Water for Life

July 29, 2011 • Sudan

A new well and church help to revitalize a remote village in Sudan

The sun is bright, and a pleasant breeze takes an edge off the heat. A group is gathering in a peaceful and rural village in central Sudan. The sound of drilling carries over the hill and throughout the community. It is the sound of renewal, for the drilling rig will bring life-giving water to many.

Pastor Peter is standing in front of the drilling rig, surrounded by members of his community. He wears a traditional Nuban shirt, representative of the mountain region where he has lived and served for most of his life.

Today, he is wearing something else proudly: a smile.

His enthusiasm and appreciation is evident as he stands near the rig that is drilling deep into the earth to provide much-needed clean water to his community’s residents, many of whom have had to travel for hours to fetch water.

Women and men stand and watch the rig, wide-eyed with anticipation as water begins flowing from the ground. They begin to clap as water flows.

“I am really happy today. Can you see it on my face?” Peter asks with enthusiasm, talking loudly over the sound of the rig and the excited voices behind him. “I am happy to be with Samaritan’s Purse. They have a good heart to help the people here.”

He points to the water flowing from the earth.

“This water is life for us,” he says, looking up at the rig, his eyes squinting under the noonday sun. “Before, we didn’t have anything for bathing, drinking, washing. I don’t know how to thank Samaritan’s Purse.”

In addition to the new water point, Pastor Peter’s church was also rebuilt through the Samaritan’s Purse Church Reconstruction Project. He shares the impact that this has made on his village.

“Our church was ruined by enemies. We were overwhelmed and sad, but we didn’t give up. We knew God would make a way, as he always does.”

He pauses to emphasize the next statement.

“And He did, through Samaritan’s Purse. We are happy to have a safe place to worship now. People were scattered then, we had no stability. But the church serves as this now,” he says, nodding with assurance. “Samaritan’s Purse was a part of this.”

Peter gathers everyone around to join in a prayer. In the shadow of a machine that is working to bring the life-giving gift of water, an offering of thanksgiving is lifted to the Giver of all good things. He raises his hands and smiles broadly.

“There is no end to our thanks. Thank you for the work you have done for us.”