"Traveling" Team Prepares for Opichen

Opichen Crew

Final preparations are being made by the 15 members of our "traveling" team.  Final preparations are also being made by our partners in Opichen, Yucatan, Mexico.  We will be traveling to the Yucatan on October 6th, working through the following week, and then returning home on October 14th. This is our third water purification plant installation.  We’ve installed new plants in Xoy and San Diego Buenavista, and have rehabilitated an older plant in Peto.  Please pray for good and timely travel, along with handling whatever surprises arise.  One thing that comes with experience is realizing there will be surprises.  Pray, too, for our friends there in Opichen.  When we will leave after a week; they will be the operators of a new system that will hopefully bring safe water and its health benefits to their community for a generation.

A Letter from San Diego Buena Vista

SDBV Water CelebrationDear brothers, the holy people of God in Kentucky, United States, receive a cordial greeting from the Getsemani Presbyterian Church of San Diego Buena Vista.

By this means, as a Church, we express our heartfelt gratitude to each one of you, brothers and sisters, who with great love for Christ were willing to give us, without deserving, their resources and support these months, especially for the Water Purification Plant and also for the drilling of the well and its equipment for the extraction of water. Thankful we are before our Great God for all of you and we implore our Lord to grant you more and more blessing, grace, strength, and passion for the work of Christ.  THANK YOU!

We recognize once again in our lives, the demonstration of the grace of God through you and this example also encourages us to give of grace what we have received of grace.  Neighbors and other people who previously could not have access to purified water, today is a reality.  And also, God has opened many opportunities for us among water customers, to lead them to Christ.  To God be the glory!

We said goodbye to each other, hoping to see each other again, God willing.  May the peace, love, and faith of God the Father and of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you.

Respectfully,

Respectable Consistory

Safe Water for SDBV

Pete and SeanHola Amigos!  It’s been three months now since our Living Waters for the World “traveling team” made the trek to San Diego Buena Vista, Yucatan, Mexico to help our partners at the Getsemani National Presbyterian Church install their new water plant.  Since there is no cell service in SDBV, we rely on Freddy Izquierdo, the in-country LWW Coordinator, to keep us updated on the plant and our partners.  A recent report indicates that, although they have experienced a few equipment problems, they are continuing to expand their market.  They are now producing and selling around (600) 20-liter bottles each week, 150 for their own community and 450 for surrounding communities.  They have also raised 90,000 pesos (about $5000) to buy a used pickup truck for the plant.  They are having to haul raw water to fill their 4000-liter cistern at least four times each week and will ultimately need a well on their property.  We will likely help them with the well later this year.  Madisonville FPC is one of only 6 or 8 congregations in the US who are actively partnering with Presbyterian churches in the Yucatan to install LWW reverse osmosis water treatment plants.  Each plant can provide safe water for up to 2000 people for a generation.  We have been blessed to be a part of three of these plants, if we include our rehab work in Peto.  Through your prayers and financial support, several hundred children will be able to grow up without the threat of enteric diseases which cause significant illness or even death.  Gracias a Dios!

More Partners for FPC!

SDBV partnersFPC has a new set of partners in the Yucatan!  During our one-year follow-up visit with our partners in Xoy in June, we signed a new covenant with the members of the Getsemani National Presbyterian Church in San Diego Buena Vista.  The folks there showed us the same kind of hospitality as our friends in Xoy, and are just as needy for a water plant.  They now have to drive about 50 kilometers to purchase water in Tzucacab.  We have sent them drawings for the building and are awaiting their estimates for the construction.  When the building is finished, and when we have raised enough funds to purchase the equipment, we’ll return for installation and education.

 

 

Xoy truckOur friends in Xoy are doing great!  They have purchased a well-used pickup truck for deliveries, and are selling over (100) 20 liter bottles each day.  Nearly 90% of their product is delivered.  They have also begun bottling 0.5 liter bottles to sell to the tiendas (convenience stores) in Xoy and surrounding villages.  They are real entrepreneurs, but still consider the purified water as part of their ministry.  They are good stewards with what God has given them and what we have been able to share with them.

The FPC Living Waters for the World mission team is now meeting on the third Thursday of each month to plan for the return trip to San Diego Buena Vista.  We would love to have new folks join us for these meetings (and for the return trip).  Special training is not required but is available if you would like.

Great is His Faithfulness