Along the banks of the Zambezi River, in the southern province of Zambia is a small fishing community in the region of Kazungula that has felt the effects of poverty on a massive scale. Living on less than a dollar a day, men and women who traditionally have provided for their families with this trade are now faced with barren streams from overfishing. In fact the government has recently placed a ban on the micro industry to give things time to heal. On a recent trip to the villages of this region, not only did we experience great poverty, but we discovered sickness, and despair. One of the ailments that we encountered was river blindness, a condition somewhat common in the area and caused by a parasite. There were also several other parasite related illnesses afflicting many of the villages that did not have a safe source of clean drinking water.
As we have been building relationships with people in the Southern Province, we have also been sharing our passion with people here how we can make a difference together. In June of this year through Mission Possible we will be returning with a team to bring hope to the at-risk children of Kazungula. Thanks to a partnership with a local ministry here in Texas, we will be going to drill a series of wells that will provide clean water to the villages in the region. At each new well we will get the opportunity to share the love of Christ, and support the national pastor in each of these communities that are receiving access to the Living Water.
Please pray with us as we are prepping our teams. The water drilling rig that has been built for this mission is actually being given to our ministry, and will be left in Zambia at Project Samuel. We are not just going to train our teams here but will also be training nationals in country so they can continue giving the gift of clean water to those in greatest need. We still have a lot of things to work out like shipping the rig, purchasing the piece of property for our second site, and establishing a base in the region. We are so excited to serve the at-risk children in this community and look forward to sharing Living Water on the Zambezi this summer.