Isaiah 41:18 “I will open rivers on the barren heights and springs in the midst of the valleys;……and the dry land springs of water”. With the guidance of the Lords hand, April 2017, I took a position as Well Drilling Director for AguaGuate, the well drilling division of a mission organization called Chosen People International. I am still with Commission To Every Nation, and will still be receiving your donations through the CTEN system. AguaGuate is less than a year old and I truly believe the Lord has answered my prayers, and opened the door to an amazing opportunity.
When I started working with AguaGuate, their drill rig was designed to drill less than 100 feet, which is totally inadequate for Guatemala. We fabricated a new pump system, re-tooled parts, and fitted pieces from my drill rig to the AguaGuate rig and it can now drill an 8½-inch hole almost 500 feet deep. We have drilled three wells together since April. The last well we drilled was at New Life Full Gospel Church, located in Dolores, Petén. Petén is one of the most challenging places in the world to drill water wells. While we were there working, the local government did an analysis of the town water source and issued a red alert not to drink the water. Two people within two miles of where we were drilling died due to illness contacted drinking that water. One of those people lived in the house directly across the street from our drill site. We drilled an 8-inch diameter hole, 445 feet deep and it took us almost 4 months. I cannot begin to tell you all of the problems, challenges, mechanical failures, spiritual warfare, and issues we had drilling this well. One thing is for sure, our crew has learned a lot and experienced a trial by fire. We have been blessed to be able to provide a great water source for the Dolores project that will benefit a Compassion International school with 315 students, and the community of Dolores as a whole. This project, just like everything we do, was paid for with donations. For all of you who gave donations over the past few months, and are part of my financial partner team, I want to say a huge heart felt thank you!
The main ministry of Chosen People International is training pastors. Over the years, Chosen People and their ministry partners have planted eight churches across Guatemala. For the rest of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, we will be drilling wells at those churches.
Our long-term goal is to drill 24 wells annually. We have targeted 16 of the most needy departmentos, or states to drill wells for. The total population in those states according to the government is around eight million people. Statistically 80% or 6.4 million of those people have no access to safe, clean water to drink, and somewhere around 50% or 4.1 million are in need of Evangelic spiritual leadership. Through our pastoral training program and other ministry contacts, we will be looking for strategic locations to drill water wells that will advance the Kingdom of God in the target areas. Well drilling is a very expensive ministry and we need your financial partnership and donations to continue this great work. Our ministry partners and we have already invested more than a quarter of a million dollars into AguaGuate and we are passionate about making a difference. We have put together a package that includes; salaries for our 6 man team, all the costs and expenses to drill an average depth of 200 feet, install a half horsepower submersible pump and all of the necessary electronics, within a 200 kilometer radios of our home base in Guatemala City. Your donation of $10,000 will completely cover the cost of one of those wells. Whether you can donate all or a portion of that cost, your donations are vital to the continued success of this ministry and my ability to continue directing this very vital work. We ask you to pray, search your heart, and ask the Lord if He would have you be a part of this great ministry. You can give donations directly from this web site. Thank you and blessings on you!