Who We Are



Buen Samaritano Clinic today

Daniel, 14 years old, in 1997

Daniel, 14 years old, in 1997

College student Bob Thayer with his mother, Patty and Elizabeth at end of summer work on clinic

College student Bob Thayer with his mother, Patty and Elizabeth at end of summer work on clinic

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.

Mission  Statement

We partner with Jesus Christ to bring spiritual and medical healing to the impoverished of 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.

Our obedience to Proverbs 31: 8-9 springs forth from our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That it is through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us that any good comes forth from our hearts in words and/or deeds. We also believe in the infallible Word of God, which was written by the divine inspiration as recorded by His chosen men. We read and meditate on the Word of God as we seek to serve Him until His appointed time. It is this foundation and motivation for the work in Ecuador that God has placed on our hearts.

Values By Which We Operate

Service to Others—We value every patient and our partners (internal and external) and exceed their expectations with Christ-centered care and compassion. Our kindness and devotion to their spiritual and physical well being is unmistakable.

 Productivity—We prayerfully partner with Christ and work as one team to achieve His goals. We plan carefully, communicate effectively and improve continuously to deliver extraordinary results.

 Financial Responsibility—We are grateful and careful stewards of all resources. We advocate prayerfully, yet tenaciously, for all that is needed to fulfill our mission.

 Team Relationships—We sincerely trust, respect and care about each other. We work hard, have fun and help each other succeed.

 Image—We are known as an indispensable community resource with integrity, driven by our devotion to Christ and relentless in our service to others. We actively collaborate with other organizations to help everyone succeed.

Growth and Innovation—We are gladly challenged by Christ to find better and better ways to serve His people. We take responsible risks, learn from our mistakes and improve continuously.