Reflecting On a Recent Guatemala Trip
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Daniel Richeson |
“Do me a favor. Walk over to your faucet and turn it on. Slowly at first then, let it run. Use the water to wash your clothes, your body, your hair, your mud caked shoes; clean your food or something else. Take a long sip right from the tap. You didn’t have to walk to a pump or a river for this water. You didn’t collect the rain for hours on end in a bucket or pig trough just to quench your thirst or complete a chore. You are blessed my friend, blessed. Take a moment or ten to thank our Heavenly Father for His abundant blessings.”
These words I penned shortly after returning from Guatemala. You see, the Kekchi people rely on rain and running rivers as their water supply which leads to extreme health issues. So, when our team arrived at a new village, Calvario (in the jungles of Guatemala), we knew exactly what physical need we could meet. We worked to place 50 water filters in homes that house 5-10 people in each hut. We took the time to install the filters and teach them how to properly use and clean them. We had the opportunity to talk to them about the Living Water and the true joy only He can bring. The filters created an opportunity to assist us in building relationships. We prayed with each family over needs they had and encouraged them to begin attending church services in the home of a local believer.
We also had the opportunity to visit a past project in another village. We had previously assisted in the building of two wells and installing 50 bucket filters in homes there as well. When we returned we learned they are no longer suffering from illnesses due to water intake. This caused the leader of the town to give us an open invitation to return and stay in the midst of the village with their people whenever we like. While we do not know of any believers in this village at this time, we saw again how our various water projects have aided in the spreading of the gospel and the opening of the doors into these villages. We look forward to continuing these relationships and utilizing the physical need of clean water to introduce the spiritual needs of Living Water, as He alone meets all our needs.
Text and Photo Courtesy of Sarah James