Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Boys and Girls





So Sheba our Dog had puppies. She had 10 but one died. I've never been apart of this before so it was quite interesting.

And of course our lovely boys

another Long time

Well it's been a while once again since we've updated our blog.
Things have been more on track lately. I (Chad) since we've been back have spending more time at home with the kids. it's been challenging for Naomi to find time at home. At the age that the kids are now they really need at least one of us around.
You know you get here and you think God is telling you all these different things to do when the most important thing is your family. Without your family you are LOST. So the water filters have not been happening. I have still been meeting people of influence and other people concerning the filters, but I have been passing them on to Tim after an initial meeting. I've been told not to go into areas of need due to the dangerous activities of MILF or NPA. Other people have chosen to disregard these suggestions, but I understand the chain of command and no matter how much I would like to run into these areas I will not. God has placed these authorities over us for a reason and though I feel I would be safe in many of these areas I will heed those words. Besides it's only a little while longer until we are out from under neath them anyways. At first I was a little bitter, but then I got over it.
I know that God has called us here for this time. Naomi and I are realizing more and more that we are a team.
My Music ministry has been going well. I still continue to meet many musicians here in Davao. I have recently met a American musician named Geoff Logan and his wife Erica. They are here with YWAM and another group called heartsong international. They record the tribes music and help hem get it to the world to be heard. They have been here the same amount of time we have. He's a great guitar player, as a matter of fact we are recording in a couple of days for some missionary cd for cambodia.

the kids have been real good. Noah is turning into a little Phillipino boy, and Jodan is understanding a lot of Visaya.
I'll post some pictures soon.
Peace
Chad

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A long awaited update






Wow. April 8th. Sorry guys. No excuses, just being lazy on keeping all of you up to date. I should probably summarize all that has happened since April 8th.

April 15th: I caught my first set of twins, then had the honour of being their wet-nurse for 6days while their mama recovered at the hospital from blood loss. The two precious girls were named 'Cuttie' (3lbs 5oz) & 'Swheety' (5lbs 5oz).

May: Jordan got his first haircut, our class pictures were done and we made preparations for going home. God provided money for us to fly together as a family. We got home and had one of the craziest 5wks ever. It was great to see everyone, but very tiring. Next time we'll make our visit longer ;)

June: We flew home to Davao to begin our house-hunting adventures and my intensive academic catch-up on homework. It was a crazy month. It was also the month Newlife had their second graduating class, the girls of 2008!!

July: I had opportunity to partake in my first outreach. We went to Talikud Island and did about 11 initial prenatals and a whole bunch of well-woman exams, which often became primary healthcare sessions too. Mordegai came back from Cambodia and went with us to pull teeth. He pulled about 150 teeth that day. It was an amazing time and I look forward to my bi-monthly outreaches now to Talikud and Somal Islands.

This month we also found our new home. It is such a blessing to be able to find a home that is not only the right size, but also has a great yard for our kids to play in. It is everything and more than we had asked for. God is so faithful.

Thank you all for your prayers. We'll work on keeping this site more up-to-date.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Installing Filters 2






A continuation of pictures from the previous blog. Enjoy!!

Installing Filters






Ok so we started going full boar in installing water filters. Many people just outside the city have to pay for their drinking water. We are helping them change that. They use there own well water and within a day it's 50% cleaner.
We are not only installing them but also training the people how to install them, so that they can do it themselves and serve other communities in their region.

Bio Filters






Well the water filter project is cruising along. For those of you who don't know I have been working with Tim Stewart on the Bio water filter project. We are giving the technology for clean water to areas of the Philippines that need it the most.
I recently made contact with a group called TRI-CON tribal concern. They help with the development of tribes in indigenous areas of Mindanao. They are a group that help the tribes understand their rights and the policies in place for the land that they have been living on for hundreds of years. Big corporations want to take that land away from the people for commercial use.
I was invited to a seminar that TRI-CON was doing (very last minute) to share with the tribes what we could offer in the way of clean water. The tribes represented were Bla-an, T'boli-ubo, and Manobo Dulangan and some in the area of Tiboli. These are mainly Muslim tribes. There were also many people that just showed up with their own stories of life for their communities. It was a very emotional time. After I gave my presentation there were many questions. I only planned on presenting the opportunity. I didn't expect an overwhelming response adding over an hour to the time. One lady said that there were 106 children that died in her community in 2006 due to dirty water, and the stats have only increased since that time. Another local government official said that no one has tried to help them in the area of clean water. These are places in the middle of nowhere with no electricity and no running water.
This time was very interesting and educational. I had been out in the BUK (jungle) before on other outreaches, but never as far away as this meeting was. We were 6 hrs away from home in S.Cotobato. This whole area is 90% Muslim. It was an eye opening trip that allowed me to see some of the realities these communities face. People are dying and thank the Lord, He has given us a way we can help.
On another fun note: the area we were in happened to be the Talapia (species of fish) capital of Mindanao. I also had an opportunity to play for the first time ever the Gong drums. These drums are made of solid brass and indigenous to this area. The video of my first attempt at it is below. In case you think I was kidding about being in or near a jungle, I took a picture of a monkey for you too:)
You can tell the condition of the "resort" that we stayed in. The toilet facilities were exceptional. Nothing like a squatty potty to relieve yourself;) It's not exactly the Fairmont or for that matter a Motel 6 on the outskirts of Spuzzum. I did suffer two days later from the trots after that trip. The bacteria there is obviously different than where we live. All part of being a missionary in a third world country. Cheers
video

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Much has Happened



Life in the Philippines has been very good. I am very busy still with work and school, although I've gotten somewhat of a break academically. Our last assignment was creative art and history of midwifery, so it was a nice way to start off the new year. The present assignment is on Breastfeeding and because I've already done some training in that area I've been able to forego the assignment and actually teach the class instead. Its been wonderful to review and teach. There is much less work involved with teaching than doing the assignment.

So far I've caught 14 babies and enjoy building relationship with the mamas I've worked with. I ended up having two of my continuities be transferred to DMC on the same day. Fortunately we are keeping in touch and one of the mamas came in to visit me today. It was the first time seeing her beautiful daughter and she is lovely. She will continue to do her baby check-ups here at mercy with me. Not only does mercy handle labouring women, but we also take care of accident victims who arrive as you can see in the picture above. This man had fallen off his bike and skinned numerous parts of his body. His elbow needed stitches, so Jonna, one of our supervisors did the honours. Despite the pain this man was in, he was a very happy fellow. It certainly lightened up the mood in the birthroom.

Chad has been playing regularly now on Monday nights. He truly is in his element when he plays and I enjoy going with the 30-something girls to hear him. There are three of us girls who are in our early 30's and we have all bonded very well. We're going to try and make our outings a regular occurrence.

Chad is also gearing up for more water filter work in March. Presently the Stewart's are away, so the water projects are on hold until they get back in late February. Once that gets going again it will be a busy time for Chad

Noah is going through some changes lately which have been challenging. He recently gave one of his classmates a black eye. Quite a surprise to hear for all of us. We dealt with it promptly, Noah has asked his classmate for forgiveness and made her a card apologizing for what he did. We'll be keeping a close eye on his behaviour over the next while. Otherwise his language is developing so well and he is so gentle with his brother. He really enjoys getting on the floor to play with Jordan now. It's wonderful to see the two of them play so well.

Jordan will be walking in a few months. He is 10mos old now. I really expected him to be walking before Noah did, but I don't think that will happen. There is still time to surprise us though. Jordan 'talks' now and is very fast when he crawls. He also plays with our reactions when he is at the top of the marble stairs. He knows if he lifts his hand while placing himself near the edge, we will jump. It makes him laugh. He's quite a tease.

We ended up hiring a new helper. Lea and Ken-Ken decided to move to Lea's sister's home and so we needed another live-in helper. Lea is still with us everyday as well as our other part-time helper. This new girl we have is 16yrs old and quite alone. Her previous employers were so cruel to her sometimes having her malnourished and always severely over-worked. When we heard her story (not through her, but through friends of ours) we couldn't resist and we hired her. Her name is Nikki and she is FABULOUS with the kids. She really plays well with them. She is a hard worker and we are excited to have her become a part of our household.

We have been so blessed to get our Visas taken care of. We also ended up losing our fridge after it died and we had enough provision to purchase a replacement. It was a tremendous blessing and reminder of how God provides for us. You our supporters are incredible and we love you all. We are honoured you are a part of this mission God has placed on our hearts.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Remembering Denver

This morning I arrived on shift to find a non-responsive baby being transferred to DMC. This mama had delivered 5mins before I arrived and it was her third baby. I held the mama's hand and we prayed. She asked me if she had a boy or girl. We told her a boy. I asked her what his name was and she told me his name is Denver. Three hours later the father returned from the hospital with Denver to say the x-ray revealed his heart in the wrong place, all internal organs misaligned, absence of an anus and lungs severely compromised. The hospital had allowed the baby to return to Mercy to be with his mama before he died. He was breathing weakly. We surrounded her and her baby boy with prayer and he died in her arms at 9:45am. He was beautiful.

Please pray for this family as they mourn the loss of their baby Denver.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bio Filters

Well Sorry it's been so long since I've talked to you all. We have been busy, but that's no excuse.
Well Timothy Stewart and I are Finley on our way with the water filtration project. It took a little while to get going but we are well on our way. Davao city proper has very clean water, but when you get outside the city the facts change. Most of the surrounding areas have wells that they can only use for cleaning clothes, if that. Most can't use it for drinking. The people especially the children get sick after the great rains that come and stir up all the sediment. This in turn leaves adults and especially children very sick. We all remember when that 3 week stretch of rain came down in Vancouver last year and what a panic it caused when we had to boil water for a week. Imagine it every time a heavy rain came, and we are not talking about well water we are talking reservoirs and other water sources. So Tim and I have started delivering the water Bio Filters to areas that need it. these filters are being put in the hands of people that can have potential for themselves to make a micro Enterprise out of it. The first one was delivered to a man named Edwin in Panabo outside of the city who manages banana plantations. They have to bring there water in from the outside and of course pay for it. They have a well but can only use it for washing clothes etc. Now they can have a unlimited source of drinking water. the next filter went out to the dump in a place called New Carmen. This is a village that used to be squatters at the dump, and now are living in a new village just outside of it. This village has seen a spiritual transformation. They are now farming vegetables and fish. Every one is a christian and loves Jesus passionately. One of the last things to do in the village was to have clean water. That's were we came in. They have 3 springs and only 2 are ok to use. The kids would get sick because of the water (diarea). This village will be receiving free water filters. The third one went to the man who actually brings us bottled water. he just lives outside the city and the sub-division he is in oes not have clean drinking water. The filter was placed beside the pump to his well. he is very happy. We have been finding many communities that need clean water. The ministry opportunities are endless in the way this can go. We are brainstorming other ways of blessing people through the open door of clean water.
If you would like to donate a filter the cost is about $25.00 CAN. Tis filter will go to a family in need, and change there lives. Go to www.impactnations.com for more info.

On other notes I have been making headway in the music scene here. I've been getting to know the key musicians in town. I'll be playing monday nights at a Samba bar in town.
I'm also going out next week to Calinan again to do more music clinics.
Naomi has caught her tenth baby and is looking forward to her next one. She also got 100% on her last assignment.
Jordan is getting closer and closer to walking, and really enjoys grooving to music.
Noah is loving school and enjoying his playmate Ken Ken.

Bio Filters

Well Sorry it's been so long since I've talked to you all. We have been busy, but that's no excuse.
Well Timothy Stewart and I are finally on our way with the water filtration project. It took a little while to get going but we are well on our way. Davao City proper has very clean water, but when you get outside the city the facts change. Most of the surrounding areas have wells that they can only use for cleaning clothes, if that. Most can't use it for drinking. The people especially the children get sick after the great rains that come and stir up all the sediment. We all remember when that 3 week stretch of rain came down in Vancouver last year and what a panic it caused when we had to boil water for a week. Imagine that every time a heavy rain comes, and we are not talking about well water we are talking reservoirs and other water sources. So Tim and I have started delivering the water Bio Flilters to areas that need it. These filters are being put in the hands of people that can have potential for themselves to make a micro enterprise out of it. The first one was delivered to a man named Edwin in Panabo outside of the city who manages banana plantations. They have to bring their drinking water in from the outside and of course pay for it. They have a well but can only use it for washing clothes etc. Now they can have a unlimited source of drinking water.
The next filter went out to the dump in a place called New Carmen. This is a village in the local dump with the people living as squatters. The people are now living in a new village just outside of the dump. This village has seen a physical and spiritual transformation. They are now farming vegetables and fish. Every one is a Christian and they love Jesus passionately. One of the last things to do in the village is to bring in clean water. That's where Impact Nations came in. The community has three springs and only 2 are okay to use. The kids get sick because of bacteria in the water causing severe diarrhea. This village will be receiving free water filters as the people are not in a position to purchase them. The third filter delivery went to the man who actually brings our family bottled water. He lives just outside of New Carmen and the sub-division he is in does not have clean drinking water. The filter was placed beside the pump to his well. He is very happy. We have been finding many communities that need clean water. The ministry opportunities are endless. We are brainstorming other ways of blessing people through the open door of clean water.
If you would like to donate a filter the cost is about $25.00 CAN. Each filter will go to a family in need, and change their lives. Go to www.impactnations.com for more info.
On other notes I have been making headway in the music scene here. I've been getting to know the key musicians in town. I'll be playing Monday nights at a Samba bar in town. I'm also going out next week to Calinaan again to do more music clinics.
Naomi has caught her tenth baby and is looking forward to her next one. She also doing very well with her assignments.
Jordan is getting closer and closer to walking, and really enjoys grooving to music.
Noah is loving school and enjoying his playmate Ken Ken.