Been a busy week as we will be hosting a “goat and rice” feast for 90 people at our Children’s Center this coming Monday.
Having a “ceremony” with many government officials (state and local), means hauling every table and chair we have on site (including those the in the children’s homes) to the “all-purpose room” at the “Center”.
On Monday we will “fetch the 2 goats” (guests of honor), and prepare them for the 2pm luncheon.
The FRAMEDLICENSE will be presented to us that morning, and then the delegation would like to visit some of the orphan’s homes in other villages while awaiting the feast.
So Monday will be a day of many challenges. Please keep us covered in prayer.
Sandra has been in the Baby Formula Program for several months,..
and each time she was brought to our center for her “weigh in”, she was with a different family member. Her Aunt told us a few weeks ago that the baby stayed with the grandmother, who was too old to make the 9 km (5.5 mile) walk to fetch the milk. That is why a different person brought her each week to receive her formula.
Last Thursday, I was appalled to find Sandra so anemic that she had NOCOLOR in her eye lids and her skin was pale. The grandmother herself had carried her to us, but it was easy to see she just barely made the long walk.
We immediately took baby and grandmother to the hospital. Sandra was admitted for an emergency transfusion, for without it, she was not long for this world. She steadily improved after 8 days in the hospital, and the grandmother greatly benefitted from a balanced diet.
Upon Sandra’s release, the grandmother refused to take the baby home, stating she could no longer bring the baby to get formula each week.
Social Services had already done a thorough home study on this family, and totally agreed that since orphaned Sandra was rejected by the younger family members in her village, she needed to live with us.
So home she came, and we placed her with loving foster mother, ATIJA, (Ah-T-SHA), who assisted us in successfully raising 4 very malnourished orphaned boys over the last 4 years. Sandra is in good hands, as her health is still considered “fragile” since it will take some time to recover from her anemic state.
Sandra is now permanently in our hands, and needs a sponsor at $30/month.
LAYLASILVA, of TEXAS, will make her “debut” in Moz. this coming Thursday.
Layla, age 20, is giving a year of her life (or maybe more, she says) to come help me out with orphan management and the children’s programs.
This young lady says “God spoke to her about coming to help a full THREEMONTHS before we asked for help”. Her parent’s and church are totally behind her on this, and agreed to sponsor her.
Her arrival has been delayed, as she had to get her passport and visa which took several months. I’ve known Layla for over 5 years, as she “interviewed” with me at age 15, when I visited her church in the Waco, TX area. She’s a “country girl” with a great heart for people, so I look forward to “showing her the ropes”.
This Busy Bunny needs to get back to work, so keep those prayers coming.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
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This little guy weighed in at 4kg at four months of age.
“Bush Bunny” Brenda Lange
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DEBUNNY, A HORSE, ANDLOTSOF “DEVINEAPPOINTMENTS” WITHGOD’S CREATION!
Riding a horse through a game park is the perfect way to see the animals “up close and personal”.
No motor sounds to alert the animals, just the clip clomp of the horses hooves (which all hoofed animals make, so they pay no attention to it). This allowed me to walk my horse up to within 40 to 60 yards/meters of most of the animal herds before they knew I was there.
My funniest moment: I rode up to within 40 yards/meters of 2 large REDHARTEBEAST bucks in an intense fight (males are the size of a small horse). No sound was being made except the clicking of their horns as they wrestled head to head with lots of grunting as they shoved each other for position.
After 3 minutes of watching them battle it out, my horse snorted, freezing them in their tracks. If only I had a photo of their faces when they unhooked their horns, giving us that shocked look that clearly stated “YIKES, A HUMAN!!!!”.
My horse was dancing a jig as they took off at full speed. All I saw was 2 tails disappearing in the bushes as I calmed my horse who wanted to run in the opposite direction!
Why no camera? Well, my lovely mount, SASSY, didn’t even like the bleep of a cell phone, (she danced a lot at strange sounds), so taking a photo from horseback was not possible, for I don’t like getting dumped and having to walk home.
Sunday morning, dawned with deep fog and poor visibility of about 150 yards/meters. But that meant the animals couldn’t see me so easily, so Sassy and I were able to get very close before herds of Wildebeast scattered with their cute baby calves.
I then rode off onto a game trail, up into the hills, and was well rewarded for picking my way through the rocky terrain in the fog.
Some early risers drop by for breakfast.
THREEMAGESTICKUDOS (2 males after 1 female) startled me and my horse at the local watering hole. They ran up the ridge, but when I tried to cross the shallow stream to follow them, Sassy refused. Just a few feet away on my left, lay a Blue Wildebeast carcass, dead about 2 months. My horse wanted nothing to do with it, so to prevent getting thrown, we changed directions and went in search of other game.
When I returned to home base, I told the owner, Elsabe, and she took all of us in her jeep, including her ranch manager, to fetch it. That meant back tracking on foot into the hills, but I located it and Judas, the ranch manager, drug it out, since it was just hide and bone (but it still stunk). This was one that hunters in July had wounded, but was unable to track down, for it was far from where they shot it.
NOTE: My ability to not get lost in the bush, and how to travel by landmarks, truly amazed my hostess and Judas, the ranch manager. (Just basic survival in Moz. where NOROADSIGNS exist.) They told me the norm for them was to have to go find all their lost guests who “thought” they could find their way home. I can’t take all the credit, for any good ranch horse always knows her way home. Tee Hee. Say “HOME” to my dear Sassy, and you better be well seated and have a firm grip on the reins, or she will bolt for the barn!
NOFEAR, my dears, for Bush Bunny is a very experienced rider and Sassy was a refreshing challenge. I love a horse with some spunk!
HIGHLIGHTOFTHETRIPwas spotting the “elusive” GIRAFFES! Five in total were located. Two young ones, approximately 1 and 2 year old youngsters still with their mother, and they were a delight to watch. The Giraffe is my favorite African Animal, as no other has that beautiful rocking horse gate. Their beauty in the wild is a wonder to see.
Eadenwild Staff with a very happy Bunny!
Needless to say, EDENWILD, is a magnificent game farm where I was allowed to wander on foot and horseback to my heart’s content. A 1000 hectars (2,500 acres), right across from the famous HANGLIPMOUNTAIN (1,700+meters high/5000+feet) in the Waterberg Mountain Range. The Hanglip Mountain boasts a PAR 1 GOLFINGCHALLENGE. Hit the ball from the T-off on top of the mountain into the 19th hole on the golf course below, and win a Million Dollars!
Those who try it pay for a helicopter ride to the top of the mountain, for that is the only way to get up there. The winds were so strong at the foot of the mountain, that I can see why no one has ever won that prize. It must have been hurricane force up on top!
JESUSGAVEDEBUSHBUNNY A SUPERHOLIDAY, A GREATREFRESHING, MANYNEWFRIENDSANDUNFORGETTABLEMEMORIES.
Riding alone in the silent bush for over 5 hours in 3 days, as well as several long hikes, gave me the best “Quiet Times” I’ve ever had with our Lord. Nothing like being surrounded by God’s beautiful creation to “enter in and feel His presence”.
MYHEARTFELTTHANKSTO “TEAMELZABE” FOR A NEVERTOBEFORGOTTENHOLIDAY!
Animals spotted: Giraffe, zebras, Nyala bucks, Wildebeast, Blue Wildebeasts, Blesbuck, KUDO, Warthogs, Iland Bucks, FISHEAGLEBIRD, Impala, Warthogs with babies, 1 meter (3 ft.) long Iguana Lizards
LOAD’EMUPANDMOVEEMOUT! KEEPTHOSETRUCKS A ROLL’IN!
WEDNESDAY found us “loaded to the max” with corn and beans as our big trucks and 2 pickups moved out at dawn (5:30a.m.) with 2 teams of 12 men each. My team was off to Kwe Kwe, 30km or 18 miles into the bush. Capena’s team traveled to Tuane (Ti-wan-ee), just 9 miles out of town. YOURFOODGIFTSBLESSED 200 widows and the 604 orphans from the 9 villages who live in those 2 areas.
Granny shows up all the young folks by walking 9km (5.4 miles) to get food for her and her orphaned grandchildren.
I take my hat off to these super tough women, who outlast the younger folks.
THURSDAY, we distributed to over 150 widows and 300+ orphans in the Balama area.
“HAY, you have my bucket.”
Our men then reloaded the trucks with maximum loads for Friday’s give out.
FRIDAY, the 7 villages in the Mavala (Mango Tree Church) area received corn and beans. 159 widows host 434 orphans in those 7 villages.
Most of the children come to the give outs, which happen once a month in the dry season. Carlitos Jorge did a great job of delivering the AWANA based drama/devotion at each give out. This week’s title was “How God cares for His children”. The people loved it!