One church there desired to do an outreach program of some kind to the community, which is largely influenced by generations of witchcraft. After Christan left that year, she went home and the following January had a birthday party for her 30th birthday in which all the gifts were donated to Phakane to build a garden for their outreach project. The garden was planted and Christan visited again a few months later in 2014.
Upon arriving back in South Africa she learned that the garden had failed- largely due to a significant water restriction in the area. After many phone calls and emails to every water agency on the globe, she faced another challenge- not one of them would dig a well in South Africa.
Inspired by the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff, she began emailing government leaders in South Africa in hopes of getting assistance. The Minister of Water was willing to help, but the locals declined this offer — they did not trust their own government.
After a glorious phone call with Bob Goff himself, Christan decided the best way to get a well was to raise the money and have a local well driller dig the well.
During this process her sister suggested the idea of making the efforts into a non-profit and 28Bold was birthed. The name, 28Bold, was inspired by the scripture in Proverbs 28, “the righteous are as bold as lions” which was spoken to her by a pastor in South Africa after she contacted the Minister of Water there to aid in water relief.
Today 28Bold is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on water relief efforts on the continent of Africa. There are many companies that dig wells or provide water relief, but 28Bold focuses on areas of Africa other companies will not service for one reason or another. Make no mistake, however, the ultimate mission of 28Bold is to minister the Gospel to the world by providing clean water. When their basic needs are met, their minds and hearts are more open to receiving this salvation message.
”the righteous are as bold as lions“