Things have been pretty quiet since our last blog entry. Thank you very much for your prayers. We received a lot of encouragement and prayer support from our last post about spiritual warfare. We are feeling the protection of your prayer. Things are currently calm and uneventful, however we realize that the battle is far from over and we are expecting more in the future. But for now, we're enjoying the peace. Please keep your prayers coming. They are needed!
Please also add a request for rain for Mali in your prayers. Mali's electricity is generated from a hydroelectric plant on the Niger River. Right now, the water level in the river has dropped below the point of being able to operate all the generators. As a result, we are experiencing a big shortage of electricity. Mali has began rationing power and we are currently scheduled for 6 hours of power cuts per day as the electricity is rationed and distributed only to certain areas at a time. Today, our outage was extended to 10 hours. It is discouraging to have the power out for such extended periods...especially in the hot season when fans can make such an important difference. We're also learning to adapt by not relying on our refrigerator and doing shopping daily.
We have had a few of rainstorms that have helped cool things down into the 90s the past couple of days, and hopefully it's helping to raise the river level too. It's good to know that rainy season is about to start. The rain is also vital for Mali's crops. A good rainy season is very important for the country's food supply which relies entirely on rain for irrigation. Even the Muslim president of Mali has asked the Christian church to pray for rain.