Posted by: calloftheandes | March 30, 2009

Hospital Chapel Honors Memory of Barbara Roberts


A portion of Vivaldi´s “Four Seasons” on the strings of a violin begins the dedication of the Barbara Roberts Chapel at Hospital Vozandes in Quito. Flowers, lights and music establish a solemn scene for an audience gathered in expectation.

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

A gentleman takes it all in, deeply moved but also with heart grateful to God for His many blessings to him.

“He makes me lie down in green pasture.”

Certainly remembrances of the early years, perhaps names, places, events crowded into his mind …. doubtless the memory of his wife could not escape him.

“He restores my soul.”

Many years have passed since January 2, 1949, when Dr. Paul Roberts and his wife, Barbara, first came to Ecuador, where they stayed and ministered for 11 years. Roberts, a servant of God and a physician, dedicated his life to serve and was of tremendous blessing in God’s hands to lift the Hospital Vozandes Quito.

Barbara had once said: “Seek the Lord’s will, Follow Him wherever he leads you.” Now it was that the chapel was dedicated to Roberts´ partner for 61 years who had accompanied him to follow God’s will wherever it led. That “anywhere” was Ecuador, and together in obedience, they had come to serve the Lord.

On August 16, 2008, Mrs. Barbara Roberts, left Paul to enter God’s presence, to wait and prepare, with Jesus, among its many mansions, a place to receive him.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life ….

Their life in Ecuador was an example of sacrifice and discipline, giving everything they had and doing everything they could in obedience and service, with treasures in heaven as a reward. Great was his work, and difficult to describe in one page.

It was a privilege for Ecuador to receive this illustrious couple. Very few Ecuadorians have worked equally quietly and in humility to improve a culture. The Lord has blessed Dr. Roberts with an Ecuadorian-Canadian dual nationality of which he is proud, as we are too.

Our own stories illustrate the work we have done in our lifetime. Roberts can claim the right to say like Paul:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


Pastor Gustavo M has served an HCJB Global Hands hospital chaplain since 1958.

Feature writer: Monica O (pictured with Kay Berry, the hospital’s first nurse)
Photographer: Dr. Steve N


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  5. What a beatuiful tribute to your lovely wife. I was saddened by her passing, as I was just getting to know her.
    One day, I pray to visit that chapel in Ecuador. In sympathy, but also joy for her destination will be with Our Lord everlasting.

  6. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Barbara Roberts who touched the lives of so many with her gracious spirit and radiant love, quietly reflecting the love of her Master whatever she did and wherever she went.

    Paul, Barb will be there waiting for you just as she was during 61 years of your married life. Then you will be truly “home”.

    I continue to thank God for the gift of your lives and how deeply you influenced mine. “To God be the glory.”

  7. It was a great thrill to be, with about 20 other Canadian friends of Paul and Barbara Roberts, present at the dedication of the Chapel. It was also heart-warming to see, on subsequent visits to the Chapel, that several hospital visitors were present, quietly praying in the this beaitiful environment.

  8. Thank you for publishing this lovely tribute to my dear wife. I miss her terribly, but we shall meet again at Jesus’ feet. “Until then, my heart will go on singing”! Great is His faithfulness.

  9. What a blessing to read of this wonderful occasion to honor one of the sweetest and most faithful missionaries I have ever known–Barbara Roberts!

    This Chapel will be a reminder to all about her devoted service to the people of Ecuador from the time she and her husband Paul were instrumental in establishing the Rimmer Memorial Hospital.

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