July 29, 2008

Growing Thru Adversity

The garden, the weeds, and even what we're eating from the garden have taken a back seat in our lives over the past 24 hours. We have finally been personally affected by all of the extreme weather and flooding in Iowa this summer. Our darling daughter (DD) is a resident camp counselor in the summer, at a nearby camp for at risk youth. In the wee hours of Monday morning, a flash flood came through the camp and caused havoc. Twelve cars, including DD's were destroyed by the wall of water, mud and debris that barreled through. The cars were sitting in a lower field that was overwhelmed by the flood and they were moved around like little match box cars. One was wrapped around a tree, one carried across the field to an embankment and the rest pushed together with tree limbs and debris caught between them. All of the cars are a complete loss and were left full of mud and muck up over the seats and dashboards. We are blessed and thankful by the lack of personal injury and happy to report that the camp is full of godly young women and men who pulled themselves together, cleaned up a lot of the mess, and will open the camp to the kids who were scheduled to be there this week. We ask for your prayers of support for these amazing young people (18-20 years old) who will be dealing with all the consequences of the loss of their cars just a few short weeks before heading back to college, for the staff who are working overtime to support the counselors and campers, and for the campers who will arrive today for a shortened but undoubtedly blessed week at this camp. God knows the needs of all and we are full of assurance that He will keep His promises - "He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might, He increases power." Isaiah 40:29

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