Saturday, December 20, 2008

Advent: Day 20

Isaiah 41:17 The oppressed and the poor look for water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched from thirst.
I, the Lord, will respond to their prayers;
I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.

Water is one of the most precious resources here in Botswana, especially during the dry season. This photo, taken in the summer (December) at a home in Gumare, shows a typical water reservoir next to a traditional thatched-roof home and compound. We have been given the “heads up” by a fellow LBT worker in the Delta, Tim Beckendorf, that a reservoir is a must in the Maun area, just as it is where he lives in Shakawe. The water supply will occasionally experience interruptions and life can quickly get pretty complicated without a back-up. It can be very difficult for people in rural areas who can't afford containers like this.

How can you, as God's representative on earth, respond in new ways to the cries of the oppressed and the poor?

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