FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: OCTOBER 25, 2014
TRAIN THEM UP AND SEND THEM OUT 2 BY 2
Final training was held on Wed., Oct. 22 for the 6 new AWANA leaders who are part of our Pastoral team. They will join the 4 experienced Pastors on our team who have been holding AWANA Games/Bible studies for children since last year. GOAL: To teach the 80,000+ children in 28 villages, all about God, his creation, and the why he sent Jesus to show us “God’s path”. It is a big task, but nothing is too difficult for those who love Christ and have a passion to reach the lost. Thanks to a generous donor, the AWANA lessons are now in PORTUGUESE, making this outreach much easier for all of us.
COLORING PAGES HELP VILLAGE CHILDREN LEARN BIBLE STORIES
Ashlynn, Nelson, and Katie show us examples of their coloring skills as they prepare for the AWANA Teams.
The Balama Blazers, (Katie and Ashlynn), as well as Youth Leader Nelson, and I, kept very busy last week by coloring 15 sets of the Story of Creation for our AWANA Games teams. It took us 3 days (in our spare time) to color these 75 pages, and it was a joy doing it. The Pastors and village children truly love the pictures, as they are a great visual teaching tool. You may not realize it, but most of these children have never seen a book or picture of ANY KIND. Seeing full color pictures that shows them what we are talking about, helps them grasp the stories and “make them more real”. We will continue to color more Bible stories as they are needed to go along with the AWANA lessons.
Our Oldest Pastor lives in Kpweetoo (Kah-pwee-too). An frantic phone call was received from him at 10a.m. today after he stepped onto a “canna stalk” while hoeing in his field this morning. Equivalent to putting an ice pick through your foot. The Canna entered just under his ankle bone and went several inches up the inside of his leg. A BIG OWWEE! PTL FOR CELL PHONES, or it would have been hours before he we would know he needed a ride to the hospital. Balama Hospital did their best to clean it out, but part of the shaft might still be inside his leg. Time will tell. A penicillin injection, and Ibuprofen with Tylenol is about the best they could do for pain relief. We quickly organized 2 beds and a room in one of our houses. A friend of his will stay with him to do the fetching and help him with essentials. Doing what needs to be done to help those in need. That is what we do best.
2 STORY TREE HOUSE CONSTRUCTION IN FINAL STAGE
Then it’s paint, paint, paint, before the final stage, which is to mount the 3 metal slide sheets onto the super slide mounts. Each day the children eagerly watch our brick layers and carpenters working at a fast pace to complete the “SUPER SLIDE”. With the rainy season approaching (Nov. 15th), we are working hard to complete the slide, and get the final loads of corn and beans out to the orphans and widows in the 21 remote villages before muddy roads prohibit our trucks from entering those areas.
Blessings and thanks to all of you for your prayers and love gifts that are making it possible to take the love of Jesus to the children in this area.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn Ashlynn Grabill