Friday, March 18, 2016
High Winds, King Tides and Drought in the Marshall Islands!
You know living on an atoll in the middle of the pacific ocean certainly brings challenges at times. With that said, we thank God for the honor of being here in the Marshall Islands. I wanted just to take a moment and update you all on what is going on here in the islands.
As you may know from a previous post we are currently in the middle of a drought period. This have been brought on by an el nino that is currently in progress. The last substantial rain we had was back in November 2015. There have been occasional passing showers since then, but not enough to replenish the water supplies.
The water company here has been doing and outstanding job of distributing water to the people. Reverse osmosis machines are set up and producing limited amounts of water. This happening not only in Majuro but in the outer islands as well. However, according to the Marshall Islands Journal the northern atolls are running out of water and food. There are just not enough machines for every atoll.
These conditions are affecting plant life and trees as well. A little over a week ago we had 4 days of king tides. These higher than normal tides combined with high winds brought some flooding to the islands. Kili was once again flooded almost completely. Kili is the atoll where the Bikini people were resettled after the nuclear testing.
There were no lives lost and damage in most places was minimal. We thank God for His protection and your prayers during this time. Please continue to agree with us for rain over the coming months and also protection from the king tides. Thank you all for your prayers and support. God bless, you are truly our partners in the Gospel here in the pacific.
Running with the Vision,
Steve, Shawn and family
Majuro, Marshall Islands