Like I mentioned before, I believe it is because of the weather that we didn't get our weekly email. I am feeling confident in my assumption considering that the Pope cut his visit to the Philippines short this past week due to the weather conditions, and then after seeing these photos that Sister Maurer took, I think it's safe to blame it on the rain! (If you are now singing and old Milli Vanilli song right now, join in with me because I am too. If you don't get it then you are either too old, or too young ;))
Sister Maurer's post: I haven't shared our most recent experience here in the Philippines. We are now understanding that typhoons and floods (and other disasters like landslides) are just a way of life here. I marvel at the resilience of the people. Not long after Typhoon Ruby we had some of the heaviest rains experienced since we arrived. Much of the surrounding suburbs (barangay's), and other regions, endured serious flooding. President and I spent several days trying to travel to various missionaries and their apartments that were experiencing flooding. Altho' we knew they were safe, we felt the need to ensure their continued safety. It was two days before the roads were clear enough to get to the first area and several days more before we accessed the other areas. Even today, 4 weeks after, there are still bridges out that restrict us from getting round the mission by car without being forced to take longer routes - some that add several hours on to the trip. The bright side is that we are discovering areas of our mission we've never seen before and have enjoyed rainbows that assured us we could do it and sunsets that buoyed us along.