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Rainageddon Hits Taiwan

And it was quite some weekend….

644 mm of rain fell on Sanzhi on Friday from about 2:00 – 11:00 am. That was the start of it all.  This was the scene on the coastal road on Friday morning from inside my bus….

Fridays’s report about the situation from the Taipei Times is here….

The local river at Sanzhi on Friday afternoon ….

The rains spread south over the weekend.  Tons and tons of rain.  2 dead, several missing, homes and businesses washed away or flooded. Terrible damage to infrastructure, agriculture and businesses.  This is today’s Taipei Times report here

Yesterday I went round the coastal road to Keelung.  The road passes along by some of the worst hit areas.  In Keelung, an area of the town along by the river had been flooded, and the army was helping clear up. This was the scene outside a dentists, they’re all there clearing up.  The whole road looked like this. People everywhere.

The road round the coast is open for one lane only each way.  Landslides everywhere cos the mountains there are steep.  This was the scene near the nuclear power station…  see all that mud?

This is not a typhoon. It’s the Plum Rainy Season.  Never normally like this.  Tragic.

Fortunately, the rains are expected to stop today, and repairing the damage can begin in earnest.

On Saturday I spent the morning writing a CMS newsletter.  I had decided early last week that Saturday was to be the day, but I had no idea at that point what my theme was going to be.  Events last Friday kinda of decided for me.  Am sending it off today to CMS for processing.  Check back in a few weeks time!

And finally, the reason for going to Keelung was to attend the Pentecost service at Trinity Church.  This is the back wall of the church….

Pentecost greetings to you all!  May the fire, passion and love of the Holy Spirit bring healing, grace and mercy in this dark, broken and suffering world.

Celebrating Pentecost at St. James’ English Service, Taichung ~ and Kelvin’s Confirmation!

Special congratulations to Kelvin and his family on his confirmation at St. James’ Church, Taichung yesterday, Pentecost Sunday ~ YES!  And as it was Pentecost it was most appropriate that the congregation was all from everywhere ~ including Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, Japan, India, Germany, Malta, UK, USA and maybe more besides – it was a great day indeed!

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Yes, a wonderful day ~ lots of people at the service, including Bishop Lai, Rev. Lily Chang and Rev. Joel del Rosario, and all followed by a big lunch, kindly hosted by Kelvin’s family. And such a lovely family they are ~ Harrison, Nancy, Kelvin and Allen ~ from Bangalore, where I visited a few years ago and had a great time with Kelvin’s grandmother and uncle ~ so amazing!  But that’s a whole other story ~ and the uncle gets marries next week, so the family is returning home for the great occasion – 4,000 people expected.  Kelvin’s confirmation party in Bangalore is expected to be a relatively small event in comparison – for maybe only (!) 100 people ~ wow, they certainly know how to celebrate!  Kelvin graduates this coming week from High School in Taichung, and returns to India for university studies – so this was his great send-off too.  We’ll miss him, but so glad the rest of the family will still be here ~ we love ’em all to bits!

Praying for God’s blessing on the family and especially for Kelvin as he sets off for university in a few weeks time….

And I hope you noticed Kelvin followed the Indian tradition of taking off his shoes when approaching the altar, including for confirmation, and did you also notice Kelvin’s socks – and the red stripe for Pentecost?  YES!!