Water Flowing

Russ and Isaiah are having a very productive time in Kenya.  This update was written by Isaiah during the first two days they were in Kitale; since then I believe the team has dug two wells and they started a third yesterday.  To all of you who have supported The Water Fight, thank you!

Yesterday we installed a pump in one of the boreholes our crew had
dug before we arrived and then visited four other wells to take photos
and the GPS coordinates for documentation. The water tasted great and
looks crystal clear – a huge improvement on the contaminated pools
that people used to fetch from. Most importantly, the children are no
longer getting sick and dying from typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, etc.

Today we started a new borehole and dug down 26 feet. We put the
casing in and will check it tomorrow to see if it is deep enough for
the water to recharge quickly.

After work I went into Kipsongo, a Turkana slum in Kitale to see my
friend Sammy who I met a year and half ago at the first well in Dago.
We call each other chizi ndugu, which means “crazy brother” in
Swahili. They served me rice and goat meat for dinner, which I have
managed to keep down (so far). Kipsongo is a very marginalized
village. The people there told me that it made them happy that I would
come into their homes and eat with them, because most people in Kitale
consider them untouchables and won’t even walk into the slum. After we
ate, Sammy and I jammed on his beat up six string and talked with his
friends about what is really needed to help the poorest of the poor.
Not more foreigners coming to do projects, but people who will support
and empower others to solve their own problems. This is our primary
goal for The Water Fight.

If you would like to learn more about our work, visit www.thewaterfight.org

Thank you for reading Isaiah’s update.  I am so glad the trip is going well and that it is clearly worth the sacrifice of having Russ and Isaiah gone.  Dimples had a few rough days, but I knew I only had to make it to Monday morning when the four girls left for church camp.  The decision to send all four was a hard one, but I think it was good.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Have a great day, friends.


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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.


  1. Emily
    June 19, 2012

    Totally woke up today and was confused about why I wasn't in the girls' room.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 19, 2012

      They miss you, too. Thanks for such a helpful and wonderful visit.

      1. Emily
        June 19, 2012

        It rocked. Thinking of you guys.

  2. Michelle Carper
    June 19, 2012

    Cannot tell you how much you bless me with your example as a mother working to daily surrender in obedience to a life of full devotion and the importance our kids see us as a living example. I have not been following for long so just learning about your family. I love reading this story and seeing how God is using your son! Our adoption journey is part of the conviction that we were not put on earth to go to the ground safely (Christine Caine). Definitely has not felt safe since we got our hurt kiddo a year ago but wouldn't change it. 🙂 Our adopted daughter is 17 and I am so excited to show her Isaiah's video to continue challenging her! Thank you!

    We also have had a heart breaking for clean water and have supported Living Water in the past. On their own, our 3 girls this year decided to give up our planned vacation this year to sponsor wells after they heard a sermon where it was asked "what will you do in Africa". We planned to support the same organization but would love to encourage them to support The Water Fight. Little confused on how to donate but sent him an email. So excited!

    BTW…just have to share a praise (I am bad at celebrating so this is huge). I am still in shock our adopted daughter was willing to give up a vacation. She struggles horrifically with instant gratification and impulsivity. It is HUGE that she is willing to give up the experience and gratification of a fun, indulgent vacation for something she can’t! Her learning to give is a huge step towards healing!

    Again, thank you for your encouragement and vulnerability. I always look forward to reading your posts!

  3. Laurel
    June 19, 2012

    How quiet your house must be this week . . . and what a great opportunity to pour into the Little Guys (and a Big Boy, or two?). I hope that church camp goes well for all 4 of the girls.


    Laurel 🙂

  4. amy
    June 20, 2012

    I'm in tears – Isaiah’s words just touched me. What a beautiful, mature, loving-God-by-loving-people spirit. Awesome. Praying for you friend. I hope its ok I call you that. I understand the relationship if one-sided but I value you and your voice deeply. Thank you.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 20, 2012

      Amy, thank you for calling me "friend"; I love that. I just posted another picture from Isaiah on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page. He amazes me.


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