The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

the way the local water system works is that a pump on the side of the mountain pumps water from the river through a pipe which then goes to a holding cistern and gravity feeds it to the two towns. unfortuntely, whenever the river gets too flooded they can't clear the pipe due to the massive intake of mud. so we've been without water for a week - however, thanks to the handy gas powered pump we loaned the local water "company" the pipe has been cleared and we, theoretically, should have water tomorrow afternoon!!!!

UPDATE: the unthinkable has occurred - we have water 12 hours earlier than predicted!!!


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