Springs of Relief Foundation

The "Miracle Waters" - projects and friends in Kenya

Springs of Relief

Masara * Nyamome * Migori

Kenya

       It began in October of 2018 when a friend introduced Julie and me to a man visiting the US from Migori, Kenya by the name of Peter Kelly Onyando. We sat at a table at the building and talked for a couple of hours. He was an unusually humble, but very confident individual. Toward the end of the conversation I had a desire to give something of myself to this man, so I gave him a coin that I carried in my pocket to remind me of God's love and provision, and so it began.
       Over the next year, a little here and there, we helped Peter, as the Director of Springs of Relief Foundation, with various needs. For years Jubilee Ministries had sought out a situation where we could be involved with people ministering to widows, orphans, and the disadvantaged. We have sent money to different ministries doing good works, but without fulfilling the desire that we had to really develop a personal camaraderie with someone, to become a part of the vision and purpose, and the people involved. Over the last year I've come to better understand what The Apostle Paul said, "I have you in my heart". Springs of Relief, or more accurately, Peter and his family and friends, have become a part of our family in Christ, our friends. We're not giving to a ministry, we're helping a man called of God to do what he has been assigned to do. It's very different than what we've been accustomed to in the past, and it's really cool!
       Over time, we decided to take on specific projects. What follows is brief description and links to videos of some of those projects. The dates next to the links are when the video was produced or last edited.


Masara Well-Borehole 9-04-20
Masara Well-Structure 10-23-20

Here's the deal, when we refer to miracle waters, we're not playing. We started out to help Peter fulfill a lifelong desire to bring pure, clean water to his tribal community of Masara, about 23 km west of Migori, Kenya, by funding the drilling of a borehole. For many decades their primary source of water has been streams and ground water polluted with sodium cyanide and mercury from mining in the region. People and animals die from it. So Peter did the research and cost estimates and we committed to the project. But God had something more in mind. Instead of the 2 to 3 cubic meter flow estimated by the government survey, God's miracle working ability is producing an overflow of pure, clean, sweet, water in such abundance that it set a record for the country. The previous record of 6 cubic meters per hour was in Homa Bay County. The borehole at Masara produces 10, ranging up to 13, cubic meters per hour of water. Basically double the record!

 

 

 

 

 

So, as I said, what started out to be a sizeable, but manageable, undertaking for Peter Kelly and Jubilee exploded to another level, all the metrics changed. We needed storage tanks, a structure to put them on, and a large submersible pump powered by solar panels since there was no electricity. Oh, and the controls to make it all function, and no one knew anything about any of that. The cost estimates tripled. What could we do? We'll we couldn't go back, so God paved the way forward! The extra finances came in without even having to ask. The learning curve got pressed out of measure, and what should have taken a week took from September to mid-November to complete, and all of this during the restrictions of a nationwide pandemic. But one by one, God provided funds, contacts, information, wisdom, and clarity of vision.

Masara Well-Installation 11-13-20
Masara Well-Dedication 12-27-20

 

 

Today pure, clean, sweet, water is replacing the sodium cyanide and mercury laced water being used for drinking and cooking in Masara. The water is free to the people around the borehole, and efforts are underway to provide for the livestock as well. Springs of Relief has set up a water distribution enterprise to sell water to food vendors in surrounding "shopping centers" to cook with and sell to their customers. The revenue from the sales is providing income for SoR's efforts in ministering to the disadvantaged. We call it Springs of Relief for Springs of Relief! We know that the time will come when the SoR bottled water will be sold around the country. Supermarket managers in Migori have already heard the story of the "sweet" water and have asked if it's available for retail.  Consider this, God imagined a ministry to the downtrodden and disadvantaged that would also provide jobs for people out from its own resources by distributing life saving water to people who are literally dying from the water that they drink! God's plan is amazing, and He's bringing it to pass through the visions placed years ago in a young Kenyan and now a small group of people in Alabama. We've witnessed a miracle of God happen before our eyes!
Tuk-Tuk+Distribution 1-21-21

 

 

 

The Springs of Relief Foundation is a part of Global Gospel Ministries. SoR is primarily made up of outreach to orphanages, the education of younger children through its own academy, provisions for widows, and of course now, the water. Peter is not only the Director of Springs of Relief, he is also a pastor, as is the Chairman of SoR, his older brother, Bismark Onyando Ndisc. There are currently 15 Global Gospel Fellowship Churches in the rural areas of Migori County, stretching up into the hill country of Homa Bay County to the northwest.
The church that Peter has pastored for years, Migori GGFC, has been relocated from it's cramped and deteriorating rented building on the western side of Migori Town to a spacious new facility located on it's own property in the beautiful area of Nyamome, several kilometers away, towards Masara. The whole story is quite a God thing! To be as brief as possible:



1) Jane gave a piece of property to Peter to someday build a house on.
2) A land owner heard of the kindness, and made adjoining property available to her.
3) Jane and her family had to prematurely move into their new house with no power or water, and thanks to covid school closure, no money. Jane is a teacher.
4) Plans for Migori GGFC to build a new building on rental property in Migori blew up.
5) Literally within within in weeks, Jane has power and water next door to a new church built on Peter's property. (You can't make this up, and there is even more to the story.)
The heartfelt desire for a new facility was Peter's, providing the funds for the power, water, and construction was assigned to Jubilee. Shout Amen somebody!

The new Nyamome GGFC 2-13-21
Nyamome GGFC Completed 2-24-21
Nyamome 1st Sunday 2-28-21

 

Peter Kelly put together a documentary of what has happened in the last year and a half, taking you on a tour by video from the intersection of the A1 Hwy & the Muhuru Bay Rd, south of Migori Town in Suna, proceeding west, with a stop at Nyamome, then on to the Masara Shopping Center. Then a turn northwest up the Karungu Rd to check out where the electrical lines will be run from, then across to the little church that his mother founded and pastored until her passing in 2019. From there you'll go over to the compound at Masara, to see the borehole, the tower, tanks, and solar panels, Peter's home, and the location of The Masara Academy and the SoR office. It's a long ride (48 minutes), but an interesting journey. It's wonderful to experience the countryside with your own eyes! Very cool! Thank you Peter!
Springs of Relief Project Tour 4-22-21
 
And then there's the "Masara Electrical & Grinder" project. That is, bringing electricity to the property at Masara Village, and to build a building to house a grinder or posho mill that the community can access locally for grinding corn and flour. Not only will people be able process their grains locally instead of having to transport it out and back, the fee that is charged will produce income for someone to oversee and maintain its operation with profits going to the work of SoR. God once again provided "The Team" with some new members and the desire, direction, and resources so that the project was fully funded and the grinder purchased back in March. The building was built in April, then the rains came, finally the crews came, and then the engineers came, and finally now, Kenya Power & Light & has energized the lines. Peter has power, and the rest of the meters will be set shortly!
God is changing the life of an entire area!

Electricity & Grinder Preparation 5-30-21
Electricity Installation 7-03-21
And Finally! 10-07-21

Grinder Operation 9-09-21
 
 

Masara Academy 8-03-21

Another massive undertaking for a small ministry is the construction of The Masara Academy. Through His "team" God has provided for the construction of two 1600sqft buildings that will contain classrooms, a kitchen and dining area, restrooms, storage space, and the SoR Director's office. The videos show the construction phases. We're almost done!
(The dates by the video links are when they were last updated.)


 


 

Almost There! 10-08-21

 

Peter has put together another documentary for us, walking the path of the electrical lines beginning at the Pentecostal Church that his mother founded, headed east back to the Sori Rd, where it will be connected. You get a ground level view, some history, and some praise for the impact of what is happening!
A Thanksgiving Documentary 7-06-21