August 27, 2022 Ron

Well Fundraiser

Well Fundraiser

Bazel Bridge, Zimbabwe

Ron Writes


Ron Writes

Water

Is it safe to drink tap water in Zimbabwe? In Zimbabwe they would answer “what’s a tap?” Water is something we Americans take for granted. It comes right out of the tap in our homes. CARE reported that 67% of people living in rural Zimbabwe don't have access to safe drinking water. Worldwide, 1 out of 10 don’t have access to clean water. But in Zimbabwe it’s nearly 7 out of 10 who don’t have access to drinking water. Thousands die every year from a lack of access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene. To make matters even worse Zimbabwe has been in a drought for several years.


The Oregon City church has been supporting Simbarshe Gondo in Bazel Bridge, Zimbabwe for many years. Simba, along with his wife and three kids live in this small rural village. This is an area that struggles for adequate water to drink and have for crops. Across sub-Saharan Africa, people walk an average of more than 3 miles each day to collect water for their families and communities. Not only does this daily chore keep women and children from being able to work or attend school, but the water they collect typically carries bacteria and disease.


God willing, we will raise money to dig a well on the church property in Bazel Bridge. It is estimated to cost $10,000. This will provide for (1)a fence to secure the property, (2)permits from the village chiefs, (3)dig a well 80 meters deep, (4)put up solar panels and (5)provide a pump. It will be a day of rejoicing when this village has adequate clean water to drink and irrigate their crops.


We are asking you to give beyond your weekly contribution to a special fund for this project. Watch for weekly updates as to the progress of this fund.


Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink. Zimbabwe is asking us for the same. Everyone needs water. Prayerfully, this will give Simba a chance to tell his village of the living water Jesus promises. On the cross Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Water is essential for life. May God bless us to fill this essential need for life.