Thursday, January 21, 2010

On US Soil

We successfully landed in Philly on Thursday of last week. We will be in the US for three months to visit family and to do storytelling at churches and colleges for Mennonite Central Committee. Maybe we will have the chance to see some of you our readers.

It is a little surreal coming back to the land of milk and honey but it is also welcomed at the same time. It is hard to be so far away from brothers and sisters who are suffering in the drought in Mozambique but we also know that our presence there does not make that big of a difference in the large scope of things. All we can do is hope and pray. Nadia is enjoying the different climate and has been very friendly to all of her many relatives. She has warmed up to the grandparents which has been very important. We hope that this can be a time for her to connect with her family before we head back to Mozambique for two and a half more years.
Rain and No Rain

I do not know what to say in terms of the drought situation in Mozambique. I have heard reports of rain and no rain and one day I am jumping up in the air with joy because I have heard that it rained good in Mandie where our sand dams are and the dams are full of water and another day I am am horrified by reports of wells drying up, people hungry and dying for lack of food and water. Please pray for Mozambique all who are concerned that God will yet have mercy on his people there.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I love this photo that Alexis took. I have seen worse. How did they ever pack that thing and how do they have a back axle left.

Jon took this picture of me on a motorbike. We were traveling in Changara to visit sand dams. I decided to get a little more practice. It is such an easy way to get around and not to mention, a lot of fun.

Alexis, Jon and I spent a day climbing Cabe├ža de Velho, or Old Man's Head, near Chimoio. Jon took this shot and it looks so awesome. This is when I say to myself that Mozambique is so beautiful. I actually kicked Alexis in this picture.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Pray for Rain
It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had rain. Generally it starts raining gradually in November and December but the start of the real rains is over the holidays, usually on Christmas or Christmas Eve. This year, the rains started well in November and early December and people talked that this will be a good year. Unfortunately we haven’t had any rain since December 14. January is usually drier than the other months, but it is the height of the growing season. People are afraid that because we haven’t had rain for so long they are going to loose their crops. Lately, rain has been in the forecast, as high as a 95% chance of rain. However, whatever rain we receive, is just a few drops and is just enough to wet the ground and bring the laundry in from the wash line.

It makes us think about the realities of global climate change and see what it means for people on the losing end of the change. People’s lives are so much in flux depending on the weather and if their crops produce. We keep praying for rain.

This morning, I journaled, “It makes me wonder what it must have felt like during Old Testament times when Ahab was king and it didn’t rain for three years. What did people do or think? Did a lot of people starve?” We keep praying for rain, for God to have mercy on his people and their lives. Oh God, bring sufficient rain.