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”.