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December 6th I arrived in Davao, Philippines for the second time. (I was here the first time in 2016.) It is a higher-end city than I expected or remembered. Not being a city girl, I immediately felt out of place. I long for my simple life in Haiti. It has been a hard adjustment yet God continues to be faithful. 

I live in a dorm-style house with 6 other students. The clinic is a 20-minute walk away– a walk I make twice daily. 

The jetlag was hardly subsided when I jumped into learning. I spend 5 days, 65 hours a week in the Prenatal, Birth, and Postpartum wards at Mercy Maternity. I learn from observation, explanation, and repetition. 

The Filipina midwives are amazing teachers and they are so sweet. Already, in one short month, I can confidently take adult and newborn vitals, track a due date, assess the proper growth and shrinking of the uterus, recognize signs of preeclampsia, measure fetal heart tones, chart information, and work in a clinical environment with a variety of personalities. The progression is thrilling!

Over and over again, I am in awe of the miracle of birth. It is something that never becomes normal or boring. Each time is unique and brings forth a new baby made in the image of God. How amazing is our Creator!

I have learned more about self-sacrifice and reliance on the Lord. I am still adjusting to the area, culture, and being away from my blood family and adopted family in Haiti. Some days are a lot of tears, others laughter, most a mixture.

It has been such a good experience so far and there is much more to come over the next four months! 

Please partner with me in prayer. I am believing that God will accomplish wonderful things during this time in my physical and spiritual life. Through much crushing the good wine is produced. I know that each trial is shaping me into the person I was made to be. 

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 

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