From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: Blog, April 19, 2013
CALLING IN THE BEANS
A TEACHABLE MOMENT
Might sound a bit weird to some of you, but the Lord Jesus tells us in the Bible to ASK ANYTHING IN HIS NAME, and it shall be done as long as we do not ask amiss. WE ASKED for beans for our orphans, and God is answering in a very unusual way. THE NEED IS FOR 100 TONS of beans if we are to help the 2,800 orphans that are registered in our program.
Capena, our Project Manager visited the 6 villages that “ordinarily” are able to grow the ENTIRE 100 TONS. It was a bit disturbing when his report showed that they “might” have 10 tons to sell. Too much rain is the culprit, as most of the crops drowned.
THEN GOD STEPPED IN to surprise me with the fruit of my teachings from last year. Yesterday, the 2 Pastors from the villages of Namara and Pequaria came to tell us that their church members, along with some of the villagers, had almost 21 tons they could sell! This is not a normal growing area for beans, so this took us all by surprise!
When I was teaching in Namara last November (planting time), I showed those members how to walk their fields PRAYING as they planted. Their prayer was to be very specific—ASKING JESUS TO BLESS THEIR FIELD WITH A 100 FOLD HARVEST as they planted their seeds. From these reports it is obvious, they did just that! WOW, to go from a normal harvest of just enough to feed their families to a SURPLUS of over 21 tons is truly a blessing of the Lord.
My objective when teaching was to help them achieve a maximum harvest that would sustain their family and give them extra to sell. I had no idea it would be OUR ORPHANS who would benefit from their obedience and the blessing that God placed on them.
Our 2nd bit of wisdom from the Lord showed us that the many of the local Balama farmers have a small amount they can sell. For the first time in over 8 years, we will buy direct from the public (1 kg at at a time), as they bring in what they have to spare. We don’t normally do this, as it is very time consuming and labor intensive since many people only bring in a few pounds each. But our motto is, WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO FILL OUR BARNS FOR THE KIDS.
PTL, that the food is out there, we just have to find it. Our orphans in Meluco county, including the Elephant Village, will be totally dependent again on food from Balama. Just as we were getting too much rain, they had a massive drought and most of their crops burnt to a crisp in the hot sun.
SAGA CONTINUES FOR THE TWO BABIES IN LAST WEEK’S BLOG Both babies are doing slightly better this week after being treated at the hospital for anemia and malnutrition. The Balama Dr. still has no clue as to WHY they are not gaining weight, but the counselling given to the mothers seems to have done some good. The Eagle Eye Bush Bunny and her side kick, Nilza, (our trained Social Service staff member) will keep a close eye on them for sure. Thanks for all your prayers and concern for these 2 precious little ones.
ERIC RETURNS TO MOZ. FROM RSA WITH A CROWNED TOOTH APRIL 20th. I’ll be in Pemba on Saturday (thus the early Blog this week), in order to fetch Eric at the Pemba airport. We’ll do an “in and out” which means I drive the 3.5 hours to Pemba that morning, buy supplies, and then fetch him at 2:30pm. The entire round trip is a tiring, 12 hour day on the road for me and my traveling crew. Linda Stanley will remain at the Balama base to “hold down the fort” while I’m gone.
If you have any questions you’d like to see answered in the blog, then please send them. I’ll do my best to answer them IN THE BLOG so that everyone can benefit.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama gang