This May, my wife Sarah and I are thrilled to be heading to South Sudan for a year, where we will be working at St. Theresa Hospital with the amazing organization CMMB. If you know my wife Sarah, if you have seen her hold a baby, or if you have heard her talk about her work as a nurse-midwife, I’m sure you will be able to picture the shine in her eyes and the smile she will be wearing the time we are there.
This is the fruition of a dream we have both held close for many years. It is difficult to say goodbye to family and friends, to leave a good job, to step into uncertainty; but there is no doubt in our minds that this is where we must be. Sarah knew she wanted to be a nurse-midwife since she was eight years old. I more or less haphazardly stumbled into civil engineering. Then our paths crossed and the drive we both shared materialized into something real.
I cannot express how fortunate we are for opportunity to work with CMMB. If you are not familiar with the organization, I urge you to visit their website. CMMB stood out above every place else, not only because both our skill sets could be used, but because of the values that drive their vision. They are firmly committed to their partners and integrated in the communities they serve. They emphasize education and empowerment of women and children, who are often the most vulnerable populations, yet offer the greatest hope for a positive future. The challenges faced are complex, but CMMB navigates them by not losing sight of the value of human life and the worth and dignity of the individuals served.
This coming year Sarah and I will be learning a lot about relying on the kindness of others. We will be in a new land and will need those around us to patiently show us the way of life in South Sudan. Often in life we must humbly embrace generosity that cannot be repaid. This can sometimes be difficult to do, but I have found that it is, more than anything else, a great joy. CMMB knows the truth of this because their powerful mission cannot move forward without the gifts of those who believe in the work they do.
Sarah and I have received so much love and support over the course of our lives. At our wedding, the generosity of our loved ones is what made it possible for us to go to South Sudan. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been so good to us. Above all, we ask those of you reading this to keep Sarah and me in your thoughts and prayers. Please follow our journey and share our link with anyone who might be interested in supporting CMMB, or who are just wondering why they haven’t seen Sarah and Martin in a while. If you are able to contribute financially to the work, please click the green button and accept our sincere appreciation and that of the communities you will be helping. Your gift is tax-deductible! Also, should you happen to win the lottery and decide to donate more than $999.99, please reach out so we can let you know the process.
Wishing you peace and happiness,
Martin and Sarah Rubino
CMMB wrote -
CMMB is an NGO focused exclusively on global health care for the world’s poorest populations. We believe in a world in which every human life is valued, and health and human dignity are shared by all. Every year, we are so lucky to have generous, courageous people step forward and volunteer their time and expertise in areas of the world where it is most needed. They leave behind loved ones and employment to support our mission to help vulnerable women, children and families survive.
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