Isaiah 35:5-6 ? Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Waters will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert?

Tom Logan at training session

Tom Logan at training session

Why do we do what we do? Why do we set aside our lives, our families, our comforts? Why do we plan and sacrifice; why do we risk injury and disease? Personally … I am driven, like a junkie, an addict, toward involvement in the impossible! There is nothing even close to the satisfaction of succeeding at building 2,500 wells in just a few weeks, when I know that in the natural it cannot be done. And yet … email from Mr. Khosa, November 7: “Hellow Tom!!!! Total number of wells installed for 2011 as of today is 2526.” Impossible? Absolutely! But God! The joy this generates in us and others pushes us forward. It is the light, shining in the darkness, to show us the way. We need to follow the light.

Marion Medical Mission’s purpose is to share the love of Christ. We do this by working in a horizontal relationship with our African partners providing the extreme poor with a sustainable source of safe drinking water. Safe drinking water means no more deaths due to cholera & dysentery; it means no more water borne diseases, which means healthier people who work longer in their fields producing more food, resulting in less starvation. Safe drinking water means life!

We have built over 16,000 wells in the last 21 years by the grace of God, the support of our donors and the hard work of the Africans, the American volunteers, and our Board. Yet the struggle for sustainable, safe drinking water in Africa and elsewhere continues. There are still more than a billion people, worldwide, that have no access to safe water. We must press on … we must keep our eyes locked on the prize.

We are all back home, and all of the US volunteers are safe. MMM’s mission trip for 2011 is over. Know that the wells built this year are better than last year; they are the best we’ve ever built. You have made a difference! In Africa there are children alive because of you. Thank you so much for joining us, for being a part of us, for partnering with MMM and the people of Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania. You have participated in the impossible … thank you!

Villagers drinking from a new well

Villagers drinking from a new well

We are all back home, and all of the US volunteers are safe. MMM’s mission trip for 2011 is over. Know that the wells built this year are better than last year; they are the best we’ve ever built. You have made a difference! In Africa there are children alive because of you. Thank you so much for joining us, for being a part of us, for partnering with MMM and the people of Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania. You have participated in the impossible … thank you!

There are thousands of powerful stories of lives changed as a result of MMM’s 2011 Shallow Well Program, here are two:

Annette Smith and I were dedicating a well in a village on the banks of the Rukuru River. The village headman stood to thank us for the well and explained that they had always gotten their drinking water from the river and many times this water is contaminated. Last year 10 children died from drinking it; now this will no longer happen.

Hugh and Paulette Stempfley, on Team 1, told of installing a second MMM well in a village of over 1400 people. The first well was installed 12 years ago, and as the Stempfleys installed the second well, Hugh took a picture of the people lined up drawing water from that faithful well that had been serving so many, for so long.

We have struggled through the valleys and climbed to the mountain top. We could not, and did not make it by ourselves … we did it together, and only then because God carried us. Fuel shortages, vehicle breakdowns, fires, storms and gunfire did not defeat us! We pressed on and we must not stop pressing on. From the mountain top we have seen the Promised Land and one day, together with our family and friends, we will shout from that place: “Free at last, free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!”