|PORTUGUESE TRANSLATION MEANS THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR AWANA GAME CLUBS IN MOZAMBIQUE!
LARRY FRIEND, INTERNATIONAL TRAINER FOR AWANA GAMES taught a 2 day seminar that expanded into 3 days at the Pastor’s request.
32 Pastors from ALL 3 DISTRICTS (counties) where our church, Igreja Aguas Vivas exists (Living Waters in Mozambique).
The Youth Pastor from the Balama Assembly of God, also attended.
Loads of fun for all, as Larry is a great teacher.
The Pastors were so, so surprised when they saw the 66 lessons printed in Portuguese!
FIVE PASTORS were first timers, and will be starting new AWANA GAME CLUBS in 3 Districts!
Jill, Dawn and Dave made a super painting team while Larry was busy teaching the pastors. The swings are looking “bluer than new”.
We send a BIG THANK YOU TO LARRY FRIEND for helping us expand and upgrade our AWANA GAME CLUBS.
DAVE VANDERGRIEND, we thank YOU for making the Portuguese curriculum possible, (he financed it).
AGUAS VIVAS is the first to have the Portuguese curriculum in all of Mozambique!
This gift now allows us to EXPAND our vision so that ALL CHILDREN MAY HEAR OF JESUS CHRIST. We plan to offer training opportunities for other churches in all 17 Districts of Cabo Delgado Province (state).
THE HARVEST IS RIPE, AND WE EXPECT A “SEA OF MOZAMBICAN CHILDREN” TO FILL HEAVEN BECAUSE THEY FOUND JESUS AT AN AWANA GAMES CLUB!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
LAND CRUISER NOW IN PEMBA
THURSDAY started early with a 3 a.m. wake up for Manuel and his team who transported the Land Cruiser to Pemba on the back of our 7 ton truck.
The truck was given a 3 hour head start, with all the visitors leaving at 6:30 a.m. with me in our King Cab.
The unloading of the Land Cruiser was much easier than expected, as the mechanic allowed us to use his oil changing platform together with our home made ramp.
The photos tell it all, and the process was safely done in 15 minutes with the help of 6 strong men (pushing), along with Ivan (the mechanic), Dave, and Larry who set up the “bridge” in front of the wheels. Once the bridge was aligned, the truck crossed over to the cement platform without incident.
The broken transmission will be removed on Monday and we will know what repairs are needed.
MUCH WORK AHEAD AS BALAMA BEAN WAR HAS BEGUN!
Shocking news hit me as reports rolled in early this morning.
Our visitors left on Friday, and I no more got out of bed on Saturday when the bean reports started flowing in from our remote Pastors.
We already knew the bean harvest would be smaller than usual due to either not enough rain at the right time, or too much at the wrong time.
But I didn’t expect this!
ILLEGAL BUYERS ARE POSTING SIGNS in the bush saying they will pay the UNHEARD of price of 25 mets/kg!
(US 68 cents/2.2lbs or ZAR 7/kg)
Normal price in 2014 was 15 mets/kg! (US 45 cents/2.2lb. or about ZAR 5.50/kg).
That is 23 cents MORE than normal/kg and we will have to beat that price or no one will sell to us!
CAPENA WILL BASH THE BUSH FOR BEANS EARLY MONDAY
Capena is our expert organizer of the village coops.
He will be ON THE ROAD early Monday morning to speak to all the leaders of the co-ops in the 3 areas that grow the majority of the beans in our district (county).
We expected the price to be higher than last year, but NO ONE expected the illegal buyers to push it to a record high.
100 TONS NEEDED TO FEED 2,500+ ORPHANS FOR 2015
Until the harvest is brought into the villages, NO ONE KNOWS how many tons are available for sale this year.
NO BEANS EQUALS MALNUTRITION IN 1000’S OF CHILDREN!
It is the only protein that is available to most village children.
Meat is scarce, fish unavailable, so beans is everyone’s protein source.
PRAY for a supernatural BLOCKADE to the illegal buyers so they are not able to buy in Balama this year.
We will be making sure the proper authorities are notified this week about the “signs in the bush”.
Supernatural intervention very much needed, as it is almost impossible to control these buyers who come at night and on Sundays when few people are around.
Baby Edna says,“hello, and thanks for her toy giraffe,
it tastes great.….”
GOD’S BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU!
THE BALAMA MISSIONARIES,
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE