Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 35

road. We taught women to clear the water of as many particles as possible such as sticks, grass, and dirt, to place this somewhat filtered water in clear plastic bottles, and then to lay them out in the sun for four to five hours. The UV rays of the sun would kill any remaining bacteria thus ren- dering the water safe to drink. This simple meth- od was tested over a year’s period. At the start of the trial, the small church had had over 50 infant deaths. At the end of the year, there had been none. Simple, cheap, but effective. We had to boil all our own water and filter it as well, if we had water on the compound; often we did not. We did try to store water in large rain tanks, but the local children would waste it and could empty a whole tank in one day if they left the tap run- ning. We also had extra water in bottles; some for drinking, others for washing and laundry. We often joked saying we didn’t shower, we bottled! We also taught them how to make drying racks for dishes, and how to make hand washing sta- tions out of discarded plastic jerry cans and string; to use the sun-bathed clear plastic bottles for drinking, instead of clay pots; not to use a communal drinking cup and so on. You have recently being reassigned to Cape of Good Hope. They are currently suffering from a major drought. Could you address some of the issues they are facing? We recently moved from Gambela, Ethiopia to Cape Town, South Africa mostly for health rea- sons. I have several heart problems that simply did not go well with the extreme temperatures in Gambela. After much prayer and consulta- tion with various supporters: friends, family members, church leaders, our sending agency, SAMS (the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders), as well as the folks at Growing the Church where we now work, we decided Cape Town was the best fit for us for the future. Cape Town is a far cry from Gambela! It is a city whereas Gambela was very, very rural, but people are people regardless of where they live and they all basically have the same needs and problems. But we never would have imagined that one such problem would be water! The Western Cape in general has experienced a few years of lower than normal rainfall. But due to inadequate precautionary measures, the city of 3.7 million people (a population density