|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“
DATE: DECEMBER 2, 2023
INFANTS KEEP COMING — BABY # 29 JOINED US THIS WEEK
Sadly, the mother of 6‑week-old infant Marcelina passed away from postpartum complications 5 weeks after the little girl’s birth. The elderly Granny (mother of the deceased) tried to care for Marcelina, but at the mandatory check in at our baby weigh-in on Thursday our staff found the bottle unwashed and caked in old formula. By a miracle, the infant didn’t have diarrhea. The elderly Granny just couldn’t handle a bottle-fed infant. With 4 orphaned sisters and brothers from the deceased mother now living with the elderly Granny, Social Services agreed to place the 6‑week-old infant in our care.
The father abandoned the mother and the 4 children shortly before the birth of Marcelina, fleeing this State to avoid problems. Pray for these children, as the elderly Granny and the orphaned 10-year-old girl are the only females in this family who can care for her brothers. The remaining family is all male and very young, as the 2 uncles in the family are just teenagers themselves. What matters is that this beautiful little girl is now safe with us, PTL!
Sweetie # 29, Marcelina, 6‑weeks-old never had clothes until we received her on Thursday
TODDLER HOUSE GETS 20-YEAR-TOILET
Digging a “20-year-toilet” or “long drop” as the South Africans call it, is a big job! The septic hole had to be 3 meters wide, 4 meters long, and 3 meters deep! (10 feet wide, 13 feet long, and 10 feet deep).
Digging the pit for the 20-year-toilets
That is a HUGE DEEP HOLE that took 5 days for 8 men to dig. We were in a hurry, so when 1 team of men got tired, the 2nd team took over, so the work never stopped. Hauling off the dirt took another team of men plus one of our trucks. BUT WE DID IT IN RECORD TIME TO BEAT THE RAINS!
After the hole was dug, the pit was divided in six sections and then the tops were put on each section.
The big pit that makes the foundation of our new bathroom at toddler house
Putting the tops on each of the 6 pits
JESUS HOLDS OFF THE RAINS FOR THE ROOFING WORK TO BEGIN.
On Wednesday, I had no plans to try and put in the 6 concrete “pillars” that would secure the bathroom roof to the ground because a large amount of rain was due the next day. BUT GOD HAD OTHER IDEAS! I awoke in the wee hours of Wednesday night with a definite message from the Lord. He showed me I must put in the concrete pillars the next morning, and HE would hold off the rains. Sure enough HE did, as the rain clouds formed over our heads at 6 a.m., but a strong wind high up in the cloud level moved them away from us at hurricane speed! Everyone saw the fast moving clouds and marveled at what was going on. It was not something we have ever seen before in our area. The day remained dry until 3pm, giving the concrete good drying time. The rains started slowly without the huge thunderstorm that was predicted. PTL for that! The carpenters are now busy with the roofing beams that will start going up on Monday if the rains hold off.
Bathroom as of this week with 6 posts to hold the roof
Our construction work for the next 4 months is mainly determined by those massive rain clouds that dearly love Balama. There are days we receive 2 inches or 50 mm of rain in 12 hours!
MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL FOR HELPING US WITH THIS LIFE-SAVING PROGRAM.
It is estimated that our food and orphan programs over the last 23 years have saved more than 20,000 children. The Lord is smiling because those 20,000 little spirits have a great future thanks to all of you.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF