Tag Archive: Haiti Well Drilling

Old Rigs Keep On Keeping On

As I write this morning, the crew is busy loading to take the first truck of supplies to Mazoria, the compound we left last year, to come here to Santeria and drill.  But then those who choose our well sites decided to have us drill 30 wells back there, so we’re moving back. It’s a very long one-day trip with the old rig.  Pray we will have an uneventful drive.

Mary and I left Africa Dec 14th for Christmas vacation.  It was good to have all the kids and grandkids together, and it’s a true blessing to have all our kids following our Lord.  And believe it or not, we now have seven grandkids! We also drove to Montana to buy parts for our old rigs, which are getting hard to find.

While we were away from Africa, the crew drilled six wells, then celebrated their Christmas, on January 8th. They continue to take on more and more responsibility.

New source of clean water in Ethiopia

We returned and got right to work, using the 1978 rig.  But on the second well the compressor clutch failed.  So we brought the 1968 rig back up and yesterday finished up the last of the wells in the Santeria area.  The included photo shows a great well for a schoolyard.  Although it looks like the well exploded with water, it was a result of forcing the water out of the well with water pressure. It will be a great source of clean water.

Mary and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary last week. The guys bought, butchered, and cooked a goat, built a big bonfire and had fireworks for us.  It was a memorable day!

We will only have intermittent internet in Mazoria, so our facebook updates may be sparse.  But thanks for remembering us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue.  We will be in Seattle on March 21, Lord willing, then on to Haiti.

Curt and Mary King
Santeria, Ethiopia  Feb 3, 2012

Celebrating our 42nd Anniversary with Meal cooked by the Crew



As we look forward to the future, we are excited about a new work we are starting.  Recently we
looked at about 12 used rigs, and finally chose one, and purchased it.
We are looking at South Sudan, which became a new country this past July.  They have been though a horrible war in which as many as 2 million may have died.  Now many refugees are
returning, and the need for water is severe.

There are many uncertainties and dangers with this project.  Land mines were planted in vast areas, there are still skirmishes, we will have to find and train new people, shipping equipment and supplies involves shipping to Mombasa, and seven days overland.  Mary and I plan to stay on a new school/clinic compound in Parajok, a small town near the border with Uganda.  Fuel may be difficult to purchase, the roads may not be good, we don’t have a house or storage facilities. It is about a 7 hour drive to the capital city and international airport.  Mary will have to find a place to buy food supplies, especially the ingredients for our traditional Saturday night pizza and dvd date night! Many things we just cannot figure out until we actually “put our feet in the water.”

Mary and I ask for your prayers as we look ahead.  At our age, you mighty think we are beginning to map out our retirement, Medicare benefits, buying that big ol’ recliner and big screen tv, and winding down our work.  But that’s not what God has in mind for us.  It is shaping up to be the biggest challenge of our water-related work, on so many levels.  So to be honest, while we are excited about it, we do have fears.  Just so many unknowns…  But isn’t that the way we are supposed to live as Christians, we are called to walk by faith, not by sight!  What an exciting
place to be, guess that big ol’ easy chair will just have to wait a little longer!

If you have any interest in being involved in this work, let me know.

-Curt King
Dec. 2011

From Healing Hands International

Record Number of Wells Drilled in 2011
Your dedication to bring clean water to the world has paid off.
Because of the support of people like you, HHI was able to drill more than 100 community wells in 2011. We are estimating that close to 500,000 people will receive access to clean drinking water in 2011 and 2012.

On the heels of this exciting accomplishment, we are thrilled to
announce that our water well program is expanding to South Sudan in 2012. Check out the rig we will be sending to South Sudan at www.hhi.org.


Thank the Lord, the drilling portion of our latest project, drilling 64 wells, is complete.  It was a tough one, involving wells that were as far apart as 145 miles, much of that on rough roads.  We had some significant breakdowns, but no serious injuries or accidents.  Almost all of the wells were good, though some were hard to drill.  But we got it done, with God’s help.

So now the Ethiopian crew is trying to get hand pumps installed.  The seasonal rains have hit, making it extremely difficult to transport sand, gravel, cement and pumps into many sites.  But little by little, we move forward.


So, for now I am back in Seattle, enjoying family, running water, consistent electricity, smooth roads, available fuel, fully stocked grocery shelves, fast food, reliable internet, and so much more.  It is a bit overwhelming how much is available.  Home Depot, Walmart, Macy’s, Safeway, Discount Grocery, Costco, to say nothing of the toy stores… It just goes on and on, miles and miles of stores.

As I re-enter our culture, I can’t help but think of those who are looking for some relief from their suffering today.  That mom worrying about what to feed her kids today, the man who is trying to find enough money to get medicine for his sick family, the child seeing his parents struggles to clothe him.

And I see it in both cultures, the family living in a mud house and the family living in a condo.  They both look at those who have more than they do, and wonder why they have to struggle, when  it appears that their neighbor has so much.  If they could just get a little break in life, maybe they could catch their breath and get a step ahead…

“Do What It Takes”

So, today I will try to look around, outside my happy and thankful world, and if I see someone who needs a break, I pray I will do what it takes to give it to them.  If we all do it, the world will be a little better at the end of the day.  I am reminded that regardless of the culture or surroundings, there are people everywhere that need Jesus.

In just a week or two, I will be making a scouting/planning trip to La Gonave, and Port-au-Prince Haiti.  Mary and I are excited to be a part of the work there, and are privileged to be working with organizations committed to easing the suffering through water provision.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Curt King
Seattle, WA
March 29, 2011

Kids Enjoying New Pump, Southern Ethiopia