What a day yesterday. We arrived in Attir to see 20-30 children singing and praising God! Beautiful children singing as loud as they could. So cool.
The village is adding another section to their school and we got to see it being built from the ground up. They used the rocks in the village along with concrete mix, sand and water to pour the foundation.
After helping with the foundation for the school we get an opportunity to help the village by walking to the local watering hole to collect water...
funny thing is we kept asking "so how far is the water?" We got anywhere from 3 kilometers (around 1.5 miles) to 10 kilometers. Nonetheless we grabbed our jery cans, took a quick drink, made the sign of the cross and stared walking, not knowing how far or what laid ahead.
Sometimes you have to get out of ankle deep water to experience some of Gods truly unique blessings. "Who so ever drinketh of this water shall drink again. But so whoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." - John 4:13-14
When we get to the watering hole we quickly realize this is not water for just people but for cows, goats, camels and elephants. We didn't see any camels or elephants but the locals assured us they do drink here. The water hole is a small spring feed swamp. We ended up walking 2 miles to this hole.
Clean? No. When that's all you have. You drink and survive. Period.
After filling up we started our walk back to the village. The jery cans fully filled were pushing 50lbs in weight. We stopped a couple of times along the way back to rest and hydrate. There were young girls, women and children all carrying jugs of water with us. Some of the children being as young as 7 or 8 yrs old.
This is daily life for this community. They go to this water hole daily. Sometimes there is water and sometimes there isn't--due to the animals drinking all of it.
It's easy to take certain things, like water, for granted in life; this experience is one that we will never forget.
We left Attir blessed beyond what we could have imagined. The people of the village found a new respect for us and we for them.
Among water being one of the top priorities, we also [after speaking with local leaders] found out that education and medical needs are at the top of the list as well.
There is so much to do here...we just have to be patient...and know the Lord has planted a seed in us and this village...
We love you guys,