Here are some highlights from Curt’s current notes that I’m sure you’d like to hear:
New Water Wells in Ethiopia
In the last two months Curt and the Ethiopian team have completed a total of 17 wells with 16 of them being good, producing wells. This means 60,000 lives will not have to face the sickness and death caused by contaminated water sources (diarrhea, cholera, etc).
Eleven of the wells were drilled with the “new” replacement rig that was shipped in last year (another used Schramm T-64). It was often tough to reach each of the rural well sites and the drilling was also difficult at times as Curt described technical challenges for the young drillers he trains, such as caving broken rock, very tight sticky clays and also hard rock formations. Even though it took longer for the drilling the team was thankful for few breakdowns or set backs– the regular flat tires and misc vehicle issues that one encounters traversing the rough back “roads” of the countryside. Most importantly they were thankful to have success with 16 wells and continue in the progress of providing safe water to these village communities.
Solomon, Nigusse and Samuel will do pump installations and possibly a bit of drilling while Curt has a short visit with family during the holidays. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue in the work and travel with the equipment. The work is dangerous and they truly rely upon God’s protection.
Healing Hands International recently announced that Curt and his wife, Mary, have agreed to come “on board” with them as field directors in their water well drilling program. This will mean that they are able to be in areas like Ethiopia, Haiti and Sudan drilling wells eleven months out of the year and TOGETHER! Many of you know that Curt and Mary have often spent 6 months of the year apart as Curt traveled around drilling for Healing Hands and other partners in Haiti and Ethiopia. We are all very thankful that they will be together again in this service. They will both be heading to Ethiopia sometime early in the new year.
In His service,Lisa Dunn for Curt King