As a rookie volunteer on the MMM 2013 trip I was privileged to be teamed with the veteran Steve Woxland, and with Zambian coordinator Chrispin Mhango and field officers Richard Nyirongo and Thomas Soko.
Steve taught me the “official” Tom Logan dedication narration and the art of accepting chickens, while Chrispin, Richard and Thomas orchestrated an installation plan and pace that was amazing. What I found to be most rewarding was how genuinely thankful the villagers were and how precious it was to be the recipient of that thanksgiving on behalf of so many others that had actually done the work. Following the dedication of one of the wells installed in the first few days a man in the crowd of celebrating villagers came to me and said,
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will see you on judgment day before the throne of God!”
That was a level of appreciation I had never seen before and a measure of how significant Marion’s work has become. This importance was reinforced a few days later when we were unable to install a well because of the low water level. The disappointment after such great anticipation was indescribable and heartbreaking. I have a new appreciation of grace, and the words, “thanks be to God!”