In the dry northeastern desert region of Brazil, Maranatha Volunteers International has been busy drilling water wells. This region does not receive much rain and residents must either collect dirty water or pay for water delivery that is not affordable for most.
These issues are no longer a concern for the Pitimbu Seventh-day Adventist Church, a church located in this dry region, because it now has a new water well. The new well, drilled by Maranatha Volunteers International, has an output of more than 1,000 gallons per hour! The congregation recently held a dedication service and invited their neighbors to use this free resource.
Maranatha also drilled a well for the Sítio Cabaceiras Seventh-day Adventist Church congregation, whom Maranatha previously constructed a One-Day Church building project for. Church members had been working to finish the walls of the church themselves, but with no water nearby to mix stucco, the work stalled. Today, members have easily accessible water to complete the job, right at the church site.
In the past month, Maranatha found water for the Sítio Furnas and Moita dos Pulças Seventh-day Adventist Churches as well. Both of these communities now have abundant, clean water close at hand too.
Maranatha has worked in Brazil numerous times throughout the organization’s history. However, Maranatha kicked off a major effort in 2010 to construct churches and schools. Through collaboration with local Adventist leadership, Maranatha completed more than 1,000 projects in Brazil. In 2019, Maranatha began to address a growing water crisis in the dry, northeastern region of the country by drilling water wells at Maranatha-built churches. So far, Maranatha has drilled 85 wells in the country.