FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: JUNE 21, 2014
MEET KATIE POLCYN, NEW STAFF MEMBER FROM SEGUIN, TEXAS. KATIE LOVES THE KIDS, (THE FOUR LEGGED KIND AND THE TWO LEGGED KIND.)
MEET HANNAH GILMAN, THE NEWEST SUMMER STAFF MEMBER. AS YOU CCAN SEE, HANNAH IS ALREADY AT HOME WITH THE CHILDREN, WHO LOVE HER VERY MUCH. SHE SAYS THE FEELING IS MUTUAL.
Hannah is seen here with Petrito, Dominica, Ortencia, and one other child.
“ORERA” SPOTTED WITH 2 BOYS IN TOW
Last Sunday afternoon, I got word that someone had seen “Orera”, the mentally comprised mother who forced the release of her 2 sons, Lindo and Caneto, from the SOS HOME in Pemba. She is “on the move” which is her normal habit, with 1 boy in her arms and the other firmly held by the wrist. Her family has not seen her, and she is pretty well keeping in hiding, somewhere in this area. Please continue to pray for these 2 little boys, as this situation is very traumatic for them, and they are suffering from malnutrition and anemia. Our entire staff continues to search for her, but since she no longer comes near our area, and doesn’t stay in one place more than a few minutes, we are struggling to track her down.
BABY WEEK AS 2 NEW LITTLE ONES ENTER THE FORMULA PROGRAM
On Monday, Hannah, Katie, and I were visiting our goat herd when a mother, with a crying infant boy, showed up at our goat pens with serious abscesses on her breasts. This made it impossible for her very hungry infant to nurse. Her husband was with her, so the 3 of them entered into my King Cab, and we took them straight to my house to organize formula and a bottle for the baby. With a full tummy, the little boy settled down, and is doing well. The mother was given funds to go to the hospital the next day for medication.
On Thursday afternoon, an elderly man and his wife walked to our house from the Balama hospital with a 22 day old, slightly malnourished baby girl.
Little Saifa’s mother is in critical condition in the Balama hospital with an abdominal infection, and her breast milk is drying up. The hospital told the grandparent’s to take the baby home, but to first ask us for formula and a bottle. The mother’s prognosis is NOT good, and she needs a miracle healing.
ERIC DRY FLIES OUT THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 26TH
Eric is still going to help us from South Africa, but has decided to semi-retire, to be with this family. Eric has put in 2 part time years and 10 FULL TIME years as our Associate Director in Balama. Being a Master Diesel Mechanic and Welder, as well as our all-around “fix it man”, he has been a valuable member of our staff and WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!
A BIG “THANK YOU,” TO ERIC FOR BUILDING OUR NEW SEE SAWS FOR THE KIDS.THIS PARTING GIFT HAS EVERYONE ALL SMILES.
He’s still “on call” but for some reason he asked that I not call him before 7a.m. if I need to ask him questions. My day starts at 4a.m., and in the past, I’ve awakened his whole household when I forget to check my watch before I called with a mechanical problem when he’s on holiday. After all, the SUN IS UP, so why would anyone still be in bed? Tee Hee! Eric is planning our next supply run for Aug. 5th, when we will drive our supplies into Southern Moz. to meet an MAF plane that will fly those supplies to within 30 miles of us. Due to minor conflicts going on in the middle of Mozambique, it is still not safe to drive through this area, and the only way to get anything into the north is by sea or air. We are very grateful to Eric for doing this great service to help us get essential items that cannot be bought in our area.
Blessings in Christ, Brenda “Bush Bunny” Lange Eric Dry Katie Polcyn Hanna Gilman