|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
LIFE SKILLS TRAINING BEGINS
With all the construction delays caused by this virus, our staff decided to go ahead with life skills training for our 4 oldest teenage boys vs waiting for the construction of an official “place” in which to teach them. All 4 of these young men are in their final 2 years of school, and need to know how to do basic skills that other teens learn from their parents as they grow up.
DAY 1: Our 4 teenagers paired up with a worker to dig post holes for fencing repairs. Hole digging is a basic skill used in building homes, outdoor bathrooms and kitchens.
Digging post holes so our staff can repair damaged fencing.
DAY 2: They worked side-by-side with experienced BBC members constructing a local toilet/bathing area for an elderly couple at their mud brick home near our base.
DAY 3: Assisted in sifting/cleaning 19 sacks (1 ton) of corn for milling so our resident orphans have food next week. (Orphans Helping Orphans Program) Then our staff taught them how to prepare the corn bags for 3 major village food give-outs next week to village orphans. These young men learned how to roll a full sack of corn into an empty sack until the 2 sacks contain equal amounts of corn. Seems basic, but they are all important life skills in this culture.
Samuel trying to figure out how to open a sack of corn.
Our teenagers showing how to divide a sack of corn for distribution to village orphans.
See video at this link: https://youtu.be/NxB-tnWYoi0
Holder and Alferes proudly show off their completed half sacks
DAY 4: Observation-only lesson – Use of a hydraulic jack for tire removal on a truck was taught by our mechanics instructor, Simba. I was amazed at all the details an experienced person takes for granted when doing this. Simba is very good at clearly explaining each step in detail. The students had questions, which was good, for it meant they were truly “engaged” in the lesson.
Observing a tire removal after seeing where to set the hydraulic Jack.
Preparing our young men and women for life in the real world is an important task that many orphans never receive when growing up in a foster home.
The girls are being taught child care, food preparation, and daily home life skills by our foster mothers as they grow up. All these lessons are essential for the young women to become good wives and mothers. Our boys also learn the basic cooking and cleaning skills around the home, but lacked the many skills needed to build a home or make a living when they leave our program. Our staff is dedicated to teaching our young men and women what the foster mothers can’t teach them.
And yes, if the girls want to learn car mechanics, computers, etc., they are encouraged to do so. In this culture, other NGO programs have tried to teach foot-pedal sewing machine skills to girls, but they refused to learn it. Reason? The girls equate foot-pedal sewing machines as ‘for men only’ as the mechanical skills to operate such a machine is only known by men in this culture.
So, we have a few cultural obstacles to consider when setting up our Life Skills classes.
MIRACLES CONTINUE IN REMOTE AREAS
Our Namara Pastor reported that a female Witch Doctor along with her husband and 5 children all came to Jesus last month! It’s a big thing when a Witch Doctor accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior after serving the devil for most of her life. It opens the door for those who used her services to find out who the REAL HEALER is. This family burned their witch hut, and the wife is now telling all her friends about Jesus! PTL!
No surprise in that our many Balama house churches continue to reach out to their neighborhoods during these difficult days.
Salvations in August:
I take my hat off to our remote Pastors, as they are doing a great job in preaching to small crowds in several locations each week.
If a big shade tree was good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for us.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR CHILDREN.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF