|View from our New Years Eve Getaway|
Believe or not, it's been more than 2 1/2 years since we left for Ecuador and I still don't have my medical license. The process is often a long one and I'm embarking on the last part - my rural year. When medical students graduate from medical school here in Ecuador, they must complete a 'rural year' before they can move on to residencies or start practicing. For some, this can take place in an isolated jungle community (far from any help) or in a large urban center. Fortunately, past missionaries have been able to complete their rural year here in the hospital without having to move. With an agreement between the hospital and the Ministry of Health, the salary that I'd receive would go into a fund that would be used to pay for care given to patients that come from Puyo (the capital of the province).
In the past, this all took place with a 'handshake' agreement. Recently, there has been a lot of turn over in the staff at the Ministry of Health and now the road is bumpier. I have spent the last 3 days in multiple government offices trying to get things to work out. Please pray that a solution can soon be found and that I can remain faithful especially when the path doesn't seem logical. His grace has seen us this far and I'm certain that it will remain until the end. Once I'm approved for my rural year and have completed it, the last step will be to get my name written in the "Book". We will keep you updated.