Monday, January 22, 2018

Mussels, toads, and cockroaches

  These are what we found in our cement water tank. All I have to say is I am thankful to have boys who don't mind any of them. If I was in there I would have been making all kinds of yips at any sign of movement.

Living in Peru has changed my idea of some things this includes what is my idea of clean water. Buenos Aires has been working on a water project since we arrived here in September. The goal of the project is to make running water available to every home. This meant that any water service the town had been receiving was cancelled.

 It was our understanding the town pumped water to the homes once a day for three hours. The water was pumped directly from the Huallaga River. The river is brown and at times it smells worse than others.

Since the water service was cancelled we have been paying men to bring barrels of water from the river to our house. They fill our bottom tank with the river water. We add bleach and let the water sit a day before pumping it to the top to let it settle.

In anticipation for a trial run of the new water system Taylor and the boys decided to clean out our bottom tank. Taylor was too tall for the job so the boys joyfully climbed in the tank. Taylor lowered a bucket tied to a rope down and the boys
filled the bucket with the remaining water but also the thick layer of sticky mud that was on the bottom. The boys scooped up the mud with cups and their hands. When they finished with the mud they mopped up the rest of the bottom with bleach and rain water. We use rain water because it really is our only source of "clean" water beside our drinking water.

When it was all said and done they bottom was more visible and a little less brown. All of them were proud of their hard work and went down to river to wash off the mud before taking a shower.

The town turned on the water system for a trial run. We all anxiously waited by the tank to see if the town pipes were properly installed. Then the water started pouring in. Brown, dirty water. We all just laughed. The water system is in place but the filtering system is not connected yet. That should be installed over the next few months. There is talk that the water will be potable when it passes through the filtration system. When it is time for the clean water to come in we will have to clean out the bottom tank again. At least it shouldn't be as dirty. Hopefully the boys won't find mussels, toads and cockroaches again.


  1. You foolish people! You're wasting your entire LIVES promoting Catholicism's false gospel. 500 reasons could be given, but let us look at what Boniface VIII said circa 1300: "It is altogether necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff". THAT IS A LIE. Jesus Christ did not come into this world so that we would bow our knee to a man in Italy "FOR" salvation (!!!).
    Yikes! When will you wake up out of your spiritual coma? If you don't, you're all headed for hell. I don't give a rat's tail about how nice you are or how many "water projects" you're involved in....YOU ARE LOST....just as lost as were the 5 foolish virgins were. They were ever so nice too, and were even waiting for the Bridgegroom, but they were deceived and LOST. Sadly, you believe in "another jesus and another gospel" which will NEVER save you if you die committed to the false doctrines of Catholicism.

  2. I am not sure where your ideas and notions come from. I have not met this family personally yet but I know their heart and I have met Jesus. The same one they are there serving and sharing. You obviously do not know the Catholic church but I assure you the "man in Italy" does not want to be bowed down to, rather he wants to lead you to salvation through Jesus and into everlasting life. There is only one gospel. I will pray that you are loving and serving the one true God as I am and as are these beautiful people who have given up their creature comforts and warm showers to be His hands and feet to the people of Peru. I will pray that God will show you the proper way to share Him with others. I assure you that your post is not the way Jesus would have done it. I will also pray for whatever you experienced in your past that brought you to the ideas you spoke of because they are not the truth and certainly not what these missionaries are about.

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