FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE:AUGUST 16, 2014
BUNNY AND THE 3 BLAZERS BUSIER THAN 4 BEAVERS IN A SPRING FLOOD!
Our internet is down completely, so appreciate that we had to drive 60km (30 miles) in order to send this today. Wasn’t a huge sacrifice since an ICE CREAM PARLOUR now opened in Montepuez, so we all decided to “sacrifice” and have lunch at this wonderful little outdoor café where we can all use internet. After all, can’t let my friends down by not sending “THE BLOG”. Tee Hee!
Balama women “piller” (dehull) dried rice in huge home-made pedestals for the 119 orphan children living at the Balama Mission Station.
Carpenters using hand tools to construct the two doors and three windows needed for the 11 child orphan home in Rovuma
THE MASTER HEALER RESCUES PEDRITO
SUNDAY AFTERNOON found me rushing Pedrito, one of our 4 year old twin boys, to the hospital along with his foster mother, Atija. After church, Pedrito suddenly spiked a fever that peaked at 106F (41C), lost consciousness as we drove him the short 2 miles to the hospital, and went into convulsions shortly after admitting him to the emergency room. We all “knew” it was cerebral malaria just by looking at him, and prayed that Jesus would save him. Cerebral malaria burns out your brain stem with a high fever rendering one unconscious, causes excessive brain swelling, kidney damage, followed by many convulsions and finally death. Those that do survive can experience brain damage. BUT JESUS ANSWERED in an awesome way by having Pedrito WAKE UP in the middle of the night! (Totally NOT a normal response to 1 dose of malaria medicine.) When we arrived the next morning, he grabbed a sucker out of my hand, (totally normal for Pedrito), and asked to go to the bathroom!!!! He had to stay to complete his 3 days of malaria treatments, but ended up spending 5 days because he picked up dysentery while there. He happily reunited with his 3 brothers at their home on Friday noon.
JESUS saved Pedrito with a miracle healing, no one could deny. Everyone at the hospital was amazed at his “miracle recovery”, for all too often they “see the signs” and know the child will perish. Jesus used Pedrito’s illness to show them that HE IS STILL THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN HEAL THOSE WHO APPEAR DOOMED TO PERISH! THANK YOU JESUS!!!
NOW THE “REST OF THE STORY”
Tuesday found Katie and I along with my Office Manager and right hand man, Capena, in Pemba to submit her residency documents at Immigration. Best laid plans of mice and men didn’t work as they refused her police clearance because it didn’t have a “stamped” date and signature on it (it was typed in). So new documents were organized in Texas with the proper stamp and should be here next week. Such are the “challenges” of trying to get residency.
A phone call Monday confirmed that the 16 lb (8kg) diaphragm needed to repair the 7 ton truck was awaiting pick up at the airport. Eric, now our “Bush Bear” on the ground in South Africa, had organized the part and air shipped it. Nissan in Pemba didn’t have it, and would have to order, taking up to a month to get. Our hungry kids at the Elephant Village can’t wait that long, so “The Bear” saved the day! We asked an Australian friend, a master mechanic, to install the part. Arriving home from Pemba at 3pm with me totally beat after the 11 hour drive, our friend called to say he needed to go out of town the next day, so would be there at 5pm to install the part. So Bunny and the Blazers ate a quick supper, then Climbed under the truck in the dark to help. With Hanna and Katie sitting in the sand under the truck holding a flashlight, and the headlights of 2 pick-up’s headlights spotlighting the area, our 2 Aussie friends had the truck fixed in 90 minutes. Ran like a dream without complications as we took food to over 300 orphans yesterday (Friday) in Kwe Kwe. Made a strenuous 15 hour day for us which had Bunny dragging a bit the next day, but it was worth it to have the truck in action again.
AND THE FOOD GOES OUT!
Over 650 orphans and widows received over 12 TONS corn, beans, soap and salt this week as Capena, the 3 Balama Blazers, and our men worked Thursday and Friday to deliver, return and reload to deliver the next day so that the kids would not go hungry.
MEGA MONKEY BARS WITH SUPER SLIDE TO BECOME A BALAMA BLESSING TO THE CHILDREN
I stayed behind when the food teams went out, because Bunny and her brick layers are building a MIND BOGGLING MONKEY BAR SYSTEM at our Mission station’s playground—a double decker jungle gym with monkey bars, and hopefully a 16 foot super slide combination! The slide will begin from the top of the jungle gym at a height of 10 feet. Extra funds were given so that this mega jungle gym supported by 9 concrete pillars could become a reality for our children. The team is busy putting in the foundation for the 9 concrete pillars today, so I’ll photograph it as the frame goes up over the next 2 weeks. It is one of the biggest construction challenges the team and I have ever attempted, as coordination with our carpenters is needed for all the wooden beams that will supply the “bars”. Metal pipe is sold out in Pemba due to all the heavy construction, so we are forced to use wood instead. Will make it more of a challenge to climb and to build! THE DESIGN is totally a “Bush Bunny dream design” inspired by watching Swiss Family Robinson—always did want one of those tree houses! So even though ours is built from the ground, the 2nd story is IN THE TOP OF OUR HUGE MANGO TREE at the playground. With mango season just 3 months away, I can see the kids throwing rocks from the 2nd story of the jungle gym to get the best mangos out of that tree.
Men using large “sifting trays” with screen bottoms to clean the corn of loose debris before it is sent to the mill at the mission station. We mill 1.2 TONS a week in our own mill to feed the 119 orphans who live with us ‚as well as the 150 orphans and widows who fetch food each Thursday.
OK, off to Montepuez so I can find some internet so I can to send this. I truly enjoy your e-mails, and so far, simple text e-mails are getting through. Please continue to write, as it truly encourages all of us.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda Lange The Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn Ashlynn Grabill Hanna Gilman