Saturday, May 01, 2010

"Bad Water" becomes "Jesus Water"


The northwest region of Kenya, Turkana, is known for the extremely dry terrain & the brightly beaded women...

These women spend most of their day, walking many hours to find water for their families. In some places of Turkana it has not rained for 5 years. One village was getting their meager water supply from a river, but the water was bitter & polluted. The people called the village Lochoromoit, which means "the place where I met my enemy," because it was a place of "bad water." Africa Oasis funded the drilling of a well in Lochoromoit, where they hit an abundant supply of water.

Steve visited Lochoromoit the day after the pump was installed on the new well by the church. He traveled there with missionaries for 2 full days on rough, dusty roads.

The first person to greet them was a very joyful pastor. The people of his village were gathered around the well, pumping water. Yellow water containers were everywhere, waiting to be filled.


"We are no longer calling this village Lochoromoit, the place of bad water," said the pastor. "It is now called Lochoro-Yesu, the place of Jesus-water!" Once again, donors giving to AOP have helped impact an entire village in Africa!


And the brightly beaded women of "Lochoro-Yesu" are rejoicing to have the well by the church, right in the middle of their village!

Friday, January 22, 2010

WATER AT MIDNIGHT

Imagine getting your drinking water from a smelly disease infested hole in the ground...
This is the image in many places in Africa of young girls spending their day scooping water out of holes.

Funds from donors have changed this situation for the people in the Mahobong village of Lesotho. Recently, Africa Oasis Project drilled a well & installed a pump, giving the people clean water to drink.

High in the Lesotho mountains, people live in simple huts, wear heavy blankets to keep warm from the snow, have shepherds caring for sheep & water is a huge challenge.The only water available came from a small mountain spring. With so many people trying to collect the water during the day, the spring could not produce enough water for the village.




“The people in the mountain village of Mahobong are getting water only at midnight," was the report sent to us by Alan Pettenger, AGWM missionary to Lesotho. "Even in the below freezing temperatures, they are wrapping blankets around themselves & walking down the mountain trails, hoping to find & collect water."

When Steve & Glenda visited Mahobong & viewed the people’s source of water from the mountain spring, it was sobering. Young girls were crawling into the small hole at the spring to collect water, one cupful at a time. The cattle were also trying to drink from the same spring & dung was seen & smelled everywhere. Cholera could be the result of such conditions.

Appeals were made for funds to drill a well in Mahobong, beside the church. Additional support funds coming in monthly, enabled Steve & Glenda to travel to Lesotho twice to organize the drilling of the well. The drilling rig struck water at 80 meters. The supply of water was enough for the village.

Mrs. Mafalesi, the pastor’s wife expressed the delight of the people, as she pumped water from the newly installed well.

“Our people were waking up at midnight to find water. Now we have clean water, right beside the church & the people in the village are coming to the church for water. Yes, our church is also growing….the people are flowing into the church like water!!”

Steve & Glenda ministered at the church in Mahobong. They saw the completed well & rejoiced with the people. BGMC Buddy Buckets were distributed & the women sang & danced around the well. They also carried their new buckets back to their home, full of water. Once again, this was an incredible witness for Jesus, as Living & Running Water was flowing from the church well in the Lesotho village of Mahobong.