|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: AUGUST 29, 2020
LAST OF THE HARVEST LEAVES THE FIELDS
Our 18 Grannies who are part of our mission base, have kept their orphaned grandchildren very busy in the last 2 weeks as they bring in the last of their harvest. Each of our Grannies and the Foster Mothers of our 6 orphan homes receives about 1 acre of land to use as a “teaching ground” for the children in our program.
Grannies with grandchildren bring in Mandioca Cuttings that will be planted in October.
KNOWING HOW TO PLANT/HARVEST is an essential skill every Mozambican must know if they desire to eat. Thus our “training fields” are now being cleared of the last of the Ervelia Beans and Mandioca Root (cassava), so that these fields can be prepared for next year’s crop. Our planting seasons are the opposite of the northern Hemisphere, which means we plant in November to December, and harvest in April to July.
NITO, a special needs orphan (center) helping his Granny with the harvest.
The objective of our program is to provide each child with a fully rounded education. Not just classroom skills, but farming “survival” skills must be taught as well. Normally, the children’s parents would teach these skills to their children. Since our Foster Mothers have taken over that role with all that it entails, it is our responsibility to make sure they learn everything needed to be a self-sufficient citizen.
GRANNY MASACA may be over 70, but still helps her grandchild bring in the harvest.
BUSH BUNNY TIDBITS:
1. PTL the Mongooses are back! That means less snakes in the area. THANK YOU JESUS!
2. Churches are now allowed to open but with stiff measures. Since those regulations include only 50 people and no children, we will not be opening our church at this time. Our Sunday services are held in small “house churches” outdoors so that all our children may participate.
3. Schools will remain closed until October 1st, when the government will decide if they open at all for this school year which ends in November.
4. PRAYERS are needed for all of us, (please don’t forget the 515 Meluco orphans), as we continue to take it one day at a time.
PTL that ALL OF US are healthy and strong. Living outside in this spacious area with lots of fresh air has many advantages.
5. Our study and activity periods continue with the children each morning, keeping body and minds strong and absorbent.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS AND LOVE GIFTS DURING THESE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA TEAM