FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: MARCH 15, 2014
SALAZAR AND SON (Reality in the Bush on Education)
On March 1st, I told you about Salazar, a member of our Rovuma church, and how the Lord told me to get him new shoes. Salazar walks 5km (3 miles) from his village, Nacala, to the Rovuma church each Sunday. Nacala is DEEP in the bush with only a foot path connecting it to the Rovuma village. Well, the story continues, as I found out this week that Salazar had to loan his new shoes to his son, Felizando, so he could go to school in Balama. In the village schools (1–5 grades only), no shoes are required. I found out yesterday that the shoes were way too big for his son, so he only wore them into the classroom for “show”.
FATHER AND SON, SALAZAR AND FELIZANDO
Twelve year old Felizando, is the FIRST AND ONLY STUDENT FROM HIS VILLAGE to enrol in the 6th grade in the Balama school, which is 10 km (6 miles) from his home. After 6 weeks of walking the 12 miles to and from school each day, this young man, who is recovering from malnutrition, is exhausted. We’ve been supporting his family with food for the last 30 days, as they are all sick due to malnutrition. Thus, these daily long walks have been too much for Felizando at this time.
ANOTHER HEAVY BLOW:
On Friday, Felizando was DISMISSED from school along with 150 other students who couldn’t afford uniforms. Super upset, he left for home, knowing that this ended his education since his Father could never afford $20 for a uniform. Little did Felizando know that his “FATHER IN HEAVEN” knew otherwise.
Salazar came to me Friday afternoon to beg help, asking if we had a uniform his son could use. We had none, so, Bunny Brain goes into high gear and makes a plan. Our seamstress had left for the weekend, so I sent our guard via bicycle to his home to tell him that I needed his help on Saturday to make this young man’s uniform. He agreed, and is making it as I write this story to you. I then found a pair of tennis shoes left by a visitor that just fit this young man. Searched the school box and found left over school supplies from our students, so I outfitted him with a math set, back pack, notebooks, and pen and pencil, since he only had a notebook and pen.
I asked Salazar if he’d allow his son to sleep at one of our Pastor’s homes during the week, so he’d only had to walk to his village on weekends. Both he and Felizando readily agreed this was a wonderful solution as they have no family in the area who could help out. Where he will sleep is still being organized, but I will find a place for him nearby where he will be well supervised.
I knew when I met Salazar, that there was something “special” about him. He loves the Lord, is educated, and eager to do whatever it takes to protect his family. He will now be our “evangelist” in Nacala, and receive special training to work as Pastor Joaquim’s assistant in the church. I sense in my spirit that God has BIG PLANS for his man. It will be wonderful to watch his story unfold as he takes the Gospel to the deeper parts of the bush where JESUS has never been preached.
NAMARA MIRACLE MAKING WAVES!
Pastor Ramadan of Namara Village came to tell me yesterday that JONAL, (story in March 8th blog) has been spreading the word about how JESUS saved his baby and wife with the miracle birth. Since the hospital visit, all 4 family members are now healthy and many are listening to their story. Pastor Ramadan has been swamped with requests to come talk to family groups about Jesus! Looks to me like REVIVAL may be breaking out in Namara!
ELZABE THE “BUSY BEE” STOREROOM KEEPER!
Elzabe spends 8–9 hours a day working in our 3 major storerooms, getting things sorted and reorganized for more efficient use.
I’m very, very, very happy to have her on board, as this is a job that was beyond what I could handle with all the day to day responsibilities here.
We are also thrilled that Elzabe would like to come back and help run the mission station during food buying (May/June). Since it looks like there will be no visitors to help us at the barns this year, that makes for a heavy load for Bunny and her staff.
Elzabe’s help to keep us fed, and the mission running smoothly, will be most welcome!
Blessings to all of you and THANKS for helping us to spread God’s love to the children in Mozambique.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange Eric Dry Elzabe Barnard Balama Staff