Monday, January 31, 2011

Priceless W-a-t-e-r

Yesterday and today, we had no water in our house - due to a broken pipe that was transforming our downstairs dining room area into a shower - and so all water had to be turned off.

It actually happened while Rich and I were on a lil retreat - spending time with each other and God to hear what he would want to tell us concerning this New Year - which was great, by the way!

Being without water for a mere 24 hours opened my/our eyes just that little bit more to what people in many places of the world experience because of lack of water.

It was challenging - you never realize how much you need water until you don't have it!

Washing hands many times a day, like after cleaning a diaper or going to the loo - or before and after preparing food - flushing the toilet - taking a shower - brushing teeth - doing dishes - wiping the table, doing laundry and oh yes, can't forget -


At least we still have SO MANY other luxuries, like electricity and a car to drive somewhere to get some water. Boy, are we blessed - and spoiled!!!

Speaking of water, I don't think I ever mentioned that through the generosity of people from Germany, Brazil, Tahiti, Korea and New Zealand, we were able to leave money in Uganda for 2 water tanks to be built. Yippiiiieeee!!!

We had been told 1 water tank would cost US$650 and thought we could get water tanks for 5 of the Orphans kNOw More families with the generous gifts that had come in. We were so excited!

These tanks can provide a family with water for 6 months/year - during the rainy season and are a great blessing for the families.

When we got there, we found out that the prices had gone up.
We also found out that the US$650 tanks were small and that there was a need for some of the bigger families to receive 10.000l water tanks.

One of those roughly cost 4 times as much.

It was hard to decide who to bless with that ONE big tank.
First, we wanted to bless this family with it.

A beautiful family with 4 biological and 16 adopted children, plus many more that they are caring for (not all are in the photo).

AMAZING couple
- some of the people that left us feeling completely humbled by their love and selfless service to the orphans - 24/7 - WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

They already had a tank, which we saw in use as we came to their house.
They told us that it was way too small and they needed a bigger tank.

But later we found out that the family of the leader of the ministry (the ones you see in the DVD in the link above, now with many more children), don't have a water tank at all yet.

They have 4 biological children and 27 adopted (some are already adult and out of the house)
and are another outstanding couple - seriously, some of the people we met in Uganda are the most incredible, selfless, loving people we've ever met in our lives!

As leaders do - he would put his own needs at the end of the list - and would probably continue to do so.

So we felt to designate the 10 000l tank to their family!

Oh, that every family could have access to clean water!!!

For your information, the amount of people dying from contaminated water equal
20 jumbo jets crashing - EVERY.SINGLE.DAY!!!!

This is so unnecessary!!!

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