Looking Up to the Heavens

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would give you living water.” John 4:10

A cup of water is so easily taken for granted in developed countries, but it was a constant struggle for people of Jesus’s day… and many today. So often we look to the ground for solutions – in digging wells. However, in some countries like Rwanda, it’s not always the best solution. As God has put together a team of advisors, He’s pointing us to look to the heavens, to Him, for solutions for the remote village of Rugendabari in the Muhanga District.

According to an investigation by a local company ERM hired, drilling wells in the mountains can be very problematic, as some organizations have a 75 percent failure rate when drilling at higher altitudes. Geophysical surveys can increase the chance of finding water, but the process is costly ($1,000-$2,000) and may conclude that it is unlikely that water will be found in the area surveyed. And there are other issues with boreholes such as a lack of planning for management of distribution of water resulting in misuse or broken wells.  As an example, in Rugendabari there is one well that is beyond repair due to children throwing rocks in it.

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After much investigation, ERM is partnering with Apple of His Eye Charity to provide an alternative solution – a rain water harvesting system. Gutters will be built along ERM’s Hope Vocational Training Center in Rugendabari in addition to the neighboring church to collect water with a purification system to clean water. During the rainy season, this will provide for many families, alleviating their children from walking long distances over mountainous terrain to collect unclean water from the valley.

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The local government is supportive and will provide needed laborers to haul heavy rocks and other materials, which supports ownership of the local people. Working with local authorities also provides better accountability for the ongoing management that will be required, and it’s hopeful that it will have a multiplying effect as people see the advantage of utilizing large roofs to collect needed water.

We plan to be build this system in January 2015 and ask for your prayers in providing not only a way to collect needed water but serve as an ongoing reminder of the living water through our Lord Jesus Christ.