From: “Brenda Lange”
Subject: Blog, Oct. 4, 2012
Date: October 4, 2012 7:46:29 AM CDT
HOLIDAY IN MOZ. GIVES THE TEAM A BREAK
After 140 TONS of Corn passed through our sacking chutes, all of us were ready to celebrate! WE THANK YOU AGAIN as your love gifts covered the cost of the corn, the processing, AND the transport to get it to the malnourished children later his month.
We still have 120 sacks coming in on Monday to complete our emergency food stash, but that will only take 2 hours to process and put away. Our team will be in Mavala at the Mango Tree church tomorrow, (Friday), distributing food to approximately 400 orphans and widows.
Due to new Immigration rules, Samantha and I will leave at 5 a.m. on a 4 hour drive to Pemba to renew her 30 day visa. Immigration now requires each visitor to take a digital photo at their office in order to renew for another 30 days. For those of you who aren’t aware of foreign laws, most African countries allow a person to visit up to 90 days on one visa stamp. Mozambique is a bit different in that they allow a person to stay up to 90 days, BUT their Passport must be re-stamped at an Immigration office in the nearest state capital at the end of each 30 day period. We will be back in Balama on Saturday and plan a trip out to Namara church on Sunday.
A TOUCH OF RESPECT AND KINDNESS
At the emergency room of our Balama hospital this week, I was observing the Doctor as he cleaned and applied a new bandage to Veronica’s “almost healed” burns on her left foot. Suddenly a forceful knocking on the ER door startled all of us. (this is unusual as few people knock on doors in this culture) A man quickly entered and whispered something to one of the male nurses. A woman walked through the door with a baby wrapped in a “caplana” (a colorful piece of cotton cloth used as a wrap-around skirt for the woman). The 3 adults quickly walked to one of the observation beds so the nurse could check the little one. The male nurse came over and whispered to the Dr. that the baby had no vital signs. The Dr. ordered him to check again, as he put the final wrap on Veronica’s foot. As we left the ER 2 minutes later, I looked into the observation room. Tears came to my eyes as I watched the male nurse gently wrap up the baby in the caplana and help the mother strap the deceased baby to her back. They desired to leave with no one realizing the baby was dead. In this culture, most mothers began to wail when a family member dies. This woman was calm and silent as she tied her precious little one to her back for the last time. They would carry the baby to their village for burial. With tears running down his cheeks, the man walked out the door behind her, never uttering a word. The kindness and respect shown to this family by the entire staff was truly a precious site.
It is sad to say that this type of scenario is far too common in our area. These people most likely came from a village some distance away, hoping to obtain lifesaving medicine for their critically ill baby. Many make it to the hospital in time, but for some babies, the distance is just too great. By the time I could get Veronica out the door and into my pick-up, the couple had disappeared into the crowd of people waiting for medical attention. I prayed for that couple, and know that somehow, God will touch that precious family with His peace and love.
Thank you for your prayers for all of us!
Blessings in Christ,
Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama staff