From: “Brenda Lange” Subject: Blog, Oct. 19, 2013
YOUTH NIGHT DRAWING TEENS TO CHRIST
Melissa Olmesdahl and Carlitos Jorge, our 2 Youth Leaders, provide a great Friday night program to an ever growing crowd of over 80 youth. Eric wired 12 volt lights into our Balama church so the town’s teens can have a fun, Christ centered educational/games program instead of walking the streets.
Carlito Jorge leads Youth Night program: He and Nito, the lifesize puppet, have a chat.
Bertino hides behind the suitcase.He is having fun performing the voice of Nito, the puppet.
Last night, NITO, my life-size puppet, performed a program to explain how Christ is the LIVING WATER. Sports Director, Bertino, hid behind the suitcase, projecting his voice so the kids thought Nito was really speaking Makua! All the teens were totally focused on the puppet’s story as they were fascinated with the presentation. Our Youth Pastors are becoming much better at “flowing with the Holy Spirit” as they reach out to capture the hearts of these young folks. Four young ladies came to Christ last week, and Praise the Lord for the many new faces seen this week.
AWANA “TRUTH SEEKERS” PROGRAM COMES TO MOZAMBIQUE
Larry Friend teaches our BBC Pastors with the help of Bush Bunny Brenda providing translation.
Thanks to Larry Friend from Awana International, USA, the Balama kids will now increase their Bible knowledge through this AMAZING Bible program for kids who can’t read. TRUTH SEEKERS combines lots of visual/verbal Bible lessons with the famous AWANA games, played on the AWANA games court that we hand painted onto our basketball court.
Larry’s students have a great time learning the games they will be teaching as they develope the AWANA BIBLE CLUBS in the villages they serve.
Larry’s “students” this week (seen enjoying the games as they learned to play them) are the members of our Bush Bikers for Christ, preschool teachers, and Youth Leaders. These 13 students will be our core group who will train others to help them develop AWANA BIBLE CLUBS in the 34 villages where we have churches and youth programs. It will take a few months to get more leaders trained and the program going well, but we know beyond a doubt that ABUNDANT FRUIT will come from teaching the children the Bible from GENESIS to REVELATIONS in an orderly fashion. At the same time, they will be learning respect, discipline, obedience, and hand/eye coordination via the AWANA GAMES.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO LARRY AND ALL THE AWANA INTERNATIONAL STAFF WHO HAVE MADE THIS POSSIBLE.
FYI: This program has been 3 years in the making for Mozambique, as Truth Seekers is a very new part of AWANA International. We are super grateful to be the first to try it in Mozambique!
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda and the Balama Staff Eric Dry Melissa Olmsesdahl