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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TBM Soap Ministry helps ladies start business, gain confidence

In the shadows of the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, the next big business is already taking shape.

On the second floor of First Baptist Church, a small group of determined women gather each week to make soap and discuss strategies for how to sell more of their products. Each of their bars of soap is made by hand with organic products ideal for sensitive skin and has been flying off the shelves at the markets they’ve attended.

The company, M3:2 Soaps, started after a two-day class led by Texas Baptist Men Soap Ministry leaders who taught seven women how to make organic boutique soaps and principles of running a business.

Carmen Orona participated in the class because she wanted to learn something new.

“I never thought about myself as being able to make soap. To me, that was something unreachable. So when I heard they were coming, I said, ‘I want to do that,’” she said.

“They told us how we can get profit off of it if we work together. I liked that part too. I’ve never had my own business, but I always had the desire to have a business.”

The ladies are enthused to work together, splitting the profit equally amongst all of them. As they worked to create batch after batch of soap, they learned they do it well and began believing people would be interested in what they were making.

“We were excited,” Orona said. “We really like our project. When we first started making our soaps, we tried them on ourselves first. We really, really loved it. Then we started offering to other people.”

Dee Dee Wint, vice president of TBM Water Ministries, is encouraged by the growth of the ladies in the group. The transformation taking place in their lives is exactly what TBM is seeking to accomplish through its soap ministry.

“It is exciting to see this group of ladies enthused and growing in their skills and confidence,” Wint said. “This is exactly what we would like to see through the soap ministry — equipping people to be able to help themselves while encourage one another.”

The business is growing as is the ladies’ ability to help their families and improve themselves. Orona is using her share of the profits to take a business class.

“I’ve gained confidence,” Orona said. “I’ve been able to do more than I ever thought possible. I never thought of myself as a salesperson but this has been a challenge for me and I’ve put myself out there and really enjoyed it.”