Mark & Ruth Provis, France



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Mark, Ruth, Elijah and Noah Provis

Provis Progress - August 2017


                               Transforming Lives: Equipping the Body

Manual Well Drilling

Water for All International Training

At the end of July, I travelled to Paint Rock in Texas to take part in a week-long training program on how to drill wells manually using the 'Baptist method' and make well pumps using appropriate technologies. It was a busy & very 'hands-on' week and we learned how to make everything needed to drill a well from start to finish and also got to drill not 1 but 2 wells!

It truly was a privilege to spend time with the Water for All International guys and to learn from the people who have personally developed this technique over many years.

Another part of the training was learning how they put all of this into practice in the field. The following is taken from the WfA website -

We actually teach families to drill their own water wells which drastically reduces the cost of a water well. 

It is like a "barn raising".  We organize the families to work together till every family has their very own water well.  It changes their lives!
This is how it works.  A group of 10  Families come to our shop in a small rural town close to where they live.  They ask us for help.  We lend a complete "Baptist" deep well-drilling outfit and if needed help them buy their well casing and pump materials.  Then we go with them to their village and help them drill their first two wells.  Then the club continues working on their own until every family in the "club" drills a well and makes a pump.   This way only a few WFA drilling trainers can help lots and lots of families drill their own wells.  In 2010 in Bolivia  4 WFA trainers helped families drill 180 wells.   In 2011 182 wells.  In 2012 70 wells.  In Ethiopia, our trainers helped 42 families drill their own wells.  These are deep wells, properly sealed that ensure communities never have to face a water crisis again.   The families are super proud of their wells and all know how to care for them.  They know how to make and maintain the simple heavy duty pumps that WFA has designed to be made from locally available low-cost material.

Next, comes the important part of putting all of this into action....


One Thing DTS

Staff Training & Preparation

One of the most important parts of leading a DTS is making sure that our staff are properly trained and prepared to receive the students that will be under their care for the next 6 months. The staff learned about our expectations as leaders for the DTS, what we hope to see God do in them as well as the students, the values that underpin DTS, and how to have successful one-on-ones with their students. As well as spending time in the classroom, we took our staff out to a nearby medieval village to do some learning 'in the field'. Knowing that it was going to be a hot day we left early to avoid the heat. At 8:00am we did not expect to see 30 degrees, but we did! Redeeming cultures is central to cross cultural missions, and this was an opportunity for them to put it into practice with the local folklore/mythology of a rock formation. The staff will return with the students to give them the same opportunity later in the school. 

To date, we have potentially 16 students, from France, Switzerland, Germany, Guernsey, North America, Finland and Ireland. Their ages are 17-63! Some of them still need to see finances come in. Their walk of greater faith and knowing God starts before DTS. 


Cafe Conversion

6th - 24th July

When we returned home from England we jumped straight back into action. YWAM Bridges of Life hosted 40 people from a youth group from Cross Points Church, all the way from Kansas City, USA. They were a huge blessing to the team during the week they were here, especially by making a start on the renovation work in our new café in town! 


What are we Reading?



1000 Years of Annnoying the French

Stephen Clarke

Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory?
Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French.

Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc?
Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers.

Did the French write "God Save the Queen"?
Non! But that's what they claim.

Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066 ....



















This is the confidence we have in approaching God:

that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us [1 John 5:14]


For Eli, who starts a new stage in his life at lycée in Nimes. He will board from Monday - Friday. Pray for Mum and Dad too.
For Noah as he returns to school and learns to be without Eli.
For the September One Thing DTS that begins on 8 September, for students and staff.
For us to continue with the good relationships we have started building locally. We have been invited to eat or drink with several people, and we need to follow these up in the midst of increasing busyness.
For the ongoing renovations of the café so we can run the DTS from there and be open to the public as soon as is practical. 








Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. [Hebrews 13:15]


For our amazing DTS staff, Gareth, Matilda and Kelsea.

For our 16 students! This will be our biggest DTS.

For Eli being accepted into the lycée of his choice.

For the swift purchase of the café and all the potential that there is.

For the unending grace and favour of God that enables us to be here. 








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