First, But Not My Last Trip [Guatemala]

By: Jim Gross

March 13, 2015

It all started when ... I served previously as director for World Vision and was introduced to LWI through them. On a vacation with my friend, we discussed the impact of clean water to those who don't have it at their disposal. Since we both live in Houston, I began investigating LWI and by late 2014 we both looked into taking a trip with them. We engaged a 3rd member of our church to join us. Since all 3 of us are integral members of our church missions team, we also wanted to do this trip so we could bring it back and share it with the church as a possible addition to our missions trips.

I enjoyed getting to know ...  Karla, Manuel and Rudy from LWI - they are like brothers and sisters. The respect they have for each other is wonderful and their interaction with the team was fantastic. They always had a smile and great instructions as they led us on an incredible journey to ensure that the well would produce water and the community would be better informed in the area of health and hygiene. However, getting to know the kids and adults in the community was by far the greatest part of the trip for me. They will always be a part of me.

Things that challenged and changed me ... I had no real challenges, but I did realize my Spanish has to improve as the daily interaction was difficult and poor Karla was being pulled in so many directions. I have been on several mission trips but can honestly say that the impact of providing clean water was by far the greatest work I have ever been a part of.

I will never forget ... Too many things to list here - the people, the smiles, the food, the team, but seeing water coming out of the pump before we left was the one that stands out the most. If you have ever thought about taking your first mission trip, I would highly recommend doing one with LWI. They take care of everything - even my cola light - from the moment you land until you are back at the airport again. Great job LWI!

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