Wells Drilled in 2019
Wembo Nyama and Tshumbe in the Sankuru Province
As an update to the well drilling projects in Congo, SEVEN new wells were dug in 2019 so far, with several in process.
When Jonathan and Donna Baker visited Congo in June 2019 and every one of the new wells, they asked the question "What difference has this well meant to you and your families?" At every single well in Wembo Nyama and Tshumbe, someone spoke up and declared that they are no longer suffering or dying from water related diseases such as typhoid fever and dysentery. And this information was confirmed by the local medical centers. Praise God!
The little mantra that the Congo Partnership has chanted many times, "Water Is Life!" has now been substantiated. Lives are being saved!
Also, through the generosity of donors, the Partnership recently purchased our own well drilling rig that will stay in the Sankuru province to dig future wells. God provided this new rig opening the door for the Partnership to continue to dig wells at a lower cost wherever the rig can be transported to villages where the water table allows wells no deeper than 30 meters.
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The very exciting project of building a well in Diengenga has brought such blessing to the residents of Diengenga, about 600 miles from Kinshasa. On July 7, the local clergy organized and conducted a beautiful service of blessing for the well. Many people gave testimony to the improvement in their lives now that they do not have to trudge to the river several kilometers away to gather dirty, dangerous water. They have clean, fresh water to drink, wash their clothing and bathe. They are so excited! We actually videotaped some testimonies from people who always concluded their witness with “Water Is Life!” So, so true!
The service of blessing was so, so special! After sharing scripture where Moses struck the rock and provided water for the thousands of Jews crossing the desert, he circled the cistern, splashing water as a symbol of sanctification. Jonathan then had an opportunity to preach on the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, when He encouraged her to drink the water of Life. He then reminded them of the liturgy in the Book of Worship of the United Methodist Church call “A Reaffirmation of Our Baptism.” And so, he welcomed all of the participants to dip their hand into a bucket of water extracted from the well, make a sign of the cross upon their forehead and remember the promise of their baptism—that each was a beloved child of God. Such a precious time as the people participated in the ritual and praised the Lord!
Before the Bakers left Diengenga, the people were busily digging and trench and burying the PVC pipe so that the water could be available outside the gated farm. That will be much better accessible to the people.
And so, now they can just turn the faucet and fill their bucket to capture the fresh water!
They are excited about the future of improved health and lesser burdens related to the long trek to the river to fetch the dirty, infected water.
The well digging in Diengenga has been very successful and we are so grateful for all those who supported this effort through their generous giving and prayers.
But this is just ONE village! There are hundreds of villages in Democratic Republic of Congo that still do not have access to clean water, which leads and contributes to infections and disadvantaged health.
Was your heart touched? If so, you may contribute to funding efforts for additional well drilling in DRC by giving to your local United Methodist Church designated to the Congo Partnership—Well Drilling.