FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: JANUARY 18, 2014
7 NEW ORPHANS JOIN US FOR ADVANCED SCHOOLING
The Mavala boys were early arrivals, as they were super eager to join our family.
Seven young men, ages 11 to 15, will join our Jr. High/High School dorm this week since they have completed their local village schools. All are really wonderful young men, and ALL want to know more about Jesus! Only 1 boy has ever attended a church.
Our biggest challenge is that NONE of them speak Portuguese! So Pastor Jose will begin a giving them a crash course this week. School starts Feb. 3rd, so we only have a short time to get them ready. You’ll hear more about these 7 HONOR Students in the coming weeks, as I will get all their photographs and names for you. Each will need a $30/month sponsor, so here’s your chance to help a young man receive both Jesus AND a great education.
NTELE FAMILYWALKS IN WITH SEVERELY ANEMIC ORPHAN
The Ntele family in the back of my pick-up receive life saving food and seed during a heavy rain storm.
It was raining buckets when these grandparents arrived at the Balama hospital (20 mile trip) with ANGELINA, their 18 month old severely anemic granddaughter. Fearful that little Angelina would die with the same disease that killed her mother (anemia post malaria), they braved the heavy rains and mud to beg help from Social Services. (We have a church in Ntele, where they heard of our food program).
They’d heard we give out food on Thursdays, so they left their village at 4a.m., but only arrived at our mission at 3pm in a hard rain after seeing the hospital Doctor. We didn’t disappoint them, and they eagerly accepted a bag of corn with a portion of beans and special Hypo Pop (baby cereal for malnourished infants). They’d left their 2 bicycles with a friends, so I gave them a ride to fetch their bikes. That’s why you see them huddled in the back of my canopied pick up. (beats getting wet).
Sleeping over with friends, they would return to their village the next morning. THANKS TO YOUR LOVE GIFTS, Little Angelina will receive life changing high protein food and vitamins weekly until her anemia is gone. The corn and beans not only provided this family with food, but with SEED, as they had nothing to plant in their field. No harvest equals starvation time for those grandparents later this year.
BALAMA IS A MUD PIT IN JANUARY
Raining almost daily, our area has become a sloppy, muddy mess to drive or walk in.
Photos show the parking area outside our office, and our kitchen sidewalk with 2 channels for the water to pass through this downhill area. That sidewalk is a life saver, as this red clay mixture is more slippery than ice! Without the walkway, we’d risk broken bones every time we went out to cook a meal.
Sorry my friends, but it won’t be possible to have a Feb/March 2014 speaking tour. BBB has to remain in Mozambique for several reasons.
1. ORPHANAGE LICENSE RENEWAL Social Service INSPECTORS will be coming during Feb. to verify that we qualify for RENEWAL of our Orphanage Permit to house the 100+ orphans in our direct care. This is VERY IMPORTANT and I must personally be here, as no license means the children would be returned to their villages if something was not up to standards. Some of these children have no extended family.
2. LACK OF A 3RD MISSIONARY to help out while I’m gone. The program has become too large and complex for 1 person to handle for more than a week or 2. For the last 3 years we have had a staff of 3 which kept things running smoothly. Yes, I did it alone over Christmas while Eric was in South Africa, but that was because all the programs were shut down for the holidays (and the responsibilities still kept me hopping). With school starting in 2 weeks, we have our hands full getting 70+ students registered for school and outfitted with uniforms, shoes, books, and backpacks.
I know this disappoints many of you, but I have to do whatever is needed to keep our children safe. I am most grateful to all of you for your faithful giving in 2013, and hope you will continue to see us as good ground for 2014. Anyone with a SKYPE account who desires to speak directly to me CAN for pennies a minute. Please e-mail me or contact Linda at our TX office, and we will explain how you can call me directly via your skype account. (Sorry, we don’t have webcam capability here in Mozambique) ONLY VOICE.
I look forward to hearing from many of you!
Blessings in the Lord,
Bush Bunny Brenda