For the Pokot tribe on Northwestern Kenya, water is life. For the past decade, Harvesters has been drilling water wells in Kenya to help to bring clean drinking water to the people.
With a well, this nomadic tribe can settle, raise their animals and become communal dwellers. Water is the key to their physical life and for Harvesters it is the key to sharing everlasting life.
The well is the first step in the construction of mission stations which become community centers for medical treatment, schooling and spiritual growth.
The goal for 2007 was to drill ten new wells. With each well costing approximately $21,000, to reach this goal alone was almost a quarter of a million dollars. By mid-summer, money had been sent for five wells. By God’s grace, all the wells that had been started had produced water, but we were still five wells short with less than half a year remaining.
We trusted that the Lord knew where the remaining $105,000 would come from, and He was faithful to provide.
During a visit to the U.S., Julius Murgor and director Ed Hirshman visited a business in Memphis, Tennessee. Through the company’s charitable foundation, Harvesters submitted a request for four of the five water wells needed to meet our goal.
The grant was accepted and the foundation has generously supplied the funds for those four wells and other generous donors have met the need for the fifth well.
The Pokot are being given more than physical water – they are being given fountains of living water. Each new well is used as an opportunity to start a preaching point under a tree. Once a community begins to gather, a permanent church is established by the community or a mission station, with a nurse and a pastor is constructed.
Thanks to the generosity of the foundation and contributors, several thousand Pokot will now have the opportunity to be nourished by both physical and spiritual water.