Tulsan plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to inspire change

TULSA, Okla. – A passion project takes a Tulsa man to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.

“I really felt like it was the Lord telling me, hey, I want you to do this so people can have clean water and spread the word,” Ben Wade says.

Thus, his life vocation turned into the ascent of his life.

“I really want to be that catalyst for change,” he says.

Ben is the Director of Water Projects for Overland Missions, a Christian ministry touching lives in some of the most remote places on earth. Places like Zambia, where clean water changes lives.

“Over 1,600 children die every day from unsafe drinking water,” Ben says.

Over the past seven years, Ben has fixed broken wells and trained Zambian leaders to fix them.

“We basically fix wells that have been broken for 5, 7, 12 years sometimes and really see the impact and the transformation in the community,” says Ben.

Now this Tulsan takes its mission to the next level. He is climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money and awareness as part of the Climb for a Change fundraiser.

“I consider this an adult jog. The trip is paid for, so I’m just asking people to donate to the cause so that all the money from this goes towards fixing the pumps in Zambia,” Ben says.

According to Ben, each repair costs on average about $1,000 and he’s aiming for 250 repairs.

“$250,000 would be my goal,” he says.

And while Ben knows reaching his goal won’t be easy, he says it’s also a tough climb for the people he serves.

“They’re making a rise for themselves in development. They don’t have access to clean water or sanitation, they lack health care and education, those are all the things they need. to progress and have a destiny over their lives,” says Ben.

So Ben steps up to help, Oklahoman climbs mountains to change the world.

“They need clean water. If I have to climb a mountain to do it, I’m happy to do it!” said Ben.

Ben’s Climb is scheduled for early March. If you would like to make a donation to his mission, click here.

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