How about some numbers?

23 01 2017

Today I completed our statistics for 2016 for our clinic.

 

Number of women enrolled with us for prenatal care: 531

Number of prenatal check-ups performed : 2276 

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Number of babies born at our clinic: 214

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Transport rate for women in labor: 14% 

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Percentage of deliveries that were first-time moms: 32%

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Number of postpartum visits done: 817

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Percentage of women who had previously delivered unattended: 24%

 

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Thank you for all of your support!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Thank you for Feeding the Village of Pakak

2 12 2016
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Junior is excited about his two bags of rice!

After the typhoon in October, many people donated money for the immediate needs of some of the villages close by.

There were supposed to be emergency supplies given by the government but as these things go in the Philippines the supplies did not get to where they were needed.

There are 60 families in Pakak and only 2 of them received any emergency supplies from the government.

Because of your that donations, every person in the village received 2 large cans of rice each!

We will continue to help in this village as well as a few more surrounding ones with the support of Samaritan’s Purse.

But for now … enjoy these thankful smiles!

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Typhoon Lawin (Hawk)

27 10 2016

 

 

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Last week on Wednesday we started hearing that the typhoon headed towards the Philippines may affect us here in the middle of the Island of Luzon. Many of us were unfazed as we have numerous typhoons a year and it usually just means a cooler day with some rain. By Wednesday evening reports started coming in that the typhoon was picking up speed and Kalinga should expect a Signal number 5 (more than 200km/hour winds). I admit that I started to get a bit nervous.

By 11pm on Wednesday night the winds started ripping through the Province of Kalinga. For the next four hours we were bombarded with wind and rain with whole trees being uprooted and roof tops being torn off houses.

Our clinic was flooded on every floor by the rain coming in through every nook and cranny while the office roof was shredded by the winds.

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At our home it was only our garden and trees that were destroyed with our house and car thankfully being spared. Oh and the kids are loving playing amongst all the felled coconut trees next door.

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Driving through town the next day however, Tabuk looked like a different place. So many of the squatter homes at the side of the road were completely demolished. Almost every power line was down. Most of the beautiful tree lined roads were now covered with branches, trees trunks and electrical wires. In our beloved village of Pakak many homes were destroyed and the roof of the church was blown off.

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Tabuk is in the middle of the clean up now. Burning of branches, leaves and garbage is continuous (*cough cough) and the power company is working overtime to get electricity restored. We have heard though that it may take up to two months before we get the electricity back!

Amazingly enough there were very few casualties and for that we are thankful. So we continue to press on with clean up and caring for the women that still need to have their babies.

Oh, another crazy thing, we were bombarded with labors for the week before the typhoon with all six beds full on two occasions. We just finished discharging all our postpartum mothers on Wednesday afternoon … just before the typhoon.  Then, two days after the typhoon we started getting busy again! Could it be that a baby knows when its safe to come out?

(If anyone would like to donate money towards families who have lost their homes or would like to help the church in Pakak to repair their roof, you can click on the donate tab of this website. Be sure to designate the funds for typhoon relief and I will make sure it gets to some of those who need it.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





A Retreat for the Macads

11 10 2016

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Our family just spent three days in Paradise here in the Philippines. We attended a missionary retreat at the Re-Creation Center (RRC) in Rizal Laguna. It was a CMPI (Christian Missions in the Philippines) missionary retreat for all missionaries commended by CMML (Christian Missions in Many Lands) and MSC (Missions Sending Committee). Wow, that was a lot of letters… All of that to say, we connected with about 25 other missionaries doing all different sorts of things all over the Philippines.

We had to drive 15 hours to get there (Okay I admit it, Achao did most of the driving…I drove for about 1o minutes…) but once we arrived we knew it was going to be worth it. RRC is a sprawling resort with acres perfectly manicured lawns and gardens. There was swimming pools, basketball courts, trampolines, giant chess boards and more, for the kids. They enjoyed getting to know some other missionary kids while Achao and I got to attend some great encouraging seminars from a preacher from New Zealand. Well, Achao couldn’t really understand his accent so he let me attend most of them while he watched the kids.

I love all the new connections we have made and look forward to seeing where they lead in the coming months and years. I have already agreed to help one bible translator put together a “safe delivery” pamphlet that he can translate into a local language where he is working so that he can give to the pregnant women he works with.

We are back to work, feeling refreshed. Kids are back to school (well, aside from Zion refusing to go yesterday…) Achao will continue to oversee construction at the Bugnay Birth Center and I will continue training and working with the midwives here in Tabuk City.

I will update again soon as it is officially Christmas season now in the Philippines!





Baby #2000 !!

30 07 2016

This month we celebrated the 2000th baby born at our clinic!

For me, this was another signpost of how God keeps providing for us at Abundant Grace of God.

The mother who delivered with us had delivered her other two babies with us as well, so this was an especially joyous occasion.

Mother and baby were given a gift of a new baby bath full of newborn clothes and supplies.

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Welcome to the world baby Eduardo! We are so happy that you made your entrance at our clinic!

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Medical Mission to the Mountains

11 06 2016

This May, we had an amazing opportunity to work together with a team from Samaritan’s Purse Canada sharing God’s love with the tribal people of Kalinga through a medical mission. The team of 13 people consisted of nurses, dental hygienists, an eyeglass team, support workers and a doctor.

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The team rides “top-load” up to the mountains!

We set up camp at the local high school in Tinglayan and for five days we offered medical check-ups, dental care and eyeglasses for all five Butbut villages. We were joined by some awesome Filipino dentists and a doctor from Manila for a few days while we were in the mountains. That was a great blessing!

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Me, Doc Elvie and Doc Jec – our wonderful Filipino dentists.

After 5 days of clinic in the mountains we attended church in Bugnay together with the village members we had been caring for during the week. We had such a fun time singing and dancing and praising the same God together!

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The Canadian team then had a short break to explore the town of Sagada and take in the caving, waterfalls and pottery. After our break we came back down the mountain to our clinic in Tabuk and did two days of outreach for our patients and neighbours.

During the 7 days of outreach we saw over 1500 people, doing medical check-ups (with free medicines), dental check-ups (with free extractions) and eyeglass clinic (giving away free eyeglasses).

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The team was awesome and as we say here in the Philippines, they were really “cowboys”. That means that they never complained when they had to sleep on hard floors with the bathroom quite a distance away, they ate all the food prepared for them although they weren’t used to eating rice three times a day, and they were just basically a pleasure to be around!

Thank you Tammy, Bernie, Nellie, Tina, Barbara, Barb, Patti, Helen, Wes, Shirley, Joanne, Maria and Conchita!!

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The Samaritan’s Purse team along with our Abundant team on our last evening together.

 

 

 

 





A Star Midwife in the Making

5 05 2016
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Midwife Gay and her husband at a recent graduation ceremony. Gay just finished her Bachelors of Science in Midwifery.

It was late one night last week when the clinic got a text asking us to pick up a laboring woman in her village. There was already a woman in labor at our clinic so I asked Gay and Lovely to ride with Achao to bring back the labor. Gay has been with us for over two years and is a wonderful midwife, ready to take on the role of supervisor. I figured it would be a good way to ease her into supervising by having her be in charge of a labor pick up. Well, about half an hour later I got a text from Gay telling me that they had arrived and the patient was pushing and the baby’s head was already visible! Now it was all up to Gay and Lovely to deliver the baby safely.

After a few more minutes of pushing a baby boy was born, but he was not breathing. Gay and Lovely followed the protocols that they have been taught to stimulate and dry the baby. The baby lay there limply – still no cry. Gay and Lovely jumped into action quickly grabbing the neonatal bag and mask from the emergency birth bag and beginning resuscitation. The mother and her family began to cry because they thought they had lost the baby. Gay and Lovely kept working on the baby, all the while praying for God’s help. Within a few minutes the baby started to cry on his own – and kept on crying. Within an hour the baby was at his mother’s breast fully recovered. Mother and baby were brought back to the clinic so that we could monitor them for at least 24 hours to make sure they were fine.

When I saw Gay the next day I told her how proud I was of the her. If she and Lovely hadn’t been there with their knowledge and skills, that baby would not be alive today. We all agreed that the life of a midwife can be the most frightening and the most rewarding job – all at the same time!