FRED IS BACK!
Office manager, Capena, fetched our “cheerful” Pastor Fred yesterday from the Nampula private clinic, where he had leg surgery last Sunday. It is WONDERUL to have him back with us, and to know that his leg will now heal rapidly. His cast has 3 “windows” in it for suture removals this Monday.
Pastor Fred with new “window” cast.
Our Balama Doctor just left Fred’s bedside after verifying all is good after his 7 hour ride yesterday in the cab of a pick-up. The x-rays shows his 2 broken leg bones are now held in place by 2 stainless steel rods. In 6 months, Pastor Fred will face another surgery to remove those rods once the bones are totally healed.
Fred’s x-ray with new rods in place.
In 3 weeks, Fred must return to Nampula to have his final check-up and hopefully, his cast removed. He will then be told when he can begin physical therapy so he can put weight on his leg.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS PASTOR FRED’S SURGERY!!! The final bill came to $3,500 due to the surgeon’s decision to use “rods” (more expensive) than plates and screws. Fred has more patience than most people, for he has been “off his feet” since Dec. 24th.
WE THANK THE LORD FOR HIS PROVISION THROUGH ALL YOU LOVELY PEOPLE. FRED WILL SOON RETURN TO THE BBC BALAMA GAMES TEAM WHICH IS TOUCHING OVER 15,000 VILLAGE CHILDREN/WEEK!
THIEVES ATTEMPT A TUNNEL BUT FAILED!
In the last 2 weeks, a rash of “break ins” have happened all over this area, keeping our neighborhood residents and night guards hopping! It appears these thieves are a small gang of teenagers, as one of our guards got a good look at 2 of them when they jumped the fence where he was guarding. Seeing a guard yielding a flashlight (torch) and a machette prompted them to jump out without taking anything.
Two “teens” tried to tunnel under our rice barn Thursday night. They quietly dug a very nice tunnel, but it only yielded good exercise and dirty clothes!
Concrete floors keep 2 and 4 legged rats outside!
Guess their “intel” wasn’t too good, for all our warehouses have solid rock and cement floors that are at least 6 inches thick! Doubt they will be back, for they are looking for easy loot!
The 100+ children who live with us are all healthy, PTL! Unusual for sure! As the resident “Mom” around here, it is nice to not be called out in the night to attend to an emergency.
We had 6 INCHES OF RAIN this week, forcing us to shut down all but essential work for 3 days this week. It is finally drying up a bit, so our tractor began moving large rocks to the next orphan home site. We put in this home’s foundation before the rains started which was a good thing, or we would not be able to do anything until April.
Thanks again for all those who helped us get a great children’s Pastor “back on his feet”. Even before he can walk or run, Pastor Fred is planning a KID’S KORNER STORY TIME in his home village once he is out of his cast!
A TRUE EVANGELIST WILL FIND A WAY TO TOUCH OTHERS, NO MATTER WHAT MOUNTAIN RISES UP BEFORE HIM.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the Balama staff
|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: July 22, 2017
|ELEPHANT VILLAGE ORPHANS FACE ANIMAL CHALLENGES
For our new readers, Imbada, better known as the Elephant Village, is on the eastern border of a massive game reserve in the Meluco District of northern Mozambique.
Why the name Elephant Village? Elephants come out of the nearby reserve to invade the farmer’s fields just before May harvest. They eat their corn and anything else they want. Lack of sufficient corn is one of the reasons for malnutrition in this area, for elephants are hard to stop.
Living in a zoo is a dangerous challenge for these villagers. Most parents leave their children in the village when they go out to their farms, with good reason.
The original 105 orphans who entered our program in 2008 are now healthy and grown, thanks to your love gifts.
The orphan challenge continues as we now use your LOVE GIFTS to supports 99 newly orphaned children and the 38 widows who care for them.
ANIMALS LEAVE ORPHANS BEHIND
For anyone living in the bush of northern Mozambique, snakes are a daily hazard that everyone, even children, must learn to deal with.
Even though they are deadly, at least people are able to kill them with a 12 foot (4 meter) bamboo rod.
NOT SO with Elephant and Leopard attacks where most humans lose the battle.
Such was the case for 15 of these newly orphaned children.
Four orphaned children with their Grandmother on far left.
Four newly orphaned children on the far left in this photo.
Seven of the children from 2 families lost both parents in separate incidents when elephants attacked them as they worked in their farming fields. A witness stated that one of the couples tried to fend off their attacking elephant with blazing fire sticks. Instead of running in fear, it angered the elephant even more. His next charge killed both adults.
A Leopard attacked early one morning, leaving 5 children orphaned after killing their parents as they walked down a narrow trail to their farm.
Three other children were orphaned when a snake killed their mother, their only parent.
These 8 children now live with their elderly grandmothers.
Capena, our Field Director, found most of these 99 orphans to be moderately to seriously malnourished. Currently our budget only allows for distribution of corn, beans, soap, and salt to these orphans.
With your help, we could add much needed cooking oil to their diet. They desperately need more fat in their diet.
$1.50 (R21) provides a liter of “liquid gold” that will sustain 2 children for a month.
$90/month (R1,260) buys the entire 60 liters of cooking oil needed for these 99 little ones.
Due to their malnourished state, we will be making an emergency food drop to these children this coming Wednesday. Thanks so much for helping us to save these innocent ones.
FATIMA’S SCHOOL HOLIDAY BLESSES OTHERS
Former Balama orphan, Fatima, now lives over 700 miles south of us as she studies Business Administration at a professional school.
To bring her home for the mid-year break was not possible, so Missionary Colin and his wife Betsie are hosting her at their mission station in Chimoio city.
Today Colin sent me a photo of Fatima as she ministers the Word of God to children in their area. Colin hosts a Saturday children’s program that touches 100’s of children in his area. Our thanks to both of these fine missionaries for all they do for the Lord Jesus.
KEEP ON MARCHING FORWARD FOR JESUS! HIS RETURN IS NEAR!
Blessings to all of you for your continued support in prayers and love gifts.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA BLOG
JUNE 3, 2017
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY PARTY !
OUR YOUNGEST JOIN IN THE FEAST. JUANITA ( FAR RIGHT), IS WALKING NOW.
THE KIDS LOVE THEIR PARTY HATS. HOW CUTE!
HAND WSHING A MUST BEFORE DIGGING IN FOR LUNCH.
Games, prizes, great food, and lots of laughs, was the scenario for the 150+ kids at our party on June 1st (National Children’s Day in Moz.)
The Sack races and Water “Carry” race (more spilling than carrying) were a big hit with our crowd!
MONICA, AGE FIVE, PRAISING JESUS IN SONG AND PRAYER.
The BBC Motorbike Team assisted Youth Leaders Bertino and Daude in the games set up and food serving. Always helps to have extra Youth Pastors around when it comes to managing a crowd that big!
Thank you to everyone who gave a bit extra so we could buy prizes for the games this year.
Giant “bubblegum suckers” were a big hit with the older children. (The younger ones received the smaller Yogurt Suckers.) As I passed a few homes after the party, every child had their sucker in their mouth, for it takes 1 HOUR to melt them down to the bubblegum center. That kept them busy as they enjoyed their long lasting treat.
RUN FOR THE CORN HAS BEGUN!
Our trucks rolled in this morning with the first loads of beautiful corn. Our “race” to get the corn in the barn as quickly as possible will continue through next weekend for sure. Needed is 3,033 sacks of corn for distribution to 2000+ orphans in 2 Districts (counties) between July and December.
That equals 182 TONS for those of you trying to figure it out. The balance of the corn (stored for the January to May rainy season), will be bought in July when it is “super dry”.
Due to a busy schedule right now, this Bunny must keep this short. We begin processing the corn for long term storage tomorrow, and I have to get the supplies ready.
When most count sheep to get to sleep tonight, our crew will be “stacking sacks” as we all hit the hay early, dreaming of the next day’s challenges.
Our alarms will roust us all out of bed BEFORE the rooster crows, as the trucks must roll out at 4a.m.
Keep us in your prayers for “supernatural strength, endurance, and an accident free program”.
Hugs to you all for keeping us covered!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF
|THE BUNNY IS BACK ON THE INTERNET|
|Eric Dry in RSA was able to help Andy Gonzalez in Balama to get my computer up and going again.|
|I was a victim of the Windows 10 TAKE OVER where it upgrades without your permission. This caused many problem that E and A were able to resolve with about 2 hours of hard work. I am most grateful to them both for their help.
A BIG BUNNY HUG TO BOTH THESE WONDERFUL MEN!
BUSH BUNNY sending the PHOTOS that went with yesterday’s blog.
Ashlee and Andy Gonzalez here to help out for the next 90 days.
Andy is a film maker and computer whiz as well as athlete.
Ashlee is a University level Soccer Coach. She will begin working with our girls tomorrow to help them form a competitive girls soccer team.
Baby Goats born this week to our herd.
Registering Orphans for this year’s food program.
A slow and tedious job at it’s best. I take my hat off to our staff for getting it done in 4 hours.
Linking warehouse #2 and #3 so we can store more rice this year for our orphans.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And all the team in Balama
From: “Linda Stanley” Subject: Blog, March, 2013 Date
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ March 2013
It has been a busy month since the roads are drying so we can travel to the villages. Two weeks ago we went to Namara west of here for services. One of the ladies who had been in witchcraft had brought some articles to be burned since she is now saved. She had been baptised along with 40 others in Impiri two weeks before. Today we visited the church in Mpaka 25 miles north of here. Attendances are down in the outlying churches because the people are in their fields protecting them from baboons. They are bad this year and everyone is fighting to save their crops. I am glad to see the rain is slacking off, it means we will be able to travel more and with less road problems. Next weekend there will be a baptism service in Namuno and the road has been impassable. We are hoping that it will be dry enough to attend. Life goes on and God continues to bless. The children are always a blessing. They are so full of love and give it so abundantly.Love in Christ Linda Stanley
If you are called to donate to Linda’s work in Africa please make out your check to:
11152 Westheimer Rd. PMB 391 Houston TX. 77042
NB/ Please state on a separate note that the donation is for Linda Stanley
From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: Blog, March 17, 2013
NAMARA CHURCH STANDING ROOM ONLY
Eric Dry and Linda Stanley visited our Namara church on Sunday, March 17th to find it at standing room only. He said about 80% were children (not surprising in a nation with the majority of its population under 15 years of age. The Namara Sunday school numbers over 140 children/week.
Maria Fatima, Baptized last week at the lake in Impiri village, came forward at church today to confess that she still had witch craft items in her mud hut. Eric said she immediately went home to fetch the items so they could be burned with the entire church as witnesses. The ashes were then buried. Eric says that Maria looked on with contentment and relief very evident on her face as the items burned.
BUSH BUNNY IN TX, PACKING, PACKING, PACKING
Only 2 weeks left before the Bunny heads for Africa. April 2nd is the take off date. With over 200 lbs of supplies to pack, it keeps this Bunny off the street. Should be a fun year as our team must build the final children’s complex in order to come into compliance with the new federal laws in Mozambique. Many Rocket stoves will be built as we train village brick layers to build these fuel saving “Mozambican Microwaves”. Our newest “potential project” will be announced very soon. Still need to confirm some details before a final decision can be made on whether we can handle it this year or not.
HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR FOOD BUYING 2013!
Pastor Buzz Snyder, now retired from Rock Island Evangelical Church in Rock Island, TX was the first to sign up. Four University students will make up the rest of the team. Breanne Brammer, Un. Of Missouri, Journalist Major Katelyn Norman, Concordia Un. Nursing student, Austin, TX Michele Davis, Concordia Un. Nursing student, Austin, TX Emma Clifford, ConCordia Un. Children’s Education, Austin, TX
We welcome them aboard, as they will all meet up and fly out on May 13th from Atlanta, arriving in Pemba, Mozambique on May 15th. All have given their entire summer to assist us in rescuing and evangelizing more orphans in Balama District.
Blessings, The Bush Bashing, Bag Packing Bush Bunny Brenda, ready to hop on back to Moz.
From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: Blog, March 12, 2013
ALASKA TRIP CANCELED
Due to a strained right shoulder after a horse decided to lift me off the ground last week while I was leading him out of his stall, the decision was made last Saturday that I should return home since lifting my suitcase and a long 2 day flight was not conducive to the healing of the shoulder. Then the Pastor of Little Chapel in Alaska had not received our cancellation e-mail or voice mail, so he contacted us on Sunday saying that my return flight from Alaska would be delayed BY 3 DAYS at least! Seems the plane wasn’t going to be able to fly in on its normal schedule, so the flight would have had to be canceled anyway. With only a few days before my departure for Africa, any delay in my return to TX would have been a disaster, as there is much packing and last minute details to attend too. I’ll miss not getting to see my friends in Cordova, Alaska this year, but I THANK YOU, Little Chapel Church Members for inviting me, and making the trip possible through your generosity in purchasing the ticket. PTL for Trip Insurance which will reimburse you the flight ticket cost. So Bush Bunny is sitting in the Cleveland, OH airport as I write this, preparing to fly back to Houston today via Atlanta. A few days at a slower pace is most welcomed. My new tune will be “Packing, Packing, Packing! Get them boxes unloaded! Head’em up, move’em out, RAWHIDE!!!!! ( for those of you in the age group to remember that TV show, the tune works for packing too. J)
It’s been a GREAT TOUR with many new friends joining us in rescuing orphans in Mozambique. For those of you who didn’t get to hear me speak, you can contact me till the end of March on my cell: 210–912-3919. I fly to South African on April 2nd.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda
POST SCRIPT: Go to youtube and type in BUSH BUNNY BRENDA You can see Brenda’s presentation in Jacksonville, Florida from last month.
Type in ORPHANS UNLIMITED and see all the Video presentations. Lots of GREAT INFORMATION and WONDERFUL PICTURES.
From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: Blog, Feb. 26, 2013
FLOODING WIPES OUT BRIDGE ON ROAD LEADING OUT OF THE BUSH
Eric wrote this morning that our pick-up which was headed to our Meluco Orphan site had to turn back yesterday. A major bridge that crosses a deep ravine was washed away on Sunday night. This “bridge” was on a temporary bypass as the main bridge never completed this year. Made out of 2 large shipping containers that were welded together, the water pressure became too much and lifted it out of its moorings and shifted it downriver. There is one other route out of our area, and Eric will investigate it on Wed. to see if it is open. High water tends to close that road each year, but with the road repairs they made last year it may be passable with 4 wheel drive.
On Sunday, Pastor Alberto went to one of the 3 Mango Tree Churches to do a Baptism. The river was in such a flood state, that the church members on the far side of the river couldn’t even cross over. Alberto said that the church groups on each side of the river could do nothing but look at each other across the swiftly moving water. So it will be rescheduled in March when the water levels begin to go down.
We had 2 more goats born this week. Set of twins with 1 boy, 1 girl. Mommy goat and both babies are doing well. We are now up to 98 goats!
I’ll keep you posted as Eric sends in more news. Blessings, BBB