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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Texas-made water filter up and running in Turkey

A TBM-led team in Turkey has set up the first of two water filter systems shipped from Texas to the earthquake-ravaged area this past week. The second will be online soon, and supplies to build eight more systems are being shipped from Istanbul, Turkey.

Mitch Chapman, TBM’s water specialist, and four Missouri Disaster Relief leaders arrived in Turkey Wednesday, Feb. 24, the specialist reported. They are housed almost three hours away from the quake epicenter and have experienced some aftershocks, but all is going well, he said.

“This is by far the worst disaster I have ever seen, and I went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina,” Chapman said. “This destruction far exceeds what I saw there.

“Overall, the need is great, but the United Nations, Turkish and other relief organizations have done a good job of handling the situation, removing bodies in a manner that honors people’s privacy. … The things that need addressing right now are clean water, hygiene, and trash removal.”

The team installed the first filter in a community center being used as a shelter where about 800 people can eat, take showers, and obtain medical care and medicine. It expects to install the second Texas-built filter Monday while awaiting shipment of the supplies from Istanbul.

Mickey Lenamon, TBM executive director, has asked people to pray for this “critical, life-saving ministry in a devastated area.” He specifically made the following three prayer requests:

  • For the Turkish people. “This situation has rocked them to the core. May they sense the comfort and presence of the Lord.”
  • For supplies. “The team has ordered pieces for eight more filters. Please pray the items arrive from Istanbul quickly and the team gets clearance to install them in the areas of most need.”
  • For safety. “One aftershock already has occurred while the team was on the ground. Pray for protection for the Turkish people, as well as the volunteer team.”

Chapman reported that the team’s work has been productive even though the plumbing fittings used in Turkey are different from those in Texas. “We ran around to hardware stores finding what we needed.”

Already, some Turkish people have been trained in how to set up the filtration system, and more are to be trained in the coming week, including some from Syria.

The damage in Turkey has given the TBM water specialist his first personal experience of earthquake damage. “The destruction is a little more isolated than I expected,” he said. “All of the buildings in a four-block area might be flattened, but then you go several blocks where the buildings did not collapse. Then, you come upon another devastated area. The frequency of the shockwaves affects the amount of damage, and frequency happens in waves. … It doesn’t get every building… You’ll have clusters of buildings that fell in the quake.”

The team is not explicitly sharing its faith, but they are working with in-country Christian groups. “Most of our contacts are known to be part of a Christian group, so others understand that our faith motivates our care for them.”

NOTE: The following photos show the process of the Texas-made filter arriving in a shipping crate at a tent city and community center and the system being constructed and completed by TBM's specialist and Turkish workers: