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“These remote jungle areas are some of the most neglected areas in South America when it comes to receiving not only medical care, but Biblical materials and discipleship, as well.”

“Pray for me, I’m going to spend the next week in the village of Tiwaeno!” This is an exciting statement that’s been a long time coming for the medical program at ITEC Ecuador. Tiwaeno is a jungle village where one of our I-MED trainees is living and working as a health promoter. After three I-MED trainings over the last nine months, Rhonda, the nurse at ITEC Ecuador, has now begun a process of visiting each of the villages of the trainees and providing further medical and spiritual connection and support in those locations.

Medical Care in the Jungles

The jungle is a difficult place for medical care. No 911 emergency calls there. If someone needs treatment, they have to get to a village where there’s a radio (which could mean hiking for a few hours through dense jungle foliage, or traveling by canoe down the river), call a doctor for remote triage, wait for an airplane to come pick them up, get to the medical facility from the airport and then wait for care after they get to the clinic or hospital. This process can take hours, if not days.

medical students graduateIn response to the medical need in the jungle areas, ITEC started a series of trainings last year with a group of the Waodani from eight different villages. Just last month, the group completed their third I-MED training, along with Biblical discipleship and time for relationship building among the group members. The trainings consisted of Vital Signs, HIV, Flu, Fractures/Splinting, Wound Care, Worms/Parasites, Dehydration, Skin Infections and several other topics, along with Biblical discipleship each day. What an awesome time! Some shared about how they have been able to use the medical training in caring for the people in their communities, which is an answer to prayer! Since our vision is to use medical care as a way to improve not only the physical lives of the communities but also expand opportunities to share the Gospel, we love hearing these testimonies

Dedicated Students

These remote jungle areas are some of the most neglected areas in South America when it comes to receiving not only medical care, but Biblical materials and discipleship, as well. ITEC Ecuador has it in their heart to change that situation and to see the church in those areas thriving and taking care of their people. This is the same vision that these Waodani have for their communities. Some traveled for hours and days by foot and canoe to make it to the training, and their dedication to learning the material was proof they intend to do something about the situation.

As the work continues in each of these villages in Ecuador, we pray that the previous trainings will continue to bear fruit and the ongoing relationship will provide opportunities to work together for the improvement of health in the communities and spiritual growth for the churches. 

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One Comment

  • Barbara Daake says:

    Presently I’m reading the book- End of the Spear, by Steve Saint. I recall when I was a young having heard and read in the National Geographic about the tragedy of Nate Saint and the other missionaries had been killed. The book is very inspiring! I praise God that Steve Saint had the courage to follow His will by asking his family to return to Ecuador to live.
    Reading about the culture and the effects on Steve Saints’ family brings back memories for me. I and my 4 siblings are children of Wesleyan Missionaries who lived in Haiti in the 1950s and 1960s. Just as tragedy struck the Saint family, our family (Glenn Barnett) experienced a life altering event of my 12 yr old sister having drowned in Haiti. Just as in the Saint family, my parents have had to find ways to make sense of what had happened to us. It was only many years later when I was 57 yrs old that I returned to the ocean/ site where my sister drowned. I had to be back in the setting again, to find healing as I gave the Good Shepard all of my hurts.

    His word has been a comfort to our family. The verse my mother shares is:
    Ecclesiastes 3:11 ” He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men: yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

    Since returning to the US at the age of 15, I went on to become a nurse. Presently I have had 43 years experience and am teaching senior nursing students at Olivet Nazarene University. Every chance I get, emphasize going on short term missions, and the need for training Community Health workers ( as they do at ITEC ministries.).

    A couple years ago I returned to Haiti to teach in the Haitian Nursing Program. One of my goals is to teach a few of the Haitian graduates the importance of returning into the mountains of Haiti to train Community Health Workers (CHW). Presently the Wesleyan Mission has chosen to train the outlying Haitian ministers to become the first CHWs.
    My plans are to help them further develop the CHW training and go with the Haitian nurses on horseback into the mountains to give ongoing training to the CHW. Included in this training is a Creole CHW book with the basic health training information.

    I know I have really laid out a lot of information in this email. Seeing another arm of God’s work,(ITEC) also training indigenous people us truly inspiring!

    Would you be willing to share with me the sites/ training for CHWs which you are using? I am wanting to know various other methods to use in training CHW in Haiti. God bless you. As Haitians would say in Creole- “Ke Bon Die beni ou.” Barbara Daake RN, MSN