Profile: San Pedro, Colombia

September 08, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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(Join us as we take a closer look at each of our ministry partners from the viewpoints of the ministry directors. Three to four ministries will be profiled per month, so check back often to learn more about the Luke Society's 42 ministry partners.)

Profile: San Pedro, Colombia

 

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Ministry: Visón Vida San Lucas- VIVISALUD
Location: San Pedro, Colombia
Director: Dr. Jaime Pineda
Established 
2006
Employees: One with seven volunteers

 

 

 

Q&A with the Director

Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: God himself, the Church, family, community, integral health, evangelism, education and training, recreation, joy and trust in the Lord.

Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: The clear call of the Lord to serve Him with the gifts, talents and tools given by Him. The needs that people have to know God and know the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that as a doctor I can make this liberating truth known. And the persistent confrontation of the call of God to serve Him, with corruption and lies in health care given by the state.

Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: We are located in San Pedro de los Milagros. It is rural and mountainous with cold climate in an area characterized by entrepreneurship and the work force of its people. The predominant ethnic group is Mestizo and the basis of their economy is dairy farming. We have a clear predominance of the Catholic religion and Marianism (the worship of Virgin Mary), and other religions influenced by witchcraft.

There are main hazards and risk situations in the family we must take into account: machismo; family mistreatment —mainly against women and children; child sexual abuse within the family group; alcoholism; drug addiction and homosexuality. There is no physical hunger, but there is a clear need for God and a liberating Gospel.

Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: Seeking the Lord's guidance day by day through devotionals, prayer and petitions; trusting in the promises given by God — to live for God and not for the appearances that the world is asking for more and more; we’re searching for holiness as saints looking for an intimate relationship with God; we read His word and seek to apply it in daily living, strengthening our faith in God and belief in Him.

Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: To have the opportunity to obey the Lord's call; to be able to review and evaluate the development of the task set by God; to have new challenges every day and learn; to take care that the call and the vision set by God is not lost or diverted to other interests.

Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: We see a community with a renewed heart and mind. We see families changed and renewed in their ways of thinking with the model of the Gospel of Christ. We will work with families, with an emphasis on childhood, on their development under a model of Jesus. We will work on the relationships between the different elements that make up the family. We will begin a motivational work towards caring for the environment as good stewards of what God has given us.

 

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