|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: JULY 8, 2023
BABY #25 NEEDS PRAYER COVERAGE
Three-week-old baby girl Jumaida was born on June 20, 2023 to a mentally deficient mother who frequents her local witch doctor. The Grandmother rescued the abandoned infant, taking her to Social Services at our Balama Hospital on June 29th.
Granny walking into our mission station on June 29th with 9‑day-old Jumaida
Granny had tried for a week to care for the infant, but she turned to us for help on Thursday, July 6, when she confessed that she had neglected the infant by forgetting to feed her. Talking to the Granny revealed that she has the beginnings of old age forgetfulness and confusion. Social Services agreed that the infant should live with us as Jumaida lost 300 gms in the few days the Grandmother had the child in her care. Born at 2.8kg/6.1 lbs., Jumaida weighed in on the 6th at only 2.5kg/5.5 lbs. It was evident she was dehydrated and had many sores on her head. The local hospital gave her the all clear for malaria, prescribing an antibiotic for her head, and frequent formula feedings for her dehydration.
3‑week-old Jumaida all bundled up against the cold, windy July weather
Jumaida will remain in isolation at Home #7 until she is a bit stronger, as we do not know what illnesses she has been exposed to. It is likely her immune system is very weak also, as we don’t know if she was allowed to suckle the mother once born. We broke the witchcraft influence off her, but she is far from being healthy at this time.
PLEASE PRAY FOR HER HEAD TO HEAL QUICKLY, AS WE ARE LIMITED ON WHAT MEDS CAN HELP AN INFANT OF THIS FRAGILE SIZE. I’ll keep you posted on her progress.
ELISA, GRANDMOTHER TO EVA, IS MAKING SLOW PROGRESS
When Elisa went into the hospital, her stroke advanced until she was unable to speak, eat, or move her left arm and leg. In the last 2 weeks, Elisa has regained her speech and ability to eat and drink, PTL! She has been supported by IV fluids this entire time, as she is still not taking in enough fluids to sustain her body.
Granny Elisa is now able to eat and talk after having a major stroke that paralyzed her left arm and leg
As the photo shows, Elisa can tolerate sitting, but only if our Hospital Helper, Mariamo, supports her while she eats. Eva finally calmed down once her Granny regained her speech and could tell her to relax. Eva visits Elisa each day, in hopes that she can soon return home. We have not tried to explain the future for Eva yet, as many changes will happen once Elisa is released into her family’s care.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR ELISA AND EVA.
CORN COMPLETED AND RICE ON THE HORIZON!
Capena and team weighing the corn this week
Pastor Gito, who is about 5 foot 9 inches tall, is shown celebrating our completing the corn storage
The 1,400 sacks of corn are now safely in our barn. This year there is a corn shortage, but RICE is available in abundance, PTL! We will fill our barn next week with over 1,800 sacks of RICE that comes straight from the farmer’s fields IN THE HULL. God gave the rice plant that firm hull to protect it from bugs, and it stores very well as long as it is super dry. All our workers had small amounts of nutritious, sun-dried rice that they are selling to us, as well as the 14 RICE ASSOCIATIONS who grow tons of rice just 10 miles from our base. Last year there was a huge RICE crop failure, so we are very grateful that this year our kids will be blessed by a great rice harvest. Our barn will hold 102 TONS of rice, so pray for us this coming week as we spend 4 days receiving, sewing the sacks, and stacking them into the back half of our corn barn.
IT’S A WAY FOR US TO SURPRISE THE ORPHANS, AS RICE IS USUALLY ONLY A HOLIDAY TREAT TO THE VILLAGE PEOPLE IN BALAMA.
BLESSINGS FROM ALL OF US!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF