We recently celebrated a successful well drilling partnership in Togo, West Africa.
Our mission partners in Togo are working in a remote region where there are few believers in Christ Jesus. The area lacks a reliable water supply and has no electricity.
Most small villages throughout the region rely on hand-dug wells which fail to produce water during each year’s prolonged dry season. When the wells dry up the people turn to the only available water source, a heavily contaminated stream, which is a considerable distance from the villages.
Even when the hand-dug wells are producing, their water quality is low and water-borne illnesses are common throughout these rural communities.
In our partnership, IDES provided the funds needed to bring a commercial well drilling rig to the remote area, and the local mission raised the funds needed to build an above ground water storage tank and equip the well with a solar powered pump.
When the well-drilling crew arrived at the remote location, the first borehole failed to produce a sufficient flow of water. But our mission partners knew this was a need they had asked God to supply, and they trusted He would provide an answer to their prayers.
I will let them tell the next part of the story in their own words: “The second time they drilled, our God answered our prayers in a big way and they found abundant water. So now our community has access to clean water year round!”
The clean water is made available not only to local believers, but also to unbelievers throughout the area who come each day to fill their water containers. The local believers use this opportunity to engage them in conversations about the God who loves them and cares about their needs.
Excess water from the well will sustain a herd of goats and help irrigate a pineapple farm. Income from these ventures will help the soon-to-be-planted local church become self-supporting.
Please pray for our Togolese brothers and sisters as they show the love of Jesus and proclaim His Good news to their unbelieving friends and neighbors.
-written by Gary Finley, Director of Development @ IDES