NGM Maternal Advocacy Program
Giving birth to a baby in a honored and privilege environment in the West is almost considered an entitlement. Hospitals go out of their way to designed, equip, and staff birthing centers which honor the mother, guard the birthing process, and reduce the health risks to both mother and infant. Though improvements are being made in the nation of Uganda, day long search for such facilities and staffs in the city of Jinja will be met with disappointment and sometimes frustration, which often turns to unbelief of even anger.
In January of 2007, a short term missionary hosted by Next Generation Ministries was able to witness the delivery of the baby of one of her Ugandan friends. Through tears she shared that the doctor had spoken roughly to the laboring mother, smacked her on the thighs if she groaned, and ultimately and literally placed his hands on the top of her round belly and forced the baby out. Soon after this birth, both mother and baby came to the base house of Next Generation Ministries. The story was appalling and the vision for a birthing center operated by trained midwives with the latest techniques of assisting laboring mothers was birthed.
The Hunters had given up on the feasibility of such a dream until the fall of 2013. After Paul witnessed the death of her baby, as well as her near death, and the subsequent ministry, Hope for Women In Crisis, directed by Lyzette Kasigwa, the dream resurrected. Paul found himself talking about the critical role that Hope for Women In Crisis has in the lives of many suffering mothers in the maternity ward of the government hospital and attempting to motivate donors for a Women’s Health Clinic.
A small rural church was the first to believe in the dream and donated funds for the purchase of land. Individuals and other churches also began to donate. Land was purchased, plans are being drawn up, and construction should begin in 2014. Dale and Daurelle Chapman, of Molalla, Oregon, gave themselves to the development of site and started laying the groundwork for the construction of the clinic. At their annual meeting in 2015, after analyzing the mounting cost of construction, equipping, and staffing a clinic, the members revised the original vision. This resulted in a change of direction. It would take several million dollars and perhaps a minimum of five years to accomplish construction … and, not one patient would have been served and helped with their at risk pregnancy. Construction plans were laid aside and the Maternal Advocacy Program officially began.
The first pregnant woman adopted was Sarah Sityo. There are so many needs in Uganda that there must be a guided path in choosing who can be helped. Robert and Sarah Sityo have been associates of Next Generation Ministries since 2004 when they married. NGM was instrumental in assisting them in establishing Fountain of Hope Ministries in its beginning. Though many people throughout the world prayed for them to have children, they were unable to have them. However, after 11 years of no children, God saw fit to plant triplets within Sarah’s womb during a visit home while Robert was pursuing his Masters Degree in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College in the Unites States. Hers was an at risk pregnancy and relationship made them Sarah a prime candidate for adoption as the very first mother in the MAP effort. Two girls and a boy were safely delivered on November 30, 2015. And, the MAP effort was off and running. There are many more exciting stories to tell and still be written in this rewarding ministry of NGM. You can read about them on the NGM MAP Facebook page.
If you would like to partner with NGM in this project, please make a check out to NGM and mail it to NGM, 29940 South Dhooghe Rd, Colton, OR 97017. Please designate your donation for MAP.