|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2015|
|YOUTH EARNING FUNDS FOR CHURCH KEYBOARDThe church youth group decided they wanted to buy a simple keyboard for the church. Bertino, our Youth Leader, knows how to play simple music learned from the Assembly of God music group (who have a keyboard).
I’m very proud of our youth group, because they did not come running to “Mama Brenda” asking for money. They began by working for others in their farm fields. When that work ran out they had 1/3 of the funds. Only then did they came to me asking if I’d give them the contract to clean my Moringa fields, instead of giving it to workers. I readily agreed.
Last Saturday they completed that contract but still lacked $40, to reached their goal of 8,000 Mts ($250). They begged for more work, but I only had one small area that needed clearing behind my garden.
Kids cleaning fields to earn funds for church keyboard.
About 15 youth showed up and attacked it with glee, knowing that when they finished, funds for the piano would be complete.
BUT THE MET A FEW SURPRISES! Two ADDERS (poor cousin to the Rattlesnake for they have the same venom but no warning rattler), let them know real quick that this was THEIR AREA and the kids were to get out!
There were 3 adult men with the children, so these 2 slow moving, but deadly snakes lost the battle, as the men beat them to death with long bamboo rods.
Needless to say, I sent the kids home without finishing the field, as it was just too dangerous.
I told them I’d give them what I promised as “danger pay” for almost completing the field.
Several men will complete the field with much caution later this week.
I appreciate the snakes for controlling the rats in my field, as these 2 super fat snakes had eaten well, but they must learn how to be good neighbors if they want to live near my garden.
Bertino will take a taxi this week to Nampula, 7 hours south of Balama, to make the purchase. Excitement is in the air, as the kids wait for their long desired keyboard. It’s great to see them growing up, and being willing to work for what they want. Our “life skills” lessons are working, and this is the fruit.
BALAMA SLIDES INTO MARCH WITH PASTORAL TRAINING
Pastor Alberto set up a 5 week training course for our pastors and lay leaders, which started Feb. 27th.
Pastor Alberto teaching our devotions class with SANDWRITING.
In the photo, he is teaching our entire staff and workers about God in 3 persons with a diagram drawn in the sand.
In the classroom we have a real white board, but when in Africa, do it the African way!
WHITE BOARD OF AFRICA (SAND)
The sand is regularly used daily for business negotiations for adding up a sale, counting items being loaded onto a truck, as well as kids drawings and games. Costs nothing, and easily erasable by dragging a foot across it.
When in Africa, we do it the African way.
DAWN HORGER, MICHIGAN, WILL JOIN OUR MISSIONARY STAFF IN APRIL!
Dawn has a long history of missions, and has been working in Beira, Mozambique as a Program Director. Those missionaries had to leave for health reasons, so Dawn has applied to join our staff. She will arrive from the USA on April 8th.
Needless to say, I’m very pleased that we will continue with a 3 missionary staff here in Balama.
BALAMA BLAZERS, KATIE AND ASHLYNN’S LAST WEEK IN BALAMA
We will really miss you, Katie and Ashlynn!
Really hard to see them go, as they have been my right and left hands for the last 10 months.
The kids are heartbroken, and the staff likewise, but it’s time for these 2 wonderful young ladies to return and begin their next assignment for the Lord.
We pray for all of you, and appreciate your prayers for our harvest. God is moving, for the corn near our church in ROVUMA VILLAGE, has suddenly SHOT TO THE HEAVENS in growth! Reports tell me the same is happening in other areas where we have churches.
I’ll get you a photo for next week’s blog, as some fields have grown from 5 .5 ft. to 8 feet in the last 10 days!
WE ARE CALLING IT HEAVENLY CORN, for it surpasses anything I’ve ever seen!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE