Thank you for visiting my fundraising page! :O)
I would like to invite you to participate in an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many pregnant women in the the developing world!
But before I begin, I would like to give you a glimpse of the implications pregnancy and childbirth have on women in developing nations. Below are some facts on maternal mortality from a global perspective:
- Everyday, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth
- 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries
- Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities
- All women need access to antenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth - timely management and treatment can make the difference between life and death
- Only 46% of women in low-income countries benefit from skilled care during childbirth, meaning millions of births are not assisted by a midwife, a doctor or a trained nurse.
- If you are interested in learning more about this issue, please visit the World Health Organization website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/index.html
The disturbing part of all of this is that many of the complications these mothers experience can easily be prevented if they had access to skilled maternity care. Which leads me to the reason I write you...
As many of you may already know, I have been given an exciting opportunity to do a midwife missions internship in the Philippines this summer! Those of you who know me well know that I have a huge heart for maternity care and an EVEN BIGGER heart for cross-cultural medical missions! So, during the months of mid July to late October, I will be learning the specialized midwife skills necessary to serve effectively in developing world maternity care. There, I will be involved with a Christian mission-based midwife school, Newlife School of Midwifery (NSM), and will be working in their busy charity hospital, Mercy Maternity Center in Davao City, Philippines. For more information about NSM, please visit: http://www.midwifeschool.org/.
After many months of prayer and waiting on God’s guidance, I feel the Holy Spirit has given me good counsel and has led me to participate in this internship to further equip me for future medical missions. I feel very blessed to have gained my current knowledge and expertise in maternity care as a Registered Nurse as I know this internship will bring its own challenges as I transition to working in a developing nation. This opportunity will also help me discern whether this specific area of ministry is where I am called to serve long term.
I am very excited to share with you that I have been happily overwhelmed with friends expressing their interest in supporting me financially. It has given me tremendous encouragement to say the least! Newlife School of Midwifery will not be able to issue tax receipts for these donations as although they are considered a charitable organization, I will be attending as a student and not a missionary. If you would like more information on this, please contact me.
Not only can you participate by supporting me financially, but it would be very encouraging if you kept me in your thoughts and prayers as I serve these new families. May the love of Christ be able to meet their physical and spiritual needs as we offer maternity care free of charge in this community!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page! I am very grateful for all of your words of encouragment, your prayers, and your never-ending support so far! It has been an extremely uplifting experience and I feel truly blessed to be part of such an awesome, supportive community! If you have any questions or would like to know more about my upcoming adventures, I encourage you to come talk to me. I would love to share more about what God has been doing in my life this past year and how His Spirit has led me to where I am today!
AND I would like to invite you to follow my blog if you are interested in the work that I will be learning and doing! Please visit http://sharonwyu.wordpress.com/