The construction of the clinic hasn’t only been about the physical construction of a building. It has been about what God is building in our lives during all these 11+ years through this project. All of our lives have changed in the process… we are growing in faith, in trust, in patience, perseverance and dependance on Him; we are learning to wait on God and trust His timing. We are growing in relationship with Him because we have seen and experienced His faithfulness as our Provider; as our God who guides us and comforts us and gives us refuge and strength when we are discouraged and weak; who picks us up when we fall down; who lovingly and graciously corrects us when we make mistakes. We are learning to remember to humble our hearts and acknowledge that He is the One who is in control; and learning to die to our own flesh and will and surrender the outcome to Him. In one way or another, we have all been edified by God together through this process. In Spanish “to edify” means “to build” and we have seen that as He gave us this challenge of building a clinic, He took on the challenge of building us through the process! Sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated and think how much easier something would be if we just had more money! But at times like these we come to realize that God’s way is always better because He’s not focused on our accomplishments or on what we do or how long it takes us, but on who He is making us to be as a result of the process He takes us through.
Our theme verse for this time has been Psalm 115:1 (NIV): “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Our heart’s desire is that God be glorified… that when people see what He has done, they will be moved to thank and praise Him for what He has brought to fruition and that He use this building as a tool to serve and bless the communities around us. After so many years of hard work and perseverance, some key people have told us they are proud of us and that they admire and congratulate us for what we have struggled to accomplish. We really appreciate these words of encouragement and we feel uplifted by them, however, we are very clear on the fact that it has only been by God’s amazing grace that this has been accomplished! We are keenly aware of the fact that we could never have done this in our own strength! It has been God working in His way and on His timetable.
And now that the construction phase is coming to completion, we feel like the real challenge is just beginning! Now we must face the questions of how we will operate legally under all of the laws and regulations of the Colombian government and the health department… how will we have the money to sustain it, how will we be able to equip and consistently man this clinic? If completing the construction phase felt like climbing a mountain, looking at the task that lies ahead of us now feels like we are staring at a whole mountain range yet to be crossed.
So, we must continue in this process of character development with Him; of developing and practicing patience, perseverance, dependance; of waiting on and trusting in Him as He unfolds His plan. We have been looking into different options over the last couple of months, such as the possibility of renting our facilities to a private medical company or forming an alliance with local governmental health entities and of course we are also considering the daunting possibility of running it by ourselves. We had hoped to have a more concrete answer for you by this time but as usual, things haven’t’ gone according to our schedule and so once again, we are waiting on God to do things according to His schedule!
What we do know is that we are confident of this, that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion! (Phil. 1:6)
With love and appreciation!!
Jorge and Karen