Cold Shower Water? That’s Nothing!

This morning, I stepped into the shower and sighed the half asleep sigh of contentment. Suddenly, my back arched as cold water plummeted out of the faucet and down my body shocking me into a state of awakeness I was sure I wasn’t ready for. ARGH! The cold water quickly warmed up again and I remembered that the shower often does that. There seems to be a pocket of cold water that somehow hangs out in the pipes until about the third minute of the shower and then WHAMOO! Aye Carumba! (Raise your hand now if you can relate!)
Water. We take it for granted. It will come out of the kitchen or bathroom faucet when we turn them. It will be there to flush the toilet. For consumption, we can choose between the water in the faucet or a plethora of bottled varieties – flavored, mineral, sparkling, purified. We trust implicitly that it will be safe, refreshing, and clean no matter what we choose.
Just the other day, I received an update from CareNow founder Wendy Bjurstrom, a letter email she had received from the missionaries Danny and Nancy Smelser at the Tanzania Christian Clinic, one of the clinics CareNow supports. In the letter, Danny and Nancy write, “While preparing to baptize Dada (a young Maasai woman) we set up the portable baptistery beside a small watering hole and observed many animals drinking there. A mother and son had just arrived with their buckets from a long journey. Yet, gut wrenching was watching that mother’s thirsty son drop to his knees in the mud and begin lapping up that filthy water. Is it small wonder that diarrhea steals the lives of so many in the developing world?” The Smelsers also write that “…patients with typhoid fever are arriving daily; the latter infection has escalated in this drought as many people drink from the only water source they can find – filthy water holes contaminated by animals.”
The situation at Chalabesa Mission Hospital in Zambia is similar. The clinic is run by a Polish nun, Sister Marta, and is the only one for miles. Sister Marta has been reporting that the solar-powered electrical system hasn’t been working and the water for the clinic comes either from a wind-powered pump that is leaking and that only works when there is wind or from a river 160 yards away. This river is visited by elephants and other animals who not only drink its water but who grossly contaminate it. To compound things, measles, deadly diarrhea, typhoid, and malaria are striking in epidemic proportions due to the drought in that part of the world. In one day alone, with flashlight in hand, Sister Marta took care of over 240 patients who had walked miles and waited hours in the dark, crowded rooms of the clinic. These patients were thirsty, feverish, ill, dehydrated, malnourished, and fearful for their lives. Chalabesa is their only hope.
Currently, the CareNow Foundation is raising funds to supply the Chalabesa Mission Hospital with a “bucket brigade” of relief. They would like to dig two new boreholes, erect two new 2,600 gallon tanks and necessary pipework, and purchase two solar pumps plus associated solar panels and control electronics. Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom, CareNow and Compassion Tea co-founders, are planning to travel to Africa in November to see first-hand the situation in Tanzania and Zambia, to provide help where they can, and to find out what is needed most at these clinics, on what to focus the attention of CareNow.
Your purchase of Compassion Tea will help raise these funds and provide clean water and the necessary electricity to effectively run these clinics so that they may treat more of those affected by the drought. Please also consider offering an extra donation through the Coalition for Caring or directly online at Thank you for helping to supply the most basic of medical care… clean water.

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