Yesterday we visited a small village church near the well we completed a couple of weeks ago. Pastor Martin had called and invited us to come and greet the community now utilizing the well. When you “go to church,” you don’t generally expect to be served tea and biscuits (cookies), the service already in full progress with the main congregation in the building worshiping, singing praise songs . . . and just waiting for you to finish your tea; and then a full lunch afterwards. But that’s how the locals roll here, pulling out all the stops for the visitors.
The morning was such a reminder of why we are here. Not because of any special treatment we received, but because of the joy of the people—and the dramatic impact available, clean water can have on their lives. As we were chatting, Martin and Charles (another of the pastors) mentioned in passing that this well is now serving over 700 people daily, and has never once been pumped dry! The only other borehole in the vicinity (a couple of miles away) stopped producing water within a week after the completion of the one we dug! Can you imagine? It’s no wonder that people in the area are asking when we’ll begin the next well.
This inexpensive, hand-dug wells technology has literally become the very thing God is using to save the lives of a multitude in this place. Try to picture hundreds of ladies or children coming to your house, traipsing through your yard or kitchen every single day—sometimes twice every day—walking or on bicycles, lugging at least two and often three or four “5-gallon jerry-cans” to fill with water for their family’s daily use. Pretty staggering isn’t it? I feel so incredibly privileged to have been invited into this work – and humbled by the prayers and support you have sent our way. Thank you!