We have an exciting announcement to make! No, we aren’t expecting baby number three – yet!
We are officially opening a sister clinic in the mountains of Kalinga! Adhering to our vision of ‘Sharing God’s love through competent midwifery services’, we at Abundant Grace of God Maternity Center will extend our services to the mountains of Tinglayan with a new maternity center located in the village of Bugnay (about 5 hours from our Tabuk site).
After reaching out to the villages in the mountains of upper Tinglayan, Kalinga in March and April 2011, we were trying to come up with a plan to reach out more in this remote and needy that area. After many discussions and much prayer we decided that in order to be successful in affecting any sort of lasting change, we needed to maintain a constant presence. But how would we do it? We began to pray some more.
Then in May, our good friends from Geschenke der Hoffnung e.V. (http://www.geschenke-der-hoffnung.org- a German organization who has funded our new clinic facility in Tabuk) asked us if we would be interested in multiplying the work that we were doing in order reach more people with the love of God! Of course our answer was an excited “Yes!”
We have chosen to locate this sister clinic in the village of Bugnay. We feel this is the ideal site because we have already formed a wonderful relationship with the people through regular visits in the last five years. Bugnay is also the most easily accessible of the five Butbut villages in Upper Tinglayan. Being so close to the National Highway will make it easier to ship in the needed supplies as well as to get to the local hospital in a hurry if and when emergencies arise. The clinic will serve the five Butbut villages of Upper Tinglayan, as well as other surrounding villages in the area. We are eager to reach out and establish deeper relationships with a population of approximately 5,000 people.
This February we will begin renovating a rented home with the intentions of opening The Bugnay Birthing Home in May of this year. Crystal Meeks, CPM from North Carolina will be directing the clinic, and Evelyn Dungoc, a Filipino Registered Midwife will train the the local midwives and run the clinic. We are excited about this new facility and can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things that God does with us at Abundant Grace of God in 2012.