Like Water for a Thirsty Soul

A couple of years ago, we went to Tanzania to begin our partnership and collaboration with the community of Chanika and the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament who are serving there. It was a blessed trip, and our vision for bringing Christ’s Eucharistic presence and sustainable change to the communities we visited has quietly grown since that trip.

In 2016 year, we were able to purchase brick building machines for the community and fund the completion of two chapels in small missionary outposts where the need was greatest. There are still many communities waiting for chapels and we hope to continue funding them with the help of you all, our primary partners in bringing Eucharistic-centered community transformation to these periphery communities.

We have always known the greatest need and the key to real, sustainable change in these communities was water. It is nearly impossible for any other aspect of life to work well for you if you do not have access to clean water. All the other ideas for agricultural and educational initiatives in these communities is dependent upon access to water. So drilling wells was a priority.

Over and over again, the Scriptures use thirst as analogy for our need for God and God’s great desire for our souls. It is because thirst is so easily understood, a feeling we all relate to. We all know the discomfort of being thirsty. And we all know the sweet relief of a cool drink when we are feeling dry and parched. For most of us, spiritual thirst is the only dire thirst we will ever know. We may experience physical thirst temporarily, we might even run the risk of dehydration during a particular moment of our lives, but the constant lack of access to clean water that will bring us life and relief and physical hope and possibility? We will likely never know that kind of thirst.

But our brothers and sisters around the world, especially in many parts in Africa, and more specifically in these small communities outside of Chanika, Tanzania, this is a thirst they have become accustomed to. I think of my friend Esther, tucked away in her little mud hut with her mama and her kids trying to grow enough food to survive, working her dry fields, brave, beautiful but thirsty. I remember looking around at the buckets she saves to collect water when it rains. Empty. Being used as chairs when I visited her.

In addition to the chapels, your donations have allowed us to regularly send food supplements to at-risk families and send funds to plant mango groves in multiple communities.

In addition to the chapels, your donations have allowed us to regularly send food supplements to at-risk families and send funds to plant mango groves in multiple communities.

Thirst like that is hard to comprehend. But I can imagine it if I try. And I can imagine with great joy it the relief it must be when machinery drives in and you start to see water springing up from the muddy earth of your community for the first time.

But joy of joys, I do not even have to imagine it. Because thanks to our generous donors, I get to see it really happening. And so do you! In July, the day before I left the States, I got to head to the bank and send the funds to drill wells in two of the communities we are serving with our collaborative partners, the priest of the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament.

We have already drilled 5 water wells in the surrounding Dar Es Salam regioin we need your help in drilling 7 more. See below.

THESE ARE 7 VILLAGES IN DIRE NEED OF WATER WELLS. WE HAVE THE SOLUTION. IF YOU WANT TO HELP WITH THESE VILLAGES PLEASE DONATE FOR OUR WATER FOR LIFE PROJECTS. EACH WELL IS ONLY $6,500 TO GIVE WATER FOR LIFE. DONATE HERE

Our team will travel to Tanzania and supervise the drilling for these vital waterwells. Most of these villages have 60 -70 families who are in dire need of water. Pick a village now to sponsor at only $6,500 for a well and to send a missionary to Tanzania to sprea the Gospel.

The 7 villages

Yongwe, Homboza, Kitanga, Kiwambe, Msimbu, Majichumvi, Mwanzo Mgumu See slide show below.

Proverbs tell us, “Like water to a thirsty soul is good news from a far off land.” Today, we have the great joy of drinking in this good news from our friends in Tanzania. Let it animate our hearts and grow in us the conviction to live and give generously so that we remain always in the cycle of sending and receiving the Good News with great joy.