These pictures show why our main road out is closed. Basically, because of tropical rains, and poor drainage and sewage from an overpopulated area, the side of the mountain is caving in.
An attempt a couple of years ago, to stop the damage was too little too late. The concrete they poured down the side of the mountain still stands but underneath is a cavern, whose size is unknown. And this is the underside of our road.
Not to mention that there are two neighborhoods right at the top of this falling wall of dirt that are in imminent danger. The people are hearing large rumblings in the night and debris continues to fall.
The next picture is our back way out, which is also damaged by rain and erosion. This pic was taken this afternoon.
Traffic in San Cristobal has become a living nightmare, as all the traffic from our area is diverted the back way out. The word is Spanish is most adequate..."insoportable"...which means "beyond all bearing" or "intolerable". It has affected this whole area.
OUR LEADERS NEED PRAYER!
I went to a meeting this afternoon with leaders in the community and with the disaster relief agency and representative from the Municipality. It was intense.
Each department shared their perspective, reviewed what fell under their line of responsibility and declared they were working together to find a solution. Then they opened the mic up for questions and comments. The atmosphere was so infused with fear, anger and confusion. I will save you the details but the situation is immensely complicated. I thought they were going to physically attack the municipality rep. My heart was grieved by the whole scenario.
I went forward once the meeting was over to purposefully speak a word of life over them. I simply told one of them, that I would be praying for them, for wisdom from God. I could tangibly feel this man exhale in relief, simply because I was not another person yelling at them. It really was like a breath of life was released in the room.
Our words count. Our responses count. We can be life and light in the darkness.
Do I like what we are going through as a community? NO But I recognize there are no easy answers and it would behoove us all to support and pray for those in positions of authority. I have never seen that more clearer than today.