This morning amid Kentucky snow flurries, our Living Waters for the World team left for warmer temperatures. We are eleven: Bev Crain; Nancy Fouser; Tammy Hutcherson; Linder Jaeckels; Kevin Patsey; Tom Pierson; Michele and Paul Pinkston; Jerry and Melissa Sevier; Sandy Williams. From Louisville we flew to Houston and then to Mérida, Mexico. Mérida is in the southeastern part of Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula. We arrived before 9 p.m. local time (Mérida is in the Central time zone) and made it through customs without a hitch. I’m always glad when customs goes smoothly because we have some very odd looking things in our luggage! Among our group we carry water testing supplies, teaching materials, tools, electrical equipment, even 100 agar plates! All of these items are essential to our tasks for the coming week. Those tasks are
1) to join with members of the Presbyterian church in the pueblo of Revolución in the construction of a water purification system;
2) to work with other members of the same church in implementing a health education program that will reach both adults and children in the pueblo;
3) to scout out suitable sites for future installations (including testing the local water for impurities and minerals);
4) to visit our two previous installation sites of Miguel Colorado and Oxcabal to make sure everything is running smoothly; and
5) to form relationships with the people of Revolución and to re-establish relationships with the other two communities where we have been the last couple of years.
Tomorrow we have a day of driving, of shopping for more supplies and of making a small start on our tasks before a full day of installation and education work on Tuesday. We’re grateful for an easy day of air travel today, and we will keep you in our hearts tomorrow as we begin to make new friends. We are so grateful for your support and prayers. As I mentioned in this morning’s sermon, this is your work. VPC and friends have supported this mission with over $43,000 in the last 2 ½ years, not including the $30,000 or so that members of the team have spent out of their own pockets for travel expenses. It is an amazing level of support which has an amazing outcome—clean, affordable water for three entire villages. We are grateful for your gifts, your prayers and your encouragement. Blessings to all of you.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2008