New Birth Center as viewed from the street
Dear Friends of Mercy in Action,
In my last report, I wrote about the new birth center we were building in a medically under-served area of Samar island in the Philippines.
We are so proud to announce that, with your generous support, the birth center is up and running in time for December babies!
I have attached a photo to this report of the new birth center at night - doesn't this new center just look so warm and welcoming? It makes me so happy to know this center is open 24/7 to welcome women in labor...which reminds me of a Christmas tradition practiced in Mexico and some parts of the USA…
When Mercy In Action was headquartered years ago on the border of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico, the Las Posadas, (Spanish for “The Inns”) was a religious festival celebrated in the area at Christmastime. Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.
I was realizing today that we have built another “Inn” for poor women who are often turned away from hospitals and private clinics when in labor, due to their inability to pay or a shortage of beds. This holiday season, we can be proud together because your donations helped us construct a safe, respectful, evidence-based, and world-class maternity care facility that offers healthcare free to pregnant women in need! And just in time for the season of Las Posadas!
Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Lord bless you and your family,
Vicki for the Mercy In Action team
The new birth center in daylight
First baby born in new birth center on Samar
Welcome, first baby born in new birth center!