We have arrived back in Torit and are getting settled in. It is good to be back. We have transitioned quickly from city life back into bush life. We arrived Wednesday and the first few days were a bit of a shock as we dove back into the daily tasks of cooking, cleaning, and carrying water. It was a little disheartening to find the river,our only water source right now, VERY muddy due to the rains. Thankfully we have packets of powder that help the dirt particles stick together and sink to the bottom of the barrel. This is one more step we have to do in the filter process for us to have fairly clean water to bath and wash in and pure water to drink. The locals are even complaining about how dirty the water is, but they still drink it straight from the river with no filtration. We put it through about 3 and sometimes 4 filtration processes.
Both of our trucks have arrived carrying supplies to continue building. We are thankful for their safe arrival. The road is not safe that they traveled. One of the trucks got stuck in the mud and when the driver and our 3 Kenyan construction workers left to find another vehicle to pull the truck, armed tribal men robbed everything out of the cab (personal belongings of the laborers) and beat the drivers assistants. No one was killed and the men were able to continue to Torit. When I was talking with one of our Kenyan laborers about the robbery he said, with a smile on his face, "Well, all I have are the clothes on my back, but God is still with me." I was amazed by his heart and his faith! It is wonderful to to be working with such men of faith and who have a vision for helping in the Kingdom of God!
Thank you for your prayers for our travels.
Kevin, Shalene, and Abigail