It was quite an honor for me to be invited to share a devotional message with the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands on Tuesday July 9th! The PM Manasseh Sogavare including his staff starts every morning with corporate worship and a 15 minute Bible teaching. So I shared my heart and vision for the Solomon Islands using Isaiah 61 as my text. It was one of those "it's too good to be true" moments! Afterwards the PM asked me if I could come back and share again but at another meeting that will include all 50 Members of Parliament!
We took a picture together after a 30 minute private meeting in which Mark Lerch, myself, and Judy Mclaughlin all YWAMers, talked about the YWAM medical ship visiting Solomon Islands in 2020. Judy Mclaughlin representing YWAM Ships Kona explained the medical ship program and the requirements needed at our private meeting. I'm happy and very excited to report the Prime Minister Sogavare said yes to those requirements! Grace and I are planning to serve onboard the YWAM medical ship in 2020!
Other highlights include being invited to share at a youth conference at Marashalom Bible School with several hundred youth attending. At this youth conference I connected with other leaders with a vision to establish prayer houses. I'm stunned by Holy Spirit touching leaders everywhere about prayer houses being birthed and about unity amongst the different denominations to come together to worship and pray. Even the Prime Minister expressed to me that he wants to see unity amongst the different denominations! Truly God has gone before me to prepare this small but very significant nation. The theme of this youth conference was "Awaken this Generation" to be wholehearted in there devotion to Jesus!
There is so much JOY in helping needy people obtain fresh, clean drinking water! On July 18th I towed our trailer well drilling rig 40 kilometers to a very rural school. (see photo) Upon arrival the teachers, some staff, and a few students were all smiles when they saw me arrive in my CW4L Hilux truck bring our team and equipment to sponsor them a water well. There are another 80 schools hoping that we can come provide them with a sponsored well. The Talaura Primary School including Kindy has 170 students and 7 teachers including the teachers families that will benefit from this sponsored well with a hand pump. It usually takes our team a total of 5 working days to complete a well project. Since my last report I'm happy to report that funding for an additional 10 water well projects has been sent! At the rate we are sinking water wells that means we have 4 weeks of work before our funds are exhausted. My eyes are on Jesus who sent Grace and I here for such a time as this! I'm trusting Him to release enough funding to meet the need of another 120 sponsored well projects. Please pray with me for the much needed funding!
I think I'll end this newsletter report with some pictures of our water well projects so far this year. It's remarkable that so far our water well projects have allowed our CW4L ministry to provide 4,000 Solomon Island men, women, and children with a source a safe, clean drinking water! I hope you enjoy the well pictures and the pictures of our trucks including the stickers
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!
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