Flooding has begun in the part of West Africa where several other Americans and I visited a few months ago. During the trip, we heard about the common dangers during rainy season. Now we’re seeing photos of what the dangers are. I think our team rode on part of this road every day during the trip.
The rains have washed out bridges and roads, leaving the affected areas without public water and electricity. The flooding and large amounts of standing water will also increase the inhabitants’ chances of contracting malaria.
If entire fields are under water, we can be fairly certain that the gathering places of the village churches are also submerged. Believers in those villages often asked us to pray for permanent meeting places so they’d be able to keep worshiping together during the rainy season.
We received word that the training center where we spent time with national believers is part of a number of towns cut off from supplies and transportation. Under these conditions, getting to a hospital when medical aid is needed becomes much more complicated. Unfortunately, flooding and the accompanying problems are not uncommon in this part of West Africa. People there receive seasonal reminders that mankind is not in control.
Would you pray for their safety, relief, and health? And would you pray that they hear the voice of the One whom even the winds and the waves obey?
photos by M*