It has been a wonderful week here in the Philippines. A few of our outreaches this week have included: leading part of a baby shower, teaching a dental and hand hygiene clinic for kids at a ministry called Brand New Day, visiting the community that the kids live in, visiting the National Children’s Hospital, spending time on their pulmonary and neonatal floors, leading clinics in other communities, helping lead children’s programs with Happy Family, providing wound care, leading several Bible songs (in English and Tagalog), and leading a Bible lesson on the prodigal son (along with sharing the gospel) with a bunch of kids at a ministry led by a pastor at a house nearby.
We’ve also been busy at Shalom, the birthing center. We have been able to help with multiple births, baby baths, prenatal clinics, postnatal checkups, and much more. It has been absolutely incredible to see so many new lives entering the world here. Our prayer is that these babies would grow to be men and women after God’s heart.
Today we went to a church called “Lift Jesus Higher” and the Pastor spoke on Psalm 139. Verses 13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” These verses, as well as the whole chapter, have taken on an even deeper meaning. The Lord has so intricately designed each of us, from before the day we were born. He is the One who gives us breath in our lungs and blood to flow through our veins. Being able to find a baby’s heartbeat when still inside the womb and seeing new life is such a testament to His glory!
This week, we will be spending a lot of time here at Shalom but also will be heading up multiple outreach clinics. Pray that the Lord will continue to work in our hearts and in the hearts of the mothers, babies, children, families, midwives, and missionaries here in the Philippines. Pray that we will see with open eyes, everything that the Lord puts in front of us. Pray that we would feel the burdens of those in poverty and in serious struggles of life. Pray that we would be vessels of the love and joy of Christ.
God is good • All the time
And all the time • God is good
–Philippines Nursing Team