Smithfield Church Raises Funds To Dig 7 Wells In 7 Countries

The Light of Christ International Outreach Center has partnered with Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc. (CBN) to dig water wells in nations where there is no access to clean drinking water.

(Left to right) Light of Christ Pastor Gene Bruton, Brad Goodale, CBN Director of Church Partnerships, and Sheila Bruton.

According to CBN, “The lack of safe, clean drinking water causes 80% of all sickness and disease in the developing world – affecting more people than famine, AIDS, and war combined.”

The Light of Christ, located on Buffalo Road in Smithfield, had originally planned a 3 month campaign to raise enough money to dig three wells at $1800 each.

However, after only six weeks, and with the help of a “matching challenge,” $4800 had been raised.  With 6 weeks remaining in the campaign, the goal was raised to seven wells.

On July 23rd, Brad Goodale, Director of Church Partnerships for CBN, came to Smithfield to collect a check for $12,600.

Pastor Gene Bruton has requested that CBN dig seven wells in seven different countries.  “Our desire is to provide natural living water to these villages and then to follow up with the spiritual Living Water.”