|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: July 22, 2017
|ELEPHANT VILLAGE ORPHANS FACE ANIMAL CHALLENGES
For our new readers, Imbada, better known as the Elephant Village, is on the eastern border of a massive game reserve in the Meluco District of northern Mozambique.
Why the name Elephant Village? Elephants come out of the nearby reserve to invade the farmer’s fields just before May harvest. They eat their corn and anything else they want. Lack of sufficient corn is one of the reasons for malnutrition in this area, for elephants are hard to stop.
Living in a zoo is a dangerous challenge for these villagers. Most parents leave their children in the village when they go out to their farms, with good reason.
The original 105 orphans who entered our program in 2008 are now healthy and grown, thanks to your love gifts.
The orphan challenge continues as we now use your LOVE GIFTS to supports 99 newly orphaned children and the 38 widows who care for them.
ANIMALS LEAVE ORPHANS BEHIND
For anyone living in the bush of northern Mozambique, snakes are a daily hazard that everyone, even children, must learn to deal with.
Even though they are deadly, at least people are able to kill them with a 12 foot (4 meter) bamboo rod.
NOT SO with Elephant and Leopard attacks where most humans lose the battle.
Such was the case for 15 of these newly orphaned children.
Four orphaned children with their Grandmother on far left.
Four newly orphaned children on the far left in this photo.
Seven of the children from 2 families lost both parents in separate incidents when elephants attacked them as they worked in their farming fields. A witness stated that one of the couples tried to fend off their attacking elephant with blazing fire sticks. Instead of running in fear, it angered the elephant even more. His next charge killed both adults.
A Leopard attacked early one morning, leaving 5 children orphaned after killing their parents as they walked down a narrow trail to their farm.
Three other children were orphaned when a snake killed their mother, their only parent.
These 8 children now live with their elderly grandmothers.
Capena, our Field Director, found most of these 99 orphans to be moderately to seriously malnourished. Currently our budget only allows for distribution of corn, beans, soap, and salt to these orphans.
With your help, we could add much needed cooking oil to their diet. They desperately need more fat in their diet.
$1.50 (R21) provides a liter of “liquid gold” that will sustain 2 children for a month.
$90/month (R1,260) buys the entire 60 liters of cooking oil needed for these 99 little ones.
Due to their malnourished state, we will be making an emergency food drop to these children this coming Wednesday. Thanks so much for helping us to save these innocent ones.
FATIMA’S SCHOOL HOLIDAY BLESSES OTHERS
Former Balama orphan, Fatima, now lives over 700 miles south of us as she studies Business Administration at a professional school.
To bring her home for the mid-year break was not possible, so Missionary Colin and his wife Betsie are hosting her at their mission station in Chimoio city.
Today Colin sent me a photo of Fatima as she ministers the Word of God to children in their area. Colin hosts a Saturday children’s program that touches 100’s of children in his area. Our thanks to both of these fine missionaries for all they do for the Lord Jesus.
KEEP ON MARCHING FORWARD FOR JESUS! HIS RETURN IS NEAR!
Blessings to all of you for your continued support in prayers and love gifts.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF