Some of our men are back at the Wellington site in Freetown, using fire, ice water, picks and shovels to clear out the granite rock that has obstructed progress between the well and the water. Many wells by now are either dry or muddy at the bottom if they have not been dug far enough because this is the end of dry season and we may have had rain six or seven times since the beginning of November.
Last week the men began to build a large coal fire on this big piece of granite in the hole. Once the fire was good and hot they sent cold water down on top of the heated rock to weaken it. The men then went down with hammer and chisel to break the rock into pieces which are being hauled up to the surface. The irony is having to drive to another town to buy 150-300 gallons of water and huge blocks of ice to bring back to dump down a dry well hole!
This has been several times and Tommy has been sending us updates.
If you look closely at the second picture you’ll see a man is sitting on the other side of a pile of granite. Wonder how heavy those stones are? A small chunk of granite has considerable weight! This is incredibly heavy, tedious work right now. We don’t
normally pursue one hole this way but they are so hard up for water in this urban neighborhood that we feel it is crucial to give this our best shot in Wellington at the Grace CinA Church. The only local well is limited to those who need it for drinking and its recharge rate is not very good right now. We’ll keep you posted on the rest of this project in WELLington… keep it in your prayers too.
Almost two weeks ago Fredica and Tommy went to Tobu to give the mWASH training.
Tobu’s well has given us some interesting issues. For one, it was sunk into incredibly hard, dry clay that has fissures between layers, allowing the collection of water into
a sump, which supplies the well with a steady source of clean water.
There is only a slight scent left of clay, which has put some people off using it, but others have opted to steer clear of the old water hole (seen above) and continue to use the well for everything. In the rainy season the river will fill up again and all the junk from
other areas will wash down into it, further contaminating that water. The people who are using the well exclusively have testified that it has improved their health a great deal!
The mWASH program and discussion
about use of the well water vs the water hole has convinced many to begin using the well exclusively and we will
continue to monitor it for silty sediments. Those who attended all the
sessions received bars of soap for their personal use.
Elmer and I have been busy compiling our reports for the SL Annual General Meeting and ones for the international office as well. This year the AGM will be held in Freetown and prior to that five day event, there will be a special team coming to lead a Pastors & Wives Retreat, including a one day Youth retreat. The CinA Director from England, Freddie Roberson is leading this special program. Pray for good health, excellent
meetings and faithful followers of Jesus Christ to be edified.
THANK YOU to those who contributed to the Sierra Leone Development Fund for wells in April!
… the private donors, whom we won’t embarrass by naming publicly, we REALLY thank God for your partnership in the well work! BIKA BIKA!
…the Hillside Missionary Church family for their generous sponsorship, enabling us to drill another well in Sierra Leone! What a blessing you have been and are to our ministry!
Recently some people have asked us for information about making donations.
If you are interested and want to become part of the ministry here…
…financial Support is sent to:
Christians In Action Missions International
USA– Account M387 (personal) or 387V (truck) or 743 (CinA SL Development/wells)
visit online: www.cinami.org, click link to and look for our names
or US Mail: 1318 E Shaw Ave *Suite 308 * Fresno, CA * 93710 USA
Canada Mail: PO Box 344* Chilliwack, BC. * V2P 6J4 (Account 387)
(donations through Canada go solely to ministry expenses, not including vehicle nor wells)
It is a good thing we are a bit ‘grounded’ as far as the office work since our truck has needed some TLC for the last few weeks. In fact Elmer and the mechanic have gone as far as to RECONNECT the truck bed to the frame!
We hope this will make our ride a little quieter- It certainly will help make sure the loads are more secure! We were also getting roasted by the heat coming from the transmission area and found out why and remedied that as well. The next thing to be done is to replace the tires so they are ready for rainy season. Some of you will appreciate the frustration of wearing out a brand new hole saw and breaking four good bits in the process! Thank you to everyone of you who ‘keeps us running’!