Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Results of the drought

This is a sad year for us. We plant sesame and peanuts after the first rains in November/December (spring in South America). But the spring rains weren't as big as they should have been. We waited until February with some planting, but didn't get any real rain. The sesame harvest was poor. Last year it took us over a week to harvest the sesame, this year we had it done in 3/4 of a day. The peanut plants have dried up and died, so we did the only thing we could, plowed them out and made bales out of them. The bales will be very useful in the coming winter, because there is almost no pasture for our cattle. We are not alone in this, the whole paraguayan chaco is dry and suffering. Please pray for some good hard rain before the "dry" season of winter arrives. On Saturday, the 9 of May, there will be a big prayer meeting in the close by town of Filadelfia. Please think of us and the poor cattle and nature around us drying up. Sorry to be so down today. The following pictures show my husband putting the peanut bales into our barn.

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