Water cans

Sandy sent this today.  They have no water at the college ~ her husband, Martin brought these containers of water from town.  Sandy says it is a huge mess but it makes her realize that some people live their entire lives with this lack of water.

I read today that the average American (that is me) uses 176 gallons of water per day, compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day.  The average distance that women in developing countries walk to collect water per day is 4 miles and the average weight is 44 pounds carried on their heads.

So, why am I even posting this and what can I do?  First I will turn off my underground watering system and will that help my friends in Dodoma?  Probably not, other than it will make me aware of how wasteful I am.  Awareness is important for all of us.  We are running out of God’s gifts.  People say to me:  “why do you go back?”  Because they are my friends and they have something that I do not have.  Joy in spite of  having so little.

Sandy and Martin are retiring after 13 years (I think) as medical missionaries in Africa.  How will they ever adjust to life in America?

Remember, my student Daniel told me that they thank God for a glass of water.

Hope you are staying cool in this blistering heat.