I just finished combing over a 14 page report from the Bush Pastor who is responsible for the oversight of the wells that were dug in Burkina Faso in 2010. Several churches and individuals have given towards providing water in this country since 2008. We have had the privilege of partnering with people who have been ministering in this country for a long time, and are just hoping to add support and influence to what is already happening there.
I’ll be traveling to Burkina in the next few weeks to make our plans for 2011. The Pastor who wrote the report is named Joseph (on the left side of the picture). We work with him and his brother Michel (on the right). I have worked with other indigenous leaders and seen reports from indigenous leaders in other countries, but nothing with this level of detail. Every well from every village is detailed with things I would never have thought of.
Joseph also provided some commentary as to what the benefits are in a village when a well is provided.
I decided not to attempt to make this a long flowing blog post, but just left things in his words describing the benefits of a well (translated from French):
- Conversations that lead people to Christ
- Reconciled homes
- Stopped women from having to travel so far
- (I’ve summarized this one) Many women have had to go for water at night causing husbands to accuse them of adultery and to abuse them
- Prevented the death of children.
- Prevented many more children from becoming orphans
- Prevented a great deal of sickness
This is how he signs off his report. Keep in mind he lives in a mud brick hut:
“A family rejected, completely abandoned, despised, chosen by the Lord Jesus Christ, the victory belongs to the Eternal God for those elected.”
In the weeks to come I plan on challenging others to help bring water to the people of this country from this site, and another we’ve been working on. I’ll tell you why water is so strategic, and how it is spreading the gospel of Jesus to people who have never heard it. Whether or not you believe in Jesus personally, you can probably agree that everyone deserves access to water.
Water Is Life,