Maternity Makeover

As a ministry, we teach that every baby born is a precious gift from God. Yet many women in rural areas experience childbirth in terrible conditions that seem to contradict this wonderful truth. Their only choice often lies between having a home birth without medical care or going to a maternity center such as pictured below.

Transient

Obviously, this birthing center was in dire need of a makeover. We started talking with the staff there and learned that the roof and ceiling needed repairs. Dealing with the entire building was beyond their means, but we wanted them to have ownership of the change as well. So we made a deal with them: if they were willing to take initiative to work on their roof, we would come and do the rest. The birthing center director was so happy about this that the roof work was finished in short order!

We began having sheet rock ceilings installed in several rooms and replacing drop-ceiling tiles in others. Then our staff and a visiting team from Colorado worked hard sanding, painting, cleaning, decorating, and collecting trash for two days. The end result? What was once drab and grimy is now a bright and welcoming place. New educational posters, nature photos taken by Eric, fresh paint, and new ceilings have completely transformed the building. 

The clinic staff are blessed by how new and bright the atmosphere of their workplace has become since it’s makeover. We hope that every woman who enters will feel the same, and that their experience giving birth would be a joyful one. Life is a gift worth celebrating!

Desperation Team

For the past two weeks we've been busy with the first of our summer teams for this year: a group of twelve teens and young adults from New Life Church in Colorado Springs. During their short time here with us, the Desperation team helped with children's outreach, youth ministry, Sak Saum projects, English classes, skills training with orphans, church ministry, outings with Father's House children, and more! They also were able to donate two wells and many roofing tarps to families in need, and blessed a rural church with chairs and Khmer Bibles. 

Whether preaching, teaching, or coloring with kids, this team was a great example of humility, service, and love. As a ministry, we were so blessed by their cheerful attitudes each day! Below is a fun video with some of the highlights of their outreach. Enjoy!