This morning I got out of bed, and walked over to the sink in my bathroom. I brushed my teeth. Washed my face. A little while later, I started my coffee brewing. I absently poured some water from a disposable cup sitting next to the sink since last night down the drain and threw the cup away.
I did all those things without thinking about the water I was using. I have confidence that when I turn on the faucet, water will be there.
Our colleagues in PNG can’t say the same right now. They depend on rain water to fill their water tanks. But the rain isn’t coming. This is Papua New Guinea’s annual dry season, but it has been dryer than normal. Many of the missionaries’ water tanks are empty, or close to empty. They had some water last week, but the situation has still gotten worse.
The lack of rain has made the air thick with dust and smoke, as well. Dust, because the roads are dirt, and once the dirt is disturbed by a vehicle, it isn’t re-settling quickly. Smoke, because there is a local belief that burning brush helps bring rain. The longer without rain, the more smoke fills the air.
Please join us in praying for both the missionaries and Papua New Guineans being affected by this drought. Pray for rain – enough rain to refill the tanks, and settle the air. Pray for spiritual refreshment and encouragement as well, as the daily realities of the situation can be difficult.
I plan to use my water consumption to fuel my prayers. As I wash dishes, brush my teeth, drink a cup of water…. I will be thinking of and praying for those who have to be so much more mindful of every drop.