I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink

This Christmas season, we endeavored to forgo the usual “American” Christmas traditions of trees and stockings, presents and toys, shopping and consumerism; and encourage our friends and family to consider giving a gift to Jesus on his birthday by donating towards a drinking well for the Orphans and Widows at the Bukedea CarePoint in Uganda.

Our goal to raise $5,000 for Bukedea stemmed both from the immediate need that Bukedea has (there are currently around 250 orphans being fed and cared for from the CarePoint each day and they are having to bicycle water in all day long from a local borehole), but also from the momentum and fantastic message we have seen and embraced through the Advent Conspiracy movement that is impacting churches around the world.

How fantastic to know that people are rethinking Christmas and working to love others as a result of this organic movement through the church. You can learn more about the Advent Conspiracy at www.adventconspiracy.org

If you missed our blogs about this leading into Christmas it would be great if you caught up at the Blog Post Noel NoWell from November of last year or at the official donation site – www.christmaswell.com 

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated to this awesome cause and let you know how this fund raising effort went.

First off, we wanted to say a HUGE THANKS to everyone who helped out. From those of you that helped in designing some of the materials we distributed, to those who helped just share the word, we appreciate everyone’s involvement and support.

A special thanks to Aaron and Michelle Sage, Grant and Megan Tjernagel, Matt and Tyra Swenson, and Alissa Dietz for helping organize and coordinate this campaign.

We had hoped to raise $5,000 for the project through the “Noel NoWell” campaign. If successful we would be in a position to cover the majority of the costs for the well at the CarePoint and had hoped that we could schedule the well for this spring.

As with any endeavor of this nature, you never know what you are going to get until you ask, and we are incredibly excited to let everyone know that when everything is tallied up a grand total of…

$7,550 …was raised
Which was way more than I had anticipated or hoped for. This is an incredible blessing for these kids, and we want to thank everyone who helped out again. Your selflessness and example of what Christmas is about is inspirational. 
The Plan

With the funds now available, the plan will be to work towards scheduling the drilling of the well this spring, but only after the additional funds are used to acquire a small additional strip of land adjacent to the CarePoint.

The current CarePoint site is long and narrow, and this small expansion will allow for some more space for future fields and crops, and allow us to place the well on the outer corner of the site so that it can remain available for use by the local community in addition to the CarePoint team and children.

Here is a brief tour of the carepoint. You can see the land to the left of the current building and next to the pit latrines.

The well we will be drilling is similar to the well at the the Ogoloi CarePoint that you can take a brief look at here. It is incredibly well constructed and intended for continual daily use for the community:

Lets Dig Already
We will keep everyone updated on progress and be sure to get some great pictures and video of the well being dug. Our intentions are to try and schedule the dig for when we are on the ground in Uganda so that we can celebrate this amazing and gracious gift from you all with the kids and community.

Once again, Thanks so much for your support and gifts. 

And please remember that we still have around 100 kids without sponsors.
Learn more about sponsoring one of these children at www.orphansofteso.com

The available kids profiles can be seen at our facebook page in the photo album for Bukedea Profiles

If anyone would like further info on the well, the appropriation of these funds through Childrens HopeChest, or the Ogoloi and Bukedea CarePoints I am never to busy to answer any questions you have. I can be reached at dylan@century21.com or at 515 291-1006

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 

   “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’      ~ Matthew 25:31-46


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