|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“DATE: JANUARY 24, 2015|
|INSPECTORS, DESTRUCTIVE CYCLONE, AND AIR LIFTED SUPPLIES CAUSES FEB./MARCH TOUR TO BE CANCELEDI know this announcement causes many of you to groan, but it is just not practical for me to leave.
Safety of the children and our missionary staff must come first, as we are facing a volatile situation at the moment with many post storm challenges.
A cyclone (hurricane) followed by a 2nd cyclone that downgraded to a severe tropical storm, hit our area all within the last 2 weeks.
1. The first storm knocked over 10 metal towers that carry electricity to all of northern Moz. Over 9 million people have been without electricity and many without running water since Jan. 12th. Estimated time of repair is first week of Feb., IF the rains hold off. (could be longer as Feb is our greatest rain fall month).
2. Secondly, these storms completely destroyed 2 major bridges on the ONLY ROAD between southern and northern Moz.
This means NO SUPPLIES can reach us except by ship or air.
No estimation on when this road will open, which provides vital food supplies for these same 9 million people. I’ve managed to buy 6 weeks of salt, canned fish, soap, sugar, and cooking oil from a Balama businessman this week. Our kids are pretty much “safe” as long as they fix this road in the next 30 days.
Foods we depend on from other areas have skyrocketed in price, and frozen or cold foods are non-existent.
Nampula, the largest supply center in the north, has already sold out of most of its supplies.
Pemba, our capital city, is low on supplies as well as the towns of Montepuez and Balama. (We bought the last of the soap and most of the salt, when we purchased supplies 2 days ago.)
Pray for PEACE TO REIGN, (no food riots), and for the road and electric crews to work with GOD’S DEVINE FORCE, allowing them to restore services in the next 30 days.
Our kids are thrilled with the new playground.
3. We are expecting an air shipment via MAF of vital life-saving supplies for our orphans (coming in from RSA in between Feb. 15th and 28th). This was delayed from last Nov. , and I have to be here to receive it.
MONKEY BAR FUN.
4. IMPACT OF FLOODING ON OUR FOOD SUPPLY IN BALAMA
The floods caused by the cyclone destroyed many acres of beans and corn in parts of Balama as well as 1000’s of acres in the area just south of us. That means that many illegal buyers will swarm the Balama area by April 1st, looking for beans and corn to buy. We had favor last year with the government, who allowed us to buy early, and we expect to receive that same favor this year.
KATIE DANCING WITH ORPHANS.
5. IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH CHALLENGES, PEMBA SOCIAL SERVICES IS COMING FOR OUR PERMANENT LICENSING EVALUATION IN NEXT 14 DAYS!
Our Awana leader arriving on his bike. Neither rain, nor storm will keep this devoted man of God from his appointed task.
This is the FINAL, and most important of all the inspections so far.
We are ready, but it does mean we will have to fetch them in Pemba (8 hour drive round trip), host them for 2 days, then return them to Pemba.
Going the extra mile is essential if you want to raise orphans in any African country.
Keep your prayers coming! We sure need them.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange