FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: NOVEMBER 29, 2014
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
Church members, Julianna, her husband, and 6 day old baby girl, were driven the 8 miles by motorbike to the Balama hospital by Pastor Ramadane from our Namara Church.
After the birth of their baby, Julianna developed a severe infection (abcess) that caused her left breast to swell as large as a #4 soccer ball. She had no breast milk so her little new born girl was starving to death.
They arrived just before closing time, receiving a consult and prescription, but the pharmacy had closed so they couldn’t fill it till the next day.
They were told to come to me for Baby Formula.
One look at Julianna, and I made a sling to support her painful breast. The baby’s formula needs were met. A phone call to the District Doctor got them an immediate consult in the ER, and I was asked to assist in the immediate surgery she needed to drain her abcess. It wasn’t pretty, and I will spare you the details. She was admitted and spent several days recovering.
Missions is full of not so nice tasks. But Jesus did the “not so nice” thing of dying on the cross to save us from an eternity in a place beyond our worst imagination.
So when I face a tough job, I just think of what He did for me.
Many reject Jesus, but I guarantee you that they would not hesitate to love and accept Him, if they had to go experience what He did for us.
Our Balama Team considers it a great privilege to be able to help those in life threatening situations. Going the “extra mile” is our gift to Him.
STARFISH ON THE BEACH
There is a story of 1000’s of starfish washing up on the beach after a great storm. A little boy walked the beach and began throwing them back into the ocean, one by one.
A man comes along and tells him he is wasting his time, because there was no way he could throw them all back before they died. The boy answered: “Yeah, I know, but it makes a difference to this one,” as he threw another starfish into the ocean.
We also know we can’t save them all, but we CAN SAVE those who desire our help.
TRUE HAPPINESS COMES FROM SERVING OTHERS FOR JESUS.
The Lord does not expects missionaries to be “Lone Rangers”, as it takes a TEAM with everyone doing their part, so that those who can physically be on the scene, can do what is needed.
WE ARE THANKFUL FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE PART OF OUR TEAM, for you are the “bricks” that build the Orphans Unlimited foundation.
Without your help, rescuing orphans would not be possible.
This Thanksgiving, I spent time in prayer for all of you. Our “thanks” goes beyond what words can say.
THEN YOU HAVE THE LIONS, ALWAYS LURKING ABOUT, Ready to devour whoever they can.
“Look at all those people lined up outside the fence! Do we get to choose one for our Thanksgiving meal?”
These big cats always GIVE THANKS when “the lost” join them as guests of honor for a “late lunch”.
Happy to say that the Meluco and Balama areas have been free of these pretty kitties this year.
AWANA TEAMS BLESSED WITH SOCCER BALLS AND MORE AWANA LESSONS IN PORTUGUESE
Each week, these 10 Pastors are covering 18 villages while the BBC covers anther 15.
Amazing to find out that the newest clubs in the Mango Tree Church Area are reaching up to 340 in their meetings.
So that more children can play at the same time, we are now making more sand bags, and batons from local materials.
The one thing we can’t make from local materials is the Tug-O-War ropes.
For Christmas, our Pastors are asking for THIRTY more large tug-o-war ropes, which will cost $20 a piece. ($600 total)
We make the “ring ropes” ourselves, but the super thick rope is expensive.
FAMILY FROM NAMUNO WILL NOT BE JOINING US
Sad to say, but the mentally incompetent husband is forcing the family to stay in their home village, as he is afraid to move to the city.
After agreeing to come, the husband changed his mind 2 days later, deciding to stay where he is.
The wife begged to come with the 5 younger children. Broke my heart to know this, and the local government has worked these last 2 weeks to convince him it was safe to come, but he refuses.
We will give them another food drop which we hope the mother will use wisely during the rainy season. This family’s village is totally out of reach from Dec. to March, as the muddy roads are too much for 4 wheel drive.
Our prayers are with this faithful mother and her 5 young ones that are struggling to survive.
Blessings to all of you!
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn (back from RSA with her tooth fixed and a bag full of goodies for the holidays.)
Ashlynn Grabill (now a resident, as her official residency card came through this week)