I received a call from one of our housemothers at 11:00pm that Olivia's grandmother had called with a request of transport Olivia was seriously ill. I have trouble finding her in the light so I knew I would have trouble in the dark. We called a local transporter and he went to pick up Olivia and her grandmother. They arrived at the Hospital about 3:00 am and were given a room to rest until the Dr arrived. When I arrived in the morning I found them waiting for Lab work to be done before the Dr would see them. When I returned with Lunch I found her hemoglobin was a 3.7 WOW what a miracle she was alive. They gave her a unit of blood and she waited until the next morning to make sure there was no reaction. She was never admitted just given a room to rest in. After talking with the family it was decided she would stay with her sister in town to make sure if she needed medical care she would be near. Global Orphan Relief is providing good nutritious food and a medicine to boost iron. I look forward to checking back in with her soon to make sure she is on the right path for healing. Olivia is one of our extended care kids, she is almost 21 and HIV positive.
On one of my trips out I found Victor trying to walk with a chair! Keep your prayers for him coming he is improving...
Solar upgrades at House of Faith continue into November. Our builder was taking some time off to he help rural churches roof their buildings before the rains. Because he was in our area he built our pump house. It will protect the well and solar pump. Michael had an idea to use the solar panels as the roof of the building and he built the building high so it would be very hard for the panels to be taken. It has it's own look but is so functional. Next are several pictures of our pump house
I found House of Hope kids going to school later in the day becasue of their schools grade 7 testing. The are growing fast :)
Some of our House of Faith children! Full of life they are :)
After building the solar pump house Golden added 10 more solar panels to the roof of House of Faith's Activity Center. Thank you Engedi for your blessings to our children. We are searching for some more items needed before they can be connected and used but at least they are on the building!
I have been trying to line up a trip to Lusaka since June of this year. I needed Mackmore to see the ENT Dr and I needed Royal to be seen to have leg braces made and hand splints. I thought I would also bring Victor since we had been given two very different problems with him from two different hospitals. Well it was set up three different times and for one reason or another it did not happen. I was so blessed it finally happened this past week all three boys and two house moms traveled with us for a three night four day adventure to Lusaka, Zambia's capital. Biet Cure Hospital is a very nice place to care for special needs that are not available in most of the country. The next two pictures are of Royal. The first picture is how his legs are the second picture is his legs with his new braces.
We were told Royal should wear these leg braces the whole day. He can only wear them about thirty minutes then we have to take them off and again put them on. He complains so we know he will have to work up to longer sessions slowly. Another step to have him walk. Keep the ladies in your prayers as they also learn new things to help the children. I did not get a good picture of his hand splint but he only needed one he is improving use of his hands. He has to wear this every night.
Mackmore was being checked to see if it was time to close his perforated ear drums. Our Dr said nothing of a surgery but wanted his hearing checked again.He was so cute smiling with his head phones on and the waiting for a sound to drop the ball in the bucket. But after a few minutes he got to excited and just started putting the balls in the bucket. So a ABR test was ordered for the next morning. They put him under and recorded his brain waves to the sounds that was played. Because of this test his hearing aids can now be adjusted to fully help him hear. He does not have trouble with high sounds but the low sounds of normal talking he can hear nothing. Keep Mackmore in your prayers!
Victor was also seen by the ENT Dr. and she has him scheduled for adenoid surgery on the 1st of Dec. She will also use a scope to see his throat and find out what is happening with his breathing. We shared he was diagnosed with CP while in Livingstone Hospital. She sent us to UHT University Teaching Hospital across town for an appointment the next morning with a neurologist. What a blessing there was an opening so we did not have to make another trip to Lusaka. What i was told might take an hour turned out to be almost 4 hours. We talked with several people and it seemed we were ask the same questions.... We were very blessed with the results that he is not a CP child but is developmental slow becasue of his severe Malnutrition his first two years of life. We have been told to stop the PT but work with him on his walking and speaking. Before his surgery on the 1st of Dec Mama Mary and Victor will sit with a speech therapist at Cure to learn how we can work with Victor to speak. He does not make a sound right now. Pray for Victor's surgery to go well and for us to learn how to help him! We PTL he is not a CP child. The next picture is of his hearing test and the picture after that was at UTH with the neurologist . I am so Thankful so much was accomplished in four days with the three boys.
While in Lusaka we received a call that a shipment of clothes for the kids had arrived!! This does not happen normally for something to arrive as planned but PRAISE THE LORD ! I had shared two trips with the church that I would be in Lusaka if they thought they could ship around those dates. The Celebration Center worked very hard to collect new clothes and other items needed for each of the children at both Children's homes. When they went to mail them it was 400lbs total and very expensive. A shipping Company was found to get the clothes to Zambia but they could only come into the capital Lusaka. We are so blessed to have received the boxes in record time and they are stored at the Baptist Mission until our next trip up to Lusaka for a Church Conference. With the three children and two mom's there was no space to haul them. I am so excited to see their faces when they receive their special packages of NEW clothes in Dec. Thank you Celebration Center for your love and support of our kids. Pictures will come next month of this very special event :)
We try not to travel late at night but becasue of the clearing of the clothes in Lusaka and the two unexpected Dr.s appointments Friday morning we found ourselves leaving Lusaka at 6:00pm We arrived in Kalomo a little before midnight after dropping the moms and the children at their relatives in town. We thought we would sleep in Saturday morning and then carry the children back to House of Faith. I received a call a bit before 8:00am that Faith who is not yet 1 year old. was having trouble breathing and needed to come into town to the Hospital. Michael went out and brought her and mama Ethel into Kalomo and she was later admitted. It sounds kinda like Asama. Keep Faith in your prayers for total healing. Later that day I traveled out to take everyone home from our Lusaka trip. Royal and Mackmore were so excited to be home again. The picture is of Faith.
Faith was released from the Hospital mid day Monday after they watched her closely and bless her heart she had so many injections in three days. Her review is next Monday and we are praying for a full recovery. On my way back to Kalomo after taking Mama Mary and Faith home clouds were forming.. We have had a few sprinkles but no real rain to produce puddles or cause problems with the roads. Well I traveled back with rain and puddles. The first rains are always so amazing the smell the coolness. After no rain for 7 months it is very special and I always want to just walk in it and Thank HIM for it even though I am not a mud driver :)
Now that the rains have started Michael is trying new ways to keep his bed dry in the tent. Seems the extra canopy did the job it rained several days this week during mot mot classes.
Mot Mot students in Monde!
Bulyambeba mot mot students who will graduate on the 1st of Jan. They have worked hard.
Olivia is making a recovery, the young lady at the beginning of my post this month. Keep her in prayers...She was very happy when she visited me and wants to stay in town with her sister. She will need to support herself, so many prayers are needed.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! It's hard at holiday times to be away from family. Michael was out teaching MOT MOT and I was out several days with House of Faith and House of Hope kids. No Black Friday sales here so Saturday I did make us a Pecan Pies so we could be thankful with a sweet treat that reminds us of home. May the Lord bless you each and every one.
Linda Jones was a missionary for over 27 years. She went home to be with the Lord in June 2021. I'm her husband Mike, posting on her blog.