Did you read the story in the 2021 Fall Newsletter about the 8 month pregnant woman who walked 2 hours to our birthing center for our outreach that day? (If you missed it, we've posted it in the lower section of this email.)
Florence is the name of that amazing mom. Because many of you have pledged monthly
giving to the Birthing Center program, we were able to cover the cost for Florence's birth.
Florence was worried about giving birth because her previous experience was horrible. It was her first child, she was all alone and the labor pains came on suddenly. She hadn’t any checkups or guidance, so she didn’t know what to expect. She ended up delivering her child on the floor of her mud house. A neighbor heard her shouting for help and came to her rescue.
When we told Florence that generous sponsors at SMI were providing for her delivery expenses for her second child, she was in awe.
Florence gave birth on September 16th to a beautiful baby girl whom she named Tendo (meaning Praise.) She was astounded by the supportive environment and the care extended to her during her delivery.
"Having my delivery bills catered for has reminded me of the love of God. I feel indebted to everyone who has donated to make sure I had a safe delivery. I have nothing to give but I will pray for you all." -Florence
Florence's baby, Tendo.
The Pinelake Church team (SMI's latest short term mission team) was able to do a follow-up visit with Florence and her family last week.
This is their update: "Florence is still extremely thankful to the Show Mercy family for sponsoring her delivery and her words were "I am grateful and will be forever grateful. God bless you. And today... you have traveled all the way to my humble home to bless me again. Thank you for this food basket. It has come at the right time. My husband is no longer earning/providing any household needs because he got in an accident while working in the stone quarry and his legs were terribly hurt. Above all, I thank the Lord for today's blessing. You are the real reason for my joy." -Florence"
Florence's Story from the 2021 FALL NEWSLETTER
"Did you know we’ve had over 80 babies born at our clinic since we opened our doors? What a honor to welcome in this next generation, especially during such troubled and challenging times. BUT, maternal depression and malnutrition is becoming all too common in our community. To combat this, we welcomed pregnant moms to stop in for free check-ups, encouragement and FOOD." "An eight month pregnant mother WALKED 2 hours to our birthing center. She couldn’t afford transportation, and she was desperate for food. We were in awe. She was so thankful for the help along with the many others moms. Your extravagant generosity makes amazing outreaches like this possible. YOU are touching lives."
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