Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Forward, march!

Here we are on the eve of receiving the keys to the new house which will serve as Casa Compasiva-- a wonderful answer to prayer in and of itself.

Yet being granted permission to rent a particular place-- no matter how fabulous the facility-- does not do much good unless you also have the money to pay the rent.  And now we do!

Because we serve an all-powerful, always-faithful, miracle-working God, we can now pay the rent, start upgrading the house to what we need (minimal renovations), begin purchasing equipment, and stock up on birth supplies.

Through two large gifts to Casa Compasiva, God has supplied for our immediate, most pressing needs! And because He is so faithful, we know that we can continue to trust Him for all future needs as well.

He has told us to move ahead, press on and 'take possession of the land', and trust Him to fight for us.  So we are, and we do, and He is!

Here we go .... Are you with us?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Photos




These do not do justice to the new birth center location, but we wanted to post some photos of "Casa Compasiva" just to remind you that we are soon to be up and running.  Please continue to pray for all the finances to come in as needed to cover the rent and other expenses in the coming weeks.  Thanks!

We are looking forward to seeing how many midwives and doulas will be trained and how many babies will be born in this new facility in 2011.  Exciting times!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

From Good to Great!!

As you know, we have been planning to rent the government DIF office and renovate it to suit our purposes for a birth center. It was a good plan and would have been a good location for us. However, a couple of weeks ago, the possibility of renting the former YWAM (Youth with a Mission) house dropped into our laps.

Although not in the neighborhood that we had originally envisioned, this YWAM house would be far better suited to our needs--if we could only get it! So we communicated with the owners and we went to prayer. Thanks to our CasaPrayer team who has also been lifting it to the throne.

This morning we finally got word that, yes, the owners have accepted our offer to rent their house, and they are very pleased at the prospect of their house being used in such a vital ministry to the women (and babies) of Oaxaca. So as you can imagine, we are thrilled!!! Praise God with us!! This is a move from good to great!!

This will save us thousands of dollars in renovation costs and allow us to get right to work in the proper location instead of starting temporarily in one place and then later having to move. Although the house is well cared for, it will still need some work to make it suitable for our purposes; however, mostly just paint, curtains, shelf-building, etc.-- nothing on the huge scale that we would have required for the DIF building. It is spacious, affording lots of room for pre-natal appointments, delivery rooms, post-partum recovery rooms, offices, classrooms, storage, midwives' quarters, and best of all five bathrooms!
 
We can take possession of it the first of January, so we will be moved in and set up on time for our doula training course to begin January 13th and for the birth center to open on January 17th. Amazing!! God's timing, as always, is so perfect, and we are rejoicing in His perfect plan. He even had us interested in the DIF building for all this time without having had to sign any contract or make any commitment in order to put us in a holding pattern until the YWAM house became available. What a great Lord we serve!

(Photos to be added later)

Friday, December 03, 2010

So Guess What?!

Casa Compasiva now has eight beds, two tables, lots of chairs, two cabinets,
two couches, overstuffed chairs, a futon, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, some sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels-- in other words- a great start towards furnishing both the the midwives' house and the birth center!!
And yesterday a sister ministry here in Oaxaca donated a computer for our use!

Doesn't get much better than this, folks. Nothing is more fun than adventuring with God!

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