We met recently as a team to discuss Disaster Relief preparations and plans for where we live. In order to be best prepared in the future, we had to talk about the possibilities of things that could happen in the areas around us. As we were talking about the state that our people live in daily...it came to light that they are living through disasters daily. While we already knew this was true, there's something about talking about each disaster out loud that made it seem more "real".
Currently, the Mahafaly and other groups are living in the midst of a drought, famine, and a locust plague. I was overwhelmed by how much it sounded like a scene from the Old Testament. Add to that a corrupt government and cattle thieves that are massacring villages and well it all seems pretty dim. Then, when we start thinking about what we can do to make a difference...there are lots of wonderful & fantastic ideas...however, the implementation is a whole other thing - there are many obstacles to overcome...lack of resources, culture, taboos, and the list goes on.
There are days here that make it much easier to imagine what Old Testament times looked like...but perhaps He's just trying to show me Who He is in the midst of every era.