FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE:AUGUST 24, 2014
“BELIEVE IT OR NOT”, WHAT I SAW YESTERDAY IS FOREVER ETCHED INTO MY MIND!
Yesterday, the Balama Blazers and I along with 2 of my best guards, left Balama at 5a.m. so that Hanna Gilman, RN student from Seattle, WA, could catch the afternoon plane to begin her journey back to the USA.
First on the agenda was beach time for the 3 girls, as this was a “biggy on Hanna’s bucket list”.
In the mean-time, the 2 guards and I “hit the bank” to withdraw some dough so we could pick up supplies for the orphans.
On our way back to the beach to fetch the girls, I pulled up to a stop sign facing 4 lanes of traffic. This street is divided by a 6 foot concrete median where cars can wait to safely pull into traffic on the far side. Since we drive on the left side of the road, we look RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT before pulling out into traffic. Doing just that, I saw NO CARS in the immediate area. Pulling out into the median, ready to turn right into the proper lane, I suddenly faced a brand new SUV right in front of me! All I saw were 2 white car doors directly in front of our car as I was turning to move into that lane. Hitting the brakes, I saw no way to avoid a collision even though I was barely moving. Sand on the tar road caused my car to slide a bit as I hit the brakes.
What I saw next, will never cease to amaze me!
My car slid to a stop, NEVER TOUCHING THE OTHER CAR because an unseen force actually pushed the other car away from me!!! It reminded me of what happens when you place the positive ends of 2 magnets facing each other and try to make them touch. One pushes the other out of the way, as like forces repel each other. That is exactly what I saw yesterday when facing this near collision.
The 2 men with me in the car also witnessed all this, leaving us all speechless with our mouths hanging open! The driver of the SUV was yelling and cursing me because whatever pushed him, caused him to believe we had HIT HIM. But when he saw no mark on his new car, he closed his mouth and drove off. None of us saw this car before I pulled out. All we can assume is that he came out of a small drive way just to the left of where I was crossing the street.
Needless to say, I was THRILLED that my ANGELS were on duty, because there is no other explanation for what happened. It was AMAZING to see that heavy SUV actually move AWAY from us, as my car came to a halt. That’s a mental video that will never be erased.
GOD IN ACTION ON OUR BEHALF.
I love HIM and all He does to keep us out of harm’s way.
So what did we do next? Celebrated LIFE by buying a small tub of ice cream, and headed off to the beach to celebrate Hanna’s last few minutes with us.
GRAB the moment, for that is all God gave us control of.
TIDBIT: The 2 guards had never had ice cream before and dearly loved it. It’s truly fun to watch people experience new foods for the first time.
HANNA GILMAN RETURNS TO NURSING SCHOOL
Hanna was a great asset to our team as she truly has the makings of an RN, showing responsibility and faithfulness in all she did while here. But God gave Hanna a VERY special love and “gift” for teaching children. So if you wanted to find Hanna, all you had to do was listen for the sounds of children playing. The children truly adored her as she spent many hours playing basketball, soccer, and AWANA games with them down at our Children’s Center. Hanna plans to specialize in Pediatrics after graduation from RN school, and it is obvious she will be a blessing to the children where ever God places her. I personally thank Hanna for sharing her gifts and talents with our team and our children these last 3 months. I also send my THANKS to all her sponsors who made her trip possible. Hanna was a very valuable part of controlling one of the corn chutes during food buying, making it possible to sack and stack 300+ sacks of corn that now fills our barn so that orphans will not go hungry.
MANGO TREE CHURCH FEEDING CENTER
The 7 villages in the area the Mango Tree Church, all came together on Friday to receive their first food gifts for 2014.
This year, there are 437 people in this group (277 orphans cared for my 160 widows). Another child headed household from the remote village of “Magaia” (Mah-guy-ah) have joined our family, as both parents of these 4 children passed away just 2 weeks ago from long term illnesses. They had moved here several years ago from another county north of Balama, so no other family lives nearby. Thankfully, the oldest is a 16 year old girl and is able to care for them, so major assistance is being organized to help them. Capena, our Orphan Manager, plans to visit them this week, taking clothing and other needed items. Neighbors in the village have volunteered to guide and watch over them. YOUR LOVE GIFTS IN ACTION.
Until next week, my friends!
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn Ashlynn Grabill