The Medical Clinic still needs some assistance with bridging funds for the beginning stages of setup. See the list below to help in a very practical way.
the 5 big kids and Beth, Weng, Elson, Sarah, Jen and Dave and their friend Matt went on a mountain trek to Pastor Romy's house! Such an awesome day riding horses, playing with puppies and trekking around finding many fruits to eat.
The children are back in school classes after their summer break. It's nice to have the routine of the school day. They have done some goal setting and set some ambitious goals this quarter to learn to read and do well in their classes.
We have a volunteer teacher onsite at the moment. Rachel Aranez from Werribee,
Australia. She will be at Rehoboth for 2 months, teaching students from Grades 1 - 6. Please pray for Rachel as she serves onsite.
Jen and Dave organised a princess party. Each of the girls wore a beautiful gown and were presented to the assembly one by one. They performed the maypole dance and enjoyed a pinjata. The girls made the decorations and also helped prepare all the food.
it's been birthday time again - cake, ice cream and spaghetti !
Some fantastic volunteers and visitors have been onsite. Nitish from Suburban Baptist Church in Werribee, Australia was well loved by the kids. He played lots of games, made curry for the kids one night for dinner, took some of the boys to the movies and bought much needed bug zappers for the baby home. Roy and Nova visited and were so generous in their donation of bikes and fans and especially a portable aircon for the kitchen area. Jo-E Villagarcia and her husband Mike had a party here to celebrate their wedding with their friends and family. UHappy ran the event.Dave's mum Glennys and Jen's brother Calvin also visited.
Next newsletter, read all about Heathdale Christian College's team at Rehoboth. This is the 10th year Heathdale has sent a team to Rehoboth and we thank God for them!
Thanks for keeping up to date with everything Rehoboth.
JL, Christian and Rogie with their forever families !
It makes our heart sing to see little ones meet their forever families and be welcomed with tears and hugs of delight. This month we witnessed this for JL and Christian, both of whom have gone to Spain and for Rogie who went with her new parents to the USA. So lovely to see all these smiles !
Please pray with us for them and their families as the settle in to this new life, experiencing the love of a family in a whole new way. Pray also for the kids at Rehoboth still waiting. That paperwork would be processed at the right time for matching with the best forever family for them. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Pauline our social worker, in making such life impacting important decisions in the lives of these little ones.
Rehoboth Clinic Update
Rehoboth Clinic had 4 babies born this month and 2 referrals to the hospital ! What a blessing to the community.
We are working hard to get PhilHealth accredited so the clinic will be self sustaining and not need donation support. As we are so new and have only a small number of patients, we are running at a loss. You can help fill the gap for the first few months by donating here.
Please pray for a pediatrician, a dentist and other doctors to join us. That will improve patient numbers greatly in a town with no steady doctor. Please also pray for office support - either a volunteer or funds enough for a salaried position. We'd love this person to be innovative in setting up office procedures and systems to improve our efficiency and capacity as we grow.
Please also pray for the newborn financing program we would like to implement. It would not only function as a savings plan for the mothers (with sponsorships by family/friends), but help link the moms with each other for support and growth. It would include group baby showers and monthly gifts to help encourage regular pre-natal care. We are hoping this program would improve mother and baby care and provide an opportunity for further education on pregnancy and infant care.
Help the Clinic - here are the most urgent needs.
*DOH is the Department of Health. These items will help us get PhilHealth accredited - a huge step toward self sufficiency.
Medical Clinic Needs
Mobile pedestal cabinet 3 drawers
Wooden table for consultation area
Cabinet for sterilization room (DOH* Regulation)
Utility room faucet (DOH Regulation)
Utility room window (DOH Regulation)
Utility room electrical (DOH Regulation)
Utility room door and doorknob (DOH Regulation)
Utility room airhose for dental compressor
Lockers--12-doors for staff
Replacement fan/light for delivery bathroom
Marketing (signs, 'meet the midwife' discussion refreshments, flyers)
A camera (this could be donated directly)
Cover the current deficit due to low patient numbers
Thank God for the people we have on staff! They are doing great work! The reaction from the community is positive.
Mama Fe and Papa Ken "Farewell and See You Again Soon" Party
If you missed last newsletter - Mama Fe and Papa Ken are on sabbatical. Here are a few pics of their farewell party. See below for ways to pray for the leadership at Rehoboth while they are not onsite.
Pray for Sarah who is Officer in Charge of Operations, Loida in her Finance role, Pauline as Head of Social Work, Ailyn in HR, Eric in Maintenance and Building and Juanita overseeing the clinic. Please pray for them as they undertake their duties, asking for strength, resilience and perseverance. Please pray for wisdom is decision making, confidence to use the skills they have to the best of their ability and peace in the absence of the familiar faces of Ken and Fe. Rehoboth is in good hands, it is in God's hands with his servants whom he has prepared to do this work.
Happy Birthday !
Enjoy these birthday celebrations at Rehoboth. One of our girls celebrated with sunglasses, spaghetti and chocolate cake.
**Please note - we have tightened our policies on naming the children in our care with their images in our newsletter. This is for the privacy of the children and helps us navigate the ICAB and DSWD regulations. We hope you understand.
Volunteers and Visitors Update
Here are some pics of our wonderful visitors and volunteers this past month. We appreciate your generosity and willingness to provide for Rehoboth's needs with you time, gifts, and the genuine love and atentiveness you showed the children and staff in your time at Rehoboth.
Princess Party !
Jen and Dave hosted a wonderful Princess Party. Everybody was invited and the princesses announced and presented to the assembly one by one. So much preparation with hair and makeup and special dresses. It was a regal affair, enjoyed by all of the children.
The 5 oldest kids at Rehoboth and Beth, Weng, Elson, Jen and Dave and their friend Matt went on a mountain trek to Pastor Romy's house! The day was filled with new experiences like riding horses, playing with puppies and trekking around finding many kinds of fruit to eat. Thank you Pastor Romy for welcoming us into your home.
Next newsletter look for
Rehoboth at a Glace
with basic info on budgets, needs and kid statistics.
Do you have or know anyone with skills that might be able to help Rehoboth? Do you have the resources to get onsite? Fill in the volunteer interest form on our website.
newly adopted children and their families - for smooth transitions.
for the children at Rehoboth who are waiting for a forever family. Pray that the paperwork process for upcoming matching and adoptions goes as quickly as possible, knowing that the best outcome for each child may take time.
Pray for the social workers who take on the responsibility of working with families in the community, as well as the local and international adoption processes.
the staff at Rehoboth - that they will know the valuable work they undertake every day and how much they are appreciated by the children, their forever families and the volunteers.
the board and administrators - that they will have wisdom in decision making.
the medical clinic - continue to thank God for his provision of the midwives and prayers for more staff and resources to fully develop all services as needed by the local community.
Thankfulness for the support of Rehoboth from volunteers and donors. Prayer for the yearly needs to be met so Rehoboth can faithfully and responsibly continue to serve children in need from the Rizal province.
the local Sampaloc community - for family unity and stability and that one day, the resources and services of Rehoboth are no longer needed.
Rehoboth Sampaloc Ministries Mission Statement
Transforming families and providing alternative futures for children in crisis, based on God's model of love and care, through child and family-oriented programs, projects and services.