Lightning strikes again but we’re back online a week later!

It is rainy season!  Friday afternoon lightning struck on the mission big time, frying the pump that delivers water from a deep well to the hospital, schools, and homes. Thankfully there was a reserve available (thank you Luke and Leanne Turk!) so there was only a short time without. It took out the Turk family’s booster antenna for their internet system as well, and sad to say, they have no reserve for that.  The big noise and lights were followed by an all-night soft rain of a little over an inch.  Then Saturday came and it was the CEFA farm’s turn for mishap.  We didn’t want to be left out!  A storm blew in and dumped for just ½ hour, with a little under an inch of rainfall, about the same as the day before but boy what a difference in delivery!  Lightning lit up the inside of our houses with a big crash of thunder, and it turns out that our pump in our deep well got fried as well.  The Turks had a reserve available for our well too, so we were not without water at the farm.  Again, thank you so much, Luke and Leanne!  Our satellite internet system got struck, but we have do have a back-up system that works sporadically.  The father of the guy who installed our system came out to the farm this afternoon to troubleshoot the problem, and we hope to have a new component for receiving and sending from the satellite dish installed as soon as possible.  We are thankful for friends who come to our aid and for parts that are available right now instead of having to wait to order from faraway lands. Our helper, Sylvie, was home, outside her house setting up buckets and pans to catch the rainwater off of her roof, and she got shocked up both arms, but she’s okay now, so we are especially thankful that no one was seriously hurt.

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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