JOSEPH PROJECT COMPLETE, SO THE LORD’S CHILDREN CAN EAT!
The Joseph Project is the Lord’s name for our food buying program that has fed orphans in northern Mozambique since 2004. The Joseph Project (storing food for the time of hunger) expanded to Meluco’s 520 orphans in 2006 after a cholera epidemic wiped out the parents of many children.
Buying 5 sacks of rice from this farmer gave him a much needed helping hand.
This week, 40 tons of rice and 2 tons of peanuts are in our barn, completing the Joseph Project buying time for 2019! When the barns are full, peace reigns, but also know that it means the hard work has just begun.
FOR WHAT COMES IN, MUST GO OUT! The SECOND distribution to Meluco’s orphans is already underway as I write. Balama distributions begin Aug. 1st.
Team of 10 “sewers” prepare to “over-sew” 100 of the 800 sacks received. The field cords used by farmers are too weak to last during storage.
The Lord has provided abundantly, even in a time of crisis, for we had were blessed with the funding to locate and buy extra tons of each item we need (corn, beans, rice, and peanuts).
Because of the heavy rains/winds from the cyclone (hurricane) in April, we knew that there will be many new children needing our life-saving food in the following months. Crops were ruined by heavy rains or destroyed by winds, leaving even the elephants of Meluco with limited food sources.
All are bracing for a lean year in northern Mozambique.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND LOVE GIFTS THAT FILLED OUR BARNS SO 1,500+ INNOCENT ONES CAN STAY HEALTHY.
4 NEW BABIES, AND MORE EXPECTED
SICK MOTHERS with depleted bodies from lack of proper food, cannot produce breast milk for their babies. An infant under 90-days-old cannot survive without milk formula if the mother has no breast milk.
THREE ILL MOTHERS with tiny infants (1 set of twins) under 6 weeks walked into our mission this week begging milk to save their babies. NO ONE is ever turned away. Social Services is notified, and the mothers are admitted into our milk formula program.
These 3 women are suffering the backlash from the April cyclone’s destruction. JESUS FILLED OUR BARNS WITH FOOD so that these children’s mothers can live to raise them.
FORMULA SPONSORS ARE NEEDED $25/MONTH provides an infant with life-saving milk, a bottle, and a few pieces of clothing.
Two of these young mothers were abandoned by their husbands, leaving them with no assistance and no food. I was very proud of 19 year old Isaura, ill with mastitis, for she had sold what she could, and did odd jobs for the last 3 weeks to buy formula for her tiny infant. Barely an adult, and with NO family, she bravely “stepped up”, doing whatever she could to save her newborn girl.
When she finally realized she could not make it alone, we thank the Lord that she reached out for help before the infant was severely malnourished. We also took her to the hospital to get her the medical treatment she needed for her mastitis.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS BRING HOPE TO THOSE WHO HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO TURN. (I apologize for not getting her photo this week, as we were in the middle of rice buying when she came to us.)
OUR TEENS SHOW AMAZING MATURITY
As “parents” to the children who live with us, we are responsible for preparing them for their adult life. TEEN TALKS provided by Pastor Armando (teenage dorm father) are paying off, for the 8 young men in his care are learning to be responsible citizens of Mozambique.
I’m proud of our teenagers for listening to Biblical council, and acting on what they are learning. Instead of asking me for money, they came yesterday to request a JOB today, so they could buy things they wanted at the market.
Teen boys at work. Amazing how fast they can clear a field when they want something.
I eagerly agreed, and as I write, our 8 teen boys are cleaning our Maringa tree “orchard”. Maringa leaves add great nutritional value to our children’s food. At the same time, these young men are learning the satisfaction of a job well done in exchange for what they want.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS ARE PRODUCING RESPONSIBLE ADULTS.
Happy team after cleaning the Moringa field
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF