Learn About Living Waters’ Latest Adventure In Africa

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Living Waters, a ministry based in Payson, is celebrating five years in Kenya.

The ministry, founded by Daryl and Mary Jo Oft, provides humanitarian and evangelistic aid to the needy in Kenya.

Providing care for 140 orphan children; building 110 structures used for churches, schools and medical clinics; building and staffing a free-standing feeding center; a shamba and more than 600 baptisms is proof of how God has blessed Living Waters, the Ofts say.

See and hear of experiences of building a church in Kenya’s maximum-security prison, Shimo La Tewa, and how the drought is leaving cattle and people dead.

The program, Kenya: a People of Contrast and Opportunity, will be presented at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at 700 E. Wade St., at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is a narrative presentation by Daryl Oft, on the challenges, miracles and how God has blessed this small-town ministry to accomplish work in Kenya.

A special kind of practical evangelism has been part of the Ofts’ lives for more than half of the last decade. They first ventured into Africa in 2005 as part of a global evangelism effort. They visited Kaswanga, Kenya and the conditions there made them decide to do something practical for the people they met.

“It was my understanding that they had not had fresh water for more than three years because the water system they had in place was no longer functional, due to all of the water technicians dying of AIDS,” Oft said in a 2006 interview with the Roundup.

They chose to find a way to improve the drinking water of the villages after meeting Randy Roberson and learning about his Humanitarian Emergency Logis-tic Preparedness (H.E.L.P.) program and its specialized water treatment system.

From that seed planted in 2005 and 2006, Living Waters International has grown into a work that has reached far beyond the two small villages where they first took the water retrieval and purification and drip irrigation systems and medical supplies.

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