Thursday, November 22, 2012

Viper in the Night

Last night there was a huge commotion outside our house with a lot of screaming.  I went to see what was going on.  A bunch of the kids were in this big crowd screaming and running away and then slowly approaching again and then screaming and running away and then coming back.  Then I saw that Silimone was in the middle of it all, wildly attacking something with a shovel and then I saw that it was a big snake!  The snake was already chopped in half but both sides were wriggling around as if there were two snakes, which made it seem unpredictable and like it was still on the attack!  I have already learned that you can be poisoned by a snake that is dead, so it is very important to discard the snake properly and right away.  After it had finally stopped moving Silimone went back to his house and Pilonte scooped it up with a shovel, scared the other kids with it for a few minutes, and then went off to burn and bury it.  The kids said it was a viper.  I have completely forgotten about snakes here but this makes me realize that I have to be more aware and not leave our front door open at night!  

Mozambique has almost all of Africa’s most dangerous snakes including the Black Mamba (if you get bit and don’t get anti-venom in time you have a 100% chance of death), the Mozambique Spitting Cobra (second most dangerous snake in Africa, can spit 9 feet), the Puff Adder (accounts for most snake bite fatalities in Africa, good swimmer, good climber), Vipers, Boomslangs, and finally - my personal most terrifying snake – the African Rock Python (which supposedly can drag a full grown man into a tree)!  I don’t know where these photos originally started but they are all over the internet and if you want to see the most brave/crazy/insane men on earth – this site has a few pictures of the African Snake Hunters catching a Rock Python!  Silimone says he saw one outside his class when he was in Bible school and I asked him what it was doing and he said all he saw was a whole crowd of people running for their lives and then the snake pass by!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Back to Normal Life in the Orfanato

Cocas, Leila, Yohani, Nolita, Canito, Ofeita, Marta, Ronilda, Dorcas, Atija, Leanora, and Aya on a cool 80˚ cloudy day.

Back to Sunday night meetings in our living room. 

What the girls dorm looks like now.  We still have a few more things to do before it’s completed.

VoVo and Manuel preparing chickens for dinner.  (Those are sliced onions on the little plates next to the pots.)  The chicken in Mozambique is so much more flavorful than the chicken in the U.S.

Mangos grow on all the trees and will be ripe in a few weeks.  The orphanage is full of mango and papaya trees.

Some of the kids are gardening behind the little building in the front corner of the property.

Victor preaching.  Our kids, young people from church, families from the neighborhood, and kids who used to be in the orphanage come to the Sunday night services on our property.

The most familiar little scene to me on Sunday evenings.  The setting sun casts long shadows over the sand and my childrens’ stroller tracks lead back to our little house.

(Thanks to my mom for taking all these pictures before she left!)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Visit from the Race Across Nampula

There is an international youth group in our area with young people from all over the world.  This Saturday they had a “Race Across Nampula” where six teams raced from place to place around the city doing various tasks.  The orfanato was one of their stops and each team arrived one-by-one and did a different task, which was really fun for the kids to watch!

The first team played with some of our little kids.  Later I realized how strange and funny this must have been for the kids – to have new friends run in, play with them very intensely for 20 minutes, and then run out (since it was a race of course)! 

The second and fourth teams to arrive did a bunch of our little kids’ laundry.  I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of all our kids watching them do the laundry but it was probably really fun to see kids from other countries help wash their clothes.

The third group cleaned the dinning hall.  Here they are sweeping with little African brooms.

The 5th group washed the floor

and held babies.

And the last group had to clean the bathrooms!

Some of our kids with the last group.

What a great activity from the international youth group!  Thank you for including us in such a fun event and for helping us out around the orfanato!