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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Women at the well

Good morning, all. I am watching 100 Huntley Street, a ministry of Crossroads Ministries and they are talking about northern Uganda in Africa and the work they are doing there and what is needed. This week, they have focused on different areas of ministry that have helped families become self sustainable, or well on their way. Today's focus is on water. I saw a report that showed women walking 4-6 km each way to go and bring polluted water to boil and give to their children. This obviously takes a long time to do that, apparently takes about 3.5 hours. Not only do the women, but normally young girls do this as one of their chores. Because the girls do this, they are unable to go to school, thereby continuing the cycle of poverty for everyone. The report was followed by a discussion by the people involved in the missions program. The wells were either destroyed by the LRA, the so called "Lord's resistance army", on purpose mind you, or from being abandoned for many years.
As a wife and mother, I cannot imagine having to do that everyday with my beautiful daughter, because I have no choice. Not only going there and bringing large containers of water on my head to keep my family alive. But bringing polluted water which makes us all sick. I know what its like to be slightly dehydrated from having bronchitis last December. I had no energy and was light headed. And I have all the resources here in Canada. I cannot imagine being much sicker than that and having no other choice but to do that daily. So it gets me thinking, what can I do to help with that? Each well to be repaired costs about 25oo dollars and it sustains from 1500-2500 people and it impacts the community exponentially. Just think of it, give a mom more freedom to do other things, and can actually send her daughter to school for the first time, and have energy and strength and health. Then they can farm or have a small business that will give the family a good income that will change their lives. Wow! How empowering would that be for a woman in need. An idea came to me that I should raise the money to donate to them. How that will happen I have no idea at this point, but I believe that one person can make a difference. If it is led by Jesus, then it will succeed. It says in Psalm 37:3-4, "Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. (4) Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." (NLT) Wow, powerful stuff there. On so many levels.
It goes on to say in vs 5, "Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you." Whew, goosebumps here.
Will you help me as I go along this journey? I would really appreciate the prayers and support. With everything else going on, homeschooling, business and normal stuff that a family goes through, I'm not sure if I can do it all. But I do want to do something. Something for my fellow man that will glorify God. Thanks for being my friend. Until next time, God bless and take care.

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