We Dig What we Do: Water For Nations on the Move
by Michael & Tammy McRae
We have been here eight full months now. We have experienced so many new adventures and have met so many wonderful people. Many of our expectations have been met and we wait for more. There is so much yet to be done and we know we are just beginning. Joseph has settled in well and he just started his first year of High School at West Nairobi International School. In June, our other two children and Tammy’s mother were able to visit us for a few weeks. Last month two of our dear friends from the states visited us for a week. We always look forward to visitors so if you would like to come or bring a team, please know that we are open to this suggestion. We are looking forward to hosting short term missions teams in the future.
There is no way to fully explain or even describe one day here because every day brings with it new possibilities and adventures, from driving to ministry opportunities. The original plans we had for shipping the drilling truck here from the USA did not work out, but God had other plans in mind. The church in the states that we have partnered with has purchased a drilling rig here in Kenya. It is much bigger, better and badder (excuse us as we use South Alabama grammar). So let the water well drilling begin! We have plans to drill at least three wells before the end of the year!
In August of 2013, we made our first visit to Kenya. On that trip we were blessed to meet a man by the name of Joyfred Muthengi. We would like to introduce you to this Godly man. Joyfred and his family live in a very dry area where water is very scarce. The women and girls in his community walk for miles daily to gather water for their families. Joyfred has a heart to help out his community; he has planted mango trees and started a honey bee farm on his property to provide income and resources for his community. Joyfred and his wife Ann have prayed and believed for years for a water well on their property. Water For Nations was blessed to be the manifestation of the answer to that prayer, a prayer of faithfulness that started over 20 years ago. Last month we were able to see their prayers answered as a well was dug on their property. There is no way to describe the gratefulness of this family. They are so excited about what God is going to do through this water well for their community now and for generations to come. Joyfred and his family has become great friends to Water For Nations. We are so thankful God put them in our lives and look forward to the days ahead. Their faith in Christ is such a testimony to so many here and especially our family. Please read the statement Joyfred posted on our Facebook page a few days after the water well was dug.
“Water changes lives. Girls return to school. Women begin small businesses. Men are no longer too sick to work. Fields are watered and food supply becomes more reliable. Health returns and children grow up to be productive members of their community. People who believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST get to be baptized in it. The cycle of poverty and sin is broken. Lives change.”
Thank you to everyone who believes in this ministry. We could not be here without your support. Daily we feel your prayers and financially we are able to stay on the field. Together we are making a difference and water changes everything!
Photo credit: Michael & Tammy McRae