|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“
DATE: MAY 6, 2023
BABY REGINALDA IN HOSPITAL
Baby Reggie, as we call her, has resistant malaria, meaning the oral treatment didn’t stop it, so she needed IV medication treatments for 5 days. This is her 3rd day of treatment, and she is showing progress, but still needs prayer, as her immune system is weak. Her Hemoglobin was only 9.2 upon admission when it should have been between 10 and 12. A Hemoglobin of 8 is considered critical, needing a transfusion to prevent further complications.
Reggie is now 2 years old but weighs only 7kg/15.4 lbs. She was born with tuberculosis of the bone. This is a rare disease that was passed to her during gestation by her mother who had respiratory TB. Her mother passed away shortly after Reggie was born. Reggie completed the 14-month TB treatment and is free of TB in her bones. No one knows why, but her body hasn’t shown much growth since then. Please pray for her bones to harden, and that she will begin to grow. She is unable to crawl but can sit up on her own. She is a sweet little girl and a fighter, no doubt about that. The Lord’s healing hand is her only hope, as she needs a JESUS MIRACLE!
2 year old Reggie sitting with Foster Mother Angelina last week just before Reggie’s Malaria started
CHILDREN HELPING OUR CHILDREN
The COLD weather has moved in early this year with nights around (55F/16C). Our weather went straight from hot and rainy to cold and dry. It is very unusual to see these cold temperatures until late May or June! The people of Balama are used to temperatures being HOT in the daytime, and comfortable at night. NOT SO LAST WEEK, as it has been windy and cold for all of us. It’s time for warmer clothing!
Two classes in an Ohio Christian School contacted us in March wanting to raise funds for sweatshirts for our children. The children were learning about handling money and studying missions, so their teacher thought this idea would help them apply what they are learning. Their fundraiser raised $400 which assisted all our younger children under 12. Our teenagers needed adult sizes and were blessed by another donor.
1 of 2 classes of Ohio children who helped fundraise for sweatshirts for our children
2nd Ohio class of fundraisers
I TRULY LOVE SEEING CHILDREN HELPING OTHER CHILDREN, as it teaches them the valuable gift of “giving” in Jesus name! OUR HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHERS WHO SHARED THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS WITH OUR CHILDREN.
3 of our 1st and 2nd graders wearing their new sweatshirts in early morning cold
Susanna (left) and 3 month old Orlencia held by Head Foster Mother Gilda as they try on new sweat shirts
ANOTHER FAMILY OF ORPHANS RESCUED THIS WEEK!
Tuesday, May 2nd, found us again giving a helping hand to a Granny with 4 orphaned children. The mother died late last year from post-malaria anemia. Malaria kills red blood cells, and causes severe, life-threatening anemia if not treated with a blood transfusion and a high protein diet. The children’s father cared for them with Granny’s help, but then he passed away last week (cause unknown), leaving only Granny to look after them.
She was overwhelmed with grief and had lost hope until someone told her to come to us.
4 Orphans with Granny on Tuesday this week as they came to ask for help
She left with a big smile knowing her grandchildren would have food at our weekly give out and warm blankets to sleep under.
Happy doesn’t come close to expressing their joy at getting new clothes and household items when they only asked for food.
THANKS TO YOUR LOVE GIFTS, WE WERE ABLE TO OUTFIT THEM WITH EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF