From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: Blog, Sept. 21, 2013
FLEXIBILITY: WITHOUT IT, NO MISSIONARY CAN SURVIVE FOR LONG
The week flew by as we jumped from one job to another, as priorities changed rapidly.
1. Manuel and his 2 man team filled the 7 ton truck and left on Monday for 2 full days of food distributions in Meluco county where we have 515 orphans in our program. The 64 Revia orphans and the 112 Elephant Village orphans live on the edge of the great Game Reserve, and no matter how hard they try to defend their fields, the elephants and baboons play havoc with their crops. They receive enough harvest to last a few months, but by September, they are hungry. As Manuel drove slowly with the heavily loaded truck on the rock based road that leads to our warehouse in Meluco town, 1 of the new tires exploded. I PTL that he was only going 10 miles an hour at the time, or it could have caused him to lose control. A rock had wedged itself in the tread causing the blow out. The tires were still like new, but a sharp piece of granite can do heavy damage. (we carry 2 spares, so they were still good to go). The distributions went without incident, and YOUR LOVE GIFTS provided these 176 kids with new clothes as well as food for the next 2 months. They returned on Thursday without further problems.
2. RAISING TEENAGERS is not an easy task. Here in Balama, if you break the rules, you get to dig “Mama Brenda” a new trash hole (6ft.X3 ft.X 6 ft. deep) (2 m.X1m.X2m. deep) You’d be surprised how 3 days of digging during a boy’s “free time” (when not in school), can change a rebellious mind. Just the thought of having to do it a 2nd time keeps most of our wonderful teenage boys from future infractions. This week one of the boys missed a mandatory program and lied when we confronted him with it. So he was digging away when he heard a noise in the next hole over. Seems our trash holes have become perfect snake pits!
The holes are right next to a stand of heavy woods, home to our local wildlife (mongooses, ferrets, rats, and snakes). The ADDER (Africa’s version of the rattlesnake) goes after a rat, as I’ve seen these lazy killers be quite active just after dusk. The rat runs up on the loose dirt mound next to the newly dug trash hole. The snake follows, but once on top, his heavy body can’t get traction in the freshly dug dirt to stop his slide, and PLOP, he ends up in the bottom of the 6ft deep pit and can’t get out. This has happened twice this month, and we are happy to be rid of these silent killers (God didn’t give them a rattler). The ADDER is a lazy snake, and loves to sit in the sun next to a walk path, and wait for its prey to walk by. If that happens to be a person, so be it, as these nasty guys have a talent, the USA rattler doesn’t. THEY CAN STRIKE BEHIND THEM and they give NO WARNING. Needless to say, it gives the boys added incentive to DIG FAST, knowing those guys are roaming the woods behind them. (not to worry, as the boys make so much noise digging, every snake in the area avoids that area in daytime)
3. BABY REPORT: Great to be able to say this week that ALL BABIES in our Formula Program are doing well. The mother of the twins, whom I rushed to the hospital last week, WALKED IN this week to weigh her lively twins. The mother was brought in by bicycle from Rovuma village, 5km (3 miles) out and was walking slow, but steady after her transfusion last week for her life threatening anemia. BABY SARA from an area we call “Coconut Village” (100’s of coconut trees grow there), is also doing great, and gaining weight.
4. CONSTRUCTION: Our 3rd children’s complex is over 70% finished. The children’s home is almost finished and the men are 75% done with the foster mother’s house. Then the slower finishing work begins. We hope to have the children in this new home by November.
Construction in progress for children’s complex #3.
5. A person “in the know” about what inspectors are looking for, just happened to drop by today to check on the improvements we made since our last inspection in late July. SURPRISED and IMPRESSED were both words he used to describe what he saw. He has a few minor recommendations, but stated it looked like we were ready for the major inspection. The inspectors were supposed to arrive this next week, but once again have delayed until October. No problem, as it gives me the time needed to TWEEK the few things he told us about. (The objective for his visit today.) Our staff is most grateful to those who truly care about the kids, and who will “walk the extra mile” with us to make sure our orphans have secure futures.
6.AMBULANCE WORK If all this wasn’t enough, our drivers have been kept busy hauling the sick to the Balama and Montepuez hospitals, as the Balama ambulance broke down this week. Capena, our office manager, spent 5 hours Thursday night dealing with a call that took him 30 km (15 miles) into the bush to fetch a woman with a breach birth. The baby was lost, but the mother was saved after Capena drove them late that night to Montepuez’ Regional Hospital which is the closest place for an emergency Caesarean Section. On Friday, our Driver Manuel was kept busy doing 2 runs into the bush for the badly sick and an OB in trouble. He then took another OB in distress to Montepuez for an emergency C‑section. Both of these men are excellent drivers and we PTL for the time they give to help save lives.
Now it is Saturday afternoon, and time to take a deep breath and RELAX. Tomorrow is another day waiting to surprise us. Never a dull moment with Jesus leading the way.
Blessings to all of you for blessing us with your love and prayers. Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama staff