We recently visited Cayambe which is going to be the site of the first home and medical clinic. We met with Pastor Jose and took a tour of the completed clinic. We also had a wonderful time of dreaming and visioning together. Pastor Jose has an ultimate dream of building a laboratory on the first floor of the clinic. This is very exciting for us. In touring the clinic and talking with Pastor Jose, we gained a lot of information that we were wondering about as far as set up. Now, we have in mind next steps to take which is good for us.
We also recently had a meeting with both the president of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Ecuador, Henry Burbano and the president of FACE, Roland Escola, (the social outreach branch of the Covenant here for which our project will be under) to also discuss next steps. It was an encouraging time and exciting to see that they are both as anxious as we are to get things moving. Here are some next steps that you all can be praying for…
~Setting up Kim’s rural training. We are hoping this will be in Cayambe, but it will be decided by the Ecuadorian Medical Association. All this paperwork was turned in on Thursday April 24. We petitioned for this to be in Cayambe or somewhere close. Pray it will be so. Just to recap…after this year of rural training is completed, Kim will hopefully be given a medical license here to practice as a physician.
~Finding a physician to be responsible for the clinic. Since Kim is not licensed yet, there has to be a doctor who will take responsibility for the clinic until Kim is licensed. We are looking into this now as well as all of our partners here. We hope to be able to find a Covenant doctor who believes in the mission in Cayambe. This physician has to be in place before the clinic can open.
~We are also working on trying to find a coordinator with FACE that will help lead the project. This coordinator will do a lot of the background work with the government, etc, etc. Please pray for a person who is not only qualified, but passionate about working and helping kids.
~Finding land for the home. Although not all of the funds are raised yet for building the first home in Cayambe, we are going to start looking for land to hopefully start building in August. Please pray the land will be provided (and at a good price) and that the funds would come in for that. If you want to donate towards purchasing land, you can give at our website…https://www.santiagopartnership.org/
~Container update. We discussed the contents of the container with Henry and Rolando and they were also on board with trying to rush things a bit. We scratched working with the lady we were working with since it had been a month and nothing happened and are going back to the drawing board. Luckily we have people working with us that know how to get things done. Please pray for the container and all its contents to be shipped here quickly!
So, although there are a lot of things to get done, we are VERY excited that God is working. Because He is, in spite of us and for us, He is working. He was already working before we got here! Praise the Lord for what He is doing and what He is going to do!
Here are some pictures of the clinic: