Well digger making water flow at the Thirsty Church

Harry Sullivan
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LONDONDERRY - The Thirsty Church will be thirsty no more.
Thanks to the generosity of Hub Well Drilling Ltd. owner Greg Johnson, a well was drilled on the church site yesterday and he was hoping that water will be piped into the building by today or tomorrow.
"We're going to have it all hooked up inside," Johnson said yesterday, as his sons Brian and Mitchell worked the drill rig.
"They'll be able to turn a tap."
The community learned Monday that its entry in the nationwide Aviva Community Fund contest had been unsuccessful, despite making it to the semifinals.
When Johnson learned of the results through the media Tuesday morning, he immediately called resident Amanda Langille (who had entered the church into the contest) with news that he would donate the much-needed well.
"Oh my goodness, it feels like a dream really," an excited Langille said Wednesday afternoon, after the well had been drilled and capped.
"We are so appreciative of this donation. Like I said, it's like a dream."
Earlier in the day, while standing at the site watching the drilling process, church trustee Audrey Fields said she was "thrilled" that Johnson had volunteered his efforts.
"I think the Lord is looking after us," she said. "It's good."
In addition to having water services installed at the church, which was constructed in 1949, area residents also want to have a wheelchair ramp constructed and have the basement finished so the building can be used as a community centre.
"I think we'll get it done eventually," Fields said. "It may take a little help but we'll get it done."
To that end, Johnson is hoping his lead will "inspire" others to help.
"Hopefully there will be some trades people who will offer their services ... and make their dream a reality," he said, in reference to local carpenters, electricians, plumbers and building material suppliers.
As a fourth-generation company, operating since the 1920s, Johnson said his family has drilled numerous wells in the Londonderry area and he viewed it as an opportunity to "give something back."
"I thought it was a unique project ... it only seemed right," he said. "They were so tickled, I feel good about it and my boys feel good about it."
As for the name of the church, Langille said the moniker provided for the contest will likely remain, even though it will no longer be a dry facility.
"It's got to stay the Thirsty Church," she laughed. "That's our name."

hsullivan@trurodaily.com


Organizations: Thirsty Church, Hub Well Drilling, Aviva Community Fund

Geographic location: LONDONDERRY

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  • So happy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Good for Mr. Johnson!
    Great for the Church.

  • Susan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Hats of to Hub Well Drilling, as one time being in this kind of business myself, I would like to tell everyone Greg and his family provided a wonderful gift to the Thirsty Church. Water is a very important part of our lives, and is very costly, so for Hub Well Drilling to provide the well and hook up, I would like to say Thank you Greg, Cindy and Family for having a kind heart and to give the Thirtsy Church a bright future. May you all be Blessed.
    Susan (Messervey) Walters

  • Susan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Hats of to Hub Well Drilling, as one time being in this kind of business myself, I would like to tell everyone Greg and his family provided a wonderful gift to the Thirsty Church. Water is a very important part of our lives, and is very costly, so for Hub Well Drilling to provide the well and hook up, I would like to say Thank you Greg, Cindy and Family for having a kind heart and to give the Thirtsy Church a bright future. May you all be Blessed.
    Susan (Messervey) Walters

  • Gerald
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Greg Johnson and his sons Brian and Mitchell have to be very kind and thoughtful people....we need a lot more like them! This kind gesture gives us back our faith in human nature...just what we need these days!! Surely, some others will offer to construct the ramp for this little church. Again...thank you Greg, Mitchell and Brian Johnson for your kindness!

  • S. P.
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    What a wonderful thing for Greg and his sons to do. This would be so uplifting to a church that has been struggling to better the Church. May God be with Greg, his family and the Londonderry folks.