Many of you heard my pleas for prayer for dry roads upon our arrival. The dirt road from Mbale (the closest city) to Karamoja can be rather treacherous during the rainy season due to muddy ruts and stuck traffic. That same road has a handful of bridges that cross over a handful of deep, rushing, even overflowing streams. The present rumor is that one of those bridges has gone out, which could mean one of many things: no vehicles can pass, no large trucks can pass (there is a lot of large truck traffic due to stone quarries north of us), or it is all just a rumor and no bridge is actually out. We have had a fair amount of rain this past week, including some unusual morning rain so all three are possible! The rumor is particularly of interest due to the fact that one of the mission families (Wrights) are presently down country. The plan was for them to return today, so we will soon find out the truth!
What would being cut off mean? It means that we would not only not see the Wrights for a bit, but that we might run out of things like cocoa powder, toilet paper, brown sugar, canned vegetables, gasoline and corn meal. It means that if our internet goes out while we’re cut off, it might be a while before we get it back (so don’t be surprised if we’re silent for sometime). It means the greenhouse that is waiting supplies from down country to be finished will remain incomplete for some additional weeks. Being the city girl that I am, it would be a very strange, but not entirely unwelcome state of being.