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Defining Moments

Kristin Horstman, SoHIP Administrative Assistant reflects on her fall trip to Zambia

Kristin and Agatha

Kristin and Agatha

One second. One conversation. One experience. One encounter. These are moments that challenge you—and change you. We all experience these moments in our lives— the moments of questioning, of discovery, of transformation. I often experience these moments while traveling. Each one of my international trips has what I call a “defining moment”—a moment that forever changes me. I know that I come back a little different every time, but most of the change happens incrementally. But there’s always one moment that impacts me in a way that’s difficult to express. It’s a moment that moves me to my core—that makes my heart burst … or shatter.

In Senegal, it was a woman that I didn’t even know giving me a ring because I told her I used to have one just like it. My heart burst. Kindness became real to me in that moment. In Sierra Leone, it was seeing a little girl weeping because she dropped all the food she was supposed to sell that day. She now had nothing—no money, no food. I knew she was going to bed hungry that night. I’ve never seen a child so devastated. My heart shattered with her. Poverty became real to me in that moment. In Kenya, it was the moment I knew the Lord was releasing me into my destiny—releasing me to work in Africa. I’d found my heart where I had left it last. My heart burst as joy became real to me in that moment.

My month in Zambia was filled with many memorable moments. I was joined by an awesome team, the Biersdorff family, who did a little bit of everything — including building BioSand Filters, fixing sewing machines, and capturing our trip on film.

April, Alayna, Craig, Mary, and Kristin<br />celebrate the completion of the BSFs.

I was so touched by the amazing SoHIP staff I met, and their passion to see communities transformed. Some of my favorite moments were the ones spent in the field with our Zambian staff. I had the awesome opportunity to observe our talented, expert trainers facilitate lessons on sanitation and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, and Community Health Promotion.

Although there were so many impactive moments that touched my heart, my defining moment occurred after one of the HIV/AIDS trainings. One of my responsibilities while I was in Zambia was to capture stories and testimonies from our staff and the people we serve. It was a really great way to hear about all the amazing things that Seeds of Hope is doing in Zambia.

We walked for Hope. Now it is your turn.

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On August 3rd, we walked for Mary, Tauzen, and Safari. We walked for a nation. We walked for HOPE. Thank you to Mountainbrook Community Church for hosting our inaugural Walk for Hope in August! It was a success, with over 75 registered participants, many local volunteers, and media coverage from our local television station, KSBY! We were thrilled to see many different teams formed, from small church groups as well as local businesses. Participants walked either 1 or 5 miles, and were able to experience pumping their own water! Along the way, they also interacted with stations displaying the successful holistic solutions that SoHIP has implemented to reverse the cycle of poverty and create healthy homes in Africa. This interactive experience educated and inspired volunteers and participants alike. It was encouraging to see so many people excited about the difference that SoHIP is making in Africa!

Don’t Miss the Next One!

WFHbucketANDwaterWe welcome the whole San Luis Obispo community. We hope you can join—it’s not too late to sign up! Register to walk or volunteer at the event Don’t live in the San Luis Area? Contact us for other ways to get involved or to host a Walk for Hope in your community.We are excited about our upcoming Walk for Hope on October 12, 2013 at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo! This beautiful park creates a perfect venue as the trail begins alongside the lake, where participants will collect water to carry the rest of the route. The trail will end with a display of Action Steps—ways in which community members can get involved and help SoHIP reverse poverty. We are also excited to be offering entertainment from the Bucket Busters drum circle, and team prizes!

Orley Campbell


It's a story worth telling over and over again. In 2005, Seeds of Hope was praying for a drill rig to use for our ministry. Specifically, a cable tool drill rig, which has a simple design well-suited for the needs and capabilities of the area where we work in Zambia.


Just a few months after we started praying, Kirk received a call from Lifewater Canada saying that a man he had never met before wanted to donate a drill rig to Seeds of Hope. That man was Orley Campbell.

Orley had once been asked by World Vision to donate $15,000 to drill a well in Africa. Orley decided that for that much money, he could build his own drill rig and drill lots of wells. So he did. At almost eighty years of age, Orley designed and built a cable tool drill rig, which was shipped over to a ministry in Africa. Unfortunately, the ministry was too busy with their other projects and couldn't facilitate its use.

Which is how Kirk found himself on the phone with Orley, being asked if SHIP could use a cable tool drill rig. "We would love to use it! Where is it?" Kirk asked. "It's in Zambia," said Orley."Where in Zambia?" It turns out the drill rig was in Kitwe, just forty miles away from where SHIP works!

So the drill rig was donated to us by the other ministry, and that summer Orley himself came over to Zambia to train our SHIP team in using his drill rig. The Zambians still talk about how hard he worked while over there!

Orley has been working with friends to construct a second drill rig with a few changes, which was just recently completed. Orley himself, now eighty-one years old, has been crawling underneath this drill rig to do welding!

Orley's drill rig is also being put into computerized drawings so that we can look at manufacturing it for ourselves and other interested organizations. SHIP is pursing building a drill rig factory in Zambia and then in other countries.


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