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Become a Nursing Intern in the Philippines: serve in medical missions at Shalom Birthing Clinic!

ACTION Missionary Pami Ellis with mom and baby

Trip #15513

  • Mission Trip Agency

    Action International Ministries

    Offering agency

  • Mission Trip Location

    Philippines, Southeastern Asia

  • Mission Trip Dates

    Customizable: Jan-Dec 2019

    Lasts between 3 weeks to 1 year

  • Mission Trip Ministry

    Bible Studies & Small Groups

    Discipleship, Evangelism: Friendship & Lifestyle, Internship/Study Abroad, and Medical/Healthcare

  • Mission Trip Cost

    Monthly : $1,100 - $1,300 (US)

    Includes: Lodging and Meals

In an area where only 25% of the poorest mothers receive maternity care, this facility meets a critical need with safe childbirth care, perinatal education, and most importantly, the love of Christ!

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What the Mission Trip Will Be Like

Bible studies and discipleship are essential to the ministry at Shalom with mothers and others involved. Philippines: -MISSIONS INTERNSHIP or MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM-
Antipolo, Manila, Philippines

**Note: Interns must be at least 20 years of age and female, unless they are coming with a spouse.**

Q & A with ACTION missionary Pami Ellis

1. What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?

Internships at Shalom Christian Birthing Home are tailored to the skill and confidence level of the intern. Because it is a medical facility, competency must be demonstrated prior to clinical participation. Typical interns are third or fourth year nursing or midwifery students or licensed practitioners who are looking for more experience in a cross-cultural setting, while deepening their Christian faith.

Interns may expect to help with vital signs, maternal and fetal assessment during antenatal and intrapartum periods, assisting with births, observing various assessment tools, and accompanying nurses and discipleship leaders during home visits and community Bible studies.

Most of the intern's time will be spent in direct clinical placement. Tailored experiences, such as home visits and Bible study involvement, will depend entirely on the intern and as opportunities arise. Administrative tasks such as clinical documentation are minimal, but expected as part of maintaining a proper healthcare facility.

2. What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?

Shalom is a great place to explore missions in a very supportive environment! Interns are given the opportunity to observe how medical ministry operates and slowly join into the fray as opportunities arise.

3. What would a typical day look like?

There is no such thing as a typical day at Shalom! Because we are a 24/7 facility, interns may be assigned to assist with an antenatal clinic, in the laboratory, on a birth room delivery shift, or conducting house to house visits with a Shalom staff member. Interns are never left alone and are typically assigned to an 8 hour shift, 5 days a week.

4. Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.

Interns may expect to solidify skills learned in school, such as antenatal maternal/child assessment, labor & delivery, and well-mother/child assessment in the continued postpartum period. Depending on the intern's interest, additional skills may be developed, such as performing basic laboratory tests, ultrasound assessment, assistance with births, and neonatal resuscitation.

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Relation of Opportunity to National Church and/or Long-term Goals

The Shalom Christian Birthing Home invites you to join ACTION's team, delivering hope among the neglected poor.

A Vision is Born

Shalom Christian Birthing Home was established by ACTION missionary, Mavis Orton, a retired nurse/midwife from England. Observing the exceptionally high maternal and infant mortality rates in the outskirts of Manila, Mavis opened her home to these at-risk mothers in order to provide a safe and dignified environment for childbirth. Nearby churches work closely with Shalom's staff - resulting in many mothers and their families experiencing spiritual rebirth and becoming active in a local church.

ACTION missionary nurses, Cindy Gingerich and Pami Ellis joined Mavis in 2002 and 2011 respectively.

Birth of a Team

We now have a good team of midwives and nurses: ACTION missionaries Mavis Orton, Cindy Gingerich, and Pami Ellis, and midwives Diana, Maricel, Maricor, Benneth, Jheny, and Angie. But we desire more missionary midwives to join the team.

Growing Pangs

When the clinic first opened, eight babies were born a month, now approximately 120-150 babies are born each month!

Participant Information, Recommendations, Requirements

Participant Age

College, Adult, and Seniors

Eligible to Go

Individuals, Groups [max size 10], Married Couples, and Families


At least one year of Bible college (or equivalent) is preferable, but if applicant does not have this, decisions will be made on a case by case basis.


English and a willingness to learn some Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines).


ACTION is looking for people with the following qualifications to serve in its Short-term Ministry Program:

1. Personally committed to lifelong obedience and service for the Lord Jesus Christ
2. Must be at least 19 years old with one year of work experience, college, or Bible school
3. A growing, maturing Christian
4. Active in their local church (home or college based)
5. Recommended by their pastor and church
6. Teachable
7. Adaptable to other cultures, environments, changing circumstances, etc.
8. Able to accept difficult circumstances
9. A good sense of humor and not easily discouraged
10. Able to accept others’ leadership styles

Mission Trip Offered By Action International Ministries

Action International Ministries

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Action International Ministries (ACTION) is a global mission agency committed to sending multi-national missionaries who treasure Jesus Christ and minister His Gospel in word and deed, primarily to the poor. Our three-prong strategy for urban ministry can be defined under three headings: evangelism, discipleship, and development. The mission currently has over 250 missionaries (and many other team members) in 32 countries. ACTION's prayer target is for 221 additional missionaries to join them in the vital task of world missions, for the glory of God! Our goal is to know God and take action! (Daniel 11:32)

Inquire about this Mission Trip

Contact Action International Ministries about this short-term mission trip:

Kyle Hansen at Action International Ministries

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Mission Trip Details

Location Information

Southeastern Asia
Antipolo, Manila


Start date
Customizable: Jan-Dec 2019
3 weeks to 1 year

Demographics of People Being Ministered To

Poor families, single moms, children in crisis, local believers, national unbelievers, missionaries
People Group(s)
Agnostics, Atheists and Roman Catholics, nominal Christians


Funds needed
Monthly : $1,100 - $1,300 (US)
Included in Cost
Lodging and Meals
Depending on duration of stay.

Training and Debriefing

Pre-field Training
Post-field Debrief

Application Information

How to apply
Send an inquiry for details on the application process for this mission trip.