R. Edward and Miriam Noyes Portrait
Miriam serve in a region of the
and advises Congolese Baptist church programs promoting more productive,
profitable, and sustainable farming techniques. He also helps churches to
develop competent researchers, agricultural promoters, and teachers, and to
organize more effective efforts to improve agriculture. He also teaches
agriculture students at the
Miriam has a burden for thousands of illiterate women who provide the
foundations of healthy family life, yet are marginalized or impoverished
because they cannot read and write. She promotes church-based literacy programs
and trains literacy teachers. Programs have now been established in over half
of the Baptist churches in
In 1985 when I arrived here for the first time, roof-fed cisterns were the only source of clean drinking water. Irrigation was a wild dream. During the dry season workers' children carried household water from a swamp-side spring over a mile away.
Yesterday, water flowed from the Kwilu River 500 meters to a storage tank in the middle of the center for first time in 35 years. This storage tank feeds 2 small irrigation lines [and] a biosand water filter that will give clean drinking and cooking water for over 100 people that live here.
Timothée Kabila caught my attention this morning. "The water system is like a corn seed," he said. "With a little care it will mature. Eventually it will begin to multiply, producing seeds of other good changes here at Lusekele." We are content for the moment to celebrate water in the village. But ultimately, I expect water to bring new life and hope to ACDI and the people we serve.