“I can help her, but I must first have payment.” The doctor waited patiently as the young pastor gave him payment to treat his ailing wife. Young Alfredo watched from another room, wondering why his father had to pay for his mother’s life-saving care. At that moment, the young boy said in his heart, “If God allows, I will one day help people for free.”
God placed that calling on Alfredo Espinoza as he watched his mother suffer from a chronic illness that soon took her life. In 1983 through The Friends of Israel, Dr. Alfredo Espinoza and his wife, Asunta, also a doctor, opened a clinic in a Jewish neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today that clinic provides 24-hour care for anyone in need, completely free of charge. A few years ago, God also called their son, Dr. Juan Carlos, to work at the clinic and take Alfredo’s vision to the next generation.
The Espinozas are committed to bringing free care to the hurting. But they know that without sharing God’s truth, their work would be in vain. So the clinic holds daily Bible studies that are open to all patients. Many continue to come even after they are discharged.
Medical Care for the Day
An average of 80 people visit the clinic every day. Your gift of $50 will cover basic medical care for one patient.
General Medical Supplies
Providing 24-hour care for anyone in need can be expensive. The clinic uses disposable medical supplies, such as glucose testing strips, daily. A gift of $10 will provide daily medical supplies for the clinic.
Medical equipment is costly. The clinic invests in necessary equipment, such as ultrasound machines, heart monitors, and oxygen machines. A gift of $25 goes a long way in purchasing needed equipment.
School of Nursing
No one understands the art of helping others like a nurse. The Argentina clinic knows nurses are as precious to its ministry as the doctors. To aid in the demands of the clinic, the Espinozas started a school of nursing at the clinic. This school teaches nurses both in the classroom and through on-the-job training, giving them experience working with the patients directly. Not only does this help the clinic, but it also helps the local economy by providing training and employment for Argentinians.