Wotje Atoll

Wotje Atoll
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tidal Surges in the Pacific!














Last week was an unusual week of higher than normal tides. Many homes were damaged and the streets were filled with debris. Coral, rock and of course trash covered the streets of Majuro. Two houses that we know of on Majuro were destroyed. Seawalls around the island suffered damage and one collapsed. As you can see in the pictures our seawall certainly took a pounding. It sustained minor damage, but we can repair it and will.
Certainly if the seawall had not been in place we would have suffered a lot of damage here on the compound. About 300 hundred here on Majuro are now homeless. They have been taken in by churches, relatives and friends but are searching for ways to repair the damage. The high tidal surges were caused of course by the moon but also influenced by a low pressure system to the north.
Similar to a tropical storm. This just magnified the already normal high tides here. We praise God for no loss of life here on Majuro. We are still getting reports about the outer islands but are confident that all is well there. These high tides affected islands all over the pacific. The damage was not limited just to the Marshalls. Please continue to pray for the Marshalls and all of the people of the pacific. Be blessed and thank you for all of your prayers and support.

Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn, Travis, Stephen and Richard

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