Subject: Blog, August 26, 2012
Date: August 26, 2012 6:03:38 AM CDT
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REALITY IN MINISTRY, NOT ALWAYS A SUCCESS STORY
Today, we located Dollar's Mom with her burned arm. She had returned to
her mud hut after running away from the hospital where she refused the
operation that would have saved her burnt arm and hand. She has now
developed Gangrene in her right hand, and the future is very limited for
her. Her husband has abandoned her completely, so we found her and her
2 year old son without food or hope when we arrived. Our Pequaria
Pastor convinced her to go with us for treatment, but when we got her to
the hospital, she once again refused to allow them to operate. There is
no hope for her survival without the operation, and there is nothing we
can do but make her comfortable for the time she has left. So we gave
her food and took her back to her mud hut. Tomas,our Pequaria Pastor,
will make sure that food is delivered to her, so they won't go hungry.
Our main concern is to help the 2 year old to survive.
Dollar will remain with us, and his 2 year old brother will probably
join us once he is orphaned.
It is very sad when people contribute to their own death through a lack
of knowledge and superstition. But it is especially sad when the
children are the only ones left to suffer the trauma of being abandoned
and finally orphaned.
Keep this family in prayer this week, I'm surprised the mother could
still function in the condition she is in. Our pastor is doing his best
to show her the way to eternal salvation.
CHURCH IN NAMARA GROWING EACH WEEK
With 30+ adults and 100+ kids today, we had a GREAT church meeting!
New Converts included 19 children/teenagers, and 7 adults.
The men started building their new mud brick church, and a tin roof has
been donated for when the building is complete.
One of today's new salvations was a mother with a naked baby, and 1 small
toddler boy. She came wearing only the ragged remains of a t-shirt and an
old worn out piece of cloth for a skirt. I could see every rib bone, as
she is very malnourished (as are the children). Pastor Ramadan told me
she has no food in her home and that she is truly one of the poorest of
all the poor in Namara. After church, the Pastor himself donated food to
her, and will buy her and the baby some cloths with today's church
offering of $2.
One thing I can say for sure about this church. The members have true
"Jesus hearts", and share what they have with those in need.
We taught them from the begiining that we must do "what Jesus would do".
They grabbed that reality immediately and have walked in it daily.
Next week, we will go to Namara bearing gifts of food and other items
needed by this family, and several other widows in the church who lack
This is YOUR LOVE GIFTS in action, and it is a pleasure to be the one able
to deliver what you freely give.
BUSH BUNNY TIDBITS:
1. Fatima's house is finished and our tractor will head deep into the bush
on Monday to fetch 100 4X4 building beams for the new tin roof. Around
here if you want to build something, you have to contract cutters to go
cut the trees, and then cut those trees into 4X4's with 2 man saw.
2. ZITO is walking better with his crutches, and his 4 leg and arm ulcers
are healing nicely.
3. Little Calca, the goat who broke his leg, is now walking on all 4's.
YEAH! Lots of our Mamma goats are literally waddling, as they near their
time to POP OUT new babies in the next few weeks.
3. Baby Dixon, who is featured on our new prayer card, is chubby and cute
and sitting up on his own. His neck muscles are a bit weak but he's
getting stronger by the day. My secreatry, Linda Ferguson, is in the
process of sending these magnetized prayer cards to all our supporters
from 2011 and 2012.
If you are a new prayer partner, please notify Linda if you do not get
one in the next few weeks. (Reply to the address on this blog).
4. Elephant Village received it's 2nd food handout last Friday. The kids
are all looking healthy and happy, but that wouldn't be the case without
your help. The elephants once again took most of their harvest even
though they tried to defend it with fire. Standing next to a tame
elephant is nerve racking enough (as I've even ridden them), BUT facing a
small hungry herd with nothing but a flamming torch TAKES GUTS! (some
would say insanity). They are very distructive and deadly when hungry.
That's all for this week.
Keep in touch, as I love hearing from you and PLEASE check out our new
website! You'll love the "slide show" on the front page.
Blessings, BBB and Leona
Eric is still wading through our shopping list in South Africa, but will
return to us in mid Sept.
The new website is still being perfected. It will continue to change and grow during the coming days. We think you'll like it. Come pay us a visit.
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