Shalom Health Center serves as a beacon of light in the Cordoba, Argentina, barrio of Las Violetas. It’s there Dr. Ines Loker is empowering and equipping women and children with health and community education tools to combat a crime-riddled culture.
Loker’s ministry in Las Violetas started out on a grassroots level in 2005, going door to door to strategically evaluate the demographics of the neighborhood and identify potential risks.
Loker works together with a team of volunteer women. Some of the volunteers are those women she helped mentor in her first years. The team has a special heart for the community which suffers from poverty, drugs, violence and abuse. Volunteers have regular informative meetings at the health center and go out into homes to pass along the important health information. The ministry also puts on children’s programs, story hours and health fairs.
The program is bearing fruit and not only among women. A number of men also have experienced the Holy Spirit’s calling to be more godly leaders in their own families and communities because of the impact of the ministry.
Dr. Ines Loker
Dr. Ines Loker is a committed Christian physician with a special calling and gift to assist people in emotional and spiritual need. Armed with an infectious smile and optimism, she has mobilized an army of volunteers to bring hope to broken families and develop leaders in the fight against poverty, drugs, violence and abuse. The Partnership Ministry Team includes: Scott and Anne Kooiman and Dan and Ruth Bentaas.
Population: 43.4 million
Size: 2.8 million sq. km, or about 30 percent the size of the United States.
Capital: Buenos Aires
Borders: Chile to the west; Bolivia and Paraguay to the north; Brazil, Uruguay and Atlantic Ocean to the east
Religious groups: Nominal Roman Catholic, 92% (less than 20% practicing);
Primary language: Spanish
Literacy (age 10+): 98.1%
Physician density: 3.9 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 30%
Life expectancy: 77.7 years
Infant mortality rate: 9.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Soybeans, petroleum and gasoline, vehicles, corn, wheat.
Climate: Mostly temperate; arid in the southeast; sub-Antarctic in the southwest.
Terrain: Rich plains in the northern half; flat to rolling plateau in the south; rugged Andes Mountain range on the west.