Water, water everywhere. Flooded streets, flooded school, flooded house…Today the police were using boats to rescue people stranded in the middle of a flash flood…five blocks or so from our house. While we didn’t need a boat, we did spend several hours bailing out the school, the principal’s apartment and our own house. I know I was joking a little about all of the rain in my last post, but seriously friends…please pray that we dry up. This is crazy.
On a somewhat related note, I was struck again this afternoon as I was helping to clean out our HS principals’ apartment by what an amazing community of missionaries I live in. I don’t know if we are the norm around the world, but it’s pretty cool here. We kind of live in a “fishbowl”. Everyone usually knows what everyone else is doing, and, I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s kind of frustrating. Here’s the cool part. We kind of live in a “fishbowl” and everyone usually knows what everyone else is doing. So when your basement floods, your neighbor knows it, and shows up to help clean it out. When your school floods, word gets out QUICKLY, and a whole bunch of people show up to help rescue your classroom. So even if it’s frustrating…I’ll take it. I’ll take the community that cares enough about my kids to hug them when they need it…and call them down when they need it. I’ll take the friend that takes time every week to meet with my teenage daughter and give her another adult besides her mom to talk to. I’ll take the guy who took my son out to dinner every Tuesday for five years and helped shape him into the man that he is today. I’ll take the teachers and coaches who pour into my children every day…not just their heads, but their hearts. I learned six years ago, when Dan had his accident (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, he had a firecracker go off in his face. Lost part of a finger and almost lost his eyesight) that this is the place to be in when you’re in crisis. I had people sitting at the hospital with me, people taking my kids home not knowing when I could come and get them, a 19 year old guy who came to the hospital at midnight and got my baby and took him home so that I could concentrate on Dan…This is a good community to be in.
I have to close with a prayer request. Our HS principal and his wife are really having a rough time right now. They have three little ones-3 1/2, 2 and 2 weeks. Their apartment has now flooded TWICE in the last three weeks. The two little boys have had croup, and Grace, the baby, has already had one hospitalization for bronchitis, and she’s two weeks old today. Please pray that their family can get healthy, and that Stephen and Cristina will find an extra measure of patience and grace. They are really struggling, and while we are doing all we can for them, they really need the Lord’s peace right now.
Thanks for your prayers…they are keeping us afloat right now!