Okay…so it’s 3:30 am. I’m all packed and ready to go. Leaving for the airport in 13 hours. Probably should sleep at some point before then. 🙂 Just a few thoughts before I crawl into bed…
I’m so looking forward to my job on this trip. Among other things, I’ll be leading an assessment team into many remote villages. The people in the villages are always so excited to see us because they see us as a symbol of hope for the future. Hope that things will change. We are not there to give them a hand out but a hand up. Providing clean water gives them that hope and help. It’s an honor to meet them, take pics of the kids and find out more about how they live their lives. All the survey questions we ask will help us to determine where the next 15 or 20 wells will go.
We will also be opening a Children’s Home, filming our documentary and conducting several medical clinics. It will be a jam-packed 10 days in extreme heat so we covet your prayers. But I look forward to sharing some incredible stories with you all when I return.
At some point, I’ll explain how I got involved with LetthemLOL. But in a quick sum up, I’ll just say that I believe that as a follower of Christ, I should show His love to the people God places in my path. And while I do that here locally, He’s put the precious people of Sierra Leone in my path. If I had no choice but to give my children contaminated and often lethal water, I would hope that God would send someone to help me get clean water. That’s why I do what I do.
So you can imagine how rewarding it was a few weeks ago when we received word from a member of LetthemLOL who’d gone ahead of us to finalize some projects. Here’s his text: “Visited three villages today that have let them LOL wells. All have unlimited water. Typhoid is being wiped off the map, I got choked up, no cases of typhoid at all, no cholera, totally gone…this is totally working.” That says it all. It’s worth every penny, every minute of time we spend to get results like that!
I’ll be keeping you all updated through Facebook updates (on my author page “rebekah ruth”) and I’ll have “Fourteen” post those updates every couple of days here on the blog. I’ll also have him post some of my previous africa writings. And when I get back…of course there will be lots of pictures!