G!u is water in Ju/’hoansi.
The average American uses 80-100 gallons of water per day. This means a family of 4 uses 400 gallons a day.
Water is hard to come by in the Kalahari Desert. Last year Tsumkwe, Namibia only received 39.7cm (14.9in) of rain. This is for the whole year. Back in the U.S. we would receive this much rain in a month.
We walk each day to the local water tap in our neighbor’s yard to get water for the day. Most days we get just 50 liters of water (13gal). Some days we have to wait long periods of time as the water drips out into our can. We use this water to drink, cook, wash dishes, and bathe at the end of the day. This has been an huge adjustment. I, Claudia, can now wash my thick hair and bathe with less then 3gal of water in a bucket. The day we double our water usage to about 100 liters (26gal) is laundry day. I now hand wash our clothes and linens every week. This is a big job. Think about the number of hours your washing machines are working each week. This is about the time I have my hands in a basin of water. Saturdays seem to be wash day in our neighborhood when they have washing soap. Many times they just wear the same clothes everyday and rarely wash them.
Water is essential to life. The only color in the Ju/’hoansi language is green. The Kalahari does green in the rainy season. Yet, this year the weeds are even struggling to live. I use about 40 liters (10gal) of water in the garden every other day to keep a few plants alive.
Life is hard here and only the toughest things survive.
Please say a little prayer for us and our neighbors this week whenever you turn on the water in the sink, take a shower, or run a load of laundry in the washing machine. Pray that our neighbors will come to understand the Jesus is the living water and with Him in their heart they will never thirst again. John 4:13-14