Recognizing the enormity of the challenges our society faces, Fundación “Yo Te Amo”, Colorado is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our campaigns and programs. While our efforts are driven by our organization’s singular focus, we spread a wide net by investing in a variety of progressive strategies. Learn more about our initiatives and get involved yourself.
We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our partners are better prepared to manage the unique situations they find themselves in. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support they need, when they need it.
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Vacation Bible School
In the summer of 2019 a mini team of three came to have a VBS for the children of Floron 8. The team was joined by our 13 year old granddaughter . . . and no one spoke Spanish! Was that a problem? Not at all. Delores, our Clinic Office Assistant joined them . . . A Bible story, a craft, games, and snack delighted each day. No words can express how much this was appreciated.
Through our Support Services, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Fundación “Yo Te Amo”, Colorado, and a source of much success for our Non-Profit Organization. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with this program.
Kids Mission Project
In the United States, FYTA started a program for children to learn about Ecuador and to raise awareness of impoverished people and our responsibility to them as Christians.
In Touch Messengers and Devotionals
Are we blessed?. . . Yes! Elizabeth saw these hand held 'Messengers' on "In Touch" TV program. They contain 32 sermons in Spanish by Dr. Charles Stanley. They were contacted to see if we could obtain these. . . and they have donated 100 twice. The 'Messengers' are especially good for shut ins. And not to be forgotten, "In Touch" also sends 50 of their devotionals - in Spanish - every month. They are free to patients and pastors are given a 'stash' to hand out. . . But, pastors sometimes use the devotionals for ideas for sermons. It is improving but from the beginning they have no spiritual resources, Patients waiting to see the doctor are often reading a devotional.
The Teen Addiction Group
Illicit drugs destroy youth, especially among wealthier families in Ecuador. In nearby Portoviejo, there is an in-patient drug rehab facility. The teens are required to attend church on Sunday. An after church lunch program was organized with their teens counselor, Pastor Gruezo and the residents in the program. Pastor Gruezo is able to talk with them about his past experience with drugs and how his life has changed since he turned his life over to the Lord who called him into a ‘Pastorate Mission’ in El Floron.
Unconnected to the clinic building is a very large 'bodega' or storage building. Eventually, half of it was converted into an arts and craft room. The idea was to bring wheelchair and incapacitated people together for table games and craft projects. The idea was good but misplaced in time. . . They were just not ready for it except two elderly gentlemen. Ramon is 94 and is Silvino 86. They faithfully come every Thursday; Ramon walks a block and Silvino rides his bike 2.5 miles to the clinic. Silvino enjoys making the loop potholders and hooking paper chains on his toe so he can make it long and then circle it with glue to make a wastepaper basket. He is very inventive. Ramon mainly just enjoys being there . . . . Program starts at 9am but Silvino is there anytime after 8:15am.
Floron 8 Church
Floron is divided into eight areas as this squatter’s community developed. As new sections began the community moved farther into the valley. Floron 8 is the last area. . . It is extreme poverty and dangerous. This is where Pastor Meza and family were asked to locate and build a church. This area is rather 'untamed'. . . much underbrush and at times the viper snake is seen which is lethal. Three years ago, the earthquake shook the small church to the ground. But the church building is especially important to these people and it was reconstructed except for the little Sunday School classroom. However, the mini team from Colorado Springs that came in the summer of 2019, returned home, raised the money and the classroom now exists.
Our church has a group of ladies and sometimes men that make baby quilts. They have given baby quilts to us for many years. Once they are hand carried to Floron, Angelita rolls them and bags them; they are then given to moms that have just had their first baby. (Angelita bags them because there is NO PLACE in the world that has more dust than Floron!) As you probably have realized, this mission is multi-faceted. There are many people seeing a need and acting upon it with God-given talents.
Bibles are free and available to patients. A sticker is attached to the front cover giving the service time for the local church. Our church and others supply them. Bilingual Bibles are available and used as a 'text book' for teaching English classes. We have also supplied "The Jesus Story Book" to the Floron 8 mid-week Children's School.
Are we ever too old? Definitely not if He calls!! A friend had an 'elderly' mother in-law who was fluent in Spanish. (Well, she was 'elderly' in years-we think 86 but was doing circles around Elizabeth.) She was a seamstress and was eager to come to Floron and teach a sewing class. They learned how to use a pattern. . .totally new to them. But, this was the real enjoyment. Fast forward to the past two years. Elizabeth was introduced to a local seamstress who was 100% professional with her brother who made tuxedos! The seven sewing machines that were donated in Colorado and transported many years ago were 'revived' and ready for use. The class had 15 ladies and the instructor taught twice a week. . . However, no patterns! Just measure here, measure there, etc. At the end of the 6 weeks the ladies wanted a fashion show and luncheon - they would bring the lunch. We had a ton of fabric that has been donated and the ladies used. This class was repeated the next year and , , ,perhaps 2020.
Our Commitment to Ecuador
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV) “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."