Fundación “Yo Te Amo”, Colorado is an ‘American tentmakers’ organization inspired in March 1998 when Richard and Elizabeth Engkjer brought Daniel, a 14-year-old boy, to the US to be fitted for a prosthetic arm. This single event culminated into a ministry that used the Engkjer’s professions to minister to the 25,000 impoverished people of El Floron, Ecuador.
The purpose of Fundación “Yo Te Amo”, Colorado is to bring the saving grace of Jesus Christ to the un-churched through medicine, medical missions and since 2004 they completed and now administrate the Buen Samaritano Clinic. The foundation is supported by churches and individuals like you that have a sincere desire to impact the severely impoverished at a significant grassroots level.
1998-our first medical team
An annual medical mission to surrounding, underserved villages began in 1998 prior to the forming of the foundation in 2001; these annual medical missions have continued and include dental care. We coordinate all arrangements in Ecuador— in-country transportation, food and lodging. We also provide the same services for individuals and families that have a heart for missions and seek a short term mission experience.
2006, 2009 and 2011 medical missions
2012 and 2014 medical missions
VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity)
Ohio International team (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) – Through The Ohio State University Ophthalmology Department, VOSH International came on two occasions with an impressive team fully equipped to do in depth eye exams and then fit patients with corrective lens and any necessary eye medications. Their incredible organizational skills allowed them to see 2,444 people in four days at four villages.
The Dump mission
Over the 17 years FYTA medical missions were held in areas underserved or not served at all. Buen Samaritano Medical Director became aware of a very large, refuse center outside of Portoviejo. Surrounding the mountainous refuse center were homes of severely impoverished. The Health Department of Portoviejo granted permission for a medical/dental/eye exam mission to be held for two year’s missions. After the two year FYTA missions the government relocated families to government housing totally out of the area.