|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: APRIL 7, 2018
EASTER MORNING BRINGS NEW LIFE TO OUR DOOR
A baby boy born in his mother’s home on Good Friday, lost his mother to complications that same night. Unable to afford milk, formula, or find a nursing mother to suckle the boy by Saturday night, the family took the baby to our nearest church. At 7a.m. Easter Morning, I was handed a cold, very dehydrated baby with an umbilical infection. He had had nothing to drink since his birth 36 hours earlier.
Granny Josephine holding Baby Santos.
Grabbing formula, and a baby bottle, I put in a call to the Balama Doctor. He met us at maternity, as did my nurse friend, Sister Ligia. For 3 hrs the three of us prayed and worked to get fluids into this 2.8 kg (6 lb.) Infant. A IV was not possible due to his severe dehydration, so we got him to sip small amounts of glucose and electrolytes via a syringe. Getting him warm, and hydrated finally produced a vein and Sister Ligia was able to start an IV for antibiotics to stop his umbilical infection. PTL!
By Noon, it appeared our little one had a good chance to live. As we walked out of maternity happy but tired, I asked his family for his name. They didn’t have one so I suggested Santos, A name in Portuguese meaning Holy, for he was born at noon on Good Friday.
The family agreed.
Two days later, Santos and his granny Josephine, came to stay with us for a few weeks. Our Doctor didn’t want Santos too far away until his infection cleared, and he was eating well.
Social Services visited Santos the next day at our orphan home and approved his stay. It was obvious that his care was too complicated for his Granny to handle, so our foster mothers began training her in the basics of bottle feeding a fragile infant.
Now 8 days old, Santos is alert and eating well. Your love gifts are at work, for it “takes a village” to raise an orphan.
Santo’ s 2 uncle’s, Granny, and his 5 siblings
NOTE: Santos has four sisters and one brother ages 2 to 12 living in Rovuma Village. Their father passed away a few months ago, so two uncles and their families have now taken in these 5 children. Two of our staff selflessly came in on Easter Morning to make an emergency food drop so these children would not go hungry.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS make this possible. Your gifts will also provide them an education and a chance at a brighter future. Our Rovuma Pastor has invited them all to church followed by Bawana Games on Sunday.
Granny has never been to a church or heard of Jesus before this week. Tomorrow her eyes will be opened when she sees what Praise and Worship to Jesus is all about. Granny has already heard much about Jesus from our mothers, and it is obvious her stay will provide much more for her than basic baby care.
FYI. Your love gifts are supporting 33 ORPHANED infants in our baby program at this time. An infant under 90 days cannot survive without formula, so we thank all of you for providing life to these innocent ones.
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL?
It’s a bird, not a plane, and it’s bringing our once a year supplies from southern Mozambique!
Ambassador Aviation pilot Kent make a a perfect landing on a dirt airfield.
Thanks to the Christian team at Ambassador Aviation, (name changed from MAF), we were blessed last Monday with a supply drop. It was great to fellowship a few minutes with missionaries from that area who brought their children for an up close look inside the plane. Networking with other Christians on the mission field is a key ingredient in the advancement of God’s kingdom.
It takes a whole team behind the scenes to help us rescue 1000’s of orphans.
Unloading while others standby to carry boxes to our truck
A BIG THANK YOU to Eric Dry, and his daughter Chanelle, who gave up their holiday time to bring the supplies to the plane in Inhambabe, as well as Pilot Kent and Ambassador Aviation for flying them the last leg of the journey.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF