Youth With A Mission
PROYECTO LIBERTAD Staff
JORGE & KAREN SILVA México and U.S.A.
ERIKA TOVAR Colombia
ALEXANDRA VILLEGAS Colombia
MARLEY REYES Colombia
SAMY CRUZATE Colombia
The Silva’s founded Proyecto
Erika has been with
Alexandra has served
Marley has been with
Samy became an
Libertad in February 1997.
the ministry since
with the ministry since
the ministry since
official member of
Jorge continues to serve as the
January 2003 and
June 2010 and works
August 2003 and is
the staff in June 2007
director of the ministry and
serves as the
with the child
studying accounting at
and works in
Karen supervises the
operations director of
a university in
the mission and
and supervises the
Cartagena and works
supervises the day to
with the ministry
leads worship. He
hopes to study music
SHORT TERM Since January, we have had the opportunity to host
WELTWÄRTS In 2009, we
several short term missionaries who have committed
to serving anywhere from one month to one year. They
Weltwarts, a pro-
have helped in various areas from health care, to hos-
pitality, communications and children’s ministry.
by the German government that sends young people between 18 to 28 to serve six months to one KATRIN PRENGEL
YOLANDA DE FERREIRA Bogotá, Colombia
ANNA HENRIKSSON Sweden
a year in developing countries. In
SARAH COSTELLO N.C., USA
Sept. 2010, we welcomed Christian, Katrin, Anita and Leni. The four serve in finances and bookkeeping, hospitality, children’s ministries
BETHANY CUBINO N.C., USA
BLANCA ROSA SALCEDO Colombia
LEAH ROPER F.L., USA
and nursing. PAGE 1 \\ JULY 2011
A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR: Jorge Silva
t’s been 10 years since the Lord gave me the vision to build a clinic in the community of Bocachica. This time has been an important chapter of my life where I’ve been encouraged, discouraged and
challenged. I’ve lacked faith, encountered highs and lows and questioned God. There were days when I wanted to throw in the towel and quit. Nevertheless, even in the more difficult times of my life it is amazing to see God’s faithfulness. First Corinthians 10:13 says God never gives impossible challenges and always makes a way for us to bear what we are given. I am learning the importance of both faith and trust in my own walk with the Lord. Recently I was talking to my wife, Karen. It was one of those times when I was feeling discouraged about the clinic and the Lord used her to bless me. She said most people would have given up by now but I continue to persevere. Now the clinic is almost 90 percent completed. Karen reminded me that I continue to hang on even though we’ve encountered many struggles. I learned from a pastor in North Carolina to hurry up and do the Lord’s will before the Enemy shows up and tells you not to. I want to be sure to obey God though it may take a long time. It’s all about trust in the one who is calling you to do his will.
In 2009, Proyecto Libertad received a diesel motor and a generator donated from the MTU Company in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Unfortunately, a few obstacles were encountered during the importation process due to the lack of certain documents required by the Colombian government for import. We are continuing to work on a solution and ask for your prayers that we will soon be able to receive the shipment and install the motor.
CELL GROUP Proyecto Libertad continues to hold cell group every Thursday night for the community. With the arrival of Blanca Rosa, we are establishing study groups for those who want to go deeper. Blanca Rosa has begun meeting with different individuals in the community for discipleship and training in how to further their relationships with God and dig deeper into His word. She is excited about the opportunity to continue investing in these relationships and helping people hungry for God. PAGE 2 \\ JULY 2011
ver the last year Jorge has been meeting with inspectors from the health department and made several internal renovations to meet government codes. On July 21, a team of six construction workers from North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, Minn., will arrive in Bocachica to sheetrock and stucco the walls and ceiling and install doors. The team donated $2,500 for this project. Proyecto Libertad also received $4,600 from a German donor and used these funds for the electrical work, hiring the inspector and the completion of the new floor plans. By the end of July, Jorge hopes to have the majority of the clinicâ€™s left wing finished. Jorge is working on raising the remaining $27,000 for the completion of the clinic.
YOUTH MINISTRY Proyecto Libertad continues to minister to the children and youth of Bocachica through our sponsorship program, library/ study center and feeding center. This year we have 58 students in the sponsorship program. Fourteen will graduate in December and two have received scholarships from sponsors. One student is studying to be a dental assistant and the other is studying to work in tourism administration. PAGE 3 \\ JULY 2011
TEAMS New Property Projects
New Property Cistern
very year, Proyecto Libertad is able to host many short term teams that serve in a variety of areas, from construction,
to children’s ministry, crafts with the elderly and youth, worship and even health care. The teams have become a part of our mission family. Since January, we’ve received teams from North CaroChildren’s Ministry
lina, Minnesota, Harvard University in Boston, Mass., and Bogotá, Colombia, as well as two YWAM DTS outreach teams from Norway and Costa Rica. The teams helped with the completion of a cistern for the new property, conducted medical brigades for the community, built la-
Painting the Mission
trines and worked on many projects in the mission and the new property.
Putting the tops on the Latrine
Digging Latrines PAGE 4 \\ JULY 2011
n March, Proyecto Libertad hosted a medical team from North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, Minn. The team consisted of doctors, nurses, a mid-
wife and support staff. Everyone worked in various locations from checking in patients to conducting small surgeries, monitoring pregnant women and teaching first aid and pregnancy courses.
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team of four from Boston, Mass., arrived in March to conduct a four-day dental brigade for the
community. The team consisted of individuals from Harvard University and included one dental professor, one dentist in residency, one fourth year student and one third year student. The team saw 122 patients and performed 95 extractions, 43 dental cleanings, 85 dental fillings, 96 sealants and 99 fluoride treatments.
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