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We are serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Botswana/Namibia Mission but live in the northeast part of South Africa. We are preparing to return to Utah in December.

While living in Polokwane, we have refilled all of our store-bought bottles of water to save in case of an emergency.  Recently, Melanie suggested that we take them to a woman named Batsurai who lives below the poverty level with her two children in a village a ways outside of Seshego.  We loaded up all of our water which we had stored in the garage, over 40 5-liter bottles.

Batsurai’s husband left her to fend for herself and her kids a few months ago. She can’t even afford to move into the township, which itself can be a very difficult lifestyle. She is so impoverished, her cupboards and shelves are bare and her husband sold their small fridge to get money so he could go to Zimbabwe.


Since she has to use a broken-down wheelbarrow and some buckets to go get water for her family we agreed this would possibly be a help to her. On the way, Melanie guided me to the KFC for a bucket of chicken, etc. which we took to her and her kids.

To say that she was grateful would be a gross understatement. She actually got down on her knees and put her hands together to say thank you. Then, tearing your heart out, her little two-year old girl did the same thing!


This was one of those special memorable moments of truth that we experience from time to time here. Very, very humbling.

We love the people we have met here.  Many of them have taught us much about humility and gratitude. It will be very hard to leave them and return to Utah.