Special Christmas Offering

Special Christmas Offering

Our world has changed a lot in just one year, however the need for water has never been greater. Clean water is still needed around the world for drinking, daily use, and sanitation, but especially now for life-saving hand washing stations to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

Since 2011, Ingomar Living Waters has been “bringing the gift of clean water to the world.” In support of this amazing effort, Ingomar Church is designating one-half of the Christmas offering to provide this life-giving gift to the Subuku village in Kenya. In addition, Ingomar Living Waters has agreed to match that donation for this incredible project.

The Subuku village is in great need of clean water. A well drilled in this village would absolutely save lives! It is located in Kenya, near the community of Njoro. The water source for this village is a rain-filled pond, which only fills during the rainy season. The villagers (mainly women and children) must walk four miles to the disease-filled pond and four miles back. This pond is also used by the livestock, which contaminates the water quickly. Our trusted partner in Kenya spoke with a village leader, and said, “Listening to Joshua talk brought tears to my eyes. People especially children & elderly are frequently sick and some die because of lack of clean water. Yes, this community would really see big impact changes in their everyday life with access to clean water.”

This village is a community of believers in Christ. They know that life is better with Jesus at the center. Let’s help to answer their prayers with the gift of clean water! Please partner with us to provide this wonderful gift.

Ways to give:
  • Place check or cash in the offering basket on Christmas Eve
  • Text an amount to 412-504-7798 using code “xmas” ($100 xmas)
  • Use the GIVE+ mobile app to submit your Christmas offering
  • Give online at ingomar.ccbchurch.com
DETAILS of the PROJECT:

Subuku Village, Kenya. This will be a well project to provide clean water to 1,300 people living with horrendous water conditions. Their only water source is a pond filled during the rainy season and a contaminated river. They share the water with animals. It is a rural population of very poor people. Many are believers and the church is active here. They work very hard, but are forced to drink from these surface water sources. There are many ways this project will impact the community as they greatly suffer due to the lack of clean water right now. The drilling project includes a hand pump.

There are many driving issues for a well at Subuku Village:
  1. Better health: Sickness and death are common issues from waterborne disease. People get their water from a contaminated river and pond. The contamination is due to poor sanitation and livestock using the same source as the people. Water borne diseases are frequent issues. Diarrhea, vomiting, Giardia, worms, dysentery, Typhoid, Cholera, as well as skin rashes, and infections due to not cleaning wounds with clean water.
  2. More time for school or work: Villagers (mostly women and children) walk 4 miles to the river and pond, each way. If they want clean water they walk 6 miles each way to another nearby town. But usually, they don’t have money to buy the clean water there. The cost is 10 shillings for a jerry can of 20 liters. Then they have to carry the water home which happens to be 6 miles uphill.
  3. Better livelihood: Cattle, goats, sheep, and chickens also get sick from contaminated water. Farmers suffer poor harvest during the dry seasons which are becoming more unpredictable.
  4. Plentiful water: They don’t have enough money to buy charcoal or wood to boil the water and have enough for cooking, too.
    To provide for ongoing maintenance of the well, depending on ability to pay, we would ask for only 3-5 shillings a jerry can (20 liters), and it would be closer to their homes. Most villagers could afford this, and those who can’t will be given water at the discretion of leaders.
    Our trusted ministry partner, Cynthia Taylor of Stonehouse Ministries works with Joshua Mwongera, the local ministry leader of Subuku. Joshua has been ministering to the people in his area for many years. He planted a Stonehouse Ministries Fellowship church and now has 4 household groups each with their own leader. These are discipleship training groups to help the local people disciple others and advance the kingdom of Jesus.

Listening to Joshua talk brought tears to my eyes. People especially children & elderly are frequently sick and some die because of lack of clean water. Yes this community would really see big impact changes in their everyday life with access to clean water.

Cynthia Taylor of Stonehouse Ministries