Friday, November 22, 2013

Doe Community

In Bushrod Island District is an area called Doe Community.  It is a very wet area.  That makes for muddy roads with super deep, water-filled pot holes. They say the taxi bikes charge extra to drive people down these roads because they are so bad.

This is Elder Zaugg, one of our Elders who serves in Doe Community. Because we've just finished the'rainy season' AND because it's so wet there, I've never seen him wear shoes, only his boots.  Well, those boots finally just wore out.  He tried to repair them with lots of glue and duct tape but all he got from his trouble was wet feet. We were happy to be able to take him a new pair.

Here's some pictures of the Doe Community roads.  The pictures don't adequately show how deep the pot holes are.

Look bumpy enough for you?  Elder Berrett says it's like driving on a mogul ski course.  By the time we drive through these pot holes, we feel like we've been shaken, mixed, and stirred!

Notice how deep the water is on the motorcycle.  It doesn't seem to slow them down though.  They just drive right on through.  

Here I am showing you how far up on the truck the water came.  There are times I worry the water might come pouring in through the doors.

The reason we went to Doe Community this day was to attend the dedication of a new well donated by the Church Huminatrian Services.  The community was thrilled to now have water so readily available.

This is Elder and Sister Miles from Hooper, Utah. They are Humanitarian Missionaries.  They have worked so hard to bring good water to many communities all over Liberia.  They have also done a lot work with schools and orphanages.  I don't think we're going to let them go home next March.  We need a couple to replace them.  Any one interested?
(Yes, they have Sprite in Liberia!)

This is President Slamie, who is President of the Doe Community Branch.  The well was built right next to his home.

And, here are some of the cute Doe Community children.  They all love to have their picture taken.  Then you have to them be sure to show them how the picture turned out. 

I don't think we'll ever again take good, safe water for granted!!


  1. I LOVE reading your blog. When a new update pops up in my e-mail I get so excited. I am so proud of you and all you do. You guys are amazing. And you are having some pretty awesome adventures! Keep up the good work. Love you.

  2. Awesome pictures.

    You guys should trade in your truck for a Kia Sephia. They do really well on bumpy roads and going off jumps.

  3. It never ceases to surprise me to hear about all the many things we take for granted and all the many things that are difficult for the Liberian people. Learning about their life makes me realize over and over again how blessed we are (and how tough they are!). Thanks for the great reminders. :)