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.
I enjoyed getting to know every single person that I came into contact with! My team from Houston was a quirky mix of personalities! It was so clear that God had all of us there for a reason and opening our hearts to each other was such a blessing! The LWI team in El Salvador was awesome. Each of them took the time and made the effort to be personable. It was never just a job to them. I loved how relational the whole week was. I truly ended up knowing each member of the team by the end of the week. The people of the village amazed me!
Our church decided that besides contributing to the Advent Conspiracy, we would also send a team. I originally thought this would be a great idea and thought I might participate. However, my work and travel schedule prevented me from signing up. My daughter and wife signed up to go, but I still was not sure. During the fall of 2010, my wife required emergency neurosurgery that would ultimately prevent her from going to Honduras. When they announced we had one more spot open on our team, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “This is your spot”. The rest is history.
There was something missing from my personal spiritual life. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I knew I needed to be a part of something bigger than myself that really stretched me. Having been involved in community service projects in the past as well as my experience in drilling operations, I thought this project would be a great fit for me to give back. I never expected to receive the kind of awakening that occurred in El Salvador.
It’s really amazing looking back how I was introduced to LWI. I can see God's hand in it all the way! I had originally planned to go to Sudan for the summer setting up water filters. When my cousin caught word that I would be working with a water-related ministry and at the time was living in Houston, she wanted to introduce me to LWI. She had spent several years working there and knew many of its members personally. She made introductions for me and soon afterwards we were talking about potential mission opportunities.