The local church members anxiously gathered around the large deep-bore drill as it loudly hammered into the ground. They had been desperate for access to clean water for so long, and the hot Ugandan sun beating down on them only heightened their eager concern. Not only would the well provide clean water for the church members, but also it would serve as a vital outreach to the rest of the community.
The operator continued to press the lever down, sweating as he encouraged the drill hammer deeper and deeper. Then, all of a sudden, a loud "crack" came from inside the machine. The drill hammer had broken, unable to burrow through the thick layer of hard rock deep underground.
The operator and his colleagues had done all they could do. The church members, totally deflated, began looking at each other with sadness, many of them asking, "what now?".
"The drilling company started with surveying the area again and marking the exact place where they would drill and access water. They did this for the two churches," IDES' partner in Uganda said. "Last week, they started drilling the boreholes and they could not break through the hard rock to reach the water table. The hammer even broke from inside and they had to go and purchase another one from to continue with the process. After failing in the first community, we
proceeded to the second on Thursday, but it was the same case. They therefore did not reach the water because of the very hard rock."
For our mission partner, it seemed like all hope was lost for their attempts to serve the great community in this way. Unfortunately, there is no way to make hard rock any softer. The communities needed clean water badly. The only other water available to them was either dirty surface water, or other sources that were miles and miles away by foot. The very life of communities like these revolves around water access.
"The church communities where the drills were done were very prayerful and anxious. They know that we have done what we could as they were present and helped throughout the whole process," our partner said.
It would have made sense for our partner to give up at this point. But, all hope was not lost. Thanks to your generosity, there was still funding leftover to consider other options after the failed drilling attempt. So, our partners in Uganda chose to persevere instead of giving up.
"We had a meeting and we discussed alternatives for the two sites. We thought of piped water for the first community, and [then we could] identify another site...for the second borehole drill," our partner said.
Their alternative ideas were approved by the IDES board of directors shortly following their inquiry. Several months have passed since the first drilling attempts, and progress is being made for the glory of God.
"One well [in a separate village] was successfully drilled and is currently in operation," our partner joyfully reported. "We are currently working on the piping for the first two communities as well. The project is about 70% complete, and should be finished by early August."
The value of their perseverance, and furthermore, the value of your generosity is quite simply this: priceless. Their perseverance and your generosity means that these communities will have access to the most basic human necessity of clean water. Instead of water-borne illnesses, they will have health. Instead of contamination, they will have purification. Instead of dehydration, they will have their thirst quenched.
Best of all, these wells will serve as gathering places for the greater community, so that the local church members will have ample opportunities to build relationships and share the good news of Jesus Christ to all who will listen.
"Once again, I would like to say thank you so much for the support," our partner said. "Only God knows the joy in our people's hearts."
Thank you for making hope possible for these families in Uganda.