Sebastien, the younger of the two men, is married with two children and was a high school teacher in Duno-Manga. The second is Lazarie who is also married with six children. He has been a farmer and one of the local church leaders in Chad. Ebenezer further explains, “They have left their families, professions, and every other thing for the sake of Christ.”
For the next three months both of these brothers will be living with Ebenezer. During this time they will learn Basic English. Both men will be learning drip irrigation at the Pompomari Farm. The plan is then for Sebastien to apply for admission to the school of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria. Lazarie will return to Chad able to practice and teach drip irrigation skills.
Water was a main source of concern for this initial plan. Local water is unfit for human consumption, but should work well for drip irrigation. While available, it has to be carried long distances and it would not be practical to hand carry the amount of water needed to sustain a drip irrigation program. While we were thinking about these concerns, God provided a solution. Healing Hands International reported in a recent newsletter about donkey carts being used to haul water for drip irrigation in the country of Niger. Three of their readers responded offering to provide the $500 needed to purchase additional donkeys and carts to be used where needed. One of those donkeys and carts will be provided for our brethren in Chad. In fact the money was wired last week to make the purchase.
The long term solution to the great need for water is to dig a well. A well in this area can be dug for only $1,000. This would provide clean, safe drinking water for this entire area and plenty of water for people in this area to learn and apply the principles of drip irrigation. The donkey cart would continue to be valuable in expanding the radius of effectiveness for the well.
As this story unfolded a passage from Isa 58 came to mind:
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” Isa. 58:10, 11.
I thank God for the “reckless abandon” expressed in the faith of these men as they step out in faith and offer themselves for the sake of the Kingdom.