Finally, I can report in – we have been without electricity here much of the time recently – all day today (Saturday) and portions of other days through the week.  Some outages are caused by lagging infrastructure, and others are caused by rain and water damage. It is the rainy season here, and we are getting at least one good shower per day, sometimes more.

As we drove Wednesday morning way out to rural Kiranga, we began in a rain storm, and then as we ended on Thursday, we drove home in a rain storm. Normally, you wouldn’t think that would cause much problem, but the roads are all unpaved in these rural areas, so we experienced a lot of mud, stuck vehicles, washed out sections, deeply rutted lanes, pond-size puddles, etc. Many times we would stop in the middle of the road to strategize the best way to negotiate a section of muddy ruts and pot-holes in front of us without getting stuck.

At one point, we even had to leave the road and drive up through a yard to get around a stuck truck. Then it was a matter of how to get back down the bank onto the road. We did this by the locals helping to dig out the bank to make a way for the car to approach the roadway.

Since we were making such slow headway, it was almost dark by the end of the journey back to town, and as the rain stopped the people came out onto the roads, more so as we got closer in to town. This in itself presented hazardous driving conditions since the roads were often one slippery muddy lane crowded on both sides by pedestrian traffic in oncoming darkness. I was very glad that Samuel was driving and not I.  Even so, I was more tired and stressed from the drive when I finally got back to the hotel than from the long day of teaching.

Here are some pictures of the road and the church where we spent two days teaching church-planting to a group of about sixty.