January Update

Please especially pray for the flooded farm areas around the Rio Grande  and Yapacani rivers several hours east and south of Santa Cruz. These areas get hit year after year with flooding and this year is no different.  We have several well projects planned in these areas but right now travel is too difficult to begin drilling.

Thanks to all of your prayers and financial support, our water well drilling ministry is poised to begin making a great impact on the lives of people in rural communities around Santa Cruz in 2008.  Many of you have made specific donations to this ministry and this has allowed us to rent a farm and workshop where we are building drilling equipment, experimenting with new drilling techniques, and training people to go out into the communities to teach them how to drill their own well.  We normally use manual labor to drill wells, but this takes teams of 8 to 12 people, so we recently built a small motorized drilling rig that enables us to drill wells with only three people helping.  With a little more innovation we hope to build a combination percussion/rotary rig that will be better equiped to drill through harder clay and rock.  So many areas of Bolivia could be farmed, but for lack of water during the dry season, these areas are not being utilized productively.  If we can help poor farmers drill water wells and gain access to water year round they will be able to improve farm and livestock project and ensure their families a brighter future.  And of course most importantly, we want to share the love of Christ with them and help them get plugged in to a healthy growing churches in their communities.  You can see a video of our new drilling rig in action at www.simplewatersolutions.blogspot.com.

We have a great start with this ministry, but there are so many needs in Bolivia we cannot even begin to meet the demand.  If you would like to help us expand our water well ministry, we hope you would consider a special designated gift.  Just to give you an idea, each well costs an average of $250 to drill and to install a hand-pump.

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