Bright Sun & No Rains
It is a beautiful morning, the sun is shining brightly, the birds that Mary feeds every morning are chirping in the bucket lid she uses as a feeder, and a light breeze is gently blowing. For those of us from the Pacific Northwest, it’s nearly a perfect day.
But here in southern Ethiopia, it is not good. The rain is not coming like it usually does. This is the time for “short rains”, occasional rains, then a little dry period, then the “long rains” which sweep across this part of East Africa. Farmers have prepared their fields, and now wait. But the fields are still dry and dusty. The cattle, sheep and goats go from field to pond or river for water, but with no rain the ponds are dry and the rivers are just trickles of water, or completely dry. The lines of water containers at the pumps are getting longer and longer. It is becoming serious.
Here at our compound in Mazoria, we have no water. I’ve drilled to 500’, but need more supplies to case the hole and go deeper. We buy water from either the Catholics or a government well in a nearby town. The director here has 7 cows; he buys 20 gallons once a day for all of them. The grass is drying up, the cows have resorted to checking out the bottom of our burn barrel for any food.
This seems to be an almost annual pattern, it becomes a serious and almost hopeless feeling. But then one day the rains will come, people will rejoice, and begin planting. Cows will drink heavily from ponds and puddles. Everyone is smiling again, as the grass quickly turns green and starts to grow.
Isn’t this much like life? We encounter dry periods, when the situation is out of our control, everywhere we turn our world seems dry and brittle, no hope anywhere. We try to plan for the future, but our attempts seem to turn to dust with every breeze of disappointment. But then one day, we see a cloud, just a little one, and pretty soon we notice more, and we begin to think, “could it be, could there be a way out of this desert my soul is in?” And then one night we wake up and smile, we hear the rain of change sweeping across the desert of our distress, and we listen as the problems wash away, at least for now, and we rejoice. God is faithful.
42 Completed Wells
We have finally finished drilling the 42 wells we started last November, with only 10 wells dry. Nigusse, Solomon and Samuel will take about a month to get all the pumps in, so finally the thirsty will have more water. The project leaders will begin working for permission to drill more wells, but it normally takes months.
The equipment for south Sudan is being gathered together for shipment soon, and when that is done, we will go there to start working. No definite date yet, but hopefully within a year we will drill the first well there.
In the meantime, Mary and I will take a short break in Seattle, then most likely move on to Haiti for the summer. Or back to Ethiopia if we have permission to drill more and the rains still haven’t come. We want to be where we can be best used for the Kingdom. Thank you again for your interest.Curt & Mary King
March 19, 2012