THE PITTER PATTER OF “HAPPY FEET” DANCING TO BAWANA GAMES
Everything needs sunshine to stay healthy! Children, crops, and goats alike! Spots of daily sunshine “lit up” our children this week as the rains became more “normal”. Afternoon or night showers are normal for our rainy season, and very good for the crops and the kids who seriously need their morning play time. (So say the foster mothers!)
Bawana Games — bean bag toss
Today our children eagerly played Bawana games on our basketball court after 3 weeks of constant rain that canceled most outdoor activities. Our teenage boys were busy hoeing up the grass on the soccer field. Can’t have grass slowing down the ball during the “After Church Soccer Game” on Sunday! Over 200 people from the community come to cheer on the teams during these soccer games providing fun and laughter for everyone. It’s a great “family time” for all of us.
Now I hear that the Twigg (graphite mine) Team has challenged us to a basketball game. One problem. We need a new basketball so the boys can practice. ($34 in Pemba.)
SCHOOL DAYS ARE ALMOST HERE
Bush Bunny’s living room is full to the brim with all the “school supplies” donated by our friends at the Syrah/Twigg Graphite Mine. The “elves” from the Christmas Party will join us this Friday to distribute this mountain of school supplies to the 87 school age orphans living with us.
My overflowing activity room
The back packs are brightly printed with fun kid designs, as well as the zip up pencil holders, and the easy to grip pencil sharpeners.
The items we can buy locally are pretty dull in comparison. Our children saw these gifts at the Christmas Party, and eagerly await our Friday “fun time” when we outfit them with everything they need for this school year. It takes about 4 hours to outfit this gang with everything from uniforms to pencil sharpeners. More next week as we gear up for the school year starting Feb. 5th.
PASTOR JOAQUIM’S HOME NOW ROOFED
Our sincere THANKS! goes out to those who gave special gifts to help us rebuild Pastor Joaquim’s home. By re-using some old tin sheets, we stretched those gifts to complete his roof this week for we didn’t have enough new tin sheets.
Pastor’s house with new roof
A team of 3 teens and 1 woman volunteered to plaster the “pao-peeky” walls with mud this week to provide security and privacy. The finishing work (final plastering and waterproofing with oil paint) will be delayed until more funds are available.
Teen power mudding Pastor’s house
BBC TEAMS ARE ON THE MOVE!
(Our motorbike and bicycle teams)
Because the heavy mud and rains kept the teams from going out the last 3 weeks, the village children thought they had been abandoned for good (their testimony to the team). They went WILD with lots of screaming and dancing when the teams showed up this week. It’s nice to know that the children truly appreciate the fun, attention, and Jesus Love Lessons our teams provide for them.
PASTOR FRED UPDATE
(motorcycle accident victim)
Fred’s broken leg received a new cast yesterday as he completed week 5 of his recovery. Sadly, he will be another 3 weeks in the cast as his bones are still soft at the break site. (Both lower leg bones were broken just above the ankle). Please keep him in prayer for a complete and expedited healing.
BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU AS WE WALK DAY BY DAY WITH OUR LORD JESUS!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF