Saturday, June 7, 2008

Testimony is more important than our comfort: Our Water Situation Story

Many of you have been asking about our water situation. It hasn’t gotten any better… yet. We would like to take this time to help you better understand how we came to this status with our water.

When we first moved into our building, our neighbor, a young Chinese man, was in charge of the water. We do not have public water but a well that is shared. The person in charge of the water makes sure that the water is pumped up into a tall water tank which maintains good water pressure. When that man was in charge of the water, we had water 24 hours a day with constant pressure.

He had to move so another neighbor, an older man volunteered to take charge of the water. Granted, the person in charge does get a small salary for doing so. But this man raised the price of water immediately and regulates that water.

When they constructed the new road in front of our house, this man had city water piped to his building from across the street. The city water official told him that if everyone wanted city water on our side of the street he should notify us and let us know so he would bring a main line across. He told no one. Now, he has public water and everyone else is at his mercy. We pay more for our God-given rain water than others pay for city water and he only turns the water on at 4pm for about an hour. Neighbors have complained to him not only about minimal water, (some days he leaves the house or leaves town and forgets to turn the water on) but also about the high price of water that we only get an hour a day. People who have public water pay less for water 24 hours a day than we pay for rain water one hour a day. He doesn’t understand why people are complaining. There are businesses on our side of the street that depend on water, i.e. a beauty shop and a restaurant. So, you can see the frustration our neighborhood is dealing with.

The Thai government has been notified about our water need and said they will get city water to us… someday. Please pray that the Thai government would get moving soon.

Some of you have asked, “How do you survive?” Well, for one, we thank God for the water we do have. We have four 30-gallon tubs that we keep full when the water comes on at 4 pm. Our whole lives revolve around 4 pm pretty much. If we are not home that day, we aren’t able to fill up our water tubs and our water filter. Hopefully, we haven’t run out of drinking water by then. We can always purchase bottled water if we have to. Since we got back from furlough in April 2007, we have scooper showers and pouring “faucet” for washing dishes. It was hard for the first several months not to complain to the guy in charge of the water, but we learned that our testimony is more important than our comfort. We have learned to adjust. We manage. God is good.


Anonymous said...

We will be praying for your water situation and that you will be able to maintain a positive testimony with your neighbors.

Bill & Tracy Coupe said...

The post said anonymous--but this is us! Thank you for your faithful ministry.

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