FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: NOVEMBER 1, 2014
MANGO TREE CHURCH RECEIVES AWANA GAME COUR
Why 4:30a.m.? If you’ve ever been in Africa at the peak of the hot and dry season, you won’t need to ask. The daytime heat is worse than Texas in August!
Built several years ago, the Mango Tree Church boasts the only other cemented area we have that can host REGIONAL game competitions for the children.
Pastor Bilali (BEE-lah-lee) and his wife transferred to Mavala yesterday, and will now live at the Mango Tree Church mission base with Pastor Antonio and his family.
Their objective: To manage the AWANA program for 4 villages in that area where churches do not exist, and to assist Pastor Antonio with the Sunday School program at the Mango Tree Church.
With the AWANA games pattern painted in 4 bright colors on the court, we plan competitions with AWANA church teams that are now being organized by the 2 Pastor/Awana leaders from the “sister churches” of the Mango Tree Church.
One thing we are good at, is flexing to use the materials at hand. The village leaders draw the pattern in the dirt when they play in the villages, and most use ash from the local fires to help the pattern show up better. Concrete courts are nice, but expensive. We are blessed to have TWO such courts (Balama and Mavala) that can be used for major competitions.
It has been my “dream” to be able to spend more time with the CHILDREN, EVANGILISM, AND DISCIPLESHIP.
As the “Coordinator” for the entire Mozambique program, I’ve been tied up 5 days a week with management, construction, and staff/pastoral training for the last 15 years. Now that major construction is FINISHED, watch this bunny HOP OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN!
Our BBC and Church Pastors are now reaching the lost in TWENTY FIVE VILLAGES a week!
BBC reports from this week: 1,050 children heard the story of Creation in 15 villages. (Attendance ranges from 35 to 105 children/village). The Church Pastors in the 9 major churches across the district recorded from 100 to 240 children last Saturday EACH SESSION.
Larger churches are holding 2 sessions on Saturday in the villages of 5,000+ population, due to the great number of children that want to attend.
Church Teams attendance: 1,140 children reached with “HOW GOD MADE THE WORLD AND MAN IN 6 DAYS” last Saturday. THIS PROGRAM WORKS and will bring many children to Christ in a very short time frame.
CLOTHING 2,500+ ORPHANS—NOT AN EASY TASK ON PEDAL SEWING MACHINES
I want to thank all of you who give so that we can buy material and have shirts/shorts or blouses/skirts made for ALL THE ORPHANS in our program. My thanks also goes out to Atemane and Luis (the 2 Christian men who pedal away on manual sewing machines for 8 hours a day to make these clothes.
Why Pedal machines? Electricity is now in some parts of Balama town, but it is not always reliable. Electric machines would sit more than they could be used. At least with “manual” machines, the work can continue no matter if electricity exists or not.
UPDATE ON PASTOR NAMARO FROM KPWEETO VILLAGE
While preparing his field for planting, Pastor Namaro stepped on a thin 6 inch stump of a “canna plant” which is a type of sorghum. This is like pushing a piece of bamboo up the inside of your foot. It splinters as it slides inside your body, making this puncture wound very hard to clean. After 3 operations to clean out splinters inside his foot and leg, and 8 days of Penicillin injections, he will hopefully be able to go home on Monday Nov. 3rd.
Thank you for your prayers for his fast recovery and complete recovery. The Lord Jesus used the talents of Dr. Fumo at the Balama hospital to go beyond the “normal” to help save his leg.
These types of wounds going untreated usually lead to the loss of the foot, and possibly the person’s life. Help started with a cell phone call that sent one of our Land Cruisers scurrying into the bush to fetch him 8 days ago.
We PTL for cell phone service that now covers most of our county. For only 4 years ago, we still depended on someone coming in by bicycle to ask for help.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn Ashlynn Grabill