What a day it was. I now have a much better grasp of how wells are dug, the processes, and even more passion for it. I can share the stories so much better. I'm thankful for that.
We met the drillers at 7AM at the well of Marima local church. Yesterday, they dug to nearly their full depth of 90 meters (270 feet) but they saved one last drill bit (3 meters long) for us to observe. This area is full of layers of soft and hard rock and it could be heard from the drill bit. I learned about the different types of sentiment that are collected every 6 meters and kept meticulous track of. After the drilling pieces are removed, the PVC pipes begin going in one by one, manually.
After the pipes are screwed together, the cleaning process begins and coarse sand is slowly put in. This acts as a sand filter on top of the deepness of the well to ensure the cleanliness remains. After this is settled, pressurized hose cleans the well and is the videos that you’ve seen on our MI Facebook page.
As soon as this compressor turned on – the people came to get water! This was the most amazing thing. More than 20 people were in line waiting to catch the water as it was cleaned! Words truly can’t capture the excitement, joy, and how fast the people came from hearing the compressor – almost as if they knew or maybe saw that water was flying out of the well.
During the drilling process, the leader of this crew is a South African man named Deon who spoke English and it was great. He also had stories of seeing people use potholes in the road to fetch water that he told unprompted from Ezy’s story that was his experience at Mangumo’s well. Are there any takers on using that water to even boil and cook with? I would not.
How did this well begin? Well, the local man who owned it gave it to the church. Their thatched hut serves as a local church of a larger congregation and worships on average about 75 people. Near the chapel there is an open air well that is 20 meters deep and this well is replacing it. It’s completely moving to in one viewpoint be standing at the old open well, see the chapel, and see the new well which people were fetching water from. The man who donated it, Joao, is a founder of the local church in 1995 and is a young 72 years-old with 16 children, 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
We were at the well from about 6:45AM to 2PM. We then went to a newly completed well that had just been finished within the last few days. The church members met us there and brought buckets to fill. MI made signs that you’ve seen in previous pictures – but our drillers, Isidro, have created a wonderful plaque space and in-set the plaque in the concrete. To conclude our visit at this well, the local church gave thanks and prayed over it in a circle.
After visiting this well, we had a late lunch with Isidro. It was super cool to visit with him to hear, and see him take pride in his work, ask for any criticisms/improvements humbly, and explain that it means a lot to him to continue to see wells working long-term. After returning to the hotel, I met with Alfiado Zunguza with GBGM to catch up on a shared missionary idea, the Commission on a Path Forward, and other items.
I ask of you today is to be thankful for clean water. Take a minute and think about how much water you use. Toilet flushes. Showers. Brushing Teeth. Water? Tea? Soda? Water is a gift and one that we take for granted and should be so much more thankful for. As I stood outside in the 95 degree heat today and watched Mozambicans work tirelessly to ensure safe water for others, I didn’t witness them consume any. Perhaps they did. I saw their water -- they had some. In the meantime, I consumed 32 ounces of water during the time at the drillings site and still didn’t feel hydrated.
My trip is winding down very quickly and so my random observations tradition that I started with my first trip will begin tomorrow. I’ll lead with the observations (writing it tonight) and then with tomorrow’s activities. We rejoin the Annual Conference tomorrow. I have tomorrow and Sunday, the journey home begins on Monday.