2015 was another wonderful year for The Living Water Project. Thank you all for your support. Please enjoy this 2015 Summary from Director of Operations, Jon Lee.
I ended my Year in Review for 2014 by saying, “I'm excited to think about what might be on a similar e-mail at the end of 2015.” Well, there was a lot to be excited about in 2015, so I wanted to give you a brief recap. I hope you will take a moment and read about all that has been accomplished.
First, the big picture:
This was TLWP’s 15th year of partnering with communities around the world to provide clean water. As of the end of 2015, this ministry has funded a total of 232 wells/clean-water projects in 18 different countries. I believe our founder and friend Shanon Dickerson would be very pleased. I know that his parents Bobby and Jerri are.
And now, some numbers for 2015:
In 2015, The Living Water Project (TLWP) funded a total of 61 new wells/clean-water projects, with a total of $127,403 committed to these projects. The breakdown of projects by country is as follows:
Dominican Republic 1
Democratic Republic of the Congo 1
A total of $122,623 was raised by TLWP in 2015. This number is significant because our spending had been outpacing our income by a fair amount for a while, but we just about caught up this year. I’m happy to report that the total number of projects, the dollar-amount committed to projects, and the total amount raised are all single-year records!
Here are a few other highlights from 2015:
In the Spring of 2015, we had our annual in-person board meeting in Nashville, with Matt Hangen and Ray Sanders from Water4 joining us. (Please see photo below).
Board Members Kevin Colvett and Jon Lee took a 13-day trip to Senegal and Nigerwith Jerry Atnip (Otter Creek member) and James Forelines (Executive Director of Final Command Ministries) to visit communities, listen to the people, and explore how TLWP and FCM can partner in Kingdom work together. Jerry Atnip created a beautiful photo display from this trip, which is currently hanging in the hallways at Otter Creek Church. (Please see photo below).
Board member Linda Zelnik and long time volunteer Jennifer Thompson co-coordinated yet another great yard sale, with almost $15,000 in sales and donations.
TLWP funded its first projects in three new countries: Niger, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
A total of $13,675 was donated in honor of our friend Jackie England, for an upcoming project in Nicaragua that will honor her beautiful life.
Lipscomb Middle School raised $2,200 to fund a well in Niger.
Our online campaign to raise $18,000 (above what had already been committed)for Zambia wells yielded $19,227.
Board members David Wilson and Jon Lee explored the Made In the Streets "Mountain View” property in Kenya during July 2015. The board hopes to fund a well for this property in 2016.
Board members Michael Odell, Sandra Collins, Caroline Cormack and Linda Zelnik (plus other volunteers) did an amazing job raising more than $3,000 for thePresents With a Purpose event in November.
Those are just a few of the many acts of service and generosity that this ministry experienced last year. This was done while still being completely run by volunteers.
Thanks again for your contributions to this Kingdom work in 2015. I am also very fortunate to work with our incredibly talented, board members whose gracious hearts match that their level of talent.
Looking forward to a great 2016,
Director of Operations
The Living Water Project