Monday, April 25, 2011

April Highlights

One of many meetings with doctor and lawyer

New electrical wiring, new supply cabinets, and a new tile floor

Praise the Lord for willing and capable workers!

Yvonne and Jorge with their new baby Josue after a long hospital birth
 (photo used with permission)

Lila Quezada "Partera"  (midwife) plaque

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Prenatal Classes Plus!

 Our prenatal classes have been running every second Friday evening lately, but we are now seeing the need to have them every Friday.  Last week we had eleven ladies, four husbands, a grandma, and several small children!  Not only is it just getting a bit too crowded on these stifling nights in the middle of Oaxaca's hot season, but it is just too many people to achieve the kind of intimacy and support that we are hoping to create. So the plan now is to divide the ladies into two groups according to their week of gestation, thus creating smaller groups and hopefully facilitating greater trust and communication between the pregnant mamas. 

These classes are important, because they serve a triple purpose.  One is to communicate essential prenatal information such as nutrition, preparing for the birth, comfort measures/breathing in labour, caring for a newborn, lactation counseling, etc.
Another purpose is as mentioned above-- to help create a support group for the women that will encourage them throughout their pregnancy and even postpartum. To that end we provide a fun time after each class that the parents can stay and work on a craft, enjoy a snack, and just visit with our doulas and each other.

The third, and actually most important aspect of these classes, is to share the love of God through Jesus Christ.  This means either a short time of testimony by one of our doulas, or a brief gospel message in some other format.  Since this is the most important aspect of the classes, it is also the most difficult.  Please pray that our doulas will learn to present the messages in a gracious, succinct, and winsome manner. And if you know of any fabulous resources to present the gospel creatively in Spanish, please let us know! 

Saturday, April 02, 2011

It's (Not) So Hard to Find Good Help These Days!

I know that many people complain about their employees and the difficulty in finding good ones, but let me just say that that is not our problem at Casa Compasiva.

God has been so marvelously faithful to provide us with intelligent, responsible workers who see what needs to be done and who take the initiative to do it. They recognize the inadequacies of their leadership (me), cover them over with humor, and graciously forgive.  Not only that, but these ladies (the doulas) love Jesus with all their hearts and desire to share His love with others.

 So what, you might ask, is the secret to our success in the personnel department?  I'll tell you: I don't know.  Perhaps just the right combination of prayer, helplessness, and the sovereignty of God.  We needed help, we prayed like crazy, and God heard and answered our prayer.  Simple as that.  Two of our doulas are the daughters of traditional indigenous midwives. One doula is a retired nurse with a specialization in pre-natal care.  One is English-speaking, resourceful, and indispensable in the development of teaching materials.  Others are young, energetic, single girls who are eager to learn and have fresh and innovative ideas.  All in all, they are nothing short of amazing!

But that is not all...

Besides a wonderful group of doulas (or monitrices), Casa Compasiva also has a faithful Christian attorney, a faithful Christian accountant, our marvelous lady doctor, and our overseeing doctor who gives us his covering and backing.  Besides that, we also have friends (who shall remain anonymous) who cheerfully sacrifice by sewing curtains, building cabinets and shelves, laying tile, doing electrical work, shopping for us, maintaining our blog-spot, giving advice, and praying for us and all of the mamas and babies.

This is nothing short of a work of God.