Visiting a Water Village
Madagascar 2015: This post is part of a series of updates following the Madagascar mission team. Read more at fpco.org/madagascar.
There are some things in life that difficult to express in words. This might just be one of those you-had-to-be-there moments.
The Madagascar team was invited out to a remote village south of Antananarivo, the capital city and our home base. The village has just installed a new water system, bringing running water to the locals for the first time. You can just imagine how this will change their way of life, bringing water for washing hands, restrooms, showers, farming and cooking.
Because of the extreme remote location, we piled into two 4x4s and headed out on the 3+ hour journey. The countryside of Madagascar is so beautiful with its mountains and rolling hills, rivers and rice paddies. Then, we turned off the main road and the real adventure began as we off-roaded the rest of the way to the village. You've never seen roads like this!
To say we were greeted warmly would be an understatement. Everyone in the community (200+ people) came out to meet us, individually shaking our hands and giving us greetings. As is customary in the country, we started our time with them in worship, thanking the Lord for the water.
Then, we were shown around the village to see how water is transforming their lives.
We were treated to a very special lunch with the leaders of the village and representatives of the FJKM church. And then it was time to play! Kent Sterchi started the kids in a game of sack races, and Andrew literally kicked off a game of soccer. We were shown their handmade silk scarves and purchased a few to bring back home.
Then, it was time to say our goodbyes and head back to Antananarivo for another day ahead.