Friday, 27 December 2013

Just having some Christmas fun in Yogo

Let the race begin....

       Off and running.........
                         Just how much do you trust your friend?
                                 


Our blindfolded race.


Ok....now pull with everything you got.....            

Our mighty tug of war!
 Our water race...  the faster you go the wetter you get....
                    I don't know which is more fun, watching or playing?


Was it under the legs......



Or was it over the head?




Our balloon race.  No hands allowed!  Pass to each team member and back.




                        Christmas cuddles....
                          an important part of the day!


Taking stock of the scavenger hunt....


One of our worshipers, clapping along..



Naddy you rocked our party!


Thank you AMIC for your generosity and making our Christmas party a big success!
Thank you Jesus for giving us so much to celebrate each day!


Saturday, 7 December 2013

LIVING WATER






We are receiving testimonies of the life changing differences that are happening in Seje because of the clean water that has come to that village.  But they are not quite the testimonies I was expecting….

Not only did people face the disease effects of unclean drinking water, that is shared with animals bathing and defecating, but unknown to me, fetching water had become a life threatening endeavor to undertake.

Previously many community members were forced to travel great distances to fetch water from the River Yala.  These waters are invested with crocodiles, hippos and very large water snakes.

During the rainy season, when the region floods, the dangers spilled over into previously unreached areas, with unsuspecting trekkers becoming prey to snakes, emerging out of murky waters, wrapping around it’s victim, forcing it beneath the water or faced the perils of snakes, biting submerged legs with lethal poison.

We also received grievous reports of individuals who lost limbs to voracious crocodiles that had now moved perilously closer to people’s homes and habitat.  Fetching daily essential water was a risky life or death practice!

Today the people of Seje can safely access clean drinking water at four secure water points, making the distance more accessible to most residents.  Long-term wise, for this community, water borne diseases will be irradiated and previous dangers one had to face in securing water, will no longer be an issue!

Amazingly, these water points also serve as a bright beacon of light and hope, anchored within the Seje community that points towards the “LIVING WATER”.  The One who invites us saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7: 37b, 38)

One testimony of this beacon of hope and light occurred while Silas was giving a tour of the water infrastructure to our dear friend and pastor Hosea of Ahero church where Silas and I were married.

As they walked with Ochieng Odongo, who is the security guard there, he shared how life within this community was changing for the better.  He also pointed out that there was an apparent difference between the people who trusted in Jesus and those who didn’t.  Those that trusted in Christ, although they faced the same dangers, they were often spared the tragedies that the others were not.


As they continued to share and talk about the miracle of clean drinking water in Seje, it became obvious to Pastor Hosea, that Ocieng did not yet know Jesus.  As Ocieng marveled at what this God had done, Pastor Hosea, asked him if he would like to know this loving God that had done all this?  Pastor Hosea urged him, not to wait a minute longer, and right there at the water purification station, Ochieng met the Living Water, the life giving water that will never run dry!  

How glorious is our God!