Today, the Benin LIFE Team visited a church that was planted in conjunction with a well provided in 2019. The church members welcomed the team warmly. Rob, one of the team members, gave the message in French and then it was translated into the local language which is Fon.
Colorful and energetic are two words that come to mind when others reflect on the service. Worship was filled with drums, dance, songs and responsive prayer. The people brighten the very simple worship center with their colorful clothing and joyful worship.
After the sermon, the pastor expressed his appreciation for the LIFE Team’s visit and for the blessing of clean water. He then invited each of them to share why we came to Benin and about themselves. It is clear that time is viewed in a different way here. This was a lengthy service, everyone was clearly enjoying the opportunity to hear their stories. Even the children listen and seem content to linger with their parents.
The well in this location is unique. Most of the wells in this area have hand pumps. This well is 67 meters/220 feet deep so an electric pump is needed to bring the water to the surface. The storage tank allows for the water to be stored and dispensed.
It was a wonderful day for the LIFE Team to catch glimpses of what a well has accomplished in a village; a clear illustration of the impact of clean water and the living water in this spot.