TBM could provide pure water for up to 10,000 villagers in Peru

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Texas Baptist Men’s water ministry—working in cooperation with Water4, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit organization—is seeking partner churches and volunteers for a project that could provide pure water for between 7,000 and 10,000 people in remote areas of Peru.

Charlie Butcher (left), a Texas Baptist Men water ministry volunteer from First Bapist Church in Owasso, Okla., introduces Monty Sowers, chair of the Men on Mission at First Baptist Church in Graham, to water pumps produced by Water4. TBM hopes to repair or replace up to 115 nonfunctioning well pumps for villages in Peru. (TBM PHOTO / Courtesy of Phil Davenport)In mid-October, an exploratory team will travel to Peru to work with Walk of Life Church in Lima in preparation for an 8- to 10-month project in villages throughout the Peruvian Amazon.

The initial team will include volunteers from First Baptist Church in Graham, along with workers from First Baptist in Collinsville, Okla., and First Baptist in Owasso, Okla.

Next March, TBM hopes to start sending five-member teams to Peru on a regular basis to test 100 to 115 wells for bacteria to determine if water is potable, clean the wells and repair or replace nonfunctioning pumps. 

Cost of each pump through Water4 is $90 ready-made or $75 if built by Water4-certified TBM volunteers.

For more information, contact Harold Patterson, TBM vice president for water ministry, at (903) 588-4009 or email Harold.patterson45@yahoo.com.


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