(May 23, 2014 – by Ruth Pike) Only the shadow of a medical clinic remained in the small jungle community of Puyopungo, Ecuador. Medicines five years out of date and a rusted hospital bed were signs that there had been a medical presence at one time.
Missionary Duo Spend Nearly 30 Years Touching Lives in Remote Andean Community
(May 8, 2014 – by Ruth Pike) Missionaries Martha Craymer and Linda Arens are like celebrities in the small Andean town of Chillanes—everybody knows who they are and everybody wants to talk to them. It’s not uncommon for the two women to go out on a five-minute errand and find themselves returning a couple of hours later because they’ve met someone on the way.
Missionary engineer César Cortez was confused. The clean water project in his remote community was still under way. How could this man, living in Haiti, the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere, think he was no longer poor?
Work on the water project in Mariana de Jesus officially commenced with the topographical survey, which took place from 24-26 February 2014. The conditions for surveying at this time of year in this area can be challenging due to the fog and rain which will often set in by the early afternoon, so Reach Beyond missionaries and members of the community began work shortly after dawn to take advantage of the best conditions.