|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: FEBRUARY 6, 2021
MEET THE ZEBRA GANG OF HOUSE #6
The Zebra gang hosts 4 babies under 2 years, plus 4 other children under 10 years. It’s a busy house, and the ONLY FOSTER HOUSE with 5 “live in” foster mothers.
Reason: orphaned baby explosion
Note: 2 of the foster mothers are in training for house #7 when it opens.
Four of the mothers each have an infant-in-arms, as well as assisting the Fifth mother with clothes washing cooking, and other needs of this house. The mothers with infants in this home are trained in “fragile infant care”, as all the growing, healthy babies you see now were tiny, fragile, malnourished little ones when they joined our family.
Juditi holding fast growing Salvador with beautiful curly hair.
Cecelia holding Infant Fatima
Vaneza, our miracle mother holding Maizinha.
Look at them now! I am always amazed at how love, prayer, and good nourishment can bring infants back to normal in less than 8 weeks. Before the Lord sent me here, I was an RN in the USA, trained in PICU and NICU. (Pediatric and Neonatal intensive care.)
Zebras, left to right: Helder (age 8), Edwardo (age 8) holding Maizinha (age 10 months), Beba (age 2), Belusha (age 10), and Adelina (age 2)
Many thought I was “wasting” my training and talents by becoming a missionary. GOD NEVER WASTES ANY TALENT OR TRAINING. HE EXPANDS ON IT!
Once here, the Lord showed me a different path in which to use that knowledge WITHOUT all the fancy machines of a hospital. A tough adjustment is an understatement, but learn, I did, through prayer and experience. God showed me new and inventive ways to use my knowledge. If I couldn’t figure out a solution, I asked the Lord, listened, and acted on what Jesus showed me.
“Ask and you shall receive” is how Jesus and I resolve the challenges that face us daily when raising His little ones.
OOPS, I FELL!
One such challenge happened last Wednesday. Eight-year-old Anna, of the Zebra house, fell on her left elbow while playing soccer. The elbow was jammed and locked in a bent position.
A trip to the hospital, and the Balama Dr. had it fixed and casted in under an hour. Anna will be in her “half cast” for up to 3 weeks to let her elbow heal.
Anna, our ‘Oops, I fell down!” girl, with Vaneza on return from hospital.
ALL OF YOU PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN RAISING THESE CHILDREN. Your prayers are greatly needed as we face a stricter lockdown right now with schools and churches closed due to fear of the more contagious CV19 found in RSA. There is no virus in our area, and my prayers are that it stays that way.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF