FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: JULY 26, 2014
Running to the USA and returning after only 8 days made it a wild trip and exhausting trip for sure. But it was good to be able to max out my time with my parent’s, and help them as much as I could while there. My Mom was admitted to the Eagle Lake Hospital in the middle of the night last Wed. with a 790 blood sugar (120 is normal) caused by 2 different infections in her lungs and bladder. She is better after 2 days of intense treatments. I want to thank all of you for your prayers, emails, and phone calls for emotional support.
(my 3 woman missions team) HARD AT WORK BRINGING IN THE FINAL 100 TONS OF CORN My team of Balama Blazers includes : Katie Polcyn of Seguin, TX Hannah Gilman of Vaughn, WA Ashlynn Grabill of Pueblo, CO It is exciting to get to know these 3 young ladies, and to watch them work. Nothing but the bugs and snakes seems to slow them down. Tee Hee.
This photo from our files shows the corn being processed.
Katie and Hannah are old hands at corn processing after helping with the June corn. Ashlynn was AMAZED to say the least at how massive an operation it is to organize a 72 man crew. By the 2nd day, she was flowing well with the group, and enjoying our special breakfast of FRIED BEAN PATTIES made by our cook. These bean patties are a treat we only get during food buying, and they are delicious.
These young girls share the cron grinding chore.
Last week our 2 trucks hauled in 50 tons of corn and the other 50 will roll by July 30th for the grand finale! Then the fun begins as one of our trucks will leave for Meluco on Wednesday with supplies to distribute to our orphans in Meluco. Busy is our middle name around here.
Happy children enjoy a dinner of freshly ground cornmeal.
FRIDAY WAS BALAMA DAY A County wide holiday only, so the girls and I had a girl’s day out by driving to the town of Montepuez, 30 miles away, to fetch supplies for the kids and have lunch at the local café in the park. No hamburgers were possible, (we were all greatly disappointed), so we all settled for omelettes with french fries and salad. The local honey bee population kept us all entertained, as 6 bees constantly buzzed our heads, and finally 1 fell into Katie’s glass of Fanta orange. Those bees love anything sugary for sure! Besides the shopping, we had hoped to find HIGH SPEED INTERNET in Montepuez, but were greatly disappointed since even the capital city, Pemba, is having massive internet problems. So know that none of us can open FACE BOOK or send/receive photos at this time. I’m using the old slow internet from the local Moz. server but it can only send/receive text messages. So feel free to write me a note, as I love getting mail from all of you. No one knows how long it will be before the high speed is back. Such is life in the bush.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda And the Balama Blazers