On the Eve of Opening Day…
It’s the eve of opening day… not the eve of the opening day of baseball season… though I have desperately missed the last few years of these. Not the eve of a summer break or the eve of a beautiful relaxing vacation, though both of those would be great too. Rather, it’s the eve of the opening day of the Sarobidy Maternity Center.
It’s CRAZY to think back to summer 2007 when God whispered this plan to me, the way only His Holy Spirit does. At the time, I was vacuuming. By the way, I despise vacuuming and it’s usually Jamie’s job. Then in January 2012, that vision became even more clear as He wrote it upon my heart in a way that I could more fully grasp and understand.
Here we are, on Mother’s Day 2013, the eve of opening the Sarobidy Maternity Center.
I recently completed a Bible Study with a few missionary friends here… it was a Beth Moore study of Esther and a great study by the way. One of the overarching themes was how God brings us to a space and place for “such a time as this”. This was certainly the case in Esther. This is certainly the case for me here… here and now in this small forgotten corner of the world… all of this education, all of this preparation, all of the blood, sweat and tears, planning, praying, talking, praying more, all for such a time as this…
I don’t think that the team of ladies and I are necessarily going to do great things… Rota, Hoby, Maman’i Aby and myself are going to do our jobs that we happen to be passionate about. What I do know though is that God is going to do great things… mighty things in the way that only He can. And yet, we have the privilege to be here for such a time as this…..
To care for women during a vulnerable time, to educate women in ways that empower them, to lavish women in the knowledge and truth that they are precious in the sight of God, to shepherd babies as they come into the world and shepherd women as they become mothers, to save lives of women and their babies during critical times.
Tomorrow morning, May 13th, we’ll open the doors of the Sarobidy Maternity Center and receive the first 6 women into the prenatal program. Next Thursday, we’ll receive the first several women into the postpartum program. And next Friday, we’ll begin a weekly Bible Study with any of the women and the fathers who would like to study God’s Word together. We’re excited and we’re ready and we’re a bit nervous.
And yet, God’s faithfulness and grace has been steadfast and His peace is upon us. We give Him all the praise and all the glory for what He has already done and what He will do in the future at the Sarobidy Maternity Center!
Yahoo! I am so thrilled for each of you ladies there.
I celebrate with you this incredible ministry!
I am so very proud of you. The maternity center is so special. You and your ladies may call it your jobs, but you are making a path into the future for all. Admirable.
What a wonderful day to open the doors of this maternity center and commemorate its annual birthday! May the Holy Spirit strengthen and help you and your staff, granting you love, grace, and wisdom for these women and their little ones for glory of God and his eternal kingdom.
What amazing things you are accomplishing. I’m looking forward to visiting with you and hearing first hand about the center.
I am always amazed that I recognise some of the faces of the people you guys are working with. 15 years after I was working there, some of the then ‘students’ are still involved. Rich and Bonnie and BAO have had such an impact over the years. It really has changed lives. Well done on your new adventure Alissa. May you continue the legacy in the area.
I love the heart. This is the Kingdom of God coming down practically.
I am soooo excited for you! Please know I will be praying
For you to ne the blessing that I know you desir to be!
I love your heart. Actually practucally releasibg the kingdom of god, not just talking about it!