Jun 28, 2019

Half way there- Building a Permanent Birthing Home

We are so excited to tell you, our faithful donors, that we poured cement this week on the new clinic roof! And amazingly, the rain held off for more than 38 hours while we were pouring the flat roof, and giving it time to dry adequately!   During rainy season in the Philippines, that is really something to celebrate!

 

Our savings have taken us this far; now we need to ask you to partner with us in this worthy endeavor to finish this clinic and birth center, where we will give quality health care to the poorest families in the Philippines for decades to come. Mercy In Action structures our birthing homes and clinics in a way that serves local families at NO COST TO THEM, so we depend on the generosity of those who have resources to share. Thank you for caring and sharing!


And July is the perfect month to help us with this building project, thanks to our partnership with GlobalGiving!

 

On Thursday, July 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET, GlobalGiving will put out $130K in matching funds for donations of $100 and above. The higher the donation, the higher the match!

 

GlobalGiving begins matching funds on July 18th, on USA time: at 9 am Eastern; 8 am Central; 7 am Mountain, 6 am Pacific, 5 am in Alaska, and 3 am in Hawaii! They expect the matching funds to go fast, so start planning now for your big give to Mercy In Action on the morning of July 18th, to help us finish the building


Think of how much farther we can all make our donation go with this matching money! We can get this building finished and up and running, to save lives of mothers and babies in our community even sooner than planned, but we need your help.

Would you be willing to plan a donation and hold it until the morning of July 18th? 

Drop us a note at vickipenwell@mercyinaction.com to let us know if we can build our plans around your donation with the GlobalGiving matching grant!

Apr 1, 2019

Keeping our babies warm!

Midwife Nerissa's daughter making baby hats!
Midwife Nerissa's daughter making baby hats!

It is a well known fact that newborn babies are vulnerable to heat loss and hypothermia, which is thought to be the cause of up to one third of newborn deaths in developing countries like the Philippines.

Years ago, my niece Mary began to use a simple loom to knit baby hats for our Mercy In Action babies. Now, she has helped us train all of my grandchildren and other kids on our Mercy In Action staff.  They are all making hats regularly to donate to Mercy babies.

In December, I brought a loom to the Philippines, along with Mary's video instructions. Thanks to our midwife Rose Ann, this  set off a wave of midwives and midwive's children making hats for our babies! 

Now we are able to send one hand-made hat home with each and every baby born into our birhing homes. Each one is knit with love in every stitch! 

Thank you to our donors who support our midwives to provide midwifery care that is above and beyond!  Together we are making a real difference in outcomes for babies, mothers and families in the Philippines, 

Midwife Cecille making baby hats in spare time!
Midwife Cecille making baby hats in spare time!
Vicki's niece Mary who started the loom trend!
Vicki's niece Mary who started the loom trend!
Baby hat made by Vicki's granddaughter Selah
Baby hat made by Vicki's granddaughter Selah
Baby hat made by Vicki's granddaughter Zoe
Baby hat made by Vicki's granddaughter Zoe
First hat made by Midwife Rose Ann
First hat made by Midwife Rose Ann

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Dec 31, 2018

Up-Side-Down Blessings

Midwives " Caroling" patients in the Philippines
Midwives " Caroling" patients in the Philippines

One of the fun things about the Christmas season is blessing our patients with surprises, like a Christmas party and Christmas presents, and best of all, reverse Caroling! 

Our Mercy In Action midwife Nerissa surprised some of her postpartum patients right before Christmas by "caroling" them. The caroling team included our other midwife Mitch, our volunteer social worker Rina, and Nerissa's daughter and her friend who played violins to accompany the Christmas songs.

What you need to understand, though, is that in the Philippines when someone sings carols at your door, it is the tradition that you have to give them food or money.  We were doing it in reverse (caroling them to bring them food baskets) but the poor families did not know that at first.

One woman asked "Why are you choosing us? We are too poor to give you anything". Then our team surprised her by saying "We are bringing you gifts with this caroling", and proceeded to share the food baskets they brought!

Oh, how fun it is to turn everything up-side-down once in a while. Just like the up-side-down Kingdom of God, where the least are the greatest. And at this time of year, we remember that  the King of the Universe came to earth to be born into a poor family, refuges who were not welcomed in the town as they had no money for an inn, even as she was about to give birth. But God surprised them with angel songs and precious gifts from Wise Men. 

Thank you for your donations to Mercy In Action this year, and please consider a generous donation to help us end the year strong and ready to go forward into the new year with our ministry to the poor here in the Philippines. 

Mercy In Action year-end stats:

Free to the poor in 2018:

253 Births

922 Prenatal exams

614 Postpartum exams

And countless prison visits, clothes, vitamins , food and love given away to those in need ! 

 

Love and Blessings,

Vicki

Finding our poorest patients to bring gifts
Finding our poorest patients to bring gifts
It is more blessed to give than to receive!
It is more blessed to give than to receive!
Mercy In Action midwife team and family caroling
Mercy In Action midwife team and family caroling

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