|175 TONS OF CORN IN THE BARN IN 5 DAYS
BEFORE OUR TRUCKS ROLLED OUT, we prayed for super natural strength, endurance, and safety for our Balama corn buying team.
God answered in a BIG WAY!
Our 100 man team broke 3 Balama records in 5 days.
Unloading sacks weighing 165 to 176 lbs EACH. Amazing strength, balance, and coordination needed to control this kind of weight on your head.
1. TUESDAY: Team moved a record 830 sacks of corn in 8 hours. 650 sacks (42.5 TONS) weighed, sacked, and stored in the barn IN FOUR HOURS, with another 180
sacks (14.4 TONS) trucked in by 2 p.m.
2. THURSDAY: REPEATED TUESDAY’S RECORD by putting another 650 sacks in the barn!
As the 100 ton pile gets higher, a staircase of sacks is built that the men must climb while carrying the sacks. These sacks only weigh 132 lbs. (60Kg), and only our strongest men are able to manage the climb to get it to the top.
3. FRIDAY, our teams reached deep into the bush to haul in another 400 sacks, leaving only 300 for Monday’s work load. Monday, we should complete our JUNE GOAL by having 200 TONS of corn in the barn. With the help of 2 large trucks, what use to take 3 weeks, now only takes 6 days!
Sometimes, a helping hand is needed from the guys on top. 100 TONS sits in this stack, ready for distribution to the orphans in July.
FOOD BUYING CONTINUES THROUGH JULY
This 200 tons of corn meets the distribution needs for 2,500 orphans from June to January. Another 100 tons of “super dry” corn is needed to feed the children from February to May. It will be ready by late July. Locally grown peanuts and rice will also be ready in early July, completing our yearly food buying needs for the children.
Widows enjoying the children’s feast last week. These 24 dedicated women and 2 men are the foster parents for the 104 orphans who are directly in our care in Balama.
BUSH BUNNY TIDBITS
We are very sad that Caitlin Pruitt contracted malaria last Friday, and must shorten her stay by flying out later this week. She is recovering well, but all concerned feel it best that she not risk a 2nd infection with only a few weeks left to her stay. Caitlin is attending RN School, and we want her to regain full strength before beginning the very busy semester she faces in August.
Abbie Wheeler will complete her 6 week volunteer program with us in Balama.
WORDS cannot express how much JOY our team feels at having completed another June corn buying season THANKS TO YOUR HELP.
It takes ALL OF US working “hand in hand” to save the lives of orphans and widows.
Some plant, some water, while others are sent to reap the harvest
If any 3 of these steps are missing, then the harvest fails.
Each person helping us provides a valuable piece of this process.
Thanks to your prayers, love gifts, and volunteer helpers, God’s harvest of souls is coming forth in a mighty way in northern Mozambique.
THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!
NOTE: Our final licensing documents are once again before the National Social Service’s Committee in Maputo. We expect an answer in July.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: MAY 31 2015
|BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR THE ORPHANS!
106 ORPHANS IN OUR CARE ALL READY FOR A RICE AND GOAT FEAST FOR THEIR PARTY
After bustling around all week preparing for corn buying, our staff decided to wrap up the month with our annual “CHILDREN’S DAY BIRTHDAY PARTY” on May 30th.
ABBIE, CAITLIN, AND DAWN GIVE OUT COOKIES AND GIANT SUCKERS, YUM !
EARNISTINE SERVES A FESTIVE MEAL OF RICE AND GOAT TO SOME OF OUR CHILDREN.
Normally held on June 1st, National Children’s Day in Mozambique, we moved it up for an important reason.
The younger children are out of school on Monday to celebrate this holiday, but our 11 high school students must attend classes. Couldn’t let them miss their own birthday party! (Since we don’t know most of the children’s true birthdays, all 106 of them celebrate together on this day.)
Our Youth Pastors provided Christian music with the new sound system the children donated to the church. The children love to sing and dance to this music.
Basketball and soccer games, went on simultaneous to girl’s competition jump rope, and sack races, while the younger children had a fun time on the swings and giant slide.
In preparation for the party, all 106 orphans received new clothes which they proudly wore to the party.
Our party feast included a goat and rice plate, followed by Birthday treats–packet of cookies, a balloon, and 2 giant suckers of different types. (bubble gum and yogurt) Yummy!
LITTLE DIXON, AGE FOUR, WAITED PATIENTLY AS THE LAST PERSON IN LINE, SO HE COULD HAVE HELP IN BLOWING UP HIS BALLOON.
Needless to say, the 4 hour party was a great success!
CORN IN THE BARN FOR MONDAY’S KICK OFF!
The government has been super cooperative in letting us fetch food a few days early this year, since beans and corn are in short supply.
Today, we weighed, and stored 300+ sacks (154lbs./70kg each) of corn so we can jump right in to processing it for storage early Monday.
BUSY WEEK AHEAD, as we hope to buy and store 200 TONS of corn in our barn in the next 12 days.
Yesterday, our staff and I handpicked 80 men to help us accomplish our goal.
It will be a bit “corny” around here for the next 2 weeks, (counting corn sacks in our sleep), but the sacrifice is worth it.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
Without the Orphans Unlimited Family of contributors, and our fabulous staff (both in the USA and Moz.) over 2,500 orphans and widows would suffer severe malnutrition that could kill them.
Blessings to all of you!
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
Corn Crunching Visitors from Texas:
|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: MAY 9, 2015
TRUCKING IN THE BEANS.
God is so, so good to us, for we made our quota before other buyers got to the beans.
WEIGHING THE SACKS.
Price went up from last year, but that is to be expected with short supply and BIG demand.
SPRAYING AND SACKING THE BEANS FOR STORAGE.
Our team of 63 men managed the processing and storage in THREE DAYS! Our team really pulled their weight and did a tremendous job
STACKING THE BEANS (EACH SACK WEIGHS 132 LBS. ‚OR
The pics tell it better than I can.
BUSH BUNNY TIDBITS
Bean buying “consumed” us this week, but we still hosted 2 sets of INSPECTORS for our houses. One group on Tuesday, who just drove up without notice.
They loved our work. Then the BIGGY—2 health inspectors who performed the final health inspection for our National Orphanage Licensing.
We passed with only a request for a few minor adjustments (painting boys and girls symbols on the bathrooms doors), and believe it or not (color changes of some of the paint used inside the houses. These men prefer white vs. our cheerful yellow, so we must repaint, (not a great color for young boys with dirty hands).
ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
My Mom, Connie, is back in the hospital, and my Dad, Willard, has been sick with a respiratory infection/allergies this week. Mom has multiple problems and is very weak. Progress will be slow.
Prayer is greatly appreciated for both of them.
Dawn and I are having a great time working and fellowshipping together. She did a great job as Observer/Guard at the Bean Barn these last 2 days. (Dawn flew in from South Africa on Thursday night, after getting her Residency visa). We only had a few men in our group of 63 who tried to “hide” vs. doing their work. Dawn’s “eagle eyes” kept everything running smoothly.
Some of the men who KNEW I couldn’t have seen them sneak behind the barn, began to think I had eyes in the back of my head! I didn’t bother to tell them otherwise. Tee Hee.
Super nice to have a 2nd set of eyes on duty!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
|BEAN BASHING BRINGS BUNCHES TO BALAMA
Ask and you WILL receive!
God opened the flood gates this week after our “bean prayer” for 100 tons to fill our barn.
Our GOD is a GOD of MULTIPLICATION, and as we are learning, HE CAN MULTIPLY ANYTHING!
How to activate His Blessings: ASK IN JESUS NAME (with right motive), BELIEVE, AND RECEIVE!
On Monday, Capena spread the word to our 3 churches in the major bean growing area, and the “bush grapevine” was activated.
The Leaders in these areas reported that their beans WERE NOT READY, and that the bean harvest would be small this year. Very discouraging since all children depend on beans to meet their daily protein needs. It also means prices will be higher than normal.
GOD PROVIDES FROM A NEW SOURCE
Our MECUTI PASTOR, Armando, was first to bring his beautiful beans to our barn (1.5 TONS) just 48 hours after the “bush grapevine” went into action.
What’s amazing about this? FOR 3 YEARS, THIS AREA HAS HAD A WEAK BEAN HARVEST!
Pastor Armando’s 40 church members say they can fill 300 sacks! (20 tons) With that news, we happily sent the Pastor back to his church with 100 sacks in hand. When they fill those, we will send more.
GOD IS NOT LIMITED, as Moses stories would tell you. If God can provide food in abundance from heaven, NO PROBLEM to provide beans from a weak field!
BABY DANIEL, STANDING AT 7 MONTHS ! ERNESTINA, FOSTER MOM, SAYS HE IS CRAWLING AND READY TO WALK.
GOD’S PROVISION FOR TRUCK REPAIRS
I was shock to find out from Linda, at our Texas office, that a gift had arrived which MATCHED the repair costs of our Land Cruiser’s transmission.
This gift was sent BEFORE the amount of the repairs was known.
We had prayed and ASKED JESUS to provide for the repairs, but no one was told the amount, as I didn’t know what it would be.
Obvious that JESUS totally understands how essential that truck is to our orphan food program, since it is the main truck for hauling to all the remote sites.
I LOVE IT WHEN JESUS PROVIDES THE NEED BEFORE THE AMOUNT IS EVEN KNOWN.
YOUNG COOK AND HOT “POP”, A DANGEROUS COMBINATION
BRENDA ‚PUTTING SYLVADINE OINTMENT ON BAD 2ND DEGREE BURN. BRAVE GIRL, NO TEARS.
Eight year old orphan girl, Vela, found out the hard way last Saturday that a firm grip is needed when moving hot liquid corn cereal called “pop”, from the fire. The pan slid from her grasp splashing over her forearm from elbow to wrist. Second degree burn blisters rose up immediately. Her Grandmother washed off the “pop”, but felt that no treatment was needed since no raw skin was exposed (only huge blisters)
VELA SHOWS US HER ARM EIGHT DAYS AFTER THE ACCIDENT.
WE THANK GOD FOR HER RAPID HEALING.
Little Vela is one tough little girl, and obviously has a HIGH pain tolerance, for her grandmother only brought the burn to my attention 36 hours later, on Sunday afternoon. Only mildly infected, I cleaned and covered this large burn with Sylvadene ointment before wrapping her arm in a sterile bandage. Hardly a wimper left her lips, which amazed everyone, as 4 adults stood by to help hold her if she tried to pull away.
With much Prayer, Tylenol, and Amoxicillin for infection, Valatia returned to school on Wednesday with her bandaged arm, as it was healing nicely.
On Saturday, the 8th day since the accident, VELA WAS COMPLETLEY HEALED with new skin covering the burn area.
God is good, ALL THE TIME!
We PTL for her rapid healing.
DAWN RECOVERING FROM MALARIA
Dawn Horger, our newest missionary, never experienced malaria when working in Southern Mozambique for over a year. She is in Balama only 3 weeks and a nasty mozzy must have found her quite tasty upon her arrival! She had a mild reaction compared to most “first timers”, but said she would rather not repeat the experience.
Speaking from experience, IT IS A BUMMER!
Keep your prayers coming!
Next 3 months will be super busy as we bring in the harvest in order to feed hungry orphans.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
|PORTUGUESE TRANSLATION MEANS THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR AWANA GAME CLUBS IN MOZAMBIQUE!
LARRY FRIEND, INTERNATIONAL TRAINER FOR AWANA GAMES taught a 2 day seminar that expanded into 3 days at the Pastor’s request.
32 Pastors from ALL 3 DISTRICTS (counties) where our church, Igreja Aguas Vivas exists (Living Waters in Mozambique).
The Youth Pastor from the Balama Assembly of God, also attended.
Loads of fun for all, as Larry is a great teacher.
The Pastors were so, so surprised when they saw the 66 lessons printed in Portuguese!
FIVE PASTORS were first timers, and will be starting new AWANA GAME CLUBS in 3 Districts!
Jill, Dawn and Dave made a super painting team while Larry was busy teaching the pastors. The swings are looking “bluer than new”.
We send a BIG THANK YOU TO LARRY FRIEND for helping us expand and upgrade our AWANA GAME CLUBS.
DAVE VANDERGRIEND, we thank YOU for making the Portuguese curriculum possible, (he financed it).
AGUAS VIVAS is the first to have the Portuguese curriculum in all of Mozambique!
This gift now allows us to EXPAND our vision so that ALL CHILDREN MAY HEAR OF JESUS CHRIST. We plan to offer training opportunities for other churches in all 17 Districts of Cabo Delgado Province (state).
THE HARVEST IS RIPE, AND WE EXPECT A “SEA OF MOZAMBICAN CHILDREN” TO FILL HEAVEN BECAUSE THEY FOUND JESUS AT AN AWANA GAMES CLUB!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
LAND CRUISER NOW IN PEMBA
THURSDAY started early with a 3 a.m. wake up for Manuel and his team who transported the Land Cruiser to Pemba on the back of our 7 ton truck.
The truck was given a 3 hour head start, with all the visitors leaving at 6:30 a.m. with me in our King Cab.
The unloading of the Land Cruiser was much easier than expected, as the mechanic allowed us to use his oil changing platform together with our home made ramp.
The photos tell it all, and the process was safely done in 15 minutes with the help of 6 strong men (pushing), along with Ivan (the mechanic), Dave, and Larry who set up the “bridge” in front of the wheels. Once the bridge was aligned, the truck crossed over to the cement platform without incident.
The broken transmission will be removed on Monday and we will know what repairs are needed.
MUCH WORK AHEAD AS BALAMA BEAN WAR HAS BEGUN!
Shocking news hit me as reports rolled in early this morning.
Our visitors left on Friday, and I no more got out of bed on Saturday when the bean reports started flowing in from our remote Pastors.
We already knew the bean harvest would be smaller than usual due to either not enough rain at the right time, or too much at the wrong time.
But I didn’t expect this!
ILLEGAL BUYERS ARE POSTING SIGNS in the bush saying they will pay the UNHEARD of price of 25 mets/kg!
(US 68 cents/2.2lbs or ZAR 7/kg)
Normal price in 2014 was 15 mets/kg! (US 45 cents/2.2lb. or about ZAR 5.50/kg).
That is 23 cents MORE than normal/kg and we will have to beat that price or no one will sell to us!
CAPENA WILL BASH THE BUSH FOR BEANS EARLY MONDAY
Capena is our expert organizer of the village coops.
He will be ON THE ROAD early Monday morning to speak to all the leaders of the co-ops in the 3 areas that grow the majority of the beans in our district (county).
We expected the price to be higher than last year, but NO ONE expected the illegal buyers to push it to a record high.
100 TONS NEEDED TO FEED 2,500+ ORPHANS FOR 2015
Until the harvest is brought into the villages, NO ONE KNOWS how many tons are available for sale this year.
NO BEANS EQUALS MALNUTRITION IN 1000’S OF CHILDREN!
It is the only protein that is available to most village children.
Meat is scarce, fish unavailable, so beans is everyone’s protein source.
PRAY for a supernatural BLOCKADE to the illegal buyers so they are not able to buy in Balama this year.
We will be making sure the proper authorities are notified this week about the “signs in the bush”.
Supernatural intervention very much needed, as it is almost impossible to control these buyers who come at night and on Sundays when few people are around.
Baby Edna says,“hello, and thanks for her toy giraffe,
it tastes great.….”
GOD’S BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU!
THE BALAMA MISSIONARIES,
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE