Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Headed Out!




Friday, of this week, my great adventure will begin! In a sense, it has already begun since I am currently packing all of my possessions into two suitcases - definitely and adventure in and of it's self. Everytime I share my new and exciting adventure with people, the first question out of their mouths is: "Are you scared?" To be honest, the first time I got this question it kind of caught me off guard. I had never really thought about my new adventure as something to be scared about. All I keep thinking is how exciting and thrilling it will be! That sweet innocent question though has given me many moments of thinking and now I reply with a confident "no". Not that I don't think I will be challenged over the next two years; because I will be, and probably more than I can even fathom. But that is exactly the reason I picked this school in the first place. I want to be challenged, I want to be put outside of my comfort zone, and most of all, I want to be brought to a place where I have no choice but to fully rely on God.


Thank you all for your many generous gifts contributed to help me become a missionary midwife. I have been completely floored by all the ways God has provided for this first semester! He has been showing me just how much He provides for me - and I am not even in the Philippines yet! Incase you missed the link, you can read more about my mission to the Philippines here.

My prayer requests as I head out into a whole new world in a few days:

  • That I won't forget my quiet time with God. I know my life will be going through a lot of crazy changes, but I have found that if my time with God is constant, all the rest of life comes into perspective.
  • That I will form deep bonds with my fellow classmates, and we will all encourage and love on one another as we all begin the same journey together!
  • Orientation over the next week will go smoothly, and will be the time of adjustment I may need.
  • I will let myself feel the emotions. Sometimes when overwhelming things happen to me I tend to go into "robot" mode. Even if it's hard sometimes, I want to let myself feel all of the emotions that come with moving away from home, and moving to a different country. 
  • That I will be a blessing to all of my new friends, co-workers, and anyone else whom I may meet along the way!


I do not know when  I will be able to update you next. It may be from the Philippines! If that is the case, then see you on the other side of world!

Love,

Rebekah

Thursday, July 18, 2013

How you can help... Beginning of adventure in Midwifery

Hello dear friends, family and followers. I know I said a while ago I would post how you can help me with my new adventures in the Philippines, and I am finally posting how you can help :)

As many of you know, I am about to embark on a new and exciting adventure - one that may very well change the course of my entire life! In just under two months, I will be moving across the ocean to the Philippines, to live on the island of Mindanao in a city called Davao. While living there I will be attending an American missionary school, one that will train and equip me to graduate with a degree in midwifery. 
 The school I will be attending is called Newlife International Midwifery School, and trains women to be midwives while serving in the mission field. The school is very unique - actually one of a kind - in that all of your clinical work is done as a service to local Filipino women who can not afford health care.  The place where we will be volunteering delivers almost 2,000 babies annually.
 As you can tell, my time in Davao will be anything but boring. I know this opportunity is going to stretch me in more ways then I can imagine. I would like to ask you to partner with me in prayer. Your prayers will mean more to me then anything as I take this step of faith. My biggest prayer request is that I will be a light to all I come in contact with, having a heart like Jesus as I am interacting with women, babies, their partners, and my fellow students. I would also like to ask for prayer for the clinic, that all of the women that walk through the doors will be helped not only on a physical level but that they will spiritually be filled during their time spent with us. 
 I hope to be updating my blog on a regular basis, and will continue to ask for more specific prayer requests as they arise. You can find my blog at: www.myjoysoflife.blogspot.com
If you would prefer I send e-mail updates to you, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at:Rebekahthemidwife@gmail.com, and I will add you to my e-mail list.
 I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I have one final request. Would you consider partnering with me as a financial supporter? The tuition I pay for school goes to paying the Filipino midwifes who work at the clinic, as well as to pay for medical supplies, equipment and general running of the clinic. Even the smallest gift can help me to be trained as a missionary midwife, serving the Filipino women all the while. If you feel led to help support me, you can mail a check to the address below, or simply donate on my Youcaring page: https://www.youcaring.com/RebekahtheMidwife
 Because the Portland office is so small, the school requests that each family gather all donations and send them in one lump sum. Therefore, if you're able to give, please make checks out to Rebekah Kimminau-Midwife and send to:
Rebekah Kimminau
{For secutiry reasons, please leave a comment if you would like my address and I will send it to you! Thanks}
Please also let me know if there is anyway in which I can be praying for you!
Sincerely in Christ,

Rebekah Jean Kimminau