Friday, August 31, 2012

Rivers of Living Water...

 I am familiar with rivers, at least the rivers in the Northwest.  They can be state borders, outlets for glacier run-off, breeding grounds for salmon, sources of hydroelectric power or simply displays of God's amazing creation.

Since arriving in PNG I have been introduced to rivers as a life sustaining resource.  There is a river in the valley behind our house that the kids like to visit as often as possible.  Spending time there with them as they play I have been able to observe how vital this river is to the people who live nearby.  Here are some photos from a recent trip to the river and all the activity I saw: 

Kids warming themselves on the rocks
A lady taking a bath
Some kids who were getting ready to bathe
Don't forget about the fun
For the animals too
They were actually giving haircuts under the little tree
Doing laundry
Laundry drying on the rocks
Even washing the cars!

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38

1 comment:

  1. And, of course, drinking! Many families use this same water for their domestic water supply. Some make the point that they collect their water at night when no one is using the river for other things. Sadly, that doesn't take into account that the water at night was at other upstream villages during the day, where people were swimming, bathing, washing, etc. It's the "etc" that I hate to think about!