We are happy to welcome Yolanda back for 3 weeks of service in Bocachica. This lively Colombiana is full of energy and comes to volunteer at least a couple of times each year. She is always a great blessing helping with the infirmary, hospitality and teaching craft projects to the ladies in the community. Yolanda is a friend who has become family.
Last week we were blessed by a special visit from a South Korean family (Jun, Esther, & Daniel) who have spent the last year and a half in Colombia learning Spanish and preparing to go to Guinea Equatorial as full-time missionaries. They visited us in Bocachica and shared about their vision and passion for Guinea Equatorial with the Bocachica churches. We hope to see them in Guinea Equatorial next year with our DTS outreach team! The Kim family will be returning to South Korea in a few weeks to make all the final preparations for their departure to Africa next year.
Needed: A couple of Handy Men / Jacks-of-all-Trades
How Long: 3-6 months
What: Currently we are experiencing a lot of deterioration of our mission facilities and have a great need for someone to come and help us get caught up on some important maintenance projects. We have lots of exciting projects waiting just for you: rotting stairs, twisted and broken gutters, deteriorating walls, leaky ceilings, dirty and torn window screens, bat and dove infested roofs, and more!! At present Jorge is the only man on staff and with all of the other responsibilities he has directing the mission it is impossible for him to cover all the needs. We need someone who knows how to do all different types of odd jobs, including simple welding, plumbing, painting, basic electricity, and cement/brick laying if possible.
Profile: We need someone who has a lot of self-initiative and is patient, resourceful and flexible because often we aren’t able to find all of the same materials and tools that you are used to using; we have a lot to accomplish with a limited budget; and, you will be dealing with a different language and culture which can be challenging and cause delays.
Cost: All of us here at the mission are volunteers and we all pay a monthly fee to contribute towards covering our own food and housing expenses. The cost is $300 usd per month which covers housing and 3 meals a day at the mission. You would also be responsible for any additional personal expenses such as personal transportation, fun, snacks, communication, toiletries, laundry, etc…
Project Fund: If you are able to help us raise finances especially for our maintenance fund, that would be awesome and super helpful so that we can keep you busy the whole time you are here!
Bring: You would need to bring mostly work clothes/shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty, clothes/sandals for the beach and a couple of casual dress outfits for church and such. It is hot and humid here so be prepared to sweat! We will provide bedding and towels. Let us know and we can send you a more detailed list of packing suggestions.
- Visas! Our friend Rubiela told us that the biggest mountain we would face would be the approval of the visas! This is a process that involves bureaucracy, egos, power-trips and spiritual forces of darkness.
- Finances! We have tried to lower the price of our school as much as possible to make it more accessible to Colombians and Bocachicans;however, in this economy it is especially difficult to come up with such a large sum of money.
- The teachers who will come to teach in our school. Over the next few months we will be inviting our teachers, and putting together the curriculum and weekly schedule. May God guide us and orchestrate every detail to bring the people He has chosen for this task.
- The students who will come; that God will hand-pick each person He wants to be a part of this DTS. May He especially bring those whom He is calling to serve long-term in Africa. Luke 10:2 says: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
- The staff who will lead this school. May God bring God-fearing people of integrity who are passionate about discipleship and mentoring and who lead by example.
Here are a few highlights from another great week in Bocachica:
We were so thankful for Yuly and Lira who came out to volunteer for a couple of days at the mission this past week. Lira is a pharmacologist and Yuly is a pharmacy assistant and the two of them came out to help us get our pharmacy organized according to the health department regulations. You might notice we have the pharmacy back at the mission again…the reason being that we are doing additional work on the clinic, getting it ready for our visit by the health department which we hope will be happening soon.
One of the perks of our job…getting to love on sweet babies like Angelo who come to see the doctor.
Jorge and Samy meeting with an electrical technician, working on plans to get the clinic hooked up to a new generator. This is one of the requirements of the Health Department that we are working to comply with in order to get the clinic registered and legalized.
Our Norwegians, Nurse Karoline and Dr. Elisabeth, getting to know one another.
Marley working on the bookkeeping.
Last week we had the joy of hosting a small team from the YWAM base in Cartagena. Meet Dayana, Esther, Angie, and Natalia: four sweet and hard-working girls who love Jesus and letting their lights shine.
They helped us with a lot of different things all during the week like maintenance projects at the mission, evangelistic outreaches in the streets, making home visits to share and pray for people in the community, ministering to the elderly, children’s activities, attending patients at the clinic, and helping us with a yard sale.