We had come to this area to teach a group of jungle villagers about how to filter the unsafe river water they were drinking. I found a spot to take a few pictures of Pastor Magi Goro teaching the villagers. Little did I know I was standing on an ant hill. I didn’t notice the stealth army at first. I was dressed in sandals, loose fitting safari pants and a loose fitting shirt. The ants were undaunted. By the time I was aware they were on me they had already invaded every available space.
The only way to deal with them was to move. I was dancin’. Dance moves and Mark Nicklas have never occupied the same sentence – but I gotta tell you – I found moves that would make a hip hop dance look lame. The locals ran to my aid and swatted at the ants while I leapt and shook and gyrated in every possible way to get them off me. I am glad my compatriot, Jim, didn’t have the camera pointed my way.
The impact of the water ministry here is astounding. Villages that had dysentery and typhoid and cholera, particularly affecting children, are drinking clean safe water. 1,000s of people have been touched already, due significantly to the resources of Beaverton Foursquare. Please pray for Jim and I – no more encounters with “wild animals” – just a fruitful, Gospel-centered clean water mission.