I was Thirsty

Water

We have an abundance of clean water in Idaho.  I never worry about my children getting sick from the water that comes from my faucets.  I wash laundry, take showers, and even water my gardens.  Can you imagine needing to grow your own food, but not having enough water to produce abundant crops?

Let’s go a little deeper.  Can you imagine being an older widow whose children are dying of AIDS, malaria, or other illnesses, leaving their children in your care?  You are a grandmother now trying to feed multiple grandchildren, but having only very meager means to do so.

What happens to the children?  As they get older, they may make their way to the streets in the hope of finding food.  They may never come home to you.

If this were me, I would be desperate to feed my grandchildren.  Desperate.Russ and I have joined the team of Until Then, a ministry to street children, to launch their first water project.  They have been ministering to street children in Kenya for many years and have seen children flooding to the streets due to lack of food.  This led them to develop the Dago Agricultural Project to help families (many of them widows) provide food for the children in their care.

Russ traveled to Kenya last June to see the work of Until Then and particularly this project.  As a hydrologist, it quickly became apparent to him that there was a desperate need for water, not only for irrigation, but simply for life.

Russ is now gearing up for his first well-drilling project in Kisumu, Kenya. Earlier this fall he attended a well-drilling course in Texas by Water For All International where he learned a method of low-cost well drilling.  In contrast to many water projects in Africa, this method uses extremely low technological methods for drilling wells and simple pumps that can be operated and maintained by local people.  The people of Kisumu will be participating in drilling their own wells, which is the very heart of Russ’ philosophy about serving in Kenya.  They will also be taught how to maintain and repair their pumps with simple materials that can be found locally.  He does not want to create a dependence upon affluent foreigners to provide clean drinking water, rather he wants to empower the people to provide it for themselves.

Russ has an amazing gift for finding solutions to problems and a heart for orphans that compels him to serve.  I love seeing him use his skills and education to serve women who suffer for lack of clean water, and children who become sick from drinking contaminated water, or cannot attend school because it is their responsibility to provide water for the family.  As you can imagine, these young children are vulnerable to all kinds of abuse as they walk to get water for their families — only to bring home water that we would never consider drinking.

To add to our excitement, Rusty is traveling with him.  We are thrilled that he is going to experience Kenya and know that his heart will be expanded in ways we cannot even begin to imagine.

Our family would be deeply grateful if you would pray with us for:

  • traveling mercies
  • health for Russ, Rusty, and the team
  • equipment that functions well
  • the kids and I who will remain at home
  • WATER  (If they hit water quickly enough on the first well, they will dig a second one.)

We are so honored that Jesus has made a way for us to be part of such a wonderful project and can’t wait to see what God will do!

If you would like to contribute to this project, please go to Until Then and see the links at the bottom of the page.  If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to email me at lisa@onethankfulmom.com

Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Emily
    December 2, 2010

    Praying! This is awesome.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 2, 2010

      Emily, thank you for your prayers!

      Reply
  2. carla
    December 2, 2010

    This is one of those posts that cut through to my heart. One of those times that God is opening my eyes even wider to His work and the reality of the world outside of our comfortable American living. Even though I have been to Africa and have seen first hand the desperate needs, it is so easy to slip back into my comfortable life and move on like these issues don't exist. I will keep your family in my prayers!!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 2, 2010

      Thank you, Carla. We are excited to see what God will do.

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  3. learningpatience
    December 2, 2010

    So excited for your "boys!" Our family will pray for them! Will you keep us updated on the trip?

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 2, 2010

      I will definitely fill you all in! You might just get sick of hearing about it 🙂 I told Rusty that he will need to journal and take lots of photos for me. There is a talented professional filmmaker on the project too, so we expect we'll have something great to share.

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  4. Courtney
    December 2, 2010

    so exciting!!! water is close to my heart…

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 2, 2010

      Courtney – so glad you are involved in a water project too!

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  5. Julie
    December 3, 2010

    Praying.

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  6. Sandie Stirgess
    December 3, 2010

    Hi Lisa, our orphanage in Kenya – Mission in Action is also contributing to the water crisis in Kenya, but on a smaller than what your Russ is doing. As you and Russ would now know people need to cover great distances to fetch water, sometimes taking them the bulk of their day and rendering them unable to earn an income for their families as a result. Some are just too old and infirm to make that trip regularly enough. We have been installing small water tanks and guttering to those most needy in our community. This way the natural resources are utilised with the catchment of rain water and the family has clean fresh water. This tank would often be shared between neighbouring houses. I really enjoyed reading your post and thought you might like to hear what others are doing as well. We are located in Nakuru. If your boys are going to be in that area we would love them to visit!
    Blessings to you both.
    XXX
    Sandie

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 3, 2010

      Sandie, thank you so much for leaving a comment and sharing your ministry in Kenya. Do you have a blog or website you can share? Russ and the team are going to be in Kisumu for the duration of their trip. I'm sure they would love connecting with you if possible. Russ is interested in all aspects of water – he has a PhD in hydrology and is a bit of a water fanatic. Great to hear from you.

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