From: “Brenda Lange”
Subject: Blog, August 10, 2012
Date: August 10, 2012 8:40:52 AM CDT
I PASSED THE WRITTEN DRIVER’S TEST IN PORTUGUESE!!!!
Got the word late yesterday afternoon that I’ll soon be called to do the driving test.
Thanks for your prayers on my behalf.
BURN VICTIM FROM LAST SUNDAY GIVEN EMERGENCY TRANSFER TO MAJOR HOSPITAL TODAY
As I was writing this, Leona Phillips and her interpreter, Rafique, came in from our Balama hospital where they have been praying for the sick.
They found little 6 year old DOLLAR, abandoned for the 2nd time this week. (Tuesday he was left by his father the whole day without food and was given a meal and a place to sleep by Dominica, our woman’s pastor.) The father returned late that evening, and was counselled the next day by our staff to not do that again.
Today, when Dollar’s mother turned critical, he was once again left behind by his father.
Rafique brought him to us, and we placed him in our “little boys’ dorm” at Assaias house. He seemed right at home and was thrilled to get another set of clothes and a REAL BED to sleep in. I don’t think he’s ever slept in a bed before, much less had new clothes to wear.
On top of it all, he’s got a harsh cough and an upper respiratory infection, which we immediately treated him for.
Pray for his mother to heal quickly, because these 2 little boys need their Mom’s love for sure.
GOD GAVE US A MOZAMBICAN CHRISTIAN FOR A TRUCK DRIVER TODAY
I am super excited, as I asked the Lord specifically for a Christian truck driver who would be long term. Yesterday, both my Office manager, Capena, and my truck driver, Manuel heard that a good truck driver, who lives in Balama, was looking for a job.
His story is confirmed by my staff that he left his job because the truck owner wouldn’t pay him after 60 days of driving. This is very common in Mozambique. I know construction crews who have waited 3–4 months before being paid.
Janito Venacio, 28, showed us his commercial driver’s license and started driving today. (Hard to get this license, and costs over $600 here in Moz.)
Driving our 6 ton truck with Manuel sitting beside him, he delivered a load of construction supplies and picked up a load of firewood in the bush.
He needs some practice with the tractor, but it looks very probable that he will become a permanent member of our “family” here in Balama.
He is very grateful for a job with us because he knows we always pay on time. He has a 2 week old baby as well as a 3 and 5 year old at home with his wife.
He’s a member of the Assembly of God church, and he found Jesus only 9 months ago. He didn’t have a Bible, so he left today with a day’s wages as well as a Bible and a hand full of teaching tracts.
ROOFS GOING UP ON FIRST 2 ORPHAN HOUSES!
The roofers will complete the 36 foot (11 meter) long roof on the girl’s dorm tomorrow.
The foster parent’s roof will be completed by next Friday.
All is coming along really fast, as we only started these 2 houses last week of June!
Lots of finishing work to do, but with a 19 man brick layer crew, it should go quickly.
The “20 year” latrine pit was also dug and bricked in this week.
God is really helping us to accelerate this project and the children are excited about their new house that should be finished in early September.
BIG BAD BULLY BILLY GOAT has been sold.
Calsa, the baby whose leg he broke, is mending very nicely. I removed the splint today and the fracture is already stable.
He’s already comfortable with his foot resting on the ground when he is standing still and it’s only been a week.
All “kids” heal quickly (both the 2 legged and the 4 legged kind).
Bush Bunny Brenda and Leona Phillips
Linda flew home yesterday and should be in North Carolina by now.