Bush Beat Blog
FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA”
DATE: JANUARY 15, 2016
RAINS CONTINUE TO POUR DOWN, BUT WIDOW’S ROOF BACK ON!
Non-stop rains may slow us down, but my carpenters and brick layers worked long hours in the rain this week to get the new roof secured in place.
Repairs continue on the 4 houses that had damage to outer walls. Still to be re-roofed is the construction storage warehouse, which is leaking, but staying in place with heavy bricks. Thanks to a great friend in Broken Arrow, OK, we were able to buy the tin sheets and bags of cement needed for all this work.
Thank you for all your prayers during this time of trial, for old “smutty face” (devil) is not liking all the evangelical work we are doing. Even in the RAINY SEASON, we are reaching over 5,000 children a WEEK with the Gospel and discipleship training via the AWANA program.
BLACK MAMBA PAYS BUNNY A VISIT (Praise report, angels watching over me.)
When the roof attack didn’t stop us, “smutty face” sent me a 30 cm (1 foot) long, shiny baby black mamba to visit me in my bedroom! That was the only size that could slip under the screen door into my room. (That ¼”/1cm space has now been closed off!)
I woke up Tuesday at 4a.m., rolled out of bed with my flashlight, and immediately spotted the little critter under a box at the head of my bed. My trusty machete (panga) was within easy reach, so with 6 very fast and accurate WHACKS, that little critter was in 6 pieces! I then crushed his head with the point of the blade (that’s Biblical yah know!), scooped it up in my dust pan, and gave my guard a heart attack when I opened the front door and handed it to him to throw away.
Poor guy liked to have jumped out of his skin. No Mozambican likes to get that close to a snake, but when I convinced him it was super dead, he agreed to dump it in our garbage pit. AND NO, I didn’t bother to take a photo of the dead snake. At 4 in the morning, I just wanted it out of my house!
Needless to say, I was PRAISING THE LORD for revealing the snake, and keeping it from crawling into bed with me! I also asked the Holy Spirit to REVEAL any others that might be lurking in my house. None have shown their head, so I feel sure that was the only one that got in.
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE WILL KILL YOU
Sadly, 3 of Pastor Alberto’s family were electrocuted in Pemba in the same storm that tore up our buildings on Friday night. The house of his niece and her 2 young boys was wired for electricity with UNINSULATED WIRE. The high winds blew the wire onto the TIN ROOF of the house, electrifying everything. The mother was hit first. Her 2 young children were electrocuted when they grabbed her as she began to convulse. A neighbor man was also electrocuted when he tried to pull the children off their mother. Many people wire their houses with whatever type wire they can find. All of Mozambique is on 220 volt power, leaving no room for mistakes if you touch an open wire. A sad reminder why safety rules for building materials are a must. Pastor Alberto performed the funerals, and is now on his way back to continue training up Pastors in Namuno District.
NEW YEARS PARTY A SUCCESS FOR 150+ ORPHANS/WIDOWS
The photos tell it all, but games, great food (2 goats and 120 lbs of rice), and lot of cookies, candy, and balloons made a great New Year’s party for our children.
NEW NYLON SWING SEATS DONATED BY CHILDREN FROM EVAN’S, LOUISIANNA GOOD NEWS CLUB
You can tell from Dixon’s face, that he truly feels secure in the new swing seats. Much safer than the wooden seats we previously had, these nylon “snuggy” swings won’t hurt as bad if a child gets hit by them. THANK YOU to the elementary school children in EVANS, LA for this wonderful gift!
WIDOW’S RECEIVE NEW HOES AND MACHETTES FOR NEW YEARS
Thanks to several donors in the USA and RSA, we were able to bless 700 village widows who care for orphans, with a new hoe and machete.
I couldn’t pass up this photo of baby DANIEL as he laid claim to the hoe we gave his foster mother. That little face truly says “It’s MINE!”
My entire staff and our resident orphans all send our sincere thanks to each of you reading this, for without your help, we could not bless an endless mass of children with a new life through Jesus Christ. Each of you are a piece of God’s puzzle, and because you do your part, we can do ours.
THANK YOU, SO, SO MUCH
Blessings, and a BIG BUNNY HUG,
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange