Exuberant children experiencing clean water for the very first time!

Exuberant children experiencing clean water for the very first time!

Newly installed well and hand pump being demonstrated to the village

Newly installed well and hand pump being demonstrated to the village

CFM's current well drilling rig

CFM's current well drilling rig

Nathan & Starla Rittenour with team members and village chief

Nathan & Starla Rittenour with team members and village chief

CFM's new DrillMaster 400 well drilling rig with team leader Nathan Rittenour

CFM's new DrillMaster 400 well drilling rig with team leader Nathan Rittenour

Well Drilling

Congo Frontline Missions well drilling team led by Nathan Rittenour have now dug 47 wells in remote villages. The people of the Congo have little access to clean, pure water. Drinking and cooking water are drawn from polluted streams, rivers or stagnant ponds. Many people suffer from disease due to these terrible conditions and many die. There are often outbreaks of typhoid fever and dysentery due to contaminated drinking water which often turn into contagious plagues that decimate entire villages.

However our old rig was not able to drill through some of the heavy granite areas of the Congo and as a result we had to abandon five out of thirteen wells. We could not complete the drilling of a successful bore hole because our present equipment was not durable enough to complete the operation. That is almost 40% failure rate of wells that we actually completed. With our new DrillMaster400 drilling rig the failure rate of digging bore holes will be eliminated. We are in the process of preparing our new rig for shipment to the Congo.

The drilling process also requires huge amounts of water to carry the drilling debris away from the bore hole. Often the drilling team has been held back due to lack of any available water source nearby for the operation. There is more time spent waiting for adequate water than there is in the actual drilling process. Village women and children are often used to carry water on their heads in order to have a continuous supply of water for the drilling process. We have even had bore holes fail due to lack of water in the drilling process. A water truck is desperately needed to expedite our remote drilling operations.

We propose to purchase a good, used 2000 gallon water truck that will easily navigate the rough and narrow roads of the Congo. We expect that with the added equipment of a water truck that our efficiency in well drilling will be greatly enhanced and many more wells can be dug in less time.

Drilling water wells in remote villages opens many doors for more intensive ministry through medical/dental clinics, sanitation and hygiene instruction and Bible ministry. CFM has seen doors open for church planters to enter areas with the Gospel that have been closed in the past.

We would like to see successful gospel work commence in several of the difficult to reach villages where we have not yet had success. We will be working closely with local Adventist pastors and church planters and will receive reports from them regarding the impact that the well drilling outreach is having in the community and the acceptance of the Adventist message in their areas.


Please pray for the safety of our well drilling team as they travel into the remote jungles to reach those very remote villages to provide a source of safe, clean water!

We estimate that the purchase and delivery of a 2000 gallon water truck to our mission in the Congo will cost $30,000. If you would like to donate toward this project you may go to the "Donate" button below or go to the Donate page. Be sure to mark your donation "Congo Water Truck." Thank you!