BABY ANGELINA IN HOSPITAL WITH RESPIRATORY INFECTION
With 9 babies in our care, and more than1 baby per house, it is a real challenge during the hot and humid rainy season to keep them from getting an Upper Respiratory Infection. Baby Angelina is only 3.5 months old, and the youngest in our care as of today.
At about 1 a.m. Thursday morning (January 16), Baby Angelina awoke with a coughing spasms due to thick phlegm in her throat. She was unable to take fluids due to her mouth breathing and rapid respiration rate. It was obvious she was suffering a rapid onset Upper Respiratory Infection which required IV antibiotics immediately.
Baby Angelina with Foster Mother Balbina awaiting treatment at hospital.
Our team rushed her to the Balama hospital where she was given Emergency Care, and then admitted to Pediatrics. Angelina is much better, but still in hospital as I write. She might be released on Monday.
Born on October 4, 2019, Angelina weighed only 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs). Steadily gaining weight since joining our family after her mother’s death on Oct. 24th, Angelina now weighs 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.).
Your prayers are greatly appreciated for her rapid recovery.
FYI: NOTE ON BABY NELITA: After a week of eating a high protein diet, Nelita is off all antibiotics, but still receiving infant vitamins and iron supplements for her anemia. We are very happy at her progress. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers.
Baby Nelita gaining strength and enjoying her new toy.
HOUSE #6 FAMILY LOVING THEIR NEW HOME
All 6 school age children are pictured (below) today along with Foster Mother Maria. Ivodia is the oldest at 17, (far right in photo, blue blouse), and is a great help to the mothers during meal preparation time. Ivodia was once the “mother” and sole caretaker of her 3 siblings as there was no adult in her home after her mother died. We call that a “Child Headed Household”. She will enter 11th grade in February, and we are hopeful that Ivodia will go on to a professional school after graduation from 12th grade.
Foster Mother Maria with six new residents orphan house #6.
FOUNDATION FOR ORPHAN HOUSE #7 NOW COMPLETED
I’m very proud of our 12 man brick laying team who trudged through heavy mud and braved unexpected rain storms to make this foundation happen. Our truck drivers assisted by patiently hauling in over 6 tons of rock with our 1‑ton pick-ups so that the foundation could be poured. Due to soft ground, the drivers could only put ½ ton in each truck load.
With the rainy season, the ground is way too soft for our tractor or 6‑ton truck to be of any use (it would sink in the mud). So, slowly but surely, we are moving forward with house #7. For the next 3 weeks the foundation will “CURE” (harden), while our team is busy making bricks for the kitchen/eating area of this house.
Muddy ground is no problem for this massive group in a 4 way tug-of-war.
After tug-of-war time to sit down for a great Bible story lesson taught by BBC Youth Pastors
BUSH BIKERS FOR CHRIST (motorbikes and bicycle teams) are doing their best on the “non-rainy days” to continue our Balama Games and Bible Teaching programs. When they are able to go out, the teams record up to 1,000 children per meeting. GOD IS SURELY MOVING IN THE BALAMA AREA.
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL AS YOU MARCH INTO 2020!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFFPlease don’t forget to check out and share our OU Video.https://youtu.be/M0XCggD68d8