Running a ministry takes a lot of people! Here is almost all of our staff and kids at the annual Christmas Party.
A big part of my vision for working in Kalinga is to train and equip local midwives. The local college offers a 2-year Midwifery Course but most of the students graduate without ever having done an actual delivery. Since opening in 2007 I have been a part of training 6 Filipina midwifery graduates. Four of these wonderful women are still working with Abundant Grace of God today.
Evelyn Pullis or “B-lyn” as she is lovingly called, is from Lacnog, Tabuk, has been with me since I moved to Tabuk in December 2006. In fact I first met her when I came to the Philippines in 2004! We sponsored B-lyn through midwifery school at the local college and she lived with us in the clinic and volunteered on her days off. By the time she was in her final year of school she was training her fellow classmates during their “on-the-job-training”! B-lyn is a Registered Midwife after passing her board exam in November 2010 and she is the head midwife at Abundant Grace of God.
B-lyn was also my midwife for the birth of Lucas Rylan last August 2010!
Marivic Ongat from Pakak, Agbannawag, has been working with us here at Abundant Grace of God since 2009 when she had her ’0n-the-job’ training with us. Marivic’s compassion and strong work ethic are two of the things that characterize her presence here at the clinic. Before working as a midwife, Marivic had been involved in various medical outreaches into the far-flung areas of Kalinga province. That work prepared here for her position here as the “Head of Outreach” in which she organizes our weekly visits into the community. Marivic is also a Registered Midwife after passing her board exam in November 2010.
Anie Naag, from Conner, Apayao, has been working at Abundant Grace of God since January 2010. Anie also had her “on-the-job” training at our clinic during her Midwifery course in 2009. While she was training here I was very impressed with her midwifery knowledge and compassion for the patients. After she passed her Board Exam and became a Registered Midwife in 2009, I invited her to volunteer/train at the clinic for a month to see how she liked it. Anie was an instant fit into the team of midwives and we were blessed to be able to hire her as a full-time staff member.
Mary Joy Latawan is from Rizal Kalinga and she has been working with AGGMC since January 2012. Joy is a gifted midwife with a compassionate heart for laboring women. Joy also keeps the staff on their toes with her sense of humour, fast talking and stylish attire. We are blessed to have her on staff with us and our patients are blessed to have her as their midwife.
Not only am I surrounded by wonderful midwives, but we have an amazing Social Worker here at Abundant Grace of God.
Since we are registered with the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) we are required to have a social worker on staff. I sure am thankful to whoever made that rule!
Kate Bulayo joined our team in August of last year and she has become a huge asset to our ministry. Not only does Kate take the time to work with patients that we are concerned about, but she also follows up on babies after their six weeks check-ups and helps Georgia with clinic administration.