“Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” John. 4: 15
Our journey has brought us face to face with the water crisis we hear so much about but have yet to really experience in the US. Everywhere we travel, we see people carrying water in large jugs, drawing water from unsafe wells and using the polluted lakes and rivers as their water supply. Water is essential to life. Water is life and yet we often take it for granted as we shower, leave our tap water running or waste water in a myriad of ways. In our rooms there is always a bucket to catch any excess shower water to use to flush the toilet. A water saving measure I might adopt when I return.
In the Serengeti yesterday we observed the semi annual migration of 2 million wildebeests and one half million zebras to lands where they can graze. That cycle of life is so dependent on rain, and climate change has disrupted the timing and amount of rainfall. Climate change also deeply affects the Masai tribe who inhabit a good part of Tanzania. They are pastoralists who depend on their livestock for food and for trading for other necessities. As the climate changes, their migration to areas where is there plentiful grass for the animals is disrupted.
In the story of the Samaritan woman the woman asks Jesus for water so she will never be thirsty again. Our brothers and sisters throughout the world and the flora and fauna that feed us all are crying out: Give me this water that I may have life. As disciples of Jesus, the Living water, what will we do to answer their cries?
Zebras and Wildebeests begin seasonal migration to find grazing land. This picture cannot capture the enormity of herd.