Friday, February 29, 2008

Flooding in the North





I have been on a whirlwind tour of the Diocese of Alabama this week raising money and asking for support. This week took me to the southernmost part of our diocese to Trinity Church Demopolis and St. Paul's Selma. I had a wonderful time staying with my friends Candice and Steve Frazer and even got to visit Craig Field were my family was stationed in the Air Force back in 1974-75. Thanks to Rev. Dick Cobb at Trinity and the wonder folks who fixed a great lunch on Tuesday and Rev. Polk Van Zandt and Rev. Joe Knight and the breakfast crew at St. Paul's who fed me on Wednesday. Penny and I have been overwhelmed with the love and support from every place we have visited.

I spoke at both Trinity and St. Paul's about the severe flooding in the North of Namibia. I am attaching photos from Nancy Robson at Odibo showing just how bad the situation is. This year they are expecting food shortages and severe malaria outbreaks. Although Namibia is a mostly desert climate some places on rare occasions get more rain than they can absorb. To show how important water is in this context the President said a few weeks ago in a Newspaper interview that "We cannot pray that it will stop raining" Rain is life. It is part of the daily conversation in Namibia almost year-round. Prayers for rain are said at every service. Pray for the people of Namibia that even though that cannot pray that the rains should stop, there will be adequate aid and support as the recover from their losses.

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