FAQ AND ANSWERS
- Why is Brenda Lange called “Bush Bunny Brenda?”
- Why such a remote place in Africa?
- Do you allow people to come for short-term missions? How much does it cost? What would I be doing while there?
- How much support does a missionary need to live there?
- What languages do the people speak there?
- What do you do for fun? What do the kids do for fun?
- What is the weather like?
- How do you send e‑mail from such a desolate area?
Why is Brenda Lange called “Bush Bunny Brenda?”
It was a nickname given to Brenda by the children she helps in Mozambique. Brenda was leading her donkey down a bush trail when a HUGE bush rabbit jumped out of the grass in from of them. The donkey jumped to the right while Brenda leapt to the left. The orphans walking along behind her stated she jumped higher than the rabbit! So the name stuck and she has been Bush Bunny Brenda ever since. top
Why such a remote place in Africa?
We have been called to “pioneer evangelize,” to go into areas where no one else has ever gone. We need to go there, because no one else is! We have been sent to the “ends of the earth,” as described in Acts 1:8. top
Do you allow people to come for short-term missions? How much does it cost? What would I be doing while there?
A short term trip with Orphans Unlimited must last at least 30 — 90 days, due to the cost-effectiveness of travel. Monthly support needs to be about $200/mo., but you should raise an extra $300/mo. to cover travel and possible medical expenses. We can only host short-term missionaries between June and November. You also must have your own medical insurance and have a adventurous, flexible spirit ready to “rough it.” For more informations, please email us.
There are many construction projects that could use a helping hand, as well as children’s ministries, preschool work, agriculture and job skills training.
Group trips are also a possibility. Please contact us for more information on either individual or group trips. top
How much support does a missionary need to live there?
A full-time missionary would need at least $500/mo. as a bare minimum, but $800 — $1,000/mo. would be a more comfortable existence. All food, medical needs, board and utilities would be included in that amount. top
What languages do the people speak in Mozambique?
Portuguese is the official spoken language, but Makua (Mah-koo-ah) is the local tribal language where we are in Mozambique. top
What do you do for fun? What do the children do for fun?
Soccer is the national sport, so the children enjoy that, as well as other games. No health problems caused by watching too much TV here!
The missionaries enjoy playing dominos or UNO, as well as reading books from their large library and getting together to watch one DVD per week as a special event. They also can visit the nearby ocean once a month for a wonderful, and inexpensive, scuba or snorkeling adventure! top
What is the weather like?
In Mozambique, there are three seasons.
The “hot and dry” season is from September to December and the temperatures are usually from 90° to 100° F.
The “hot and wet” season is from December to April. It is very rainy and temperatures range from 80° to 90° F.
The “cool season” is from May to August. The temperatures range from around 50° F at night to in the 70’s in the daytime. top
How do you send e‑mail from such a desolate area?
In the beginning, we used ““bushmail” which involved two car batteries hooked up to a HAM radio to transmit e‑mail from our laptop. In 2014, cellphones found their way to Mozambique. As of 2020, we are still limited in sending video footage, but photos can be sent and received, although we ‘pay by the byte’ and have service more akin to old-style dial-up modems.