The First Week

After 15 years of dreaming, planning, working, and persevering, we were finally able to see the dream become reality and enjoy the fruit of years of labor.

GETTING STARTED:

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Cinic & Mission Staff on our grand opening day:  (Back) Yuly, Luz Neira, Clara Ines, Samy, Katrina, Marley, Ricarda, Marlaine; (Front) Yolanda, Jorge, Erika, Esther
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“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

PHARMACY:

RECEPTION:

MEDICAL:

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DENTAL:

Therefore… stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

… You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.  How joyful…you will be!

Psalm 128:2 (NLT)

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Introducing Our Clinic Staff

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Lto R:  Erika, Luz Neira, Zuly, Clara Ines, Katrina, Marlaine, Esther

We are so blessed and thankful to have a great pioneering team to operate the clinic on a day-to-day basis.

Erika is our dentist and she treats patients Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  In addition, Erika has been a part of Proyecto Libertad’s team for the last 14 years and has served as the mission director in Bocachica since 2008.

Luz Neira is a Bocachica native and a long time friend of our Proyecto Libertad family. She is in charge of cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the clinic as well as properly disposing of clinic waste materials according to the governmental requirements.

Zuly, from Bocachica, is our pharmacy assistant who mans the clinic pharmacy from Monday through Friday.

Clara Ines, also from Bocachica, was enrolled in Proyecto Libertad’s child sponsorship program.  After graduating from high school she studied and trained to be a nursing assistant and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

Katrina, from Bocachica and a child sponsorship graduate, is the dental hygienist who assists Erika with all of her patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Katrina has been assisting Erika as a volunteer at the mission for the last couple of years, even before the clinic was opened.  In addition to dentistry, Katrina also helps with clinic administrative duties.  

Marlaine, another Bocachica native and child sponsorship graduate, is our clinic receptionist.  Marlaine’s childhood home is next door to the mission so our families have been neighbors for the last 19 years!  It was always a dream of ours to be able to see graduates of our child sponsorship program working at the clinic some day, so it is very special for us to have Clara Ines, Katrina, and Marlaine working with us!

Esther is our medical doctor and clinic administrator.  She has played a vital role in getting the clinic legally registered, approved and opened.  Esther has invested untold hours and many late nights in order to help make the clinic’s opening and operation a reality!

Unfortunately a couple of people were missing the day this photo was taken.  Not pictured above but also very much part of the team are:

Elisabeth , who is currently visiting family, friends and supporters in her homeland of Norway.  She is a general practitioner and treats patients Wednesdays through Fridays. God sent Elisabeth to us at a time when we really needed someone to help hold up our arms (Ex. 17:12)!  In addition to treating patients over the last two years, she also played a big role in helping with all of the official paperwork (manuals, procedures, contracts, etc…) in preparation for the clinic’s registration with the Health Department.

Maira, from Cartagena, is our pharmacist.  She comes out to the island once every other week to oversee and supervise the pharmacy operations. 

Note: Erika, Esther, and Elisabeth are full-time missionaries with Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

 

Clinic is Open!

We are humbled, excited, and thankful to announce that on July 20th the clinic officially and legally opened it’s doors to serve the community of Bocachica.  July 20th, 2016 will be a day that goes down in history for all of us here at Proyecto Libertad.

We are so encouraged to share the news and to thank each person who participated in making this dream a reality.  From the donor who helped us buy the property back in 2001, the  youth group who helped clear the land, the countless staff, volunteers, and donors who participated over the last 15 years by working, praying and funding; the community of Bocachica…from small children to strong young men, middle-aged housewives and elderly grandma’s…who helped unload sand and cement, hauled building supplies, made cement blocks by hand, stuccoed and painted, who helped with every phase of construction, who cheered us on and kept encouraging us even when things looked grim and we wondered if this day would ever come.  To the teams who have come and invested their time, resources and expertise in making this dream become a reality.  To those key people who spent untold hours pouring over paperwork, creating operating manuals and safety manuals, filling out forms and applications; studying, researching and getting everything officially and legally ready for our inspection by the Health Department; and to our pioneering team of clinic staff who are dedicated to serving the community day in and day out!  This has been a team effort and so many have invested a piece of themselves!  There are too many names to name and we would fall way short if we tried.

We thank the Lord for not letting us give up; for His protection, keeping everyone safe during this whole 15 year process; for sending so many people to help in so many ways; for providing finances and resources at each step; for correcting us when we were wrong, for picking us up when we stumbled, for encouraging us to persevere, and for teaching us so many lessons about life, service, and faith throughout this whole process.  We thank Him for giving us the privilege of serving Him and for allowing us to see the dream come true.

After witnessing and experiencing His faithfulness through it all, we know can stand firm and trust that He will continue to be with us as we learn to walk out this new phase of the dream.  We know there will be new challenges to face, more mistakes to grow and learn from, and bigger mountains to climb.  But we know that we are not alone.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 

A little walk down memory lane:

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