Water for Life, Inc.

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Water for Life, Inc ("WFL") is a non-profit organization that ministers in the country of Haiti. The organization endeavors to demonstrate the love of God to the people of Haiti by drilling and maintaining water wells, by drilling and maintaining several irrigation wells, by supporting the Passe Bois D'Ormes School through our mobile medical clinics, and by carrying out other special projects.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P. O. Box 456
Kalona, IA 52247-2247

Website: www.wflhaiti.com

Phone: (319) 656-5433

Email: waterforlife@hotmail.com

Organization details

EIN: 421203881

CEO/President: Mr. Leon Miller


Board size: 9

Founder: Mr. Willis Miller

Year founded: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1998


Water for Life, Inc ("WFL") is a non-profit organization that ministers in the country of Haiti. The organization endeavors to demonstrate the love of God to the people of Haiti by drilling and maintaining water wells, by drilling and maintaining several irrigation wells, by supporting the Passe Bois D'Ormes WFL School, and by carrying out other special projects.

The need for WFL is evidenced by the fact that Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Where good clean water is not available from a hand pump or other such source, women and girls especially walk many miles to reach a dirty stream or contaminated water source, fill their pails, and then carry these heavy pails home on their heads sometimes walking up a steep mountainside to get there. We focus our work in the South of Haiti, where there are very few drilling companies, private or otherwise, and great need in many many villages still exists.

Mission statement

Water For Life's mission is to provide clean drinking water, irrigation for farming opportunities, education and other means of assistance to the Haitian people in order to keep their bodies clean and free from diseases, raise healthy, happy children, and restore dignity and meaning to impoverished lives.

Statement of faith

Water For Life Statement of Faith

  1. The Word of God
    We believe that the Bible is the verbal, plenary word of God; fully inspired and without error, as to fact as well as purpose, in the original manuscripts, written under inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Tim 3:16) We believe that the Word of God has been preserved in its message, and that the translations we have today communicate the message God would have us receive and teach.

  2. Trinity
    We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct, but harmonious, offices in the work of Creation, Providence and Redemption:

    1. God The Father
      We believe in God the Father-and infinite, personal spirit who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that he concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that he hears and answers prayer, and that he saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ.

    2. Jesus Christ
      We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles and His teachings. We believe in His substitutionary, expiating death for the sins of all people; bodily resurrection for empowering of the new life of all who believe; ascension into Heaven; perpetual intercession for His people; and personal, visible return for His church. We believe that He was truly God and perfectly human.

    3. Holy Spirit
      We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort, teach, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ. His fullness is known as we ask for the continual filling of the Spirit, walk in obedience to, and fellowship closely with the Father. We believe He is God.

  3. Regeneration
    We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice, and are therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that they become a new creation in Christ Jesus, but that the flesh is not eradicated.

  4. The Church
    We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church: a company of born-again believers in Jesus Christ; baptized on a credible profession of faith; and associated for worship, work, and fellowship.

    We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world. We believe that God has commanded us to teach and disciple believers, and to gather them into local churches where they may be built up in the faith, and made effective for service.

  5. Satan
    We believe in the personality of Satan. We believe that Satan is a liar and a destroyer, directly opposed to the work of Jesus Christ. We believe we have power over Satan through prayer, by the word of our testimony, and by the blood of the Lamb. We believe the God, in His infinite power, can bind the adversary, enabling us to do the work we have been called to do.

  6. Christian Conduct
    We believe that a Christian should live to the glory of God and the well-being of his possessions; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; and that he should seek to realize, for himself and others, the full stature of maturity in Christ.

  7. The Last Things
    We believe in the visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ with the angels; the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost.

  8. Spiritual Gifts
    We believe that God has given spiritual gifts to all believers; and that the gifts of the Spirit are available and operable during the age of grace. We believe we are to use the gifts for the purpose of glorifying the Father, and for edifying and unifying the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating480 of 81739 of 69
Fund acquisition rating247 of 81728 of 69
Resource allocation rating346 of 81728 of 69
Asset utilization rating756 of 81762 of 69

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$253,346$469,464$578,014$412,815$481,677
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,182,318$1,261,890$1,440,234$1,310,500$1,087,493
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,745,125$2,304,007$2,278,311$2,455,807$2,332,113
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,745,125$2,304,007$2,278,311$2,455,807$2,332,113
Total assets$3,927,443$3,565,897$3,718,545$3,766,307$3,419,606
Payables and accrued expenses$19,869$10,109$11,357$14,377$46,630
Other current liabilities$45,714$43,290$113,905$149,436$51,059
Total current liabilities$65,583$53,399$125,262$163,813$97,689
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,819$0$1,297$1,130$1,612
Total long-term liabilities$1,819$0$1,297$1,130$1,612
Total liabilities$67,402$53,399$126,559$164,943$99,301
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$779,598$115,257$192,251$9,028$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$3,860,041$3,512,498$3,591,986$3,601,364$3,320,305
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,697,876$1,087,435$1,375,103$1,119,740$1,243,836
Program service revenue$132,428$117,560$148,581$141,444$155,183
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($16,134)$1,679$6,440($984)($13,658)
Other revenue$128,862$357,878$278,639$483,123$833,684
Total other revenue$245,156$477,117$433,660$623,583$975,209
Total revenue$1,943,032$1,564,552$1,808,763$1,743,323$2,219,045
Program services$1,399,873$1,498,000$1,663,936$1,325,214$1,523,080
Management and general$126,315$79,329$100,737$74,049$71,326
Total expenses$1,595,489$1,644,040$1,818,141$1,462,264$1,654,141
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$347,543($79,488)($9,378)$281,059$564,904
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$347,543($79,488)($9,378)$281,059$564,904


Leon MillerChairman$72,714
Raphael Edy GehyAt large$56,986
Leonard HochstedlerCFO$28,725

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/1/2019. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Water for Life was founded in 1983 by Willis Miller. Mr. Miller had been drilling wells in Haiti since 1972 when he first felt called to provide clean, safe water for the Haitian people. 1989, Water for Life began to fund and operate a small school that went through 6th grade. In 2013, WFL began to do mobile medical clinics, reaching out to rural communities where healthcare is absent or only very basic.

Program accomplishments

WFL now has six community irrigation wells used to flood irrigate, 1800 working wells, with several Haitian teams trained to install the pumps and service them. In addition, today we have one American driller, and one Haitian driller, with plans to start a second Haitian driller later this year (2019). Each driller has two assistants, who are Haitian.

In addition, today the little school now goes through 12th grade and has a total of almost 500 students.

Today approximately 25 people, mostly Haitian, work as medical professionals in the mobile clinics that are held about every 6 weeks. Communities benefit from access to our ophthalmology, dentistry, pediatrics, and OB/GYN department, plus a pharmacy.


WFL currently has a plan to build and operate a center that will focus on discipleship; counseling and seminars for individuals, couples, and families; and provide opportunities for young adults to learn marketable skills. Although funding is available for the building, we know it will take funds for this very important part of our ministry to thrive.