It’s a BOY!
We are happy to announce the birth of Baby Ruben – the first baby born at the newly-dedicated Birthing Center up in the mountains of Camp Perrin, Haiti!
Ruben was born Dec 5th, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and is 19 inches.
His mother – Delencia – walked 5 miles to reach the Birthing Center. This mother of three had never been to the hospital to deliver her previous babies.
The Birthing Center provides prenatal, birth, postpartum, and gynecological care for vulnerable pregnant mothers & babies in the region. The facility include a clinic and 8 Sukup Manufacturing Co. #SafeTHomes.
To help more pregnant mothers like Delecia, click ongoservglobal.org/give, choose “Haiti Projects”, check “Additional Instructions” and write “Birthing Center”.
Read below to learn about the Birthing Center came about from a small church.
“How a God Used a Small Church to Impact Haiti”
by Kiven Lukes of Trondhjem Lutheran Church, Glenville, MN.
A few years ago, our church was about to celebrate its 125th anniversary. With our church membership of less than 50 people who were aging, our discussions kept coming back to “How long will we be able to keep the doors open?” We got so tired of that conversation.
So instead we decided to focus on doing something impactful.
Soon after I met GoServ Global Executive Director Paul van Gorkom at the World Pork Expo and saw the Sukup #SafeTHome for the first time. Next, we learned of a need for a birthing center up in the mountains of Haiti, where there were high infant and maternal mortality rates because of the lack of medical care.
This is a project our church can get on board with!
To get started, property was needed and then it was decided that 8 Safe T Homes would make up the birthing center.
We brought this information back to our church and we all went to work raising money for the project. Excitement grew at our church as donations came in.
Then #HurricaneMatthew hit and scrambled things a bit. Plans changed a little with the birthing center as it was decided to add a hospital building to the Safe T Homes.
So we got to work raising more funds. In April, 2018 a few of us traveled to Haiti to see the birthing center in person. And on Nov. 15th, a dedication was held at the center.
“I would encourage churches to think outside the box. Don’t think about what’s impossible … think about what’s possible. Be impactful!”
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Recently, GoServ Global responded to a couple of natural disasters here in Iowa. One was a flood in Des Moines and the other a tornado in Marshalltown. We offer all of our disaster relief services at no charge. We are currently in need of more funds to continue to help needy families. These funds go to pay for fuel, building materials and other supplies to help people get back on their feet. You can donate right now by going to our website page at https://goservglobal.org/give/and selecting “Domestic Disaster Relief” from the drop down box. Thanks for helping out.
We are also launching a fundraising drive by selling boxes of peaches from Colorado. Many of you might remember participating in this fundraiser last year and know how tasty these peaches are. Check out the flyer below to see how you can order some of these delicious peaches and help people who have been victims of natural disasters at the same time. Must order by August 22nd for delivery on August 27th.
GoServ Global’s Domestic Disaster Relief Teams have been busy the past month, serving in Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Albert City after storms hit the areas. Over the past month, GoServ Global has worked with more than 40 families right here in Iowa who were impacted by flooding or a tornado. We have gutted basements, carried water-damaged furnishings to the curb, and removed trees that were on top of houses, etc.
In Des Moines we are putting up drywall for the Rubio family whose house was flooded with four feet of water.
In Marshalltown, GoServ Global is continuing to take down trees damaged in the tornado. Last week, we worked with 7 different families and hauled 14 loads of debris out of town. One of the highlights was helping and praying with a couple in their 90’s.
Yesterday, GoServ Global responded to a storm that swept through Albert City with winds up to 80 mph. Several volunteers spent the day cutting and hauling trees.
Would you consider partnering with GoServ Global so we can continue to help those in Iowa who have been impacted by natural disaster?
To volunteer, call GoServ Global’s Dennis Anderson at 712-887-0862. To give, visit https://goservglobal.org/give/ & choose Domestic Disaster Relief in the dropdown.
Over the last 3 weeks, GoServ Global has worked with more than 30 families right here in Iowa who were impacted by flooding or a tornado. We have gutted basements, carried water-damaged furnishings to the curb, and removed trees that were on top of houses, etc.
Three weeks ago, the Rubio family’s home was flooded with four feet of water. GoServ Global was there to help gut their house and now we are looking for volunteers and finances to help rebuild this family of five’s home.
Would you consider partnering with us to help those in Iowa like the Rubio’s who have been impacted by natural disaster?
To volunteer, contact GoServ Global’s Jim Loonan at (515)290-9457. To give, click on https://goservglobal.org/donate and choose “Domestic Disaster Relief” in the dropdown.