Jeff Fellure, Marguerite Turner and Laura Ricketts have departed the USA for Lome, Togo, to arrive on Saturday, September 28, 2018.
They will meet the founder and director of CUAED Togo Orphanage, TENGUE M. Messan, in Lome and spend the day going to markets and taking in the sights, sounds, scents and realities of life in Togo for the first time.
On Sunday, September 29, they will travel by car to the village of Alouenou Gbaguidito, 100 km northeast of the city of Lome, and 5 km outside of the nearest town with electricity. They will arrive in the village and at the orphanage.
There will be a ceremony with the village chief to dedicate a new water well to the memory of Mykaela Grace Fellure, the daughter of Jeff Fellure and Charity Wallace who was tragically killed in a car accident in Ostrander, Ohio, on January 24, 2018.
After the accident, people wanting to honor Mykaela’s memory asked for a way to contribute. A fund was established with the goal of raising enough to provide fresh, clean water to the 56 orphans at CUAED Togo – something they had never been able to access in their lifetimes.
Miraculously, the funds were raised in a single week. A contract was signed, and drilling of the well (plans for which had already been laid) was begun. And just over two months after her passing, on March 27, the first springs of water from the 1,450-foot-deep well drilled in Mykaela’s memory began to flow out.
The dedication will be a bittersweet time – it is so unimaginably hard to lose a beautiful young lady like Mykaela, whose life was far too brief and who is desperately missed. But in some way, I pray that the joy and beauty of this gift will ease the pain – if only a little – for her grieving father, mother, sister, extended family and friends.
John 7:37-39 – Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 – Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of draught and never fails to bear fruit.
Revelation 22:2 – On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve Him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true.”
In Christ we have hope – He is the living water! And this physical water is a symbol of hope to all who drink it daily. Hope for a life without disease and death from preventable causes. As well as hope of eternal life springing up through Christ and his Spirit within…. a message that we hope our love and care for the children at the orphanage will help to bring.
I hope Mykaela would be proud.