I want to express my deep gratitude for Living Water International--the people behind the vision, and those carrying out the vision in day to day operations. You vision is at the heart of our God who desires that we be his representative to the poor and needy and to the oppressed. How beautiful it was to join with the people of the village in Guatemala to dig a well so that they could have fresh, healthy and clean water. The work was thoroughly enjoyable, and working alongside the villagers a very special treat.
It all started when...When Fred Dallas asked me to go, I had never thought about missions and it took me about a week to committing to go. I felt God was pressing on my heart to just go. I knew that going meant sacrificing vacation time that I would spend hunting and I knew that going meant paying a significant amount of money to go to El Salvador but I decided for once to stop living for myself. During the time of committing to go and actually stepping foot on the plane to go to El Salvador, I read a book titled “Radical” by David Platt.
As we were putting the finishing touches on our well, I was having a conversation with a few of the village women. One said, "I will be happy every day now. When I go to the well to get water I will think of you and what you did for us here. That will make me happy." I assured her that my memories of my experience in her village would continue to make me happy every day too.
I feel called to missions, not sure if full time or part time, but Fred Dallas invited me to go on a LWI trip with him to Nicaragua, back in 2008. I went to Guatemala with him May 2011, and again with him to El Salvador August 2011.
I signed up because as a geologist in the oil industry, I've been involved with drilling a lot of oil and gas wells. As a result, joining a LWI team to drill water wells was a natural fit for me as a way to serve. I enjoyed getting to know my LWI team from Houston who travelled to El Salvador, the excellent in-country team and the members of the Las Brisas community.