Danny and Vanessa Beams live in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they serve with Agua Yaku, Ruth and Noemi House and El Alfarero.
Danny's is the founder and director of Agua Yaku, whose mission is to provide impoverished rural families and communities with access to clean water, as well as the training and tools that will allow them to inexpensively maintain their own clean water sources. The name Agua Yaku comes from the Spanish and Quechua words for “water.” Clean, accessible drinking water is an essential component of human development and yet entire communities still struggle for access to clean water. This project provides a low-cost water well drilling solution for thousands of individuals—improving their health, welfare, and economic potential—while teaching them to maintain their own wells in a sustainable manner. As Christians, we also share our faith and the message of hope found in Jesus Christ through friendships and partnerships will local pastors and missionaries.
Vanessa works with two connected ministries, Ruth and Noemi Transition House and Alfarero Family Care Center. Ruth and Noemi Transition House is a Christian ministry helping young moms and girls at risk to become emotionally and spiritually dependent on Christ and financially independent. They provide counseling, discipleship, parenting training, job training and the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. Vanessa is also a lead in the development of CAFA, which is Centro de atencion familiar alfarero. This is a newly formed outreach of the Ruth and Noemi Transition House that provides counseling for women and children suffering from abuse who continue to live in their homes. A unique aspect of CAFA is counseling that is provided for men who are abusive but don't have the skills or knowledge to change.
Vanessa is on the board of Alfarero Family Care Center. In addition to housing Ruth and Noemi, they provide a pregnancy crisis center, a Christian library, a cafe and general counseling services. They also have a strategic program designed to train volunteers to provide counseling and to change patterns of abuse.
To learn more about the people groups and religions of Bolivia, go to The Joshua Project - Bolivia
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