From: “Brenda Lange”
Subject: Blog, Sept. 30, 2012
Date: September 30, 2012 7:23:17 AM CDT
THE “LEAST OF THESE” LEARNING TO WALK WITH JESUS
I went to Namara today, and had a blast teaching about 100 kids that “Jesus is the light of the world”. Blind folding one little boy showed the kids that those who don’t have Jesus lose their way. That the “spiritually blind” can’t find the path that leads to heaven. Our orphan drama team did a skit showing how Jesus healed Bartemaus of blindness. We ended by having the kids shout out what they see as sinful behavior. The cutest little 2 year old girl on the front row had all the adults rolling in laughter, as she shouted out every answer the kids gave. (The adults like Sunday school so much, that they all show up an hour before church in order to watch my team teach the kids.) It’s great, as it really helps the adults learn the simplest things about Jesus that they might be too embarrassed to ask in “big church”. We prayed for the sick, led one 8 year old girl to Christ, and saved a 2 day old baby who lost her mother yesterday.
DOING WHAT JESUS WOULD DO
I’ve taught this concept to the Namara church members from day one, and they have responded with more love towards others in their village than in ANY other church I’ve ever started. One of the women leaders left her family last week to care for a mother who got sick during the last days before her delivery. Moving in with the family of the sick woman, she cared for her and helped bring the little girl into this world (this is the 2 day old that was orphaned yesterday). But the mother passed on within 24 hours, leaving the baby with no milk. Several neighbor women who are nursing their own babies, helped keep the baby alive by sharing what breast milk they had. Today, this little girl (unnamed) was in church with her aunt and grandmother who will care for her. I brought them to Balama after church, outfitted them with baby formula, and all the “fixings” needed to care for the baby. I surprised them with 4 sets of baby cloths as the aunt has a 2 month old baby who was also naked. They were most grateful, as they waved and headed for Namara by bicycle with the infant securely strapped to the aunt’s back.
When I travel, many people ask me why I don’t retire, because they feel I’ve “put in my time” for Jesus. (The average career missionary is only 8 years at this time).
That triggers many memories, one of which will be the face of that baby girl when she “guzzled” her first bottle of formula, burped in happy contentment, and promptly fell asleep on her aunt’s shoulder. I have over 12,000 reasons why I won’t retire, and over 3,350 of them are eating today because of what YOU provided for them. There is NOTHING the modern world holds that can match what my heart feels after helping save a life. As for this Bush Bunny, I’ll keep hopping down the bush trails as long as Jesus allows me too.
Sundays are never predictable for me. I go into the bush armed with what I have so I can treat whatever diseases I come across. Many times, it’s just handling the little things, as I dewormed every child who came with a parent to church today. When we dismissed the Sunday school kids, we told them to fetch a parent if they wanted to get rid of their worms. Sad to say but only two mothers cared enough to bring their entire family of kids. Next week, we hope that those 2 mothers will join us, and that the word will get around that I’ll have my bottle of “worm killer” with me. Nothing earth shattering about anything I did today, but I find it rewarding to know that those kids will now get the full benefit of what they eat. YOUR GIFTS provided these tablets, so you truly are a “partner” with me in what we do here each day . FYI: Blessings International in Tulsa, is the “go to place” if you are a missionary with a need for medicines in your work.
ZITO is still exercising but his good leg is still a bit wobbly when he tries to walk with his crutches. We gave him lots of encouragement to keep working on it when I showed him his new red Hotwheel sports car! That put a big smile on his face!
Veronica, the women with the burned foot, has only 3 toes not healed yet. We hope to have her up walking within 10 days.
Leona and Samantha are now part of Eric’s “fan club”. Eric spent Saturday morning mounting a 5 inch square “computer fan” over the bed of each of these wonderful ladies. Sam also got a 12 volt reading light at the head of her bed (Leona already had one). So both are VERY happy as they slept much cooler last night. These tiny fans hardly pull anything off a car battery, so can be used most of the night if needed. It’s getting HOT (as I sit her in midday heat, sweating to write this letter).
Tune in next week, as we face 2–3 more days of corn weighing and stacking, as well as a food distribution this Friday in Mavala. Thanks for your prayers and ALL THE HELP in providing the CORN that will feed over 1,500 kids in the next few months. Words hardly seem adequate for what I feel about how graciously you gave so these kids might live. God’s many Blessings to EACH OF YOU!
Love in Christ,
Bush Bunny Brenda