It has been a long time coming but today, the village of Isinon in southern Kenya is rejoicing that they have a well that will provide them with water! Almost two years ago, White River donated funds to the Christmas Offering to drill a well for this village and now it has become a reality. There have been many delays but today we are giving thanks to God for His provision.
This is a village where White River has made deep in-roads through ministry in times of great need including the erradication of an severe infestation of "jiggers," providing a flock of goats, and teaching them about God's love for them.
Here is what was written by John Keshe on site at the well this morning:
The people of isinon cant hide their joy,almost the whole village both men, women and children has been standing there watching the drilling process, waiting with expectation when the driller hit the aquifer at 235 meters people shouted, applauded,sings run a round the machineries shouting THANK YOU GOD!! GOD IS GOOD and kids started right a way to play with the gushing maddy water. and some women who were in the manyatta seconds after the GOOD NEWS SPREAD ACROSS THE WHOLE VILLAGE came running with water cans and babies on their backs thinking its ready to fetch! The village elders and water committee who has been here since we moved in confined a meeting and big ram slaughtered to the drilling crews as part of appreciation and celebration.
Our Georgia has concluded their time of ministry in this distant land. They fly out of Tbilisi in just a few hours - early Monday morning there. They will arrive home to Indy on Tuesday evening. Please be praying for good flights and their safety for the journey home.
Our WRCC Team of 6 ladies has had a great time of ministry in this former Soviet Nation. They received really good feedback concerning the ministry they did on this trip. Their Hostess, Marina is anxious to continue the partnership that we have established. Women from a number of congregations were ministered to throughout the time our ladies were there. Sometimes the impact of such ministry is not seen until later. For example, our Team discovered that one lady the WRCC Team ministered to two years ago in Gurjanni was later baptized. Pray for all of those whose lives were touched. Especially pray for the Muslim village with the immigrants from Dagistan. We will look forward to hearing our teams stories during the upcoming weeks.
Our team in the Republic of Georgia ministered in a Muslim village this week following their first retreat. Today (Saturday) they finished the second Women's Retreat which was held in Tbilisi. Twenty ladies from many different churches attended. This is very positive as many of the churches isolate themselves from one another. Our Team could see God working in the lives of those attending the Retreat. There will be many stories to share when our Team arrives home. Sunday will be their last day in the Republic of Georgia and they will arrive in Indy on Tuesday evening. Pray for them to finish strong and to continue to be a blessing and that they also will be blessed.
Our WRCC Team in the Republic of Georgia writes that the Women's Retreat was really powerful. The women were really moved and the Holy Spirit was there in a mighty way. The ladies shared deep wounds and much ministry took place with real healing. Praise the Lord! Please keep praying. On Wednesday there will be ministry in a Muslim village with immigrants from Dagistan.
We received a brief message that the first day of the retreat went really well. There are 78 women attending. Our team is very excited about the response. Besides teaching they have been doing a lot of individual counseling and one lady is "seeking" and we are requested to pray that she will make a decision for the Lord.
This morning, our team worshipped with one of the churches in Tbilisi (the capital city). They are now traveling a couple of hours away to the city of Gurjanni where they will hold a women's retreat on Monday and Tuesday. Our ladies have each prepared a lesson to share with the women of that region. They have some special things to share including a small craft item that will serve as a reminder of the theme of the retreat. Their outlines were also translated and printed in a booklet to leave with each of the women attending the retrreat. Having any type of ministry for the women of the church is not very common in the Republic of Georgia. Pray that God will use the team to encourage and instruct the women who so often feel isolated and often ostracized in their communities due to their faith. Also pray for the health of our team - the 8 hours of time change can be difficult along with adapting to new and different foods.
Our team of six ladies has arrived safely in Tbilisi, the capital of the Republic of Georgia. They arrived in the middle of the night (8 hour time difference from Indiana) and have already met Marina, the Georgian hostess who has been arranging for the women's retreats that our team will be leading. We will be excited to hear over the next few days how they are ministering in this former Soviet Republic. Please keep them in your prayers