April and May were some of the hardest months I’ve ever lived through. Twenty-two babies delivered into my hands in less than 60 days! No delivery was the same…a bathroom birth, postpartum hemorrhages, emergency transports to the hospital, hands and knees delivery, neonatal resuscitation, 23 hour labors, and even three births in fifteen hours…you name it, I experienced it. But God was extremely gracious and gave me the courage, endurance, patience, and stamina to get through it. It also helped to have a supportive environment in which to ride the crazy roller coaster.
Thank you for your faithful prayers that got me through the nail-biting months. The last two mothers that needed to deliver both delivered at 42 weeks, the absolute last day before a required hospital delivery. To say my faith was stretched is an understatement. But praise God, I now have all the required cases in order to qualify to take the exam! I still have to turn in all the paperwork for evaluation, as well as pass a skills exam in the USA before I can take the written exam. I’m hoping to do this next summer/fall when I will already be in North America for leadership meetings.
I am now back “home” at Shalom and feel like I have jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. In the short weeks I’ve been back, I’ve picked up a summer intern from Canada, managed several critical cases, attended the wake of the mother of a staff member, and tried to step into the very big shoes of the other missionary nurse at Shalom who has left for a year’s home assignment. Life isn’t slowing down any time soon!
Passing the Baton
This September, our founder and director, Mavis Orton, is planning to retire back to England at the young age of 81 years. She has served faithfully and tenaciously in the Philippines since 1986. I only hope that I am as young and spry at 81 as she is! Please pray for Mavis as she puts closure on her 28 years of service and says goodbye to what has become her home and adopted people and then adjusts back to life in England.
Part of the reason I prayerfully decided to pursue midwifery certification was so that after Mavis retired, there would still be a missionary leader with midwifery training. However, the job of leading Shalom is now more than any one person can manage, so fellow missionary nurse, Cindy Gingerich and I will assume leadership after Mavis retires. I could not ask for a more qualified or complimentarily gifted coworker than Cindy and I praise God for her daily. At the moment, she is on a year home assignment, so please pray for me during this critical time of transition of leadership and responsibilities.
Helping to Carry the Load Praise God for His provision of others to help me carry the load of Shalom during Mavis’ departure and Cindy’s absence. Bill & Mary Fisher heard one of my presentations in Hawaii last year and were burdened to spend part of their retirement at Shalom. Bill is a retired nurse and has helped tremendously with financial management and in our laboratory. Mary is a health educator and has enjoyed doing home visits with our community nurse and Bible study coordinator. They arrived in May and plan to stay for at least a year.
I am also praising the Lord for Dr Cecille Esterra, a Christian OB-GYN who has offered her services free of charge for our patients. I have been praying for someone like her to join our team for three years! Already she has been a blessing acting as a second opinion, during emergencies, and with our more complicated high-risk patients. Please pray for her as she learns the ropes of the local healthcare system in our area and advocates for our ladies.
This July, we will have many visitors, including two teams from California, a couple from Washington, and a visiting OB-GYN from Illinois. Please pray that their time would be beneficial and life-changing for all!
Hallelujah! I have completed all necessary births and clinicals in order to be eligible to take the North American Registry of Midwives examination.
For 27 years of service in the Philippines from Shalom founder, Mavis Orton, MBE.
For the answered prayers in the addition of the Fishers and Dr Esterra to our team at Shalom.
All of our staff completed the rigorous Experiencing God Bible Study! We ask so much of our staff as they pour into the ladies we serve, I am excited that we can pour back into our staff.
Please pray for Mavis’ preparations for retirement and her adjustment back to life in the UK.
Please pray for Cindy and me as we assume leadership of Shalom and all that entails. The responsibility is big, but God is bigger.
Please pray for all the guests and visitors to Shalom this summer. Please also pray for stamina for me as I oversee everything and everyone…from transportation, food, lodging, itinerary, and crisis management. Please pray for good times of rest in between the chaos!