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Niger River Flooding: Saving the Stuff

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."  Isaiah 43:2

(All photography on this blog post by John DeValve)

Tuesday night as I wrote, water was beginning to gush into both the CBN (Bible School) and Sahel Academy campuses.  A wall had fallen on both campuses.  All the sandbags and hard work seemed to be for naught as water began seeping into buildings.
Two houses and part of a third on the Sahel campus are fairly dry.  Two houses on the CBN campus are dry.  All the other buildings have water in them.
On Wednesday the Sahel Academy staff met to pray and to weep together and to encourage each other the best they could.  They made no plans, just met together before God's throne.
On Wednesday John and I worked hard to get a house ready for colleagues arriving Thursday morning.  The original plan was for them to go into the other half of our duplex and take their time getting their own place set up.…

Flooding in Niamey

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."  Isaiah 43:2
Floods in Niger.  It seems hard to believe.  It's not totally unheard of....often flash floods occur after torrential rainfalls.  We spent more than one rainy season on long detours around bridges that had been washed out in flash floods.
But this is different.
We have been having an excellent rainy season with quite a lot of rain.  But places north and west that don't always get enough rain seem to also be having an excellent rainy season.  This has left the Niger River, which starts in Guinea, meanders its way north through Mali, and then runs right through Niamey and right past SIM's Bible school campus and Sahel Academy campus, swollen and bursting its banks.  I have never seen the river so high.  In fact, we were told that the measuring pole was put in the river in 1929 and it has never been completely covered until this year.

Lost in Translation

Recently I went to a local shop to buy some mosquito coils.....you burn them slowly and they are supposed to keep away mosquitoes.  Our compound is terrible with mosquitoes (so is our house), especially since this is a good rainy season.  I bought these for our guard to burn at night to help keep the mosquitoes away from him.  I also bought him insect repellent to put on and gave him a pair of John's socks to wear.  In spite of our best efforts, today he has malaria, but I digress. It's the translation on the box of coils that I thought was pretty funny.  It was obviously translated from one language (which I shall not name) into English using something like Google Translate.  It says:
Lengen micro-smoke mosquito-repellent incense This product is made of high-grade raw materials, which is used of the latest international technology and advanced spray-paint technology.  (Hmmmm, not sure how spray-paint fits in here.)  No harm to human body and livestock.  It is not easier moisture…