Things I take for granted:
1. Hot showers. Every morning in Japan or the US, I go into my bathroom, turn on the tap and hot water comes out, basically for as long as I want to take a shower. Even at our lovely little hotel in Haiti this was not always true. Each of us on the trip tried different times of the day for showering thinking we had cornered the magic hot shower hour, yet not always, or rarely, having success.
Those in the earthquake effected areas are mostly without water, making even cold showers impossible. Today on the news they showed a hot spring in Kumamoto that was able to open it's doors. The line to get a bath was long!
|Elim water purification center|
|Junior telling us about the center's water purification program|
On the news tonight, one lady who was standing in line waiting for water in Kumamoto said, "Truly, water is necessary for life."
|Classroom at one of the centers|
|Children in their classroom at one of the centers|
4. Variety of foods available. We ate the same basic foods each day, usually at least twice, sometimes three times. We know we were served food considered as the best and we appreciated it greatly. In Japan and the US, even in SD, I am used to going to the store and finding a large variety of items available, fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, even different ethnic foods. More than one person from our trip mentioned not wanting to eat rice again for a while. Living in Japan, I didn't mind having rice all the time, but sometimes I did want just plain white rice!
The people of Kumamoto and Ecuador who have evacuated are running low on food. They would like to have food of any kind, I'm sure.
|Beans, rice, and plantains at every meal|
Often chicken and some kind of pasta, too
|Chicken or fish, rice, soup were available at every meal at our hotel|
As I watch the natural disasters effect people's daily routines, I am reminded to pray for my friends in Haiti as I pray for the people of Kumamoto and Ecuador. Thank you for your prayers for my beloved second country and her beautiful people.