Some of you may remember my grad posts from the summer. One of the posts was about Abbie Berger, who is a friend of my daughter, Carlee. (See post “Abbie’s Grad” in this blog). They grew up together for the first four years of Carlee’s life in Vanderhoof, British Columbia. Our families both moved in separate directions and they remained faithful friends through phone calls, emails and even, snail mail! This is a follow-up to Abbie’s grad post. I know much prayer has gone into Abbie’s decision to continue her schooling in the Phillipines at the Newlife International School of Midwifery. Check out the website at http://midwifeschool.org/. It looks like an amazing school and a once in a lifetime experience. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with other’s (especially the youth that read this blog) that with God you have no limits! If you are asking Him to direct your life He will. It is so encouraging to see our young people pursue what they believe are God’s plans for their lives despite the challenges!
I am copying and pasting Abbie’s letter that she sent out to family and friends informing them of her plans and inviting them to partner in prayer and/or finances. If you would like to contact Abbie directly for a newsletter or if you have any questions, please comment in this blog post or email me and I will pass the comments on to her.
Here is Abbie’s letter:
Dear Family and Friends,
He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” –Psalm 46:10
As some of you may know, I travelled to Davao, Philippines last April. My purpose in going there was to visit a mission maternity clinic.
Mercy Maternity Centre operates in conjunction with Newlife International School of Midwifery. Newlife’s website describes their school: Newlife International School of Midwifery is operated as an extensions of their birthing centre which is the largest charity-based birthing clinic in the Philippines serving almost 20,000 patients annually. They simply desire to show women God’s mercy and kindness in a practical way as Jesus taught. The hands-on and deeply relational skill of midwifery is proven to be a powerful avenue to bring God’s love and kindness to suffering people.
When I went to the Philippines I stayed at one of the dorms that houses the international students, and I was on an eight-hour shift at Mercy Maternity almost every day of the three weeks I spent there. Some shifts would be slow with no births, while one shift I was on welcomed three new little ones. That was an exciting day! During this time I really got to interact with and get to know some of the student midwives that were serving in Davao. They were really sweet and made me feel very welcome. My time in the Philippines flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye. Walking through the clinic on my last night there, my heart felt so heavy to be leaving; I knew that God was calling me back to the Philippines.
I’ve really held on to that promise, which brings me to why I am writing this letter.
I have just recently been accepted to go serve and learn as a student midwife in the Philippines at Mercy Maternity! It was a miracle I got accepted, as only a fraction of applicants are accepted! Lord willing, I will be leaving this next February of 2015 only four months away! I will be serving/studying in Davao for 2 ½ years — until August 2017.
For the first 2 months of my time there I will be studying the local language of Visayan five days a week. During this time I will get to work a shift at the clinic every weekend. After the two months are up, I will start working 3-4 shifts a week at Mercy Maternity Center, continuing midwifery classes, and participating in city outreach.
I am trusting God that He will provide the resources I need to go in February. The support I need for the entire 2-½ years is $37,000.
Please pray for me as I am now taking five university courses in preparation for my upcoming work and studies in the Philippines.
Also pray that I will trust God for the finances needed.
And mostly, please pray my heart will be open to whatever adventures God has for me.
If you are interested in partnering with me financially in this endeavor, there are two options:
- Funds may be sent directly to me (cheques payable to Abbie Berger).
- To receive a receipt for tax purposes, funds may be sent to The Great Commission Foundation (cheques payable to The Great Commission Foundation) Please include a note mentioning Project #394 – Abigail Berger. Their mailing address is Bay #3, 1335 Trans Canada Way SE, Medicine Hat AB T1B 1J1. You may also donate online at http://www.tgcfcanada.org/donate.
If you have any questions or would like to receive my newsletters please let me know. I’d love to tell you more!
Thank you for reading!
In Jesus’ love,