Peace and water help plant churches in Uganda

By October 17, 2006

Uganda (MNN) — Christians are hopeful a ceasefire between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the government of Uganda will allow people to return to their homes. Lifewater International has been working with internally displaced peoples or IDP’s for years.

Lifewater’s Pat Klever says they do their work through the local church. “Lifewater came in and began training Christian nationals with the Deliverance Church, to drill shallow water wells and that began the Joy Drilling Group, which still works under the Deliverance Church today.”

To date, Deliverance Church and its partners have been responsible for helping drill 400 water wells in Uganda. However, Klever says their goals are shifting, “to start drilling wells in the villages where the people had been living previous to their time in the IDP camps. So, Joy Drilling is looking forward to helping people resettle into their old communities and to be able to begin their lives again.”

However, drilling wells isn’t their main focus. Klever says they seek out the local church, if there is one. “Maybe they’ll work together collaboratively to form an outreach. They’ll have some time of praise and worship and sharing the Word of God. As they’re on the site working they may be in a village for a week or two and spending time with people. There have been churches planted as a result of their work in the communities.”

As the work expands, Klever says they have everyday work needs like vehicles, computers and other office related needs, but she says they also need additional funds to provide more wells, allowing them to share the Gospel to even more villages.

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