Locusts in Madagascar
Maybe you have heard about the locust infestation here in Madagascar? The last swarm came in the 1950’s and hung around for 17 years! Folks are thinking this new clan of locusts could last 5-10+ years, too. Half the island has the swarms flying around doing what locust do, eat. It’s believed that each swam has over a billion bugs, so that makes for billions and billions of these plant devouring insects wrecking havoc on the Malagasy. Lots of crops are forecasted to get eaten up, which will be tough in a country where the main source of income is from farming. We do give thanks to God though, as these little bugs pack a lot of protein. Yes, a little salt and a frying pan makes for a good snack! We won’t know for some time the lasting effects of the locusts but nonetheless, it’s making for some crazy times here in Madagascar.
Here’s an article about them: BBC: Locust Article
And of course for your viewing pleasure, a fun-loving clip about our experience:
In some places where the locusts swarms are huge someone might be taking back to the time of Moses (Exodus 10)…
12Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt, so that the locusts may come upon it and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” 13So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; when morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts. 14The locusts came upon all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever shall be again. 15They covered the surface of the whole land, so that the land was black; and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left; nothing green was left, no tree, no plant in the field, in all the land of Egypt. 16Pharaoh hurriedly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17Do forgive my sin just this once, and pray to the Lord your God that at the least he remove this deadly thing from me.” 18So he went out from Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 19The Lord changed the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.