Our family is in Peru for two years to serve with Extreme Nazarene. We are living in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado supporting our team of 8 missionaries as 12 churches are planted here in 18 months! Please keep checking in to keep up on our our ministry and adventures in Peru!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere!

So we woke up to rain yesterday morning...nothing unusual, we live in the rain forest after all. But today it kept raining. Hard. And after a few hours we noticed water was raising in front of our house...and still coming. We have had issues with drainage and water since we moved here but it has never gotten up to our door like this. We have sort of been waiting for it to get worse as we kept hearing about how the "rainy season" was coming. I didn't expect the water to rise so fast or so close the the house. All that to say, please pray. Pray that the water goes down, that we can get it drained out and that in the meantime, it doesn't rain more. Right now it is centimeters from entering our house, our water cistern is covered by the flood water which means there is bad water in there. Given, we can't drink the water from here anyway...but this is really bad water that we don't want to use for showers, dishes or anything. Also, we have water entering our house through the bathtub and drains in the floor. It is gross, but this is not a new problem. We rarely are able to flush our toilet and almost every day have sewer water in our bathtub/shower. I have learned to live with it but it is not my favorite. Please pray we can solve this problem to keep from happening in the future. Can I also just say I have an amazing husband. He was out in the disgusting water (that has gross worms floating in it) working to get us ladies cinder blocks to step on and trying to stop the water from entering the cistern (which eventually became impossible). He has also been working hard since we arrived here (2 months ago) trying to solve these issues of drainage. He has been at the city office mulitple times a week trying to get them to do something and has just finally gotten approval from them to do it ourselves. That is the way it goes here...slow, slow going to get anything done. We are praying this is the solution and would appreciate your prayers as well. Please also pray for the health and protection of our team. Thank you all and God Bless!
from our yard into our house...
Today Tyson spotted a little crocodile outside in the "pond" next to the church....I saw it's little eyes sticking up too but we couldn't get a picture. It wasn't too big...but still a crocodile...yikes!

our front door view

and for the pleasure of all...our bathtub...yummy! I have poured more bottles of bleach then you can imagine in that tub...it helps. But still. Gross.


Tracey said...

Tracy know that we are lifting you up in prayer even more today that yesterday!! You guys are amazing and I know that even you can feel like you are at the end of your rope! I will pray extra hard for the drainage issue to get fixed!! Love you guys thanks for the updates. Loved the one about the monkey maybe we need to get a yellow hat for Tyson :-)

Vicky said...

What an adventure! We will pray the waters receed quickly and the issue is resolved. We love you all and pray showers of blessings instead of real showers:) Or at least a clean one!

Anonymous said...

People pay good money for mud baths in Napa Valley! :)
We sure do miss you and pray for you guys ALL the time my dear friends.
We are SO proud of you guys and enjoy reading ALL the adventures that God has you on.
Smith Family you are "indeed".... COURAGEOUSLY FOLLOWING CHRIST!!
Consider yourself hugged! We love you guys!
The Sharp Gang

Grandma Jo said...

Oh my, Tracy, that is pretty hard to imagine. You folks are stronger than I would ever be. God has given you great strength and courage through this adventure and I admire you so much! We continue to pray for you and how God is going to bless and use the three of you in the days and months to come. Love you guys!

Mac's said...

We are still watching and praying for your safety and success. Uncle K