GOD KEEPING BBB FIT FOR DUTY
No matter how many years pass by, I am VERY GRATEFUL TO JESUS for keeping me fit and healthy to do the work HE sent me to do in Mozambique. (28 years and counting!)
Rescuing and evangelizing orphans is a privilege that I would not trade for anything else life could offer. In Texas we say: “Wild horses could not drag me out of here!” For those of you who know how much I love horses, that is truly a heavy statement. I love the Lord Jesus, and I love these children as if they were my own.
All these girls except the oldest came to us as orphaned infants. “Jesus saves” is more than words to them.
Sweet Dixon came to us at 4 months of age weighing only 4.4 lbs. (2kg.)
Dixon is now 6 and in his final preschool year.
THANKS TO YOUR LOVE FOR THESE CHILDREN, our rescue program has grown beyond anything I could ever imagine.
So on this day, many years ago, BBB was born. Family and friends described her as an independent, self-willed child, with a competitive streak a mile long. Her persistence, perseverance, and flexibility helped her excel in anything she put her mind too.
Throughout her first 32 years, JESUS MOLDED those traits in her until she was ready to “hear his call” and become a pioneer missionary in a remote area of the world. This totally caught her by surprise, for she had no idea that all she had learned in life was about to be challenged and stretched beyond her imagination. Becoming a missionary was NOT on her bucket list! BUT JESUS WON HER HEART, and you know the “rest of the story”.
FOR THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO BE THAN IN GOD’S WILL, UNLESS IT IS IN HIS PRESENCE.
JOSEPH PROJECT ABOUT TO LAUNCH
The Balama village co-ops are ready for our arrival, as June 1st is the official first day for food buying throughout this nation. During our food buying time, over 1,600 FIFTY KG (110 lb.) FEED SACKS will be distributed for beans and 5,600+ for corn.
The objective: To provide food during the “time of hunger” for over 1,900 orphans and the 500+ widows who raise them.
Meeting with our 90 man team who will move this mountain of food so that orphans and widows will not go hungry.
In July, we follow with the super dry corn, plus rice and peanuts “in the hull” for better storage. The Biblical story of Joseph tells us how he did this same type project at the Lord’s request while ruling in Egypt. Jesus gave me a similar vision when I arrived in Balama, and provided the means for us to move up to 30 tons of food/day with our 2 trucks. IT IS A MASSIVE JOB, and impossible to do without all our Pastors and staff helping out.
I am privileged to have Dave Deboer arriving May 30th from Michigan,USA, to lend a hand in supervising all that needs doing during June.
Keep us in your prayers and forgive me if the June blogs are a bit short on words. Photos are worth a 1000 words, so I will let them do the talking while we are busy filling our barns.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the Balama Staff
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENDA from your US Staff!
JESUS TOUCHES THE CHILDREN
Alberto, 9 years old, first came to our Sunday Bawana Games three weeks ago in Nacacca Village. He asked for prayer for he had been suffering over 3 months from a severe case of ringworm that covered his scalp. Hospital treatment had not stopped it for his case was severe.
His entire scalp was one big scab, and he had NO HAIR at all. Our BBC Team prayed for him that day in the Name of Jesus. LAST SUNDAY, he came running to the meeting to show everyone that his head was healing, and his hair was returning!!! It is a super testimony to all that live there, for they all knew that Jesus had touched him to stop his suffering.
Sufo, 9 years old, from “7th of April” Village, had been in bed for three months with an unknown illness that had drained his body of strength and muscle. Last Thursday, Sufo was carried to the village church where Carlitos Jorge was preaching.
Carlitos was shocked as the child was only skin over bone. Yet a week AFTER PRAYER by the BBC Team, Sufo WALKED to the Bawana Games field! He remains thin, but his legs have strength and he no longer stays in bed. The children went wild! No one doubted that this little boy had received a touch from Jesus!
Rafate, 6 years old, was born with club feet and legs that would not straighten. Three weeks ago one of the children told him about Jesus, so he crawled on hands and knees to the Marrua Village Church service where Carlitos Jorge preaches on Sundays. He listened to the Jesus story for two Sundays, and obviously told his parents about what he had heard.
Young evangelist, Rafate, brings his parents to Jesus.
LAST SUNDAY, Rafate came with his parents to the church. At the alter call, the whole family prayed to receive Jesus! Rafate is obviously a great evangelist, for what he told his parents convinced them to come listen for themselves.
PRAISE THE LORD! FOR THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD THEM IN THE LAST DAYS!
(Note: Carlitos managed a photo of Rafate from his basic cell phone. We are presently organizing 2 basic smart phones for the BBC leaders to use at the Bawana Games programs so they can photograph special happenings.)
BLESSED WITH NEW BLANKETS FOR THE COOL SEASON
THANK YOU to the generous employees at ICM in Wichita, Kansas who gave at Christmas so that new blankets could be bought in time for our cool season!
It is 60 degrees and windy inside my house each morning for no one has heat inside their homes. What it is outside, is what you get inside. So new blankets are a MUST for our children as June and July weather will be about 48º F (12ºC) INSIDE their mud huts each morning. Those blankets will prevent a lot of respiratory illness for sure!
Again, THANK YOU, ICM for blessings the children with your love gift.
Blessings until next time!
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the Balama Staff
BALAMA STAFF BUSIER THAN A BEAVER IN A FLOOD!
Cleaning out food warehouses, preparing the trucks, adding new Orphans, and distributing warm clothes to our 70+ school children, has kept all of us” rabbit hopping busy” this week. So I thought that I’d let the photos do the talking.
BABY SANTOS IS NOW 4KGS (8.8 LBS.) at 6 WEEKS! This adorable little boy is super content and snug is his new sweat suit. Our mornings are cool and windy, making it sweater weather for sure.
ALL BUT 5 OF THE 68 SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN received sweat suits last week. I went to Pemba on Monday for the new clothing shipment had just arrived at the store. Seems I was the first to snatch up the larger sizes we so desperately needed, so the 5 “patient ones” who didn’t receive last week, wanted to show you their new sweat pants.
TWO NEW ORPHANS JOIN THE ROVUMA VILLAGE FAMILY
(L to R) Sisters Geninha, 6, and Albina, 8, showing big smiles for they just received new clothes made right here at our mission station. Yeah, I know they don’t match, but when the bottom is one size and the top another, no way to get them into matching colors.
Sadly, their baby sister, Valda, passed away just 2 days ago. She was immediately hospitalized on Monday for severe anemia when their Aunt took these 3 to register at Social Services. Our Rovuma Pastor is checking up on them regularly to make sure their elderly Aunt is handling the new responsibility of caring for these 2 girls.
UNWANTED SATURDAY NIGHT VISITOR
Last Saturday night, one of our goat guards literally stepped on this 7 foot (2.1 meter) long PYTHON in the dark! There was quite a scramble, as the guards tell the story, for the snake wanted to “hug” some of our super cute baby goats. Baby goat is a favorite Python snack, but thanks to our fast acting guards, this one won’t be bothering them again.
KIDS WILL BE KIDS!
The oldest of our 39 baby goats playing in the water basin while their Moms look on.
Visitors often ask me how many kids I have, so I respond with a grin:
“2 legged or 4 legged”?
KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS as we gear up to gather in the 500+ TONS of corn and beans that will support 2000+ orphans and widows in 2 counties.
ON MAY 30TH, the Lord is sending Dave Deboer from Michigan to help out during the June food buying! YIPPEE!!!
This is Dave’s 6th time to come help, and he is super at “finding a need and filling it”!
HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY,
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF
MULTIPLE DONORS PROVIDE SWEAT SUITS FOR OUR LITTLE ONES
Don and Mary of Michigan have sponsored 7 year old Momadi since he was a toddler. With the “cold season” coming, Don and Mary motivated family and friends to help us buy complete sweat suits (pants and jackets) for our 35 little ones under 7 years of age.
Jane and Paul in Pennsylvania donated sweat suit jackets and pants for the over 7 year olds.
Little ones with new sweat suits
The cold season is coming on fast as night time temperatures are already lower than normal and it has been windy. But thanks to our “northern friends” in the USA, our children are outfitted for whatever weather comes our way.
Joaneta and Sozinho showing off their new suits
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO GAVE SO OUR KIDS CAN STAY WARM THIS COLD SEASON.
MIRACLE TRIPLETS NOW IN 1ST GRADE!
THREE TINY INFANT BOYS were brought to us by 2 female family members for they needed baby formula and clothing. Each weighed in at about 2kg (4.4 lbs.). Their aunt and grandmother had teamed up to care for them, for it was way too much for any 1 woman. The husband abandoned Mom when he found out she was carrying 3 babies.
FOR ALL THREE BOYS TO SURVIVE TO SCHOOL AGE IS TRULY A MIRACLE.
We helped them through several respiratory infections as well as other health problems that face fragile babies in a rugged environment. Usually 1 or more are lost during the first year.
But GOD watched over these 3 and they are now all doing well in their first year of school.
At 2 years of age, the aunt decided to get married. Her new husband would not accept the boys, so she left these three rambunctious toddlers with the elderly grandmother who could not keep up with them. Thankfully, Granny had a niece (a single mom with a baby) who lives near our mission station. Granny and the boys moved in with the niece, and together they make one big happy family.
THE TRIPLETS–Jacobi, Antonio, and Ermilindo (L to R)
Granny adores these little boys, and we were grateful that she had “younger legs” to help keep up with them. Your love gifts provide their needs for Granny who, even at an advanced age, is still farming her fields, but is not able to provide much for them.
The boys help Granny plant and harvest each year in their little training field that is behind my house. Every child must learn how to farm if they plan to provide for a family in their adulthood. THIRTY of our 40 acres at the mission station is used to teach farming to the older orphans who live in our foster houses.
MOTHER’S DAY (AND OTHER) PURCHASES ATAMAZON.COM WILL BENEFIT ORPHANS
Mother’s Day is coming up soon. Remember, if you are shopping for Mom online, please start at smile.amazon.com/ch/04–3717267
and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Orphans Unlimited, Inc. There is no extra cost to you.
Now that’s a sweet gift for mom, too. 😉
P.S. This works for your regular purchases throughout the year, too.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS AT WORK!
TOGETHER WE ARE DEVELOPING THE FUTURE GENERATION THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MOZAMBIQUE.
BLESSINGS AND MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, FOR IT TAKES TEAMWORK TO RAISE A MULTITUDE LIKE OURS.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF