BUSH BUNNY BRENDA BLOG
NOVEMBER 24, 2018
ALL VILLAGE FOOD/CLOTHING GIVE OUTS COMPLETED!
Our efforts were complicated this year as our 16 year old, 6 ton truck, broke both front brackets that secure the front springs. This truck is a true work horse, BUT SIXTEEN YEARS of wear and tear on rough dirt roads finally took its toll.
NOTE: THANKS TO 2 MISSIONARY HELPERS IN RSA (ERIC AND HENK), new parts were FINALLY located! They left RSA (South Africa) on November 22nd by truck and should be here first part of December.
ALL DISTRIBUTIONS in the last 2 weeks were finally completed thanks to the 7 ton truck! The Lord always supplies us with a “PLAN B”, for those 2 heavy rains in early November forced us to “tweek” the dates on a few give outs.
What matters is that all 1,622 children in both Districts received their food, seed, and NEW CLOTHES!
As I write this, Manel and the Meluco Team are distributing the last of the food, seeds and clothes to the 115 Elephant Village orphans.
WE SEND OUR THANKS TO ALL WHO GAVE SO THAT THOSE 1,622 CHILDREN COULD RECEIVE NEW CLOTHES! It brought much excitement, and BIG SMILES to those little faces for new clothes are a rarity in their lives.
MY THANKS TO A SUPER EFFORT BY THE 7 TON TRUCK TEAM!
Pastor Manuel Alberto, head driver/mechanic, made all the Balama distributions happen by challenging his team to “do whatever it takes” to get the food to the children.
Manuel and his team left Balama at 3 a.m. last Thursday for the Mango Tree give out, as BOTH LOADS of food were needed BEFORE 7:30 a.m.! ONE HOUR each way, PLUS unloading and reloading 4.2 TONS per TRIP took a super effort by all 7 team members!
Manuel (in blue shirt up on the truck bed) and crew unloading diesel barrel upon return today.
We call it drop and plop! A tire cushions the fall of this barrel that weighs 250 kg. (550 lbs.)
FOUR DAY MELUCO MIRACLE THIS WEEK!
Manuel completed the 3 remaining Meluco District food drops (9 hours EACH WAY per load), to Meluco’s 515 orphans, in FOUR DAYS!!! He took a load of food to the Meluco Warehouse, returning the next day to Balama for his 2nd load.
His final 4.2 tons of food was loaded, and he left with his 2 man team at 4 a.m. the next morning. Unloading that 4.2 TONS of corn, Manel and a team of 6 local men loaded the corn and beans for the FINAL give out to the Elephant Village the next morning.
They left early a.m. TODAY for the Elephant Village give out, and he is now on the road back to Balama. PHEW! Makes me tired just thinking about all that driving.
God has given us a powerful, people loving team, of which I am truly grateful!
Hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving with your families.
Below are a few photos of our happy kids because you care.
Dixon, who was almost dead when we met him at 4 months, is now 6 years old! He’s proudly showing off his missing front teeth. He begins 1st grade in February 2019.
Happy girls “hanging out in the sun” on a cool morning, waiting for Bawana Games to begin.
Our younger boys “holding down the court” while Bawana Games are being organized.
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF