BUSH BUNNY BRENDA BLOG , JUNE 21, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LINDA STANLEY!
Linda Stanley, Danielle Van Zyle, Emma Clifford, Eric Dry, Melissa Olmsdahl, and Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
We held Linda’s 76th birthday today at our little bush camp we call EDEN. It’s our little hideaway only a 10 minute drive from our base, but since the locals don’t go there, we can have a great party without interruption. A few cows passed by, but they weren’t interested in us. The menu was chicken salad sandwiches with fried potato wedges. I took the Ketsup (Tomato Sauce) as fries just aren’t the same without it! TONIGHT at supper we have Linda’s favourite cake: our version of the Pineapple UPSIDE DOWN cake.
THREE SETS OF TWINS BORN TO GOAT FAMILY TODAY!
This morning, Danielle and I went out to deworm 2 Mommy goats who had babies yesterday (1 set of twins and 1 single birth). Just as I got home from Linda’s picnic, one of my goat managers, Carlitos, raced up on his motorbike to tell me about the multiple births cause his phone battery was dead. Danielle, Emma, and Melissa were gone to language classes, so Carlitos and I drove out to handle the deworming and check the babies. Carlitos knew I was to leave at 5a.m. on Saturday for Pemba and wouldn’t return till early Sunday morning. Deworming the goats within the 1st day after giving birth is VERY important, since any stomach worms present are immediately triggered to produce up to 5,000 worm eggs A DAY due to the hormones released in the birth process.
So at the moment we have NINE strong baby goats (3 females and 6 males). The 6 newbies were BAAAing their heads off when we left, looking for that wonderful drink they call the “Udder Uncola”! That’s a farmer’s joke for mommy’s milk, my friends!
FIRST GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS SURPRISED US ON THURSDAY
On Wed. a “little birdy” told us to expect company on Thursday. We held a quick clean up, as kids will be kids and the rooms are not always military clean and neat. The Balama Administrator (a woman), came at 9a.m. Thursday with 4 cars full of her followers. Together we walked the village in order to visit our Girl’s and Boy’s homes that we built last year. She’d never seen them and dearly loved the ROCKET STOVES the women were cooking on. She also visited our orphan’s home that is under construction for little boys and girls under 11 years of age. We really appreciate our “little birdy” friends and are very grateful for the favour we have with the local government. During our walk, the Administrator asked me to report to her office at 2pm that afternoon. Seems the basketball court at the local high school needs a face lift and new goals. We’ve been asked to “make it happen”, so Monday, off we go to start digging holes for the new cement goal posts. We’ll also be hauling in 420 sacks of RICE straight from the fields on Monday. Nothing like a busy day to keep one out of trouble.
OFF TO PEMBA IN THE MORNING
MELISSA , SITTING PRETTY, ON OUR BEAUTIFUL NEW 50CC MOTORBIKE.
On Saturday, June 22nd, Melissa Olmsdahl will fly back to RSA to get her police clearance and Residency Visa. She returns to us on July 17th to begin her new “Biking Career” as she brings Christ to the Youth of Mozambique. We were blessed last week with a 50 cc motorbike, that Melissa will use to travel with Carlitos Jorge, our traveling Children’s Leader to bring Christ to the 1000’s of kids in remote villages. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to those who made this bike possible.
Stayed tuned for more adventures next week. Around here, FLEXIBILITY is the name of the game.
REMEMBER: THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN A PROBLEM AND A SOLUTION IS: The distance between your knees and floor. The one who KNEELS to the Lord can STAND UP to anything!
LOVE AND HUGS,
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA AND THE BALAMA GANG
DANIELLE VAN ZYL