As we prepare for our baby’s arrival, God is mercifully teaching me about His perfect provision. Last month, I read Half the Sky after watching the documentary last fall. This book examines numerous issues related to the oppression of women and encourages progress and advocacy through sharing some heart-wrenching stories. When I read the chapter on maternal mortality, I was particularly devastated.
Did you know…
- One woman every minute dies in childbirth. That’s over 500,000 per year.
- “For every woman who dies in childbirth, at least ten suffer significant injuries such as fistulas or serious tearing.”
- For these women, a $10 bus ride, a $42 C-section kit, or a $300 fistula repair would make all the difference in the world.*
I read this chapter with tear-filled eyes. I, too, am facing childbirth, and yet…my experience will be nothing like what so many women around the world face. I have a staff of highly-trained obstetricians on call 24/7. I will give birth at a wonderful hospital, with no necessary care withheld because of lack of funds. We’re paying hundreds of dollars for a doula whose sole job is to make my experience more pleasant and comfortable. I’m actually fussing about which interventions I want withheld because they don’t fit into my “birth plan”. Seriously. All this because I have the privilege of being an upper-middle class American.
But I’m most importantly a citizen of my Father’s kingdom. He has not forgotten these women, and neither can I. As I prepared for a baby shower, He showed me that we needed so little and had so much. So with that in mind…
We’ve set up a donation page through the International Justice Mission to celebrate our baby. If you were wanting to bless our family with a baby gift, this would be a wonderful way to do it. We have all that we need. (We also have zero extra space for superfluous items…six people in 1000 square feet!)
We are wildly, ridiculously blessed by our God who gives us more than we can ask or imagine. Others need the blessing of hearing His name, of knowing His Son, and of being freed from oppression. Let’s follow Jesus, about whom was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Isaiah 61:1)
*From chapter six of Half the Sky, by Kristof and WuDunn