Tuesday, October 10, 2017

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ― Mark Twain

                  When we dug our first well, we could tell it wouldn’t supply enough water for our needs, so we moved about fifty feet away and dug another that was four times as deep and regenerated twice as fast.  Our good friend, Jerry Buckingham, doused the location of that deep well.  That well was more than enough for almost twelve years until the latest and longest drought which dried them both up.  They still generate a little water—enough for drinking, cooking, and bathing.  However, we need water for washing clothes, washing dishes, washing dogs, showers for the staff, watering trees, flowers, and plants, as well as washing the car, and providing water for washing lots of little hands every day before porridge eating and before their main meal of rice and beans.  
                  We had the city out and they gave us an unbelievably high estimate for connection, and we turned them down.  Instead, we dug the wells deeper and that worked for a while, but the rains held off and what gains we had made disappeared.  In the meantime, more and more people were hooking up to the city water (pumped from Lake Victoria) and the prices had come down somewhat.  We still needed almost $3,000 that we didn’t have to make it work.  I posted one blog and one short line on my watch forum, and the money, all we needed, was in our bank account in less than two weeks.  God bless all who gave.  Now, as you can see from the picture at the right and the one on my Facebook post, the trenches have been dug, the pipes installed, and we are building a tower to hold the tank that will contain the city water.  As of eleven o'clock last night, Shaban (who was working his crew with flashlights) reported that we were officially hooked up.  We have no pumps on the premises, everything is gravity fed, so we need to get the tank up high to drive the water through the pipes.  We build with local stones and fired bricks made by our neighbors—like everyone else here has done for centuries.  Our house and all the other buildings were built the same way.  They are solid, have a great R factor, and will stand for a long, long time.  Thanks to the kindness of some friends and some strangers, we will continue to have water to operate our mission for many years to come.  You may have noticed that there is a theme of “kindness” in many of my blogs—that’s on purpose.  At the bottom of each of my daily posts on my watch forum, I always end with “Remember to be kind” and even others have started adding that to their posts.  Like yesterday’s blog recorded, a little kindness can go a long, long way and change lives in the process.  Keep planting those little seeds of kindness and our children’s children will have a forest of kindness in which to live.

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