This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
— 2 Corinthians 9:12, ESV
During this Thanksgiving season, I can’t help but be overwhelmingly grateful for the amazing team of Filipino medical professionals and staff that God has provided for the ministry at Shalom. We now have 8 registered midwives, 1 assistant midwife, 3 registered nurses, 1 chaplain, 1 janitor, 1 handyman/driver, 1 patient advocate/cheerleader, and 1 OB-GYN. Some are paid, some are volunteers, but ALL love the Lord and serve faithfully as an expression of their thanks to God.
I often write about the women we serve, but I don’t want to forget the amazing staff who make this ministry possible. Many come from the same socio-economic background as our patients. They understand. They have compassion. And many double in their responsibilities. For example, our two men – the handyman and janitor – are the faithful leaders of our Fathers Class. Often time our midwives will go beyond their job description, invite patients to church, visit them at home, and even give financially to those who need the help.
If a staff member calls in sick, it’s not uncommon for a midwife to work 16 hours straight. And while we pay our staff the going rate for their profession, it’s not much. But they work with a smile on their lips and a prayer in their hearts. I left Shalom yesterday with a huge grin on my face…we’d had a full morning of prenatal check-ups and we were all tired, but everyone had a bounce in their step while singing along to worship music, just grateful for the opportunity to do what we believe in and love.
Thanks for your continued prayers for the faithful ministers of the Gospel at Shalom. We give a LOT and it’s easy to suffer from compassion fatigue, but your prayers and God’s grace sustain us.
Motorcycles have become the new favorite mode of transportation in Manila. Now imagine a family of 4.5 buzzing around town!
I was thrilled to be able to join three of our midwives at the semi-annual Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc convention in the much cooler city of Baguio, up in the mountains. It was a blast to get away with my friends and coworkers and share lots of laugh and photos.
I had the privilege of helping this little guy enter the human race, forever sharing my birthday. His mama had a bit of a challenge as she had a rare anomaly (Uterus Didelphys if you want to look it up), but he got here safely and mama is doing great!
Shalom partners with several local churches to actively evangelize and disciple our patients and families. Here’s a photo from last week’s “meet and greet” for new patients. A couple here is following along in 1 Corinthians 13.