Sunday, September 7, 2008

Water Update

As I mentioned in my last post, I sent a news update to the office in Vancouver so they could post it on the Impact Nations website. I know that most of you don't frequent that site, so I thought I would also post it here. In fact, this is a significantly altered version. Matt, the director of Bethany's midwifery school, was kind enough to give me some space in their monthly newsletter so that I could introduce our ministry to his network. So I think I will give you the copy that I put in that publication.

Some of you may know of others who would be interested in our project. If you would like to have a more professional looking .pdf copy of this article to give to your friends, please click here.

Sorry if it comes across as a bit self-aggrandizing, but I'm afraid that's the nature of fund raising. Most of you have probably been following this blog for a while, but there may be some who are not familiar with our clean water project. The following is a general overview of our project and serves as an update for those who have been following along for the past six months:

Did you know that 6000 children die every day from a water-borne disease or inadequate sanitation? It is estimated that over half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people who are suffering from water related illnesses. The Philippines is no exception. Some studies have suggested that up to 30 percent of the Filipino population lacks access to safe drinking water. No other intervention has a greater overall impact upon third world development and public health than the provision of safe drinking water.

Impact Nations is currently providing safe water to desperate people in the Philippines by implementing a proven, sustainable technology called the Bio-Sand Water Filter. These filters have been used throughout the developing world for over 15 years, where they have consistently been proven to remove up to 97% of all pathogens. This technology is incredibly simple, and people are always amazed to see it remove all of the offensive odors and color from their contaminated water. They are astonished when I tell them that their filter will last a lifetime.

The Philippines clean water project reached a milestone last week as we delivered our 300th Bio-Sand Water Filter. We estimate that we have provided a lifetime of safe drinking water to over 4000 thousand people!

Our filters are situated in homes all over Mindanao. In the last six months, we have impacted lives in eight different provinces across three different islands. We have even delivered filters to the federal prison. Currently, most of our efforts are centered around the impoverished Muslim provinces in south-central Mindanao.

This week I received a text from one of the municipalities that we have been serving; they are reporting a significant decline in the number of water related illnesses in their city! We have also begun to provide filters to refugee camps that are filling up with families who have fled the recent violence between the terrorists and the Philippine Army.

Throughout the last several months we have seen rapid expansion. We’ve had the privilege of training over 30 men and women from various ministries who are now volunteering their time to help install filters. Many of them are evangelists who are thrilled to be using the filters as a practical demonstration of the love of Jesus. They have found that the filters provide an excellent opportunity to share the gospel in Muslim homes where Christians would normally not be welcome. In fact, we recently learned that a secret bible study has started meeting in a Muslim village as a direct result of our filters!

God is clearly using these filters to meet the physical and spiritual needs of so many Filipino families. Please pray for us as we continue to seek the Lord for further expansion to other parts of the country. Our Davao City manufacturing center is currently producing over 150 filters each month, and we’re still growing. We plan to build 3000 filters next year.

For more information about the filters or our other activities around the globe, please visit If you would like to help our efforts, please click "Donate Today". You can direct your funds to Projects: Philippines Clean Water Project. A donation of only $40 will provide a family with clean water for life!

Tim Stewart
Impact Nations - Philippines
Each yellow dot represents a region where filters have been installed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Praise God for the great work He is doing through your willing hands Tim. I am truely amazed at how far you have come with biulding and installing the water filters. What a joy it must be to be able to provide such hope for people. I know it has been at a great sacrifice for you and that it has not always been easy. I pray that many thousands more lives will be touched and come to know Jesus simply because they received the gift of safe water from a servant of God. Be blessed as you learn how to juggle filters and baby:)
Love Nicole