Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Water Well




Today's picture was taken in 1899, and it shows a young man drawing water from a well for two young women. I love this picture as it takes us back to simpler times.

Well, my time in Africa has come to a close. I actually depart for the airport shortly. I will fly from Kitale to Nairobi, then from Nairobi to London, then London to Dallas. Mrs. PJM will pick me up in Dallas, and then a 5 hour drive back home. So, this will be a long trip.

I had actually become fearful that I would have to leave before seeing water being pumped from the well, but  alas, the well was completed and we had a wonderful celebration. The video below is a short clip showing the first water from the well.


After a brief dedication service for the well, it started to rain, and we went inside. As I had mentioned earlier, the orphans have a time of Bible study, prayer, and devotion each morning from 5:00 to 7:00. The tough thing is that they have one Bible between the twenty of them. After dedicating the well, the Lovely Ms. EAM presented each of the children with their own Swahili Bibles. The children were almost in tears, and each one cherished the gift. In fact they saved the plastic wrappers so they could wrap them up and keep them new when not in use. After receiving the Bibles, the children sang a song of praise and thanksgiving captured below.

8 comments:

  1. Nicely done on that well project! Glad you were able to see it function before you left.

    I see the well is surrounded by healthy looking bushes - they must have some deep roots to get to where the water is.

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    1. James,
      Thanks for the words of encouragement. In Africa, thorny shrubs are used as sort of fences/security barriers and mark the property lines. They do well with little or no maintenance.
      PJM

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  2. James 1:27 at work, for sure! The children now have both physical water and the Living Water in the form of God's word. You had a truly useful "vacation".

    I love the pinafores in today's photo. I need to make one for each of my granddaughters.

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  3. How many days do you think it will take until you are back on Texas time? Or will you keep posting and mid-night.

    It is great to see the well pumping out nice clean cool water.
    Do they need to prime the pump every time?

    I wonder what that large round thing is on the top of pump spout in you OPOD. Nice looking Oaken bucket they are using to fetch a pail of water. I wonder if any their names are Jack and Jill

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  4. The children are singing under a canopy, and there are buildings on each side. Where is this?

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  5. The lead in photo appears to be a young black servant drawing water for the Master's daughters. A great photo . . . just wish I knew the "rest of the story" : )

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    1. Pretty well dressed servant. Late 19th century so probably 'boss's daughters' as opposed to 'master's daughters.

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    2. Lorenzo, you are so right. A good pic tho and an interesting story line . . .

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