This breaks our hearts as it must break God’s.


We can change this, but it isn’t easy.
Changing the world is hard. Let’s get to work. 

TBM Water is using four approaches to address this crisis:

1 - Drilling water wells

The water people desperately need often is right below them. By partnering with TBM Water Impact, you are helping people get the water they desperately need by drilling wells in villages around the world to provide clean, reliable and accessible water.

Our water well drilling process is simple, proven and easily replicated by local residents. We secure the necessary drilling equipment for each village we serve and teach a church how to drill and maintain a well. We then assist them in drilling another and then we supervise them drilling yet another. Then, we leave the equipment so that church now has a ministry of providing water to neighboring villages.

It’s empowering the local church to further their work, sharing about the living water that is Christ while providing physical water to nourish people’s lives.

2 - Repairing water wells

Throughout TBM's travels, we have discovered many pre-exisiting wells that aren't being used. In fact, 30% of all wells in Africa are broken.

When they break, local residents walk away and return to previous water sources, which are often remote and unsanitary. Our goal is to train local residents how to evaluate the broken well and determine if it is worth repairing. If a well is deemed salvageable, teams are taught how to restore it for use. This allows existing wells to once again be utilized and locals have the ability and skills for these repairs.

3 - Providing water filtration

The TBM water purification team builds simple, effective systems to meet the specific needs of an area.

We are proud that our systems and filters are made in the U.S. and have been confirmed by a Food and Drug Administration-registered lab to remove harmful bacteria and reduce viruses.

A Bucket Gravity Drip System is made from plastic buckets and is ideal for small families or areas where there is no electricity. It includes a simple drip filter, pre-filter and spigot. Simple construction techniques make this system easy to build and maintain. A 4-by-4 inch ceramic filter containing silver-impregnated activated carbon is placed between the plastic buckets. Water is filtered as it flows from the top bucket to the bottom.

Small, suitcase-sized units are used in areas where electricity is available. These are typically used at disaster scenes to provide clean water for kitchens, laundry and showers. Multiple stages of filtration screen out contaminants as small as 1/2 micron, which is 1/100 of the diameter of a human hair. Improvements to the design enables the unit to put out six gallons of filtered water every minute.

4 - Supporting health and hygiene

It’s not enough to provide clean water; we make sure the water remains clean for all to use.

Unknowingly, the people we serve often contaminate the water as soon as it leaves the well, causing illnesses that could have been prevented. By partnering with TBM, we seek to lovingly provide the knowledge and tools to begin the process of mindful hygiene.

Correct hand washing, for example, reduces diarrhea deaths by 44 percent. Something as simple as hand washing is a foundational step in saving lives from numerous avoidable illnesses.

While this knowledge is second nature to many, it isn’t in other places around the globe where knowledge of germs is limited. Through hands-on classes that incorporate the gospel and cover basic, practical and doable lessons where discussion is incorporated, individuals discover ways they and their families can be healthier.

TBM classes teach:

  • The importance of clean water
  • Germs: What they are, where they are, how they are spread and how to block them from spreading hand washing
  • Nutrition
  • Oral rehydration therapy
  • Oral hygiene
  • Spiritual applications

Soap Ministry

TBM Water, in partnership with E4712 Artisan Soaps. is also teaching women how to make and sell utility and boutique soaps. A bar of soap is a simple tool. But, in the right hands, it can change entire families, even entire communities. This ministry is helping provide a path out of poverty. 

With your support, TBM educates women on how to use local, renewable sources to create inexpensive, yet effective, bars of soap to help maintain basic health and sanitation while also providing a source of income. Empowering women, TBM lays the groundwork for them to become self-sufficient as small business owners to better support themselves as well as their families.

TBM and E4712 Artisan Soaps train women on the basics of soap making, entrepreneurship and business strategies. We teach how to make inexpensive “utility bars” for basic daily use. Then we also train them how to make “boutique” quality bars, which are scented, colorized and attractively packaged to sell in local markets. Selling just one boutique style bar can pay for supplies to make almost 10 utility bars.

TBM sponsors the projects and mentors the ladies as they begin to sell soaps and grow their small businesses. All equipment and materials are left on site for the group to continue making soap using the funds from each boutique style bar they sell.

TBM Water is also pursuing spiritual impact through:

• Discipleship training
• Sports camps
• Church starts
• Children's ministry
• Pastor training
• Preaching & personal evangelism



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In Ecuador, TBM soap team helps women support their families

On the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador sits a small church on the line between the haves and have nots.  The church originally was a house enclosed in a walled, gated neighborhood. Once it became a house of worship, the other tenants worried that a church would bring in “undesirables” from the community. 

A gate was put up to block the church from the rest of the housing. It keeps the “undesirables” out of one neighborhood, or maybe it just keeps them trapped with no escape from the poverty in which they live.

“The church sits in the Andes Mountains and overlooks shanties," Janice Clary said. "These shanties house the people that the congregation has chosen to walk along side and share the love of Christ. Their church provides the path to freedom.”

During a TBM trip, Clary and Becky Majors taught a group of 11 women here how to make handcrafted soap from resources available in their area. The all-natural soap is a unique product in their community, helping the ladies' up-and-coming business stand out as it seeks to sell soap as a business venture.

The ladies were chosen by the Baptist Convention of Ecuador to be part of this training and represented two churches and three foundations. Though the women were in different stages of life, and came from across the region, they quickly bonded and envisioned what they could accomplish together. 

“I don’t think they all knew each other when we started class”, Majors said. “But we all became friends by the time we left. You could clearly see their love for Christ and a need to help others.”

In addition to helping support families, the women plan to send soap to remote villages where their pastor, Santiago Bustos, frequently goes to minister. Soap is not readily available in some areas. By giving them soap, they are creating opportunity to talk about Christ and how He can make you clean.

“When you make soap, you include lye (sodium hydroxide),” Majors said.  “On its own, lye is a caustic acid. It will burn your skin. The oils and butters used in soap making go through a chemical process when lye is added. They actually consume the lye making it useful. Just like Christ consumes our sin and makes us disciples for Him.”

Clary and Majors repeated the class for ten women in Puyo, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. These ladies came from one church and were excited to learn soap making. They picked up the lessons quickly and were inquisitive about more advanced techniques in the soap making craft. 

The Baptist Convention of Ecuador will step in and teach both groups how to set up a business, how to divide profits, the importance of giving back and will be available to coach them through the process of being new business owners.

Whether serving in Quito or Puyo, Clary and Majors – who run their own soap company and partner with TBM’s ministries are also part of TBM’s staff – saw God bring women together.

“You could sense the Holy Spirit working as the ladies were stirring the soap and singing praise songs,” Clary said. “We came from different places. We speak different languages. But God brought us together as one. God is working in the lives of these ladies. ”