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Mid-September, ITMI’s Johan Leach updated us that the drilling team arrived in Chavuma with their heavy truck overflowing with the supplies and tools needed to drill and install 8 new boreholes in strategic locations. About a week later, he reported…

It’s tough to believe that the mere sight of a 2-ton flatbed truck with gravel and casings in the back can cause a community to erupt in riotous dancing and jubilation. …

Ever wonder what it would be like to preach the Gospel in a remote village? In this 4-minute video, you’ll get a taste of what it would be like to stand in the village sand while Johan and his team explain the Gospel to a group of villagers. 

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Stuck in Deep Mud on the Floodplains

Mid-September, ITMI’s Johan Leach updated us that the drilling team arrived in Chavuma with their heavy truck overflowing with the supplies and tools needed to drill and install 8 new boreholes in strategic locations. About a week later, he reported…

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DEAR TEAM: Unspeakable Gratitude

It’s tough to believe that the mere sight of a 2-ton flatbed truck with gravel and casings in the back can cause a community to erupt in riotous dancing and jubilation. …

Johan Leach preaches the Gospel as villagers listen. Leach, Zambia, Clean Safe Water

Preaching the Gospel in a Remote Zambian Village (Video)

Ever wonder what it would be like to preach the Gospel in a remote village? In this 4-minute video, you’ll get a taste of what it would be like to stand in the village sand while Johan and his team explain the Gospel to a group of villagers. 

An exciting two-minute message from Johan Leach in Zambia!

Her name was Molly Hays. She was about 24 years old. The time was late June 1778, and the place was the Plains of Monmouth, New Jersey. The mid-summer heat was oppressive…

When ITMI’s Johan Leach arrived at the remote village, one of the many villages on the isolated Luvale floodplain, he and his team immediately realized their plans were going to change.

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Drillers Arrive to Begin Digging 8 New Wells in Zambia!

An exciting two-minute message from Johan Leach in Zambia!

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Dear Team: Standing Fast

Her name was Molly Hays. She was about 24 years old. The time was late June 1778, and the place was the Plains of Monmouth, New Jersey. The mid-summer heat was oppressive…

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A Visit to the Village of Kawelele

When ITMI’s Johan Leach arrived at the remote village, one of the many villages on the isolated Luvale floodplain, he and his team immediately realized their plans were going to change.

THE CONTEXT

Life in a Remote Village

In the northwest corner of Zambia, ITMI has identified a geographically isolated area between the difficult-to-cross Zambezi River and Angola. This area is the Luvale floodplain, inhabited by the Luvale people.

The Luvale live in small isolated villages with no infrastructure and few visitors.

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They survive off the land and gather water from wherever they can.

Some will drink from the ground, exposing themselves to water-borne illnesses that can be life-threatening in their isolated locations, far from medical care.

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Others haul water from a nearby river or stream. In 2014, a United Nations report estimated that in sub-Saharan Africa, people spent 40 billion hours a year collecting water. This is time spent away from other survival tasks.

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River water is unsafe.  Women and children can be endangered by river predators like crocs and hippos. It's also unclean and puts those who drink it at risk for water-borne disease.

When water isn't easily accessible, important hygiene practices such as hand-washing and bathing are done less or not at all.

When it is accessible, these practices are more sustainable, and nutrition improves as something like planting a garden becomes feasible when reliable water is available.

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A village girl holding vegetables grown in a garden made possible when the village received access to clean, safe water through ITMI's Clean Safe Water Project.

These same villages are isolated and remote, cutting them off from access to the Gospel and discipleship.

These "least reached" villages eagerly open their arms for our partners, Johan and Lesley Leach and their teams of trained evangelists who speak their language to share Jesus and to return to continue to preach and disciple the village.

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An evangelist trained by through Johan's ministry shares the Gospel in a village that was open to their visits because they'd been given access to clean, safe water.

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The headman of one village that received clean, safe water eagerly studies the Bible as Johan's team teaches from it. 

Life in a Rural Village

WHAT YOUR SUPPORT DOES

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SHARE THE GOSPEL

Sharing access to clean, safe water paves the way for evangelists to share the Gospel.

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IMPROVE NUTRITION

With accessible water, villagers can grow vegetables and drastically improve their nutrition. 

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PREVENT DISEASE

Drinking contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio and is estimated to cause 502,000 diarrheal deaths each year. (2)

HISTORY

Our Experience

In Touch Mission International has been working in Africa for 35 years. We have long-standing relationships with godly, local leaders who understand the needs and speak the language. Johan and Lesley Leach are based in nearby Chavuma, Zambia and oversee the project.

 

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ITMI's Johan and Lesley Leach, Zambia

Our Results

Through our clean safe water project, we have provided 22 villages with access to drinkable water - and counting!

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Our Purpose

When our wells are installed in a village, our partner, Johan, and his team of trained Zambian evangelists visit frequently to introduce them to Jesus, provide continued Biblical teaching, disciple believers and raise up leaders. This is all with the goal of planting a church.

Zea is a student missionary with ITMI’s Lesley and Johan Leach in Zambia and Angola. When Johan’s team travelled to the village of Mahina…

When ITMI Director, Steve Evers visited Stone Hill, Dr. Kuhn expressed his desire to…

Complicated cases which in the past were often associated to witchcraft are now being considered from a different perspective.

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Two New Believers in Mahina Village (Video)

Zea is a student missionary with ITMI’s Lesley and Johan Leach in Zambia and Angola. When Johan’s team travelled to the village of Mahina…

7 Reasons ITMI Partners are Giving Thanks

When ITMI Director, Steve Evers visited Stone Hill, Dr. Kuhn expressed his desire to…

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Miracle at the Maternity Clinic

Complicated cases which in the past were often associated to witchcraft are now being considered from a different perspective.

In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.

He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.

ITMI’s Kent Reisenauer arrived at the Lusaka airport, weary after over 24 hours of travel. With some trepidation, he…

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On the Spot in Zambia featuring Kent Reisenauer (Podcast Episode)

In this episode, Kent Reisenauer is telling us all about his last trip to South Africa and Zambia.

He’s talking about visiting Johan and Lesley not long after their home burned down, delivering pillowcase dresses and knitted hats from some US churches to remote villages across the Zambezi River, the progress and impact of Eugene Kalunga’s village school, what happened when Eugene put him on the spot to share something with the students at Excellence Christian Academy, and the baptisms of new Zulu believers he got to witness in South Africa.

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One Year Later, What Difference Does Clean Water and the Gospel Make?

ITMI’s Kent Reisenauer arrived at the Lusaka airport, weary after over 24 hours of travel. With some trepidation, he…