Thank You!

4 12 2019

I just wanted to post a quick note to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for new supplies.

Staff midwife Marivic and I are pictured above holding some of the MANY supplies I was able to bring home with me from Canada.

Thanks to your donations we were able to purchase:

80 new blue surgical towels

50 new baby blankets

3 new blood pressure cuffs

2 new breast pumps

50 new amnihooks

20 new bulb syringes

3 new fetascopes

Nitrazine paper



Antibiotic ointment

Thank you from all of us here!

Help us Restock our Delivery Room!

30 08 2019

These photos are kind of funny I know, but the reality is that we are running low on all sorts of things at our clinic. I will be heading to Canada in October with my three kids for a family visit and I am hoping to bring back some supplies with me to restock the clinic.

Would any of you be interested in giving towards the cost of these supplies?

I have the order ready to purchase and am just hoping for the funds to come in so I can have it shipped to Canada before the end of October.

In particular the needs are:

Delivery room baby blankets (these are not the typical newborn flannel-type blankets, but medical grade ones that we sanitize and re-use after deliveries)

Surgical towels – for drying off babies as soon as they are born before we wrap them up in the warm dry blankets and place them on their mommy’s chest.

Fetoscopes and blood pressure cuffs for prenatal exams. (We go through about 3 bp cuffs a year – the rubber disintegrates and the metal rusts quickly in this tropical climate)

Amnihooks and nitrazine paper for labor and delivery.

The total cost for these supplies is $350USD including shipping.

If this practical way of helping out appeals to you, please click below and leave any amount that you wish.


Thanks in advance!

The Staff and Patients of Abundant Grace of God Maternity

Summer Days, Musings and Filipino Independence Day

12 06 2019

I admit that these HOT summer days have drained all of my energy and drive to get things done. As I drive my car to the clinic I pass by my neighbours working in their yards, doing their laundry, drying rice on the road … I know they must feel the heat too, but they keep going.

I arrive at the clinic and let out a big sigh followed by “It is so hot!!”. To which my Filipino staff reply, “Yes bossing, it is hot.” Meanwhile in the birth room there is a first time mom labouring quietly to bring her baby into the world. Her midwives try to keep the fans going to keep her cool and keep bringing her water to drink so she stays hydrated. She doesn’t complain, she just keeps labouring in earnest. A little while later the clinic is filled with cries of a newborn baby and there is a happy and exhausted mom.

This post is meant as a tribute to the way the locals here in Kalinga just get things done. They don’t stop to complain about how things difficult something is, or how uncomfortable they are, they just get on with it.

I first came to the Philippines over 15 years ago and the more years I spend here the more beauty I see. Of course there are always frustrations and cultural differences that can make me crazy, but these are usually because I am particularly impatient or uncomfortable that day.

Some of my favourite things about the culture here in Kalinga:

  • Children are treasured. My kids get loved on and smiled at wherever they go.
  • Everyone loves to laugh! Everywhere they go they bring the party 🙂
  • There is a great cultural pride for the way things have been done for hundreds of years. A lot of the times, the original ways are the best ways.
  • Fathers as well as mothers are great caregivers for their little ones. You will often see dads working around the yard with their babies tied on their backs.
  • Sharing is as important a value for adults as it is children. Being told you are generous is one of the highest compliments.

Oh, and the babies here are the absolute cutest! I will leave you here with a picture of one of our sweet babies born at the clinic.

Medical Mission to the Mountains

21 04 2019

The village of Ableg, Pasil.

This April we hosted a group of 19 Canadians from Samaritan’s Purse for a medical mission. This was our 5th Samaritan’s Purse team and we reached out to four new communities and two old ones.

The SP Canada team consisted of three doctors, one Nurse Practitioner, 6 nurses, one EMT and lots of support team members who ran eyeglass clinic, blessed the children in many villages and lead the team.


Lovely translating for Dr. Adel in Pasil.


We went to Malignant and Taga in Pinukpuk, Ableg and Balenciagao in Pasil, and Pakak and Magsaysay in Tabuk City. The Armed Forces of the Philippines joined us again and provided haircuts for kids in all locations. In total, we cared for almost 2000 patients!


The SP Canada team could not have reached as many patients without the help of our big local team of translators, cooks, midwives and helpers.


Me and some of my team heading to the next stop.

Our two weeks together was an example of how two different cultures and backgrounds can work together to bless many more than either could do on their own.

Thank you to our wonderful team of Canadians who gave up time and finances to serve alongside us sharing God’s Love with the Families of Kalinga.

team photo CAN and FIL

The whole combined Canadian/Filipino team! 

Ken and Ann Hastings, Rian and Zelda Du Plooy, Emily Way, Janelle Jeong, Elaine Wall and Taryn Bender, Len and Shelley Hyatt,  Laurin and Ruby Trudel, Brenda Servold, Annita Doherty, Adel Naude, Rick Campbell, April Belsheim, Annamarie Snyman and Erin Neufeld.

(Not to be forgotten, the three Filipinos from Baguio who also joined for half of the mission: Angela, Jonathan and Dennis!)

How to Pray During a Typhoon.

21 09 2018


Last week we had a super typhoon blow through the Province of Kalinga. Tabuk City, the place where Abundant Grace of God is located, was going to be right in the center of the storm.

We knew the typhoon was coming and I saw posts on Facebook and other social media platforms asking for prayer. Yes, I think I even asked for prayer.

Then I though to myself “What am I actually asking God to do?”

Was I asking Him to send the typhoon in another direction? Honestly I don’t think God really works that way, but even if He did would I really want to ask Him to send the typhoon to other people in other places? That sure didn’t seem right.

Was I asking Him to let the typhoon lose force before it makes landfall? Again, I don’t think God works this way as I am pretty sure typhoons are a part of how the “nature” works.

I guess I can agree with the prayers for safety for all of those in the path. However two years ago when another typhoon blew through Tabuk and levelled almost the whole village of Pakak, through the generosity of Samaritan’s Purse Canada, the families were able to build better, stronger homes.

I settled on praying this prayer “God… be with us. Amen”

He was with us.

He was with us when not one of the new homes in the village of Pakak was destroyed.

He was with us when we had no power or water at the clinic but still helped to welcome five new babies into the world. It seems typhoons bring babies out!

He was with us when a teenage mom came to us in labor with only her little sister to accompany her. He was with us when this teen mom delivered a premature baby who needed help breathing. He was with us as we were able to get him admitted to a private hospital that was able to care for baby until he was able to breath on his own.



The older I get, the less sure I am about the best “way” to pray, but the more sure I am about Who is listening.


Staff Retreat 2017

9 02 2017

“Abundant Grace of God Maternity Center Inc.” turns 10 this year! To commemorate this anniversary, Achao and I took all of our staff and their families to the beach!


AGGMC Staff Picture — with a few extras.

We had two midwives from a busy birth centre in Manila come to cover our clinic while we went to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte for a whole three days!  We spent the time playing and relaxing on the beach.

We also had some team building activities where we learned about our different personality types and how we can work together.


We have so many “Agreeable” personalities in our group!

We ended off our weekend celebrating Ellora and Vienna as they finish off their two and a half years of service with us.


Praying for Ellora and Vienna as the evening closes.

Thank you for all of your support and prayers that help make this retreat a success!


Sponsor a Delivery this Christmas!

25 11 2015



It is that time of year again when we start to think about what on earth to get that person on our list that has everything!

Why don’t you sponsor a delivery in their name?

When you make a donation between $50 (a partial sponsor) and $200 (a complete sponsor) you or the person you choose will receive a set of footprints in the mail of the baby whose delivery you sponsored as well as the birth story.

Click on the “Sponsor a Delivery” tab above for all the details and instructions.


I delivered at Abundant Grace of God because…

4 04 2015

I wanted to share some stories from our patients about why they are choosing to deliver at our clinic.


“I was so glad that I delivered here at Abundant Grace of God [Bugnay site] because I felt safe and taken care of well by the staff. Especially that I had a hemorrhage when I gave birth before at [another location], I didn’t feel safe there because when I hemorrhaged it took them so long before they stopped the bleeding.”

Some of the mothers from the village of Buscalan share about their experiences at AGGMC.

Some of the mothers from the village of Buscalan share about their experiences at AGGMC.

One of the mothers from Buscalan (neighbouring villages) that delivered at our Bugnay site.

One of the mothers from Buscalan (neighbouring village) that delivered at our Bugnay site.


“I chose [to deliver] here in Abundant Grace of God because the clinic is well ventilated, has very clean rooms and bathrooms and the employees are very kind to their patients, they treat them all equally. Also it is Philhealth accredited.”

*Mary shares at our Labor and Delivery seminar about her experience during the delivery of her first baby at AGGMC.

(*not real names)

We are so glad that the women of Kalinga are choosing to deliver at our clinic and that we have the opportunity to share God’s love with them in a practical way.

Labor and delivery is the time in a woman’s life where she can be the most vulnerable. Too often in the developing world the workers at local health facilities and hospitals use this time as an opportunity to shame the women and make them feel guilty.

The following is a quote from a fellow missionary working at a Birthing Home in Manila. She had the chance to talk with a senior medical student in regards to attitudes surrounding labouring women in the Philippines.

“What I learned was that birth is often seen as an opportunity to shame and frighten the woman giving birth: not because the exhausted, overworked health provider is mean or malicious, but because it is the time when a woman is at her most dependent and vulnerable, that one can instill such hatred for the process that she will not want to bear any more children. It is a time to make the mother feel badly for poor compliance of prenatal check-ups or for being seen as an eyesore to a society desperately trying to pull out of the “developing world” category.”

In contrast, we at AGGMC want women to feel empowered, loved, cared for and protected  during their deliveries.

Our vision is to “Share the Love of God with the families of Kalinga” and we sincerely pray that every woman that enters our facility will feel that they are loved, not only by us but also by their Heavenly Father.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Staff and Volunteers of AGGMC

27 12 2014

Thank you for all your support this 2014!

May God bless you all this coming 2015!

AGGMC Staff Christmas Party

AGGMC Staff Christmas Party

My 10 year anniversary in the Philippines!

30 01 2014

I hope you enjoy this little photo montage that I put together to celebrate 10 years in the Philippines.  (It also includes a very little video of a painful procedure!)

See how many different hairstyles you count!