Thanks to all of you generous food donors, we never, ever, have to say NO to someone in need. Our teams do whatever it takes to save a life, both physically and spiritually.
Computer problems makes for short blog this week. I am two-finger typing this on my tablet, letting each photo tell its story.
BALAMA WOMEN’S GROUP VISITS ORPHANS
FOUR women, all Balama leaders in the nationally known OMM women’s group, visited all 5 of our orphan houses today. They were very pleased with our accommodation, foster parents, and the beautiful, polite children we are raising. One family of orphans won their hearts as the children broke out in a welcome song as these ladies entered the gate to their home.
UNABLE TO WALK AT 2 YEARS
Orphan Delfina lives in a remote village visited weekly by our BBC Motorbike Team. Malnourished from birth, this little one had never walked when our team learned of her 3 months ago. With lots of prayer and a weekly drop of food carried in on 2 bikes by the BBC team, Delfina surprised everyone when she stood up at last week’s church meeting and began to walk!
“THE CHILDREN shall lead them” takes on new meaning to the new believers in this village who are struggling to understand how faith in Jesus heals. Delfina listened and acted on what she heard. Don’t let your brain block what your heart knows is truth.
ORPHANED TWINS ENTER FEEDING PROGRAM
It’s been a busy week as we received 4 new babies into our milk formula program. Each time an infant is brought to us, it reminds our staff just how fragile life can be.
Twins spells double trouble, especially if 1 baby is not in the proper position at birthing time. Six months of formula gives these innocent ones a chance at life.
Your love gifts are VITAL to this program, so plz keep these precious babies in your prayers. We have 32 babies needed formula at $5/can/week x 24 weeks. ($120 raises an infant to 6 months.)
PASTOR FRED’S 30 STITCHES REMOVED
At Dr.‘s orders, Sister Ligua (Lisha) from the Balama hospital did the deed. His post-op cast is mostly open down the front. In 2 more weeks FRED returns to his surgeon in Nampula city for cast removal.
Thank you to all who blessed him with prayer and love gifts to expedite his recovery. He will soon be able to walk again on his own 2 feet.
FOLLOWING JESUS MEANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO THE LIVES WE TOUCH.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF
FRED IS BACK!
Office manager, Capena, fetched our “cheerful” Pastor Fred yesterday from the Nampula private clinic, where he had leg surgery last Sunday. It is WONDERUL to have him back with us, and to know that his leg will now heal rapidly. His cast has 3 “windows” in it for suture removals this Monday.
Pastor Fred with new “window” cast.
Our Balama Doctor just left Fred’s bedside after verifying all is good after his 7 hour ride yesterday in the cab of a pick-up. The x-rays shows his 2 broken leg bones are now held in place by 2 stainless steel rods. In 6 months, Pastor Fred will face another surgery to remove those rods once the bones are totally healed.
Fred’s x-ray with new rods in place.
In 3 weeks, Fred must return to Nampula to have his final check-up and hopefully, his cast removed. He will then be told when he can begin physical therapy so he can put weight on his leg.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS PASTOR FRED’S SURGERY!!! The final bill came to $3,500 due to the surgeon’s decision to use “rods” (more expensive) than plates and screws. Fred has more patience than most people, for he has been “off his feet” since Dec. 24th.
WE THANK THE LORD FOR HIS PROVISION THROUGH ALL YOU LOVELY PEOPLE. FRED WILL SOON RETURN TO THE BBC BALAMA GAMES TEAM WHICH IS TOUCHING OVER 15,000 VILLAGE CHILDREN/WEEK!
THIEVES ATTEMPT A TUNNEL BUT FAILED!
In the last 2 weeks, a rash of “break ins” have happened all over this area, keeping our neighborhood residents and night guards hopping! It appears these thieves are a small gang of teenagers, as one of our guards got a good look at 2 of them when they jumped the fence where he was guarding. Seeing a guard yielding a flashlight (torch) and a machette prompted them to jump out without taking anything.
Two “teens” tried to tunnel under our rice barn Thursday night. They quietly dug a very nice tunnel, but it only yielded good exercise and dirty clothes!
Concrete floors keep 2 and 4 legged rats outside!
Guess their “intel” wasn’t too good, for all our warehouses have solid rock and cement floors that are at least 6 inches thick! Doubt they will be back, for they are looking for easy loot!
The 100+ children who live with us are all healthy, PTL! Unusual for sure! As the resident “Mom” around here, it is nice to not be called out in the night to attend to an emergency.
We had 6 INCHES OF RAIN this week, forcing us to shut down all but essential work for 3 days this week. It is finally drying up a bit, so our tractor began moving large rocks to the next orphan home site. We put in this home’s foundation before the rains started which was a good thing, or we would not be able to do anything until April.
Thanks again for all those who helped us get a great children’s Pastor “back on his feet”. Even before he can walk or run, Pastor Fred is planning a KID’S KORNER STORY TIME in his home village once he is out of his cast!
A TRUE EVANGELIST WILL FIND A WAY TO TOUCH OTHERS, NO MATTER WHAT MOUNTAIN RISES UP BEFORE HIM.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the Balama staff
BBC PASTOR FRED HAVING MAJOR LEG SURGERY
BBC Pastor Fred is the victim of a motorcycle accident which occurred while he was on the road to play BAWANA GAMES with the children in a remote village. A motorcycle came around a blind curve at a high speed in the wrong lane, hitting our motorcycle broadside. BBC LEADER and bike driver Carlitos Jorge swerved to avoid collision, but there was not enough space or time.
Sadly, Pastor Fred’s leg took the full blow of the front wheel from the other motorcycle. Carlitos and the other driver escaped with only minor injuries.
After 10 weeks with 3 casts and 5 hospital visits, Doctors have decided that Fred’s leg will not heal without surgery. With limited resources in our area, his 2 doctors recommended we transfer him to a private hospital in Nampula. This hospital has the needed equipment and a good orthopedic surgeon, but it means private pay.
Fred’s leg bones are in at least 3 pieces that I can see from the X-rays, meaning it needs plates and screws to repair it. Not an easy job. Hospital expenses plus 2 doctors and an 8 day follow up care is estimated to cost about $3,000.
Surgery is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday, March 11th (12 a.m. Central time in USA). $1,667 had to be paid yesterday in order to get him on the surgery list. The balance is due in 8 days which is the estimated post op dismissal date.
Pastor Fred still smiling as he faces major surgery
Finding that kind of money on such short notice meant I had to take it from our Children’s Emergency Medical Fund. That fund is now a bit anemic, but no surgery meant a talented Children’s Pastor would be crippled for life. Much prayer is needed for his complete and speedy recovery.
Office Manager Capena drove Pastor Fred to Nampula and made all the arrangements for his surgery. Capena and I are a powerful team. Together we keep this mission moving forward for JESUS.
SCHOOL EXAMS IN PROGRESS
Our 86 students are doing well in school, and the proof will be in next week’s test results. For those new to our program, we have 98 children living in our Balama foster homes with 4 living in our Meluco District Foster home. We stand by the rule that if you live here, you go to school. (School is optional here.)
Our 3 to 5 year olds get a head start on school by attending our Little Disciples Activity Program 3 mornings a week. The 3 leaders teach them Portuguese through songs, playing games, and art activities. I am truly touched when these precious little ones greet me in English. It gives me great joy when I have time to teach a few words of English to them. I call them my “little sponges”, for what they hear and see, THEY DO!
Our teenagers learning the importance of a weed-free field. Farming is an essential life skill in Mozambique.
BBC TEAMS RAINED OUT 2 DAYS THIS WEEK
March usually brings only light rains, so having 4+ INCHES (100+mm) this week caught all of us by surprise. With 6 inches (15 cm) of mud covering all the soccer fields, BAWANA GAMES had to be postponed twice this week.
It just now stopped raining as I write this and the sun is peeking through the clouds. The BBC motorbike teams should be able to hit the trails TOMORROW!
Blessings and thanks so much for your fervent prayers for Pastor Fred and our faithful Youth Pastors raising up God’s children in His Word!
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the Balama Staff
FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“
DATE: MARCH 3, 2018
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Caring for the needs of 100+ orphans and their 30 substitute mothers (widows), is a big job that can’t be done without massive team work. Our small staff of 7 have multiple duties and everyone pitches in to do “whatever it takes” to keep the children healthy and happy.
Pastor Fred and our guard repair a localy made “rope” bed for a orphan in the village.
Foster Mother Balbina “shopping” for pumpkins. She calls other mothers to come buy when she finds a bargain.
Foster Father Esteven and Granny Atija showing off the garden that their orphans helped them make. GARDEN SEEDS a gift from Syrah/Twigg employees (graphite mine) at Christmas.
YOU CAN HELP OUR ORPHANS BY SHOPPING SMILE.AMAZON!
(no cost to you)
Orphans Unlimited is registered with SMILE.AMAZON so that our partners who shop AMAZON could benefit our children with every purchase at NO EXTRA COST. THANK YOU to all of you who now participate for our children are benefiting! You “went the extra mile”, and this Amazon check is now helping us to help the children.
Those checks could really grow if our partners and those they know would shop at SMILE.AMAZON. Your family, friends, and fellow workers at your company could partner with us at no cost to them just by doing their regular Amazon shopping and linking to Orphans Unlimited through the Amazon.Smile program
FROM MARCH 12 TO 31ST, SMILE.AMAZON will TRIPLE their donation on your first purchase.
At SMILE.AMAZON you find the exact items/low prices you do at Amazon.
Difference: Amazon just donates a portion of the purchase price to your chosen charity, at no cost to you.
Your existing Amazon.com account works on SMILE.AMAZON. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
TO BENEFIT ORPHANS UNLIMITED CHILDREN
Go to: smile.amazon.com/ch/04–3717267
if you don’t like clicking links, go to Amazon.com like you normally do and search for AmazonSmile. You’ll find directions for searching for us, Orphans Unlimited, and choosing us as your charity.
Then just remember to do your normal Amazon shopping through their Smile portal and we will get a small portion of whatever you spend. It is completely anonymous and Amazon won’t tell us what you bought or even WHO is linking us to their purchases. It’s just a lovely, anonymous surprise check for our kids!
TOGETHER, WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO OVER 2000 ORPHANS DAILY.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF