A church congregation in Pierre, are supporting Nick and Annette Hill in raising more than $18000 of the $30000 needed. The members of the Hills family attend this same church known as Faith Lutheran Church and they are planning to embark on rural water projects in East Africa.
Annette Hill has this to say “We’re working with Living Water International to do a couple of water projects in Uganda,” She further explained about the projects saying, “One will be a well and one will be a rainwater collection system. The well is $20,000 and the rainwater collection system is $10,000.”
Nick and Annette have been philanthropic in their dealings in Uganda having sponsored a child there since he was 5 through Compassion International. He’s now 18.
Nick Hill, who is an epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health – is keenly interested in the projects because he knows how clean water can reduce the risk of disease, Annette said.
The Hills began raising funds in about March and they have until year’s end to raise the money. Annette’s father, Lutheran pastor David Schwan of Rapid City, did a motorcycle ride to the International Peace Garden in North Dakota as a fundraiser. Other ideas are coming along all the time.
“It’s not something we could do on our own, but with help from other people we can,” Annette Hill said.
Pastor Brad Urbach of Faith Lutheran Church who leads the Pierre Congregation said that he also sponsors a child through Compassion International after learning of the program through Nick and Annette Hill – said the congregation supports the effort. Especially in areas where there’s potential conflict with Islam, Christians should do what they can to show what their faith is about, he said.
“Every well we can do, every relationship we can nurture, is for the well being of the world,” Urbach said.