Clean Water, FROM THE FIELD

Ways and Means: essay from Sudan

The following essay is from our partners on the ground in the village of Jach, Sudan, where you are helping us provide the essentials of life for refugees living in this remote place…

“Come, all of you who are thirsty; come to the waters.” ~ Isaiah 55:1

The Bible is filled with seeming paradoxes. The Bible teaches that the last will be first, we must die to live and give to receive.

Isaiah 55:1 suggests another, as God invites those “who have no money” to “come, buy and eat!” Can anyone buy without money?

There’s a hint in verses 8 and 9.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

For example, anyone would think that the bloody rioting in Kenya, our operations base, would immobilize our ministry efforts.

Yet, God wants us to accomplish more, not less. So he made ways for us to deliver flights of food, medicine, bibles and blankets to families in Southern Sudan.

Water wells, another “insoluble” challenge. Shortly after we arrived in Jach three years ago, the United Nations declared that there was no water. Many had drilled and come up dry.

But God has led 65,000 people to this barren patch of wilderness. To escape the genocide in Darfur only to die of thirst? No, his thoughts and his ways are much higher.

The new well at the medical clinic ensures sanitation and relief from the 120-degree heat for waiting patients.
Darfuri refugee families now have cool water to refresh themselves and protect against heat stroke while they unload our relief planes.

Our base camp in Jach now has a source of fresh water.

Adjacent to the church and school, this borehole well provides safe water for students and worshipers.

He enabled us to dig several wells, despite negative geological reports, planes mired in mud, crew shortages and equipment failures. And last month alone we completed 10 new wells! Each Jach well is designed to serve 500 people, plus livestock. But the need is so great that each of the first wells served thousands of people and even more animals.

The completion of these newest boreholes is a big answer to prayer. We have already begun several new projects that rely on the availability of water, including one that teaches children God’s Word while instructing them how to plant, tend and harvest kitchen gardens that will supplement the food supply of hundreds of families.

Whether in our ministry or in our personal lives, we need to remember that the God who made water gush out of rocks and fed 5,000 with a few loaves and fishes is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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