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Missionary

Jaylin Moreno

Jaylin Moreno

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According to the World Health Organization 800 women a day die due to preventable causes in pregnancy or childbirth. This means that almost every two minutes a maternal death occurs. From these deaths almost 95% of them occur in low and lower-middle income countries. The Bible has over 2000 verses about helping, loving and serving the most vulnerable. 1 John 3:16 says...


“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”


In addition, the quality of life for these women who do survive their birth, is often extremely poor. In Colombia alone, 1 in 5 teenagers experience being pregnant. This often brings about so many other issues, like not being able to provide for the baby, many women abandoning their children to contribute to the orphan crisis where they are often trafficked and sold for sex/and or slavery. If they don’t give up their baby, they will give up their body and find work in prostitution to support the babies. Simultaneously, in 2021 there were 16,000 reported cases of sexual assault against underage girls, a majority of them being 10-14 years old. This teaches girls very early on that their body is not their own, they have no autonomy and it is meant to be shared with whoever.


Rather than continuing to trap these women in a vicious cycle of pain and offer these temporary band aids to their pain, or even horrifying realities like abortion, we must take them back to the beginning. We can remind each woman that she is a daughter, worthy to be loved unconditionally and celebrated for the beauty that resides deep within her soul. We show this with our actions, showing up for them when they need it the most, showing kindness and friendship when they feel casted out of society.


In Genesis, Adam calls Eve “Eve” because she is the mother of all the living. All women are capable and designed to mother in some capacity, whether with our own biological children, or with dreams and passions and projects, or for other women’s children, or even spiritual daughters and sons. There is no end to the motherhood that flows in us. Motherhood shows itself in our compassion, our vulnerability, our presence. Women are not valuable for what we do but simply who we are.


I am unfathomably grateful for everything God has done for me and my family. Out of the abundance of love He has poured out on me, I simply cannot remain idle. For the past few months and the next few years, my focus is to equip myself with proper training and education to give these women the best care possible. I’ve met with several midwives, nurses and missionaries who are passionate about seeing these issues change drastically over the next few years from a local to global scale. Last year I got to collaborate with a women’s pastor in Barranquilla, Colombia on an imaginary project that would implement education on sex, reproductive health, and puberty for girls in Barranquilla as well as offer one on one mentorship with midwives, doulas and some of the expectant mothers in the low-income neighborhoods.


Next quarter I’ll be focusing on getting my certifications as a birth doula and in childbirth education while working with the nonprofit pregnancy center here in Kona. I will be learning from other women who have worked in maternal health and missions for years and continue to seek God for guidance, dreams and direction. After this I’ll get to spend 3-5 months in Guinea Bissau, Africa to serve at their pregnancy center that they make available to the women in the local villages. I’m praying to learn from the directors and women that have been pioneering in this community and what they’ve learned and all the fruit that they have seen in areas of maternal health.


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