Upon my return last Friday it was raining. By the time the sun appeared TODAY, 9+ inches of heavy rains had fallen in Balama in the last 7 days. Needless to say only essential work was done this week, and even that had to be done when the rains decreased to a light drizzle.
Using the days drizzling rain to water their newly made bricks
PASTOR JOAQUIM OVERSEES REBUILDING OF HIS RAIN DEMOLISHED HOME
Being too muddy to even make bricks (our normal rainy season project), our team of brick layers made short work of getting the destroyed home’s “Pao-Peeky” (pow-peeky) walls built in a matter of 2 days (see photo). The roofing has been delayed since Wednesday due to the cyclone-induced rains.
Pastor Joaquim, gray shirt, directs builders of his new home
Roof construction should begin this Monday if the weather man is correct for it is “supposed” to be dry until Thursday. Only God knows, for the weather is very unpredictable. But the Bush Bunny Construction Team arrives every morning, rain or not, ready for action.
Morning devotions in the rain
PASTOR FRED RECOVERING WELL WITH NEW CAST
Pastor Fred is the member of the BBC Motorbike Team whose bike was hit by another motorbike on their way to give a Christmas Program in a nearby village on Christmas Eve. Until he heals, Fred is staying in Balama with staff member, Pastor Armando, whose house has a concrete floor. (Fred lives in a typical mud hut in the village of Rovuma which is deep in mud right now.)
Pastor Fred enjoying a few rain free moments outside
Trying to walk on crutches in deep mud is not the best environment for anyone with a plaster leg cast. The cast will “melt” if it gets wet. With this week’s horrendous rains, Fred slipped while hobbling to the outdoor bathroom on his crutches. Forced to put his casted foot into the mud to keep from falling, I found him last Saturday afternoon with a damp, muddy cast that had begun to melt on the bottom of the foot area.
If you look closely at the photo you will see that WHITE GORILLA TAPE now covers the foot of the cast, making it more water resistant. (Texas Aggies know how to make repairs with what is available, and this seemed like the easiest solution.) My thanks to Dave Deboer of Michigan, who brought us several rolls of that tape from the USA.
Proves you can fix almost anything with DUCT TAPE!
NOTE: THE BBC MOTORBIKE TEAM will venture out tomorrow for the first time in 2018, provided it doesn’t rain tonight. Time to get God’s Word flowing through the villages once again.
BLESSINGS FROM ALL OF US IN BALAMA.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF