Our 6th drilling season is in the record books. It started in early December of 2009 when a container loaded with supplies left Spokane, Washington headed for Guatemala. We anticipated that the container would arrive in mid to late December. As it was, it arrived in late February of 2010 which caused major delays in the work that was scheduled to be completed. One of the most important projects that was delayed was the installation of a new diesel engine onto one of the drill rigs. We were left with only one drill rig for use during the entire drilling season.
Volunteers started arriving in early January and in spite of the setbacks, 4 wells were eventually completed and hand pumps were installed. The first well was drilled at Canchacan to the depth of 352′ with 4 gallons per minute. The second well was drilled at Champas Quemadas and was drilled to 204′ deep with 5 gallons per minute. The third well at Pena Blanca was completed at a depth of 302′ and the fourth well for 2010 was drilled at Barillal with a final depth of 165′. Each of the four wells had hand pumps installed.
In addition to the wells in villages, a hand pump was installed in the well drilled last year at Ixyuc and an electric pump was placed in the 550′ well completed last year at Jabonche. The electric pump that was sent in the container for use at Jabonche was missing when the container was unloaded in Guatemala so a new pump had to be purchased.
Also, a pump was replaced in the #4 well at the ICAP campus. While pulling the pump to replace it a pipe failed and the pump dropped to the bottom of the well. After three days of prayers and unsuccessful attempts to retrieve the pump, the Lord blessed and the pump was retrieved!
The automatic transmission failed in our pump truck in Guatemala so we bartered with a local driller to set the electric pump at Jabonche and the hand pump at Pena Blanca. We traded several surplus large pump motors for his pump work and his lathe work that provided new threads on several of our drill tools.
A Deutz diesel engine was installed in one of our drill rigs after it finally arrived in the container it replaced the existing propane engine that was worn and inefficient. The new engine will save over $100 per day in fuel costs.
A 2004 Mitsubishi pickup was purchased this year to help assist in our growing transportation needs. A rebuilt automatic transmission was purchased for the Chevy pump truck.
In addition to the drilling and pump work, our volunteers painted some of the buildings on the Los Pinos and ICAP campuses, built racks to organize and store drill steel, built wooden stools for the cafeteria, provided dental work in several villages and held 5 evangelistic meetings just to name a few. Some medical needs that our volunteers assisted in helping were 2 boys from Barillal that had fevers for 20 days, a man from Canoa that had a disc problem in his lower back. They found a girl from Sabaneta that needs surgery to remove a growth from her face, and another girl from Pena Blanca who won’t be able to walk unless she has surgery on her legs. Water for Life International would like to find help for these children.
The evangelistic meetings led to 22 baptisms. We provided funding for fuel, provided literature, and some equipment for the members of the orphanage church and the ICAP church to continue working where we held meetings.
A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers; Bob Perry, Dave Rutledge, Bucky Mowrey, Dominic Parmentier, Monte Johnson, Speedy Gonzales, Edgar Dominquez, John Kouns, Ed Pier, Ed Ross, Dennis, Bob Wesner, Alex Nischuck, Dennis Porter, Anna Kriger, Rhonda Beyreis, Dan Fuller, Laura Fuller, Lynette Hayden, Justin Hayden, Blake Hayden, Rebecca Miller, Marcello Martinez, Scott Davis, Bob Horowitz, Mike Conaway, Karen Conaway, Lynn Bartholomew, Kathie Bartholomew, Shane Robins, Donna Robins, Dale Wendt, Norma Wendt, Vic Perger, Cindy Perger, Tim Rasmussen, Annette Rasmussen, Dave Morrill, Aaron Morrill, Gary Bartholomew, and Angie Bartholomew.
This year a significant portion of the funds were provided by three major organizations; Hope for Humanity, Positive Life Radio, and Versacare. We would also like to thank the many individual contributors for their prayers and financial support. Our success depends upon each one that is involved!
What you have done has put a smile on the faces of these children. “Verily I say unto you inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40