Nehemiah Construction Ministries UK
Registered Charity No: 1129983
Drilling for water, caring for life
Kenya is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the northeast, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest, with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. It is named after Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain peak of Africa.
Turkana is an isolated region of Northwest Kenya that covers approximately 70,000 square miles. Located in a valley between two large mountain ranges, the climate is hot and the land is semi-arid and desert. It has been described as “a horizon-less frying pan of desolation.”
With a population of somewhere between 250,000 and 340,000, the Turkana are Kenya's third-largest tribe, as well as the country's second-largest group of sheep/cattle farmers, after the Maasai. The Turkana are nomadic and move constantly, chasing the clouds in the hope of rain and the small patches of freshly sprouted vegetation which it gives. As rainfall is uneven and unreliable, this can only be accomplished by the tribe fragmenting into small groups, for what there is of pasture land is insufficient to feed a large number of livestock, as well as people.
The land for the most part, is a parched desert plain strewn with rusty sun-baked rocks, coarse sand and small outcrops, and some low and equally barren hills. The climate is dry and often blisteringly hot, and the paltry annual rainfall of around 250-300mm prevents any but the hardiest of desert plants from growing: low thorn bush and seasonal grasses. In any case, rainfall patterns are unreliable and patchy; short rains during April and the long rains from June to early September, but in many years the rainfall is scant or fails altogether.
Whatever is that? In the Bible, a man called Gideon was asked by God to fight an enemy. Gideon got together 32,000 men but that was too many. Through a water test this number was reduced to just 300 men. God wanted to show Gideon that it wasn’t just about numbers but about His provision. With just 300 men, Gideon defeated a major enemy.
Nehemiah Construction Ministries U.K. has a vision to buy a Rotary Drilling Rig costing approximately £100,000. To achieve this, an anonymous donor worked out that like Gideon, if 300 individuals, families or groups of people gave £333.33, then the above target would be reached (£99,999). A Rotary Drilling Rig purchased would help us fight the enemy of dirty water and thirst in Kenya.
You may not be able to give £100,000 but you may be able to join Gideon’s Army, are you as an individual, family, or group able to raise £333.33 this year to become one of Gideon’s. If you break it down it is less than £28 a month or less than £6.50 per week!
We want to be able to provide clean water so that the local people do not have to walk as far and that they know that the water they drink is fit for purpose.
Join Gideon’s Army and make a difference. Think how many times we just turn on the tap and get fresh water.
Note: The above was written in 2009 when the drilling rig project was gaining momentum. We are grateful for the sacrificial giving of so many people who joined Gideon’s Army thus enabling us to ship the drilling rig and drilling support vehicle to Kenya in the spring of 2016.
Two thousand years ago, a man sat by a water well, asked a woman for a drink and began to talk to her about “Living Water”. He quickly mentioned that if people drank of the water from the nearby well, they would eventually get thirsty again. Then He made a very bold statement “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst”. That statement is backed up by another one “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink”. That man was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and what He said are two of the most amazing statements in the Bible, Gospel of John Chapter 4, verse 13 and 14 and Gospel of John Chapter 7 and verse 38.
What did He mean? What was He getting at? Did He have His own Drilling Rig? Did He own a reservoir? Did He have ready access to His own water well?
Jesus was simply stating that everyone needs water for Life to exist naturally but they also needed the water of Life to live eternally. He knew then and we know now that you can’t survive for long without water. The stark reality of His statements are that mankind has no hope of eternity without the Living Water, which is Jesus. We all know that water is satisfying and thirst quenching and we the Trustees of Nehemiah Construction Ministries U.K. have our own individual experiences of being satisfied with Jesus, the Living Water. As God’s Son, He became the perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind and anyone who believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life. He satisfies us by coming into our lives, assuring us of God’s forgiveness when we have repented of our sins, bringing His love, joy and peace and giving us the daily assurance of eternal life.
What Jesus has done for us motivates us to help our fellow human beings of whatever, race, tribe, culture or religion by providing natural satisfying clean water – freely, for this life and informing them of Jesus Christ, the living water who will satisfy them spiritually for eternity.
In the last chapter of the Bible, Revelation Chapter 22 and verse 17, the invitation from Jesus still applies today “Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come and take the free gift of the water of life”.
Brian is responsible for all the publicity for the charity. He is married to Marion. They have two grown up children, Ellie and Josh. He and Marion met in 1991 when they both lived and worked in Germany (Brian was working in a hotel and Marion was in the army) and were married in 1994.
Brian spent the first 19 years of his working life as a professional chef. After 8 years living in Germany the family moved to England. Brian then changed career and worked as a manager at Tesco for just over 3 years. Since October 2002 he has worked as a civil servant at the Land Registry. He has a keen interest in all things "Apple" and enjoys learning new things relating to design and the publicity aspect of the charity.
Brian had the privilege of joining Les and John on their trip to Kenya in April/May 2009 and again in May 2010. He is very involved with the fundraising for the charity and is looking forward to making a return trip to Kenya.
Will was born in London but spent his teenage years growing up in Cheshire. During his working life he has been employed in commercial, charity and public sector organisations in various supervisory and management positions. He worked for the Yorkshire Bank before studying for an MBA, then was employed by the Citizens Advice Bureau before becoming a secondary school Business Manager and then running a Facilities Management contract. He is currently a Practice Manager at a City Centre Doctors Practice.
Will has been involved in his local community for many years, he was a school governor for 18 years and is on the boards of the local CAB and another charity in addition to Nehemiah Construction Ministries U.K. He has known Les for over 20 years and John for about 15 years. He has travelled to Kenya with them to see at first hand the needs there. Will has been married to Jane for 23 years and has two boys. They attend Elim City Church in Peterborough.
Les is in charge of the construction for the trust and was born in St. Leonards on Sea in Sussex. He lived in Kent for a number of years before moving to Peterborough in 1985. He left school at the age of 16 and trained to be a carpenter before joining the Air Force where he served for two years.
He learned his many practical skills in his teenage years by working alongside his father. He is a superb carpenter as well as kitchen and bathroom fitter and has worked with John Harrison on many occasions.
Les was brought up in a family with strong Christian values who always had an “overseas missions” outlook. For many years his mother and father have completed short term missions trips to Mumbai in India. His sister has completed many long term missions projects in Italy and the Philippines.
At the age of 10, Les was given a prophecy which said that one day he would serve God in Africa. That prophecy came true in 1999 when he went to Kenya in East Africa. Since then he has been to Kenya numerous times always offering himself as a willing volunteer. In 2003 he spent 6 months there with his family. Les is married to Pauline and they have four children and one grandchild. They attended Elim City Church in Peterborough. Having spent 2 years living in Kenya Les and Pauline are back in Peterborough Les is currently heading up the drilling operation in Kenya and visits Kenya regularly.
John is the chairman of the trust and was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K.
In more recent years he was pastor of Wellspring Community Church Peterborough until he retired in 2011. John has lived in Peterborough for over 30 years and Pastored two churches. During that time he has been able to to do pastoral, evangelistic and construction work in Kenya. He is now actively retired and volunteers much of his time working for the charity.
John is married to Ruth and they have a daughter and son and three grandchildren. They live in North Peterborough.
Richard is married to Fran and they have with 2 magnificent sons Rob and Joe and 2 delightful grandchildren Sam and Amelie. For the past 4 years he has been based in Bourne, Lincs after 9 years in Scotland (working with disadvantaged young people), 18 months in France (sabbatical), 17 years in Peterborough with SU (4 years) and CROPS (13 years) after 7 years as Banbury Baptist Church Youth Work Director and 6 years at Sheffield YMCA after 2 years at Moorland Bible College and 5 years with Sun Alliance as Risk Assessor ending up in Horsham. Richard was born Wolverhampton but as a child lived in Germany and Egypt. He is still trying to learn French, almost stopped playing guitar, he has collections of detective novels with philosophical and theological books. Locally involved in church as housegroup leader, U3A, Gideons and Nehemiah Construction Ministries U.K. He would never had believed life would be so full!
Frequently asked questions
1. Why do you use the name Nehemiah?
A:Nehemiah was a man in the Old Testament of the Bible who initiated a
re-building programme for his fellow man. He saw a great need and did something about it. He is our role model in the work we do.
2. How much money given to the charity is spent on administration?
A:Less than 5% of the money given into the general funds is used on administration. Paying for things like newsletters, printing, upkeep of the website etc.
3. Why do you work only in Kenya?
A:Two of the Trustees, John Harrison and Les Saunders began work in the Turkana region of north west Kenya in 2001 and identified it as one of the poorest and driest places in Africa.
4. Do you propagate Christianity?
A:Yes we do. You can find more information above in the Living water section of the information page.
5. How long has your charity been established?
A:It has been registered with the Charity Commissioners since 4 June 2009, although two of the founder Trustees have been doing charity work in Kenya since 1996.
6. Does the charity fund the construction trips to Kenya?
A:Any personnel that go on such trips sponsor themselves. Materials for
construction, basic subsistence and travel within Kenya is funded by the charity.
7. What is the long term goal of the charity?
A:(a) providing ready access to clean water.
(b) providing food and shelter.
(c) spreading the good news about Jesus Christ.
8. Do you publish annual accounts?
A:Yes, on the Companies House Website which we are required to do by law.
9. How much money does the charity need annually?
A:There is no minimum or maximum target. As long as people generously give finance we will do the work of providing clean water and meeting the basic needs of the villagers.
10. How can I donate to Nehemiah Construction Ministries U.K.?
A:Use any of the Virginmoneygiving buttons on the bottom of every page. You may wish to send a one off donation to the address on the contact us page or contact us direct if you would like to donate regularly.
11. How can I fundraise for the charity?
A:If you would like to fundraise for the charity please contact us via the contact us page. We will be able to help with publicity, give you ideas of what you can do and help in any way we can.