Sunday, October 1, 2017

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

                            We just cannot be grateful enough to all the kind people who support us with prayers, with encouragement, and with financial gifts.  Yesterday, thanks to help from our friends, the digging commenced on the trench to hook us up to city water (pumped from Lake Victoria).  So many kind people (old friends and people we had never met) gave so generously to my one little plea for help that we got all the money we needed ($3,000) to pay for being connected to city water since our wells are almost dry.  Over half of the money came from people on my watch forum, people I have never met, and, in many cases, had never even heard from before.  The thing is, I didn’t even ask for money directly on that forum.  What I did was to write this one line, “A few of you read my blog and today it is just asking for money, so you can skip this one.”  That was it.  No picture and no link to the blog.  One man asked for the link to the blog and then later gave us $510—no questions asked, no strings attached—just sincere kindness.  
                                I can’t begin to tell you how good it felt to tell Shaban to go down and start the process registering us with the town of Bunda to get water.  As usual with red tape things, it took several days and several trips to get it all worked out, but worked out it is and digging began yesterday.  Some times we have begun projects when we didn’t know how we were going to pay for them, but not this time—this time we have all the money we will need in our hot little hands.  We have to pay for all the labor, the pipes, the tanks, the valves, and just about everything associated with getting the water, but that’s okay.  Once we are receiving water pumped from Lake Victoria, we can use that water for everything but drinking, cooking, and bathing.  Our wells are not completely dry and will provide the water we need for the things I just listed.  We’ll still filter the well water for drinking and cooking and use the city water for watering, washing, gray water needs, and we will still be able to offer water to our neighbors for an hour every day—that was important to us.  We don’t yet know what our monthly bill will be, but it shouldn’t be more than ten or twenty dollars a month.  By Friday of next week, all the work should be done and the new arrangement working.  All of this thanks to some people we didn’t know and thanks to some old friends who came through quickly and generously.  It gives one a lot of relief to know that emergent needs can be met just by asking.  We are humbled, very grateful, and give thanks to God for sending not just His mercy but water as well.  God bless each of you who has prayed for us, kept us in your thoughts, sent encouraging messages, and put money in PayPal.  Ya’ll are just the best—and you can take that to the bank.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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