|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: August 20, 2017
|ELEPHANT VILLAGE CHILDREN SHOCK BAWANA LEADER
Wednesday this week found Bawana Leader, Carlitos Jorge, and our MELUCO food distribution team in the Elephant Village where 119 orphans live. While the team distributed the food to the widows, Carlitos started playing games with the children. Word spread like wildfire and by Bible Lesson Time, 163 children had showed up to play “Bawana” Games and hear God’s Story. For Meluco, we now call it “MAWANA GAMES”.
As soon as Carlitos arrived back in Balama he jumped from our food truck to tell me an amazing story. THE 50+ CHILDREN FROM LAST MONTH TOLD HIM THE CREATION STORY he had taught them last month! This is AMAZING since they only heard it one time!!!!
These are the same children that a month ago didn’t even know “God had created them and truly loves them!” We know that God is moving in the hearts of these children who are truly fertile ground.
So we have a prayer request.
We have tried for 3 years to get a church started in this village, but were unable to get ANY TRAINED PASTOR to live there. Why? Lack of food, scared of the elephants, and no decent mud hut available are the most common reasons given. But all that can be organized if we can find a person with a willing heart.
AFTER 2 MONTHS of searching this year, no young man in the Elephant Village wants to become a trainee. We continue to pray and search for a Pastor, or a “trainee” who is willing to start a church in the Elephant Village. These children are “hungry to know more about God and Jesus”.
Please put this need on your prayer list and help us find an enthusiastic youth leader or couple willing to live there, teach God’s Word, and love on these children.
LARRY FRIEND IS BACK!
The much loved Bible Teacher, Larry Friend, is the amazing man who introduced “Bawana Games” to our Pastors 5 years ago.
This program helped us start a massive evangelistic outreach that now has over 15,000 children learning God’s Word each week.
Tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 21st, Larry begins a 5 day “Bible Conference” to edify and advance the training of our 50+ Pastors and BAWANA Leaders who will attend. His lessons will include new object lessons, and new games they can use to teach Bible Lessons.
We plan to talk with all these men about the Elephant Village need and see what solution might “pop up”! It is the only time each year that ALL our Pastors from 3 Districts (counties) are together in one place.
It will be a busy week for sure, so stay tuned next week for “the rest of the story”.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the Balama Staff