ZITO FACES MAJOR LEG SURGERY AGAIN
On Wednesday, November 27th, the head orthopaedic surgeon in Pemba will perform an exploratory surgery on Zito’s leg as osteomyelitis is a very difficult infection to stop. After speaking to an OR (operating room) nurse very familiar with this problem, she stated that it is not unusual for patients to need more than 1 surgery to eradicate the infection from the bone.
Zito still smiling, even when facing another major surgery.
PLEASE KEEP THIS BRAVE YOUNG MAN IN YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK as he will be admitted to the Pemba Hospital on Monday, the 25th for pre-op analysis with his surgery scheduled for Wednesday.
ORPHANED TEENS JOIN OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
Joao, 17 and his brother Isaquiel (ee-zak-ee-el), 15, were taken in by Granny Euzebia who hosts only 1 teenage grandson. She has plenty of room for 2 more, for these young men are her grandson’s good friends who lived next door to them.
These two very polite and intelligent young men lost their mother and father 2 years ago to illness. They were taken in by their uncle who had come from the Beira area to work at the graphite mine. The Uncle passed away last month, leaving the boys in a rented mud hut with very little food reserves, and NO other family in this Province (state).
Isaquiel, 15, (left) and brother Joao, 17 (right).
Their rented hut was damaged from the rainy season and the walls collapsed after the Uncle’s death, thankfully when the boys were not there! Granny Euzebia let them eat at her house which is next door, and their plight was brought to the attention of Social Services.
We were asked to continue assisting them while they looked for the extended family. We gladly welcomed the boys, knowing there is little chance for them to return to their extended family in Beira, as that area is still struggling to recover from the massive Cyclone (Hurricane) that destroyed the area last March. Many families have moved to other areas, and it will be a miracle if Social Services can locate them. So we await the report on their Beira family, and in the meantime, are trying to put some weight on these 2 very skinny teenagers.
NEWLY DONATED BBC MOTORBIKE READY FOR SERVICE
This new bike replaces our old 2016 bike which is no longer reliable for long distance work. MUCH THANKS TO THE 2 CHURCHES (Pasadena and Rock Island) WHO DONATED GENEROUSLY IN OCTOBER TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. YOUR GIFT IS NOW AT WORK!
Our motorbike mechanic, Simba, is sitting on the bike, as he had just declared it ready for service.
RAINY WEATHER REPORTED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
The BBC Teams will be going out as weather permits starting from next week. Keep their them in your prayers for safe travels.
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