Your gift of safe water helps introduce the hope of Christ in Sierra Leone.
Bolima is a predominantly Muslim community in Waterloo, a rural area of western Sierra Leone, Africa. People here have faced immense challenges, from constant cholera episodes to the recent Ebola outbreak.
Life was hard here, and no family was safe from tragedy. Yet there was still hope.
Born into a Muslim family himself, Pastor David was called to Bolima to build the first Christian church—bringing the love of Christ to his neighbors who were suffering. But Pastor David faced his own challenges. The lack of safe water was not only impacting his own family, but it was stunting the growth of his church.
Now, because of safe water, Pastor David’s efforts are multiplying to bring life-changing impact of health, and the hope of the living water.
Less than 30 miles away from Bolima is the community of Mashewureh. Like in Bolima, the families in Mashewureh are predominately Muslim and have experienced their own serious water challenges, including deadly waterborne diseases and poisonous snake bites.
Meet Adama Kargbo. She is 60 years old and has lived in Mashewureh her entire life. After losing her 15-year-old daughter to cholera, and through her work as a midwife, she saw time and time again how difficult it was for mothers and children to thrive when a distant, dirty water source was their only option.
When the Living Water drill rig arrived in her community to drill a new well, Adama was overjoyed. “We no longer have to walk a long distance for water. I am very happy for this water. I am so happy.”
After years of fighting with the effects of dirty water, Adama’s burdens were relieved, and her joy was contagious. Not only will she be able to help deliver healthy babies with safe water, she will have more time to tend to her garden—her main source of income.
When the field team read and discussed the Bible with Adama and her neighbors, it was the first time Adama heard the gospel. She had never been told that Jesus loved her. These unfamiliar but beautiful words planted a joy in her heart that she had never experienced before. Now Adama will not only experience safe, accessible water for the first time in her life, but she will also experience the living water of Jesus Christ.