To our amazing Birthing Better Babies supporters,
Just a small update on BBB and our Baseco family.
As you know I have recently visited Baseco for a short time teaching and working with the local youth in the church. If you follow Pastor Mark Pedder and his blog, you will have heard of the new developments and strategic plans for the foreshore of Manila Bay extending around to their John 14:12 base in Baseco. This huge development means that within 5 years Baseco as it is will no longer exist. If you want to have a look at the development have a look at this YouTube video
The church fortunately is not a building, it is people. So the Church of Jesus Christ will continue but of course this will change things for not only John 14:12 but will extend to the Birthing Better Babies Programme.
Another thing to note is there is also a resurgence of Governement support towards Women and Babies, which is fantastic for the Nation, however this has an impact on the need for Sponsorship in Baseco and surrounding slums. We have seen a slow decline of requests for support as the government are now fulfilling this much needed role.
So after much prayer and deliberation we have decided to close down the BBB programme and concentrate efforts on building the people in the church, getting the children through school and University preparing them for the day they are independent.
Mark, Christine and I have been so blessed by your continued support over the past seven or so years. It has surpassed our wildest dreams. There have been close to 250 births and babies sponsored and supported by our Australian and overseas sponsors. This is a tremendous start for these babies. Just have a look at some of the faces and babies we have touched over the years!
The story does not end here though, there is still much to do in the meantime. BBB may be closing their doors after such a successful era, but there is still tremendous need in general support, and sponsorship of the kids in Baseco. There is a small amount of money left from BBB funds that we are still using to help Mothers and Babies that do come to us. No money is ever wasted. However do feel free to contact Ps Mark and Chris on their website to see the latest news and to support the church in this time of transition.
On a personal note Birthing Better Babies was such a fulfilling part of of my life. Yes I will miss it, I will miss travelling to Manila, I will miss the people I have met and the sweet ladies I have served in Baseco, also the Babies and their gorgeous newness. However I am not sad at all, but sense it is the end of an exciting era and time for a new thing.
I am excited for my brothers and sisters in Baseco and for my dear friends of nearly 20 years Mark and Chris. God will certainly crystallise and refocus them in the new era, but I think that is a good thing not a bad thing. Clarification of what we should NOT be doing creates an opening for God to show us what we SHOULD be doing.
Thanks again to YOU, our fantastic sponsors both young and old. From individuals to corporations, Birthing Better Babies thank you from our heart and on behalf of the Mothers and the Babies of Baseco we thank you as well. You have made a difference, and as I have always said, “How can we change the world? One birth at a time!” We certainly have!
Bless you all
Cathy Troup with (and on behalf of) Ps Mark and Christine Pedder.