That title may not make sense, yet, but hopefully in will in a moment. The first river is bush village in Mali, West Africa that is home to more than 3000 residents. (In a part of the world where villages may be 30 or 40 in number, it is a major metropolis. There is no electricity and no running water, and much of life goes on as it has for the last 2000 years. Add to the mix they are on the edge of the Sahara desert, and a multi-yeared drought, and you have near starvation. In January of this year when I was there most of the men in our fledgling church had traveled to distant regions to literally “dig for gold”. For most it is a waste of time. Rarely does it pay off; in fact it is almost like buying a lottery ticket here.
The other river takes place in the rural community of Hopkins, SC where a “city slicker preacher” begins to learn how to be a farmer. Several years ago my wife pushed me to plant a garden. I have been raising beans and tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, peppers, and an assortment ever since. (And fighting off the deer and squirrels). This experience enabled me to begin to try and teach lifelong farmers another way to raise their crops. We have fenced in and divided up a section of land large enough to feed the entire church and more for the whole year, irregardless of the rains.
Problem, we put in a diesel motor to pump water from a well. Problem, the diesel motor is too advanced in technology for the believers to keep it running. We know the solution, however. We want to sell the motor,and install multiple hand drawn water wells around the garden. Bigger problem: No Money. I am frantically trying to raise enough extra money to dig several wells, which will cost between $1,000 and $1200 each.
This is where you can help. If you want to contribute to feeding a group of villagers in the bush country of West Africa, where we are trying to teach them to fish, not just give them a fish for one meal, you can contribute to these wells.
How? I am so glad that you asked that question. You can go to our church website, and select the menu item to contribute online through paypal. It is tax deductible, and you can print the receipt from your computer when you give. Note it is for West Africa.
Time may be running out.Military insurrection has transformed this republic into a potential landmine of terrorism. WHile we can still get folks from the city to the village to help, please prayerfully consider helping us. Thank you and may God bless you.