McGill University

We thoroughly enjoyed spending the last two weeks with a team from McGill University.  These students are a part of McGill’s World Vision chapter in Montreal, Canada.


They organized a soccer tournament for the kids in Bocachica and each afternoon the “cancha” was bustling with activity.


The team visited with many families in the community, researching ways that they can continue to help in the future.  They also spent hours with Jorge, asking him all kinds of questions about his experiences in founding Proyecto Libertad and working in the area of community development over the last 20 plus years.


They participated together with us each Thursday evening at our weekly cell group meeting.


And they were also very happy to be able to bless a family with a latrine!

A special “Thank-you!” to Leon, Michelle, Juan, Gianni, and Marcello!!

On Duty at the Clinic

It is so exciting to see the Lord using the clinic to bless the community of Bocachica.  This past week was very busy, especially since there are a lot of colds and flu going around.  Currently we are attending to patients three days a week but our desire and goal is to eventually have medical care available 24/7.  We are praying earnestly for full-time medical professionals to join our staff!  In addition to another doctor, we need a nurse, a bacteriologist, a pharmacist, and a physical therapist.


YWAM Founder featured in Charisma magazine

LOREN CUNNINGHAM: YWAM Founder Still Mobilizing God’s Army

Loren Cunningham graphic Loren Cunningham graphic (Charisma staff)

Imagine being a young believer, asking God to direct you—and suddenly He shows you a world map that is moving before your very eyes. Waves crash over each country and eventually take over entire continents.

For 20-year-old Loren Cunningham, the vision was startling. As he watched, the waves “became young people,” he remembers. “Kids my age and even younger, covering the continents. They were talking to people on the street corners and outside bars. They were going house to house. They were preaching.

“Was that really you, Lord?” Cunningham wondered, in awe that God might be calling him to a launch a worldwide youth movement. “What an idea!”

Just five years later, Cunningham started Youth With A Mission. That was in 1960, and today YWAM is one of the most influential mission movements in history.

Cunningham has empowered tens of thousands of young people by assuring them that God really does talk to them and is ready to work through them to do miracles to fulfill the Great Commission. You can find YWAMers, as they’re called, all over the planet, often in the most remote locations. More than 18,000 serve in 140 nations and even on the high seas, where Marine Reach acts as sailing hospitals that travel the world bringing medical relief.

Fifty-five years later, the army of young people that Cunningham still mobilizes shows no signs of slowing down. Some who joined YWAM in the 1960s are still serving and so are their grandchildren. And today the organization isn’t just for youth; many join as a second career or after retirement.

What an idea, indeed.—Diana Scimone


Boat & Motor Salvaged!

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 !!!” 

Update: Still Searching!

Roberto buseando

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.

URGENT Prayer Request

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!!

Korean Church Ministers in Bocachica

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!”

Farewell to Blanca Rosa

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.


Under Construction!

Community Development Ministries page

Good News Folks!

We have been doing a much-needed overhaul on our website over the last several months!  We’re still learning so it might take us a few more weeks to get all the kinks worked out but we are excited about our new format!

How would you like to put your two cents into the pot?

We were wondering what you think about the “full text” vs: “summary” debate going on in the blog world?  When you log in to a website with a blog, how do you prefer to see the blog posts displayed:  in the “full text” mode where the whole blog post is there for you to read all at once, OR, do you prefer when only a short summary is displayed and then you click on a link to view the complete blog post?

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An island mercy ministry of YWAM Cartagena