That often means digging in the dirt until water is found. Of course animals find it too. They soil it and make it further unfit for human consumption, but people consume it anyway.
If you're lucky enough to have a river or form of running water nearby, you'll spend most of your time hauling the water from the river to your home in heavy buckets. Sometimes people walk miles to get to the nearest access point.
You never know who is soiling the water upstream, either. Rivers are often inhabited by hippos, crocodiles, or other dangerous predators posing physical danger to trespassers.
Young girls haul heavy buckets of water from the Zambezi River in Zambia back to their village.
You never know who is soiling the water upstream.
ITMI has identified a remote area in Zambia, isolated from most of civilization between the Angola border and the Zambezi River. The river floods for part of the year, making it impossible to bring a vehicle across.
The rest of the year, it's still difficult and unaffordable, so the locals remain mostly isolated.
The locals use the unsanitary water from the croc-infested Zambezi River or they dig until they find water, which is also unsanitary and soiled by animals.
Because of the lack of water, the area lacks other services because professionals - such as Doctors - don't want to go there.
Village life can be deeply impacted with the provision of clean, safe water that is accessible nearby. Now, pastors, doctors and other professionals can come and stay if needed.
The villagers can devote the time they once spent hauling water to raising gardens or other life-improving endeavors.
They no longer fear for their lives when retrieving water daily.
This deep impact opens wide the doors to share with the villagers the story of the God who created them, cares for them, made salvation available to them through Christ and wants a relationship with them.
The impact isn't just about the new convenience. It is deeply touching for the people of these isolated villages to know they aren't forgotten. Someone cares about them and their needs.
ITMI - through the generosity of our supporters - has been able to revolutionize villages in this area through the digging of wells. When a well is gifted, there is an inauguration ceremony where the gospel is preached. Many give their lives to Him through these ceremonies.
ITMI Director, Steve Evers, preaches the Good News at a well inauguration ceremony.
Many gave their lives to Jesus through these ceremonies.
Discipleship is built into the process in two ways.
First, the village is told they can express their gratitude for this wonderful gift by using it to bless others around them - sojourners or villages that may not have one - and also being good stewards of the gift so others in their village can flourish because of it.
Second, ITMI partner, Johan Leach, lives in the area. He and his teams of trained Zambian evangelists visit the villages regularly, preaching the gospel and discipling them.
$5,445.00 Revolutionizes a Village
A well can be drilled for $5,445. For $5,445, a village can be changed forever. Lives preserved. Health and flourishing made much more possible.
By funding the digging of a well you can:
- Provide life-giving water for an entire village.
- Open the door for the gospel to be welcomed with open arms in a village
- Save lives by reducing the spread of disease through unsanitary water.
- Make way for doctors, teachers and people providing services to come to the village.
- Reduce the risk of women and children being mauled by crocodiles.
- Declare and demonstrate the Good News in an isolated and forgotten area.
- Improve the lives of as many as possible with clean, safe water.
- ITMI partner, Johan Leach, and his teams of local believers and their church located in a settlement called Chavuma on the East side of the Zambezi river.
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.
An Inside Look at Life and Ministry on a Remote Flood Plain in Zambia, featuring Johan and Lesley Leach (Podcast Episode)
ITMI’s Johan and Lesley Leach share how ITMI supporters have played a major role in spreading the Gospel among a least-reached people, their strategy for saturating an isolated area with the Gospel, what life is like for them in this unique location.
The villagers dashed madly for their huts. They had caught one glimpse of the initial brownish-grey clean-out water spilling from the head of the newly drilled well. Moments later, they returned with the various makeshift containers, ready to collect the contaminated water.
Early last month, ITMI’s Johan Leach and his team deployed south from their ministry base in Chavuma, Zambia to Lukulu, Zambia. Their mission was…
The elderly shook their heads in understanding. Teachers and evangelists from the east bank of the Zambezi River were visiting their village. The teachers traced back the dark past of ancestral and pagan worship of the villages to where they are finding themselves now….
“I used to think, ‘All for one and one for all,’ is what village life is all about, right? That the villages are populated by the “noble savage” and lead a connected, unified community life,” says ITMI’s Timothy Keller. But unfortunately, this version of village life may be popular in Hollywood and children’s tales, its simply not what Timothy has found after over a decade of ministry in African villages. “Rural Africa is