Chance encounter or divine appointment, the Gros-Morne Clean Water Well Project is underway. We were on a mission to explore a site to develop an Aquaponics Farm on the outskirts of town. At sunset we were heading back to the Upper Arbonite District Center when we drove by the well drilling rig. We stopped to see if the operator was there. No. But the next day Pascal Permis and Paul Zamor went back to see if they could locate the operator. They met Joseph Mercier of the ForaPompe well-drilling company.
We had envisioned that a clean water well on site at the Gros-Morne Church of the Nazarene and School was needed. We had waited three years without success. Two of our churches (Okeechobee and Northlake Blvd.) had donated funds to the well project totaling $1516. This money had been deposited in the Haiti Clean Water Project.
We learned that Mr. Mercier could move his rig to the church site before heading home. The cost would be $6K for the drilling effort and $1K for an electric pump. The total amount was quickly underwritten by our team. Upon our return home, $6K was wired to Gros-Morne to cover the cost. On January 15th the drilling began and was to have been completed by January 20th. $1K was received from our Avon Park church. And thankfully, I was able to have the original $1516 redirected to SFD for this specific well project.
Having been to Haiti nine times since the earthquake in 2010, I have seen firsthand the need for clean drinking water. Young children are seen walking miles and miles to the rivers to get water. I still cannot understand how they can balance a five-gallon bucket on their head and walk up and down mountains and rocky roads. Its heavy. Its hard. Wells save lives and promote health and well-being. I learned on our last trip that the Gros-Morne school has had to buy water to provide fresh drinking water for our students. This well will save money for the purchase of water. People in the community should be able to come to the church for clean water and our hope is that as they come to the well that they will meet the Living Water.
Our partnership with the Gros-Morne Church continues. Whats next? What if we could assist them in a system that could supply hundreds of pounds of fish to feed the hungry each year. It is already under study. Thank you to all who have had a part in this ongoing partnership. Now, my wife reminds me that we need to encourage everyone to pay their full 5.5% of church income to the World Evangelism Fund. If missionaries had never gone to Haiti, none of the good things that have evolved from our partnership could have happened. You are part of a great missional church and we want to do our part in funding its mission.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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