As the country of Swaziland celebrates its 48th year of independence one thing that they do struggle to celebrate is the abundance of water. The effects of El Nino have had a huge impact in the southern countries of Africa. According to USAID, more than 350,000 people have required assistance of food staples in Swaziland due to drought conditions. Reports are circulating that in the next month or so, Swaziland will see some rain. But the conditions now are the worse we have seen. Rivers, lakes, and water supplies have gone dry. The water supply for the Mbabane area (capitol city where we live) is down to its last 5% according to the water supply company. We've been lucky up until now because we have a natural spring and haven't had to ration water. But now the spring is down to a trickle. Soon we will have no supply of water.
It's the time of year when the locals will start plowing fields in preparation of rain so they may grow crops. But as we've traveled I've noticed many are not preparing. If we receive no rain, then there are no crops, food, income, and diseases will increase. We continue hearing of mothers who abandon their babies due to lack of resources. Discarding them seems to be the only solution they can see. Two days ago I spoke with a pastor who is turning people away from his church every day who are looking for food. He has none to give. The situation in Swaziland is devastating.
Even though drought has taken over, one thing is for certain. God still reigns. Every day we see people celebrate His gift of grace and healing. Just as the woman in Samaria said to Jesus "Where then do you get that living water?", Jesus still answers our prayers with "...whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4.
Continue praying for Swaziland to receive rain. And through the whole process may our eyes never stray from the One who gives it to us.
Our return back to Swaziland was uneventful. We arrived home safely with all luggage and full hearts. On our return home we were able to visit with long time friends Mitch and Charlotte Hildebrant. Many of you remember praying for Mitch a couple of years ago as he struggled after numerous surgeries and a long recovery. Knocking on heaven's door a couple of times, Mitch was able to recover and they left a legacy of great friendship and ministry throughout southern Africa. They will definitely be missed by many.
So many of you have been wonderful with the changeover. But some still question when to change their support. You can start by doing that now. We will continue ministering with Children's Cup until November 30th but would love to have all the support changes in place by then. If you have any questions please email us. We can guide you through any situation or concern you may have. Visit our Ministry Support page and it will explain how you can continue praying and supporting us. Thank you to all who partner with us in this ministry! Pray for this new ministry that it will be a reflection of Him!
We are definitely blessed by you everyday. Continue praying for the drought situation here in Swaziland and the new ministry. May God get all the glory!
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