“Birth House for Sale”

1 08 2014
Abundant Grace of God, Bugnay

Abundant Grace of God, Bugnay

I just got back from a quick trip to the mountains to check up on our sister clinic “Lajad Apodios Lying-In” – that is the Butbut translation for Abundant Grace of God …sort of 🙂

I had the chance to introduce Suzie Campana, our new missionary midwife and Bugnay clinic Facilitator, to the staff and mothers of Bugnay.

Suzie and the midwives hiking into the Village of Bugnay

Suzie and the midwives hiking into the Village of Bugnay

We hiked into the village and shared at the Well-Baby seminar which we host monthly for the mothers of Bugnay. This month’s topic was all about Tuberculosis; the signs and symptoms as well as transmission and treatment. Tuberculosis is a disease that still has a huge effect on the families of Bugnay and surrounding villages.

Me and my shadow sharing at the Well-Baby seminar.

Me and my shadow sharing at the Well-Baby seminar.

The Bugnay clinic has been open for over two years now and we have been working out of an old home which we renovated into a clinic. The house is in a perfect spot as it is central to all five Butbut villages and is right next to the main road.

We only had a two-year lease on the house, so since we opened we had been looking all over and around Bugnay for somewhere we could build another clinic or renovate another house. Nothing was available or else it was way too much money.

Then, a few months ago, the landlord of the current clinic building told us that he wanted to sell it.

The price is reasonable (much less than it would cost to start from scratch) and the location is perfect.

The cost of the clinic building and lot is $12,000USD.  This August we need to give the first instalment of $6000. The next instalment is due in one year.

We already have $2500 towards the first payment. We just need another $3500 by the middle of August.

Would any of you like to be a part of keeping this very important clinic up and running? If so, I want to invite you to donate towards the “Bugnay Clinic Fund”.

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Donating is very easy and 100% of what you give will go directly to the project.

Just click on this link: http://www.msccanada.org/Donate/PayPal-donations.html

and when you get to the MSC site, click on the “Give” menu on the homepage.

Then choose my name from the scroll down menu on the “Mission Workers” menu.

Ok, it may be a little confusing if you are my dad … but I think most of you will be able to follow it 😉

If giving financially is not something you can do right now, please pray with us and stay tuned for the miracles that God does in the next few weeks!

 





“In my day, we gave birth in the rice fields!”

2 03 2014

by Crystal Meeks

The other day I met an elderly lady in her 70s from Bugnay who explained to me how times are changing.

Old lady in Bugnay with Zion.

Old lady in Bugnay with Zion.

 

She said in her day, the women were strong and they would give birth in the rice fields, tie the babies to their backs and keep on working. She stated that now-a-days the women are lazy.  She said that now, when the women get pregnant they stop working.  I needed her to define “work” because I have never seen any Butbut sitting idly.  They are always cooking, washing clothes and dishes, pounding rice and chasing after their children.  According to the old lady, in her day, women worked much harder.

So I asked,  “Do you think it was better in your time and the clinic here is not effective because the women should be strong enough to deliver without a midwife?”  She grabbed my arm and prepared to correct me, “Oh no Crystal! We thank God for the clinic!”  She continued to explain that before, they didn’t cut a woman’s stomach to get a baby out and that she didn’t like that many women do that now.  I agreed with her that I didn’t like that either.  She continued, “But at the clinic you let them try to deliver normal and if you think it’s better, you take them to the hospital to have their stomach’s cut and Crystal, even if they have to cut their stomachs when they come home they still have a live baby.”

The next statement I asked a few times to make sure I’d translated it properly.  My mouth gaped open when she informed me that she gave birth to 13 children but only three lived past their first year of life.  She shared she would have been willing to have her stomach cut also if it meant more of her children would have lived.  Our conversation was a reminder of our effectiveness here in Bugnay.  My favorite part of the conversation was that she didn’t thank me or the other midwives but rather expressed all her gratitude to the one that deserved all the credit…Our Heavenly Father.