FROM: BRENDA LANGE, “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 2013
PRECIOUS BABY JORGINA MAKING RECOVERY FROM RESPIRITORY INFECTION, NO TB, PRAISE THE LORD…
BABY JORGINA IN HOSPITAL
When Jorgina was given to us last week, she had a nasty cough, and was given antibiotics by our Balama Doctor. On Thursday, this week, I went to do a house visit and Fatima, her foster mother, who told me that Jorgina had a restless night. Off we went to the hospital emergency room, as it was only 6a.m. (sun is up at 4:30a.m. so Africa is on the move). The male nurse in the Emergency Room turned Jorgina onto her tummy to listen to her chest, and she immediately went into a distressed breathing pattern. He told us that she would be admitted, and began looking for a vein in her tiny little arm. With IV antibiotics she is doing well, and is supposed to be released on Monday if all goes as planned. It didn’t slow her appetite any, as our little “milk guzzler” is making up for lost time by drinking 2 cans of formula a week.
TUBERCULOSIS SCARE WITH JORGINA
Jorgina was tested for TB, as her mother died of this horrible disease. This fact was unknown to us or to Social Services, until the Doctor looked at the baby’s birth card, recognizing the mother’s name. These are the types of “challenges” we risk when working with orphans in a country where TB is still a killer. BUT PRAISE THE LORD! The test was NEGATIVE for TB. Seems she just has a nasty respiratory infection coupled by a weak immune system due to her severe state of malnutrition. PHEW! A positive test would have meant that my entire staff and the foster family had been exposed.
MELISSA OLMESDAHL to return to South Africa to assist with Youth Ministry. Melissa will say goodbye to us this coming week, when she returns to work with young people in South Africa. We want to say THANKS, MELISSA! You have done a great job in helping with our Youth Ministry, and training up leaders who can carry on the work. We wish you well in God’s next assignment for your life.
Thanks, too, for your ministry with the kids in the villages and in Balama. The kids are going to miss you, as will we.
Melissa jumping for joy with the little girls.
OUR 2 BIG RIGS MOVING TONS OF FOOD JUST AHEAD OF THE RAINY SEASON
On Tuesday, we moved 13 TONS of corn and beans to Kwe Kwe area’s 9 villages, home to 450 orphans cared for by 120 widows. This was their final food give out as the Rainy Season is upon us. It rained hard enough on Monday night to settle the dust, which we were all thankful for. Thursday, we distributed to our 300+ orphans and widows in Balama. Friday, found our 2 big rigs moving 8.5 TONS for corn and beans to the MANGO TREE CHURCH for distribution to 256 orphans cared for by 158 widows in 7 villages. The children were thrilled to receive the cloths packets that Program Director Nilza had made for them. These children will receive their final food drop on Nov. 18th.
IF YOU HAVE 2 COATS, GIVE ONE AWAY
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF WE HAVE “2 COATS”, WE SHOULD SHARE WITH SOMEONE IN NEED. YOU SHARED YOUR “COAT” THROUGH YOUR LOVE GIFTS TO THESE ORPHANS. PUT YOUR LOVE GIFT TOGETHER WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS, AND YOU LIGHT UP THE EYES OF A CHILD. A BIBLE STORY CONTAINING A LIFE LESSON ON HOW TO WALK CLOSER TO JESUS IS PRESENTED BEFORE EACH FOOD DISTRIBUTION. JESUS’ LOVE BRINGS HOPE TO THESE CHILDREN. YOU CARED TO SHARE AND OUR KIDS LOVE YOU FOR IT!
BLESSINGS, Bush Bunny Brenda Eric Dry Melissa Olmesdahl