FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: APRIL 18, 2014
A WEEK OF RESCUES
Eric’s evacuation on Tuesday morning was just the first of 2 major hospital runs made that day by me and Manuel, my top driver. While I was rushing Eric to the airstrip at Montepuez, 30 miles (60km) away to catch the MAF flight (Blog, April 16, 2014), Manuel was on a major bush rescue fetching the 16 year old “Head of Household” orphan, who is caring for the 8 orphans living in Nacala Village. (Blog, April 5, 2014). Marcelina was also suffering from Resistant Malaria, and needed hospitalization as she was too weak to walk. This was no easy “fetch” as we had to provide gasoline to one of our Rovuma church members, who fetched her on his motorbike due to NO BRIDGE over the river that separates Nacala from civilization. (They walk bikes over a log from what I understand.) Once on the Rovuma side, she was transferred to our Land Cruiser and whisked away to the Balama hospital. Unknown to us, Marcelina, had married her best friend, Saidi, 5 months ago, but was afraid to tell us for fear we would not help them with food for the 7 orphans in her care. (No idea how that idea got into her head as we are currently helping others in this same situation). Upon admission to the hospital, they told the whole story to the nurse because Marcelina was 4 months pregnant. Malaria treatment during pregnancy can cause deformities and at times be a death sentence for the baby. We assured Marcelina and Saidi that we were very happy for them, and GLAD that she had a man to help care for her 7 brothers and sisters. We provided a foster mother to stay with her (husbands are not allowed in the woman’s ward) as well as food, plates, cups, blankets, etc. for this couple to use during her hospital stay, as the family has to provide EVERYTHING when a member is admitted, INCLUDING all beside nursing care. On Wednesday, they transferred her from the general ward to maternity, as she was showing complications with her pregnancy. On Thursday, we got an early morning call saying she needed blood URGENTLY. She had aborted the baby at dawn and was bleeding. Capena, my office manager, raced down there to organized a donor, but she expired as he arrived. Everyone was SHOCKED as it all happened so quickly and was so unexpected. Janita, in the yellow striped shirt, Marcelina, and the children, only two weeks ago. Now Janita, the 15 year old, will care for these children with the help of her neighbours, Salazar and his wife. This is not an easy task, but at 15, most girls are very mature, married, and expecting a baby. Life expectancy is only 40 years in Moz., so an early start is needed if you plan to live to see your children grow up.
MARCELINA’S FUNERAL IMPACTED THE VILLAGERS OF NACALA
as it is the first Christian burial ever performed there. Most of the village turned out to watch, and to listen to what Christians say when they bury their dead. Most never heard about JESUS, and they now know who He is and why He came to earth. Pastor Joaquim and Evangelist Salazar, gave a powerful gospel message. The seeds have been planted. Salazar and Joaquim will continue to water them. In a short time, we will see what grows out of this. AWANA program was a great success with the children last Saturday, as 83 attended the first lesson. If the adults won’t listen, the children will lead them to the truth.
ZITO’S MOTHER HAS MINOR STROK
Most remember Zito, the little 11 year old boy who suffered a deformed leg after he broke it playing soccer in his village of Namara. Pastor Ramadan called me at dawn asking us to send a truck, as Zito’s Mom was having severe headaches, along with right eye, hand and leg numbness/tingling. Her right hand is unable to grasp anything but she can walk. I actually had to interrupt the writing of the above story, to assist the doctor in evaluating her after they got her to the hospital. After lab tests, a liter of IV fluids, and a prescription to take home, she was released from the emergency room. We will watch her closely and encourage her to exercise her hand which seems the most affected part of her body. PTL this “clot” only had minor consequences.
NEW PLAYGROUND SEES PLENTY OF ACTION
The swings don’t stop from dawn till dusk. Our orphans are skipping breakfast to be the first to get to the playground. Thanks to ICM employees, the playground they donated is now full of happy children! Totally a custom built frame from cement to keep termites from making it their home, this durable playground is the most popular spot in Balama! Kids on the new slide. It’s under our huge mango tree at our mission station, so that the slide never gets hot. I designed it so we could add on, and it looks like we will definitely need more swings very soon. So far no fights over who gets to swing next, but I contribute that to Diamantino’s fine job of supervising the day shift at the children’s center. Eric is regaining his strength, and showed a negative malaria smear yesterday. PTL! Hopefully, he will be released to return sometime next week. Andy Gonzalez, currently of Tennessee, will be joining us Monday night for a 3 week stay. Andy was here 4 years ago, speaks a Spanish/Portuguese mix, and is well loved by all the kids for his Youth Programs. It’s great to have him back. Blessings in Christ, Bush Bunny Brenda Balama staff