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Jungle Journals: Nov 23rd

Dear friends and family:

We were up and on the boat at 5 a.m. It was an awesome display of God´s workmanship as the sky began to light up with mist rising off the river´s surface and lingering around the lush vegetation that carpets these majestic mountains. Praise God who made it all!

When we arrived in Yarina, we were warned that the day before 9 trucks were assaulted along the dirt road that leads to the next village. Myself and the three brothers with me had to get back to Tarapoto so we decided to "go for it" and took the only 4x4 that was willing to try the trip. God is good, he protected us and we made it to the next village (Pongo), escaping all thieves.

Things really got exciting from Pongo on. We'd experienced torrential rains for about 4 days in a row and village after village was flooded. There were landslides everywhere. They told us that the highway to Tarapoto would be closed for at least a week. Once again we decided to "go for it" and attempt to walk to where we might be able to catch a car to Tarapoto. 

We ended up walking from kilometer post 50 to kilometer post 30 and crossed about 35 landslides. It took us 5 hours slogging through mud, crossing streams and picking our way through logs and huge boulders. We had a great time of adventure and worship as we sang and prayed and quoted bible verses along the way.

Finally, when we got to the last and biggest landslide, a front-loader was there working to make a way through. We had to sit and wait in the dark for about 3 hours until they let us cross. It was a nice rest since we were completely exausted, very dirty, sweaty and hungry. On the other side there was a car to take us to Tarapoto and best of all.. hot bread to eat.. (we hadn't eaten for about 23 hours). Bread never tasted so good!!


Pictures added!


At November 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM Victoria O'Hare said...

Wow again! You live on the edge, and yet I believe that is where the LORD wants us...
I will be praying for you all

At November 24, 2011 at 7:34 PM MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

praise God for His provision and protection!


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