|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“
DATE: DECEMBER 9, 2022
THE WOMEN AT THE WELL…
…is a reality in our area as many hand dug wells and any shallow drilled water wells are now dry! December is supposed to be a very rainy month, but for the last 2 years the rains have come late. We had a hard rain on Wednesday this week. Now it is doubtful it will continue raining in order to support the seeds the locals ran to plant after the rains. In 2021, the rains only began on December 31st, causing the corn harvest to be over 30 days late. If you recall, we were able to buy beans in June, but corn only in July.
Women at the well at 5am.
A stream of people flow in all day long for this beautiful clean water!
These local women are blessed by the ONLY HAND PUMP (DEEP) WATER WELL in this area. It was donated by supporters over 8 years ago, and sits just 50 yards from our church on our 16 hectare/40 acre mission property. Without this well, MANY WOULD BE WITHOUT WATER. All locally dug bucket wells in this neighborhood (10 to 15 meters/yards deep) have gone dry, as has the hand pump water well that serves my home and the mission station. This is the first time our mission well has gone dry as it has served us faithfully for 20 years! It seems the cause is the greater number of people living in the area who are digging wells into the same underground “river” that serves our well.
The church well is over a 100 feet deep, and thankfully in a HUGE reservoir of water. This well is available to the public as well as to our orphan homes for 12 hours a day (daylight to dark). GOD HAS MADE A WAY, as we have a 2nd hand pump water well that serves 4 of our orphan homes at the far end of our project, about .5 miles/500 meters from our mission base. Once the rains begin, hopefully the dry wells will all fill up.
We are VERY GRATEFUL to those who made these wells possible in previous years, AS WATER IS LIFE AND HEALTH TO ALL THOSE IN NEED.
THANK YOU LORD FOR GIVING “LIVING WATER” TO ALL THOSE IN THIS AREA.
SCHOOL’S OUT! LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Ready for fun and games.
(L to R) Bottom row: Adelina, Angelina, Victoria, Maezinha. Upper row: Ibarra, Ortencia, Dinis, and Anna.
Our children along with all the village children can now relax a bit in the 60 day summer break! This morning, I pulled out a new ball, and off went the primary school children to play soccer.
Being in the soccer zone can be risky!
As you can see in the video, filming them at play can be a bit hazardous as anyone in their “soccer zone” is at risk of getting hit by the ball.
Samuel teaching the little ones to listen to instruction and them jump when they hear the key word.
Samuel, our dorm leader, gave me a helping hand with our 3‑year-olds. His idea of teaching them to follow instructions while having fun was a good one. After a few attempts, most of the little ones caught on to what they needed to do.
Samuel, dorm leader, and Zito teaching a game to our little ones.
WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELPING HAND THAT MAKES ALL THIS POSSIBLE!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF