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Tithing to Treadle Pumps for Irrigation

Your support of Good News Ministries helps us feed the poorest of the poor.

In Malachi 3:10, God says: “Bring the whole tithe to me. Test me in this, and see if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing upon you that you won’t be able to contain it.”

And so, we tithe. We are giving back to the Lord 10% of donations received. As part of our tithing, we are purchasing treadle pumps to provide water to starving families in Malawi so that they can grow food.

Fr. Kimu and treadle pumps

We are taking a big step of faith by promising this tithe. Some people think we’re crazy as we dare to follow Jesus into the unknown of stretching our generosity so far that we have to trust God to keep his promises. We hope that our example of caring and sacrificing challenges others to take a similar step of faith.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Give a family a treadle pump for irrigation and feed them for a lifetime. They will be able to harvest maize, their staple food, three times a year instead of only once a year when the rains fall.

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The treadle pump for irrigation is nick-named “miracle worker” by the manufacturer. This is very true in Malawi, because it has done many miracles to the poor families who live by the lake or near a river.

Happy man in Malawi pumping water to his crops

Our chaplain is Monsignor Joseph Kimu, a native of Malawi who has spent his priesthood doing amazing things to help the poor and to give Catholicism a reputation that nonviolently counters the Muslim influence that controls his country. Good News Ministries has assisted his ministry since 2001. One of his important projects is Treadle Pumps for Irrigation. He says: “Our dream is to supply as many treadle pumps as possible to each family in the fight against hunger.”

 One irrigation pump costs $250 (USD). For every $2500 donated above the $30,000 base we need to start the new year, we will give a family a pump.

child watches water come from the amazing treadle pump

For more information about this project, watch this informational video from Malawi.
It’s a long video; you can stop it when it finishes the short section about Treadle Pumps.

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