UMW Check

UMW treasurer Nancy McDonald (L) and president Rosalyn Salmons (R), present a check for $300 to Tower Hill United Methodist Pastor, Gene Colthurst to go toward a water well in Africa.

The United Methodist Women from Tower Hill United have chosen to follow the admonition from Matthew 10:42 to give a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple.

UMW treasurer Nancy McDonald and president Rosalyn Salmons presented a check for $300 to pastor Gene Colthurst to go toward construction of a well in Malawi, East Africa. The donation is in loving memory of Ruth McCleary, one of the former members.

The wells are provided through a volunteer mission group from Illinois called marion Medical Mission, Marion, IL. MMM has been working to construct wells, schools and hospitals in Malawi since 1985.

Each well costs $300 and provides 250 people with clean drinking water. 100 percent of all designated money goes directly to Africa for its intended use. There are no expenses, hidden costs or deductions. Volunteers from the MMM who travel to Africa pay their own way. No donated funds cover travel costs.

African workers, who maintain and repair the wells after they are built are paid by villagers.

In 1991, 21 wells were built and in 2005 the number jumped to 931. With a population of roughly 12 million, Malawi still has need for many more wells.

For more information or to make a contribution contact the medical mission at

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