I just want to post a quick update on how God has been providing through you, and how He's specifically made Himself known to me through this opportunity!
I am now officially 5 months into this program and outreach here in Davao City, Philippines! My time has been wonderful so far - it's flown by so fast that it's hard to believe how long it's been! You have been so kind and consistent in your support and your prayers for me. I just added up the totals since I began asking for support* - and I'm so very grateful to see how far I've been able to come because of your generosity. Look at how amazing that is!
For those who don't know, I work in the maternity clinic here all throughout the week, and take college-level midwifery courses at the same time. We recently came back from an outreach trip in the mountains where our focus was primarily on sharing the Gospel. I was reminded again of God's pursuit of His people in a real, tangible way! Coming back to the clinic has been challenging and convicting, and also a wonderful time to be hands on with mommas and their babies and talk to them about the love of Jesus. There are opportunites every day to talk with patients about their worth and their role as moms, and most importantly, the Hope that they have for the future!
Many of them live in poverty and speak a different dialect than the one I am learning; others speak a bit of English here and there. As far as medical health care providing, we have lots of responsibility, especially as our knowledge of both midwifery and language grows. When we do devotions with the patients and in depth conversations, we often are blessed with a fellow FIlipino colleague or supervisor to translate for us for the sake of the patients' understanding the Scripture. We have the chance to follow up with the ones who sadly get transported to the hospital in emergency situations, as well as with the ladies who give birth under our care. They are wonderful and so very kind - and in need of lots of love.
My skills are growing, and so is my heart to see God's people come to know Him as their Savior. Your investment has and is truly allowing me to stay here and serve these families well through the lens of midwifery - THANK YOU!
I am continuing to look and move forward into the coming months, while working to stay focused on the day and task at hand. I aim to send out monthly update emails to share images of babies and snippets from life here in this city as I work and learn. You can sign up for that here if you haven't already: Click Here to Sign Up!
I really appreciate your consideration of giving to further my investment and time and growth here - God is so faithful to provide, and I see it now more than ever through your generosity and our partnership together in this work. I can't wait to send more updates as His work is being completed more and more!
** The offline anonymous number of $6,355 is a total update number from other areas and methods of donations.