Thursday, November 29, 2012

Troy and Young MC collaboration & other news

Lyrics to song:
This here's a tale for you ladies and fellas - Tryin to do what our culture tells us ~ Go out and shop like you're super zealous - But don't forget our God is jealous

Ok smartie go to a party - It's Christmas time have you been nice or naughty? ~ Have we forgotten the reason for the season? - It's about our God, not time for self-pleasin

Next day's function, turkey luncheon - Will you thank God for this food you're munchin? ~ People in the world never have that chance - So don't eat so much you nearly split your pants

This world is needin, hearts are bleedin - We need help to solve this pain we're feelin ~ When you have a chance don't forget to tell - God sent His Son - Emmanuel

Ooooh Yeah, Ooooh Yeah, Mmmm, Yeah, Oh, Yeah (Emmanuel)
We need Him, God sent Him - We need Him, Our God sent Him (Emmanuel)

You're on a mission and you're wishin someone could cure this sinful condition ~ Lookin for joy in all the wrong places - All these toys but still sad faces?

From frustration, first inclination is to forget God in your situation
But every dark tunnel has a lighter hope, don't give up on Him - He can help you cope

Don't be bummin, sad song hummin - God hears your cries and your Savior's comin.. He made a way so many years ago - He sent His Son - and now you know:

We need Him, God sent Him - We need Him, Our God sent Him (Emmanuel)

Country or city, things ain't pretty - Sin abounds, we're dirty and gritty

But God sees clear, He came down here - Thank Him for that this time of year (Thank Him for that this time of year)

Chorus - Ooooh Yeah Mmmmm Yeah ...

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2011 was filmed in Port au Prince (stating the obvious). This cement city of nearly 3 million people is not exactly the vortex of Christmas-y sounds or sights  - but a place where the message of God's son, sent for us, is known and important just the same. 

Young MC 's claim to fame? collaborated with 

Tone Lōc  Troy Livesay. Bust a Move (circa 1989) desperately needed a little depth of meaning. 

In other news ...
  • After seven babies in four days we've had a nice break from birth. The last baby at Heartline was born last Friday to Suze.  
  • Fedna was the one out of seven that needed transport from last week, she is doing great too. 
  • Noah is sick for the second day today. Malaria test was negative. Oddly enough sometimes positive tests are more reassuring because it means you can "fix" it. Not sure what is going on with the thin man.
  • On occasion women in labor that are not in the prenatal program arrive asking to deliver with us. Because we are a relationship based, prenatal-care program we don't deliver walk-ins. On Sunday a lady not in the program showed up. She was early enough into her labor that we knew she wasn't going to deliver quickly. After we drove her home and gave her other suggestions of places to try to deliver, I was flustered enough with how bad/uncomfortable that feels that I drove our truck into a small tree while parking it at home. I waited four hours to break the news to Troy that I wrecked the corner of the truck that he had just repaired.  Oops. 
  • Lydia just found out from Jimmy and Becky that she is ready to go to school FOUR days a week after the Christmas break.  She is very proud and reminds us of this a few times a week.
  • Phoebe recently said "Well of course I don't want to go to heaven!" When asked WHY, she said, "Because there are no stuffed animals in heaven."
  • The road between us and the Maternity Center is and has been horrible for a long time. It constantly floods. Last week I watched a poor lady fall hip deep in water while trying to pass on the road on foot. Today it is blocked in protest. We're hoping the ladies can still make it to Prenatal day. 
  • Bedline (sister of our girls) and her baby girl (now named Judnah) were readmitted Tuesday and needed to stay in for IV anti-biotics. Please pray for Bedline to heal well. 
  • Lydia said to Troy "I am petting Tipper (photo) because God is not going to bring him up (to heaven) but don't worry, it is not like *I* don't want to go to heaven or anything."  (Lydia and Phoebe have an impressive level of sibling rivalry.)
  • One day, loooong ago, a fifth grade student stood scanning the lunch room of the brand new school. She had just started attending mid-year. Bad hair, buck teeth, lack of fashion sense, less than a stellar self image all working against her, she stood frozen in time trying to decide where to sit for lunch on her first day at Park Brook Elementary School.  Another fifth grader stood up and motioned for her to sit down, "Do you want to eat lunch with us?" she asked.  Ever since that day in 1983 the two girls have been friends. I am giddy excited because that friend that invited me to sit with her is heading to Haiti early next week with her husband and son (our godson) and I'll get to spend five days with my childhood friend that has remained my close friend for three decades. 
Suze & her new son born Friday 11/23
Fedna & Fritznel with their first child, Caleb born 11/22
Lydia and Tipper sleeping
Lisa and I - friends since 5th grade 
Thankful for my oldest friend, er, I mean longest-time friend. 


Kim K. said...

I have a friend from 7th grade and I am 43 but it is very special to have a friend from elementary school still in your life.

Lisa Shay said...

I think Noah should be wearin' Lydia's hater blockers so all the peeps down there won't be hatin' his swag.
The boys' got some SERious swag, fer realz.

Chelsea said...

LOVE that picture of Lydia & Tipper!

Kathy C. said...

Hope has got some serious talent going on there.

Me. Us. She. said...

Getting very very excited for this year's video!

Anonymous said...

All kinds of awesome!

Kristi said...

Ummm....Hope has some nice pipes. Serious singing potential :o)

Love this year's video :o)

T & T Livesay said...

I passed your encouragement onto Hope :)

jillymags said...

Hi Tara, I have been following and donating (when i can!) for a while now. I care so much about what you and your family are doing and through your writing I have learned what it means to help (not hurt or hinder) those in need in a third world country. Can you explain a little more why you do not deliver walk-ins. I'm asking in order to once again learn from you. My instinct, as someone who has no idea what it takes to do the extraordinary work you are doing, would be to take her in. You have such a hard job and I continue to pray for you, your family and those you serve. Thank you for doing what you are doing.

Love, Jill Magnus

T & T Livesay said...

HI Jill -
Thanks for asking! My instinct too! (Which is why after I said no I crashed into a tree.) Sure, I can explain ... there are a lot of reasons, and because saying "no" to walk ins is hard and uncomfortable I hope I don't sound defensive when I explain :)

The core of our program is education and relationship building. The women come every week for class and during the education time and the weekly meals relationship is built. If they miss three times over the course of the pregnancy they lose their spot in the program. Without an attendance policy like that people would miss a lot and we wouldn't be able to provide the same program because they'd miss out on too much of the important education piece (and their vitamins and iron) just coming here and there. If we started to take walk ins there would be no incentive to those that take time to come every Thursday for class and prenatal care.

Even when we drive a woman that shows up as a walk in to the hospital we are setting ourselves up to become a ambulance service as word of mouth is a powerful way of communication. One woman tells a few women and all of a sudden there are walkins coming because they hear that there is a service that can provide rides. So delivering a walk-in would also be news that would spread like wild fire and we'd have babies dropping out all over the place every day and night.

We're small (Beth, Tara, Wini are the only three here full time all the time and then Melissa is here about 70% of the time. Besides labor and deliveries we have three days of classes we do at the Mat. Center. If we did walk ins we'd never sleep or eat or see our families. (We will grow our staff as our program grows but we're not to that place yet, still raising funds at this point.)

There are government hospitals (that I admit are terrible) doing walk in deliveries. They provide that option. It is not loving or respectful care but in truth it would be hard for us to provide that at a high volume of women too -- we can do it because we know the forty women so well and we've had time to build two-way trust. When they walk in with contractions at week 39 we know their name, their story, their fears, etc.

With seeing the women every week we are more certain of their health, their prenatal care is better, we can be more assured of the risks in their pregnancies and when we enter into labor and delivery time we understand a lot more about what the possible risks are. (reducing our liability and reducing our likelihood of losing a mom and/or a baby) -- if we delivered walk ins we would lose all of that.

Liability (if someone dies - which has not happened to us in three years but honestly - statistically it will happen) is somewhat of a concern. When you know someone (and vice versa) for 7 months before delivery and know about their health risks it cuts liability down a ton.

Thanks so much for your prayers Jill -- we think our statistics are so good for exactly that reason and we covet your continued prayers. With love and thanks,

jillymags said...

Thanks Tara! You definitely do not sound defensive and I hope that I did not sound critical. There are so many layers to the work you are doing and im sure it is amazingly difficult to draw the lines that you do for the sake of helping the women in the program. Thank you so much for taking the time to educate me and open my eyes even more to what you are doing. Prayers continue to go your way from my family to yours and your ministry.

Love, Jill