Dear friends, I'm happy to report that our Clean Water 4 Life program in the Solomon Islands has now impacted over 20,000 people this year! Our teams have successfully installed 102 water wells in 2019. Of the 102 new water wells this year, I'm also happy to report that 30 were for schools here in the Solomon Islands! Wow that's a lot of water wells! I cannot thank God enough for allowing me to come live in the Solomon Islands and give hands on leadership to our CW4L ministry. One of my prayers has been, "God let me experience the things that really delight Your heart". This prayer is truly being answered as we continue to provide a clean source of drinking water for Schools, Villages, Churchs, and Clinics!
On Sunday October 20 our CW4L team was invited to do a handover at the village of Bebekama. The water well was decorated with fresh flowers and ballons. We prayed and dedicated their new well in Jesus name which included ribbon cutting! There were speeches from several people in the village. We enjoyed a wonderful time of praise and worship inside there church building. I shared the Sunday morning message from Amos 9:11. This tent of David message really encouraged this community to raise up the fallen tent of David and embrace a life of prayer and worship! We concluded our handover with feasting! This community prepared a wonderful meal for our team and everyone present! My heart was touched as I listened to both men and women share that for fifty years they were useing the river to obtain their water. Saying to me that now they have a source of clean drinking water right in their village which is being used by approx 250 people!
The Lambi Community School invited Grace and I to there handing over on Friday, 18th October which allowed me to stand before approx 400 students and share about the importance of a close relationship with Jesus Christ. I emphasied the importance of obtaining a good education so they can read their Bibles and live a Matt. 6:33 lifestyles of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The speechs at Lambi expressed were about the need for water being their #1 need. The Principal is now seeking funding to develope this new well with a solar pump & water tanks! For now they will use the Hand Pump we provided but in the future they want flush toilets and drinking water fountains etc etc.
The Lambi Community School handover was really fun with lots of traditional costumes, and singing with dancing . When Grace and I arrived we were suddenly greeted by 6 warriors the moment we got out of my pick up truck with their spears in traditional attire shouting and pretending to attack us! There were other boys and girls dressed in tribal attire who preformed traditional dance as part of the entertainment. We are presented a "chupu" which consisted of several bushel baskets of yams, sweet potatoes, cooking bananas and other fruits and vegetables from their gardens. My personal highlight was hearing the Principal, and teachers share their appreciation. The Principal told me now he will now be able to retain good teachers and staff since they have this new water well. Saying many in the past had transferred to work at other schools where water was not an issue! Some said to me that our CW4L program is too good to be true! Saying never in the history of the Solomon Islands has there been a ministry like CW4L sponsoring water wells!
At our CW4L handovers I always invite people to surrender their lives to following Jesus if they are not already born again. I also invite any backslidder to stand or come forward for prayer to rededicate their lives to follow Jesus! This month In October at our handovers Grace and I have witnessed hundreds of people respond to follow Jesus! At the village of Kepi as I made a visit to get the GPS cooridinates and taste their water I was asked to pray for an older man named Moisten Kelena because he was sick and in bed. With the help of a local person who could speak both English and the local language I was able to share the message of the Gospel and lead Moisten to give his life to Jesus! I love how God arranges these divine appointments!
In my September newsletter I shared how Gasper a 20 year old boy was sent home from the Solomon Hospital with incureable bone cancer and that he also surrendered his life to Christ as a result of Grace and I sharing with him the good news Gospel. Grace and I received news that Gasper went to be with Jesus on October 10. Many people responded saying that they were praying with me for a healing miracle! Thank you to everyone who prayed for this young man. I know Gasper is without pain in heaven!
Please pray for Grace and I as we are scheduled to be in Australia Oct 26 - Nov. 3 and then on to Taiwan Nov. 3 - 13th. It's been a lot of hard work managing our CW4L teams and I need a little break. We also ran out of money to sponsor CW4L wells so this trip will partly be to share our fruit report and fund raise too! We look forward to spending two nights in Brisbane with Bob Crockford Oct 26 & 27. Then fly to Adelaide, Australia Oct 28 - Nov 3. Jenny Hagger has invited me to share at Revival S.A. meeting and her Church the following Sunday Nov 2 & 3.
I will finish this newsletter with a few photos of happy smiles from those receiving a CW4L sponsored water well!
One of the reasons why we've moved here to give hands on leadership to our Clean Water 4 Life water well ministry! Here again is a 2-minute video which expresses our goals over the next 5 years! Here is the Youtube link if you've not viewed it. (There is a separate video for Australian's) Here is the Australian link.
Our goal is to sink 200 water wells in 2019. The cost to sponsor a water well for an entire village, a school, a church, or a clinic is $3000.00. All gifts are tax deductible. Online giving link. If you prefer to mail a check, then make check payable to: National Christian Foundation In the memo write ID: 1121806 (This note in the memo is very important so NCF Ohio knows which fund to apply the donation to!) Mail Checks to: NCF 11625 Rainwater Drive, Suite 500, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Thank you for partnering with us in the Solomon Islands!
- Rick and Grace Rupp
Vision for the Solomon Islands
God has called us to lead many in prayer and help bring justice to the poor. Over the next five years, we want to see YWAM missionary bases and 24/7 Houses of Prayer established in every province of the Solomon Islands. Our move also allows us to give hands-on leadership to our Clean Water 4 Life ministry. We believe everyone deserves a cup of clean drinking water and it is our desire to end the drinking water crisis in the Solomon Islands by installing 1,000 more water wells for those in need of clean drinking water. Already, our historic work has enabled 40,000 people to enjoy fresh, clean drinking water from our water-well ministry run by indigenous Solomon Islanders. It is our deep conviction that God will make a way for the remaining 300,000 Solomon Islanders to also enjoy clean drinking water.
YES! I Want to Help Sponsor a "Clean Water 4 Life" Well
The cost for a water well for an entire village, a school, a church, or a clinic is $3,000 US. You can sponsor part of a well, the whole thing, or multiple wells!
Online giving - Simply click HERE and fill out the form to make a one-time or recurring gift. Giving is done securely through the National Christian Foundation. Check - Make payable to "National Christian Foundation" and write "ID:1121806" in the memo. (This note in the memo field is very important so that the funds get credited to the Clean Water 4 Life account.) Mail to National Christian Foundation 11625 Rainwater Drive, Suite 500, Alpharetta, GA 30009.
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