Staying “up close & personal” with all of you is very important to me.
Because of YOUR LOVE for our kids, we are able to accomplish what God
wants, which is to rescue & evangelize orphans & widows in northern
I really love my work & am grateful to the Lord for restoring my health so
I can continue doing it.
What spare time I’ve had in the last 2 weeks, was used to varnish the
window shutters in my new bedroom.
Our children’s supplies (milk formula, teaching materials, medicines) & my
private office, are now taking up so much room in my bedroom that I had no
place for myself.
I literally had a bed in the middle of a warehouse.
We desperately needed a rat proof, cool & secure place for all these
valuables, & the cheapest solution was to build me a bedroom on the back
of my house.
Last year, my team of brick layers built the bedroom, but due to my
illness in November, it wasn’t completed before the rainy season hit in
Once I can move into my new bedroom (hopefully the end of May), the
current “bedroom/warehouse” will become the official “office & chiildren’s
Yesterday, we knocked out a doorway between the 2 rooms, so I can access
the house from the bedroom at night without going outside.
With a little paint, I can move in!
The last 2 weeks was hectic as we organized clothing & food for those
orphans who will remain in the program this year.
We gave out seeds last year so that households with teenage orphans could
Last week, 80 families were given a month’s supply of corn & beans (for
seed & eating) as their farewell gift from our program.
Recently orphaned babies & small children are already flowing buy medicine online in to fill
the spots vacated by these 80 families.
Our goal is to help the older orphans to become independent, as we don’t
want these teenagers to become a “hand me out” generation.
These families & their teenage orphans will now use their farming skills
to provide food for themselves & the younger orphans in their households.
Alejandro, Sylvia, & our Moz. pastors painted the new pre-school tables
built by our carpenters during the rainy season. LITTLE DISCIPLES, our
new Christian children’s program for 4 and 5 year olds in our neighborhood
will begin next week. This program will instill the Word of God into the
kids as well as give them a “head start” on their Portuguese language
skills, ABC’s & numbers so they are better equipped to enter the first
grade at age 6.
BEAN BUYING BEGINS!
Monday, May 11th, will find us all in the villages as our teams weigh &
transport TONS of dried beans grown by the widows & other agricultural
coops in our area villages.
It takes a large number of strong men to accomplish this.
SIX to eight men each on our tractor which pulls a 5 ton trailer, & our
six ton truck.
A minimum of 30 men at the warehouse to offload, process, & store the food
in the barns.
Our well trained crews move up to 20 tons in a day by hand or on their
heads as is the African way.
Because of our increased work load, I am sending this “update” this month
instead of a full newsletter.
FOR THE NEXT 6 WEEKS, we will be buying a year’s food supply for the
Short updates will be posted on my website BLOG during these 6 weeks.
Don’t expect any newsletters as I won’t have time to write.
THE BUSH BUNNY BLOG can be found on our website: www.orphansunlimited.org
For hassle free updates, you can subscribe which automatically sends my
updates to your e-mail address.
A regular newsletter will appear at the end of June after all the food is
in the barn.
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS, & feel free to write me notes at
SURPRISE, WE NOW HAVE INTERNET! (sometimes) 🙂
Our cell phones allow us to have a form of “slower than dial up” internet,
but it’s better than nothing.
I can now access my internet address enough to be able to download your
So please don’t hesitate to write. Our entire team loves to get updated
news from you, (personal, local, national) as we hear NOTHING over here
unless someone writes & tells us.
Many have said, “I know you are busy, so I don’t want to bother you”.
WRITE ME! It’s no bother. I’m hungry to hear from you & share all your
news with my team.
Blessings to all of you.
Bush Bunny Brenda