FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: MARCH 22, 2014
MULTITASKING AT IT’S BEST!
African version of “Barrell Riding”
Just proves there is always a way to carry something if you think it through. This is what I’d call a proper “Big Headed Idea”!
AUSSIES KEEP THE POOR IN SCHOOL
After last week’s blog about Felizando being dismissed from 6th grade because his family was too poor to afford a uniform, I received a letter from one of our partners in Australia. Frances wanted to help, and got her 3 University aged children involved also. Together, they organized enough funds to buy the materials and pay 3 men to sew 150 uniforms for the children that were expelled from the school. Capena, my office Administrator, spoke to the School Principle on Monday, who was ECSTATIC that we could help. It is LAW in Moz. that the children in the main District school wear proper uniforms. The first 14 children were measured the next day and uniform making began.
But we were unable to find enough of the maroon material in the Balama market to meet the need. The manager of the local graphite mine came by that evening to bring us a suitcase of clothing he wished to donate from closet in Australia. I told him of the problem, and he said “give me a swatch of what you need”. His truck was going to Pemba the next day and he DONATED 150 meters of the materials which he delivered to us last night.
When God moves, HE MOVES, and let no man get in His way! So our Uniform Fabrication Shop is working at full capacity, as now we have all we need to do the job.
THE UNIFORM FABRICATION SHOP SHOWING US THEIR VERSION OF THE PARABLE, “THREE SEWERS WENT OUT TO SEW”
It will take several weeks of “Pedal Power” to get all 150 done, but the school has agreed to let the children stay while the uniforms are being made. I love it when God puts a plan into motion! THANK YOU to our Australian friends who saw a need and stepped forward in faith to make it happen.
P.S. Felizando is now sleeping at the home of Youth Leader, Daude, during the week so he doesn’t have to walk 12 miles (20km) each day to get to school. His father came in Wed. to check on him. He told his Dad that he’d never eaten so well, and was super happy! This young man has never tasted 3 meals a day. Sad, but true, for many children all across Africa. What we take for granted, is not the norm for many.
PRESIDENT OF MOZAMBIQUE VISITING TODAY
Hearing the whop, whop, whop of helicopters overhead is not a normal sound for Balama. But it sure lets everyone know that he has arrived. For the next 2 days there will be speeches and many activities as over 50,000 locals could flow into the area to hear what he has to say. When something like this happens, the whole town does a major clean up, including us. Our part was to use our tractor to fill in some mud holes in the speaking area parking lot, and fetch the African dance teams from 2 of the villages. The roads all around get graded for a less bumpy ride for these government officials, and for that we are truly grateful. Bouncing Bunny is not just a joke around here, it’s reality!
Until next week! Keep your eyes on the Lord and your heart free of sin, for His return is very near. First Blood Moon is April 15th.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda Eric Dry Elzabe Barnard Balama staff