Happy New Year! (And Old)

In Kindness on January 2, 2010 at 1:59 am

Happy New Year!
To open 2010, I can’t help but taking a quick look back at 2009, especially related to what has happened with Water Is Basic. But WIB Coordinator Trey Hill says it better than I can. Please read his end-of-year letter below. And please consider joining the cause and see more lives changed this year!

Water is Basic Year End Update
Fri, December 18, 2009 3:05:08 PM
What an incredible year!

On behalf of everyone involved with Water is Basic and the people we serve in Sudan, I want to tell you how thankful we are for your support – 2009 has been a very special year and you were a huge part of it.

This spring we saw drilling begin in earnest. Our two Sudanese drilling crews worked through stifling heat and heavy rain, traversed difficult roads and thick stretches of bush so that their countrymen could have clean water. It may not sound like much, but Sudan is a place where tribal ties run deep and for these men to do what they do across tribal lines is momentous.

On November 6th, the 100th Water is Basic well struck water in the village of Katanga in Morobo County – a well the crew nicknamed the Hallelujah Well. One hundred communities – villages, schools, orphanages, even a prison – now have clean water because of their sweat and your gifts.

Hallelujah indeed.

To put the accomplishments of this year into perspective, 100 wells means that 200,000 Sudanese women & children no longer have to walk miles across dangerous terrain to get clean water. It means that thousands upon thousands of children now have hope of making it past their 5th birthday because they no longer have to worry about waterborne illness. One hundred wells means that 200,000 people in Southern Sudan have met the God of peace & know that He & His people are about quenching thirst.

There is only one word for that – Hallelujah!

As exciting as 2009 has been, 2010 looks to be even more amazing. Our partners in Sudan want to purchase a third drilling rig so they can serve the people in Darfur and they want to drill 200 new wells next year. In order to do this, they need your help.

Please continue to tell your friends, family, co-workers and classmates about Water is Basic – your energy and enthusiasm has always been the fuel that drives us. Don’t stop doing what you are doing.

Also, if you or anyone you know is looking for a worthy cause to support with a year end donation, please give to Water is Basic. You can do so online, here, or by mailing a check to Water is Basic c\o Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Parkway, Irving TX, 75063.

I hope the year behind us propels us into the year ahead.

Trey Hill

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