Friday, March 30, 2012
Karen, John, and Shaban went out to the pump today but they didn't get there until 9:30 AM which means they didn't see anyone getting water. Just like in John 4, the women and children get the water early in the morning and late in the evening when it is cool. If a woman is in bad standing in one of the villages--then she goes in the middle of the day just like in the story of the woman at the well. Check out my picture of the woman at the well at right. It's working really well (pun intended). When they got back, Charlini was here because there is no school on Good Friday. When she saw John, she pantomimed someone fighting. John knew that she wanted to watch him play one of his video games where there is fighting. She wriggled up on the chair and made room for John to sit next to her while she giggled (you think she's got him wrapped around her finger?). Then, as he played, she kept up a running commentary in Swahili, pointing out the good people and the bad ones and made up a little song to go with it. It was such a delight seeing the two of them together. I'm sure if she tells the kids at school what she does while she's at our house, the other kids think she is crazy. Our internet is still out but at least there is someone up on the tower looking at it. By the way, the name of our mission is "Maisha Na Maji" which in Swahili is idiomatic for "living water" from John 4. Literally it is "life and water" and the mission brings both.