Monday, February 6, 2012

PUENTES DE VIDA







Puente's de Vida, “Bridges to Life” is a program that we believe the Lord brought me to the middle of the jungle to be a part of… and was birthed out of the heart of Jesus. The vision of the program is to reduce the Infant Mortality Rate among the Cabecar people. It is the highest in the country. The foundation of the program is based on the truth hat every life has value because we have all been created in the image of God. I will be co-leading the program with Judith, a medical doctor and Cynthia, also a MD. I am very blessed to be working and serving side by side with such extaordinarly gifted women. The program kick-off was a 3 day retreat for 11 Cabecar young women to whom 5 will have the opportunity to have a full-time job as “Promotoras de Salud Materno-Infantil” a Health care worker for pregnant women and infants. We began our teaching, at the retreat with basics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition as well as Growth and Development. They also had practical lessons on hand washing, using the pregnancy wheel, doppler, and taking a pulse. We will continue teaching every month for 12 –18 months. After the training, a pilot program will run for 1 year and then the full program for 2 years. Our goal is to reduce the Infant/Maternal Mortality rate by 50%!!!! Yes, the goal is high but God is able. When we meet the goal we will expand the program to other areas on the reservation. Please pray for these young girls as the course content is difficult, the requirements for graduation are high and we will all need to be available at a moments notice to travel into the reservation for home visits in the future.
Please pray for me as I seek God’s face daily to be an example to these young women of what He wants me to be. Also for my continued ability to teach in Spanish and the courage to begin learning their native language this summer.
We are also praying for each girl to have sponsors or a sponsor for her salary. Please pray with us for churches and individuals who would be willing to sponsor or help sponsor one of these precious young women, a great opportunity for a Sunday school or a business perhaps! If you are interested in sponsoring or would like more information about this ministry, please contact me at markandmarge@gmail.com