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.
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