Though Simperopol is a fairly flat city, our little village is nestled among some hills. During the last couple of weeks, we experienced some very cold, icy weather. Because of the ice (and some dangerous cliffs off of the road), we were snowed in for a couple of days! A couple of times David tried to leave the village, only to return more than an hour later saying he had only been three minutes away, trying to make the same incline over and over again. One time it took him an hour and half to drive to get to the edge of town, and this normally takes us only about seven minutes! The lowest that it got that I know of was -17 degrees fahrenheit.
Praise the Lord, our electricity was only off the first day we returned from Israel. We were without water during that time, but our wood-burning stove kept us warm. Since then the electricity has been running strong. You must be praying for us!
Now we are entering another season out here in the village as all of the ice and snow is nearly melted... muddy season!