University students residing in the state of Texas, Caitlin Pruitt and Abbie Wheeler fly into Pemba for a 6 week “helps” mission that will bring in the 300+TONS of corn needed to feed the 2,500 orphans and widows in our care. More about them once they arrive.
Serena, the 11 month old baby girl I told you about in last week’s blog, fought bravely for her life over last weekend. She personally met our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, just minutes after I returned from Pemba last Saturday afternoon. Her family was very grateful for our help in trying to save her, but it was a very sad ride for all of us as we took her back to hut where she was born. Pastors Fred and Dominica traveled with us, and explained in Makua that the 3 other children (all severely malnourished), were to continue receiving food in our Thursday give outs. It was plain to see they were deeply touched by this act of love and kindness. THANKSTOYOURLOVEGIFTS, we are able to bless those who truly need a blessing.
Zito received his last antibiotics on Monday morning, and was released at noon. Manuel took him home in our Land Cruiser, which is always a fun treat for any child. He left us with a big smile on his face, as he was thrilled to be going home. Pastor Ramadane will keep a close eye on his sores, and let us know if Zito has further needs.
Our “green” Land Cruiser was taken in with a broken transmission in the middle of April. The old transmission could not be fixed, so a re-built one had to be located. I was amazed when the head mechanic called me on Monday (May 18th) to say it was ready for service! 4 weeks is a true record in Mozambique for such a quick fix of a transmission. Manuel went to Pemba Tuesday, May 19, to bring it home! FORTHISWEARETRULYGRATEFUL!
Our oldest Land Cruiser, which does most of the local work in Balama, including helping with the District (county) wide vaccination programs twice a year, was down for the last 2 weeks with damaged bearings and broken wheel hub seal on the right front tire. Eric bought the seals in South Africa, and had them flown up by DHL courier. However, our package was placed on the wrong plane, and took a slight detour to the wrong city, finally arriving last Thursday. (7 days later). This is Africa folks!
Manuel and our Portuguese mechanic friend in the nearby town of Montepuez, spent all last Friday working to fix it.
The state office feels certain we will be accepted for licensing this time, as we have passed all inspections this year.
MANUEL, main mechanic and our only long distance driver for the 7 ton truck, called in at 3:30a.m. THURSDAY to say he had just taken his wife, 8 months pregnant, to the Balama hospital in labor. He was scheduled to pull out at 5a.m. with a load of beans and all the corn buying equipment for Sylvai, the manager of the Meluco orphanage. Sylvai and 2 assistants will be spending the next 20 days deep in the bush, buying corn for the 515 Meluco orphans and sleeping on top of it (to guard it), until it can be transported to our mission station in Meluco town. They hope to acquire up to 36 tons of corn from the only 2 villages that have a crop to sell.
Since Manuel couldn’t drive today, we quickly unloaded the 7 ton truck, and placed all that was needed into the Green Land Cruiser. Office manager, Capena, came to the rescue, and drove out today at 11a.m. with the load. Capena had gone to the bank in Montepuez to do our monthly government paperwork.
So all is well, as he will return on Friday, after dropping off the much needed supplies to his brother, Sylvai.
NOTE: As of noon on Thursday, Manuel’s wife is still in mild labor, and it is unknown what the outcome of her situation will be. Will let you know in my next letter. We are praying for the labor to stop, as a pre-mature baby has little chance if born in this area. So far, so good, thanks to Jesus!
Dawn Horger will be “Big Boss” on Friday and Saturday, along with Nelson, my now “grown up” spiritually adopted son, who is in the 11th grade. He speaks enough English to translate for Dawn as needed
Head Mongoose: “Hey guys, come on over, the water’s great!
Wife with kids answers: “Keep your stripes on! We’re coming!”