Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Life is Crazy

Now September has come into full swing both Chad and I are VERY busy. School is full-time for me and I literally will spend an entire day on my assignment and only finish about 1/4 of a question. When there's 14 of them it's a slow-going process. I spend many of my days with my newfound study-buddy Medea in the coffee shop. We have fun together and get lots done too.

Chad is making connections with other ministries and will be getting to know some other church plant leaders in the community. Music doors are opening for Chad and the worship pastor at 'All Nations Church' helped Chad find a guitar at a pawn shop. He got a great deal for it and been great hearing him practice regularly. Chad's playing has improved by leaps and bounds.

The birthroom has been great. Presently the marrieds with kids have only been scheduled for one shift a week, mainly to help us keep our sanity with the assignments. It is a blessing, but I'm itching to get into the birthroom more. The ladies in scrubs are my birthroom and clinic teammates. The cute short Filipina at the left is Mayflor my supervisor, the Filipina in the middle is Jane & the blonde on the right is Janelle, who is my classmate. We had a great time singing songs together with the guitar that evening and we had two wonderful mama's give birth. One of the babies unfortunately had to be transferred because of difficulty breathing after the delivery. He turned out to be fine though and was released from the hospital the next day. I am moving along well with things and will be able to assist in the deliveries soon, which is the final step before 'handling' or baby catching:) I'm getting very excited.

Teaching sessions have begun and I've already taught one Labour & Delivery class and one Breastfeeding class. The breastfeeding was great and the moms had a fantastic time. Turned out Jordan needed to be fed just as I was about to teach positions for feeding. Very convenient. This got lots of stares and giggles from the mamas in class. We had so much fun. It was the first time I really saw them actively participate in the discussion.

God has been so faithful to us over these months here. There have been some spiritual struggles, which is to be expected on the mission field, but amidst the struggles God's purpose for us always shines through. We are learning a lot here in the Philippines. Sometimes the journey is lonely, but we are beginning to make strong friendships. We are praying for the Lord to continue bringing the right people into our lives. He's also opening the doors for us to minister to the locals. One of those dear to our heart is our helper Lea. Chad and I prayed for some time about having her son move in with us. It was just this week we really felt God wanted this move to happen, so on October 8th Ken-Ken will be moving into our home and joining our family. He will be five on October 5th and I'm sure he and Noah will hit it off beautifully. Our helper Lea is ecstatic and we are thrilled for this opportunity to support her family and positively influence the relationship between her and her son.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Let me just get through this first assignment...

...then I can get some new pictures up. Things are CRAZY busy, but good. There will be a better update in a week, but for now school has begun, the homework has started and the remainder of our classmates arrived safe and sound. We have much to share and look forward to getting the new info out soon.

Blessings to you all.