The National University Kicks off Psychology Program



The National University kicked off their psychology program today, led by Marvin Rivera. Ribbon cutting ceremony with Dr. Olga. We are proud to welcome them into our fold. Kids will receive free counseling in the clinic.

Elder Care Highlights

Spent part of the day finishing Elder care, climbing mountains with Pamela Sommardahl and Juan antonio and Rosinda to see some people, provide a Bible, glasses (they love that) and heath care advice along with food and prayers. Mountain climbing should probably come off my list... just sayin. Still a Good day!


Great service project for the Elderly around Santa Ana. Many elderly live alone and have no way to feed themselves or leave their home for heath care. Yesterday shopping for basic needs and today starting our deliveries with Pamela Sommardahl, (heart of gold)Carolina Rodriguez ( our pharmacist ) and Gladys (our nurse). Food, Bibles, glasses, vitamins , and care. Pamela also brought a apple gadget and gave the families pictures of themselves. They loved it. Good day.

Education is an essential part of health care

Part of heath care is education. With education you can change the world and improve your life in every way. Feed your family and provide for their needs. Our new teacher at Nueva Oriental is Albert Durón. The head of the school (Jackie) and Albert and I went shopping yesterday. There are many students but we could only afford a teacher manual and one student book per grade. Very expensive here. Does anyone have any school resources or teachers with left over books for grade 1-6? We are particularly interested in the book with this post “school zone” Big Kindergarten. And the National Geographic books are great as well. Pray as our English teachers use the Bible to teach as well.


Counseling Services at the Clinic


Today a group of psychologists and their teacher, Marvin Rivera came to the clinic. All the students are finished with school and now will complete their 800 hour internship. The clinic will be one of the sites and we will dedicate one of our rooms for counseling Mon - Friday.


This group is dedicated to helping children age 6-18. They will be visiting local schools and the area to get referrals. The service will be free. 

Taller de Visión y Misión

Vision and Mission seminar held at clinica de Esperanza today led by Byron Sommardahl. It was excellent and gave us the opportunity to plan the future of the clinic as a team and learn ways to work together towards common goals. A great day. Thanks Byron for sharing your wisdom and time with us.


Clinic Highlights



They are two little sisters from La Bodega, Santa Ana, their names are Joyce Esther Herrera Medina is 5 years old, and Mayreth Aurora Herrera Medina is 2 years old, they are really adorable in front the camera.



His name is Carlos Antonio Blandin González, 35 years old, from El Círculo Ojojona, he came to the clinic with his daughter Ana Marcela Blandin García, she is 8 years old, the both are here because they have chest congestion and he said that he came because medicine is good and the attention too.


His name is Fredi Omar Ilovares Santos, he is 6 months old, from Aragua, they have to walk 1 hour and a half to Ojojona and then take the bus to complete the journey. She says it is worth it. The attention is quick, takes care of her needs and she is grateful to the clinic.

Construction of Student Center and Dental Clinic Continues

Student Center

Dental Clinic

Summer Intern and Clinic Construction

Summer intern, Josh Halford and I take a moto taxi today to meet with Dr. Jesse Rodriquez at the San Juan Laboratorio to discuss labs to help the patients until we have our own lab. Super accommodating and has heard of us, so willing to give a great discount.

Josh Halford worked in the clinic today, and then he built 6 sets of shelves for bodega, then Marcia Hines and I stained a lot of wood. Josh took over so Tim Hines and I could be sure they were supervised properly and checked for important updates on the phone. Then they climbed the walls to put up the ceiling. ( I was assigned the task of photography.) A great homemade dinner followed. Thanks Tim and Marcia.

Getting ready to put 2 dental chairs on back porch of clinic.

Mobile Clinics - Torch 2017

Cisco shared pictures of the clinics we were able to do on our trip with me. We served over 1000 people (we lost count at that point) Roben-Marie Smith was invaluable as well as many Torchers and interpreters, Matt Robinson was our body guard one day to help with the crowd. What a blessing. Enjoy watching the team work.

Reading Glasses Help Open Eyes to the Bible

Several people at clinic today that were given Bibles but said they could not see. Recently acquired reading glasses were well received and many sat on porch to read Bible to me. This is because of one of your donations.

Clinic Highlights

Clinic today with the help of Byron Sommardahl, Pamela SommardahlCheryl Sommardahl, Don Sommerdahl, and many members of the church and my interpreters Jessie and Sandra. Don and Cheryl kept everyone full of popcorn. Gods word was spread by Juan. Wonderful day!

Man rides bus 8 hours with swollen abdomen

Couple Reaches Out

Couple Reaches Out

A 61 year old man has to take a bus for over an hour to get to the clinic as he could not afford to pay to see anyone at a regular clinic. He had a dry cough and stomach pain for over 4 months with the greatest pain being on the right. He could have liver failure with ascites, a colon tumor, or a number of other things that are not to happy to think about. 

This is well above the capabilities of the clinic. The Patient was transported to a hospital to receive a MRI and tests to discover diagnosis and hopefully a solution. In a country without proper solutions to difficult problems and little finances, it is basically often survival of the fittest. 

We at the clinic hope to provide these families with transportation and support during these difficult times to help them to the next level of care. Oftentimes, health care travels through several levels. Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and resolution. We plan to be as proactive in how we take care of people in need. 

Through Giving Tuesday and the end of the year program is helping us raise awareness and funds to make this possible.

abdominal Distention

abdominal Distention