We are a little behind on reporting but this past summer in the midst of getting the clinic up and running, we were also blessed by three teams that came to work with Proyecto Libertad and the community of Bocachica. We love having the opportunity to bless the community by facilitating and funneling this outside help to the community programs that are operated by the Bocachica natives.
A group from New Vision Church in California came for the second year and ministered so sweetly to the families, elderly, youth and children of Bocachica. They participated in evangelistic outreach, home visits and prayer ministry as well as children’s ministry and participating in our weekly cell group at the mission.
For the third year we welcomed a team of international students from the World Vision chapter at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. This year they helped 10 families to improve their systems for collecting rain water by installing PVC water canals in their homes. They also organized a Soccer Camp for kids and did some basic Health Education teachings.
We hosted a team of 3 students from the Rio de Plata Bible Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. These students form a part of the Institute’s Missions Formation School. During their time with us the students worked at the clinic teaching community members about strategies to address the problem of child abuse. They also ministered at Bocachica’s elderly community center which is run by the local Catholic church and taught a group of children and teens from the local FourSquare Church’s Compassion program about sexuality.
We are so happy to welcome our newest volunteer to Proyecto Libertad. Olivia is from Sweden and will be working with us for the next three months helping in a variety of areas including hospitality and children’s ministries.
In Colombia the national Day of Love & Friendship is celebrated on the third Saturday of September! This year we had the blessing of celebrating with a little get-together and gift exchange with our mission and clinic staff. We are so thankful for the team the Lord has provided for us at this time.
Over the last few months we have been anticipating the departure of Samy, Marley and Moises (and baby Sean) and today the day finally came. We have shed our share of tears and will miss them so much. They have been a part of our family for the last 15 years so it’s hard to imagine what it will be like without them!
Both Samy and Marley came to the mission as kids and we have had the privilege of watching them both grow-up, continue their educations, and create a family together, all while serving the Lord full-time in missions. It has truly been a joy and a gift!
Even though we are sad to see them go, we are also happy for them to start this new chapter of their lives, as they move to the city of Monteria (about 180 miles south of Cartagena), start new endeavors, and have their second son who is scheduled to arrive next month. We will always hold them in our prayers and thoughts and they will always be family to us, no matter the distance. We are already looking forward to future road trips to Monteria!!
Goodbye get-together in July.
Goodbye dinner at Crepes & Waffles.
Saying goodbye to short-term volunteer, Ricarda, from Germany, and the Cruzate’s.
Farewell party at the mission.
Marley and Moises with Samy’s mom, Rosita.