DonDon

Here is another report from a community in DonDon. DonDon is an area way up in the mountains. We had to drive an hour and a half each way, every day, to get to them. But they sure needed some pumps repaired, and most of the communities were so thankful cause the only other source of water is the river, and it can be so far away in some places.  This particular little village was so wonderful, and we fell in love with the people and their hearts for the Lord and each other right away….

“This community was near and dear to our hearts from the beginning. We drove by on Monday to inspect and find out what was wrong with the well. Not only did it need all parts replaced, but it also needed a new pad. The old pad was worn down, chipped off and looked terrible. We told the community if they would repair the pad, we could come and fix the pump. And can you imagine our surprise when we drove back by that afternoon, and they had already started working on it! Brandon and Jessica were so amazed and proud of them that they had to stop and tell them that. The whole group from Crossgates got out and Jessica took a moment to pray with them and ask the Lord to pour out His blessings to the sweet old man and his son who fixed it.  The older man had holes in shoes and shirt and probably not a lot to his name-but he provided the cement and labor to fix the pad so his whole community could have clean water.  So, when we showed up Tuesday to repair that pump, we all felt like we were meeting with old friends. The whole community was there to see what was going on, and opened up the church for us to gather. Immediately men, women and children filed into the church and sat down.  Shannon, Anna and Jessica went through several hygiene lessons and Bible stories with them. Everyone was so quiet and listened intently to what they had to say. Since cholera had been to this small town, they all knew about washing hands and how important it was.  At the very end, Shannon asked if anyone wanted to give their lives to Jesus and two teenagers did. We were able to pray over them and with them- it was such a sweet time of fellowship.

The ladies, who talked about hygiene with those who had gathered in the church, were also able to share Bible stories as well. They did a few stories about Joshua and the city of Jericho. The kids loved it, and loved making the craft that went along with it. They listened very closely to the story about Jesus walking on water, many of them had never heard that one before. At the very end, Shannon asked if anyone wanted to give their lives to Jesus and two teenagers did. We were able to pray over them and with them- it was such a sweet time of fellowship. We were then able to have the pastor come up and pray over anyone and tell them if they had anymore questions about Jesus they could ask him.”

Shannon and Anna sharing a lesson with the kids

Our interpreter Claynel, me, Anna and Shannon giving a lesson about germs (using glitter to illustrate the germs we can't see,and the kids always love it)

We told the story of Joshua and the city of Jerico-then we had them make their own trumpets. Of course we only had one stapler so it took a little while! And yes, we are so hot and sweaty cause the church was all closed up and it was toasty!

This was the father and son who repaired the pad. With clearly not a whole lot to their names, they took it upon themselves to by the cement and work for two days to get the pad perfect so we would come back and fix the pump. What sacrifice and love for their neighbors since it will give clean water to everyone!

Part of the report is to find out the previous water source. So when I asked, the ladies offered to walk us to it.....

Anna and Shannon came too-along with many kids and ladies from the community. It was farther than we thought, and they kept saying, "We're almost there..." the whole way!

It was probably a mile-over the hills and through the woods! And to think they do it with a five gallon bucket full on their heads! We could hardly keep from falling, slipping, and stepping in the mud just us!

On the way back we turned a corner and there was the citadel!! So beautiful.

This was the whole group that walked with us.

Grandma stayed with us the whole way and used her cane to catapult herself over steams and mud holes! When we asked her how old she was she said, "Hmm, I don't know!" !!

A few kids with clean water...

The whole Cross gates team in front of the newly fixed pump.

The ladies, who talked about hygiene with those who had gathered in the church, were also able to share Bible stories as well. They did a few stories about Joshua and the city of Jericho. The kids loved it, and loved making the craft that went along with it. They listened very closely to the story about Jesus walking on water, many of them had never heard that one before. At the very end, Shannon asked if anyone wanted to give their lives to Jesus and two teenagers did. We were able to pray over them and with them- it was such a sweet time of fellowship. We were then able to have the pastor come up and pray over anyone and tell them if they had anymore questions about Jesus they could ask him.

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