FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA” DATE: NOVEMBER 9, 2014
REACH OUT IN FAITH AND JESUS ANSWERS
NAMARA CHURCH FILLED TO OVERFLOWING TODAY
Armindo, 20 years old, and his daughter, Alishandrina, 2 years old, had been sick for over 3 months. Armindo with a swollen leg from an abscess that wouldn’t heal, and his daughter with constant stomach pain. Armindo’s muslim mother, Laurinda, took them both to the witchdoctor and the local mosque multiple times without success. Then she heard about Jesus’ healing power. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, when no one was around, she took her son and granddaughter to our church building in Namara village. As they knelt on the floor, she asked this “Jesus” to heal her children. INSTANTLY, the baby’s stomach pain stopped, Arminda’s leg swelling disappeared, and the abscess healed over. I saw his leg this morning, and all that was visible was some peeling skin where the abscess had been. The 2 year old was sleeping peacefully in her mother’s arms. Pastor Ramadane of Namara, knew nothing of this until Laurinda came to his house last Saturday. She asked permission to tell a testimony in church the next day. Ramadane said she refused to tell him her story at that time, but promised to reveal everything the next morning. Today, I met the entire family, (Laurinda ‘s husband and her son ‚Armindo, as well as Laurinda and Armindo’s wife and Mother of healed baby ). All FOUR of them accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour! The Bible has many stories of how 1 person’s faith brings many to Christ. That simple action of faith is still saving many souls today! ZITO WALKING MUCH STRONGER AFTER MIRACLE HEALING I didn’t catch it on camera, but I saw Zito hop out of his 3 wheel bicycle, pivot on his good leg, and march right up the isle of the church to his place on the front row. His legs have strengthened greatly, but they do remain slightly bent. Doesn’t slow him down, that’s for sure! He gets around well when traveling short distances, and only uses his tricycle for the long trek to the church and to school. He completes the 2nd grade next week. (Our school year is from Feb. 1st to Middle of November.) SUPER SLIDE CONCRETE WORK FINISHED All that remains is letting the concrete harden, slap the paint on it, and mount the 3 slide panels. I plan to mount the 3 Galvanized Metal slide plates by next weekend if the rains hold off.
NOVEMBER IS “WRAP UP” MONTH FOR FOOD HAND OUTS AND THE SCHOOL YEAR
It also means TRIBAL INITIATION TIME for all children who are ready for puberty. Our boys do not participate in this tribal ritual of “circumcision in the bush” by the witch doctor. This is done without anesthesia and in unsterile conditions. Some boys die from infection they receive during the 30 days they are kept hidden in the bush “to heal”. Ten year old girls are taken to a separate area, and taught how to please a man and handle all female issues. If our boys choose to be circumcised, it is done at the hospital in the proper way. Our girls are taught all they need to know to by the female leaders in our church. This is one part of the African culture that the health department is trying to change, but as everyone knows, old traditions die hard. I’m proud to say that our local hospital has greatly cut the infection rate of the young boys by sending a male nurses to the 30+ remote villages to perform circumcisions with sterile technique and anesthesia. They follow up with weekly visits to make sure the boys are recovering without infection. Many family are now opting for proper care vs. sending their boys “into the bush” with the local witch doctor. We PTL for all those families who are coming to Christ and realizing this is NOT the right way to handle this situation. KATIE RECEIVED OFFICIAL RESIDENCY when Immigration gave us her OFFICIAL (D.I.R.E) card that states she can live in Mozambique for a year at a time. Ashlynn’s is still in the Capital city, Maputo, awaiting review. It takes 3–4 months to obtain approval.
Bush Bunny and one of TEN new baby goats this week.
Thanks so much for your faithful prayers and love gifts. We are making a difference through teaching about Jesus in a very REAL WAY. BLESSINGS FROM BALAMA Bush Bunny Brenda Lange Balama Blazers: Katie Polcyn Ashlynn Grabill