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Stewardship and Resources: Water Shortage

Kouga dam, an arch dam on the Kouga river, supplies water to our home city of Port Elizabeth, and its water lever is dangerously low.

Proverbs 27:18 says: “He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.” We are experiencing a severe drought here in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (Cape Town is as well), and it’s so bad that the local government has put strict water restrictions in place. Right now, we are limited to 60 liters of water per person, per day, and 400 liters per household, per day. We are flushing the toilets with bath water and we purchased a water cooler for drinking water so we can meet these requirements.

The above verse speaks to me about stewardship and how our actions in taking care of natural resources as well as adhering to laws become a light for Jesus to those around who may be trying to push the limits to the max or who are waiting to see what the Americans will do who never have been asked to restrict water usage. We are doing our best to stay under the requirements; this is almost an emergency, and at some point, the water will be turned off if the local governments can’t get their act together and find a solution like desalination (making saltwater drinkable) or tapping into other sources of water.

Please pray for South Africa, especially the Western/Eastern Capes where the water shortages are real and quite scary. Pray for rain, lots of rain! Please also pray for those who are in impoverished situations here where the water restrictions are only squeezing them more tightly, which can lead to severe illness and sanitary issues.

We are hoping to have a newsletter out by next week, and we will be posting on this blog more often so our newsletters are not 45 pages long.

The Schirtzingers

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