Stirring the Waters

Women in Church and Society (WICAS) Asian Regional Consultation
17-22 April 2006 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Profile: Caring for God's gift

Mid morning presentation by Rev. Nelly Maria Hutahaean, MSi
Lecturer in Religion and Society at the Sekolah Tinggi Teologia (STT) of the Protestant Christian Batak Church (HKBP) in Pematangsiantar, Indonesia

Nelly says that God has given us everything we need to live, and water is one of his most precious gifts to us. We honor God when we respect the gift and use it for his good purposes.

Where Nelly lives, the government is making clean water readily available in urban centres, but people in rural areas are missing out. Especially during flood times the water becomes very dirty and the people are unaware of the danger of drinking it. Many people in remote areas remain uneducated about the health problems associated with unclean water and about managing water resources. In summer, when water is scarce, they have to walk long distances to find water.

Nelly was especially interested in attending this consultation because it was organized by the LWF women's desk. She believes that women need to become better informed about problems related to water, since women are much more likely than men to bear the load if water is scarce or polluted.

Nelly believes that she will learn much from this consultation. By listening to people from different places about their problems and what they are doing to solve them, she will go back to her church better equipped to inform people about the value of water. 'We must stop polluting water and misusing it. There is no life without water.'

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