It has been raining almost constantly for the past 4 or 5 days, causing a lot of flooding in the capital city. Many neighborhoods are under several feet of water, and many of the main streets in our area have become rivers. You can imagine what that does to traffic in a city of over 10 million people. The other day we had to go to the embassy (about 10 miles away), and it took us an hour and a half each way. In several places four lanes of traffic were reduced to one lane because the water was too deep to drive through in all but that one lane. Children were swimming in the street as traffic inched by.
While it may seem unprecedented to us, flooding is actually an annual problem in the capital. During the rainy season, the city’s water drainage system (or lack of one!) cannot handle the volume of rainwater flowing into it. Thankfully, our immediate neighborhood is on higher ground and doesn’t flood. We have stayed nice and dry, we just haven’t been able to go out very much since many of the streets we need to use are flooded.
From Feb. 18-24 we plan to make a trip to back to where we lived while we were in language study. I (Jennifer) will be attending a Culture & Language Acquisition Workshop. We’re looking forward to learning some valuable information from the workshop, as well as getting a chance to visit our friends from where we used to live.
Here’s a link to some pictures of our family (okay, I’ll admit, it’s mostly pictures of the two youngest members of our family) since we’ve moved here:
- For a safe trip to and from our former town and a profitable time there
- For all the people whose homes have been flooded in the capital this week.
- That if it’s the Lord’s will my (Jennifer’s) dad and sister will be able to come visit us this summer
Thanks for your faithful prayers.