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 team brings clean drinking water, ministry to Amazon village

Even in a place surrounded by water, clean drinking water can be hard to acquire. In October, a team of seven TBM volunteers helped drill a water well and start a church building for an Amazon River island village in Peru, the latest TBM effort to provide clean water and living water in the remote region. 

TBM purchased drilling equipment in 2019 for a ministry called Access Water Peru. The new well in San Pedro became the first TBM Water project since the pandemic and will radically change the community.

“You can see the Amazon from the village, but the river water is never clear in this area because it has a very muddy bottom,” said Mitch Chaman, TBM Water director who led the volunteers. “It looks like chocolate milk.”

Villagers normally get their drinking water by capturing rain from their roofs and from “what they call a lake half a kilometer from the village,” Chapman said. The lake is formed by water which remains after Amazon flooding. It is muddy and is a breeding ground for anacondas. As for the captured rainwater, it flows along metal roofs and drains and can sit stagnant for days.

The new well hit water at a depth of 26 meters and went down another five meters to determine the depth of the water sand from which drinking water is extracted, Chapman said. “We had no problems. We set up the drill in about a day and a half and drilled for 4½ hours. After setting the well casing, we flushed the well until we got clear water.”

“It was the neatest thing to watch when all of the kids and some adults were playing in the water and laughing,” Chapman said. “Most have never seen flowing water out of a pipe.”

The TBM team reached the island by flying to Lima, Peru, then taking another flight over the Andes mountain range to Iquitos, followed by an almost two-hour riverboat trip. San Pedro residents can reach the outside world only via the river.

The first well is simply a beginning. The TBM crew continued work on a platform dwelling where this and future mission teams can eat and sleep. “This first team walked about 30 minutes to the drill site. Future teams will work their way down the river, drilling wells in different villages within a 30-minute boat trip,” Chapman said. Twenty-five more village wells can be staged from this location using the drilling rig provided by TBM.

Beyond the cost of the rig, each well costs between $8,000 and $14,000 in supplies and ongoing maintenance across the world, Chapman said. The price varies by region and available infrastructure. Drilling rigs cost $18,000-$45,000 depending on the type and region.

“As TBM donors give, we are able to provide wells in places around the world where clean drinking water is needed,” Chapman said. “And as TBM volunteers step forward we are able to help provide workers for both labor and ministry through churches in those places.”

TBM facilitates the process in different countries by working with local ministries. Keny Ojanama, of Access Water Peru, did the advance work for the October TBM trip. Churches along the Amazon make their request to Ojanama and he sets priorities based on location and distance from drinkable water, Chapman said.

“Before our team went to Peru, Keny determined that the big problem in this village was how dirty the water was becoming” because villagers used the lake water for all of their water needs, Chapman noted. “The water gets very soapy and contaminated as it gets lower.”

On the plus side, the Peruvian villagers have plenty of healthy food. “They will never starve to death,” Chapman said. Fresh fruit and fish are plentiful and free. There is no refrigeration or electricity, so villagers gather food each day for consumption. And, thanks to the chickens, the TBM team joined villagers in eating lots of eggs.

The TBM team included seven men and one woman. They flew out of Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 7 and returned Oct. 18.

TBM Water projects include other work to support churches and their ministries. The Peru team began construction of a new church building, with the elevated platform floor and roof being completed by the team. They also shared the Gospel with children through varied activities and with adults through preaching and teaching.

Teams also include people with varied abilities and strengths. Noel Tucker served as team photographer, children’s minister, and all around support. It was her first “formal” mission experience. 

“Being a mom, athlete, open water sailor, and attorney my brain is always ‘on’ and covers a lot of ground in this type of environment,” Tucker said. “Because I was not specifically tasked for most of the day, … I could see to minor health/injury issues and do whatever physical labor was needed that didn’t need direct supervision. I pretty much always had something in my day pack to accommodate the need. I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the service as well.”

The trip has given Tucker much to reflect on since returning. She is still meditating on the “difference between their [the villagers’] existence and ours in the U.S. Their lives are boiled down to the basics of food, shelter, procreating and hopefully developing their relationship with Jesus. 

“They have all day and need all day to manage those tasks. We fill our days with so much unnecessarily, partly due to advancements in civilization but also because we are materialistic and enjoy our creature comforts,” she said. “There is a lesson in there somewhere.”