LICENSING CEREMONY FOR OUR ORPHAN PROGRAM SET FOR SEPT. 28TH
Been a busy week as we will be hosting a “goat and rice” feast for 90 people at our Children’s Center this coming Monday.
Having a “ceremony” with many government officials (state and local), means hauling every table and chair we have on site (including those the in the children’s homes) to the “all-purpose room” at the “Center”.
On Monday we will “fetch the 2 goats” (guests of honor), and prepare them for the 2pm luncheon.
The FRAMED LICENSE will be presented to us that morning, and then the delegation would like to visit some of the orphan’s homes in other villages while awaiting the feast.
So Monday will be a day of many challenges. Please keep us covered in prayer.
SANDRA, SIX MONTH OLD ORPHAN, NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY
Sandra has been in the Baby Formula Program for several months,..
and each time she was brought to our center for her “weigh in”, she was with a different family member. Her Aunt told us a few weeks ago that the baby stayed with the grandmother, who was too old to make the 9 km (5.5 mile) walk to fetch the milk. That is why a different person brought her each week to receive her formula.
Last Thursday, I was appalled to find Sandra so anemic that she had NO COLOR in her eye lids and her skin was pale. The grandmother herself had carried her to us, but it was easy to see she just barely made the long walk.
We immediately took baby and grandmother to the hospital. Sandra was admitted for an emergency transfusion, for without it, she was not long for this world. She steadily improved after 8 days in the hospital, and the grandmother greatly benefitted from a balanced diet.
Upon Sandra’s release, the grandmother refused to take the baby home, stating she could no longer bring the baby to get formula each week.
Social Services had already done a thorough home study on this family, and totally agreed that since orphaned Sandra was rejected by the younger family members in her village, she needed to live with us.
So home she came, and we placed her with loving foster mother, ATIJA, (Ah-T-SHA), who assisted us in successfully raising 4 very malnourished orphaned boys over the last 4 years. Sandra is in good hands, as her health is still considered “fragile” since it will take some time to recover from her anemic state.
Sandra is now permanently in our hands, and needs a sponsor at $30/month.
NEW MISSIONARY TRAINEE FLYING IN NEXT WEEK!
LAYLA SILVA, of TEXAS, will make her “debut” in Moz. this coming Thursday.
Layla, age 20, is giving a year of her life (or maybe more, she says) to come help me out with orphan management and the children’s programs.
This young lady says “God spoke to her about coming to help a full THREE MONTHS before we asked for help”. Her parent’s and church are totally behind her on this, and agreed to sponsor her.
Her arrival has been delayed, as she had to get her passport and visa which took several months. I’ve known Layla for over 5 years, as she “interviewed” with me at age 15, when I visited her church in the Waco, TX area. She’s a “country girl” with a great heart for people, so I look forward to “showing her the ropes”.
This Busy Bunny needs to get back to work, so keep those prayers coming.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
PHOTO POST SCRIPT
BABY BOOM WEEK AS WE RECEIVED 2 SETS OF TWINS AND A SINGLE BIRTH, AA AT ONCE ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK. ANNA, OUR CHILDRENS DIRECTOR I SHOWN HERE TEACHING THESE WOMEN HOW TO MIX FORMULA AND PROPERLY CARE FOR A BABY ON A BOTTLE.
This little guy weighed in at 4kg at four months of age.
HAPPY BABY WITH FULL TUMMY- PRAISE THE LORD!
"Bush Bunny" Brenda Lange
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