Building a Well

Ninotte with her miniature well.


A Christmas Gift!

In December, I traveled to Michigan to spend some time with the Mazzaras and the Mulders, who are both like family to me. My time with them always warms me and encourages me to continue pursing my vision of serving the women and children of the world as a midwife- particularly those of Haiti. They are special people!

Christmas in the States is not comparable to Christmas at home. Poverty has so engulfed the large majority of the Haitian population that every year, waiting for Santa Claus remains a dream. So, Christmas in the states was overwhelming, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

My first Christmas experience last year at Kate’s home in Howell, Michigan was incredible. One of the sweetest moments was, on Christmas day receiving a cup of hot coffee in bed served by her youngest son, Sam. Not to mention other gifts received the same day.

This year, I spent Christmas at Kathi’s house in Traverse City. Christmas eve with the Mulders was GREAT. I had the chance to chat, share, and spend time with my special friends Tara, Celia, and Hannah (Kathi and Craig’s daughters), Susan Odgers, and others. Christmas Day, I received so many gifts that I felt spoiled.

While in Michigan, I shared my progress on the birth center land with Kate and Pete Mazzara. I mentioned to them that the first thing I will need to do it build a well so that we can have water for our center. Surprise! When I got to their house a few days after Christmas, they gave me a miniature well as the symbol of their gift to Grace Birth Center:

They are funding the well!

What a gift! Water!

Water is of major importance to all living things. Water makes up a significant fraction of the human body. Before being born, a baby’s environment is water. There is so much to say about water!

Christmas symbolizes the birth of Jesus, the Savior, my Savior. Midwives help and support women at birth. Jesus, himself in his teachings, spoke a lot about water. He said in John 4:13 “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

I don’t mean to say that water offered by Kate and Pete will bring eternal life to the women we will be serving at the birth center; but having water available for them will help with their thirst, the hot weather, the birth environment, our community garden, and so much more.

Thank you Kate and Pete Mazzara!

We love you!

Ninotte Lubin, CPM