Sarobidy Maternity Center Video Update
The Sarobidy Maternity Center opened in May 2013– to be honest, it was a completely unconventional wild-whirlwind-not-the-most-strategically-planned opening. Six months before opening day, we didn’t have any money, didn’t have any staff, had an entire house to renovate to become a functioning maternity center, didn’t have any charts or educational material, didn’t have any supplies and certainly didn’t have a CLUE IN THE WORLD what it would take to see it come to fruition.
We simply had a dream. A dream for optimal maternal and newborn health care for mothers and their babies. A dream where women would be treated with dignity and respect and compassion. A dream where the uneducated would receive education about their bodies and their babies, where the poorest of the poor would receive the best care on this island nation, and a place where the voiceless would have a choice and a voice in their medical care. A dream of a safe haven where women would know that they are sarobidy (precious) in the sight of the Lord. In a country that consistently ranks in the top ten poorest countries of the world and has absolutely atrocious medical care, this was simply a God-sized dream. In these last five years the Lord has blessed the Sarobidy Maternity Center beyond measure and comprehension. He has walked before us, beside us and behind us. His grace, wisdom and provision have astounded me and has brought me to my knees countless times both in prayer and in praise.
In 2017, we cared for 151 women at the Sarobidy Maternity Center, welcomed 40 babies into the world and 43 women successfully graduated from our 14-month program. At the same time, 104 health lessons were taught in our classroom, 104 Bible Studies were conducted with our ladies and hundreds of prayers spoken with the women. Our teammates, Neal and Danielle, began the Sarobidy Kitchen in January as a response to the high number of malnourished women in our programs and as a result, roughly 3,300 hot and nutritious meals were served to the women and their young children at the Sarobidy Maternity Center. In 2017, there were a few scary birth emergencies with one particular birth that has forever earned a place in the memories of all those in attendance. We praise the Lord for healthy mom and babies at each and every delivery!
This newest video captures the essence of the ministry that the Lord has allowed our Sarobidy Maternity Center team to be a part of as we seek to empower women in Madagascar with truth, education and compassionate medical care during pregnancy, labor and birth, and the newborn period.
In like manner, we’d be so grateful if you would share this video with your social media circles so that we can continue to build awareness of all that God is doing at the Sarobidy Maternity Center!
** Special thanks to Chris Sinclair of Outskirt Films for his remarkable talent!! And thanks to @kristengough for the amazing picture above!