Dateline May 23, 2010
This is the Bean Buying Bush Bunny of Balama with the latest news from
deep in the heart of northern Mozambique.
The Corn Barn has been rebuilt!
Our 7 carpenter team completed it, May 22nd, in a record 2 weeks
time. Monday was clean up day and preparing for the massive corn
buying season that starts June 2nd.
BEANS ARE FLOWING IN, as we have literally purchased almost every
available bean in the county! God has really blessed this and we
appreciate your prayers that helped block out the competition.
30 TONS OF BEANS ARE IN THE BARN, and another 5 tons will be picked up
next week. To feed our kids MINIMUM rations, we had to have 32 tons, so
we are “safe”, but hope to pick up a few more tons during June in order to
bless more orphans in this year of certain hunger.
The lack of rain this year is very evident as we normally are able to buy
at least 60 tons of beans in order to “fill the barn” and bless the
children in our feeding programs.
BUT! We serve a MIGHTY GOD and He is a God that multiplies!
So we have asked that he multiply what we have to meet the needs.
NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE CORN HARVEST!
Unless you have been here to experience it, it is hard to describe the
challenges we face in trying to BUY, TRANSPORT, PROCESS, and STORE 250
TONS of CORN in only 4 weeks (it’s all done by hand with a very strong 80
man crew). 5000 SACKS, each weighing over 100 lbs., have to be lifted by
hand at least 5 times from the time of pick up, until it is in our barn.
Every year we pray and ask the Lord to send helpers specifically to
enforce our Moz. missionary team during June, as it is the most stressful
of all programs we do each year.
This year, our volunteer CORN TEAM helpers will be Clark and Barbara
Stidham from Colorado Springs and Louis Gervais from San Marcos.
WHY is it stressful? To feed our 1,200 orphans and widows in 2 counties,
we have to beat out the commercial buyers who sweep in to buy and EXPORT
the available corn. Their tactic is to undermine the contracts we have set
up with the local villages.
THIS YEAR, on top of that, we are dealing with a poor harvest, making it
even more important to move the corn ASAP before the commercial buyers
Our prayer is that God will FILL OUR BARN and CONFUSE those trying to
swipe what we have secured for the orphans.
Your prayers are much appreciated, and I will do my best to keep you
updated via this blog during June.
We will be working from 4:30am till dark at 5pm, 6 days a week till the
job is done, so we have asked the Lord to provide all of us with
supernatural strength and safety also.
On SUNDAY, May 23, another witch hut bit the dust!
Nsewe B, has a fast growing church and we have just organized a pastor to go
live and teach these new converts. Pastor Alberto reports a new member burned
her hut before 100’s of people on Sunday (2nd witch hut to burn in this
village in 2 months!). God is really moving in the hearts of the people here.
Blessings to all of you!
The Bean Buying Bush Bunny of Balama and her Moz. team. 🙂