Thank you so much to everyone who joined us through prayer and encouragement as Roberto and Elisabeth awaited the news of the sunken boat and motor. We are happy to report that both the motor and the boat have been rescued and will be able to be salvaged. All we can say is THANK YOU, JESUS!!! Here is a note from Elisabeth:
“Grateful for good results and relieved that 6 days with a little too much drama will soon be over. The boat was finally hoisted up today from 65 1/2 feet deep and dragged to shore. There was some damage, but everything seems to be repairable. Expenses in excess of $2,500 usd. It is a lot of money, but not compared to the costs of buying a new boat and motor. We give all the glory to God. We feel like we have been given a gift of new life. Thanks so much for all who have stood with us these days !!!”
The name of the boat being used for the search: IN JESUS I TRUST
We got a report from Roberto and Elisabeth today…
Roberto shared that the boat they were in had bags of cement, iron re-bar, and about 8 tons of sand, all of which was going to be used for the construction of their house. He said that after the boat was sucked under by the current of the ship he was under water for about 2 minutes fighting against a whirlpool and strong pressure in his ears. Feeling desperate he just started to pray. He said:
“I could see a bright light and I sincerely thought it was Jesus waiting for me and He gave me a special strength to try to swim or run towards Him and then when I was almost there, I realized that it was the surface of the water. All of the other five survivors were looking for me. I was the last to come up out of the water. Thank God we are all alive and can give a true testimony of how He takes care of His children. We still have not found the boat. We have spent four days so far and tomorrow we will go out once again. Please continue praying that we can rescue the boat and the motor, which are the most expensive things that were lost.”
Psalms 18: 6
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
We would like to ask you to please pray for a very difficult situation that happened two days ago. Our mission doctor, Elisabeth, and her husband, Roberto, are in the process of building a house in Bocachica. Two days ago they were bringing a boat load full of building supplies out to the island. Roberto, and five other men were in the boat transporting the supplies when a big wave caused by a passing cargo ship caused them to capsize. We are very thankful to God that Roberto and the other five men are all safe! However, the boat, the motor, and all the building supplies sunk and were lost. The last two days several men have been diving, trying to find the boat in hopes of being able to salvage it. So far they have not been able to find anything. This is a very difficult situation for Roberto and Elisabeth because not only have they lost all of the building supplies and the money they invested to buy them, but they are also now responsible for the cost of the lost boat and motor that they rented to transport the materials. This all represents a great deal of money, much more than they have at their disposal. Tomorrow the men will continue to dive in hopes of finding and rescuing the boat. PLEASE PRAY WITH US!! Roberto and Elisabeth need a miracle!!
Yesterday we said goodbye to another group from a Korean church group visiting from the United States. They came to us through one of our partner ministries from YWAM Cartagena called ESUNIC. We had a lot of action going on in Bocachica over the last couple of days involving children’s ministry, a medical brigade, and a special presentation at our weekly Thursday night cell group.
What a blessing to host this beautiful group of Spirit-filled youth from a Korean church in California. They ministered tirelessly and joyfully in the community. Staff member, Marley, gave this report:
“…they were very strong in the area of prayer, intercession and the move of the Holy Spirit and that was key in our times with the community because we went out to share and evangelize and even though they couldn’t speak very good Spanish at all, they were very anointed and that opened so many doors and drew them closer to the families that we visited. Everywhere they went, the atmosphere changed; they prayed for the elderly, for sick children, and adults and the presence of God was so palpable!”
Blanca Rosa Salcedo, from Sincelejo, Sucre (Colombia), joined our team in the summer of 2002 and served for a total of 5 1/2 years in Bocachica. Later, Blanca worked with YWAM in Costa Rica and South Africa before returning to work with Proyecto Libertad for a second term in March 2012. Over her 9 years with the ministry, Blanca served in many areas including evangelism & discipleship, leading our weekly cell group meetings and Bible courses, directing our Mini-DTS, supervising our Child Sponsorship Program as well as serving on our Leadership Council. As Blanca has invested these years, using her God-given gifts for teaching and mentoring, her impact on the community has been a valuable asset for Proyecto Libertad and the community of Bocachica.
As Blanca leaves us, she will be continuing her service with YWAM in Cartagena as she steps out in faith to pioneer a new ministry focused on the prevention and intervention of human trafficking.
Blanca is part of our family and while we are sad to see her go and will miss her so much, we are also proud of her for stepping out into this new journey of faith.