From: "Brenda Lange" Subject: Blog, Oct.
12, 2013 Date: October 12, 2013 8:01:44 AM CDT
CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER!
BEAR” IS BACK! Eric Dry, better known as the “Bush Bear” by his children,
arrived late Wednesday with a truck and trailer loaded with “impossible to get”
supplies. His journey from Johannesburg, S. Africa to Balama took 6 days.
It’s only 1,500 miles (2,500km) by road, but “the only road that comes here”
has more holes than Swiss cheese in some areas. The military convoy is still
functioning in the middle of Moz. due to bandit attacks in that area. That
causes a delay, as they only have 2 convoys a day. Eric caught it at the right
time this trip so only had a short delay. However, the convoy of trucks and
pick-ups was 7.2 miles/12 km long, and moved very slowly.
We are very
happy to have him back, and have spent 3 days unloading, unpacking, sorting, and
organizing the supplies in the afternoons after completion of our daily programs
with the kids. Does tend to help one sleep better at night since we all fell
into bed last night, totally exhausted.
EVA GETS A DOLL
Our little Eva
is very happy with her new "baby doll".
EVA, now 14, has been a member of our family
since she was 2 years old. Due to a difficult birth, she had many seizures as
well as cerebral palsy. By the time she was 3, God supernaturally healed her
and the seizures have never returned. Because of her brain damage, no one
thought she would ever talk, much less sing, lead in the children’s choir at
church, attend pre-school, learn TWO languages, jump, run, and
Last week, while driving past Eva’s mud hut, I saw her playing
with a LARGE stuffed doll that belonged to a neighbourhood girl. I immediately
told our sewing master, who made her one just like it. It’s twice the size of
the other dolls, and just right for Eva to carry around. She happily poses with
her new “baby”.
GETS HELPING HAND
took to a baby bottle without hesitation.
Baby Chito is 2 months old, and only weighs 1.8 kg (3.96
lbs). That’s .5 lbs (.2kg) LESS than his birth weight. This being a first time
mother mother, Laurinda didn’t understand that her breasts were drying up. A
neighbour in Rovuma finally brought her to us so she could receive life-saving
baby formula for Chito. Chito took to a baby bottle without hesitation, as
he’d already figured out the “other system” wasn’t working anymore. Laurinda,
is also severely malnourished, as she was trying to survive on local roots and
leaves. She left with a smile on her face, and her hands full of high protein
food for her and Chito.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS SAVE LIVES EACH WEEK HERE, as we
are now in the severe dry season when very little grows, and water becomes a
highly valued commodity. THANK YOU for allowing us to be Jesus’ hands and feet
here in Mozambique. Only through spreading HIS LOVE, will the world ever
MANGO TREE CHURCH--FOOD
from Mavala are a special bunch...
We had a great time on Friday giving out food to over 400 orphans and widows
from 7 remote villages. Just wanted you to see some of the widows who receive
your love gifts. This group in front of me are a tough bunch, who survived
the civil war which started in Mozambique in the early 1960’s. To have
survived a 32 year war takes a lot of “know how”. I take my hat off to these
courageous men and women. They were also some of the first to respond when we
brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to “THE MANGO TREE CHURCH”.
Off to a
busy week, as all our kids are taking SCHOOL FINALS! Our school year starts
in late January and ends Oct.
Next 6 weeks is preparation time for the “rainy season” in
November, as we still have 5 food distributions in Balama District, as well as 3
left in Meluco District. Our truck team leaves Monday for Meluco with another
load of life saving corn, and they will also be repairing 2 water wells that are
out of order. Water is so scarce in Meluco District, that most wells are
pumped 24 hours a day during the 6 dry months each year. HIGH maintenance is
needed to keep them all functioning. THANKS TO DALE MEINDERTSMA’s Ministry,
Eric was able to purchase the needed water well parts as he passed through
Nampula this week.
JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER, and without HIS SACRIFICE
ON THE CROSS, NO ONE WOULD RECEIVE HIS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE. It is an honor
and a privilege to serve Him daily here among the wonderful people of
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO
SPREAD HIS LOVE TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER
Blessings to all of you!
BRENDA AND THE BALAMA TEAM ERIC DRY MELISSA