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Author: qazulight Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 457198  
Subject: Water Wells in Africa Date: 1/22/2013 8:19 AM
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Sunday a missionary from Africa spoke at our Church. He was there to give an annual report and drum up money.

Our congregation is large for South East Texas, maybe 2 or 3 hundred and fairly well healed. However, that is for South East Texas. We raise money once a year for this particular mission via a Chili cook off. That is the extent of the support.

Our participation drilled 32 water wells. Each of these wells has a significant impact on about 200 people. In most cases reducing the daily water trip by about 11 kilometers.

While we are all glad that life is easier for those people, what the people are doing with the ease is amazing.

Gardens grow in the desert. Children get educated. The micro economy grows.

The missionary showed how the local churches are using the church buildings daily to teach academics and practical skills. These are not compulsory they are perks. (I have heard that this was the thrust of Sunday school in the U.S. Before the growth of universal education)

He told a story of one young man who was sponsored by his village and given a scholarship to FreeHardmen in Tennessee. This young man is doing well and is planning a degree in evangelism and telecommunications. His goal is to go back and build internet cafes through out the bush. It seems once you have water and food, connectivness is more important than housing and transportation.

One last thing, Christianity has moved south of the equater. The form.taught on the sermon on the.mount I hope.

For those of you who dislike religion, don't be distressed, Africa is not moving from secularism to religion, they are moving from animist and polytheism to monotheism. This has been a path of progress for a millennium.

Cheers
Qazulight (written poorly because I wrote it on my Lumina 900 while listening to Dire Straights via Bluetooth via the surround system rather than sit in front of the computer.)
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