Hope Restored: Pure Water will Flow
A new Living Waters for the World (LWW) covenant has been signed for a water partnership with Casa de Esperanza in Zacapa department, northeast of Guatemala City, Guatemala! At the virtual meetings between Casa de Esperanza, the LWW Guatemala Network staff, and the Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (RCLPC) LWW team, we met Javier - a foster parent for orphans at Casa, maintenance supervisor for the facility, and future operator of the water system. Javier asked if he could share this story with us and we wanted to share it with all of you.
From left: Javier, Pablo (Guatemala Network In-Country Coordinator), Alexandra (Director of Casa de Esperanza), and Luis (Guatemala Network In-Country Technician) meeting with the team from Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church (via Zoom)
A few meters away from the site for the future water system is a dry well. The people of Casa de Esperanza know without a doubt that the well will have water again. Here is why.
Next to the dry well, a little tree is struggling to get enough moisture. The area is very dry, and the well has no water to provide. The maintenance team decided to remove the tree, but the new director of Casa de Esperanza said they should wait, that water will indeed come to nourish the tree and the people living there.
So the maintenance workers waited, and now they understand that God’s plans for them do include pure water. They see that LWW and the RCLPC team are the source of that water (photo to the left: Pablo and Alexandra signing the covenant). Pure water for people in need will indeed flow with the commitment of the school and orphanage, the support of Horizon: Empower the Orphaned (which runs the facility), RCLPC’s prayers, the skills of the Guatemala Network staff, and the efforts of the LWW team, bringing God’s blessings of health and hope to Casa de Esperanza and nearby villages.
When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the LORD, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them. Isaiah 41:17
About the author: Lois Johnson is the co-moderator of Living Waters for the World's Guatemala Network and a water team member of Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church. Lois attended Clean Water U and is a Water Project Management (101) graduate.