Welcome to Horseback for Haiti!

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

~John 4:13-14~ 

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Horseback for Haiti was a sister team who traveled from their home in West Branch, MI to Houston TX all by horseback with their dog Tae. They had 5 horses, two used for riding, two for carrying packs, and one to switch out. It was quite the adventure, lasting over a 7 month period and logging 1600 miles horseback! Why would 2 young women do such a darring task? To have an adventure, see what life really is about, and draw closer to the Lord, all while raising funds to bring water to the people of Haiti! 


Horseback for Haiti was started from the Haiti Water Project that was a part of the Church of the Nazarene. Each church had a challenge for the year to raise a goal in perportion to what their projected giving could handle. Agape Church of the Nazarene, at that time Pastored by Pastor David Wolfe, took the challenge a little further. Their given challenge; $1000. What God asked of the Horseback for Haiti team; $15,000. Each well cost $5,000 to dig, so God was asking the girls to set the goal for 3 water wells. Each Well was estimated to give 2,000 people daily water. So if the team succeded, that would be 6,ooo people who would have a healthier, better life. Before the wells, people in Haiti would have to walk 4 to 8 hours a day to find water, and most of those people are the children. And even then the water supply was from a drainage ditch or run-off from a sewer.  So if you see it how Brandy understood it on the trip, each animal was carrying 1,000 people daily to fresh water. Wow, talk about a load! 


During the trip, Brandy and Ashley experienced first hand how precious a water source was, especially that of clean, fresh water. There were many times we had to knock on doors to ask for water for our mighty animals who took on so much for so many. We were never turned down. Sometimes we had to settle with finding a moving stream to let the horses cool down thier body heat or to drink. They quickly learned to fill up on water when it was available! 


By the end of the trip we had not raised the $15,000. Instead, the final count was $21,000! That's not just 3 wells, that's 4! Praise Jesus! That's 8,000 lives that were changed!


Why did we pick Houston of all places? Well, first of all it's in Texas and Texas is known to be the state for cowboys and cowgirls! But the primary reason is that it was a personal goal for the girls to attend Beth Moore's home church. Beth Moore is an amazing woman that has a heart and passion to see women set free from the bondage this world tries to put them in. They did make it for church service, and even met Beth Moore! 


We certainly appreciate your intrest in the Horseback for Haiti adventure, and we are currently undergoing the task of revising the website now that the trip is complete. So as you look around the website, keep checking for updates and new stories as we now have the time to add to it and share more stories!

God Bless!





Facts about water

* Every day, each person needs 20 to 50 liters, or 5 to 13 gallons, of safe, fresh water every day to meet basic needs including drinking, cleaning and cooking. More than 1 in 6 people world wide do not have this. That's 894 million people without access to this small amount. 

* Around the globe, diarrhea is the leading cause of sickness and death, and 88 percent of that is due to a lack of sanitation facilities, inadequate water for hygiene, and unsafe drinking water. That number can be taken down by 47 percent simply by washing hands with soap. 

* 2.5 billion people today, almost a billion of them are children, live without the most basic sanitation. And to add to that, every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That adds up to 1.5 million deaths each year that could have been avoided. 

For more information, go to www.ncm.org/water or click on the About Haiti page.

Brandy Nelsey, Beth Moore, Ashley Nelsey
Brandy Nelsey, Beth Moore, Ashley Nelsey