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


August Mission Update

Xoy Building (2)Xoy OperatorsDios es Bueno!  After correcting a slight glitch in the regeneration cycle of the water softeners at Xoy and Peto, both plants are producing purified water.  These pictures are the latest we have of the building in Xoy and 3 of their 6 operators.  They are proud of their plant and we are blessed to be their partners.  They have already established a relationship with the operators of the Mani plant, less than 40 km away, and these folks will be a valuable resource for the new Xoy plant.  Our follow-up “Shareholders Meeting” here last month was well attended, but if you didn’t get to see the slide show, let us know and we’ll get you a copy.  We have recently sent funds to Xoy to help them drill a new well, since their first well has been plagued with problems.  We have also sent some “seed” money to help them purchase a delivery vehicle for their plant.  Please continue to pray for our partners in both Xoy and Peto, and we’ll keep you informed as to how they’re doing.

To Xoy and Back

Xoy CelebrationIt’s difficult to describe all that God did in the lives of nine of us as we traveled from First Presbyterian Church, Madisonville to Divine Savior Presbyterian Church in Xoy, but it is not difficult to describe how I feel – exhilarated in spirit and grateful to our Lord!  God’s Holy Spirit was so apparent, leading us in travel, guiding us in the water purification installation, teaching us as we taught the teachers, and pursuing us as we shared blessed fellowship with the brothers and sisters of the church and community of Xoy, Mexico.

On our last day, I shared with Elder Samuel (their pastor) that our two cultures had come together in God’s magnificent sight; and as we returned to our own ‘normalcy’ of Madisonville, Kentucky I would benefit so much more from taking a bit of them with me.  God opens eyes, minds, and hearts to the ways of His purposes for us.

Thanks to all in the church.  You resourced us so generously.  You prayed for us unceasingly.  We felt your participation in God’s work.