“Can anything good come from Nazareth?…” Can anything good come from Kimbo? Today, a very, very good thing comes out of Kimbo! Water is life. Pure, clean fresh water comes out of Kimbo, beginning this very day!”
The words of celebration spilled out of dignitary after dignitary’s mouth as they came and recognized this incredible change for the impoverished people of Section 4 in Nairobi, Kenya. The parliamentary member (aka “the lady in yellow”), danced with joy with a group of singing women. The Lady in Yellow said she had few words to say. Then the TV microphone came out and, well, she had a LOT to say, it turns out! Kelly Green in his remarks said that he didn’t know what her words meant (speaking rapidly and forcefully in Swahili), but that she sure had HIS vote. The crowd roared on this joyous day, as 3 locations of fresh water, all gravity fed from one water tank on the church grounds were dedicated. The one furthest distant is one mile away!
All this was the result of 2 years of effort in a partnership only God in his unsearchable ways could bring together. South Tampa Fellowship church through Kelly Green Global ministries, David Bishop of Bell Shoals Baptist in Brandon, FL and Pastor Brian Goodman and his Foothills Baptist Church in Phoenix linked with a true leader in Nairobi, Pastor James Wesonga of All Nations Gospel Kimbo (PEFA) church to provide this beautiful water from a river David’s team found 60 meters below the church property (yes, one of the devices they successfully use is still the men with the forked sticks walking the earth!). Uniformed men who were tribal chief assistants came to the dedication, as did seemingly every other conceivable level of government. This was a BIG DEAL.
The final water source is positioned next to a school. Children dressed in their bright red participated in the ceremony, first with a dignified, formal speech by a 9 year-old, followed by a long, humorous poem written about the many benefits of water, recited by an entire group from the school. It was a celebratory, epic poem, a work of art in the best sense! At some point, an older, gray-haired man grabbed my arm, looked into my eyes and said, “Please understand. To an African, just the SIGHT of clean water is a cause for celebration.”
In the distant areas where there are other water kiosks, too far away to carry unless you are desperate, there is a charge for each time it is tapped that must be paid on the spot. These truly impoverished people must somehow scrape together shillings each time they need to drink, or cook, or wash themselves. So how much is Pastor James charging? What is the price for this life-giving necessity, which he could just keep on his own property for his own people, but does not? It is absolutely free. Above each tap at each of the three tank sources is written in large letters, “JESUS LOVES YOU.” The Living Water will flow along with these taps. Come and see. Watch and pray for this man and his church. Pastor James, by the way, has no car to drive. He walks two miles to reach his church each day. He is not paid by the church, which is thriving. He hosted a pastor’s conference this week, too, to which over one hundred came to learn more from this man of God. Come Lord Jesus, and let your Living Water flow, so that the people who do not yet know you will thirst no more!