From; Bush Bunny Brenda Lange August 3, 2013
BUNNY AND STAFF HOPPING CAUSE INSPECTORS COMING THIS WEEK!
A week ago we received a surprise inspection from the State office of Social Services. They gracefully brought us a 20 PAGE DOCUMENT containing this year’s new rules. They gave us warning that a NATIONAL INSPECTION TEAM from Maputo would be at our door on Tuesday, Aug. 6th. We were in compliance with most of the rules, Praise the Lord!, BUT… did have to have to hang pictures in all the houses, buy more educational toys and a put in a sand box in both houses for the little children, put in a library in both English and Portuguese for our High School kids, and add a SECOND mother to each home. So it’s been a busy week, but we are basically ready for their visit. Please keep us in prayer for FAVOR that they will be very happy with our program.
BUNNY PLAYS BASKETBALL
And has the sore muscle to prove it! Our teenage boys needed some couching pointers, as Melissa is learning the game herself. Most of our boys have no idea how to really play the game as a team. Ever see 10 teens going in 10 directions with no coordination whatsoever? That is what I saw, so Coach Bunny, who once was an “A” string basketball player, stepped in teaching passing, dribbling, and lay up drills. This Bunny hasn’t touched a basketball in 38 years, so was amazed at how my brain remembered the moves but the body struggled to comply. Ugh! Bunny’s muscles weren’t ready for a 45 minute coaching session complete with demonstrations! But the boys got a real thrill out of it, and learned a lot. I was amazed to see how fast they picked up the needed skills. I do plan more of it in the future, but plan to work out more slowly the next time.
Goats are doing fine. We have 102 at latest count as a few of the males went to market. The children are all healthy, and having a blast with their new sandboxes, toys, and books. The new Mopone church is getting on its feet, after the village saw the Jesus film. About 45 people showed up last Sunday for a church meeting. Mpaca village has had a church for over 4 years, so their response to the Jesus Film has been small so far.
Please remember to keep us in prayer on MONDAY NIGHT for the inspection, as that will be our TUESDAY MORNING here in Balama. We are 7 hours ahead of CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME in the USA.
NOTE ABOUT ERIC IN South Africa Eric left a few days early due to a family emergency. His brother, who has suffered for some time with a type of blood cancer, had taken ill and was in ICU on life support. Eric faced a 5 day drive to get there, but made it in time to say his goodbyes before His “born again” brother went to meet Jesus.
The beautiful card shown above is from the artist’s eye of Eric Dry.
Eric is doing well, and was able to help me resolve a tractor problem by phone yesterday. Our tractor sucked air into the fuel line, posing a major problem since I didn’t know how to bleed the lines and get it running again. Eric patiently walked me through it on the phone, and within 35 minutes, we had the tractor working again. Please keep Eric and his family in prayer for God’s peace and healing as they deal with the loss of his brother.
I love and appreciate ALL OF YOU, and please know that your prayers DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in what goes on over here. Thanks for all you do so that our children may have a happy life full of love, and a good education.
P.S. Linda Stanley will be flying to South Africa (RSA) on Saturday, Aug. 10th, to be with Eric a few days before she flies on to the USA the following Tuesday night. Linda tells us that God has lifted her calling to Balama, so she does not plan to return to us. We are VERY grateful for her serving heart and all she has taught our missionary team and the children in the 3 years she’s been with us in Balama. We will miss her more than words can describe.
BLESSINGS IN CHRIST, Bush Bunny Brenda Lange and the Balama staff Linda Stanley Melissa Olmsdahl