Friday, January 16, 2009

Sleepless in Zambia...

We made it to our second night, exhausted. We collapsed into bed after a day of unpacking and organizing our home. At around 11:oo pm, after a few hours of sleep, we awoke to thunder and lightning and what felt like the great flood coming down outside our bedroom. I have never seen lightning like this, every 2 to 3 seconds, almost like a flickering light bulb. The thunder when it would go off was like a cannon going off in your bed. And the rain just kept coming down, pounding the roof and the windows. The power went out and it was a bit eery. We went to get a few flashlights in the kitchen to find ourselves in a couple inches of water. The kitchen was flooding from the water coming under the door. We went to get some towels to find leaks coming from different parts of the house. So we got some buckets to catch the leaks. All in all, it was crazy evening. So, as to give you a glimpse of what we experienced, Kamryn drew a little picture. When we woke up in the morning, we found that our back outer wall had collapsed by the sheer weight and rush of the water. We had leaks in the living room and the homeschool room. The kitchen was flooded (but not quite as bad as the picture shows:) And there was a knee-deep river coming down our driveway, bending our gate, bringing with it trash from the street, and an inch of dirt all around the driveway. Thankfully all is good. The owner came by yesterday to survey the wall and it should be fixed soon. I mopped and cleaned and life went on as normal. But, what was humbling for us, and what led us to pray that morning was the poor are the ones who get hit the worse. Our workers houses got flooded big time, soaking mattresses and furniture. One gal had to mop all night so it didn't destroy her house. Walls and houses collapsed under the weight and force of the rain. It seems the ones who suffer the most seem to suffer even more during times like this.
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