Something we all take for granted is having access to running water pretty much everywhere we go. Here in Yetebon it is definitely not taken for granted and is a valuable resource. We have had intermittent water availability accompanied with intermittent power outages. Seemingly we have been unable to have both at the same time or when we are able to utilize it, but today the water came back on and we all were able to take a shower, albeit not a hot one, but hey, can’t sweat the small stuff!
One thing we have all had to learn and deal with is the change of pace of the people here. Generally there is no real rush for anything. I had a professor in college, Dr Peter Nayenga, from Uganda, who taught African studies, that I thoroughly enjoyed taking classes from, 4 different ones actually, and he would end each day with telling us, “see you all tomorrow morning at 9, that is not Africa time now.” I always laughed at his joking around with us, but having been here for this short time, I now completely understand “Africa time.” Life moves at a slower pace here with farmers working the fields like their ancestors did a century or more ago. An oxen or cow pulling a wood fashioned chisel plow making one row at a time. Maybe they understand something we don’t as we strive for more and more in America. More money, more activities, more things, etc… These people are friendly and greet you with a smile, but we have all had this conversation as a group of “how are these people happy when they have so little?” They are happy because they don’t sweat the small stuff, family is everything, and simple things such as clothing, food, and shelter are NEVER taken for granted. If there is one thing I pray our entire team takes away from this, is to understand how blessed we are to live where we live and to praise God for all we have and learn to be happy with what we have as well.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. I know how to be abased, and I also to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. I can do all things in Him that strengthens me.