Missionary needed: fully sponsored to Mosambique

When I was young, I can remember the missionaries talking to the children’s church about what they did and the countries in which they served…I thought maybe someday I would like to be a missionary. But, God never made that clear to me and without that “call” to move away and completely be engrossed in mission work in another country, I just could not do it without having a clear path and a “knowing from Him.”

But there are people who right now are called. They know they are supposed to go, but do not know where. Since I am unashamedly a Christian, and know that God has called us to work for orphans, I know people reading this blog share the same heart…Maybe the person they are looking for is reading this…

Years ago, when I homeschooled my older children, there was a lady who came to talk to the homeschool group. She was warm funny and, most of all, knew, she was doing what she was put on this earth to do for God.

The other day, it was not a mistake, there are never coincidences, but God appointments: a friend’s post showed up on my facebook newsfeed. Bush Bunny Brenda, this wonderful woman, is now seeking someone to serve with her…

I share this with her permission, in her own words:



It is with a sad heart that I inform you of Associate Director Eric Dry’s plans to step down in JUNE from full time missions here in Balama. Eric has been with us for 11 years now and has been a vital partner in caring for our technical, mechanical, computer, and solar needs (as well as provided the radio programs in 2 counties).

Needless to say, this leaves me with a GREAT NEED for a person to share the load of caring for the orphans in our program. The program has grown tremendously over the last 11 years and after running it as the ONLY missionary for 3 months last year while Eric was in South Africa, I can tell you, the work load is too much for 1 person.

God has provided the finances for another missionary, for which I’m most grateful!FULL SPONSORSHIP IS AVAILABLE, via one of our donors, for anyone willing to give 9-12 months of their life to help out!

We are looking for someone with the following attributes:
1. Mature Christian with a heart for children in a foreign land
2. A “doer” personality, as well as a love for challenges and small town/country living
3. MISSIONS EXPERIENCE (at least 1 third world missions trip)
4. Recommended via e-mail letter by your Pastor or Missions Director
5. No major health issues and NO DUST allergies.
6. Enjoys an active life style, daily challenges, working with children, and supervising food distributions to orphans.
7. Teachable attitude, take instructions well, and able to flex with the jobs needed (multi-tasking and organizational skills very helpful)

8. Able to learn basics of Portuguese language via a computer course. Spanish speakers will pick up Portuguese without problems.
9. Enjoys doing a variety of active programs that requires walking, standing, and supervising. (most work is done 6a.m. to 12 noon daily)10. Not required, but helpful if can drive a “standard shift” pick-up truck. (we will gladly teach you.)

Program explanation:

Our main emphasis in 2014/15 will be 2 fold:
1. Children’s evangelism using sports and games programs to reach the children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Missionary will assist with the games and keeping order as our Youth Pastors provide the teaching program.Missionary is highly encouraged to participate with puppets, dramas, etc. and do teaching if that is there gift.
2. Food distribution to 2,500+ orphans and the widows caring for them. Missionary will assist in supervising the loading of the corn and beans from one of our warehouses, onto one of our flatbed trucks, as well as the unloading and distribution of it in the villages. Our Mozambican staff is well trained in this and do the job very well. Nothing hard about it.
3. Everyone helps out at the mission with the daily work of distributing items as needed for the children’s programs.Clothing, school materials, evangelism materials, etc.

4. Assists with the daily routines of operation and maintenance of the mission station according to your technical skills. We live on a 40 acres of land with plenty of room for gardening if that is something you enjoy.
5. If a driver, assist in hauling supplies to nearby villages and picking up supplies in the nearby town.

SPONSORSHIP INCLUDES:
1. Round Trip tickets from nearest airport where you live, to Pemba, Mozambique.
2. Visas and Residency Documents.
3.Medical Evacuation insurance (Global Rescue) to South Africa in case of a serious illness or accident. South Africa has medical care equivalent to the USA’s best hospitals.
4. Top Quality Hospitalization insurance (varies according to age)
5. Covers food, clothes washing, and a small monthly personal allowance for toiletries, food treats, etc.
6. HOUSING: You’ll live in a small 3 room brick house on our mission base with concrete floors, screened windows and private bathroom (bucket flush toilet).It comes with a gas burner stove, solar refrigerator, computer with internet, solar lights and fan inside the mosquito net over a double bed.

If YOU sense the calling, OR know of someone who is called by the Lord Jesus to “step out in faith to help us save others in Mozambique, then please send me an e-mail so we can chat about it.brenda@orphansunlimited.org

Check out our website to learn more about us: www.orphansunlimited.org


You never know how the Lord may direct your steps.
Remember, Jesus isn’t looking for the “qualified” as much as He is for the willing and obedient.
Blessings and much thanks for passing on this message to your missions minded friends.

Brenda Lange, President, Orphans Unlimited, Inc

Trees on FIRE

Trees on FIRE

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The glow feeds your soul; somewhere deep inside resonates like a tuning fork.

In the sunshine, the colors burst on your senses; almost to the point of taste…it is so bright that sometimes you have to squint and it still glows behind closed lids.

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After the rain, the colors dampen and the tone is deep.

Xanthophylls, there to help the chlorophyll absorb more of the light spectrum; only seen when the more dominant color dies… Flames;

Yellow, brown, red, orange, light green; on deep brown and black trunks;

Resonating.

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To think that this beauty reflects just a small portion of God’s creation

Can you hear it? Can you smell it? Can you taste it?

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Sometimes, dominant traits in us must die, so that the underlying beauty shines through…

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Galatians 2:20 ESV

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me

Psalms 98:8 – Let the floods clap [their] hands: let the hills be joyful together

Isaiah 55:12 – For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands

I think they are CLAPPING!!

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More than Enough

I was feeling badly today about church… and the NEED to be part of something, but God in his wisdom reminded me of two very important things:

As usual, when God speaks to me it is in my spirit and it is with His Word:

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 John 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

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 I was  thinking as these verses scrolled through my mind… It could scroll because years ago when I was a Bible quizzer, the Book of John was the book we memorized one year, we knew the book so well that when even a fragment of the verse was quoted we would respond and be able to finish the verse…verbatim.

The vine …the branches…. You notice that God does not give us an intermediary?? There is no: God is the vine, the churches are the main branches and you are the secondary branches… OH NO not our GOD…HE is the VINE we are the BRANCHES…there is no bottleneck of flow of nutrients from God to us…we are connected directly to the SOURCE 😀 How exciting is that!!

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And then, those of you whose language is song… this song came next!! God was preaching to me and I am so blessed… All of HiM is more than enough for ALL of ME!! HE is enough, Praise God !!

All of you is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love
And all I have in you is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
Still more awesome than I know
You are my reward
Worth living for
Still more awesome than I know

And all of you is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love
And all I have in you is more than enough

You are my supply
My breath of life
Still more awesome than I know
You’re my coming King
You’re my everything
Still more awesome than I know

And all of you is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love
And all I have in you is more than enough

More than all I am
More than all I need
You are more than enough for me
More than all I know
More than all I can say
You are more than enough

And all of you is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love
And all I have in You is more than enough

Jeremy Camp

Modern Day Molech

As I brought our precious bundle home…four and a half long months in the NICU, it was touch and go a few times…across town at 3801 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, Doctor Gosnell and this staff systematically took the life of another newborn…

And the jury is still deliberating.

This case has not received much media attention, but in my heart, I hear their cries…their blood cries from the ground. I drove past that clinic multiple times on my way to Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children, just a few blocks away…where the staff struggled day and night to “grow” another premature infant so they could go home to mommy and daddy.

And feet in jars, just like trophies, sat in Doctor Gosnell’s office.

Those poor, poor babies…let us not be silent, the law was broken. The children, desperately looking for warm arms, sweet milk, and protection….were met at birth with cold toilet water, scissors and laughter at their pain…God help us all.

IT matters…EVERY one…EVERY soul…God saw as babies were offered to our modern day Molech: sacrificed for money, success, and convenience…. (Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD)

May the truth be revealed, may we care and repent, and be the light in this DARK, DARK world.

Here is a link to view testimony from some of the women, pictures of the crime scene and hear from some of the legislators.

Philadelphia’s early report on Gosnell’s clinic:

Gallup Poll reveals most Americans do not Care About Kermit Gosnell

My God Shall Supply

My God Shall Supply

Given : 12,667     Needed  1,833

Someone asked me yesterday if we came close could we kick in the last few thousand. Truth is, in the number you see, $5762.00 is our gift. We would never ask for help if the seed money we had was enough. God had to multiply what we had to make it possible. All we wanted to do was to try to step forward to be her family and at least try the door and not run like God wasn’t able.

There is a story behind this… Two and a half years ago, I got scared and did not even try for a little fellow. He was very premature, born in NJ. He had an ostomy bag like our Mazie did. He also had a genetic difference of some kind. The agency called us, we had nothing, not even seed money. They asked me how much we had to work with or how long it would take us to get it… and yah, I said I could probably get around 7 thousand maybe and I didn’t know when…

I sounded as unsure as I felt. And I never said…give me a week… or give me two weeks and God will provide it. And they needed a more firm answer and I just couldn’t say, “My God will supply it.” I still wonder what happened to that precious little boy.

Little did I know, that year, adoption expenses were refundable. You know, it was a kind of hiatus for us in the adoption world. We needed to have Mazie more “together” and she required a lot of therapy and we were just coming out of “break” mode. So the ins and outs of adoption taxes were a fond memory other than the carryover credit…

God had the provision there, but I didn’t trust enough to step. 

So I promised God, I would not do that again…I would not stand on the sidelines without even trying. Imagine my surprise last night when the numbers started to move.

That is a GOD thing!! Thank you all so much!! Keep praying that we can be fully funded when I talk to the lawyer this afternoon. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Given: 12,667   Needed: 1,833

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Stand and Fight

Given: 10358   Needed: 4142  Almost under $4000!!

There have been a few verses battling for attention today…

Two different points: Stand

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”-Exodus 14:13

And fight…

 1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under [NKJV: discipline] my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7

Can you do both… YES!!

So I am standing and fighting in the spirit for this little girl. Join me.  

So that foster care is not her future and her therapies can start DAY 1…So that her potential is unlimited!!

So fight I not as one that BEATS the air…I have a purpose and a GOAL… I will fight until it is over…that is what makes me a great advocate for my special little ones…I NEVER give up on them NEVER…And I am not giving up on her…I will stand my ground and not back down….Until this race is finished.

Optimist vs. Pessimist

Optimist vs. Pessimist

Given:    9747         Needed:  4753

If you are watching this blog, reading it day after day and are praying, thank you.

If you are reading this blog just to see if we reach our goal, or fail, and have decided not to contribute… we will fail. Even if each of you gave one or five or ten dollars, we would reach that goal.

 I am an optimist. I am!!  Only an optimist would go into a journey like this believing there were enough people that would help this baby to have a home. My husband, however, is a pessimist. He did not believe it from the beginning. I tried to tell him that there are people who have a heart for the orphan cause and they will support us…our friends and family and even strangers will step up to the plate because it is a great thing…she chose LIFE!!

Wondering which of us is right at this point. I just believed that our family and friends and their friends would see the need and say what the heck…I won’t miss that five or ten dollars and it might just be the difference. We are kind of stuck around this number and only God can move your hearts.

 I am hoping that the compassion that you have inside will result in action. I love all of you, and this is making me very sad. Time is running out, and Ray says we will not borrow money. So we won’t… if you are wondering, we will walk away because Ray just needed this right now…He needed to know that we were not in this alone; that the Christian community would support something other than a choir and a new cushion for the pews. :”( That there would be more than lip service for a cause to which we have given our lives. Some of you have responded, but quite a few have not.

Ray spoke in church this morning about the need, and ONE older widower, who we love dearly, handed him money after the service but NO ONE else felt the burden NO ONE…on which side are you? Are you praying? Are you giving? Or are you just watching?

Psalm 68:6  God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. (NIV)

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isaiah 1:17

Never take advantage of any widow or orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, you can be sure that I will hear their cry. Exodus 22:22-23

In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3

If you hesitate to give online, our address is:

Ray Primel and Esther Gay-Primel

507 Kepple Road

Mineral Point, PA 15942

Lord of the Harvest

I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

As Saturday turns into Sunday, I am going into a day of rest and prayer; asking God to move in a mighty way. I will not blog tomorrow.

I know from the comment on the last blog, that there is a perception from that writer that lots of families are waiting for Down syndrome babies.

 Well : yes and no. We have been in the adoption arena for a long time. And in some cases, yes there are many applicants for special little ones. But if the situation does not fit nicely into a “box”, then the unknowns and fear take over the perspective adoptive parents and no one applies. The two former perspective adoptive parents wanted all the answers and there were none to give. The extra tests on baby girl are not being done in jail. So they had a hard time committing to the placement. Believe me, I have emails from back at the very beginning of Jan about this situation. We sat back and waited, we would have loved for a family to come forward for her. But time is running out and we felt we should at least try to keep her out of state care and give her a permanent family.

We have also had comments on why there should be any cost, or such a high cost.

But the reality in adoption is that people make salaries, and most of the time the money for their salaries come from the adoptive placements they complete. You don’t read a lot about the cases in which the expectant mother does not place and the workers make nothing, and all they have is expenditures. You don’t hear anything because the perspective adoptive parents are heartbroken and die a little inside and keep it quiet. The costs and fees related to all adoptions have dramatically increased, as has almost everything other than houses! We do plan on negotiating the cost if we can, but we have to go under the assumption their quoted price is the cost of this placement.

I did want to give our physical address. I know it is just not done!! But some people do not like to send donations by paypal and prefer to send a check. That is fine too. If we do not reach the threshold for the agency, we will refund your paypal accounts and void your checks. Understand, they must be sent by Monday at the latest for us to receive them in time!  Every dollar adds up!

Ray Primel and Esther Gay-Primel

507 Kepple Road

Mineral Point. PA 15943

Amount raised $2520.00 

Lord of the harvest, send forth reapers.

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Out of Oil

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Snow pounding with no relief; A quick run to the store so the kids had supplies for the evening.

A friend calls needing a ride to take her baby to Medwell (the local after hour clinic). A date, first one in a very long time.

 So much pulling … an internal desire to escape from the winter cabin fever…I opened the door…the thought came and went: “better call Chelsea, it might be important. Nah, it is always a minor thing, a stuffy nose, an ear infection, or I call and get no answer and she already got a ride…let her mom or grandma take her. The last time it was 10pm and she wanted me to get her formula, she had decided to wean the baby…right then…I’m just not in the mood,” I thought.

 And I went through the door, pulled it firmly behind me.

Dusted the snow off of the windows and scrambled in the passenger seat. “Do you think you should call Chelsea?” Ray asked.

“Nah, I said. Even if the baby just has nothing much wrong, she will rope me into taking her and then we won’t get a date for another two months!”

“I’d take her,” my hero said.

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But my foolish, selfish heart said lets go…and go we went.

It was not as enjoyable as it could have been with the thought nagging, I should have at least called.

When we returned, I found out that she called the ambulance. The baby had turned blue. RSV pneumonia. She had called a second time, five hours after the first while I was BUSY…

When is it Enough?

Some friend. Because I never talked to her I did not know her grandma was in VA, her mom didn’t know how seriously the baby was sick until he had turned blue. She called me first because she knew she could depend on me.

I would have known how sick the baby was. I promised her I cared and would be there for her, but I was out of oil.

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I was not filled up with OIL. I was running on empty and I knew it. I was not prepared to be the light, I was wrapped up in my own needs…OIL.

I did not have enough for the dark night. Who needs oil for their light in the day?

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Conviction.

 I belly cried to the God who hears and knows and forgives. Oh wretched man that I am… I have so far to go to be able to look in the mirror and see Him.

 I humbly told Chelsea the whole unaltered story and asked for forgiveness… Five days in the hospital. The baby is fine now and is home, but it could have been much different.

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

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Retreat: Susanna Wesley

Retreat: Susanna Wesley

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It is in the quiet moments you draw your strength; the moments where you breathe deeply, refocus on what is important and move forward with confidence. One of my heroes of the early church is Susanna Wesley. Susanna was the youngest of twenty-five children. Susanna and Samuel Wesley had nineteen children, only ten lived past the age of two. Susanna spent a lot of time without Samuel, as he was in debtor’s prison a few times, and he and Susanna did not get along and they had a few separations. Her life was less than ideal any way you look at it. They had two fires, losing all of their material possessions. One of her children was smothered accidentally by a nursemaid. Can you imagine all of those things happening and still her legacy was her writings, her children and their accomplishments.

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How did she do it? She had a routine she followed with the children, but when she needed to regroup in their little house, she would flip her apron over her head and pray. That is much better than putting the flat of my hands over my ears to think…same idea though.  She taught her children about God, family and duty. She lived what she believed. Many of her arguments with her husband were about politics and religion. If she felt she was right, she thought it a sin to say he was right just for peace in the house. She felt she would answer to God for her choices and her husband for his, a very unique thought at that time.  She spent individual time with her children: on Monday one child for an hour, on Tuesday another…She wanted to know them, who they were and what they were thinking. When they left home, she spent “their hour” writing a letter to them. Each of her living children made their own decisions as adults. One got pregnant out of wed lock and was forced to marry another man. A second daughter married a womanizer and ended up raising two of his children with other women, treating them as if they were her own. Another of her daughters married an abusive man that she ran from and refused to live with him again. She had three famous preacher sons: Samuel the younger, John and Charles. But, Susanna loved them all…

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 There is something fundamental in Susanna’s story. Hardship; yes, but there is an overwhelming sense of survival, refusing to be a victim and taking your life and making it a blessing, making it count, regardless of what everyone else does or what your circumstances are; you can do the next thing, do what is right and try your best. It was in the moments she had in quiet and concentration that she was able to refocus. Her apron over the head moments and her time after the children went to bed (bedtime was 8:00pm) that she was able to answer the big questions: Susanna Wesley, Her Collected Writings.

Do you see the shadow figures in the trees?

  Give yourself time to answer the big questions, and it will add focus to your day and a peace and calmness that carries over into the hectic/stressful times. The time is not wasted, it will help you leave a legacy…

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29 NIV