Thursday, October 13, 2016

Unexpected Blessing

We received a great testimony this week from one of our ministry partners. The team at Hope for Women in Crisis had quite an exciting night earlier this week.  One of the teenage mothers, Brenda, thought her pregnancy was full-term, but they took her for an ultrasound last week and they told her she was only 7 months along.  A few days later around midnight Brenda started having a lot of pain. They thought it was labor pains, so they loaded her up and took her to the local hospital. At the hospital, they examined her and told her it was not labor, but an infection. They also did another ultrasound and again said she was just 7 months along. They said they were out of hospital beds, so they gave her some medicine and sent her home. 

Once they returned home, Brenda was still in a lot of pain. The mother of the Director of the Home thought something was not right and decided to check her again. She said that Brenda was definitely in labor and that they should take her back to the hospital. Before they could even pack up to leave again, the baby was coming. They opened up her mama kit, and around 2:30 this sweet baby boy arrived.  
They called a nurse friend to come over to help with the afterbirth. The nurse started Brenda on an IV, delivered the placenta, and cleaned her up. Around 4:30am, they headed back to the hospital where Brenda had to get a stitch, the baby went in the warmer for a bit and got checked out. Baby weighed about 5 pounds at birth. Mom and Baby went home around noon that day! 

Now that was an exciting and eventful 12 hours!  The director of the home said, "Thank you Mercy For Mama ministry for our Mama Kits. We had what we needed for the baby and mama to be safe during this emergency ."

We are so glad that we could help Brenda to have a safe delivery!  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Successful Outreach

Mercy for Mamas was happy to be able to help host an outreach event yesterday in the Kakajjo slum in Kampala. Despite downpours just before, around 20 women were able to attend and learn about hygiene, nutrition, and how to use a mama kits. We worked with Youth for Christ on this particular project. What a blessing to get to serve these women.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Good News in a Broken World

Friends, today I received a picture of some of the teenage girls at our partner, Wakisa Ministries, receiving their mama kits. It breaks my heart to see these girls who look so very, very young, pregnant with babies of their own. These girls should be playing with friends and studying at school, not preparing to give birth. We live in a broken world. 

But thankfully, they are at a place that loves them, trains them for life as a new mom, and points them toward Jesus to be their hope and strength. Your donations play a part in that and helps to ensure that these girls can get the medical help they and their babies need. Every dollar makes a difference! Thank you!!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Strength for the Challenge


Wow. We received a wonderful and humbling report today from one of our ministry partners. We have worked with the Comforter's Center in Kampala for nearly 6 years. This crisis pregnancy center does such important work in a large slum area. They counsel women who are considering abortions or who are in abusive relationships. They offer hope to teenage moms and women living in unbelievable poverty. They help women navigate the healthcare system. They teach women about their value in Christ and how to be a Christian mother. We are so grateful for the chance to partner with them and we are blessed to know the impact our partnership is having on their work.
From Justine, their Executive Director:"Greetings from The Comforter’s Center. It is so exciting to always receive mama kit donation from you our dear partners. This has not only eased our work as the center but it has also enabled us to reach out to the needy women in our community. Please know how grateful we are to you for your generous contribution towards The Comforters Center’s clients.  We thank you so much for you help, and indeed you are a blessing to our community.Without your support most women wouldn’t be able to deliver from Government health centers as it is one of the requirements for an expecting woman. You don’t know how much our clients appreciate your support. Some women come when they are helpless and not knowing which step to take but giving them mama kits has brought joy and happiness in their lives. It has built more confidence and given them the strength to stand out and face nurses in the health center. They are sure that with the mama kit they will not be disappointed by health personnel. Thank you so much for the confidence that our clients have developed as a result of being given a mama kit. The center is open to all women despite their status, background or religion. We have seen an increase of clients as a result of the support we offer to us. Many women find their comfort, strength and courage to face various challenges as a result of our services.  Since the year begun, a total on 125 mama kits have been given out."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sign Up To Give Monthly!

Have you ever thought about doing a monthly sponsorship program, but you weren't sure your budget could handle it? Guess what? You can sign up to be a monthly Mercy for Mamas donor and you can give whatever amount you choose! If your budget can only handle $7 (or less even!) that is just fine. Your gift will provide one woman each month with a life-saving mama kit! That's 12 mamas and babies a year. What a blessing! If your budget can handle more, you can do so! We have people that give all different amounts. Just click on the donate button on the right side of the page or down below. When the Paypal link comes up click "make this recurring" when you enter your amount. It's very easy to do!! 

One of our success stories, baby Miracle!

Donate now. All money goes directly toward the purchase and distribution of mama kits unless otherwise noted. All donations are tax-deductible, as Mercy for Mamas is a registered 501c3 charity. #46-0693097

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sweet Moments

Some of my favorite moments during our Mercy for Mamas mission trips are when we do the basic exams on the pregnant mamas and the newborn babies. We don't do anything fancy. We check blood pressure and heart rate, listen to their heart and lungs, measure and feel for position, and then we also use the fetal doppler to listen to the baby's heart beat.

 Most of the mamas have never seen a fetal doppler machine before. The hospitals and clinics in Uganda typically use the old school Pinard Horn to listen to baby.  This is a great way to do it, but then the mamas do not get to hear their babies. I love to see the look on the mama's face when we explain that sound is her baby's strong heartbeat.
Example of a nurse using a Pinard Horn.
Often these "exams" are done in very interesting places and conditions. We've done checks on our bus, behind curtains in a church, and on the floor of a school room.  During this last trip, we did checks at one church in a very dark storage room. The women had to lay down on the skinniest benches I have ever seen and it was low to the ground. They didn't even really bat an eye at doing it.  I would have thrown a fit if someone asked me to do that at 8 months pregnant.
During the same outreach as the one pictured above, missionary Kathy Vaughan, was checking out one of the women's babies. This baby was born with a cleft palette and lip and was awaiting surgery. The baby had been sick with a bad cough and Kathy was trying to assess if he needed further treatment. After listening to baby, Kathy took off her stethoscope and let the mama hear her baby's heart. It was such a precious moment. Kathy is such a beautiful example to me of how to love and care for others with gentleness and respect.
And the best news of all...the mama pictured here listening to her baby's heartbeat had received Christ as her Savior at church the day before. She started coming to the church after coming to the women's meetings Kathy and her Ugandan team lead. She got plugged into the local church and saw the way everyone rallied around her to help her with her baby. All of these things put her on the right path to accept Christ.  She now has true hope and peace to carry her through the days ahead. This is what it is all about.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Double Blessing

During the recent Mercy for Mamas trip we had the great privilege of getting to hold several brand new babies born using our mama kits. It is always such a thrill and blessing to me to get to see these sweet little ones-- the fruit of our labors. These precious mamas have no idea how excited I get to see them with their babies healthy and strong. 
At one of our last outreach events, we did some basic check ups on the women.  We discovered several women were pregnant with twins. This is a huge honor in Ugandan culture! Some of them knew before our exams and others did not. What fun news to share! One of these women in particular looked uncomfortable and very near the end of her pregnancy. Her blood pressure was high and she looked dehydrated. We told her we thought she would deliver soon. I prayed for her and told her to go home and rest and drink a lot of water. 
The next morning we got a wonderful surprise! This sweet mama had come to the clinic late that night. She delivered two baby girls with no big complications shortly after midnight.  I guess she got her mama kits just in the nick of time! When we came in to meet her around 8am, she was dressed and wanting to go home! We encouraged her to hang around just a while longer to make sure everything was okay. I talked with her for a while and found out this was her second set of twins (and she had two singles in there too!) Several of us got the honor of praying for this mama and her babies before they went home.
I am so glad she was able to have a safe birth. She had the supplies she needed. She went to a medical clinic with an experienced and trained nurse to deliver. She received the love of Jesus by those who took care of her and her babies. 

Mercy for Mamas is thrilled that we got to be a small piece of the puzzle for this mama.  We marvel at every success story and make it our goal to help as many woman we can to have a similar outcome. Every safe delivery and new baby is a gift. I pray that we never forget the beauty and miracle of each and every birth.