From: “Brenda Lange”
Subject: Blog, August 18, 2012
Date: August 18, 2012
FATIMA RIDES HOME ON A MOTOR BIKE 16 HOURS AFTER MASSIVE STROKE
Blood pressure back to normal and a BIG smile on her face, Fatima was released from the hospital only 16 hours after suffering a massive stroke.
The following day, our Pastors and Fatima’s family began the clean-up of the burnt out house. They managed to salvage most of her year’s harvest of corn that was stacked (still in its shucks) in the storeroom next to the house that burned. This storeroom lost only its roof in the fire, so the walls are still standing.
Her son and a few friends had mud bricks available, so the re– construction of her NEW house has already started, thanks to 2 USA donors who sent in funds this week to help out. Fatima told us she has dreamed a long time of putting a tin roof on her house, and the funds donated are enough for the reconstruction AND a tin roof.
This will provide her a healthier living environment and less fear of fire ever destroying her home again.
Rats love to live in grass roofs and the snakes like to get into the grass and wait for dinner to “walk by”.
Grass roofs are a fire hazard waiting to happen, especially since everyone here cooks on an open fire.
That is the main reason all our orphan homes now have tin roofs.
THANK YOU to all of you for your prayers and rapid response to help with the reconstruction of her home.
NAMUNO PASTOR STARTS EVANGELIZING THIS WEEK
PASTOR ANNAFE (a-nah-fee) trained for 2 years in the Interdenominational Bible School of Balama. Many of our present Pastors attended this school in previous years also, so we know the that he received great preparation for sharing Jesus with others.
With a tattered Bible in hand upon his arrival at our office on Thursday, Annafe happily left with a new Bible, tracts, and a Pastors manual, all in Portuguese.
The next step is to meet with the County Administrator, which is scheduled for this coming week.
Once we get clearance to start a church, and organize food distributions, the spiritual and physical rescue of many orphans and the malnourished will begin.
I am amazed at how each door is opening one behind the other, in the right order for all this to occur so quickly.
It is not normal for this to happen at such a fast pace in Africa, which tells my staff that Jesus is opening the doors and we must not hesitate to step through them.
DOLLAR ASKS TO LIVE WITH US
Dollar is a 6 year old boy, abandoned by his parents after his mother was burned by her cook fire.
After 2 days in one of our homes, Dollar politely asked Nilza, our program director if he could please stay. She said it brought tears to her eyes to hear such a polite request from such a young little boy.
I spoke to Social Services this week and they agree that the boy can stay since it is obvious from many testimonies of nurses at the hospital, that he was badly mistreated by his alcoholic and pot smoking father. We stopped at his home village last Sunday, but no one has heard or seen his parents since we picked her up to take he to the hospital 2 weeks ago.
He has been happily learning Portuguese in our pre-school this week in preparation for 1st grade that starts in January.
Dollar has felt true happiness because he knows we love him and so does Jesus.
If anyone would like to sponsor him for $30/week, we will gladly send you his photo and information once Eric returns in Sept.
Bush Bunny Brenda in Balama