We have had a few weeks of very little rain and have had to carry some of
our water in buckets from the river, so last Thursday afternoon when I
looked up from translation checking and saw black clouds on the hills to the
east I thought, “I hope that rain comes here!” I didn’t know what I was
Within a few minutes it started raining very hard and Heidi went downstairs
and very quickly had 100 gallons of rain water in our water barrels. We
were just settling down to enjoy the coolness that the rain had brought when
the wind changed directions and started blowing in the windows. We rushed
to close the shutters, but the wind was snapping off tree branches and
hurling them against the side of the house making it difficult to secure the
shutters. The storm only lasted 5 minutes, but what a mess it made. We had
water in the house, trees were down all over the place, and the village
water system was damaged.
Because it was dusk, I waited until morning to go get pictures, but to my
surprise, our industrious neighbors has already chopped up most of the
fallen trees. My partner, David, and I made several trips up the water line
making repairs, and yesterday afternoon, with the help of several Isnag men,
we made the last big repair and water started flowing to the village again.
I see some clouds on the hills to the east, but it’s okay with me if they
stay over there.
- Thank the Lord that in spite of the trees blowing down and sheets of tin
roofing blowing around, no one was injured by the storm.
- We haven’t heard from Letty, but a group from here went upstream to
Perlita’s house and was able to encourage her. Please continue to pray for
- Thank you for praying for Zach, our pilot. He finished his flying duties on
one island and is on his way back to Luzon.
- Pray that the Bible lessons we are writing will be clear and will help
people understand God’s love for them.
Jonathan & Heidi