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Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

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!

Midwife Nerissa
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
Vicki's niece Mary who started the loom trend!
Baby hat made by Vicki
Baby hat made by Vicki's granddaughter Selah
Baby hat made by Vicki
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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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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Mother and baby at our Maternity Waiting Home
Mother and baby at our Maternity Waiting Home

The first Christmas was about a baby, a very special baby that changed the world. At Mercy In Action, we seek to follow the example of the Christ Child in all we do, as well as to change the too common narrative of a poor woman in labor and her desperate husband being turned away from comfort and care because they have no money… because just like that first Christmas, for the poor and marginalized, there never seems to be “room in the inn.” 

 

But not so at Mercy In Action! No pregnant woman is ever turned away from a Mercy In Action birth center. If she needs shelter, it is given to her. If she needs food, it is given to her. And if she becomes high risk and needs a hospital birth, or surgery, we help her with that, also.

 

This year we are housing a very special family at our Maternity Waiting home. Realynn and Bot are a tribal couple; they came to live with us to await their baby back in November. When she went into labor, she developed complications, and needed a cesarean. After the surgery, she faced life-threatening complications, and has been hospitalized since December 3, so our team is taking care of her baby, and helping both of them have the best chance to survive this harrowing birth.

 

Your donations make all this good care happen for Realynn, and the other 30 or so other pregnant women that will give birth in a Mercy In Action facility this month of December…

 

Thank you from all of us at Mercy In Action, and blessings for the very merriest Christmas and happiest New Year!

 

Love,

Vicki, for the Mercy team!

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The prenatal clinic that was damaged in the storm
The prenatal clinic that was damaged in the storm

Midwives are a critically important part of the community in nations like the Philippines, where resources are low and mortality is high during childbirth and early childhood.

RoseAnn is a midwife that Mercy In Action proudly sponsors and works beside in the Philippines. While working on earning her Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, RoseAnn also tirelessly visits local families and hikes to far-distant tribal villages to provide free maternity care to the poorest women.

Yesterday, Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong) made landfall on Luzon island, where RoseAnn lives with her family, blowing in with winds as high as 170 miles an hour, along with heavy lashing rain. The storm quickly destroyed the roofs on our prenatal clinic and the building we use as a midwife guesthouse and maternity waiting home.

Mercy In Action plans to help RoseAnn build back the roofs, and fix the damage caused by rain inside the buildings when the roofs were blown off.

The Philippines is a land of much beauty, and at times, violent storms. But the pregnant women need their community midwife and the care she lovingly provides. So, we will rebuild and carry on.

Thanks for your support and prayers, and thank you for your donations, which will help us complete this needed reconstruction and roof repair.

Love, Vicki

RoseAnn serving the women in her community
RoseAnn serving the women in her community
RoseAnn checking moms and babies in the community
RoseAnn checking moms and babies in the community

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Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Location: Boise, ID - USA
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Project Leader:
Vicki Penwell
Boise, ID United States
$78,817 raised of $99,000 goal
 
1,043 donations
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