Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Water from the Rock In Benin, Africa Oasis Project

What a joyous day it was, January 22, 2009, when we saw the drilling truck drive onto the campus of the Institut Biblique, (the Bible School), in Dassa-Zoumé, Benin. We were in a morning chapel service and looked out through the nonexistent walls and saw the truck arrive bringing with it hope for a plentiful supply of clean water. The students and their families often had to walk into the surrounding neighborhoods looking for drinkable water. The municipal water supply was very erratic and unhealthy. The campus never had enough water for everyone that lives there.

After 8 meters of drilling they hit what turned out to be a large rock. For the next 13 meters they pounded away and finally broke through. At 55 meters they hit a large reservoir of the sweetest water you ever tasted. There was rejoicing from us all as the water began to flow.

At first they calculated that the water flow was 2,000 liters per hour, which is fantastic. The director of the drilling company went to the municipal water office for Dassa-Zoumé and told the city water director about the fresh water and the wonderful volume. The man said that is impossible. The city has done three geophysical surveys and drilled three wells in that area and they did not find water. The drilling company director brought the man from the city to see the water himself and he was amazed. What they did not know at that time was the water flow increased to 9,000 liters per hour and continues to flow at that rate. God is still in the business of bringing water from the rock. This water will assure the students and the people in the surrounding area an unlimited supply of fresh and healthy water until the Lord comes.

Now a 10 meter (33 feet) tower is being constructed and a 5,000 liter (1320) gallon tank will be on top to provide water pressure for all the buildings on campus.

Once again we want to thank Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC) for funding this well. Buddy Barrel and Buddy Bucket were there to lend a hand. They represented BGMC very well.

And thanks to everyone who has been praying for and giving to the Africa Oasis Project and Mark and Vickie Alexander.

Blessings to you all.

Mark & Vickie

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