FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE:SEPT. 20, 2014
BUSH BUNNY “WINGED OUT OF THE WAY” BY GUARDIAN ANGELS
The 2nd story of the Super Playhouse reaches into the tree branches of the huge Mango Tree that shades it. We needed to cut off a few branches in order to make room for the small roof that will protect the children and the super slide from falling mango fruit from October to December each year. Green mango fruit is as hard as a baseball before it ripens. A “goose egg” size knot on your head is the normal, if you get hit by one that drops off due to a big gust of wind.
I was busy taking photos of the men cutting the limbs as it was quite a feat for them to chop away at the same branch they were sitting on.
When it came to the last and largest branch that had to be removed, the 5 men on the ground ask me for a rope so they would have better control as the branch fell. We’d already had a smaller branch damage one of the 4X4’s on the playhouse, and wanted to avoid any further damage.
I was well out of the way, or so I thought.
This huge branch snapped off prematurely with a loud CRACK! My heart jumped for it was not falling as expected, and was headed straight for ME!
All I remember is pivoting to jump out of the way, and 2 seconds later found myself laying in the dirt with 5 guys grabbing my arms and dragging me to my feet.
THE HUGE TREE BRANCH was laying just inches beyond my feet!
THIS IS THE REASON I KNOW IT WAS ANGELS WHO INTERVENED:
I landed so softly in the dirt that I was without pain, scratches, or bruises, which is not possible without supernatural intervention. I have no recollection of how I got where I did, because it was over 12 feet from where I’d been standing. There were NO footprints in the dirt between the spot I pivoted and the spot I landed.
The men said I just flew through the air with this huge branch actually pivoting on it’s point so that it FOLLOWED ME!
My crew were totally terrified, as it looked like I would surely be crushed by the limb. After I was on my feet, one of the men had to sit down before he fainted! He said he couldn’t believe I was OK.
After a few laughs, they cut that huge limb into pieces, and removed it from the playground.
It was too heavy for even 5 men to lift it.
I’m very, very grateful to be alive, and I thank Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God’s Angels for “lifting me” out of harm’s way.
2 MAN TEAM OFF TO REPAIR 15 WATER WELLS IN MELUCO
In mid-August, I was notified by the officials in Meluco County that 15 of their wells needed repairs.
The list of parts needed to repair them was staggering!
Thanks to a generous gift by Wayne K. of Butler, PA, literally 1000’s of people will have access to clean water by next week.
Manuel and Mario, our 2 man “water well fix-it team” will leave early Monday morning, spending 3 days repairing water wells in the super dry Meluco District where 515 of our orphans live. A few of these wells are ones we drilled, but most have been around for years, and their main parts are totally worn out.
Each year, over $3,000 is needed in repair parts to maintain these hand pump Afridec wells. Thanks to the drilling company who sells us the parts, we can stretch this gift even further this year, as they gave us a discount because we bought in bulk.
Manuel and I organized and repacked this table full of water well parts last Thursday.
Life cannot exist without clean water. Repairing existing wells is the fastest way to bring LIFE and HEALTH back to a village in need.
ASHLYNN GOT HER RESIDENCY! PTL!
Paperwork was filed and REJECTED on Thursday, “bummer”, because unknown to us, the wording had been changed for the request letter since we filed Katie’s paperwork last month. Thanks to cooperation in Balama, the correct document was organized late that same afternoon, so they could return to Pemba on Friday to file the newly worded paperwork.
CLOTHNG GIVE OUT BEGINS THIS WEEK
As I write this, Katie and Ashlynn are hard at work filling plastic sacks with the right size clothing for the orphans in each village. While Manuel goes to Meluco early Monday, Capena’s team will hand out food in 3 locations between Monday and Tuesday. Each of those 340 orphans will receive a new set of clothes made at our sewing center here at our mission station.
On Monday, BBB will keep the “home fire” burning. Monday is corn milling and rice hulling day. Somebody has to stay behind and get it done. Beats bouncing on rough roads for sure! So even before the sun comes up, our teams will hit the road!
Keep your prayers covering us, for we have lots of food to move in the next few months.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda (now hopping higher than ever!) Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn Ashlynn Grabill