Saturday, February 11, 2012

Flooding in Peru

We are now experiencing major flooding in Peru.  I am not sure how much news you get in the U.S. about the conditions in Per but at this time we are having more rain than we have seen since we have lived here.  The rain is not just in isolated areas but seems to cover most of the country.  Arequipa is also experiencing major problems.  This city like others in Peru is just not prepared for this much rain.  Since we have no rain for 10 months of the year, they do not build for rain.  Nearly every house has numerous leaks in the roof.  Those houses in the pueblos around the city usually have no foundations or so with this much rain many houses are washing away.  Many families have lost everything.  Most poor families have houses with dirt floors, so many have mud up to their knees.  Bridges have washed away and many roads also.  The infrastructure just is not sufficient for the runoff of so much rain.

The city water supply is in danger.  Major repairs are needed in the water supply catchments.  The city announced that the whole city would be without water for a couple of days (which probably means a week) so they can make repairs.  Many parts of town are already without water and electricity.  Thank God, we still have both.

Please be praying because we are expecting much more rain.  Every day we have to empty the rain from our roof and we have leaks in at least 6 places.  It has caused floors, walls and ceilings to warp and everything needs to be repainted.  But we are praising God that we are okay.  We are hearing reports of people washed away by the rain every day.

If you are interested in helping a family in need, please contact us right away at 727-216-9617.  This is not an international call.  You may also contact us at

Please keep us, the city of Arequipa and the country of Peru in your prayers.

Bless you for your concern and prayers,



The swollen Urubamba river passes through Aguas Calientes, at the foot of the Machu Picchu archeological site.

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