hi friends! Its me again. 11 weeks down and in one week today I’ll be on a plane to Zambia! here’s a catch-up for all you Jessamy fans.
Since my last post we have learnt so many things… We had a week on complications in labour and delivery, which was really just an overview, as we are going to have another 12-week lecture phase just on this starting from January. All the same it is great to get a more of an idea about the things we will encounter on outreach. So many of the complications we learnt about are not even considered or taught about in western nations as they are so easily preventable, but due to lack of education and resources there are still 800 women dying in labour every day!
We had another week on postnatal care, focusing on breastfeeding and caring for the mother and baby for the first 6 weeks after birth. This is a time were both the mother and the newborn are particularly vulnerable so spotting danger signs early is vital. We covered some practical skills including suturing- giving stitches- which is super scary to think about! I have been doing some practise on sponges, which I’m sure will feel very different to real life… Administering local anaesthetic, and we also practised newborn resuscitation and CPR.
We had a half-week focus on grief. This was a really impacting teaching and it equipped us in how to deal with grief in situations we will encounter with women. How to process things ourselves, individually and as a team and how to come alongside women and families in difficult situations. It has been really inspiring to hear how past generations of the BAS have been able to make an impact on the grief protocols in hospitals in the nations, and educate people in God’s ways.
We also had some time on evangelism and how we can use what we are doing to share the love of Jesus to women, communities and families. We were reminded that we are missionaries first and midwives second. God calls everyone to share the gospel no matter where we are or what we are doing. Delivering babies is simply an amazing access point to families that we may not usually encounter.
Another really fun thing we did was making baby hats- or ‘helmets of salvation’. We all got stuck in crocheting, knitting or sewing hats and then we prayed over each one. These are a part of the history of what God has spoken over the BAS. Every baby we deliver will receive one of these hats and are a symbol of spiritual protection over the mind of the bubs.
In other news the weather has picked up!! been solid mid-twenties for the past few weeks so the beach trips have been a go. praise. the. lord. Winter is a no for me, especially when it doesn’t include Christmas so being back in shorts has been a blessing. I have been doings lots of outings including BBQs by beach sunsets and also having some social times with the students and staff from my DTS who are still around, so it is great to keep connected. We have had some base events including a night where all the performing arts ministries gave a showcase which was super fun. And I have still be having homework and other assignments, still working me hard!
We have been doing outreach preparation learning about the hospitals we will be in and gaining insight into African culture and families. Realistically I don’t think anything is ever going to fully prepare me for outreach, but I am way excited for the adventure ahead. The next few months are going to teach me so much practically but I am also really excited to see how God is going to use us as a team to move in the nations. We have a position standing in the gap between life and death which comes with lots of responsibility but also lots of opportunity for growth and revelation. I am also very excited to be in Africa and to learn some new dance moves! Added bonus- my time difference will only be 1 hour from all you England folk so contact will be much easier.
If you could pray for continued energy, health and strength as I launch into outreach that would be amazing. Also I would love prayer for that first mother and baby that I will be delivering in less than 2 weeks time (wild), for protection and for open doors to share the gospel.
Our whole school saw around £150,000 of finances come in for outreach which is AMAZING and we are all now fully funded. Massive thank you to everyone who supported us in giving and in prayer! This last week has been full off shopping trips to prepare everything I need and there is still lots of packing to sort. and then its time to gooooooooooo. Not sure when i’ll be able to update you on Zambia but I am stoked to share with you as soon as I can.
Thank you guys, your support means everything
enjoy your ever colder weather…