So, here's a cool story. One of those "God things". Back in October (I think it was), our mother church told us that a group of American missionaries was going to speak at their church one evening that week, the Deaf church was invited, and that they were going to give out water filters to those who attended. These water filters would allow the users to filter tap water, rain water, river water, or anywhere-they-can-find-it water into clean, drinkable water. One 5 gallon water jug costs about $1.40, so it can get very expensive to keep drinking water in the house, especially for larger families. The filters would be a huge financial relief for this impoverished community.
We passed along the information about the service, took a group of 36, I was able to interpret from English to sign instead of Spanish to sign for once (sooooo much easier on my brain!!!), and it was great! Except...there had been a miscommunication somewhere along the chain. The organization giving out the water filters wasn't ready to hand them out yet. So, we explained this to our group. There was some complaining, but we explained that I had written down the names of everyone who had gone that night and that we would hand them out when we received them.
In late November, we got the call that the filters were ready to be picked up and that Paulina (the pastor of our church) and I would attend a short workshop in order to learn how to assemble, use, and clean the filters so that we could teach the recipients. We arrive, learn, go to get our filters..."Here are your 13 filters." Uh oh...
We ashamedly asked if it would be possible to find a few more to give us, but did not specify how many. They said maybe. We looked at the list thinking, "well, obviously each household only gets one, so that will cut down on how many we have to give out!" Almost none of those who had attended shared a household. We still needed 33 or we were risking a small riot on our hands.
No word...nothing...waiting...on Christmas day (no joke) the pastor of the mother church called and said they had gotten 20 more filters for us! The EXACT number we needed! God is soooooooo good! And not only that, but a couple of the American missionaries and their daughters were able to come out to our church and personally teach the Deaf how to use and clean their filters. They also gave us a few extras that we can give to those who did not attend but really need them.