Shenny Stream Disruption


Isaiah 35:5 Blind eyes will be opened ,deaf ears unstopped,
Lame men and women will leap like deer, the voiceless break into song.
Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness, streams flow in the desert.
Hot sands will become a cool oasis, thirsty ground a splashing fountain. The Message

            At Shenny Stream, we rode a small, enclosed boat up the valley that was flooded when the Three Gorges dam was built 20 years ago.  Mr. Cho, our boat driver, used to carry and drag boats across the low stream in the summer before the flooding. The villagers were forced up the mountain and still live there today.  He drives the tourist boats today and talks to his daughter on his cell phone while he drives. 

Captain CHO
Boat for tourists

            Our guide, Amanda, gets up at 5 am for a two-hour commute to work one way.  She does the tours and returns home at 7 pm for some time with her daughter.  She does this seven days a week during tourist season.  She sang folk music for us as we entered the increasingly narrow passage.

Amanda sings for us
Shenny Stream

            The primary school in the mountain valley could be seen in the distance.  The school has 100 students, 1stgrade to 9thgrade, some who walk daily 1-2 hours one way to go to school.   The children move away from the village to receive higher education.  Disruption to their lives is evident, but also the will to survive and change with unconquerable obstacles. 

Mountains above Shenny Stream
Mountain valley flooded by Three Gorges Dam

When has your life changed or shifted out of your control? What do you do to survive disruption? 

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