Stories

  • Leaving Again

    Always happens – I start out, as early as possible after arriving in Kenya, to get started with a new well project.  I arrive packed with hope for completing another well to provide life-giving water to those without – or with a long, laborious journey to retrieve.  I visited the site on my first day […]

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  • “Drilling is Hard Work”

    Don’t ever let anyone tell you different – whether in the Permian in Texas, at several miles down, or here in Kenya, struggling to go below 80 ft. – its tough, I promise you that.  I knew that when I first saw the drilling process – in South Sudan, almost 11 years ago.  But that […]

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  • Back Again!

    So, yeah, I’m back in Kenya – for all of my friends who ask me when I’m going back.  Now, .  .  .  .  I tell you,  .  .  .  .  I’m going back now.  Thank you for missing me.  Miss you guys too. We will begin another well drilling project tomorrow, when we mobilize […]

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  • More Water for More

    So, as I’m sitting here in a usual spot – the living room at Mayfield Guesthouse, Nairobi – I suddenly realize two things:  1.  I have not written anything since arriving – oh, maybe a few email responses, but no blogs or travel updates; and, 2. We did not drill a single well while I […]

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  • Bob Nicol’s new book!

    Have you ever been lost in a dark place? Have you ever found yourself surrounded by turmoil, confusion, or danger? We’ve certainly all felt this way at some time or another, but have you ever been lost in the middle of the Sudanese desert late at night, wandering around alone in the vast brush of […]

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  • Water Returns to Zuawin

    Earlier this year, I asked my pastor friend in Liberia, Isaac Zoedah, to identify several communities in dire need of safe drinking water. Based on the estimated cost, I told him that we had enough budget to build one well and repair a second one at this time. With that, Isaac evaluated a number of […]

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  • Africa, Ten Years On

    Seems like only yesterday, as the overused cliché goes, that I stepped off the plane in Nairobi, Kenya and began, what has now become, a 10-year (and counting) ministry.  Actually, it really does seem more like ten years – and certainly not like “yesterday”, for certain.  I ask that you forgive me for not only […]

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  • “Sawa (okay), so now you have the compressor on the coast, what next?”

    That is a very good question.  One which I am happy to answer.  And perhaps, no short story this time! With the compressor safely at Justin’s house now, we could concentrate on the well to be drilled for the Sisters of Mary, Mother of God, at their training center and farm in Mtepeni, Kitali County.  I […]

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  • “Nairobi to Mombasa: Long Story for a Long Trip”

    This episode could be a chapter – or even a book, all in itself.  But then again, what good story could not, right?  By “good story” I mean one with hardship; overcoming hardship; despair; overcoming despair; peril – the death defying version; and ultimate success. It all started in Nairobi.  I arrived, typically enough, very […]

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  • “Petey Goes Deep”

    When we last heard from Petey, the PDC drill bit – and, no doubt, the sole drill bit blogger on the planet –  he had just arrived, by plane, into the Kenyan coastal resort town of Diani Beach, at the home of my American missionary friends, Chris and Lisa Moore.  While he was thrilled with […]

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