My 5th trip with MMM. I’m back in Zambia; it almost feels like I never left. The difference this year- is the new norm of driving incredibly long distances every day to install wells -114 of them. This year my range has been extended to the south, to the north, to the west and into the mountains and forest.

Joel receiving gift from villager

Joel receiving gift from villager

The level of difficulty has ratcheted up. The driving is still challenging, – impossible actually, but miraculously I’ve driven 180 km by myself without a guide or interpreter, I’ve driven after dark in the bush (not the wisest thing I’ve ever done), the heat incessant, dehydration a real possibility, bed bugs, mosquitos, flies and spider bites to contend with- nothing has gotten easier- and yet I feel elated. I am on an adrenaline rush. Once again God has blessed me by allowing me to be part of this miracle of bringing clean water to remote areas. I never tire of seeing the joy and excitement the villagers feel the first time they pump safe water. Once again my soul has been restored; glory to god for this opportunity to be a part of this year’s team of volunteers.

Tom Logan has once again sent me into the far country, his ultimate challenge “Muyombe” allegedly the most remote, the most challenging area to work in Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi. No food, no electricity, rustic accommodations, full time four wheeling, mountainous, a six and one half hour drive to the north on dirt roads, my Zambia co-worker Jack, called “the road to hell”.

Instead, God has privileged me to meet this challenge with gusto! To borrow from a popular song of my youth “there ain’t no mountains high enough, ain’t no river wide enough to keep me” from my shallow wells. Bring it on Tom! God I love this job! Come to Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia – it’s a life changing experience unlike any other you’ll ever have.