Posted by Rick
We prepare, we plan, we pray. All of this to prepare for a successful mission trip serving with Bethel Ministries and specifically serving the Iglesia Fuente de Vida church with Pastor Juan Macario in Tecpan.
We have an idea what we will do, via an itinerary. However, the Holy Spirit is truly our tour guide. The trip often makes interesting shifts and changes that provide amazing opportunities to help the people of Tecpan, and share the gospel.
In our fundraising phase, we were truly blessed by overwhelming support to help fund the home build, stoves, and food and wheelchair distribution. Praise God for these generous donations!
We have been blessed with the opportunity to provide clean water to the family we are building the home for. We have been told they have begun the well this week. The estimated well depth is 150 feet! Yes, 50 yards! Now, in Iowa, that’s no problem with the modern rigs. But this 150 ft well will be dug with shovels and buckets!
Last year when visiting the Mayan Village, we saw two men digging a well (pictured). It would be a tough way to make a living.
Thank you for the donations that made this well possible, as it will provide the family and neighborhood with clean water. This reminds me of Jesus in John 4 at the well talking with the woman….
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
Amen! Yes, a well will be dug to provide drinkable water for our new friends in Guatemala. But it is our prayer that through our service and sharing the Gospel with them (and others) that hey will truly receive The Living Water!
Dios te Bendiga
Ps…stay tuned….we will have photos of the well’s progress next week……