RAINY SEASON COMPLICATES CONSTRUCTION, BUT GREAT FOR CROPS
This week has us all “walking like ducks” as we wear our rubber boots to wade through muddy water puddles. Rainy Season “normal” for end of January and all of Feb. weather. We receive anywhere from 0.5 to 1 inch (12 to 25 mm) of rain per day. With our dirt roads, that means not even the mighty Toyota 4X4 Land Cruiser we have can venture out for several hours after a rain. The Land Cruiser is the work horse for our project, as it can carry up to 750Kg or (1,650 lbs.) for short distances. We are fortunate on our 40 acres (16 hectares) of land, that our roads are well packed with good ditches, and contain lots of sand, making our roads durable if we just let them dry a bit after each rain. Many years ago, a South African Road Engineer gave me the “key” to keeping a dirt road functional in the rainy season. His secret: A dirt road is only as good as it’s ditches. Keep the water controlled in the ditches, and your road will not wash away in heavy rains. IT WORKS, and we maintain our ditches constantly during the rainy months.
SMALL PROJECTS KEEP OUR TEAMS BUSY
11 Dorm Boys in Front of New Bedrooms
Our 11 teenagers are back, and the “newly completed” 2 bedroom extension our bricklayers built for them during their 8 week school holiday, is now open. But that means we need more bathing areas and toilets, as our 2 new bedrooms can hold an additional 8 boys. (16 boys total in dorm)
2 Bunk Beds Sleep 4 Students per Room
With rainy season in full down pour, we do things in reverse, as it is not safe to dig a 16 foot (4 meter) deep hole in the ground for the toilets.
FIRST, you build the roof, so the ground will stay dry, THEN YOU DIGthe hole.
So this morning, our carpenters are busy extending the old roof over the bathroom area, while our brick layers are busy making bricks for Orphan House #7.
Carpenters Extending Old Bathrooms Roof, Making Way for the New Facility
The roads are way too wet to continue House #7 until March, as our trucks cannot haul building materials to that area until it dries up a bit.
BUSH BUNNY TIDBITS:
Baby Angelina Eating Well and Getting Stronger After Her Hospital Time
Both Babies Angelina and Nelita are healthy, but in isolation from the other small children in our homes, to give their immune systems a chance to rebuild as they regain their strength and weight.
Baby Nelita Getting Outdoor Time While Bigger Kids at Bawana Games
Zito Ready for School to Begin
After consults with 4 Dr.’s in Moz., and an expert on Pseudomonas in
RSA, the final consensus is that further surgery/IV antibiotics will not resolve his infection. WHY? It has entered his Bone Marrow, where even IV drugs cannot reach it. That is why we can control it, but not stop it. It is now labeled “chronic”, as his body has become accustom to it. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD
Have we given up on Zito’s healing? NO WAY!!!
We will continue our daily prayer, COMMANDING THE INFECTION TO DIE IN JESUS’ NAME, as well as symptomatic care to control his infection as best we can with what we have on hand. GOD IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN. I have personally seen Him raise the dead twice, and do many healing miracles. Zito’s faith as well as ours is flowingSTRONG.
PLEASE BE IN AGREEMENT WITH US IN COMMANDING THIS INFECTION TO DIE AND LEAVE HIS BODY.
ZITO IS HAPPY THAT NO FURTHER SURGERY IS NEEDED, (after 3 surgeries last year), and is NOT depressed by the words of the Doctors. He is stronger physically than he has ever been thanks to a high protein diet, vitamins, and constant care. His “chronic infection” doesn’t cause him to feel bad, nor does he have fever or pain. Like most kids, he is living in the NOW, and looking forward to beginning 7th grade next week. He will live well with us, and continue his schooling like all the other children in our care.
Thank very much for your past and future prayers for Zito.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
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