May-June Mission Update

Xoy Building (1)On Wednesday, May 13th, our church family participated in the final fundraiser and activity for the Xoy Living Water Mission Trip.  After Fellowship Dinner, members of the congregation and youth groups participated in an agape party preparing materials for the education component of the mission trip.  Rainmakers, water wands, water droplets, costume pieces, name tags, water usage strips, and voting paddles were all constructed for the teacher materials and the children’s learning activities.  All items on the water droplet board have been supplied by our congregation including monetary donations for the cd player and keyboard!
The Mission Team comprised of Rick and Susanna Lee, Lon and Pat Lorton, Pete and Peggy Phelan, Dale Davis, Tem Major, Merry Brooks and Michael Milam is ready.  Parts for the water system have been ordered, educational materials have been organized into teaching units, vaccinations have been received and translators procured.  The congregation at Xoy is ready for our arrival.  They have, using funds from First Presbyterian Church, constructed the basic block building to house the water filtration system and drilled the well.  A group of women have committed to learning the educational concepts and teaching the families in the Xoy community water usage principles and hygiene practices.  The travel team plans to take a plethora of pictures so the home team has a photo record of all mission trip activities.
The Traveling Mission Team leaves for Xoy, Mexico from Nashville early on the morning on June 6th and plans to return June 14th.  Please pray for traveling safety, construction and teaching grace, and the health and safety of the members of this group.  Each member of the congregation who donated money, purchased materials or a rain barrel, participated in the Xoy Fellowship Dinners, helped with the agape party and prayed for the installation of the water filtration system is a part of the First Presbyterian Mission Team.  Truly this has been a congregational effort to share clean water on behalf of Jesus, the Living Water, with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the community of Xoy, Mexico.
Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory- because of your love and faithfulness.
Psalm 115:1

Peggy Phelan

March Mission Update

Xoy Building UpdateHola Amigos! The dates for our return visit to the Iglesia El Divino Salvador Reformed Presbyterian Church in Xoy are set. We will be flying out on June 6th, and returning on June 14th. We will stay the first and last nights in Merida, but all the others in Peto, less than 10 kilometers from Xoy. As you can see from the picture, work is progressing on the water building. We have begun to look into air travel, ground transportation, and lodging. The temperature in Xoy is in the 80’s and 90’s now, and we expect that it will be even warmer in June. Thanks so much for your prayers and financial support. Our water mission team continues to meet monthly to plan and pray for our partners. Drop in and join us!

Paz

January Mission Update

Xoy BuildingHola!  It's 83 degrees and sunny in Xoy today.  Sounds much better than the week of subfreezing temperatures that we've had.  Our survey trip to Xoy in November was a great success.  In addition to meeting the wonderful people in the Iglesia El Divino Salvador, we were also able to spend time with two of the Living Waters for the World in-country coordinators, Freddy Izquierdo and Doug Depies.  What a blessing it was to see that our partners had already begun construction on the building to house their water treatment system!  We have now sent our partners in Xoy over 54,000 pesos ($4500) to complete their building, to repair some problems with their well, and to purchase a deep well pump.  Our goal is to return to Xoy in early April to help the folks install their water treatment system and to assist them in educating their community about how to use the "clean" water.  Our water mission team continues to meet monthly to plan and pray for our partners.  We'd love to have anyone interested drop in to join the team or just catch up on the latest plans and pray with us.  Dios es Bueno! 

Church of the Divine Savior

This is the congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Xoy, our new partners, singing "To God Be the Glory" for us in English.  What a blessing!  We have to admit, though, their English is much better than our Spanish!

September Mission Update

Rain Barrel PicsDios es bueno!  Thanks to God's goodness and your generosity, we have now reached $14,000 in our fundraising efforts.  We now have enough to allow our partners in Xoy to begin construction on their water treatment building once we have completed our Water Information Survey and building plans.  We had planned to make our initial trip to Xoy this month, but that hasn't worked out.  Both Tem Major and Dale Davis, two of our founding team members, have undergone surgery and are now recuperating.  Both are doing well, but Dale will likely require additional treatment.  We are now hoping to make the trip during the first or second week in November.  We have said all along that the mission will happen, but it will happen in God's time.  Our partners in Xoy have been very patient and have been praying for Dale and Tem.  We have remained active in our fundraising efforts and have adopted painted rain barrels as a signature project - "rain water for your plants and clean water for Xoy."  Thank you and God bless you for your support!

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