Life's Billows

"When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed..."

The last few days in Handeni weren't spent on a body of water.   In fact when we arrived at the hotel and I turned the faucet on in the sink only to discover nothing happened, I was told by the bellman Handeni had a "water" problem. "Ah HA!" I knew this would mean after a few days, I would have a "problem."

Using buckets to bathe is almost "sport" in a foreign land (for the foreigners) you can feel a sense of accomplishment at your rugged "I-can-do-this-suffering-for-Jesus-stuff". You can give yourself extra marks for how long it takes, how many buckets you use or save, or how many times you thank God for Baby Wipes! But five days without running water begins to wear on this American's nerves.

"when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost..."

We left after breakfast for our next destination - Korogwe. It is about 64 km north, and hopefully without a water issue. The road was newly paved with only a few other cars traveling on the highway. The scenery was beautiful, the weather was cool, our windows were rolled down, and shared Oreos made it feel like a real "road trip."

We arrived in a little over an hour, checked in to our new hotel, dropped off our luggage and waited for the room to be cleaned. The situation seemed hopeful, except there was a huge garbage pail size bucket in the bathroom.

The "bucket tempest" was testing my temper.

We went on an excursion in to town to pick up spices, avocados and have lunch. When we returned the first thing I did was check the facilities for flush-abilities.


"Count your many blessings, name them one by one..."

Sometimes the smallest conveniences can really make my day. We've settled in, been a bit stir crazy (check out #KrazyinKorogwe) and are waiting for what will happen next. Tomorrow we will take a tour of the local medical facility that is run by the German couple I was in Njombe with last year. We have no idea what THIS portion will turn out to be, but we are watching, we are waiting, we are ready, and we are laughing -

Smiling to


PS. The shower WORKS, there is hot water, and the bucket is for back up flushing, since for some reason the toilet only works about 50% of the time - but... beggars can't be choosers

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