Rain Rain Don't Go To Spain!!

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Thu, 17 Feb 2011 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

I never thought I would see the day I would be praying for rain!

Spending the first 32 years of my life in Northern Ireland made me the person who groaned at our regular grey skies and wet days. When Paul and I got engaged I dreamt of arriving at the church in a horse drawn carriage. This required a sunny day and even in the middle of July you can never guarantee that in NI. So for the full 2 and a half years of our engagement I prayed every night for a sunny wedding day. That was a total 845 prayers! And (I’m sure) just to test my faith, it rained everyday for the 84 days prior to our wedding! But amazingly on the 18th July 2002 the sun shone all day and many remarked it was the nicest day we had all year! And of course it bucketed down the day after again.

However I never believed that one day I would be praying for the exact opposite. And this time we don’t have 845 days.

On our arrival in Uganda, a month ago – it was raining. The locals were very glad of it as apparently it had not rained for weeks and every thing was drying up. We were not so impressed by the wet weather. But now after 5 weeks of pure dry sun, temperatures over approx 35°C daily, and not a drop of rain, we are beginning to understand how they feel.

Of course for us it just produces some uncomfortable lifestyle changes. We collect our rain water in a big tank which then supplies our sinks, toilet and shower. So now we collect our shower water in a basin and use it to refill the toilet cistern – which we are only allowed to flush after No2’s! A few days ago I caught Paul running with a pot to catch water that was spilling out of someone else’s pipe – to wash our dishes with!

Of course if the worst happens and we run out of tank water – we’ll just stink! For the villagers around Kiwoko and the rest of Uganda – it’s another story. Without water they can’t keep their crops or feed their livestock. And they can’t afford to buy bottled water to drink. Washing themselves, their clothes and their utilities becomes impossible and so disease will spread rapidly.

And so we are praying desperately for rain. Will you join us?

For inspiration check Isaiah 30 verses 18-26: In that day …there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill.

Tania

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Ronnie Nesbitt said Thu, 17 Feb 2011 09:30PM
Good to catch up on the blog. Glad also to hear you are settling down well. Rain scarcity is not an isssue here. Anything you want us to pray for apart from rain? Anything we can be working on to do for you? we are still struggling to get our building project started here. So you can be thinking about us! Take care, God bless, Ronnie
Dan & Ivy said Wed, 23 Feb 2011 07:17PM
Hi Paul & Tania, the prospect of lots of sunshine and no rain would be very welcome here in February but we're sure conserving water as you have to takes a bit of getting used to. Hope you're settling in to work routine and feeling part of the team there at Kiwoko. Love and prayers from Dan & Ivy x

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