Posted by PaulCastelli | Posted in Crosspoint, Ministry Opportunities, missions | Posted on 13-07-2010-05-2008
In December of 2009 we partnered with an organization called Water for life. We take clean water for granted but every day thousands die from having no clean water to drink. As part of our annual Christmas offering we were going to help build a well for a village in Liberia Africa.
Here is the story of that village…
Boiwalah Village Location: North 06º 52.926′ • West 10º 17.014′
Almost as if to say, “I’m next,” a pig watched at a distance while Naomi and John waded in the creek at Boiwalah Village for a drink of water. The acting town chief, a teacher from nearby Popota Public School, and another man from the village watched as the children scooped water with their hands. There is no well in Boiwalah Village and the creek is the only source of water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing clothes. Likewise, it is the only source of water for three other nearby villages.
There is a church in the town of Boiwalah, but the children who attend school must walk about thirty five minutes each way to go to the public school. People of Boiwalah earn their livelihood by farming: cassava, peppers, and plantain. Maybe some day they will be able to raise farm animals, but right now they only have the one female pig.
Boiwalah and the surrounding village desperately need a clean source of drinking water. Rather than pleading for gifts, the villagers came with their hands out to give a pineapple to the Water of Life assessment team as they were leaving the village. Among the group of people watching as the team left was a mother with infant twins. It is estimated that two thirds of the population of Boiwalah Village are children. Their chances of surviving childhood will be greatly increased through the gift of clean drinking water. Is Boiwalah a village you would like to adopt?
Well we did adopt that village the two others that shared that water source and here is a picture of the dedication service!
Praise God! Way to go Crosspoint Church, I am so proud of your sacrifice to bring clean water and the gospel to those in need.