The drilling crew finally arrived this morning after traveling for five days to get to the orphanage site. Being only two days late is, we have learned, not so bad for Zambia The drilling crew had many breakdowns along the way, including a broken axle on their trailer and, of course, the usual changing of tires that is so common on the Great North Road — just ask us.
The drilling rig looks pretty good. A big, short- bodied truck carries the drilling machine and it pulls a 12 wheel trailer that has a BIG air compressor on it that is powered by a BIG diesel engine–all very impressive for Zambia.
The first thing that happens when the drillers arrive on site is that they determine exactly where they will drill. Much to our surprise, they do this with divining rods. We have heard a lot about finding water using this method but, quite frankly, never took it too seriously.
After walking over all the available drilling area, the diviner- the guy with the rods- marked the drilling spot with a stake. Interestingly enough, one year ago Steve Luker, our project manager, marked the same spot when he used his divining rods to look for water on the property. There surely must be some law of God at work here–like gravity or the changing of the tides. At that time we tried to dig a well using villagers and dug about 30 meters but failed to find water. Because of the danger involved, we stopped the villagers at that depth.
It was amazing how loud the operation was when the drilling started. With the first 6 meters they drilled, the clay that came out of the 6 inch bore hole was light in color. With the next 6 meters the clay was darker. Then the soil turned solid white and looked like really fine sand. According to the drillers this was a good sign because they were then drilling through limestone–approximately 4 meters of it . It was then expected that the soil would turn back dark before reaching water.
The good news is that the soil did then turn dark and felt quite moist. The not-so-good-news is that the drilling had to stop at that point because more pipe is needed in order to continue. That pipe is due to arrive by Monday morning– maybe. Such is life in Zambia.
According to the drillers, all signs look good but water hasn’t been reached yet. Please continue to pray for an abundance of water for the Agape Village Orphanage and EXPECT A MIRACLE.