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Renton Church Brings Clean Water to Thousands in Ghana

In a world where access to clean water remains a pressing issue for millions, Renton Adventist Church's international ministries department has made a difference through sponsoring wells. 

Partnering with local Adventist conferences, churches and community leaders in Ghana, Renton Church supported the drilling of two boreholes in Primproase and Asikasu with the Clean Water Project. Through their unwavering commitment to service and collaboration, Renton Church's international ministries brought clean, safe water to more than 5,000 people in Ghana.

The project was spearheaded by Jack Barrow III, Renton Church elder, who spent time in Ghana. “In many places, men and women travel 5–7 miles to fetch water from brackish ponds or foul streams,” Barrow said. The idea of working to bring clean water to people quickly materialized.

Renton Church created the Clean Water Project to raise money to build boreholes in the area. Clean water plays a pivotal role in people's health, education and overall well-being. With fervent prayers and generous donations from members and non-members, they set out to address the pressing water scarcity in Ghana.

Collaboration was key to the success of the Clean Water Project. By partnering with local Adventist conferences and churches and engaging with community leaders and chiefs, Renton Church's international ministries' efforts ensured the borehole installations were carried out in a manner that aligned with the needs and priorities of the residents. 

This approach fostered a sense of ownership and empowerment within the communities and facilitated sustainable solutions that will have a lasting impact for generations to come. Additionally, non-Christian residents — in largely Muslim areas like Pong Tamale — were reached by local church members and clergy through the simple act of caring for needs first. The project has increased trust and opened conversations where barriers previously existed.

The installation of the boreholes has been met with overwhelming gratitude and joy from the residents of Primproase and Asikasu. For many, access to clean water was once a distant dream. With boreholes in place, that dream is a reality. People no longer have to walk long distances or rely on contaminated water sources. Instead, they can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that clean, safe water is readily available in their own communities.

The impact of this initiative extends far beyond the physical provision of water. It's a testament to the transformative power of faith-led efforts, compassion and collective action. God's hand has been evident every step of the way through the generosity of donors and the dedication of volunteers.