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Rwanda Wells

I’ve had a few of these pictures in my sidebar for about a week now.  This is the first well that the youth of NNE4 & Impact have raised money to drill.  I am still amazed at the passion with which the youth have in making wells happen.  Week after week we have seen young people give sacrificially in order to provide clean, safe drinking water for the people of Rwanda.

I had the opportunity to sit with Pastor Augustine on Friday.  Augustine is in the states for a month on rest.  As he sat in my office he asked about the well project and how it all came about.  As I shared with him that I had not raised the $10,000.00 needed to drill the first well (our goal is 200 wells throughout Rwanda) but that it was the youth he saw pictured on my office wall he was moved to tears.  I can’t even begin to share how much he was blessed to hear of young people from New Hampshire who have never met him or the people from the village of Nyarukurazo giving so much so that they could have water that would no longer lead to sickness and death.

Our relationship with Pastor Augustine goes back about 7 years when he came to New Hampshire and met with several area pastors.  While he was here he needed a place to stay.  Enter the Smyth family.  Richard and Robin Smyth and their four children opened their home to Pastor Augustine and fell in love with him.  As their relationship grew the Smyth’s made plans to visit Augustine in Rwanda.  After spending some time in Rwanda the Smyth’s could not escape the burden they felt for the people of Rwanda.  For the past 3 years the Smyth’s have been full time missionaries to the people of Rwanda.  

It is encouraging to hear month after month from Richard as he shares stories in his newsletter about their adventures in serving the street boys, helping in the orphanages, and reaching the people of Rwanda with the love of Jesus.  As I sat with Augustine I was reminded that we began our quest to drill wells last summer when we had the chance to talk with the Smyth kid’s at our summer camp.  What began as a conversation has now turned into a movement that is engaging more and more students.  It all began with the Smyth’s opening their home to Augustine while he needed a place to stay.  Now they are living in his country serving his people and we have found a way to continue blessing the people of Rwanda out of the blessing that we have.

May this serve as a reminder that God can work through anyone and every situation.  When you open your home to someone in need it may lead to a life changing move across the world.  When you share a conversation and hear of a dramatic need you may end up doing whatever you can to drill wells in a foreign land.  May you make the most of every opportunity!

Well #1 Has Been Drilled!

I just received word from Mark Warren of Global Benefit that we have our first well in the ground!  The folks at Living Waters International are taking care of the drilling and even do health and hygiene training for the people in the community around the well.  This photo comes courtesy of Google Earth.  The village that the well was drilled in is in an area in Jabana Sector called Nyarukurazo.  The folks there number more than 850, and were previously getting their water from a ditch that was runoff from a sugar cane plant. 

Thanks to all the youth at Impact who helped drill well #1.  The students over at Bow Memorial School raised $5000.00 towards well #2 with their walk-a-thon last month.  

Let’s get drilling!

Bow Memorial School Walk-A-Thon

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking to the students over at Bow Memorial School.  The students at BMS do a walk-a-thon every year and thanks to one particular student, who attends Impact and believes that he CAN change the world, Rwanda Clean Water was the global beneficiary of the walk-a-thon.  I was able to speak to the students about the urgent need to get wells drilled in Rwanda.  Here are some stats:

  • Of all the renewable water available in Africa each year, only 4% is used – because most Africans lack needed wells, canals, pumps, reservoirs and other irrigation systems
  • In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children worldwide than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II
  • Twelve million people die each year from lack of safe drinking water, including more than 3 million who die from waterborne diseases
  • Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation

By drilling clean water wells in Rwanda we can change that.  BMS students played an incredible role in making it possible to drill a well.  The students at BMS raised $5,000.00 through their efforts in the annual walk-a-thon!  I am amazed and in awe of what young people can do when they catch the life saving vision of providing clean water wells for people in Rwanda.

Each clean water well that is drilled costs $10,000.00 – we are half-way to drilling well #2.  Only 198 wells left to drill.  What part can you play in making it possible?