This time of year is really the heart of the rainy season. It’s supposed to be raining. Just not this much. This is actually a very rainy rainy season.
Sure there are some annoyances about it: trying to dry clothes, go for a run, and the incessant darkness. However, it’s pretty easy to look over those as insignificant when you see what’s going on around us.
Last week there was a mudslide in Burundi where 40 people were killed. Houses and fields were wiped out as it seems the entire side of a hill just let go and slid down into the valley.
Many of the people around us live in pretty rudimentary houses, so when it really rains, the drips through their roofs become constant.
Yesterday Susan was at the house of a woman who finally just removed a brick from her wall, and made essentially a small channel right through her house for the water. She couldn’t keep it out anymore, so at least she could try to control it and get it out the other side.
As I write this, it is pouring outside…actually…let me show you…
Jonah has been receiving texts and pictures from friends who live in Kenya. Houses flooded, belongings destroyed.
Probably the worst that we know of is from our Serge team in Bundibugyo, on the far western edge of Uganda.
Last week they had a series of mudslides with devastating effects. BBC even reported on it.
A woman we know who works in the area just barely made it through as mudslides full of massive boulders came down both in front of her and behind her.
Our Serge team there is stepping up and trying to do what they can.
We have water engineers on that team who are currently trying to restore water since all distribution pipes to the area were wrecked.
You can read more of that whole story here, and please – please – consider helping them out with the fund they have set up to bring emergency response to those most affected. They are gathering disaster response aid and distributing it to those who lost everything.
As has been pointed out to me – this feels even more frustrating as the effects of climate change seem to often be unevenly felt by those who have played such a small role in creating the problem.
We are fine here, just a bit damp. Please pray for the situation across East Africa right now. If crops continue to get destroyed, it could cause a massive problem in the area come harvest time.