Seeing the difference a borehole makes
To show how much the new borehole meant to them, the community would not begin using it until they had finished building a protective fence around it to stop the animals from drinking from it and infecting it. The villagers also showed us the shallow well from which they had been drinking. It was used by livestock, and was fly infested and open to runoff from animals and humans. The villagers used to stir it to make the debris disperse before drawing water from it and drinking it.
We celebrated with the Mapore Brethren in Christ Church, one of several BICC churches in Choma, at a lively three hour service, with Helen Farrington preaching to about 200 people. At the end of the service each person shook hands with the other! The pastor also hosted us in his home, again providing chicken, soup, greens and schima. Our driver, Situmbeko, turned out to be a Zambian Gospel singer, who appeared on TV giving his testimony and performing his latest single!
We were also privileged to meet the Bishop of BICC, Zambia, Bishop Hamukang’andu. He is a member of the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and has an office in Choma as well as Lusaka. Over 50% of social services are provided by churches in Zambia, including schools, clinics, boreholes and training in hygiene and health management.
Ginwell Yooma, Project Manager for Tearfund, made a great host and guide and is very respected in the villages with whom he has worked. We thank him very much for such an enlightening and life-changing experience.
Jackie and Scott Sibuns; Peter and Helen Farrington
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