m a Christian RN and new FNP interested in moving to the Ecuadorian jungle. I just got done with 6 weeks of volunteering at a jungle hospital in Taisha (in Morona-Santiago, about a 30 min flight from Macas). I am planning to go back in September for a few more months of volunteering, but my goal is really to score a visa so that I can stay for at least a couple years working as an NP. I have started working through the visa forms this week.

    I’ve been worried that I’d only be allowed to work as an RN, but I am very encouraged by reading you are potentially going to be classified as an MD and that your rural year will be as an MD. That is so awesome!!

    If you are willing, I am very interested in picking your brain about how you have prepared paperwork and transferred your licensure to Ecuador, as well as who I should contact in Ecuador to get classified as an MD.

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!

    Many blessings to you!

    Scotti Anderson
    cell (559) 241-9382
    (also on Facebook).

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  2. Joel & Kim

    Hello Scotti,

    Thanks so much for your email! It is very exciting to meet you (over email!) and learn of your work in Ecuador. It’s neat to hear about a fellow nurse-practitioner who wants to be there.
    Can you email us at our email address ( and Kim will respond as soon as she is able to. We have been busy and Kim is currently working in a hospital so she doesn’t have a lot of free time BUT!!! we are very interested in getting to know you and would very much like to help you out. If we have an email in our inbox, it is much easier to respond to rather than off this blog.

    Sorry for the delay in responding!



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  3. Joel & Kim

    Oh… and I added you to our newsletter list so you can get our updates. If you’d rather not get them, please just let me know or click “Unsubscribe” on the first one that you receive. Thanks!

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