“Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” –B. Brown
In 2003, I (Naomi) began an awesome journey. I was 21 when I committed to spend a year in the Philippines serving at a charity birth center as a new RN and a student midwife. I had dreamed of being a medical missionary since I was 7 years old and I had no doubt I was created for this adventure. No part of me really had a clue of what life was like for the poorest of the poor, and I definitely had no idea what it really was that God was calling me to live.
There have been many twists and turns on this journey for me since 2003, and it would take a million blog articles to tell the stories! I might go back some in the process of this blog, because God’s definitely been challenging me to share my experiences despite whether or not I feel like I can write, knowing what I am doing has never been a prerequisite. Rising to the challenges of the unknowns everyday is this great adventure of life no matter where we are in this world.
SO Safe Refuge’s story actually starts in 2007. After I lived and served in Manila for 3 years. The women, girls, and babies dying from pregnancy and birth related complications are what God used to take me to the Philippines. It was the beautiful souls I met dying inside or already dead, the faces of human trafficking, women and children, unprotected and unloved, they are what God used to birth Safe Refuge.
Our original team was Naomi, Red, Ara and Edna. The words from the Hillsong’s song “All Things Are Possible” and the foundational verses challenged us to walk out into something none of us had any experience with or any idea really what we were doing! God has faithfully guided us through so many different seasons. Now we have the manila base as well as a base outside of the city. We have Safe Refuge residents and we have a next step program we call Grace House.
We are growing steadily in every way, the needs, the staff, the territory.. So it’s past time for a blog to keep all of Safe’s current supporters updated and to make new friends!
This story is just beginning!