Ann Barber loved natural things. Whenever they could, she and her husband, Dennis, traveled to witness places where God's hand was evident, and even after Dennis's untimely death, Ann continued to travel in a used RV, enjoying particularly desert places. Perhaps that is why Ann had an obsession for clean water, and a passion for those who could not enjoy it.
While working in a children's home in central Florida, someone told her about Healing Hands International. She was moved by the realization that 5,000 children die every day from preventable water borne diseases, and she wanted desperately to do something about it. Ann and Dennis had always been frugal with what they earned. She could not do much, but she followed her heart and sent modest gifts to Healing Hands to be used for clean water in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, Ann was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She determined that when she was gone, her retirement funds would be used to bless the natural things she loved and the people who were deprived of them. Healing Hands International was among those who received gifts from her estate--substantial gifts--again for clean water.
Ann Barber grew up with seven sisters. When she passed away, her surviving sisters consulted with Healing Hands to determine the best way to honor Ann and her passion for water. Though the money she left could have been used to drill several wells, they learned that Ann's generous gifts could be used most advantageously to purchase a much needed support truck for drilling wells in Ethiopia. With the purchase of that truck, Ann's gifts could possibly bless millions of people with clean water for the next two decades. The decision was easy.
Pictured below is the 21 ton Isuzu FVZ support truck recently purchased for the work in Ethiopia, where Healing Hands International has provided clean potable wells for more than one million people over the past ten years. The new vehicle will support the HHI drilling rig with a large Schramm compressor, drill rods, well pipe, and a small crane, enabling us to operate in rough terrain, while obtaining the very best results.
We are so thankful for the great vision of Ann Barber and her compassion for those whose lives will be healthier and longer because of the clean water they drink. Many people will not only be blessed with water, but will also learn of the "living water" which Jesus offered, because of Ann Barber.
If you would like to be a part of bringing clean water and new life, please join us at Walk 4 Water 2013.
Article Written by: Jim Pounders, Development Officer