The Value of Water

I do not fully understand the impact of water. Even after trying to educate myself more about the value of water, it is something I still take for granted. Even after seeing receive semi-accessible water, I still do not appreciate its true importance.

I say semi-accessible because the village does not have water in every hut. They do not even have water in every extended-family compound. There are approximately four spigots distributed throughout the village of 2,000 people. That is one faucet for every 500 people!

Yet, when a few of us met with the village's chief last week, he continued to talk about the water God brought to his village. He did not just talk about it a little bit. After receiving the water almost two years ago, the chief continued talking about the water at great length. The chief talked about how the accessible water improved the villagers' health; saved the villagers' time; and allowed them to have a functional, year-round garden.

I think the village chief understands the value of water a lot more than I do. In fact, the chief was so appreciative about having water for his village that I felt very convicted. For a brief amount of time that afternoon I felt I should just focus all of my efforts into bringing water to those who need it. Admittedly, those thoughts have passed, but no the conviction about being more aware of helping those who need life-giving water.

What that looks like, I do not know, but it is something I will have to chew on and look toward for the future. May I be given a heart for providing physical water as I also gain an ever-increasing desire to share the living water.

Typical Water Spigots In Village

Typical Water Spigots In Village

Gene with the spigot

Gene with the spigot

Small Number of Water Containers Waiting In Line

Small Number of Water Containers Waiting In Line

First Day With Accessible Water

First Day With Accessible Water

The Water Is Stored In Cisterns

The Water Is Stored In Cisterns

Refilling the Cistern

Refilling the Cistern