Monday, April 4, 2011

Missionary Monday--Water

One of the things that we have to face where we live in Brazil is keeping up with our water supply. I've written a little bit on this before, but thought I'd just talk about it again since this past weekend we had a little bit of water problems.

To start off...let me explain a little bit about how we get our water. We have a water tank behind our house that stands on a very high pedestal. This tank fills every other morning from the city water lines. The water to our house is gravity fed from this tank.

We also have a larger water tank on the ground that has a pump connected to the large water tank on the pedestal. If we happen to run out of water in the tank on top all we have to do is plug in the pump, and we have water again.

The city gives water where we live every other morning. The city turns on the water for a few hours then, and our tanks usually fill to overflowing. We generally get by pretty easily with just the water tank on the pedestal even though every once in a while we end up needing to pump water at the end of the second night.

Well, OUR water problem began a couple of months ago when Jeremy had some boys come and help with some yard work around the house and cleaning of our front porch. Our bottom water tank ended up getting some filthy buckets dipped into it and was unusable for "pumping" purposes. We haven't really missed it at all. I've just made sure that I was careful about how much water I use/waste, and we only have had a problem one other time.

We have been 'meaning' to clean it out, but if you've been following our life lately, circumstances just haven't been 'conducive' to cleaning out a water tank that we really haven't missed that much anyway...until this past weekend.

I guess the city is having water problems. I don't know the reason, but on Sunday morning when we were supposed to get our tank nice and full of water, it didn't happen. We ran out of water that morning and went most of the day without it. Finally, around 6:30 that evening the city gave water. I'm still not very smart when it comes to things around here and the first thing I did was start the washing machine...not smart! I was thinking our tank would fill up (usually they overflow with water when filling up so it's smart to start the washing machine--or USE water while the city is GIVING water so that I can get that much more in my tank on top...does that make sense?) Well, this time that WAS NOT a good idea. Obviously, we just got enough water to have some until the next available opportunity because we ran out again pretty quickly.

Today we thought we would take advantage of the inconvenience and just get the bottom tank cleaned out. So that is what Jeremy did all evening. Sooo, now we have a very clean bottom tank waiting for tomorrow morning when we are ALL praying the city is back on track with the water.

In the morning, Jeremy may even climb up to the top tank and clean that one out as well. After that we can just pump our clean water from our clean bottom tank to the clean top tank and be back in business once again!

Please don't think I'm complaining, because I'm not. On the contrary it only makes me that much MORE thankful for the things that God has given. This is NOT the 'norm' for us. We usually have no struggles with this at all! Just as in my Candle Light Family Night post, I know that other missionaries on other fields have much harder struggles than we do. I just wanted to let you know some of the things that we occasionally face and have 'watch out' for here. And actually what fun would the mission field be if everything were always comfy-cozy. :)

This also makes me thankful for the LIVING water that John speaks of to the Samaritan woman. We may run out of water in our home occasionally making things a little uncomfortable, but our discomfort should serve as a reminder that there are souls all around us that need the LIVING water of God's Word.

John 4:14 "But whosoever 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 unto everlasting life."

FYI--we DO have some water that we have reserved for toilet flushing from our dirty water in our bottom tank. Just in case your wondering about the state of the bathroom through all of this. :)

...and just because this post needs more pictures...

Here are my pretty girls...


  1. I'm so glad you all finally got water ;) It really is no fun not having water...

    Lovely pictures of the girls :)

    Hope you're doing well.

  2. Cute pictures! Bethany is really starting to look like a little girl instead of a baby girl! So cute! I haven't forgotten about your picture request, maybe tomorrow! Praying for you!

  3. Esther -

    As I was reading this I was reminded of growing up with a cistern. We lived on a hill 1/2 mile above the city water tower, so water had to be hauled in by a guy with a tank on the back of his truck. It was on the daily chore list for one of us kids to go out and check the measuring stick in the cistern, to be sure we knew how much water we had. But there were always the times when the water guy could not come when we wanted, and numerous times we simply ran out. The most memorable time was when my sister was trying to give herself a home perm. Someone had forgotten to check the water before she began. The instructions called for letting the solution sit for x minutes, then rinse for 10 minutes under warm running water. Well, when it came time to rinse, we discovered the only water we had was a single gallon of water from the fridge. The perm did not turn out exactly as planned!
    So glad to hear that your ulcers seem to be doing better. Been praying for you all. Enjoy those Reeses!
    Naomi Torberson