So--it's official. I'm moving to the Philippines in the Fall to volunteer as a missionary while learning how to be a midwife through an US-based school, Newlife International School of Midwifery (NISM). I am so beyond excited for everything that is to come! There is a list a mile long of things I need to begin preparing for the big move--not to mention all the things that come along with finishing up my last semester at Martin and graduating! Oh what a wonderful journey this is about to be! What an incredible journey that is about to wrap up here as well!
Here's a little more about the program I will be enrolled in:
Newlife International School of Midwifery is a Christian school for direct-entry midwife students. The program operates on a U.S. curriculum and standards outlined by the National College of Midwifery with the entire training actually done in the Philippines. NISM is operated as an extension of a birthing center which is the largest charity-based birthing clinic in the Philippines serving almost 20,000 patients (prenatal exams) annually. Families living in severe poverty conditions that cannot afford quality health care comprise the primary target group. All services provided at the clinic are free of charge as it is the desire of the clinic to show women God's mercy and kindness in a practical way as Jesus taught. The hands-on and deeply relational skill of midwifery is proven to be a powerful avenue to bring God's love and kindness to suffering people. NISM is unique in that student tuition fees go directly to fund the clinic. The clinic is self-supported and funded by the tuition of students enrolled in the school. Each student actually functions as a missionary while they are studying at the school that is located on the mission field. Basically, students can earn a degree while serving the poor in addition to learning how to be a missionary. For more information, feel free to check out the website.
There are so many things to be thankful for at this point in my life. And almost as many things to be anxious about as I prepare to leave and trust in the Lord to prepare me financially and spiritually. I am constantly comforted by the Lord through friends, family, and His Word. A quote from missionary Amy Carmichael continues to speak truth into the beginning stages of this journey. "It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates."
I will be updating soon I'm sure as I receive more information and details!