Normally we connect these blog posts to the strategic prayer request being highlighted for the month. PNG is currently experiencing a crippling drought, so we wanted to take time to highlight the country’s need for rain. Please be praying with us for rain, rain, rain!!
By Jill Riepe
Rain. You don’t realize how much you depend on it until it doesn’t rain for months. We need rain to fill our water tanks. We need rain to water our gardens. We need rain to have water to keep things clean. The situation is even more desperate for our neighbors in the villages that don’t have water tanks. Their water sources are drying up and they must travel farther and farther to get water for all their basic needs. If you are on Facebook, you may have seen my posting about how the recent El Niño weather pattern has caused severe drought throughout Papua New Guinea. It is dry everywhere. It is dry in my village in the Sepik. We got a little rain when I was there in July, but still their wells and streams are drying up. In Ukarumpa, we’ve had a few showers, but none have been enough to fill my water tank. I’m fortunate that my water tank has not gone dry, but many people have had their tanks go dry. They are now depending on other sources of water that must be boiled and filtered before you can drink it safely. During droughts like this, sicknesses from unclean water abound. The last time my village had a serious drought, there was a cholera outbreak. Please pray for God’s protection against sickness. Please pray that rain will come.
We pray, because we know who sends rain, despite the predictions that rain won’t come until March, or even June, next year. The Bible has much to say about rain. The LORD sends rain at the right time as a blessing to cause food to grow (Deut. 11:13-14; Heb. 6:7). The LORD may withhold rain as a punishment to bring repentance (Deut. 11:17; 1 Kings 17-18). The LORD may even send too much rain to wash away iniquity (Gen. 7-9). We also know that the LORD will answer prayers for rain (Jam. 5:17-18). Let us earnestly pray for rain and praise Him when it comes.
Jill serves as a Bible translator.