The Eastern Cape of South Africa is experiencing severe drought and the water supply from the reservoir that provides Makhanda/Grahamstown with water is anticipated to cease around mid-February.
That’s just about the time when the students who study at the College of Transfiguration are scheduled to arrive, along with the thousands of students who study at Rhodes University and other schools in town. Someone told us the population of the city will increase by about 8,000.
Here’s a view of Settlers Dam taken 3 years ago and just recently:
Water consumption is currently restricted to 50 liters per person, per day. When the water runs out, the plan is for delivery trucks to bring water to collection points and people will be able to receive 25 liters per household.
You can read more about the water crisis here. (The name of the city was changed in 2018 to Makhanda. Grahamstown is the name that still appears on maps and signs. Makana is the name of the municipality that Makhanda is in.)
Please pray—for rain, for wise management and good decisions that serve the common good. Please pray for people, animals, and plants—for everything and everybody who is affected by the drought.
While my prayers tend to be of the simple, Please, please, please kind (totally legit), if you want suggestions of more eloquent prayers, here are two from the Book of Common Prayer:
O God, heavenly Father, who by your Son Jesus Christ
has promised to all those who seek your kingdom and its
righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send
us, we entreat you, in this time of need, such moderate rain
and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to
our comfort and to your honor; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, for Rain, p. 828)
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth,
you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom
and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one
may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet
to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, for the Conservation of Natural Resources, p. 827)