|RAINY SEASON REALITY IN REMOTE AFRICA |
Going the extra mile leaps to a new level when trying to deliver supplies to our isolated Meluco orphans. Driver Manel and Monsur, his helper, left our base after an all night rain at 5 a.m. Friday morning. Balama was wet, but Meluco reported a dry night.Since 2 bridges are out on the main road to Meluco, we had no choice but to go via the “back road” through the game reserve, which Meluco Hospital vehicles had successfully used on Thursday.
At the Revia Low Water Crossing, just 40 km (24 miles) from our Meluco Mission Station, Manel encounter a raging torrent of water crossing the road. With a rocky bottom, this “low water crossing” is passable in the rainy season, EXCEPT when it is 4 ft. (1.2 meters) deep in swift running water laced with large boulders in the crossing area! Our Land Cruisers have “snorkels” on the air filters, so they can easily go through this level of slow moving water, but not fast moving water laced with huge rocks.
Manel called the Meluco orphanage manager, and said if you want your supplies, meet us on your motorbike at the other crossing on the main road. This is a 70 km (42 mile) trip through an isolated area with 2 bad bridges that connects to the main road. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? You turn around and drive the extra miles to the only other passable spot 5 hours drive away. This 100 yard/meter wide River “walk way” crossing made it possible for Sylvai, the Meluco Manager, to receive the small supplies essential for the babies, but not the 6 bags of corn and rice they were transporting.
THIS IS WHAT JESUS MEANT WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP A FRIEND. Manel did not ask me if he should do this. As a mature Pastor, he did WHAT JESUS WOULD DO! Make an alternative plan and make it happen. He returned to Balama by 7 p.m. that night after handing over the small supplies at the river. A hard 14 hours of driving, but a day that ended in success. (Sorry, no photos available of the flooded rivers.)
YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO US, FOR WE NEVER KNOW WHAT SITUATION WE WILL FACE IN OUR WORK TO RESCUE ORPHANS.
KIDS PLAY TOGETHER, TAKE THEIR PILLS TOGETHER
Friday, Jan. 31st was the end of a district-wide deworming programs for all of Mozambique’s children. Since our family of orphans is over 100 strong, the health department brings the program to us. The fast and efficient staff measured the children for weight before administering their deworming tablet.
Our family lined up from smallest to oldest for easy weighing before receiving their deworming medication.
Receiving their tablets 1 by 1. Unfazed by this simple act, the children swallowed their tablet and were off to play with their buddies. After all, the whole gang was there, so what better time for a massive soccer game!
RAINY SEASON BRICK MAKING KEEPS OUR CONSTRUCTION TEAM BUSY With construction halted on Orphan House #7 because our dirt roads are now mud pits, our construction team turns to daily brick making. After all, about 10,000 bricks are needed to make 1 Orphan Complex, so we use our time wisely to keep the program moving.
Brick making site in Balama. Some have asked how we make the bricks, so below is the link to a short video I made as they worked. https://youtu.be/lVuRZ12gAkc
This 12-man-team makes 256 CINDER BLOCKS in 3 hours. Each brick weighs 31 lbs (14 kg), so it is not an easy task carrying all that weight and getting it set just right so that the wet cement/sand mixture comes out of the mold in 1 piece. The bricks can be moved after 24 hours, and placed on level ground in an open area where they will be watered for 3 days to help them harden. Then they are stacked for final curing over the next 15 days.
“IT TAKES A VILLAGE” TO SUPPORT AN ORPHAN COMPLEX, AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE MANY FACETS TO THIS “VILLAGE”. THANKS FOR MAKING THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE THROUGH YOUR PRAYERS AND LOVE GIFTS. BLESSINGS,BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGEAND THE BALAMA STAFF Please don’t forget to check out and share our OU Video.https://youtu.be/M0XCggD68d8