Local believers are risking it all to help their neighbors in Bossangoa, the capital of Ouham Region. Water for Good’s drilling team just installed 17 new clean water pumps for this war-torn community.
“We have to rely on militia’s local support, who clear the way before us before our teams move,” Water for Good’s David De Armey tells MNN via Skype. “It’s been pretty intense for us.”
An in-country representative of Living Water International, Water for Good hasn’t been to Bossangoa since fighting began more than two years ago.
“There have been many, many changes due to the conflict,” De Armey says.
Violence and unrest are constants in the Central African Republic, and have been for decades. However the current instability is providing new opportunities.
“The conflict, the war, has never touched people’s hearts the way it has this time around, and the Gospel kind of has a fresh new meaning,” says De Armey.
Whether drilling new wells or maintaining clean water sources, Water for Good teams work hand-in-hand with churches throughout CAR to reach entire communities for Christ.
Since rebels overthrew CAR’s government and the country descended into chaos, over a million people have been displaced. Additionally, more than 190,000 CAR refugees have fled to neighboring countries since December 2013, the UNHCR reports.
“CAR’s been going through its most severe political crisis, and regardless of what happens, people need water,” De Armey observes.
Water for Good needs your help now more than ever, because the unrest shows no signs of letting up soon.
Helping Water for Good
Roughly 50% of CAR’s population needs humanitarian assistance, and services normally provided by the government–healthcare, education, security–are no longer in existence.
It’s up to groups like Water for Good to fill in the gaps, but they need your help.
De Armey describes a couple of ways you can come alongside Water for Good.
“Continue to pray for the Central African Republic,” he says. “I think the Church is under a lot of pressure.
“It’s an opportunity for the Church to take up leadership, and there are individuals in the Church doing that.”
Ask the Lord to protect Water for Good teams as they help people in need through local churches. Pray for safety and security as teams travel through dangerous areas of CAR.
At Water for Good’s Web site, you can help ensure their vital programs continue.
“The maintenance program [for wells]) is among the hardest things to fund,” says De Armey.
“A lot of the available funding is focused more on relief work, and maintenance doesn’t sound like relief.”
Unfortunately, the CAR is too dangerous to send mission teams to help. However, by supporting Water for Good, you can assist teams already on-the-ground.